Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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80
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282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,531
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 268 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012

As crisp as the first snowfall of the year, this unfiltered white ale is blended with holiday spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, & orange peel. The familiar citrus and wheat characters of the ale are complemented by the warmth of the spices for a festive brew that's perfect for the season.
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Photo of thlayli87
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A cloudy golden orange color with about two fingers of head. No lacing to speak of.

S - Wheaty with notes of orange zest.

T - Mildly sweet up front, zesty orange peel, and a big bready finish. Nicely balanced flavors.

M - Pleasant enough with good carbonation that lasted through the whole glass.

O - This is a pretty good seasonal offering from Samuel Adams. It might be a good introduction to the wheat beer style for someone new to craft beer. Mild but tasty enough to win converts from the macros. (542 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden, with loopy (but not especially thick) lace.

Nose is spicy -- I get hot cinnamon dominating. It's an assertive but pleasing aroma.

Taste is more of the spices -- cinnamon and nutmeg come through, as does a hint of orange zest and wheat sharpness later near the finish. This is a strong and well-flavored brew, and certainly enjoyable in small amounts. (375 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back from an unbelievable wedding in Key West, and back to the business of reviewing beer. Bought the Sam Adams mix pack (as I do every season) and looking forward to this one.

Cloudy gold in appearance. Head quickly reduces to a ring around the glass. Orange peel/citrus aroma.

Initial flavor very Blue Moon-like. However, some other flavors start hitting the palate - cinnamon especially, but also wheat and some spice notes. Orange peel hits home again in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied though highly drinkable and a nice addition to Sam Adams Holiday lineup. This beer would work in Spring/Summer as well. I hope it comes back next year.

By the way - I hope to go back to Key West numerous times, however the bars are a little disappointing when it comes to craft beer. The highlight for me was the "Loaded Landshark" at Margaritaville, which is a Landshark Lager (awful on it's own) spiked with lime tequila. Good times. (929 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Thanks Samp01 for sharing. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, creamy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wheat malt, sourdough, and hints of spices and pears. Body is medium and smooth. A lot of spices, wheat malt, citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Overall it is nicely made wit. (321 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, pours a hazy, ruddy, yellow color with a tinge of rusty orange, tall white head sticks around and leaves some lace as it fades. Aromas are oddly musty, wheaty, spicy, orange peel. Tastes are wheaty, nutmeg, cinnamon, yeast, still musty, orange. Thin-to-medium mouth-feel, higher carbonation makes it feel fuller. Finishes fairly clean with slight tartness & dryness. Overall, this was a disappointment. I don't feel that the cinnamon & nutmeg belong here, maybe some familiar clove might have rounded it out a bit? (527 characters)

Photo of punky796
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Yellow-orange, much like Blue Moon or other wheats. White foam head that leaves some lacing but disappears after a couple of minutes.

S - I mostly first smelled the nutmeg and orange peel. An interesting combination, but nice.

T - For this combination of spices, it seems pretty balanced. You can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg among the more summery things like orange and the light wheat. The cinnamon doesn't punch you in the mouth, which I was worried about.

M - Not quite as creamy as one might expect, but then regardless of the season it's designated for, this kind of beer isn't really meant to be. Not overly carbonated but leaves a fuzzy feeling around your teeth.

O - Overall, quite good, and though I'm a sucker for wheat beers, not my favorite seasonal from Sam Adams. But I'd drink it again and hope I like it as much a second time around. (903 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best Before has FEB notched out.

A= Pours a hazy light yellow color with an active finger of head that is constantly popping and regenerating yet still holding some steady retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells wheaty for sure with a little orange peel and spice aroma. The smell isn't too heavy. There may be some cinnamon but it's hard to decipher with all the wheat.

T= The taste has much more cinnamon in it as well as some of the orange peel and maybe some coriander. There is again a heavy wheat character to it which tastes sort of "poopy to me. The flavor is a little light but it is a Wit.

M= Well carbonated

O= This is a solid beer. Not really heavy in the spice and "christmas" flavors. There is a little however if you search for it. It doesn't have that classic SA winter beer greatness however. Maybe they just spoil me this their other holiday beers. This was a little bit of a let down. (926 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange gold color with a massive 2 finger foamy off white that was full of big bubbles, like a champagne, and faded slowly, leaving great spotty foamy lacing sticking to the sides and a layer on top; this was so cloudy that it looked like beach water after a wave just crashed on shore.

Smells of yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, grains, biscuit, roasted malt, clove, light herbs and spices; seems to be citrus hops, wheat and spices wrestling for control of the aroma, which is par for the style.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, orange peel, toasted grains, biscuit, wheat, roasted malt, clove, light herbs or grass and spices like coriander, pepper and cinnamon or allspice; the spices are just aggressive enough to counter the grainy presence and let the citrus notes add balance. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was soft and yet tasty at the same time; it’s just too bad the cardboard funk combined with the spices always leaves such a strange taste after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a light to medium body and light to very flat carbonation; if it didn’t have the cardboard aftertaste it would flow down much easier.

Overall it was good, and I wanted to like it more but this is just not a style I’m crazy about. A good American choice if you like this style of beer. (1,369 characters)

Photo of zachary80
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Good white head, hazy golden body with an orange tint. Great lacing.

Aroma of a spiced witbier - cinnamon and nutmeg, check. Not picking up orange peel in the aroma. Doesn't smell all that appealing. Average score since it met the basic expectation.

Taste starts with the same spices up front, then a bland wheat finish. Some nutmeg lingers. The spices seem to dominate the weak base beer.

Full-bodied, fits the rest of the beer well. Basically what you'd expect from a "winter" wheat - a little beefed up, but not overly so.

Overall not a fan of how the flavors come together, although the problem may be that I don't enjoy the underlying beer. Technically good, but not very enjoyable. Would not recommend. (713 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Best before February 2013.

A: Hazy honey-brown with noticeable effervescence and a short-lived white head.

S: Sweet fruit. White peaches? Lightly tart. Spicy clove.

T: Not the best. Fizzy and drying, with spices that are simultaneously heavy-handed and underwhelming. The body is light and wheaty, with a vaguely soft-fruity endtaste.

O: Meh. Mediocre beer, but still not bad. Drinkable, but not recommended. A 'meh' witbier. (479 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 1-finger white bubbly head. Average retention that fades into a ring around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. For the style, I wish it had a little bit of haze and that the head characteristics were better.

S – I don’t get much grainy wheat but I do clearly get all the spices that are listed on the bottle – cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest.

T – This is more like it. It starts off sweet with orange zest and grainy, bready malted wheat. Orange zest also lends a bit of tartness to the taste. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and peppery yeast spice shine towards the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a really nice creamy mouthfeel, and a tangy, spicy, dry finish. Flavors from all the added spices linger nicely.

O – This is a really tasty beer. If the appearance and aroma were a bit better, this could be a 4+. I like the idea of doing a spiced witbier for a winter seasonal. While I do like heavier beers, it’s a nice change of pace from the stouts and winter warmers – particularly when you live in Charleston and it’s been in the 70s for the past week. (1,226 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before March, 2013. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Cloudy saffron liquid with a thin smattering of ghost white foam. A vigorous pour produces a slightly more voluminous and lasting head with soft soapy lacing, though retention remains average.

Spices are very forward in the nose - abundant cinnamon, clove, and possibly nutmeg and coriander as well. Faint orange peel and yeast offset the spice assault somewhat.

Sweet-tart palate entry with plenty of the aformentioned spices throughout the flavor profile. Brisk and refreshing base beer is overwhelmed by the Christmas spices. A touch of bubble-gum and banana come out from the yeast and there is sufficient wheat to add a bit of tartness throughout. Finishes medium-dry but heavily spicy. Overdone in my opinion, though my wife enjoyed it very much.

Soft, medium-bodied mouth-feel with average carbonation.

This isn't trying to be a Belgian ale, so I won't fault it too heavily for failing to live up to the style guidelines of a proper wit. That said, the base beer is not a good vehicle for all these spices whatsoever. (1,108 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a big white frothy head, very hazy and a light pale yellow. A lot of lacing for a sam, with decent head retention, definitely fits the style.

S: belgian yeast, bread, nutmeg/cinnamon, maybe cloves. a tad mild.

T: Taste brings more flavor than the nose. Wheat malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, some orange notes, rather flavorful seasoning, not over done. Some candi sugar in finish with some spicey phenols. Most of flavor comes from seasoning, not a ton of malt/hop flavor. A touch of grassy saaz hops.

M: High carbonation, appropriate for style, somewhat sessionable, nice creamyness though pretty light in body.

O: Basically Sam Adams white ale with some well executed seasoning, though this brew has a sense of execution and craft that is a bit above what they typically produce. A solid offering. I havent had a wheat beer in awhile and this hit the spot, good change of pace from IPA's and Porters. (921 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a medium golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fluffy head that quickly diminished, down to a very thin film and not so good runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light straw malt and a doughy horse blanket yeast with notes of citrus (orange), coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste was lightly sweet and rather yeasty with a pronounced citrus note throughout, with the finish having a slight spiciness at the very end. The flavor lingered for an average time following the swallow, with a mild spicy yeast taste fading slowly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a mildly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a decent enough brew that did posses a good drinkability, but was really nothing overly special as Witbier's go...

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque, light golden with a white, half finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Cedar, ginger, wheat, lemons

T: Follows nose with coriander and nutmeg. A cinnamon finish. Sweet, smooth.

M: Medium. Good carbonation.

O: Not bad. A good holiday beer to share with friends. I bet this would be great on tap. (325 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a decent haziness. The head formed upon pouring is quite nice with it fading relatively quickly to leave a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The nose is biggest of a citrus and wheat nature mixed with winter spice aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of an earthy hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of citrus and wheat upfront with lighter notes of coriander along the lines of a traditional wit. As the taste advances however, more spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg come to the tongue. These spice flavors, when mixed with more bready flavors as well as a more citrus start modifying the flavor from the normal wit. In the end it deviates even more as some more spice and some light herbal and earthy hop flavors come to the tongue. These meld with the other flavors to give a rather interesting lightly hopped and winter spiced wheat and citrus flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the slightly lighter side with a carbonation level that was above average. Good for the wit like characteristics of the brew and not bad for the added spice flavors as well.

Overall – A delicious and flavorful brew. A nice winter style twist of a classic wit. Sam Adams dose it again. (1,356 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden color with modest foam. Nothing special, but not too bad either. The aroma comes across with a bit of a sour lemon aspect mixed with spices vaguely reminiscent of the holiday season. This trend continues onto the palate with lemon leading to a sturdy wheat center. Cloves, nutmeg and other spices pick-up at the end. This brew has some odd notes to it and isn't put together in a particularly cogent way. The idea is just fine, but it could use some more tweaking. (493 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky,dull gold with a small, creamy white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is spicy, the nutmeg most prominent, with the citrus and cinnamon notable as well, with sweet cereals. Nice integration though, bright but not overly done.

Taste is similar, in that the spices are obvious but not overwhelming. A nice seasonal twist on a decent white beer base. Could use some fruitier esters, the grains and clean and flavorful, fresh bread. A touch yeasty.

Mouthfeel is slippery, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high, it's a solid spicy wit. I maybe wouldn't drink 6 in a sitting, but 2-3 would be nice and festive. (645 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by March.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger dense white head. Hard to see much in the body as this is very opaque. Head dwindles to a thin covering. Just a little lacing.

S: Citrus and malt are the first things to hit my nose. Orange and lemony with a malty bready backbone. Some sort of spice like cloves.

T: More spice on the tongue than I anticipated. Pulls through vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Not as bad as I thought based on the smell. Little maltiness in the background

M: Fairly full mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation. Doesnt come off too watery.

Overall a good seasonal for winter. Has the light drinkable body of a summer ale but the spicy taste of the winter season. (742 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass, served cold.

Turbid honey/ lemon with a thin white head. Respectable lacing.

Aroma of cinnamon, cloves, orange peel.

mouthfeel is full.

Taste is pale malt with cloves, cinnamon and oranges.

notes: nice, not great. (258 characters)

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White Christmas pours a light bodied cloudy gold in color with a light white head around the glass. The nose is pretty straightforward and simple. There is slight Belgian yeast character with a touch of coriander and nutmeg. The flavors have more of a presence but finish quickly. It features slightly sweet pale malts, some nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander. It's seasonally appropriate. It drinks light in body and is pretty drinkable. Would I buy a six pack? No. But this beer is well suited for their Winter Classics Variety pack. (532 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle dated best by March 2013.

A: Pours hazy yellow to light amber with a small white head.
S: Subtle, spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, bread dough and citrus.
T: The taste largely follows the nose, with some nice winter spicing and bready flavor, It is rather tart too.
M: Medium-bodied; medium-light carbonation that works well.

O: Well done, but not a favored style. (396 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a classic wheat beer, cloudy yellow with a nice white head.

Smell is very bread like, malt and yeas, and a bit of citrus.

Has a citrus taste up front, then the added spices kick in. I can detect the cinnamon, and a little of the nutmeg. This is what it might taste like if you drink a standard wheat beer while eating a gingerbread cookie.

Not a bad feel, has a bit of a bite to it, likely mainly from the carbonation.

A nice variation on one of my favorite styles. They have taken a classic summer beer and made it nice for the holiday season. Definitely a beer worth checking out. (597 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before March notched onto the side of the label.

Pours hazed lighter apricot amber. Minor off white head, thin collar and fine bars of lace.

Light holiday spice on the nostrils. Ehh nothing too special.

Delicate wit, some coriander, and other typical seasonal spicing. Easy drinking and pleasant enough, holiday feel here is fairly subtle. Decent stuff, but nothing you need to run out and buy.

Would work with craft beer newbies at a holiday party.... (480 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation. It had about one finger of white head that did not last long leaving a thin head.

Smell: Wheat, citrus, cinnamon, and maybe some nutmeg. Close to what a Pumpkin Ale smells like.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of some cinnamon/sugar/nutmeg with wheat and hops.

Overall: Decent holiday brew, I will buy this one again. (435 characters)

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