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

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Reviews: 290
Hads: 1,564
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 35.63%
Wants: 25
Gots: 300 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Joncasso
4.93/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. I enjoyed it along side ken burns doc on prohibition. I really loved the taste and feel. It is a very nicely crafted beer. One of my favorites. Sadly I can't get anymore now that its January. Shame on me

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Photo of dacrza1
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: December 19, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ommegang Rare Vos... OCCASION: the last shopping trip done... APPEARANCE: pours a fizzling, rapidly diminishing off-white head; body is a hazy orange with little effervescence, belying its pour... AROMA: pungent, aromatic flowers; thick, musty coriander, mulled wine and faint orange peel... PALATE: warm, middling and rather mild; a blunted finish...TASTE: slight, sour, oddly malty at its end with cardboard-like grain; matted flower esters too, with some cinnamon and spice--surprisingly not an enjoyable combination ... OVERALL: usually Sam produces some new treats during the Christmas season, but this one is more of a trick, with uneven mouthfeel and odd flavors that left it largely untouched at our holiday get-together...

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Photo of JaZe3oNe
4.71/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very tasty! It has a nice amber hue and a great Christmas smell. It taste awesome, of nutmeg and orange, but the feel on the tongue is a little bit weak. I give this rather distinct beer a great overall score! Go Sam Adams!!

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively, creating an enormous white head that fills the tall weizen glass to the rim. After a minute or so, the foam receded leaving a rice-cake like layer floating atop the golden, honey-colored ale. Minimal lacing. Although slightly hazy, the appearance more closely resembles a blonde ale than a wit. The label promises cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. True to form, bright citrus scents greet the nose. Sweet pineapple, blonde malts and popcorn compete with hints of the aforementioned spices. The flavor is maltier than I expected, and the citrus is dialed in more than the aroma would lead one to believe. Pretty well balanced, as there is a fair amount of complexity, but it comes together in a way where little comes to the fore. The thin mouthfeel and light carbonation are bolstered marginally by the faint wheat haze. Ginger, nutmeg and a hint of grain in the finish. On the positive side, this is a pretty non-controversial beer. One could easily mistake this for a somewhat generic American lager with a little holiday spice added. I would have liked to see them go a bit bolder with this one. Also, if they are going to market this as a witbier, aptly named "White Christmas", then it should at least stay more true to the style. A whiter, wit-like appearance & less clarity. The underlying brew in this one is just not up to the task. The refreshing summer pale wheat ales just don't have the chops to compete with the darker spiced holiday offerings. I get what they were trying to do, but this one just doesn't move the needle much for me. I would gladly trade this beer for more Old Fezziwig, or even some of the past beers that have graced the winter seasonal 12-pack. Holiday Porter & Cherry or Chocolate Bock are all welcome replacements.

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Photo of VTR
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a variety pack for winter. S/kind of a sour type wheat with slight citrus. T/the typical wheat beer with some spices in the back end. I did detect hints of spices mostly on the first few sips. There is light carbonation which is nice. O/It is a Sam Adams. What can you expect from most of their beers? It is drinkable but does not keep my attention throughout the beer. I would not seek this out by itself but unfortunately I had to get the pack to get the Old Fezziwig.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy pale yellow, with a subtle white head.

S - Slightly sour wheat and grain notes. A bit of straight ahead malts.

T - Sweet fruit and spice, mostly nutmeg and cloves, with a bit of stone fruit and apples. Slightly soured grains.

M - Brisk. Slight drying in the close.

O - Decent witbier, good use of spice. An integrated, tightly constructed beer that does not wow, but delivers a reasonable drinking experience.

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Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 1inch of fluffy white into a 16oz Georgia Bulldog pint glass, and the body of this beer had a light golden color with a cloudy white haze to it. The aroma was by far the best part of the beer, having a nice mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange. The taste pretty much matches up with what you get from the aroma, and as you drink this beer you get a light frosty lacing all along your glass. The mouth feel of this beer is thin with light carbonation. Samuel Adams White Christmas is a good beer, and it hit all its marks of being a Witber.

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Photo of CIBoy10
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The wheat flavors dissipate as the beer warms up and the spices begin to bloom. Great lacing and a nice head. Compared to other Sam Adams offerings I'd say this is subpar, but I'm not a big fan of wheat.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque copper color with a one finger fluffy white head.

The smell is wheat and spices, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.

The taste follows the nose this being a pretty standard wheat beer with spices. There is also a hint of some sort of citrus taste and everything blends together quite nicely but nothing really pops or stands out. It is an interesting choice by Sam Adams to blend a wheat beer with holiday spices. It might be a good beer to use in order to introduce a friend to wheat beers.

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Photo of yonker
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark golden yellow with the lightest tinge of orange. A decent, thick finger of head laced on top. The beer looks wonderful, with that slight orange tinge, and I can almost already smell it.

The smell is light, grainy, and malty, with a slight fragrance of spice mixed in. I feel like I can almost smell the mixture of grain, cloves, and citrus. This is a spiced beer, so I was not overall surprised by the fragrance.

The first sip reveals a whimsical mixture of grainy hops, heavy orange citrus, and an added note of clove in the middle. No one element presents itself too aggressively in this beer, but the orange citrus is definitely noticeable. I am slightly disappointed by how mundane this beer is once I taste it. Although it is a very well mixed medley, I find myself wishing for something to truly come out in this beer, to assert itself. No one thing in this beer really stands out for me. It's just a good, tame, spiced brew.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I would expect from a winter brew. I was expecting dark and muddy but I got a lighter play, which I actually really enjoyed.

Overall, this beer was a fair-to-middlin' seasoned brew. I really enjoyed the citrus with that slight clove afternote. I said earlier and now repeat, I wish this beer could have asserted itself in some way, maybe with a little more orange zest, but I can't say I was disappointed overall. Great seasonal brew, I would definitely try it again next year.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 5.80% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice thick white head. White Christmas is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The smell is rich with grains and malts. Now for the taste is sweet with some grains. You pick up on some citrus and spice in this brew. There is a lot going on in this brew. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. The mouthfeel is clean and finishing. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, this brew has a nice balance to it. Boston Beer Company did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, White Christmas has got a 1.5 finger thick finely porous white head, residual lacing, and a hazy,golden body.

Smells like the citrus peel mentioned on the label, along with other classic witbier elements. The "holiday spice" notes are quite subtle

I taste pretty much the same characteristics as with the aroma. As with them, this tastes is mellow, but certainly there. I can pick up the cinnamon and nutmeg more during a swig versus a sniff.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean. A tad creamier than most of the witbiers I've experienced. Nice performance here.

Overall, I'll give a 4 to Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). It wasn't a very profound brew, but a good diversion away from the heavier, darker "winter beers" released by these guys and most other brewers. I might buy this again to bust the rut.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

The color is a hazy yellowish/orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is citrus at first with some allspice aroma that gives a bit if a Christmas feel to it. There is a touch if ginger in the nose as well.

The taste is a spicy with some a touch of Belgian malt character. There is some ginger here but not as strong as in the nose. There is done allspice and a touch of clove flavor is taken over by a citrus rind flavor.

The feel if this beer is light and has a great smooth finish. This is highly drinkable and only a slight aftertaste that goes away quickly.

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Photo of are_doubleyou
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a pale orange with minimal white head that didn't retain any lacing. The beer is very cloudy, but has a good number of carbonation bubbles. Not very appealing overall.

S: Moderate aroma of spices. I smell orange peel, ginger and netmeg over some very light wheat notes. Nothing outstandingly aromatic, but decently pleasant.

T: A bit bland to start with, a light bread flavor hits the tongue initially. Light orange peel notes and nutmeg with a faint touch of cinnamon and the faintest touch of spicy hop flavor. The finish is mostly nutmeg with the orange peel lingering in the aftertaste. Nothing very bold, but this isn't a very bold style. It's light, balanced and refreshing, but forgettable.

F: Very light and watery. Some zest, but not enough to make up for the watery feel.

O: A pretty average Witbier. Nothing too offensive, but nothing that makes it pop. I'm mostly disappointed by the lack of zest and think the spices could be a bit bolder for a Holiday example of the style, but happy with the balance of the beer and the orange peel and nutmeg flavors are tasty enough to make it every so slightly above average for the style in my opinion.

This beer was poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx. 55F.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice 1 inch head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing down a goblet glass.

There is a decent amount of sniff with a sweet orangish smell that I really like. I also get the bready wheat malts as well.

Taste is nice and sweet reminding me of a blue moon. The sweet gives way to that bready, wheat taste and a little spice, maybe cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation.

Overall, a good beer but not enough of the Christmas spice in my opinion to be in a seasonal pack. I like blue moon and I like this beer but would go with the blue moon over this one because of price and availability.

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Photo of mchegash
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a great looking, slightly hazy bright orange, with about 1.5 fingers of white foamy head. Can see an average amount of carbonation rising up the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Breadiness, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Smell is slightly sweet. Honestly, this smells like a pumpkin beer, not a christmas beer.

Taste - 4/5
Nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust, light citrus. Light slight caramel malt taste. Again, this tastes basically like a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, crisp but also smooth. Has a medium amount of medium-high carbonation.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was a decent beer, but honestly it tasted very similar to some pumpkin beers I've had. I was kind of disappointed, as I was expecting something a little more "Christmas-y". Still, I won't mine drinking the other 3 I got as part of the SA winter variety pack.

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Photo of Greatheil
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Orange peel with a hint of Christmas spices. I don't know why but the people at Sams can't seem to figure out that orange peel is a strong ingredient that overpowers any others. They have the same problem with the white lantern. I want to like this beer, but until they try harder with their recipes I'll always look elsewhere for creative brews.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Appearance: clouded light orange-amber.

Overall: It has a tang, orange, coriander, nutmeg, mint, mild cinnamon taste. Very Smooth and tasty light bodied beer. Good mix of winter spices.

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Winter Variety Pack - Best by April:

Pours clouded light orange-amber with a fluffy head that soon thins. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with mild spices.

The taste is of wheat tang, orange peel, coriander, nutmeg, mint, mild cinnamon. It has a tangy, spicy, crisp finish.

It is light-bodied and fairly effervescent.

A mild witbier with some "holiday" spices. Not bad.

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Photo of mark5692
4.63/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For some reason my first try with this was terrible but after that it became so much better. Has all the components of a beer I like. It was sweet with some hopiness and a tad bitter. But I was expecting a more stronger "holiday" taste. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and just a wisp or two of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Quite a pleasant aroma. Big coriander with peppery and slightly bready yeast. Just enough sweetness from a neutral maltiness. Simple, but nice.

3.75 T: It tastes even better than it smells. Coriander and peppery spiciness. Sweet neutral malts. Hints of cinnamon and wintry spices.

4.0 M: Medium body. Pleasantly creamy with good moderate carbonation. Supremely smooth.

5.0 D: Supremely drinkable. I could put this down all night.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%

$1.23 special.

Appearance (3.75) : pours a hazy pineapple-orange body with a dish soapy 2 finger head. Opacity is 80%. Leaves very little on the glass after receding, though.

Smell (4) : this is a wit, alright. Vanilla, orange, spice, wheat. Cinnamon. A little coriander. Yep.

Taste (4) : Cinnamon out front with generous vanilla-orange oddity. The body is yeasty and wheaty, a bit bready too. The finish is dry spice and clove. This is a good wit.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : light to medium bodied, spicy and dry, crisp, lightly stiff. A good mouthfeel for the style. I like the spicy bite.

Overall (3.89) : a must-buy-again. I love wits and this is no exception. Nice, snowy, fluffy, good tasting wit.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a medium sized head that slowly dissipates, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is of bready malts, holiday spices, some citrus, and some additional dark fruits.

Taste is a nice combination of the aroma, very smooth in the mouth. Nice medium body, easy drinking, but flavorful.

Overall, a solid witbier, a nice lighter winter seasonal.

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Photo of nukem5
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with a rich foamy cap.
S: Aromatic spices of cinnamon and brown sugar.
T: First sip is exactly what you expected blasts of brown sugar and cinnamon then you get malty caramel and and some very nice light hops.
B: This one's no wimpy beer, top end of med/full body slight lacing down walls of glass.
O: Overall a very good beer they get slightly different after setting for a while, just wanted to check out the aging.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before March 2014. Oh well, better late than never! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/amber color with a half inch off-white head that stayed around for a good amount of time. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and some orange and orange peel. It tastes pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some wheat/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Not a bad brew, but I wish I would have been able to try this when it was fresher. Hopefully I'll be able to this upcoming winter!

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.