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

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Reviews: 290
Hads: 1,563
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 35.63%
Wants: 24
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 Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque. Hazy. Bubbly. Honey-amber. Fine, off-white, medium-retention head that soon develops into a film and lace on the sides. Smells at first of bread and yeast, but this gives way to cinnamon, quite good and not very strong. Perhaps nutmeg as well, as indicated by the label, but not much for orange peel yet. Palate definitely favors cinnamon, nutmeg throughout, much more so the former, but wheat and yeast character more present than they were in smell, giving it both grain and white whine undertones. Aftertaste is watered down cinnamon which almost reminds me of banana, of all things, and very mild citrus, which could pass for orange peel, though not very rindy or bitter. Medium bodied, a bit watery, but silky once loads of fine prickles have subsided. Far from the worst witbier I've had, and though it's not terribly high on my list of styles, I'm somewhat surprised it's not more highly rated.

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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 CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The White Christmas can in a Holiday mixed pack...a much better replacement to the Cranberry Lambic. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. Definitely smell the orange peel....not so much the nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste starts with a crisp citrus start and then the spice bolstered by the cinnamon kicks in. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a tasty beer...but it will not replace Fizzywig or Holiday Porter as my favs.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly with no lace.

S- some dry wheat, coriander, and a bit if cinnamon. Different aromas, but all are contained.

T- slightly tangy from the wheat with notes of coriander, and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes just a bit sweet with a bit if honey taste on the backend and some crackery wheat. Flavors are very reminiscent of Christmas.

M- light-med body, lively carbonation with bubbly mouthfeel, and a foamy finish.

O- a pretty good seasonal, I would prefer the black and brew over this from the sampler pack but it does a great job of capturing the flavors of a Christmas ale.

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Photo of zac16125
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a hefe glass
Best before: April 2014

A: Pours a golden apricot orange with 1.5 fingers width of white colored head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass and help to keep a think film of head retention throughout the entirety of the drink. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Orange, clove, nutmeg, wheat. Really nice.

T: Pretty sweet upfront with lots of wheat on the backend. A bit of citrus. Not much spice at all. Ok, but not nearly as good as the aroma implied it would be.

M/D: Full body, heavier than many in the style, moderate carbonation, pretty filling. Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, not bad, but not great. I'm not a huge fan of witbier's, and dont really consider them winter seasonals, so I likely wont be purchasing this one again. Worth a try though.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cinnamon, nutmeg and wheat.

T - Lots of holiday spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and spruce-like flavors. Wheat flavor is present but not strong. Some caramel, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice witbier. I like the effort to do something different for a winter seasonal.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy golden-orange with a single finger head that quickly dissipates. Very strong citrus notes but the witbeer style overwhelms any and all other flavors. up front. Mouthfeel is a tad chewy yet acidic. The aftertaste and finish is where this beer shines. Once the dust settles all the spices tend top pop. Recommended if you like the wheat style.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of holiday spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by strong flavors of nutmeg and also has notes of cinnamon and orange peel along with some hints of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With all of the nutmeg and spices, this beer seems like it is a hybrid between a pumpkin ale (sans the pumpkin) and a witbier. The wheat definitely lightens up the body so it is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of karait95
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The correct color and good looking maybe a little too yellow, carbonation is medium and head is not very big formed by white small bubbles. Cloudy as should be.

S: Spicy aroma with some wheat base that feels in the nose.

T: Typical flavor for a wit beer, some coriander and some wheat, citrus and banana are not present.

M: Not so intense as expected, nice but a little sweetness is missing and some bitterness is present.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Another shout out to AngieBaby for supplying our little get together with this offering. It poured an orange-kissed gingerbread coloring, with two fingers of egg white foam creeping up the edges of our generic pint glasses. This retained decently, showing crystalline spider webs of lacing all around. A thick haze was noted, but in the absence of sediment. Carbonation appeared to be medium, and composed of thick bubbles rising at a steady clip to the top. The aroma gave a generic witty base of bleached white flour, orange peel essence, lightly toasted wheat malt, and phenolic clove, all overlaid by pinches of ground cinnamon, ethanol, nutmeg, allspice, dried cranberries and blueberries, pine sap, boiled plums, dried oregano, sticky caramel sugars, raspberry tea, and minty leafiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely seasonal and spicy, but generally muted all around. As we sipped, the taste began with that same wheaty wetness provided in the nose, along with fruity cranberry and orange tartness, faint diacetyls of cheap bakery goods, adjuncty metallics, white flour, chewy yeastiness, cherry blossom florals, twiggy earthiness, and black pepper spiciness. The middle came to a peak with toasty wheat, pale, and soft caramel maltiness, spice of cinnamon, gingerbread, black pepper, and nutmeg, phenolic bite of medicinals and clove, and distant white sugar sweetness. The end washed through with warmed waxiness, board chalk, white flour, herbal orange tea tannins, lavender, cinnamon lick, powdered sugar, heavy wheaty graininess, ink, phenolic clove, burnt plastics, and gentle grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathed with surprising hoppy stickiness of grassy and piney varietals, toasted pale and caramel grain, wet wheat, heavy well water, cheesecloth, burnt toffee, plastics, cranberry fruitiness, and warming gingerbread spiciness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium to high, becoming a bit harsh if swirled too vigorously around the mouth. Each sip gave decently slurp, smack, cream, froth, and sip but, at times, came across thinned and watery. The mouth was left wet and briefly coated, with quick tannic dryness spreading across the entire tasting field. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well enough.

Overall, the best things about White Christmas were its aroma and its drinkability. We enjoyed the aroma for its spicy inclusions, driving it deeper and making it aptly seasonal. The drinkability, on the other hand, simply facilitated being able to slug these guys back. While it was technically flawed in its overly watered airiness, this exponentially increased how easily it was sipped. Otherwise, we were disappointed that the flavoring didn’t express the same level of suitability that the nose did. Each component sat on its own, with the generic gritty grain underlying the spices and fruity tops. These never really came together, and were only loosely approximated by heavy wateriness. Harsh comments aside, this, as with their Blackberry Wit, hit the spot for what it was, and had its moment amongst friends who spent an evening catching up.

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Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Pours about a 1 1/2 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Slight lacing mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Light white bread, with a little orange citrus, and gingerbread.

T: Pale wheaty flavor, with orange bitters, and nutmeg.

M: Light body, crisp texture. A pungency in the finish that is indistinct but mostly felt in the nasal cavity more so than on the palette.

D: Pound. Although there's a little something off about the aftertaste.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Bubbly head, but no real lacing. Nose is bready, citrussy, and fall spicy. Flavor is bready with sweet, bittersweet, and earthy spice components. A bit of an off-putting aftertaste. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of Weston19
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw with a white lacing. The beer is hazy and can't be seen through due to it being unfiltered.

S: Cinnamon, orange peel, ginger, and it has the same smell like a Hacker Pschorr or other Hefeweizen beers so you naturally get the clove, banana, and bubblegum smell. The smell is fantastic and they are all crystal clear.

T: Banana, cinnamon, ginger, some bubblegum as well. You get some hop taste mid palate but the cinnamon spices come in to give you a new flavor. Overall a very smooth, light and drinkable beer with plenty of flavor. This would go great with a meal in the holidays when you don't want something as filling as a stout or a porter.

MF: Light mouth feel with a semi-dry finish. Doesn't feel too carbonated either.

O: This is a great light and smooth beer to have when you're having a meal or just want something refreshing that still has a lot of flavor. Definitely a nice beer to add to your winter beer selections (though it can easily fit in a harvest collection as well).

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Photo of yamar68
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold body, thick paper white head, good lacing.

Grainy on the nose... a slight suggestion of orange peel and pear, maybe some white pepper, wheat, pretty smooth but also pretty boring.

Cinnamon, nutmeg... a bit too much spice for a wit, there's some wheat and a touch of clove, I think the spice just needs to get dialed back.

Certainly is drinkable though.

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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is light crackers with orange peel and nutmeg.

Starts out light wheat malt with cinnamon and nutmeg with citrus lemon slash orange oil. Tasty beer, the spices are just right for the Witbier natural spice taste.

Mouthfeel is full.

One of Sam Adams more successful seasonal beers. FAR better than the dreaded cranberry lambic.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle no date, from sampler pack

Sam Adams always looks pretty: cloudy golden amber w small ring of lace. smells of nutmeg, clove, wheat, cinnamon. taste follows with light, almost hollow, grain at first. then the orange peel, lemon, and assorted spice come into play, mostly clove and nutmeg. feel is crisp, light, and not especially astringent.

something tells me the witbier spice is probably artificial, but it works here. probably wouldn't have more than one at a sitting, but the one's tasty enough.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Is this the same beer as the previously labeled "white ale"? I am going to review then compare.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice thick white head.

I smell the nutmeg and orange with some yeast.

Taste is pretty full of what the bottle says- nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange peel. Some wheaty-ness.

Mouthfeel is pretty full. Nice.

Overall this is a good witbeer, but the taste doesn't quite pop. If I loved the style, it might be better.

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Photo of Dools9
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden orange, two fingers white head holds steady after a few minutes, good patchy lace.

S: Nose contains grainy pale malt with lots of spiced wheat; clove, nutmeg a bit of orange peel. A bit of a muted smell and the spices aren't over the top.

T: Wheat, barely malt, yeasty, a general bready, grain forward flavor followed by a a hint of the aforementioned spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and light citrus notes. Dry finish, leaves a slight spice, wheaty flavor on the palate.

M: Light to medium, carbonation is medium and decently smooth. Drinks pretty easily for 5.8%.

O: Not bad, decent holiday offering. Doesn't go overboard with the spices and drinks relatively easily. Actually pretty refreshing on this Thanksgiving night.

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Photo of kneeland
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was worried when I poured it. It looks like cloudy beer that's been sitting in a solo cup for a few days. But the head has a good lacey consistency, and it sticks around.

The taste is good, considering I was scared to try it. Nutmeg, wheat, a little citrus, other spices.

It came in the Sam Adams winter pack, and overall I like it, but I'm not positive I would go buy a six pack of it.

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Photo of Kromes
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orange color with a thin white head.

A strong citrus/orange peel and nutmeg aroma. That's about it....maybe a little bit of hop.

The nutmeg is apparent up front with a biscuit malt flavor. The citrus cuts in and continues into the finish. There is a lingering nutmeg and citrus flavor to round it out.

The feel is light and smooth. Has a really nice velvet smoothness to it.

A pretty good witbier. Of course it draws similarities to Blue Moon, but this has more of a rounded out feel and more natural citrus quality to it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head, held well. Cloudy, medium straw colored body.
Smell a lot of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and some citrus, but I can't place it. It smells festive.
Taste like orange and the above spices. The mildest of bitterness at the end.
Soft texture, surprising but nice. Medium body, low carbonation. Almost like sipping on a cloud.
Really not bad. Not my favorite style, but this one is put together well.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

One thing I love about Samuel Adams is there complex diversity beers, even if it not the best beer you have ever had there is allways pleasure in knowing youv'e got something new!

This one is not a favorite, it is ok and even not bad for a beer that has citrus notes (which I hate).

Harvest notes as expected with citrus ....Orange not lemon

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Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Beerma
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good! Not too spicy not too heavy! Loved it! whish I would have tried it sooner seams to be out of season now! Next year it will be the beer I drink on Christmas! Yes simply because of the name!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy and cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within seconds

S: Up front there are the usual suspects of lemon/citrus and wheat. Under those are the Christmas spices, which include cinnamon and nutmeg

T: Starts off nicely, with the citrus notes coming out. Then it goes into the holiday spices which start to really dominate. Finishes with a light tartness from the wheat and a lingering spice note mostly consisting of cinnamon

M: Light-medium bodied with high carbonation

O: They really nailed what they were going for with the whole holiday spiced wit, but I'm not too sure it works within the style. It's enjoyable, but nowhere near what I expect a wit to be

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