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

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282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,536
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 276 | 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 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 BryanCarey
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale is a yellow/orange colored beer with a cloudy body. Looking at the foam reveals a nice, fluffy head that falls apart in a few minutes but still manages to leave a small, flat, white coating on the top of the glass as you consume. The beer has a nose that features scents of lemon, wheat, and spice and it is interesting enough to get your attention.

This beer has a nice flavor profile that emphasizes some pale wheat malts, citrus, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. The spicy character is what consumers will remember best and there is only a small amount of hop taste in the end that emphasizes some herbal flavor notes.

Boston Beer brews a ton of beer styles and even though they already have a Winter Lager, they went ahead and created this seasonal Christmas ale. It is an interesting beer, indeed, with flavors of wheat, spice, and citrus and I prefer it to the Winter Lager. It has almost no bitterness at all, but it isn’t overly sweet either thanks to the balancing of the ingredients and the tang of the spice. The tastes are reasonably balanced, but the spicy nature and the orange peel are the flavors that stand out from the rest.

This holiday beer is offered only a couple months per year so make sure to get your hands on some while it is still available. The taste is befitting of a holiday brew and the balance of flavors will prove agreeable to most who try it. (1,435 characters)

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

Had this on Christmas eve as a starter brew.
Appearance of golden straw, good carbonation, white head though lite lace,
Aroma of citric spice.
Taste of winter spice, cinnamon, coriander and pepper.
Mouthfeel of slight citric sting, hop notice, and a crisp, malty coated finish.
Overall, a good wit, could be used as a good spring ale as well. Here's hope'n (357 characters)

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

an oddly spiced witbier, but it works for me. the pours is really cloudy, pale yellow, with a smallish white head. the nose is tons of orange peel, dried, with some typical winter ale spices as well, but the catch is that its a wheat beer with a hop kick as well. lots of wheat malt and spent yeast cells in the taste up front, spice comes in the middle, again with a lot of orange zest, and is quite hoppy in the finish, pleasantly and surprisingly. good carbonation, lighter than medium body, highly drinkable and frankly a very enjoyable beer. this is something distinct, i think new this year, but one that i would like to see stick around. i could be happy drinking this all winter. one of the highlights of this years winter mix. (735 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong lemon, citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of wheat, and slight spice (cinnamon and all spice). Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spices (cinnamon and all spice), hops, and slight citrus. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and appearance. (426 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, light yellow body topped with a thick, creamy white head. Fruity, citrus-like aroma; light orange and lemon. Mellow grain taste infused with citrus and holiday spice flavors. Smooth, soft, medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

A really well-done holiday witbier. Well-balanced with subtle complexities of the ingredients making their appearance with every sip. A very good beer to enjoy if stronger, darker, more potent winter/holiday ales aren't what you are looking for during the cold season. (502 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light golden color with a small white head that quickly fades into nothing and leaves no lacing.
S-The aroma is so beautiful, tons of christmas spices, perfect for this winter season. To me the nutmeg really stands out along with cinnamon and cloves and some faint lemon zest, way in the back, (background).
T-The taste was a little disappointment from how it smelled. I get alot of the spices but not much else. I was expecting more but was let down.
M-Very one deminitional mouthfeel. It seems to be right on for the style, but not impressive at the same time. Very medium body with lively carbonation with a slightly dry finish.
O-I deemed this beer to be decent. I really enjoyed the spices in this beer, it's great for Christmas time but other than the aroma this beer was not to impressive to me, but very glad I had the chance to try this. Although, I would reccomend this to other beer loving friends. (928 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: semi-clear golden colored brew, with a decent bit of rising up carbonation. 4\5

aroma: Very malt and spice forward. It smells like cloves, a bit or coriander, and sweet malt. Good, but nothing to boast about. 3.5\5

flavor: The smell does not betray this one, the flavor is all spice and malty goodness. Lots of sweet grainy malty flavor comes first in this brew, with a nice burst of warmth from the spices. A bit of honey flavor on the finish as well. Not too shabby. 4\5

feel: it feels heavy, mostly due to its sweetness, which is helped out by its carbonation. 3.75\5

overall: I was surprised by this beer. It is a surprisingly easy to drink well made witbier. Its flavors follow the wit style quite well, and the final product is actually a fairly decent desert beer (I classify it as such due to how sweet it is). I would be happy to drink it again and found no real problems with it at all. 4\5 (916 characters)

Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very solid white ale, with some seasoning as expected of a "Christmas beer". A great blend of the refreshing body of a white ale combined with the tastiness of a winter warmer. (179 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the new variety pack and served this in a pint.

A - A pale yellow mixed with a rich orange. Thin white head.

S - Orange, clove, touch of nutmeg and some assorted spices. Nothing to make me get excited over, yet not poor.

T - Odd stuff. Had I been blind tasting this I would have told you I was sipping on a lightly spiced cider. An apple sweetness starts it off and progresses with a fruity flavor into some bready notes. Pretty good.

M - Medium body, more viscous than I anticipated. Seems as if there is just a hint of caramel or maple syrup here. Smooth all around.

O - Far from a miss. This beer gives a nice winter-styling to a traditional Witbier. I prefer the more notorious Belgian brothers of the style, but I do applaud this American adaptation. (770 characters)

Photo of Sundrifter
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was able to score a six pack of this beer at a very good price this past weekend. It has a darker shade of yellow with some hints of orange, coriander and a slightly malty aftertaste at the end. A very solid tasting beer from Sam Adams and one I can see myself trying again someday. (284 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%

$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. (703 characters)

Photo of smalenberg
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really needs to warm to be truly appreciated. The orange peel and nutmeg are predominant in the nose, but the wheat malt and light floral notes from the hops. Undoubtedly the hops are contributing to the citrus as well. Because of the additives that make this a "holiday" beer, I'm not sure I'd think of it the same as a regular witbier. This is a very enjoyable quaff. (379 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Part of Sam Adams holiday sampler.

A: Cloudy gold color with a white 2 finger head, fair amount of lacing.

S: Lots of allspice and coriander as well as some orange.

T: Follows the nose, could be a bit more complex.

M: Creamy texture nice crisp carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this I found it to be an excellent Witbier with a holiday twist. (388 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 acevenom
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy yellow orange with a thick white head and lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy yellow orange with a thick white head and lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. The flavor is an interesting taste on the classic witbier. The wheat malt backbone is there with juicy orange flavor. I get the cinnamon and nutmeg, but they are not overpowering. The spices instead complement the flavors of this beer well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is very smooth and highly drinkable. This is a very good beer. Like a previous reviewer, I agree this beer gives us a reason to enjoy a wit in the winter. (759 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)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before APR 2014 notched.

Pours out a nice hazy glowing light orange color, creamy white head off the pour, after a few minutes fades to a ring, no real lacing.

Decent aroma, has some nice but somewhat subtle Christmas spices you'd typically find in a winter warmer in a witbier. Nutmeg and cinnamon most noticeable, some orange peel as well

Again, a nice combination of those winter warmer spices and crisp, tangy wheat malt.

Fairly light, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable.

A pretty decent example of a wheat beer with a nice twist. (598 characters)

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

I was intrigued by this during a recent beer excursion in Philly and decided to give it a whirl. I will be returning to The CANQuest (TM) shortly.

From the bottle: "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. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch

I felt that some agitation may be in order so I poured about one-quarter into a lass, then began to swirl the beer while still in the bottle before resuming the pour. I ended with a finger-and-a-half of rocky, eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose held an interesting melange of spices with the cinnamon and nutmeg wrestling for dominance. Mouthfeel was medium but now it was the cinnamon and the orange peel fighting it out on my tongue. Finish had a pleasant nutmeg-driven vanilla-like flavor. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that allowing it to warm really brings forth the spices. A very nice holiday ale, worth checking out while in limited release. (1,200 characters)

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 Caj1
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tell you, this is a refreshing and warming beer for the cold weather months, if a bit understated. It pours a fairly standard straw-copper with moderate haze and a big but relatively fast-dissipating head, which falls away to moderate lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Smell is somewhat standard for Boston Beer Company's winter batches: the spice and orange are there, as well as a lot of bread dough and malt smells, as well as a little yeast. Taste is better, however: sweet, but without being cloying, and again the orange and nutmeg mingle nicely with the overall bready taste and somewhat heavy mouthfeel.

Bready qualities predominate in this brew; the first couple are good, but for extended drinking sessions this makes me quite full, as white ales tend to do. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but if it had more spiciness from the right amount and kinds of hops instead of relying solely on nutmeg and cinnamon, and if it were a little bit lighter, this would be a lot better. You can't really go wrong with White Christmas, but there are better white ales out there.

To good health and good beer. (1,126 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought these over, had it poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, the 8th beer I've reviewed from Sam. I think the winter whear beer is a tricky thing to execute, want to get enough spices in there such that no one would confuse it for a summer, without going overboard. Hazy yellow color and soft white head. Obvious notes of citrus and spice, particularly nutmeg. Nice when you want a winter beer that might not weigh you down too much. I think it's a bit underrated on here, good stuff. (505 characters)

Photo of RWLawman
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy burnt orange in color with very little head retention.

S - Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange.

T - Much like the smell, the flavors are of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and wheat. Very sweet flavor. Reminds me a little of a cross between Big Boss Harvest Time and Blue Moon.

M - Pretty decent mouth feel. Not watery thin, but not overly thick or sticky either.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. So far, the Sam Adam's holiday pack has been outstanding. This particular beer is one of my favs so far. Highly recommended. (540 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Semi cloudy straw color with moderate head and moderate to heavy carbonation. It has a spiced citrus aroma. Balanced spiced taste with slight citrus (orange) and hop notes. Refreshing and smooth. No element is too harsh or stands out excessively. Finishes much light it starts, maybe with a bit more citrus. (307 characters)

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

It's 84 degrees out here in Florida. Christmas? Why not! White Christmas pours a golden-white color with a finger of head. The aroma is heavily spiced with all the usual suspects - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc. There's also a strong orange aroma here as well. The flavor is very well-composed, the bouquet of holiday spices interact well with the strong orange flavors. The aftertaste is the nicest part of the beer, with the orange, a touch of wheat, and a bit of lingering spice leaving a very good impression. The mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, White Christmas is a nice holiday beer. I'm not sure it needs to be with the fairly similar Old Fezziwig and Winter Lager, but it's tasty and well-done. Balance is the name of the game here. (793 characters)

Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.