Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.98/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
12-02-2012 22:07:02 | More by ccrida
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mild wheat and bready malt with a hint of spices. Flavor is dominated by cinnamon and light cloves supported by wheat and sweet malt. Light bodied with peppery carbonation. The witbier character is subdued, but a well balanced flavor of light sweet malt, wheat and Christmas spices delivers on the name. Mild and pleasant.
03-05-2013 04:42:51 | More by LiquidAmber
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-29-2012 18:11:56 | More by WoodBrew
3.09/5 rDev -11%
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!
06-28-2014 00:14:12 | More by bluejacket74
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
12oz Bottle from Walmart Cicero NY for 2$
Appearance – Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy/foamy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly great lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Grains/wheat, all-spice, citrus
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with all-spice, nutmeg, and some fruity citrus notes. Lots of flavour, but well balanced and even slightly refreshing. It ends with a spicy crisp aftertaste.
Overall – A well made and very drinkable beer. The flavours work well together and I could actually drink a few of these. Worth checking out.
11-11-2012 21:53:00 | More by spinrsx
2.6/5 rDev -25.1%
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?
12-06-2012 05:50:05 | More by barnzy78
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, quickly receding white mousse.
S: Aromas of malted wheat, minerals, butter cream, and orange peel are complimented by aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps some other unidentifiable spices. This is definitely different from most Belgian-style wits.
T: Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel are front and center, with notes of butter, wheat toast, cream, vanilla bean, minerals, and mild, grassy hops building around them. The finish is short with notes of wheat toast and holiday spices merging.
M: Light-bodied, but slightly heftier than most witbiers. Delicate, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is firm, but not forceful. Very easy to drink.
O: Not a bad holiday offering at all. It's not superb, but it is definitely drinkable and is just different enough to be interesting. If the folks at Samuel Adams keep this beer in the rotation for next year, I'll be curious to see how it develops.
12-16-2012 13:59:31 | More by mrfrancis
3.29/5 rDev -5.2%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of March 2014. Sampled on November 15, 2013.
It has a mostly golden to orange pour. The fizzy white head erupts than diminishes.
The aroma brings out some malt characters along with citrus and spice as well a slight hope note.
The body is light to medium
The taste is really quite typical of a wit with the toasted pale malt notes, citrus, and mild hop bit. But it feels generally clean all the way through.
11-16-2013 03:35:19 | More by puboflyons
3.48/5 rDev +0.3%
A bit more than "wit," the color is a darker gold thick with haze and clearly, as per style and per claim, unfiltered. A white head tries to force itself, ending up loose. It starts at about a finger in height and fades fast. The beer itself appears spritzy, big bubbles sitting stationary. A wispy bit of foam is left, and the glass sports reasonable spotty lacing.
The aroma is on par, earthy and somewhat dusty but mostly spicy, giving off a whiff not of sugary sort of spicing, though there is a light sweetness, but more a dose of kitchen-type spices. Nutmeg is particularly apparent.
The flavor follows suit, offering a strong but appropriately moderate spiciness, the main components being wheat, citrus and nutmeg.
The feel is on the spritzy side, light and sharply crisp with a very mild smoothness underlying.
02-01-2013 14:37:13 | More by Brenden
3/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
12-02-2012 03:37:21 | More by aasher
3.3/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a hazy straw color, moderate head. Scent is very pale with notes of pilsner and wheat malts, giving a little grainy tang to the nose, some faint seasonal spicing and a touch of lemon peel. Taste is light as well, faint notes of wheat and pilsner malt, lemon rind and seasonal spicing and faint as well. Lighter side of medium. Drinakable - yes, memorable - no.
01-02-2013 16:32:03 | More by rfgetz
4.33/5 rDev +24.8%
Included in the holiday mix pack I buy every year because I love old fezzywig.
Pours dark for a wit. Smells... wow. Like a surprisingly well balanced, complex blend of good witbier yeast spices and dull, blue fruit. Clove and black pepper but also... blackberries, I think.And lots of orange and cinnamon.
Tastes really good, too. It plays up the heavy, spicy yeast that's the trademark of SA brews. Starts off pretty much like a good, spicy wit, but then it segues into a middle that's like something out of New Glarus: the orange peel dominates, which gives the whole rest of the beer a nice vibe of subdued fruit. It ends with fruit, cinnamon, and whitepepper wheatmalt.
Well, shit. If this were from another brewer the reviews would be a bit better, I think. I like to give credit where credit is due, and it's nice to see SA finally brewing one-offs that play to their strengths, instead of pitiably aping the styles that other brewers are doing. This is a Sam Adams beer, and a damn good one.
11-12-2012 03:59:19 | More by mynie
4/5 rDev +15.3%
12 oz. bottle.
Very cloudy, peachy orange body. Thick finger of gauzy, eggshell white head. Nice lacing. Wheaty, witty nose. Accents of orange zest, lemon, and spices. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe juniper. Not bad.
Soft, wheaty malt up front. Light sweetness. Bready. Light clove and banana, before citrus and spice take over. Orange zest with some lemon. Muddled holiday spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly). Bready, wheatiness reclaims the finish, with lingering spices and citrus. Medium bodied, with a protein-y wheat, smooth feel. Not as bad as I was expecting. Kind of a nice change of pace from all the porters, stouts, and Celebration I've been drinking lately!
11-22-2012 16:00:12 | More by alexgash
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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