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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012

BEER STATS
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#42,949
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
1,759
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
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Photo of AndrewAK
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Only slightly hazy yellow/orange body with an audibly fizzy white head that fades to a thin skin, plenty of bubbles rising. The nose exhibits the usual coriander aroma of a witbier, but with the addition of warmer spices that make me think of a pumpkin beer or a chai spice blend, which rarely works in beers. Still, as long as it stays out of the taste, it's not prohibitively bad. Well, it creeps into the flavor, but mild enough to remain drinkable. I don't know if that cardamom/ginger/clove/vanilla taste was intentional and supposed to be Christmas-y, but it is not, and even for a liberally-dictated Belgian-style beer, it isn't very appreciated. At least for strong flavors they kept it fairly mild, even if it is the predominant flavor. The coriander, however, is steamrolled by this. The feel is medium-bodied, almost soft, with only a mild zip of carbonation.
Hm. It works, if you're into that sort of thing. Personally, these heavy spices, even in a moderate amount, produce an effect verging on a headache for me. It's tough to say, because for a few gingerly sips it's pretty enticing, but even 12 ounces are more than enough for me, and that's coming from someone who can down a bomber of big flavors and/or alcohol, like a RIP or sour, with no problem. Give it a try but have a friend nearby to split it with if need calls.

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Photo of Tiffpanman
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Choppin-Banana
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a mildly cloudy orange gold color with a small white head. The aroma is wheat with nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste follows the nose with a bit of hops tossed in.

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Photo of dsshuck
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trent
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of erk0607
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light orange-ish gold color with a slightly offwhite head made of visibly small bubbles that turns really foamy on top.
Smell: Bright citrus, cranberries, cinnamon, "holiday Yankee Candle", a bit floral
Taste: Bread, mellow hop bitterness, afforementioned candle spices... actually not that bad!
Feel: Smooth in both carbonation and mouthfeel, goes down easily, medium body.
Overall: Very mellow and easy drinking with a bit of holiday flavor... kind of impressed.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear glass. Has a straight-forward hazy blond look, moderate carbonation, one inch head that dissipates gradually.

I smell nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, eggnog, and a myriad of other combined spices that are difficult to distinguish. All balances the yeasty and wheaty smelling-nature of the Belgian-style beer. Nicely complex.

The spices immediately flood the mouth. Tastes of mainly lemongrass and, wheat, nutmeg, orange peel, faint cinnamon, and other mysterious spice flavors. Though I like the many different flavors, they seem to be all over the place and they're not really linear. Feels somewhat chunky and heavy in the mouth.

It's an all right beer, but it's not something I'd like to have often.

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Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a hazy lighter amber with a nice head, soon reducing to a nice ring. Lacing as you enjoy it. Light scent, I get more spices than anything else. Taste is malty with Christmas spices. Acceptable.

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Photo of Gary01453
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huffaroma
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KennethBeer
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frykid
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ledouge
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,759 ratings