Samuel Adams White Christmas
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Witbier
Ranked #288
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,766
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 15.36%
Reviews:
343
Ratings:
1,475
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 23, 2020
Added:
Oct 22, 2012
Wants:
  32
Gots:
  423
SCORE
79
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Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas
Notes: 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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Rated: 2.51 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

Nov 23, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
The dreaded "ale with spices" descriptor on the label. Not inspiring.

Pours a golden color leaning to the darker side of gold. 2/3" white head. Slight haze. Aroma was heavy on the spice rack, banana, clove, some other taragon and nutmeg like bullshit.

Taste is right up the Sam Adams spice rack. Its a wheat beer, you can surmise that much from the taste and mouthfeel, but it definitely plays a back up role to all the spice rack stuff I could do without. I dunno that a wit like winter warmer is gonna work, you took the things I don't really like about a wit, and jammed it into a style I'm cool with, but made it worse too. Interesting concept, but the execution doesn't amount to a product I can actually get into. The flavors are relatively strong and pungent, especially relative to its strength.

I doubt we'll be seeing this anytime soon, outside chance it pops up in a holiday/winter variety pack maybe.
Aug 28, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.68 by beerrat from Virginia

Apr 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.26 by NickFry9 from New York

Mar 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.8 by Preeyae from Illinois

Feb 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.48 by aprabhu from Kentucky

Feb 20, 2020
 
Rated: 2.98 by SWChi from Illinois

Feb 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.3 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Dec 26, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Label is notched for best by April, 2020.
Murky, dark gold colored body. Brief one finger white head, which is first as fine bubbles and then as large bubbles, and then a surface skiff. Leaves a few scattered small spots of lacing.
Aroma of wheat, orange, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste is more expressive than the smell, and is made up of wheat malt, wheat toast, orange citrus, and banana/cloves esters. The cinnamon is more on the tongue at the very end.
Medium mouth feel. Has a wheat tang and a pepper bite at the end.
A mediumly pleasing holiday wheat ale with spices. Spices are prominent but not overbearing. I like the pepper bite at the end. A lighter holiday beer to enjoy before the fire.
Dec 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.15 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

Dec 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.07 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taste pint glass; best by April of 2020.
A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a no more than one finger, short-lived white head, rim retention, and largely parameniscal lacing. Beautiful effervescence early.
S: Tart side of tangy with aromas banana, cloves, nutmeg, and a slight cinnamon note.
T: More semisweet than not. Flavors of caramel, nutmeg, and banana with a cinnamon tug (yes, that's the word I selected). More bitterness than I expected (or wanted) especially on the back end.
M: Light to medium bodied with robust to less than moderate carbonation evolving quickly. A bit watery.
O: I really wanted to like this, although, unlike Bing, I cannot say I was "Dreaming of" it. I decent, but hardly standout Wit.
Dec 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours quite hazy and gold. Nice head and good lacing.

I was prepared for it, and yet the aroma is so heavy on the winter-warmer spices it is a bit jarring. Nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon plus coriander and citrus peel. Once I get used to it, the typical esters (banana mostly) come through.

The flavor is. Ooof. Very little wit flavor. Heavy on the spice rack. Not terrible, but awfully overwhelming to the exclusion of much else. Like the aroma, it gets easier to analyze once the initial blast wears off, but it's a tough one that way.

The brew is remarkably heavy for the style and ABV. Creamy and filling.

A wit winter warmer? I was prepared for it, but it's still not the best mix.
Nov 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by Houlio_99 from Connecticut

Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Excellent brew, just short of outstanding. Pours a cloudy golden color with minimal head. Smells of douce, which transfers to the taste along with fruit notes. A full mouthfeel and spicy aftertaste finish off this brew
Nov 08, 2019
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
From notes 12/14/12: Pours a hazy deep gold producing 2 fingers of dense, finely bubbled, short-lived, off-white head that leaves a little spotty lacing. Aroma is wheat, banana bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and orange zest. Taste is sweet wheat, orange zest, banana, nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander. Finish is peppery. The pepper of the finish runs well into the aftertaste which is spice heavy. Mouthfeel is light bodied, slick and a little syrupy.
Oct 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Oct 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jul 11, 2019
 
Rated: 2.5 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Jun 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.55 by Wizzman from Massachusetts

May 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.39 by Deano_53 from New York

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by rorjets from Connecticut

Feb 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.21 by mholdefer from Alabama

Jan 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.94 by Cameron1986 from New York

Jan 31, 2019
 
Rated: 3.67 by generalraider from New Jersey

Jan 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.61 by busymom51 from Maine

Jan 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by B_B from California

Jan 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.49 by jimpyle48 from Virginia

Dec 28, 2018
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Reviewed by JasonC73 from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I'm a pretty big fan of the Sam Adams Seasonal selections and White Christmas did not disappoint. Heavy spice smells on the front end, the taste put me right in that winter/Christmas feel with cinnamon and nutmeg and some pine notes. Very good beer to keep you warm on cold winter nights!
Dec 28, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
Enjoy by April 2019
Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades semi quickly but nice lacing, fairly hazy orange honey color

Nose big spices, Belgian wit spices but also pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange zest, maybe coriander, tons of spices, a touch of sweet malt and wheat like

Taste is a little sweet, mild flavors and tons of spice, more pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, maybe coriander, etc etc, so much of the spices they're overwhelming, a little vegetal herbal notes, almost carrot cake notes, a touch of wheat like notes and creamy, decent malt

Mouth is med bod but a decent creamy fluffy feel, nice carb too

Overall meh, too many spices overpowering everything, not too pleasant but nice mouth if anything.
Dec 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.41 by Low_Hanging_Hops from Kentucky

Dec 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by ptat from Delaware

Dec 25, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Cloudy sort of an orange color .
Around medium body with about the same level of carbonation
Aroma is mixed spice, small amount of orange peel, malt.
Taste is the same as aroma , with the spice being very strong but hard to tell what the specific spices are. Really not sweet at all actually being a bit dry
Dec 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Dec 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.58 by Mjk5026 from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2018
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured cold from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy copper color, with a decent white head that settled pretty quickly to a thin ring. This is pleasant enough when cold, but it really hits its stride when it begins to warm up a little. Medium-light in body, good carbonation. A pleasant yeasty character takes its place alongside notes of spices, orange peel, and white pepper. Clean finish with a lingering peppery note. This is a very good seasonal offering from Boston Beer Company, and one I would recommend.
Dec 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.36 by nodder from New York

Dec 11, 2018
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1818 ratings