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: Belgian 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
Ranking:
#41,025
Reviews:
337
Ratings:
1,791
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
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Photo of generalraider
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of busymom51
4.61/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of B_B
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimpyle48
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JasonC73
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!

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of jkrug5
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mjk5026
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
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.

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Photo of nodder
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rmarquardt17
4.52/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TWStandley
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMH73
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is really just a mess. Take a wheat beer and sprinkle some nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger in it and this is what you get. I really did not get any of the orange peel at all. Extremely disappointing.

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Photo of Tdengel
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HeyJude1963
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had higher hopes for this one. I was expecting a more complex taste, given the ingredients, but my taste buds couldn't find them. It isn't awful, just not what I thought it would be.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly fine as an easy sipper around the holidays. The cinnamon flavor works fine with the orange peel and gives a little bit of contrast, otherwise it is just a standard wheat beer

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Photo of Torreon10
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer that I like and nice finish. Really refreshing

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Photo of Bluesfolk19
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of riptorn
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look – Light gold and minimally cloudy. Very small head and even less lacing.
Smell – I’m at a loss about other reviewers finding spices...just not there for me. Pretty much all a wheat impression and a bit of hops (only a little bit).
Taste – Weird. Metallic aftertaste. After the swallow and when licking my lips, I perceived salt?!? Bittering on the back end was helped subdue the wheat.
Feel – Started clean; a bit slick after a couple sips.
Overall – Not a fan. It wasn’t particularly hazy, nor crisp, nor bright (as per the description on the bottle). Doesn’t speak spices or Christmas to me. I got no cinnamon, no nutmeg and no orange, but wheat was obvious.

The bottle indicates Best By March (’19?). Wondering if I got one that wasn’t what Sam intended. Glad I only picked up one.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - quite cloudy with golden color. Small foam head and minimal glass lacing
Smell - very spicy.. cinnamon mostly but also ginger and nutmeg. Wouldn't be able to tell it's a witbier based on aroma..
Taste - orange peel and ginger. And some cinnamon sugar. Little bit of banana and cream. It's medium-light carbonation and medium bodied. Not too filling but not light either. The spices create a warmth feeling.

Overall, not my favorite style but it tastes pretty good for what they are trying to do. I would never buy it as a straight up product, too many better options out there. It gets a grade of B

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Photo of brocktune
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,791 ratings