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

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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

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#40,649
Reviews:
335
Ratings:
1,781
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,781 |  Reviews: 335
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

Photo of JohnDon
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of biscuit malts, some spices. Taste has lots of spices, nutmeg stands out, some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it's not really the flavor profile I expect from this style, but it's a very refreshing and decent beer.

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

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

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

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

Seems like a decent witbier, although a bit darker than most and more head than most. Winter spices are present, although I’m trying to decide if they add or detract from the style. It seems like it would be a decent enough witbier on it’s own merits, so it’s best to decide if you like the American winter spices or not.

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Photo of davedog_7
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's just very mediocre. I really wish Sam Adams would ditch this one for a season and roll out a stand-alone 6-pack of Old Fezziwig. I have no idea if it would sell better or not, but I would easily buy several of them while they were available, vs. zero of the White Christmas. For whatever reason, they refuse, saying they're still just a microbrewery, which I get, but that's why I say go w/ Winter Lager and Old Fezziwig instead.

For the White Christmas, you can notice the winter spices/ingredients in its smell and even first sip, but it's overwhelmed by the wheat. I can get plenty of equally 'Ok' witbiers year-round.

Come on, Sam Adams. Hook us up with the Fezzi.

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Photo of dextr24
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,781 ratings