Samuel Adams White Christmas
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #647
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,166
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 15.27%
Reviews:
342
Ratings:
1,815
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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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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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of JasonC73
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
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 +0.3%
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 HoppingMadMonk
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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 dcotom
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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 EMH73
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
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 HeyJude1963
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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 +9.5%
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 riptorn
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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 +5.2%
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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 stevoj
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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 -17.3%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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 ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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 erk0607
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Dr_Gonzo
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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 UPMD_Bill
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank straight from bottle. Still got some banana/clove scent plus spice. The taste is a little bland if not for the spice -
very little hops. Feels a little slick. Overall: Meh, doesn't really work for me, worth trying once for variety

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Photo of omahawk
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not my favorite style of beer, but this is well done. Pours and clear light copper - definitely clearer than some Wits. A nice light crisp taste. This is very drinkable and a great beer for sharing with friends.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is straw gold, a bit of haze, head is bright white with small, frothy bubbles. Head presents at least 1 inch thick then dissipates to a thin top, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit subdued compared to the taste with less spice character and prominent biscuit and wheat malt.

Taste reminds me of a lightly spiced pumpkin ale without cinnamon. Spices are just enough to interject flavor into the wit character - some ginger, some clove, hints of citrus zest. Not much yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is moderate, spices are not overbearing and malt provides lingering pleasant balance.

Overall a lightly spiced wheat beer, not exactly a witbier as the yeast flavor is not dominant.

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1815 ratings