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

Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas
BA SCORE
29.9%
Liked This Beer
3.45 w/ 1,717 ratings
Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas
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
Ranking:
#41,104
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
1,717
Liked:
514
Avg:
3.45/5
pDev:
15.36%
Alströms:
3.42
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
392
Trade:
0
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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greenday_bjh
4.44/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.41/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Ike_Potter
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice light, cloudy, hazy color. Very good witbier in my opinion, especially for winter.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.36/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance is amazing on this beer. A very bright golden color with a nice haziness to it. A very refreshing column of bubbles rises up and and creates a thick, fluffy white head that doesn't go away at all.
Smell is fantastic. All the usual Christmas spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and citrus. Really solid smells.
Taste is great. So much better than all of the other Christmas ales on the market. Instead of the usual stout base, there is a strong wheat and citrus base. The spices feed off that very nicely and become the star.
Mouthfeel has a nice refreshing crispness to it.
Drinkability is awesome on this Christmas Ale. A great load of spices with a lower alcohol than most, makes this beer one to drink a 6 pack or more of. Great selection that I am glad I got a 6 pack of. I need to get to the store to get more before its out.

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4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Included in the holiday mix pack I buy every year because I love old fezzywig.

Pours dark for a wit. Smells... wow. Like a surprisingly well balanced, complex blend of good witbier yeast spices and dull, blue fruit. Clove and black pepper but also... blackberries, I think.And lots of orange and cinnamon.

Tastes really good, too. It plays up the heavy, spicy yeast that's the trademark of SA brews. Starts off pretty much like a good, spicy wit, but then it segues into a middle that's like something out of New Glarus: the orange peel dominates, which gives the whole rest of the beer a nice vibe of subdued fruit. It ends with fruit, cinnamon, and whitepepper wheatmalt.

Well, shit. If this were from another brewer the reviews would be a bit better, I think. I like to give credit where credit is due, and it's nice to see SA finally brewing one-offs that play to their strengths, instead of pitiably aping the styles that other brewers are doing. This is a Sam Adams beer, and a damn good one.

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4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orangish yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - the nose is very nice; vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

T - vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, faint citrus, wheat

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is much better than I had expected. Some of the spices used are the typical ones: ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. But then there's the addition of vanilla which adds a rich, creamy taste. This is definitely not a typical witbier. I could definitely have several of these with family during the holidays. I'll probably pick up some more.

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4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like orange juice, with a quickly receiding quarter finger of white head. No lacing.

S - Banana, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust. Not what I expected, but good!

T - Banana, cinnamon, lots of pie crust, a bit pumpkiny as well. I can't believe nobody else has picked up on this.

M - Almost no carbonation with a medium body.

O - Overall, my favorite out of the winter classics pack. Would be a great beer for the fall as well as the winter. I'd have again.

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4.28/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The 12oz bottle pours into a glass a sort of dark, hazy caramel color with a nice, tight white head. I really like the aroma on this one. There is the typical corriander and pepper and lemon spice of most SA white ales, but there is also a nice cinnamon and vanilla cookie aroma that is quite nice.

I am really liking the flavor here. More vanilla cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadiness, almost a hint of my favorite pumpkin beer Pumking. There is some kind of aftertaste that I cant explain that is really nice; its like a fresh baked sugar cookie.

I dont know if everyone else is missing something, but I really enjoyed this one. From the first sip to the last, it was tasty. The mouthfeel could use some work: for some reason, festive beer should be more chewy than this one presents. Give me a mixed six of this and Fezziwig and my holidays would be "all set".

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4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

Look - Hazy, cloudy orange honey color. Fluffy white head that settles into a ring around the beer. Splotchy lacing left behind in the glass.
Smell - Sour wheat, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg. More cinnamon than nutmeg.
Taste - Oh yeah, it's wheat beer. The taste matches the smell. Sour wheat, orange, cinnamon. Again, not so much nutmeg.
Feel - What you'd expect from a wheat beer. Creamy, a little bit of a chewy feel. Coats the tongue and lingers. Well balanced carbonation.
Overall - A solid seasonal from Sam Adams. I was glad they left it out of the Winter Pack for more of their other seasonals (Chocolate Bock), but that didn't mean I wouldn't get a six pack to compliment it. SA knows how to make a delicious wheat beer, and this is proof.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 29.9% out of 100 with 1,717 ratings
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