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: 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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Reviews:
328
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1,764
pDev:
15.36%
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3.42
 
 
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2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes from earlier in the night. From a Sam holiday bundle bought for the family for Christmas/Christmas Eve. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a decent wit. Pretty hazy gold/orange color with a short white head. The head died quick but left a nice lacing.

Smell: Wheat, coriander, some spices like cinnamon and clove. Nothing strong.

Taste: An incredibly unrefreshing and relatively boring witbier. The spices don't add much, and Sam Adams must have decided to forgo crisp flavor for holiday vibe. This needs something to add a nice crispness or zest. Nothing about this wants me to continue drinking it, but I'll finish. Not the worst beer I've had all year, but one of the last I'd consider drinking again, and something I may even reject if given outright.

Mouthfeel: I respect that Sam Adams went light on the carbonation here, but I'd actually dig more. Perhaps a little heavier than I'd want too. Still, this is probably the best aspect of the beer besides its appearance.

The worst beer from Sam Adams I've ever had and something I'd be glad if they got rid of.

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2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Bad head retention with no lacing at all.

Aroma of some lemon and coriander typical of a witbier. In addition to this, there are some spices typical of winter/christmas beers like nutmeg and cinnamon.

The flavor is even more spice-forward than the aroma and it becomes a bit too much/artificial tasting. There is a decent wheat beer base but it is overpowered by the spice. Also it is all a little too sweet.

Overall, a miss for Samuel Adams. I don't know why they got rid of the decent Black and Brew for this but not a good idea.

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2.8/5  rDev -18.8%

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2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

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2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden with lemon highlights beneath a short lived soft looking bright white head that faded into a fuzzy film. Thin wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon are easily noticeable upon first whiff. I get notes of wheat and chalky yeast and a touch of citrus following.
T: Creamy wheat flavors mixed with minerally yeast and syrupy citrus flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg are still prominent. Everything has kind of a syrupy greasy flavor/feel to it that is a bit off putting. The aftertaste is synthetic and contains notes of black pepper and white grape juice.
M: Very soft and frothy carbonation goes well with a very creamy medium body and smooth mouthfeel. This beer is greasy though and coasts my mouth strangely.
O: A step fuller and creamier than the really bad ones of the style, but I did not care for this one a whole lot more than I care for those. Flavors are as described on the bottle but taste synthetic and syrupy, and everything has an oily texture to it. Not the worst the definitely not the best offering from BBC.

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2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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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2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

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2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The wheat flavors dissipate as the beer warms up and the spices begin to bloom. Great lacing and a nice head. Compared to other Sam Adams offerings I'd say this is subpar, but I'm not a big fan of wheat.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,764 ratings