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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,976
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
1,721
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
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28
Gots:
394
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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

Photo of rangerred
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

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

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

Photo of gopens44
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of corywalston
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%

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

Photo of scottfrie
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
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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2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CIBoy10
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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2.88/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Shafaegalo
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LarryMyers
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of torrenju
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Overall the beer was ok, tasting mainly of orange peel, and maybe a little nutmeg. I didn't taste much cinnamon, though. I think it would have been better if the flavors were more fully blended.

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2.9/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before March 2014. Another seasonal release from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety twelve pack. The third beer from the variety pack this year to be brewed with cinnamon and orange peel, with nutmeg replacing the ginger. Expectations are fairly low, I remember being unimpressed with this offering last year, but I'll give it another go.

Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of soft white fizz, audibly sizzling away. Body is a light lemon-orange colored body with tons of active carbonation freaking out in the glass. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is of dusty grains, bubblegum malt, fizzing soapy carbonation, and some orange juice zest. Not doing anything for me.

T - Taste follows the nose: grainy wheat, bubblegum malt, some dry spice probably from the cinnamon & nutmeg but to me it tastes more like ginger zest, and some lightly citric orange creamsicle. The orange tastes slightly artificial, and the rest of the beer has a pretty poor depth of flavor. Again, not doing it for me.

M - Feel goes down soft, smooth, wet, and creamy. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty bland and uninspired offering from Samuel Adams. Witbiers aren't my favorite style to begin with, but this still has to be one of the less interesting examples of the style that I've had. One of the lesser beers from the variety pack; I would almost prefer the Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock over this one.

Samuel Adams White Christmas ---3/5.

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,721 ratings
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