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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#43,683
Reviews:
328
Ratings:
1,763
pDev:
15.36%
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3.42
 
 
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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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Photo of dabarton
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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Photo of craftaholic
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of susanelectro
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KajII
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a medium golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fluffy head that quickly diminished, down to a very thin film and not so good runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light straw malt and a doughy horse blanket yeast with notes of citrus (orange), coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste was lightly sweet and rather yeasty with a pronounced citrus note throughout, with the finish having a slight spiciness at the very end. The flavor lingered for an average time following the swallow, with a mild spicy yeast taste fading slowly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a mildly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a decent enough brew that did posses a good drinkability, but was really nothing overly special as Witbier's go...

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Photo of Drewvel
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of KrissyKat6
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jsanford
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a fluffy white head that settles to a thin cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing. Mild aromas of crisp wheat, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of citrus peel. Not much going on, but pleasant. More mild flavors of wheat, banana, clove, cinnamon, and candied orange peel. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-thin body and ample carbonation. Not a particularly Sam Adams offering.

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Photo of Fox82791
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of antman27
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GWalk612
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nuebs
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Mcwinske
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

**
11/24/2012
Bottle to Pint glass.

AROMA: Aroma of Pine
LOOK: Cloudy Yellow. Small Head.
TASTE: Light citrus, light spice (nutmeg?)). For some reason the aftertaste reminds me of clams?
FEEL: A bit sluggish, like a wet sponge.

Not a bad beer. Quite light for a Christmas ale, but the pine and spices make it have a holiday feel
**

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Photo of nmann08
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Papagoose
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of salamiwagon
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of StuClayton
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice yellow amber with a half finger head that quickly dissipates. Smells like the spices of cinnamon and orange peel and less if none of the nutmeg. Nice spicy aromatic smell initially that on later smells is not perceptible. Same with the taste. After the first couple of sips the taste becomes nondescript. The initial aromatic taste is quickly gone after your palate gets used to it. Had a clean and refreshing taste with some bitterness at the end. You get a tiny hint of orange peel but not much. Tastes like a regular beer to me. Nice crisp and refreshing beer that is fairly reminiscent of winter.

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Photo of alexvhrk
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wheat ale with a cloudy amber body with a non retaining medium white head. A very warm aromatic experience with the amount of ingredients (cinnamon, orange peel, and nutmeg). Slight bitterness at the back of the palate from what tastes like the orange peel. Very strong cinnamon flavor.

Not usually a fan of "Christmas" beer but this was pleasant. Picked it up on a whim in April near end of shelf life.

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Photo of Fcip78
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of JC333
3/5  rDev -13%

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

This beer poured from the bottle and was cloudy gold/yellow in colour. Smelled slightly of hops and spices; mostly ginger and cinnamon. The taste instantly reminded me of gingerbread. Slight hop and wheat after taste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,763 ratings