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

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Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: This one is all right as a spiced beer, but it's not very wit-like in my opinion. Some points were lost for low-level haze, a pumpkin spice taste, scant Belgian yeast characteristics, and some slickness in the mouthfeel.

Brassy golden, lots of bubbles, thin head, some lacing. Barely hazy.
Smells spicy like ginger root. Cloves, nutmeg, red hots (not cinnamon), citrus undertone.
A prominent, upfront spice taste that is more one-dimensional than the smell. Reminiscent of pumpkin spice. :S A fairly strong malty backbone and aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth, a little chewy. Leaves a sticky film.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden body with a foamy white head. Aroma has Clive, nutmeg, hints of citrus, sourdough bread. Flavor is citrus, winter spices, hints of toast. Body is smooth and crisp, good drinkability. I guess this fits the bill of a golden Christmas beer, but nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass best by May 2017. Pours a dark orange with a solid one inch white head that leaves behind plenty of webby lace.

Smell is nutmeg, sage, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, and coriander.

Taste follows nicely nutmeg, clove, sage, cinnamon, coriander, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is a thin almost medium, plenty of life, not dry, and drinks easily.

Overall this is o.k, not really my thing, but I can see why it appeals to the average beer drinker.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally found a 6 pack of this at a local liquor store (nowhere to be found at the grocery stores). Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head. An easy drinking lighter winter spiced beer with all the darker heavier ones out there. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nitro Project glass. Seasonal six-pack released in the winter along with Winter Lager. Limited availability and is sold out usually before Christmas day so stock up if you can/want. Belgian witbier ale with cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel.

L - golden amber color, hazy body, hard-poured to a two finger foam dome (no tilt needed). Left some in the bottle to shake the yeast out. Good 1/4 inch ring around the glass.

S - notes include orange Creamsicle, holiday cookie, distinct Belgian wheat malt, egg nog. Spices mask the clove scent of Belgian ale yeast, however I feel they used a different yeast for this beer. Really brilliant mixture of spice, malt, and yeast to give this holiday cookie aroma

T - orange cream, cinnamon, vanilla, Belgian yeast. Not as complex as the aroma. Nothing bitter or loaded with spice

F - very easy drinking, medium light body, really smooth wheat malt that slides down the mouth with a hint of spice left over. Not a heavy beer at all

O - this is a great holiday table beer. Nothing over the top and very pleasant to drink. Should appeal to the Blue Moon or other macro drinker just fine. Not sure why they didn't try this on Nitro, that would have garnered a 5/5 for sure. Still have to go with the dark and heavier beers, perfect for the ladies, cheers!

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy gold with lots of streaming carbonation topped by a creamy white head.
Smells very spicy with lots of nutmeg coming out. Some citrus and a very thick bread like smell.
The taste is very much like the nose. I am getting a lot of spice, picking up a lot of nutmeg and some cinnamon. A lot of malts on the taste as well.
Mouth feel is fairly chewy and the finish is kind of thick and wet.
I like this beer because it is what it says, Christmas in a bottle. Very holiday like with all of the smells and spices you taste in here. A very well done Christmas beer.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Poured a hazy medium Amber with a slight white head.
S - Smells lightly spiced.
T - Tastes like a typical witbier with a little spiciness.
F - Feels like it's barely carbonated.
O - Average beer.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into an Omme Gang tulip glass

Thick,white,frothy,1 finger head,with nice retention.Hazy gold in color,with distorted light coming through the glass.Beautiful cascade,with a ton of carbonation.

On the nose I some citrus,spices,malts,bread,some nutmeg.

On the palate I get bready malts,some spices,a slight hint of orange peel citrus,and some wheat.

The body is light,with a nice carbonated mouth feel.Medium dry finish.

Overall this is a nice beer for the holidays,not something I would drink religiously,but pretty good.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Festive, light. Pours golden amber, A classic witbier with added spices and citrus. Light bodied, has a champagne feel for holiday celebrations. I rather like it!

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Photo of basaywhat
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a medium sized head that slowly dissipates, leaving a bit of lacing. Smell is of bready malts, holiday spices, some citrus, and some additional dark fruits. Taste is a nice combination of the aroma, very smooth in the mouth. Nice medium body, easy drinking, but flavorful.

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Photo of Hutchman25
4.61/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Solid winter ale from Sam Adams. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg but they are not overpowering and a bit of citrus. Tastes like a Belgium winter ale. Sam Adams did a good job with this seasonal and I look forward to drinking this again.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, freshness notched for April, poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy, golden yellow with a white two finger head. Very good head retention.

Smell: Crisp, clean malts with some of unidentified spices.

Taste: Malts, spice and a little hop oil bitterness on the swallow. Spice blend seems very similar to the one used in Twenty Pounds of Pumpkin.

Feel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very easy drinking. I think it is a little thick for the style but considering what season it is intended for it is just about perfect.

Overall: A very solid beer, not exceptional, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear almost golden with no lacing and minimal film.

Spices are upfront with light malts and fruity hops. Spices punctuate the whole.

Is fairly... turbulent. Spices strafe the tongue while hops and effervescent carbonation.

Overall it's good but not great. Not bad but.... intentionally.

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Photo of Act25
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Leave this alone. My take on most flavored beers is like flavored coffees - what's wrong with the bean? What's missing in the hop & malt and water?
A: Pours hazy yellow to light amber with a small flat head and little lace.
S: Smell is the best part - subtle, spicy aroma with predominate cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by caramel, bread dough, like a sticky bun.
T: The taste follows the aroma, with bake shop sticky bun cloy, and typical winter fruit cake spicing and dought, bready flavor. Too sweet, too cloying, annoying.
M: Gums up my tongue, neither good for food or late evening, perhaps it's good for a sleigh ride.

Average - why bother other than can sell at xmas. Pass.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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 Rock_Glenn
1.81/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Drinks like a crappy drink your relative makes up for the holidays. Notes of nuts and fruit and random spices. Smooth like all witbiers, the malt aroma/ taste is great, but masked by a bunch of added flavors.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This witbier pours a slightly opaque orange color with a thin white head. The smell is very spicy with hints of gingerbread, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. The taste confirms the smell. The spices are not over done in my opinion though they boldly overlay a nice medium / light bodied malt backbone. The flavor is fairly sweet for a beer, but not cloying. This beer screams Christmas, but it still tastes very much like a beer. This is definitely one of the better Sam Adam’s beers in my opinion though it wasn’t rated that well. I do agree that they could have upped the alcohol content, but still it's a nice addition to what I think is Sam Adam’s strongest season for variety packs, winter.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had this from the bottle so idk about the look. was definitely able to pick up the intended flavors on nose and palate... just not sure how well it works. wheat, orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg showing up - maybe a bit much at times? not a bad beer by any means but not something id order at a bar or seek out at a beer store.

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Photo of RIMH
4.61/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite Sam's, hands down, and I can't wait for it to be released every Christmas. I love the spices in it, and I could probably never get sick of it.

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Photo of Myotus
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by Apr 2016) into a Spiegelau wheat glass.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarters worth after 40 seconds. Yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. A plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles leaves me wondering as to why the head isn't bigger. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and thin in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat and lemongrass are backed by subtle aromas of cinnamon and hints of nutmeg, pale malts, and spicy hops. The orange peel that the label says is in here cannot be perceived. It's more than likely overpowered by the lemongrass aromas.
TASTE: Mild flavors of pale malts and wheat enter initally. Strong lemongrass and mild spicy hop flavors follow immediately as pale malt flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle flavors of nutmeg and hints of cinnamon and orange peel (look who decided to show up) enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes very crisp.
NOTE: The Boston Beer Co. is always a hit or miss for me and this was definitely a miss. The aroma told that this would be a pretty unbalanced beer in the taste profile, but I was hoping that was not the case. I'm not big on pale malts being used in excess and they were too strong for me to get excited about this brew. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange peel were too weak. The only thing right about this beer was the amount of hops that were added. Good job on that.

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Photo of torrenju
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
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 wmblair
2.44/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I didn't really like this beer. I don't think it tastes very good. The mix of spices is off. After the first taste I thought, this is not a winner. It is pretty light.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange color small off white head dissipates quickly. You can smell the nutmeg and spices very mild expected a little more aroma. Taste was underwhelming wheat and orange nutmeg and allspice flavor. weak watery feel in the mouth. Overall not a beer I would have again .

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Photo of teromous
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very hazy golden body with a large fluffy white head that fades down to a short creamy white film. Good lacing on the glass but poor retention as the head fades quickly.

Aroma: There is a sour tinge smell typical of wheat. There's nothing unpleasant but a bit underwhelming for a beer that displays "ale brewed with spices" on the label. Maybe these spices are not aromatic.

Taste: I'm getting a nice wheat flavor. Again I don't pick up any spices at all. It tastes like an average wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Perfect mouthfeel for a witbier. I mean it is legitimately the gold standard of quality here. It has a nice thick creamy body that just floods the palate.

Overall: Spice in beers will typically fade over time, but this early in the season (two days after Thanksgiving) I would not expect a beer that says "Christmas" on the label to have no spice flavor when the label clearly states that it was brewed with spice. The neckerchief says "We put a new spin on a Belgian white ale, replacing traditional coriander with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange peel, giving this beer a festive, warming touch." I don't pick up any cinnamon, nutmeg, or orange peel. Overall this is a tasty wheat beer but I can't give my stamp of approval on something that doesn't deliver. If you're looking for a wheat beer this is about average. Freshness-wise it's better than many imported wheat beers that have become oxidized but there are some domestic (US) wheat beers available this time of year that are fresher tasting. If you're looking for a spiced beer you will be sadly disappointed.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Cloudy dark gold: About a finger of white foam on top.

Smell: Perhaps a little pine and spice.

Taste: Tart: spice.

Feel: Thin

Overall: Meh...spicy thin IPA. Not much to see here. Still not a fan of SA.

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