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

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Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas

Brewed by:
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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012

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Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas a couple days ago for $7.99 at Meijers. It's been a while since I've had a Witbier, and since this is Samuel Adams new holiday seasonal I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. It was notched March as it's best before date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't really look much different than most of their other beers, it's a little plain. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on a nice orange tint when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This beer looked good and it was true to style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of spices with some cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves seeming to stick out the most. After that I get some sweet wheat aromas followed by a pretty big yeast aroma. The aroma is nice and pretty on par for the style with the spices really showing up.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but much lighter, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness up front followed by a some wheat and yeast flavors. Up next comes a pretty light amount of spices, the orange peel seems to be the only one that is distinguishable. On the finish there's a nice bready flavor and pretty much no bitterness with a bready, wheaty and slightly spicy aftertaste. This beer tasted decent, but the flavors seemed to be a little thinner they should be, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but the thickness hurts the drinkability.

Overall I thought this was an OK beer and a average example of the style, there was nothing that was out of place with this beer, but there also wasn't anything that stuck out as being really well done. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was little too thick for me and the flavor didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one would be enough for me, I don't think I would want two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked like a proper Witbier and it's just what I expect to see in this style. What I liked the least about this beer is the only thing that stays as strong as it did in the aroma was the sweetness, I would much rather have more wheat and spices. I don't think I will be getting this beer again, I might get it if it's release next year but a six pack is enough for me for this year, If you really like the style I recommend trying it but I wouldn't tell my friends that they have to try it. All in all this beer was decent and pretty true to style bit it was a little rough around the edges and needs a little more fine tuning, as far as noteworthy holiday beers I don't see this one making the list, and for the style I think I would rather have Bell's Winter White Ale. Samuel Adams makes solid beer and that;s what this is, but it's not all the memorable.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very spice forward wheat ale aroma. Big spices up front with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and allspice. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit and cracker. Decent citrus presence with hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Slight hint of coriander. Some noble hops in the background. Interesting smell.

Taste: Like it smells, but a little more laid back. Spices up front including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and a little clove. Wheat and pale malt with a taste of biscuit, cereal grains, yeast, and cracker. Undertones of citrus orange and lemon. Light noble hop presence in the background. A decent taste but it is pretty light. Could be stronger with the wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A decent experiment with the wheat ale style. Spices are nice although the flavors could of been a little stronger overall.

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Photo of mynie
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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Best before February 2013.

A: Hazy honey-brown with noticeable effervescence and a short-lived white head.

S: Sweet fruit. White peaches? Lightly tart. Spicy clove.

T: Not the best. Fizzy and drying, with spices that are simultaneously heavy-handed and underwhelming. The body is light and wheaty, with a vaguely soft-fruity endtaste.

O: Meh. Mediocre beer, but still not bad. Drinkable, but not recommended. A 'meh' witbier.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, quickly receding white mousse.

S: Aromas of malted wheat, minerals, butter cream, and orange peel are complimented by aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps some other unidentifiable spices. This is definitely different from most Belgian-style wits.

T: Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel are front and center, with notes of butter, wheat toast, cream, vanilla bean, minerals, and mild, grassy hops building around them. The finish is short with notes of wheat toast and holiday spices merging.

M: Light-bodied, but slightly heftier than most witbiers. Delicate, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is firm, but not forceful. Very easy to drink.

O: Not a bad holiday offering at all. It's not superb, but it is definitely drinkable and is just different enough to be interesting. If the folks at Samuel Adams keep this beer in the rotation for next year, I'll be curious to see how it develops.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent bright orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Oranges, spices, grass. Not much else. Kinda bland almost.

T-Bland. Blah. Not much. Starts with some orange and malt with slight spices. but there really isn't much to it.

M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbonation.

O-Sam Adams could greatly improve their winter mix pack by replacing this with another Old Fezziwig.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MDDMD
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-yeasty bread, orange peel, spices, hints of sweetness

T-malt, orange, honey, spices with no particular standout, a little too sweet with nothing that really grabs your attention

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-average and not really what I would consider a winter seasonal ale, needs something more

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Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky,dull gold with a small, creamy white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is spicy, the nutmeg most prominent, with the citrus and cinnamon notable as well, with sweet cereals. Nice integration though, bright but not overly done.

Taste is similar, in that the spices are obvious but not overwhelming. A nice seasonal twist on a decent white beer base. Could use some fruitier esters, the grains and clean and flavorful, fresh bread. A touch yeasty.

Mouthfeel is slippery, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high, it's a solid spicy wit. I maybe wouldn't drink 6 in a sitting, but 2-3 would be nice and festive.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly with no lace.

S- some dry wheat, coriander, and a bit if cinnamon. Different aromas, but all are contained.

T- slightly tangy from the wheat with notes of coriander, and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes just a bit sweet with a bit if honey taste on the backend and some crackery wheat. Flavors are very reminiscent of Christmas.

M- light-med body, lively carbonation with bubbly mouthfeel, and a foamy finish.

O- a pretty good seasonal, I would prefer the black and brew over this from the sampler pack but it does a great job of capturing the flavors of a Christmas ale.

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Photo of hophugger
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | 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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Photo of trevorpost
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of KTCamm
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 12/21

Pours bright light copper, active fast white foam. Settles out. Cookie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange. More orange than not. Taste is a soft malt, citrus back, light hop. Clove heavy. Wheat and orange. Kind of overspiced. Not a big fan of winter wits, and this one is not very good.

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Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit more than "wit," the color is a darker gold thick with haze and clearly, as per style and per claim, unfiltered. A white head tries to force itself, ending up loose. It starts at about a finger in height and fades fast. The beer itself appears spritzy, big bubbles sitting stationary. A wispy bit of foam is left, and the glass sports reasonable spotty lacing.
The aroma is on par, earthy and somewhat dusty but mostly spicy, giving off a whiff not of sugary sort of spicing, though there is a light sweetness, but more a dose of kitchen-type spices. Nutmeg is particularly apparent.
The flavor follows suit, offering a strong but appropriately moderate spiciness, the main components being wheat, citrus and nutmeg.
The feel is on the spritzy side, light and sharply crisp with a very mild smoothness underlying.

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Photo of hollywood_15063
3/5  rDev -13%

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