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:
#44,292
Reviews:
328
Ratings:
1,764
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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 PatGreer
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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 hollywood_15063
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jame515
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Lucular
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%

$1.23 special.

Appearance (3.75) : pours a hazy pineapple-orange body with a dish soapy 2 finger head. Opacity is 80%. Leaves very little on the glass after receding, though.

Smell (4) : this is a wit, alright. Vanilla, orange, spice, wheat. Cinnamon. A little coriander. Yep.

Taste (4) : Cinnamon out front with generous vanilla-orange oddity. The body is yeasty and wheaty, a bit bready too. The finish is dry spice and clove. This is a good wit.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : light to medium bodied, spicy and dry, crisp, lightly stiff. A good mouthfeel for the style. I like the spicy bite.

Overall (3.89) : a must-buy-again. I love wits and this is no exception. Nice, snowy, fluffy, good tasting wit.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange gold color with a massive 2 finger foamy off white that was full of big bubbles, like a champagne, and faded slowly, leaving great spotty foamy lacing sticking to the sides and a layer on top; this was so cloudy that it looked like beach water after a wave just crashed on shore.

Smells of yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, grains, biscuit, roasted malt, clove, light herbs and spices; seems to be citrus hops, wheat and spices wrestling for control of the aroma, which is par for the style.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, orange peel, toasted grains, biscuit, wheat, roasted malt, clove, light herbs or grass and spices like coriander, pepper and cinnamon or allspice; the spices are just aggressive enough to counter the grainy presence and let the citrus notes add balance. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was soft and yet tasty at the same time; it’s just too bad the cardboard funk combined with the spices always leaves such a strange taste after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a light to medium body and light to very flat carbonation; if it didn’t have the cardboard aftertaste it would flow down much easier.

Overall it was good, and I wanted to like it more but this is just not a style I’m crazy about. A good American choice if you like this style of beer.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wedge
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Foggy gold body with a slender, creamy white head. Spicy, powdery sweet aroma...cinnamon, citrus, coriander, and clove. Very mild. A lot of spices in the flavor too, though not overly spiced. Lemon, orange peel, lightly sweet wheat malt, and nutmeg. Creamy, medium-light body. Meh, I don't know...I'm not really feeling this one.

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Photo of socon67
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas has a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head, a hazy yellow-golden appearance, lots of streaming bubbles, and a thin lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is of white wheat bread and spices. Taste is of the same, and one will encounter no bitterness, here. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Samuel Adams White Christmas finishes slick, easy going, and drinkable. Overall, this is a stereotypical Christmas beer, and I think it’s worth trying.

RJT

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a mildly cloudy orange gold color with a small white head. The aroma is wheat with nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste follows the nose with a bit of hops tossed in.

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Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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