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

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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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Appearance - Pours cloudy, pale orange with a white, half finger head. Subpar retention results in sparse lacing.

Smell - Smells of pie crust, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste - Follows the nose. Heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon spices, with a pie crust malt flavor. Faint hint of coriander as the beer heads for the finish, and a subtle wheatness peaks through at the tail-end of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with an almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall - Not very impressed. Reminiscent of their Harvest Pumpkin ale, minus the hints of pumpkin. Is it drinkable? Yeah, but I wouldn't want to buy it again, and I'm hoping it's a one-and-done in the Winter pack.

01/29/18 Update: It has returned and it is just as meh. Why Sam Adams, why??

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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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Pours a cloudy straw with half a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose has some citrus notes in it. This offering tastes like a standard wit with a touch of nutmeg and other holiday spices added. The finish is rather basic as well. Nothing special here.

The name is the only thing about this beer that justifies its inclusion in the 2012 Winter Classics pack. There is nothing winter Seasonal about wits and it replaced the Black and Brew which I thought was an above average coffee stout.

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