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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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3.47
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas on a whim, and I'm glad I did. I haven't been so pleasantly surprised by one of their holiday beers since Old Fezziwig perked up my taste buds decades ago.

It's just a full bodied witbier with cinnamon and nutmeg added, but it's nicely done and perfectly accented by the spice... and sometimes that's all it takes, just taking a simple idea or common thing and adding a little bit of something extra to it. This, of course, is not the first amped-up witbier with holiday spices that's even been done, but it's been done very well.

I won't go into the specific details of the beer (color, clarity, head retention, body and so on) because I doubt that's necessary here, but I'll say that I find it remarkably well balanced. In fact, by the time I'd taken my second sip it occurred to me that it might just be the best (spiced) holiday beer that I've ever tasted. The cinnamon is clearly present but not overdone, and the nutmeg comes through nicely as well. The wheaty malt is full, but not cloying or sweet - there's only 8 IBU's to it, but the spice steps in where needed.

Worth trying for sure!

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Photo of RWLawman
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy burnt orange in color with very little head retention.

S - Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange.

T - Much like the smell, the flavors are of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and wheat. Very sweet flavor. Reminds me a little of a cross between Big Boss Harvest Time and Blue Moon.

M - Pretty decent mouth feel. Not watery thin, but not overly thick or sticky either.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. So far, the Sam Adam's holiday pack has been outstanding. This particular beer is one of my favs so far. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a hazy thick honey-peach color with a foamy white head that receds to a wisp. Light lacing sticks to the glass briefly.

The beer smells strongly of pumpkin pie spices: nutmeg, ginger, allspice. It really smells like a pumpkin ale.

Again, the taste is like a pumpkin ale. Loaded with allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and some citrus on the back end.

The mouthfeel is dry, somewhat carbonated, and maybe a little creamy.

Overall, 3.5s across the board. Unfortunately to me this just reeks of pumpkin ale all over again, so maybe I'm missing the point. It's an easy drinker for sure, and if this is the worst of the holiday mixer, I'll be pleased going forward.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a hazy golden yellow with a reddish hue. The smell of sweet spices filled the nose with a very pleasant aroma. When tasted, there was yeasty nutmeg, cinnimon, with what seems to be a hint of allspice or corriander. What a pleasant, not to sweet or bitter. A well balance of component to make this years Christmas Ale a very, very pleasant surprise. Another winner from Boston Brewing.

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Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Pours about a 1 1/2 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Slight lacing mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Light white bread, with a little orange citrus, and gingerbread.

T: Pale wheaty flavor, with orange bitters, and nutmeg.

M: Light body, crisp texture. A pungency in the finish that is indistinct but mostly felt in the nasal cavity more so than on the palette.

D: Pound. Although there's a little something off about the aftertaste.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Bubbly head, but no real lacing. Nose is bready, citrussy, and fall spicy. Flavor is bready with sweet, bittersweet, and earthy spice components. A bit of an off-putting aftertaste. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of Dools9
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden orange, two fingers white head holds steady after a few minutes, good patchy lace.

S: Nose contains grainy pale malt with lots of spiced wheat; clove, nutmeg a bit of orange peel. A bit of a muted smell and the spices aren't over the top.

T: Wheat, barely malt, yeasty, a general bready, grain forward flavor followed by a a hint of the aforementioned spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and light citrus notes. Dry finish, leaves a slight spice, wheaty flavor on the palate.

M: Light to medium, carbonation is medium and decently smooth. Drinks pretty easily for 5.8%.

O: Not bad, decent holiday offering. Doesn't go overboard with the spices and drinks relatively easily. Actually pretty refreshing on this Thanksgiving night.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Very cloudy, peachy orange body. Thick finger of gauzy, eggshell white head. Nice lacing. Wheaty, witty nose. Accents of orange zest, lemon, and spices. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe juniper. Not bad.

Soft, wheaty malt up front. Light sweetness. Bready. Light clove and banana, before citrus and spice take over. Orange zest with some lemon. Muddled holiday spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly). Bready, wheatiness reclaims the finish, with lingering spices and citrus. Medium bodied, with a protein-y wheat, smooth feel. Not as bad as I was expecting. Kind of a nice change of pace from all the porters, stouts, and Celebration I've been drinking lately!

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Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a big frothy white head. The smell is dominated by the wheat with a good deal of orange, the cinnamon and nutmeg are secondary. The taste starts with the wheat and the citrus, the cinnamon and nutmeg are constant, and finishes with a peppery aftertaste. The finish has the citrus coming through a bit stronger. The beer is smooth for the most part, the finish with the peppery notes detract from the mouthfeel, but overall a nice blend. Overall a nice beer with good flavor, nothing that stands out, but a crisp beer that is enjoyable. Nothing amazing but still a quality beer.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A new limited release from Sam Adams!

Pours out pretty hazy with a nice orange/yellow color and a fluffy white head.

The aroma is typical White Ale; wheat, citrus and coriander with hints of cinnamon.

The taste is pretty much the same. A good amount of wheat with orange, subdued coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg and that's about it.

The body is light and so is the mouthfeel.

A nice idea on the part of Sam Adams, but this isn't bold enough in the flavor. Pretty standard for the style.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm unsure if a Witbier says, "Christmas!" to me but I'm giving it a go...

Looks the part for sure... very hazy and golden... definitely unfiltered...

Nice aromas of wheat and orange peel with some of the typical Christmas spices, i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, etc... present... Actually smells pretty refreshing... Light yeasty aromas present here and there as well...

Burst of wheat and citrus right up front... Yeasty and earthy... Not bad really but nothing special... I'm not sure the flavors and aroma have be thinking cold weather or Christmas but it isn't bad... This seems more like a summer beer to me...

Not my favorite from the Winter Classics pack for sure but this isn't a bad beer...

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Photo of bonkers
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint, golden yellow pour, medium head, light lacing. It has a sweet aroma, lots of cinoamon and clove. The cinamon and cloves are very prominant, lingering sweetness on the finish. The body is light, moderate carbonation, very sessionable. A very enjoyable beer, the spices worked for me, not really a traditional wit, but enjoyable.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is from Samuel Adams new 2012 winter Classics 12 pk and replaced last years Black & Brew Coffee Stout.

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a thin, creamy white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Aroma consists of cinnamon and nutmeg up front, and then you get small traces of orange peel and wheat.

T: Nice malt sweetness to start, accompanied by some of that orange peel. The flavor flows with the cinnamon and nutmeg after the citrus. Has a dry, wheat finish. Very good flavor.

M: This beer is unfiltered so has very little carbonation to see. Nice blend of flavors and very sessionable, thats why they put out 6 and 12 packs of it.

O: I remember that the very first Samuel Adams I ever had was White Ale, which I remember liking better than this. This is an off-spin of that white ale and a great beer for this type of year. Although, I do miss that Black & Brew!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale is a yellow/orange colored beer with a cloudy body. Looking at the foam reveals a nice, fluffy head that falls apart in a few minutes but still manages to leave a small, flat, white coating on the top of the glass as you consume. The beer has a nose that features scents of lemon, wheat, and spice and it is interesting enough to get your attention.

This beer has a nice flavor profile that emphasizes some pale wheat malts, citrus, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. The spicy character is what consumers will remember best and there is only a small amount of hop taste in the end that emphasizes some herbal flavor notes.

Boston Beer brews a ton of beer styles and even though they already have a Winter Lager, they went ahead and created this seasonal Christmas ale. It is an interesting beer, indeed, with flavors of wheat, spice, and citrus and I prefer it to the Winter Lager. It has almost no bitterness at all, but it isn’t overly sweet either thanks to the balancing of the ingredients and the tang of the spice. The tastes are reasonably balanced, but the spicy nature and the orange peel are the flavors that stand out from the rest.

This holiday beer is offered only a couple months per year so make sure to get your hands on some while it is still available. The taste is befitting of a holiday brew and the balance of flavors will prove agreeable to most who try it.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking beer, but not outstanding. Slightly hazy. A pale yellow color... a lot like Summer Ale but a bit lighter.

This is a good beer. To be honest, I prefer it to the Winter Lager. The two beers are somewhat similar, but there is far less malt in White Christmas, and it's more balanced. They're both very enjoyable, but I think this should probably be Sam's seasonal...

Like I said, I like the balance, and the nutmeg and orange flavors I get make this good any time, in any weather. You really don't need to have a white Christmas to enjoy this beer. One of the better beers I've had from Samuel Adams, to be honest. The beginning of each sip is somewhat floral, but the finish is bready with a bit of cinnamon -- like cinnamon bread or something along those lines. Refreshing, easy to drink, and quite unique. Well done.

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Photo of Kavran
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the variety pack and poured into a Sam Adams Boston lager glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head that lingers a while.

Nose - Smells of lemon and wheat, and a hint of spices in the background especially cinnamon.

Taste- Interesting. It's light, yeasty, but still has a solid profile of cinnamon and spices. Actually quite good.

Mouthfeel - Nearly full bodied with a smooth feel. Carbonation is medium.

Overall- I liked this one. I think I'll go get another one. An interesting "lighter' take on a Christmas ale. Not overdone, and pretty refreshing and drinkable for a holiday brew.

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Photo of Suds
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wit Christmas? This beer is a hazy straw color with a brilliant white head. Plenty of effervescence, with clearly visible bubble streams. The smell is spicy, with a notable holiday bend (not a normal coriander wit, but instead a bit strong on nutmeg). The smell is sweet as well, with some pale malt and wheat notes, and a bit of citrus and stone fruit. The taste is solid. Better than expected....bready and mildly spicy. Good balance and very drinkable. Fuller in body than typical witbiers, but very appropriate. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong lemon, citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of wheat, and slight spice (cinnamon and all spice). Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spices (cinnamon and all spice), hops, and slight citrus. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and appearance.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #236
Served On: 11/16/2012
Glassware: Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.8%
Date/ Code: 03/2013

From the 2012 release of Winter Classics mixes 12 pack from Golden Brew in York, PA.

Look: The appearance was a cloudy golden yellow color with some extreme carbonation levels and a creamy dense white head. Lacing was evident.

Smell: The aroma seemed almost like the regular Sam Adams white with some extra winter spices added. Cinnamon and clove were detected. There was also a crisp quality even with all the spices.

Taste: First up was a citrus note that turned in to a spice and then a big biscuit kicked in. The finish was some lingering spice and bread.

This was an interesting combination of a white ale and a spiced beer. I can’t say it’s too much different from the typical SA white except for the ramped up spice level.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with bring white, two-finger head.

S- Smells of wheat, orange peel, and spices.

T- Taste is interesting. It's light, yeasty, but still has a solid profile of cinnamon and spices. Actually quite good.

M- Mouthfeel is full, and crisp

Overall- I liked this one. Solid winter seasonal from Sam Adams.

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Photo of tito42
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by Feb. 2013. Part of the 2012 Sam Adams winter sampler case.

A: Straw to golden with active carbonation and a thick, fluffy white head with good retention. A bit more golden than a typical witbier.

S: Lots of yeast in the nose with noticeable banana and faint spice such as coriander.

T: Lots of yeast and dough; I can almost taste a sugar cookie dough evocative of Christmas here. Sugar, wheat, lemon peel, and spices cinnamon and nutmeg as a faint whisper on the back end.

M: Nice, medium body with a pleasant creaminess, hint of sour, and a slight bite of carbonation that blends away into the palate.

O: A lot of nice qualities in this seasonal offering from Sam Adams. It doesn't have a very intriguing nose of flavor profile. It plays it on the safe side, but is a nice addition to the winter sampler pack.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head, held well. Cloudy, medium straw colored body.
Smell a lot of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and some citrus, but I can't place it. It smells festive.
Taste like orange and the above spices. The mildest of bitterness at the end.
Soft texture, surprising but nice. Medium body, low carbonation. Almost like sipping on a cloud.
Really not bad. Not my favorite style, but this one is put together well.

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Photo of budgood1
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a dark gold colour with a creamy rich half inch high head. wispy lace. spicy wit aroma with a few other additions added on top of the coriander, clove and pepper such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. the taste profile backs up what has been revealed in the nose, but with a rich, creamy , malty backbone that allows the multitude of spices to show themselves individually and in unison. it all comes across in a balanced and nuanced way but in no way am i conused as to what i am tasting. pretty nice. i would say (again) that this has a creamy, rich mouthfeel on top of a fullish body providing a both refreshing yet satisfying aspect of drinkability that agrees with me. no hint of the slightly higher ABV. yummy stuff.

overall i am quite impressed at the attempt to meld together a wit with some holiday spices. if only this had some belgian yeast flair, then it would be dynamite. as it presents itself, it's just pretty good and definitley solid. i can only think that this would be a great drinker after some outdoor winter activity to quench a need and a thirst.

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Photo of scvance
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head that lingers a while. Smell is typical wit, citrus and clove, but then a hint of spices in the background especially cinnamon. Taste follows suite, lots of citrus up front with a fair amount of spice flavor towards the finish. Interesting flavor, definitely different than what I've had before, but just average in terms of taste. High carbonation, medium body, and a rather thick mouthfeel. It's worth trying I think, but I'll steer clear from now on, not a favorite by far, but an interesting use of the style.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy and cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within seconds

S: Up front there are the usual suspects of lemon/citrus and wheat. Under those are the Christmas spices, which include cinnamon and nutmeg

T: Starts off nicely, with the citrus notes coming out. Then it goes into the holiday spices which start to really dominate. Finishes with a light tartness from the wheat and a lingering spice note mostly consisting of cinnamon

M: Light-medium bodied with high carbonation

O: They really nailed what they were going for with the whole holiday spiced wit, but I'm not too sure it works within the style. It's enjoyable, but nowhere near what I expect a wit to be

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Photo of AdamBear
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-very hazy dark yellow. white head that thins

S-decent scent of winter spices, egg nog, and mashed corn. actually...i like it. i know that description sounds off, but this smell works. i'm excited to taste it.

T-comes in with an okay taste of light winter spices and that classic flavor of Sam Adams malts. Actually this tastes like a slightly more spiced version of their winter lager. the after-taste is much more biscuity.

M-heavy creamy carbonation with a dry finish. very heavy.

O-i do not like this. its just off. it has a certain stickiness much like the sam adams winter lager. tastes very adjunct, and really nothing like what a witbier is supposed to taste like. its not refreshing at all. I started to think that Samuel Adams was slowly starting to make beer of better quality, but this beer reminds me that the brewery is only a step above the macros.

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