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Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas
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

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308
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1,675
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
35.73%
 
 
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Reviews: 308 | Ratings: 1,675
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

**
11/24/2012
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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Photo of burnerfinger
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bought this as a one-off - just before thanksgiving.

(having it right after a nice spiked egg nog)

a CLOUDY - some off shade of pale yellow. the head was white and wispy - almost like the head on a 7 up.
barely any lacing.

S not liking the smell - seems a bit "stale" no discernable hops. Im not finding the cinamon other reviews have mentioned, really nothing here that I can name.

T hand in hand with the nose - hard to put any name to it but honestly I dont like this

M nice carbonation

D - sorry but I have to say DONT BOTHER> this is the worst Ive seen from sam adams

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

Poured a hazy yellow with a white head. Left minimal short lived lacing and had no head retention. This is a thin and mild tasting wheat ale. Yes, there are some tastes and aromas of the token holiday spices and yes, you can drink a lot of these baby's because they're pretty smooth and don't pollute your palate with a shitload of hops but in the end you may as well be drinking a Blue Moon or a Shock Top. Not worth the price of admission.

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Photo of illpass78
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Sheets of white lacing. Pretty well carbonated.

Aroma: I do get cinnamon, as the ad copy says. Also orange peel, lemon, wheat. Musty.

Taste: Pretty much tastes like a standard witbier. Not super distinguishable from Blue Moon, but maybe a little more complex flavor. I would've liked more cinnamon, as the nose foretold.

Mouthfeel: Standard for style.

Overall: Decent witbier. Doesn't strike me as very "Christmasy" but it's not bad.

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Photo of RockRuler
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They replaced the coriander with cinnamon so those tasting coriander, WTH? I taste the orange peel and all spice but it's strange. Finishes clean but not a good flavor. Not my cup of tea. Strange brew. Cheers!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellowish orange with a big bright white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is very muted. Bready malts and traces of cinnamin, nutmeg and orange. Taste is the same, very bland. Feel is light and watery. Overall I'm glad I got a single bc I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of puck1225
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is under rated. It has a nice slightly cloudy yellow color, and has a good head and lacing. The smell is slightly sweet and spicy. Taste is a very pleasant mix of spice and fruit, especially orange. I am happy to see it in six packs this year. Please, next Old Fezziwig in six packs!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque. Hazy. Bubbly. Honey-amber. Fine, off-white, medium-retention head that soon develops into a film and lace on the sides. Smells at first of bread and yeast, but this gives way to cinnamon, quite good and not very strong. Perhaps nutmeg as well, as indicated by the label, but not much for orange peel yet. Palate definitely favors cinnamon, nutmeg throughout, much more so the former, but wheat and yeast character more present than they were in smell, giving it both grain and white whine undertones. Aftertaste is watered down cinnamon which almost reminds me of banana, of all things, and very mild citrus, which could pass for orange peel, though not very rindy or bitter. Medium bodied, a bit watery, but silky once loads of fine prickles have subsided. Far from the worst witbier I've had, and though it's not terribly high on my list of styles, I'm somewhat surprised it's not more highly rated.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.27/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty pale beer, murky with a little white head. Can smell a great deal of orange with a hint of cinnamon. Tastes watered down with some cinnamon spice.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a sticky, persistent 2” white foam collar.
S: Herbal and spice with some bread.
T: Bread, caramel, orange peel, lemon, citrus, with some cinnamon and light drying in the finish.
F: Medium light body and medium high carbonation.
O: Big wheat beer flavors that might appeal to a wide audience.

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