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Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas
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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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the Holiday 12 pack
Pours a hazy medium golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of pepper, anise, nutmeg and cinnamon overpower the nose of this one. Light sweet maltiness and a hint of wheat grain round out the aroma. The flavor is over spiced gingerbread cookies. There's a hint of beer in here, but the spicing makes it hard for me to find. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick spicy mouthfeel. Not the beer for me.

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Photo of delta490
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- slightly cloudy orange/gold with a slightly foamy white head. Minimal retention

S- not much there but slight hints of spice

T- definite Christmas spice noted but none are very pronounced and it's somewhat muddled

M-thinner and slightly towards the watery side

O- it's ok but nothing to get worked up about

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Photo of fank2788
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A hazy pale gold in the glass, a swift pour yields a thick frothy head comprised of a mix of large and small bubbles. Once this subsides a nice layer remains which laces a bit. The smell is all spice up front. I'm hit by copious amounts of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and orange. Beyond the spice there is a bit of wheat character both in terms of malt and characteristic yeast notes. The taste is ok, at first the spice is very noticeable. Beyond the spice there is a decent wheat beer base with the pale malts and wheat providing a bit of subdued sweetness. There is a surprising amount of hop in there as well and this bitterness combines nicely with the orange and citrus of the yeast to round things out. Body is pretty light as a fair bit of carbonation and low residual sugar prevents this from feeling heavy. Despite the spice the finish is also pretty clean with just a bit of citrus and spice lingering, not cloying at all. Overall I'm pretty happy with this one, seems like a take on the old Sam Adams White Ale but maybe with things toned down a bit. This is a good example of the style and a nice change of pace for the season.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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 scotorum
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I inherited a bottle because my daughter bought a variety twelvepack of six different and did not like this one.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Nonick.

a: Hazy gold with a finger thick white head which dissipated to thin surface foam and a little lacing.

s: Mild indeterminate spice.

t: Light malt under very subtle cinnamon and perhaps more. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Not bad as a dinner accompaniment (spaghetti and meatballs), but not a whole lot of flavor. The young bar crowd that is not into craft should find this at least slightly different. Probably would be a little better suited as a pre-Halloween offering. By December I'm wanting something dark that tastes like dark beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spices, citrus, wheat, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of spice and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a typical Sam Adams spice-laden lighter beer.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought these over, had it poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, the 8th beer I've reviewed from Sam. I think the winter whear beer is a tricky thing to execute, want to get enough spices in there such that no one would confuse it for a summer, without going overboard. Hazy yellow color and soft white head. Obvious notes of citrus and spice, particularly nutmeg. Nice when you want a winter beer that might not weigh you down too much. I think it's a bit underrated on here, good stuff.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this very much. When i first took a sip I thought for a second I took a bite of a ginger bread cookie. However, the smell is a little off setting: Not so inviting. I like the hints of cinnamon and nutmeg that has a subtlety that is unmatched by any other Chirstmas beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Another shout out to AngieBaby for supplying our little get together with this offering. It poured an orange-kissed gingerbread coloring, with two fingers of egg white foam creeping up the edges of our generic pint glasses. This retained decently, showing crystalline spider webs of lacing all around. A thick haze was noted, but in the absence of sediment. Carbonation appeared to be medium, and composed of thick bubbles rising at a steady clip to the top. The aroma gave a generic witty base of bleached white flour, orange peel essence, lightly toasted wheat malt, and phenolic clove, all overlaid by pinches of ground cinnamon, ethanol, nutmeg, allspice, dried cranberries and blueberries, pine sap, boiled plums, dried oregano, sticky caramel sugars, raspberry tea, and minty leafiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely seasonal and spicy, but generally muted all around. As we sipped, the taste began with that same wheaty wetness provided in the nose, along with fruity cranberry and orange tartness, faint diacetyls of cheap bakery goods, adjuncty metallics, white flour, chewy yeastiness, cherry blossom florals, twiggy earthiness, and black pepper spiciness. The middle came to a peak with toasty wheat, pale, and soft caramel maltiness, spice of cinnamon, gingerbread, black pepper, and nutmeg, phenolic bite of medicinals and clove, and distant white sugar sweetness. The end washed through with warmed waxiness, board chalk, white flour, herbal orange tea tannins, lavender, cinnamon lick, powdered sugar, heavy wheaty graininess, ink, phenolic clove, burnt plastics, and gentle grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathed with surprising hoppy stickiness of grassy and piney varietals, toasted pale and caramel grain, wet wheat, heavy well water, cheesecloth, burnt toffee, plastics, cranberry fruitiness, and warming gingerbread spiciness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium to high, becoming a bit harsh if swirled too vigorously around the mouth. Each sip gave decently slurp, smack, cream, froth, and sip but, at times, came across thinned and watery. The mouth was left wet and briefly coated, with quick tannic dryness spreading across the entire tasting field. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well enough.

Overall, the best things about White Christmas were its aroma and its drinkability. We enjoyed the aroma for its spicy inclusions, driving it deeper and making it aptly seasonal. The drinkability, on the other hand, simply facilitated being able to slug these guys back. While it was technically flawed in its overly watered airiness, this exponentially increased how easily it was sipped. Otherwise, we were disappointed that the flavoring didn’t express the same level of suitability that the nose did. Each component sat on its own, with the generic gritty grain underlying the spices and fruity tops. These never really came together, and were only loosely approximated by heavy wateriness. Harsh comments aside, this, as with their Blackberry Wit, hit the spot for what it was, and had its moment amongst friends who spent an evening catching up.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. No lemon wedges added or anything. A semi-aggressive pour brings forth about 1/2 inch of frothy head, reducing quickly into some wispy, bubbly lacing. The beer is straw colored and hazy with fairly high carbonation. I'm not a real big drinker of wheat beers, but I remember some others being distinctly frothier and more visually appealing than this one.

I get almost an adjuncty type of aroma- I suppose it's wheat, but it seems also a little corney perhaps (its ok though). Effervescent mouthfeel, with nice spiciness and vaguely defined citrus. The spice becomes more discernable as the beer progresses, but never becomes overbearing.

This is a pretty good beer, but it seems kind of odd as a winter beer, and yet doesn't seem to fully develop the qualities of a good wheat beer. I suppose it's just my bias, as I associate this type of beer with hot weather. This was purchased as part of a holiday variety 12 pack- 14.99 and a worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
2.31/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oskar blues shaker pint.

A- Looks okay, straw colored gold with a lot of haze, huge thick white head. Looks like every oz of carbonation instantly left to the head on this pour...
S- Smells like citrus peel, some bready grains, and nails.
T- Follows the nose, citrus, a bit of nutmeg on a wave of wheat... and nails. Huge metallic notes on this one. Gross.
M- Watery, lacks carbonation, pretty lack luster.
O- Between the metallic flavors and the carbonation issue I was pretty let down by a beer that I thought I would really enjoy. Damn.

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

2013 Winter Mix Pack

Aroma: Pepper and orange blossom aromatics up front. Crackery malt character. Slight ginger and clove in the background. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Hazy light amber pour with a thick 2 finger white head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: More peppery and orange peel character. Firm Saltine cracker malt base. Earthy hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, medium-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

Overall impression: A refreshing, slightly heavy-handed witbier. Not sure I'd put it in the "Winter beer" category but it was pretty good. Glad to have sampled it.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, cloudy golden brown with a small head. Smells great. A nice spice with the scent of the citrus standing out. Taste is awesome. Perfect for winter. Hint of citrus and spice perfectly balanced by the cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is also good. Goes down smooth, not too carbonated. This is probably my favorite seasonal beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of Weston19
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw with a white lacing. The beer is hazy and can't be seen through due to it being unfiltered.

S: Cinnamon, orange peel, ginger, and it has the same smell like a Hacker Pschorr or other Hefeweizen beers so you naturally get the clove, banana, and bubblegum smell. The smell is fantastic and they are all crystal clear.

T: Banana, cinnamon, ginger, some bubblegum as well. You get some hop taste mid palate but the cinnamon spices come in to give you a new flavor. Overall a very smooth, light and drinkable beer with plenty of flavor. This would go great with a meal in the holidays when you don't want something as filling as a stout or a porter.

MF: Light mouth feel with a semi-dry finish. Doesn't feel too carbonated either.

O: This is a great light and smooth beer to have when you're having a meal or just want something refreshing that still has a lot of flavor. Definitely a nice beer to add to your winter beer selections (though it can easily fit in a harvest collection as well).

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice yellow amber with a half finger head that quickly dissipates. Smells like the spices of cinnamon and orange peel and less if none of the nutmeg. Nice spicy aromatic smell initially that on later smells is not perceptible. Same with the taste. After the first couple of sips the taste becomes nondescript. The initial aromatic taste is quickly gone after your palate gets used to it. Had a clean and refreshing taste with some bitterness at the end. You get a tiny hint of orange peel but not much. Tastes like a regular beer to me. Nice crisp and refreshing beer that is fairly reminiscent of winter.

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Photo of Spikester
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with one inch of white cap and a light spatter of lace.
Smell is mostly malt and orange peel.
The taste features the malts and spices. Besides the orange peel I do get a hint of the cinnamon and nutmeg but just barely. Hops are not noticable.
Mouthfeel is about right for the style.
Overall a pleasant take on a holiday witbeir without going overboard. Easy drinker.

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Photo of atr2605
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head with decent retention
S-some subtle spice and citrus, bit of malty hay in the background
T-bready malt with light citrus bitterness and some spice in the finish
M-medium-light bodied fair amount of carbonation
O- I was a bit underwhelmed with this beer. High drinkability but not much else

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Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with lighter banana yellow hues and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Zesty autumnal spice aroma with sweet citrus, malted wheat and a strong bread/yeast presence. Smells more like a fall beer than a winter/Christmas ale. Reminds me of a pumpkin wheat beer with lots of cinnamon, allspice and ginger followed by bread, banana, clove, cider and orange peel. Interesting approach to the style but not very inviting.

On the fuller end of medium body with a peppery spice presence that lingers over the yeast and sweet citrus notes into a slightly dry finish. Prominent zesty spice up front with clove, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg followed by strong bread/yeast flavor, sweet citrus rind, banana, bubblegum, apple cider and subtle pumpkin. Tastes appropriate for the season but it's slightly watered down and the flavors don't mesh very well. Kind of bland except for being heavily spice and having strong wheat/bread flavor. Even the spice blend feels a bit generic and the orange peel is buried underneath the other notes. Okay for this time if year but not something that I would want to drink more than once.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by April 2014.

Appearance: Pale golden and ultra hazy. One finger of off-white fluff.

Aroma: Dry yeast, esters of candied fruits. Almost a pumpkin/squash quality to it but without the added spices of a pumpkin ale. Hints of citrus.

Taste: Falls right in line with the aroma. A buttery squash flavor adds depth and some sweetness. Some lemon cuts through, keeping the buttery flavor from becoming cloying. The spices are somewhat subdued but it works well that way. Finish is bright and the high point of the spice contribution. Aftertaste of ebbing spice. Not much for hop character in general, but enough bitterness for a crisp feel. At 5.8% ABV its got the right amount of flavor and robustness at a drinkable ABV that warrants a second glass.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with a great soft texture. Carbonation is right where it should be, my pour was semi-aggressive. Solid drinkability and in that sessionable range, though the flavor may get cloying after the first.

Final Thoughts: I'm not a Samuel Adams fanboy, far from it. However, White Christmas proves that the brewers over at Boston Beer Co know their stuff. Crafting a beer that could please joe six-pack and serious beer geeks as well is rare. Nice job. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy orange/gold with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Taste: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, and malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, slight aftertaste from the spices.

The Verdict: Very good. A witbier with a subtle blend of spices that don’t overpower the tongue, this is one of SA’s better seasonal offerings. If you’re a Blue Moon or Shock Top drinker, give this a try.

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Photo of Das_Reh
1.5/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'm not rating this one accordingly, as I'm fairly positive I had a bad bottle. It was actually my cousin's, who is just starting to get into craft.

Tasted straight from the bottle. Didn't take the time to take in the aroma, but assume it is the typical wit nose. Taste was very bland and watery, no flavor, with a sharp astringency that left me with cottonmouth. No wheat, coriander or orange peel, just astringent seltzer water.

As aforementioned, pretty sure it was a bad bottle (my brother did drop this one, perhaps he broke the seal and it went flat or something). May try again in the future.

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Photo of watermelon
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Part of Sam Adams holiday sampler.

A: Cloudy gold color with a white 2 finger head, fair amount of lacing.

S: Lots of allspice and coriander as well as some orange.

T: Follows the nose, could be a bit more complex.

M: Creamy texture nice crisp carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this I found it to be an excellent Witbier with a holiday twist.

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Photo of Zachior
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pros
- Very smooth almost to a fault
- Balanced spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel)
- Great lingering aftertaste
- Creamy finish

Cons
- Milky texture that may venture to far away from beer.

Notes - A safe brew by Sam Adams yet compelling enough to bring the similar nostalgic feeling of hot chocolate on a cold winters morning. Another great beer by Sam Adams, thanks again my friend!

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before APR 2014 notched.

Pours out a nice hazy glowing light orange color, creamy white head off the pour, after a few minutes fades to a ring, no real lacing.

Decent aroma, has some nice but somewhat subtle Christmas spices you'd typically find in a winter warmer in a witbier. Nutmeg and cinnamon most noticeable, some orange peel as well

Again, a nice combination of those winter warmer spices and crisp, tangy wheat malt.

Fairly light, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable.

A pretty decent example of a wheat beer with a nice twist.

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