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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3.47
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I never tried it before and it looked festive enough for the season. Once I saw that this was a Witbier, I had a feeling that this would taste a lot like the White Ale that used to be the Sam Spring seasonal. Even though I hadn't had that in years, that turned out to be the case and for this time of the year, it's not usual to see something that's so light hued and easygoing. This did fit the bill of being a good holiday beer however, without being too boozy or heavy.

The pour was a nice goldenrod with a half-inch head that lasted for a little while and nearly no lacing to be seen. Very cloudy, the carbonation wasn't present and I didn't feel it much as I worked my way through this beer either. A decent amount of cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the grassy notes with some banana and pepper underneath. The mouthfeel was just a bit heavy without the carbonation with a malty aftertaste. Hardly any wheat or hops to be had here and this beer ended up going down relatively fast given how much I was attempting to enjoy it.

The alcohol was pretty well-hidden here and even though this wasn't a session beer, I could easily have had another in one sitting. While it's not Boston Beer's standout offering, this was a welcome change from the darker and heavier seasonals that are lining the store shelves now. If you're a fan of the White Ale, this is a step up from it with a nice holiday flair to it.

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

12 oz. bottle purchased as part of the Holiday mix pack. Pours a murky light yellow with a half inch of white head. Coriander, pith, citrus, and vanilla comprise the aroma in that order. Pith, yeast, vanilla, lemon, and coriander make the flavor. Medium in body and carbonation. Pretty good overall. Much better than Samuel Adams White.

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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 brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque, light golden with a white, half finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Cedar, ginger, wheat, lemons

T: Follows nose with coriander and nutmeg. A cinnamon finish. Sweet, smooth.

M: Medium. Good carbonation.

O: Not bad. A good holiday beer to share with friends. I bet this would be great on tap.

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

Appearance: Cloudy, light honey (orangish yellow). Minimal lace remains.
Smell: Spice, citrus.
Taste: Spice, tangy citrus. Maybe banana. Honey.

I enjoyed this. It's a relaxing drink. Basically, it feels like a weaker lager with some spices thrown in it. Decent, but obviously nothing you'd praise from the mountain tops. Spices are the dominant theme, but not too dominant. I will get this again next year in the seasonal pack.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light orange tan, pineapple juice. Fizzy 1/4 inch head with minor lacing.

Smell - Orange, wheat, spices,apples, grapes, yeasts, a little sour note.

Taste - Very spiced beer upfront, loads of orange, corriander, ginger and sugary yeasts. Wheat makes up the backbone of this, along with cinnamon and nutmeg. A little bitter/sour flavor comes up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, spiced and sugary notes coat tounge and palate. A sour note comes at the finish. Aftertaste is spiced, sugary and a little sour.

Overall - Decent, a little too spice heavy, really not much balance to this. Really sweet and easy to drink. Nothing special or something to seak out, but worth a drink atleast.

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

Big white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear pale straw golden colored beer.

Malted grains, wheat, light fruits, spices, cloves and more in the aroma of this Witbier.

Light spices dominate that taste with a little bit of the malts coming through as well.

A light spicy dry aftertaste that seems to also harbor some light wetness on this light to medium bodied beer.

A decent enough spicy winter beer.

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

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades quickly to ring leaving traces of lace. Light-medium carbonation. Medium body. Hazy straw color. Nose is orange peel, flavor is sweet orange peel and finish is sweet and dry. 12oz bottle part of 12-pak $13.99 Market Basket Concord, NH.

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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 Auraan
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger fluffy white head that receded to a quarter finger white head, leaving little lacing. It looks like a witbier should, very true to style.
Scents of cinnamon and nutmeg, slight vanilla and faint bready malt. Its decent, but very much dominated by spices, less yeasty and bready than a witbier normally smells. Taste begins rather sweet, with lots of sweet malt, sweet spices, mostly nutmeg and cinnamon and slight vanilla. Spices become more prominent in the middle of the sip, sweetness remains. Finish is sweet and spicy with a grainy aftertaste that has hints of vanilla. A good dessert beer, quite sweet, though not up to snuff for a witbier. Good for what it is though. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation and a crisp finish. Again, rather true to form, nothing wrong at all. Overall this is a decent witbier and a good Winter dessert beer. It doesn't standout from the crowd of witbiers, but for a sweet dessert beer its quite nice. Its enjoyable, but not amazing, a good middle road beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas a couple days ago for $7.99 at Meijers. It's been a while since I've had a Witbier, and since this is Samuel Adams new holiday seasonal I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. It was notched March as it's best before date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't really look much different than most of their other beers, it's a little plain. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on a nice orange tint when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This beer looked good and it was true to style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of spices with some cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves seeming to stick out the most. After that I get some sweet wheat aromas followed by a pretty big yeast aroma. The aroma is nice and pretty on par for the style with the spices really showing up.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but much lighter, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness up front followed by a some wheat and yeast flavors. Up next comes a pretty light amount of spices, the orange peel seems to be the only one that is distinguishable. On the finish there's a nice bready flavor and pretty much no bitterness with a bready, wheaty and slightly spicy aftertaste. This beer tasted decent, but the flavors seemed to be a little thinner they should be, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but the thickness hurts the drinkability.

Overall I thought this was an OK beer and a average example of the style, there was nothing that was out of place with this beer, but there also wasn't anything that stuck out as being really well done. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was little too thick for me and the flavor didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one would be enough for me, I don't think I would want two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked like a proper Witbier and it's just what I expect to see in this style. What I liked the least about this beer is the only thing that stays as strong as it did in the aroma was the sweetness, I would much rather have more wheat and spices. I don't think I will be getting this beer again, I might get it if it's release next year but a six pack is enough for me for this year, If you really like the style I recommend trying it but I wouldn't tell my friends that they have to try it. All in all this beer was decent and pretty true to style bit it was a little rough around the edges and needs a little more fine tuning, as far as noteworthy holiday beers I don't see this one making the list, and for the style I think I would rather have Bell's Winter White Ale. Samuel Adams makes solid beer and that;s what this is, but it's not all the memorable.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Powerful flavors are not gonna jump out and knock you out here. This is a very mellow, subtle tasting beer. If you drink this one too cold, it's nearly tasteless.. But allow it to warm, and the cinnamon and nutmeg spices begin to shine through. Nice soft mouthfeel, which is expected for a white. I like this beer, I just have to be in the mood for it. A good "dessert" beer, after you're done with the more hop forward, aggressive styles for the evening.

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Photo of Kooz
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited edition, and an interesting idea. Sam takes a traditional white ale, which I associate with summer, and adds in the spices I associate with fall/winter beers (cinnamon, nutmeg). I'm expecting a punch of spices and a lingering citrus taste at the end.

This looks great. Nice tight head over a cloudy, pale orange beer. I can't wait to imbibe!

I smell orange and cinnamon, which have no business being in the same beverage, but somehow work here.

I'm getting the citrus and some wheatiness. It's nice, but not what I expected at all. The body is nice as well. It coats the inside of your mouth with a warmth that lingers slightly and has some sweetness that isn't sticky. It's a nice flavor.

It's just weird to me. The spices make this something warm and cozy, but as a result, all the fresh, crispness that comes with a traditional white. It left me confused, even though it is good. I would certainly have this again though.

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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 nukem5
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with a rich foamy cap.
S: Aromatic spices of cinnamon and brown sugar.
T: First sip is exactly what you expected blasts of brown sugar and cinnamon then you get malty caramel and and some very nice light hops.
B: This one's no wimpy beer, top end of med/full body slight lacing down walls of glass.
O: Overall a very good beer they get slightly different after setting for a while, just wanted to check out the aging.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by March.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger dense white head. Hard to see much in the body as this is very opaque. Head dwindles to a thin covering. Just a little lacing.

S: Citrus and malt are the first things to hit my nose. Orange and lemony with a malty bready backbone. Some sort of spice like cloves.

T: More spice on the tongue than I anticipated. Pulls through vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Not as bad as I thought based on the smell. Little maltiness in the background

M: Fairly full mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation. Doesnt come off too watery.

Overall a good seasonal for winter. Has the light drinkable body of a summer ale but the spicy taste of the winter season.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The White Christmas can in a Holiday mixed pack...a much better replacement to the Cranberry Lambic. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. Definitely smell the orange peel....not so much the nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste starts with a crisp citrus start and then the spice bolstered by the cinnamon kicks in. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a tasty beer...but it will not replace Fizzywig or Holiday Porter as my favs.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly with no lace.

S- some dry wheat, coriander, and a bit if cinnamon. Different aromas, but all are contained.

T- slightly tangy from the wheat with notes of coriander, and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes just a bit sweet with a bit if honey taste on the backend and some crackery wheat. Flavors are very reminiscent of Christmas.

M- light-med body, lively carbonation with bubbly mouthfeel, and a foamy finish.

O- a pretty good seasonal, I would prefer the black and brew over this from the sampler pack but it does a great job of capturing the flavors of a Christmas ale.

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Photo of zac16125
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a hefe glass
Best before: April 2014

A: Pours a golden apricot orange with 1.5 fingers width of white colored head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass and help to keep a think film of head retention throughout the entirety of the drink. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Orange, clove, nutmeg, wheat. Really nice.

T: Pretty sweet upfront with lots of wheat on the backend. A bit of citrus. Not much spice at all. Ok, but not nearly as good as the aroma implied it would be.

M/D: Full body, heavier than many in the style, moderate carbonation, pretty filling. Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, not bad, but not great. I'm not a huge fan of witbier's, and dont really consider them winter seasonals, so I likely wont be purchasing this one again. Worth a try though.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cinnamon, nutmeg and wheat.

T - Lots of holiday spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and spruce-like flavors. Wheat flavor is present but not strong. Some caramel, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice witbier. I like the effort to do something different for a winter seasonal.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy golden-orange with a single finger head that quickly dissipates. Very strong citrus notes but the witbeer style overwhelms any and all other flavors. up front. Mouthfeel is a tad chewy yet acidic. The aftertaste and finish is where this beer shines. Once the dust settles all the spices tend top pop. Recommended if you like the wheat style.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of holiday spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by strong flavors of nutmeg and also has notes of cinnamon and orange peel along with some hints of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With all of the nutmeg and spices, this beer seems like it is a hybrid between a pumpkin ale (sans the pumpkin) and a witbier. The wheat definitely lightens up the body so it is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of karait95
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The correct color and good looking maybe a little too yellow, carbonation is medium and head is not very big formed by white small bubbles. Cloudy as should be.

S: Spicy aroma with some wheat base that feels in the nose.

T: Typical flavor for a wit beer, some coriander and some wheat, citrus and banana are not present.

M: Not so intense as expected, nice but a little sweetness is missing and some bitterness is present.

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