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Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas
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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302
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1,656
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
36.02%
 
 
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Photo of tillmac62
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a nice frothy head that lingers and laces well. Nose is of spice, mostly nutmeg. Light body with good carbonation. The taste is subtle, but of spice, with it being more nutmeg than anything else. Finishes cleanly with a slight spiciness that lingers. A solid non-complex beer, but not outstanding. It needs more flavor, be it from more spice or dark malt.

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Photo of Kromes
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orange color with a thin white head.

A strong citrus/orange peel and nutmeg aroma. That's about it....maybe a little bit of hop.

The nutmeg is apparent up front with a biscuit malt flavor. The citrus cuts in and continues into the finish. There is a lingering nutmeg and citrus flavor to round it out.

The feel is light and smooth. Has a really nice velvet smoothness to it.

A pretty good witbier. Of course it draws similarities to Blue Moon, but this has more of a rounded out feel and more natural citrus quality to it.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy lemon hue with moderate carbonation producing 1/4 inch white head that quickly recedes.
S: Lemon citrus, mineral funk, orange peel, and a hint of spice.
T: Orange citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of bready yeast.
M: Fresh and light feel. Moderate carbonation effervescence. Smooth and slightly sweet.
D: A fairly refreshing winter wit. A straight-forward brew...but what it does, it does well.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a very hazy, golden orange with a 2" white head. Little lacing/retention.

S- Oranges and corn. Maybe some faint clove in the background.

T- Oranges and citrus, but really no authentic spice flavor here except maybe a hint of cinnamon. Tastes like a cheap version of blue moon.

M- Medium carbonation, slightly thick.

Overall I was unimpressed with this one. I had to choke down the last few sips. Not a winter style in my opinion, either.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tradition orange wit color. Definitely flat, with no foam or lacing at all, but the color makes up for this.

Smell: Lots of nutmeg and clove with a hint of orange peel as advertised. Kind of a fruity eggnog. A bit sour in the finish.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Just a hint of nutmeg. There's really nothing else in this. Quite watery also. There's really just no bite in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: One of the most average beers I've ever had. I rate it as such overall.

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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 riversider76
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poura a cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Not much retention, and no laceing. Aroma is of citrus, and spice. Body is on the light side of medium with some carbonation. Taste is of orange peel, and spice. Tangy with a crisp refreshing flavor. Some hints of bready malts make this somthing differant,and very enjoyable. Merry Christmas!

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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 yamar68
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold body, thick paper white head, good lacing.

Grainy on the nose... a slight suggestion of orange peel and pear, maybe some white pepper, wheat, pretty smooth but also pretty boring.

Cinnamon, nutmeg... a bit too much spice for a wit, there's some wheat and a touch of clove, I think the spice just needs to get dialed back.

Certainly is drinkable though.

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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 billybob
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy darker golden color a one finger head that quickly faded to just a skim on top of the beer. a light lace which also faded quickly leaving a little here and there. smell was average with citrus, cinnamon, and nutmeg being picked up. taste from the wheat gave it a nice tang and there was a good balance of the other flavors and spice. mouthfeel was disappointing as the carbonation was sort of flat and not crisp and tight as it should have been also could have used a little more body to it. its a ok beer and it fits the witbier style but its not best out there buy a long shot.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden color with modest foam. Nothing special, but not too bad either. The aroma comes across with a bit of a sour lemon aspect mixed with spices vaguely reminiscent of the holiday season. This trend continues onto the palate with lemon leading to a sturdy wheat center. Cloves, nutmeg and other spices pick-up at the end. This brew has some odd notes to it and isn't put together in a particularly cogent way. The idea is just fine, but it could use some more tweaking.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in tall lager glass

A: cloudy peach, good carbonation, thin head, not much lacing
S: strong yeast aroma; not very appealing
T: sweet; fruity and estery; some modest spicing--allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg;
M: decent

Not bad for a party beer; not much special about it

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Photo of scratch69
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Hazy, light gold color with a fingers worth of rapidly disappearing head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Strong orange peel aroma with a hint of wheat malt and some spices.

Taste- Orange peel flavor with some wheat malt and just a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of prickly carbonation.

Overall- I like the holiday spices they used, I just wish they would have toned down the orange peel a tad. Still it is an interesting take on a witbier and I would drink it again.

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

Had this on Christmas eve as a starter brew.
Appearance of golden straw, good carbonation, white head though lite lace,
Aroma of citric spice.
Taste of winter spice, cinnamon, coriander and pepper.
Mouthfeel of slight citric sting, hop notice, and a crisp, malty coated finish.
Overall, a good wit, could be used as a good spring ale as well. Here's hope'n

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz glass into a Guinness glass

A- Pours a medium hazy golden wheat color with a medium white head that dissipated to a thin film.

S- Spice from both added spices and yeast, some orange zest is detected. Some banana from the yeast.

T- Kinda of thin for what I was getting on the nose. Some more of the orange zest, and more subtle spices in the taste compared to the nose. Not a big lingering aftertaste, slight bitter citrus.

M- Pretty light and thin, could use more depth.

O- This is an okay beer, nothing that great, probably comparable to Blue Moon which I would go with over this one. Got this one in the '13 Winter Favorites pack and wish they would have left one of the 3 spice beers in there out and put the Holiday Porter or something in instead.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another SA sampler pk offering. Poured into a pint glass, nice white, creamy head, faded fast, some light lacing. Piss yellow, lightly cloudy, the better witbiers that I have had are usually "thicker".

Smells of nutmeg and honey, heavy on the clove and pretty much tastes the same. Bready, hints of floral, Medium carbonation.

This is an easy wheat to drink and if you are new to the style it would be a pleasant place to start. Smooth, slightly sweet, mostly cloves...easy drinking. Not much else to say, I think it needs more spices on the nose and tongue...it pretty much tastes like a watered down honey/clove wheat. I'd drink a couple out of a sampler but probably wouldn't buy on its own.

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Photo of Samp01
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet biscuit malt, wheat, yeast, with some light spicy fruity notes and some mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a combination of sweet malt, wheat, yeast with some light spicy fruity flavor and mild bitterness, slight nutty flavor on the end. Overall a good drinking session ale.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a tiny white head. Smells of some wintertime spices and wheat, not overly strong. Tastes of orange and very slight wheat with spice. Beer is light bodied, nice carbonation, nice finish. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 1-finger white bubbly head. Average retention that fades into a ring around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. For the style, I wish it had a little bit of haze and that the head characteristics were better.

S – I don’t get much grainy wheat but I do clearly get all the spices that are listed on the bottle – cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest.

T – This is more like it. It starts off sweet with orange zest and grainy, bready malted wheat. Orange zest also lends a bit of tartness to the taste. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and peppery yeast spice shine towards the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a really nice creamy mouthfeel, and a tangy, spicy, dry finish. Flavors from all the added spices linger nicely.

O – This is a really tasty beer. If the appearance and aroma were a bit better, this could be a 4+. I like the idea of doing a spiced witbier for a winter seasonal. While I do like heavier beers, it’s a nice change of pace from the stouts and winter warmers – particularly when you live in Charleston and it’s been in the 70s for the past week.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy, golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, displaying the typical Belgian witbier aromas of citrus, clove, banana, bubblegum, and Band-Aids.

Taste: Typical Belgian witbier flavors present too. Strong notes of banana, clove, coriander, black pepper and citrus, such as lemon, grapefruit, orange. Not much in the way of malt or hops though.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not too bad. Certainly not just watery. There’s some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m not a fan of this beer, but it really isn’t the fault of the beer or Sam Adams, as I’m not a fan of witbiers. Actually, Sam Adams did a good job with this beer, as it captures all that a Belgian witbier should have.

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Photo of magine
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams "perfect pint" glass.

Pours a hazy near orange with a initial inch thick fluffy head. Head settles to a lace head and some decent lace on the sides remain. Decent looks.

Brew smells spiced as labled; cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus and a bready wheat to even out the nose. Good nose.

Brew is spiced; has really good mix of winter brew spices and a summer wheat brew. Complexity is good, wish more witbiers had spices like this. Cinnamon, nutmeg and nice malty wheat body. Orange and spices go great together. A very drinkable brew that has lots of flavors. Good stuff.

I liked this onme alot, I almost wish this could be a year roubd brew. A more interesting and complex witbier.

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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 fx20736
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass, served cold.

Turbid honey/ lemon with a thin white head. Respectable lacing.

Aroma of cinnamon, cloves, orange peel.

mouthfeel is full.

Taste is pale malt with cloves, cinnamon and oranges.

notes: nice, not great.

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