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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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 complimented by the warmth of the spices for a festive brew that’s perfect for the season.
Calories = 190.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2128) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a hazed golden with a chalky white edge and soft white head. Slight floral-sweet, cranberryesque aroma. A thick white with an orangey edge and noticeable spice character and that signature Sam Adams maltiness.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sammer (1025) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Taste is sweet citrus, dough and grain. Light drinking and pretty decent.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
12 ounce bottle
I picked up a 12 pack of Sam Adams to have some lighter styles around the house. This was my first and not a bad introduction. For a large mass produced beer it is good (especially at about $1.15 a bottle). Check it out before the season changes.

Aroma / Appearance - The golden blond base has a light warmth to it as if the sun was rising slowly. Dense but short lived bursts of foam accent the base. Herbal green tea, white pepper, and ephemeral hints of gingerbread set a wintery feel.

Flavor / Palate - Honey, melons, and lemons prepare the palate for a gingery finish. Mellow and laid back it doesn’t try to be ambitious. It isn’t going to sell anyone on Sam Adams but it isn’t swill either.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Cloudy yellow with white lacing. Musky aroma. Creamy palate with flavours of orange zest and nutmeg. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2515) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2012
I’m not sure I’d consider this a witbier, as I didn’t get any of the usual phenols and esters associated with that yeast, rather it seemed an ordinary wheat beer spiced with all the listed spices. The nutmeg came through the strongest, giving it an overall spice profile very similar to Anchor OSA in both aroma and flavor. Fairly solid malt/grain balance, drinkable enough and the spices weren’t overdone.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (932) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours a yellow color with aroma of spices and nutmeg. A distinct cinnamon taste that goes down smoothly. The mixture of orange peel adds some fruitiness that compliments the entire beer. This is one of Sam Adams best in my opinion.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Poured a hazy orange color with about an inch of foam that spent itself quickly. Sme decent lacing in a Sam’s pint. Aroma was typical wheat beer, very faint on the spices. Noted orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe cardamom?, coriander. Taste was average. Nothing outstanding, but nothing bad either. Some spice notes, typical wheat beer haylike flavor, very slight bitterness. Lingered a bit on the tongue, but somewhat thin mouthfeel overall. Nice carbonation level. Wife liked it...but there are better examples of the style.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Daytonbeer (635) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours gold with white head and no lacing. Aroma of orange, nutmeg, and allspice. Taste is well balanced with lots of coriander and spices.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hartung32 (207) - Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Smells better than it tastes. A pretty middle of the road Belgian spiced white. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (697) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12oz bottle from sampler at Erica’s parent’s around or on Christmas. Hazy peach-yellow pour. Nose has a little bit of citrus, but overall this beer lacks the citrus zest I love in witbiers. Not bad at all, though. Easy drinking, like all of the beers in the sampler pack, and good enough to probably be my favorite of the 6.


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