JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A very hazy apricot-color with pink hues. Bright white head is small and mostly diminishing. Orange peel aroma with some quick black pepper spice notes atop mellow nutmeg, crisp wheat, apricot preserves and vanilla cookies. Medium-sweet with some light bitter undertones, particularly in the finish. Moderately carbonated with a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, the "winter" spices used approach "blink and youíll miss" territory so Iím not sure how well this works as a special winter offering, but this is solid nonetheless.
Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím pretty sure Samuel Adams White Christmas is simply their White Ale with a few tweaks. It seems bit more orange-tasting and mellow this time around, while having a bit more drinkability to it. Iím not sure what makes this a Christmas beer, but Iíll drink it even if it seems out of season.
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams glass.
Appearance: Extremely hazy tangerine orange colored body. Forms a small, off white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Orangepeel and nutmeg with the nutmeg being a bit stronger.
Taste: While itís not the most delicious beer in the world, Samuel Adams White Christmas certainly is an interesting one. Itís got a lot of the same spices and flavor characteristics found in a pumpkin ale but without the actual pumpkin. And on top of that itís a witbier, but an obviously Americanized one so the wheat character is lacking. Itís best described as a drinkable potpourri.
It begins with strong nutmeg and cinnamon spice to give it a bit of a rustic feel. I sense some clove as well, though the label does not indicate the beer is brewed with it. Through the middle comes the orangepeel and an almost orange juice-like taste to give it some sweetness and a hint of tartness. The ending reverts back to the original nutmeg flavor, but more mellow this time before finishing somewhat clean. Itís a satisfying palate and one thatís more interesting than it is impressive, yet thereís no obvious flaws.
Drinkability: The citrus component to this beer makes it a bit refreshing, especially combined with the somewhat thin and crisp mouthfeel. The spices impart some dryness, though, and leave a subtle pasty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite comfortable and itís smooth going down. At 5.6% ABV, Samuel Adams White Christmas is quite efficient for its weight as itís flavorful enough but nothing that will overwhelm anyone.
fiercepanda (436) - Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A hazy dark yellow beer with a small, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is wheat, a little citrus, and nutmeg. The flavor is citrus and warming spices.
Slubgob (168) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into tall goblet glass. Hazy light yellow,quickly dissipating thin head. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose but light. Similar in mouth, hints of lemon under same spice profile, which lays over the top rather than really being integrated. Maybe they had some leftover spice mix from a pumpkin brew? Good enough but no great shakes.
Hangover (1020) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy orange pour with a huge white head. Sweet, nutmeg aroma. Flavor is of pumpkin, nutmeg and light cinnamon. Suppose there is a hint of citrus but the nutmeg and spice is strong enough to keep it muted. Seems pretty artificial. Nothing special. Good line of IPAís from SA but this is mediocre.
BreWedge (251) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 Fl Oz bottle @ Courtyard Marriott Atlanta. Pours a hazy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is spice (nutmeg, cinnamon), fruit, and chalk. Taste gentle sweet fruit, cinnamon. Light body, smooth with a medium spice finish.
IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is grassy hops, oranges, cinnamon, and white bread. Murky yellow with a medium pale yellow head. Flavor is light sweet, nutmeg, and a white pepperiness. Pretty decent!
topherh (1905) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus, cinnamon, some nutmeg, and light wheaty notes. Flavor is mainly the spices, a little bitterness and some citrusy flavors.
sodakotakid (228) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours a cloudy straw color with almost no head. This beer has a medium citrus flavor with hints of nutmeg and wheat.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
malty aroma, out of bottle so unable to give appearance rate, lightly sour, lightly bitter, light sweetness, wheaty for an Xmas but like it, lively, a "light Xmas Ale" makes sense. enjoyed it