CharmCityCrab (161) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 Mild aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is of a very light ale with cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg in the foreground, with a hint of wheat and a very light bodied ale in the background. I should mention that brown sugar isnít listed as an ingredient, so it may not be in there, but something tastes like brown sugar to my taste buds. They claim orange *is* in there, but if itís there, itís fairly mild- Iím sort of tasting it toward the end of the bottle now that I know what Iím tasting for, but didnít get it initially (Edited to add before submitting: Coming through strong now that the bottle is warming. I think cold obscures the orange and warmth brings it out). A nice little beer with a festive holiday spirit, I can see this being a huge hit at Christmas parties with folks who normally drink pale adjunct lagers or Blue Moon/Shock Top, and could introduce a lot of people to the Sam Adams brand. Refreshing for a winter beer. Ultimately, though, nothing real impressive here- just a very mild wheat ale bordering on a pale lager taste wise with some added spices. Wonít win any craft awards, but wonít send either a macro or a craft drinker running from the room in horror either, and does evoke the season.</br></br>Honestly, the closest match to this taste wise is a light bodied pumpkin beer. Thereís no pumpkin in this, but thereís no pumpkin in a lot of those beers either. ;) Iím not talking about Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, which has a much thicker body and contains plenty of real pumpkin, but something more like Saranacís Pumpkin ale that is light bodied and seems to contain little to no real pumpkin- similar concept of being as refreshing as a lager, with lots of sweet spices; though this adds the spin of hints of the Blue Moon type orange/wheat thing going on, plus more Christmasy stuff. Grows on you the more you have- was surprised to see myself grabbing a 6er of this the other day after first having had it in a mix pack or two a while back. Just now edited my score to add one totally subjective bonus point to "overall" to reflect that I unexpectedly wanted more (Coming back to something frequently to me indicates that a beer might be a tad more than the sum of its parts).
thegreenrooster (3341) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is a nice cinnamon and nutmeg combo. Flavor is also spice heavy with some bitterness toward the end. Kinda watery mouthfeel and its a bit thin all around. The spice is nice but takes away anything the base wit beer has to offer. If you like spices in your beer then this is for you.
jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy gold with a decent white head. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus and wheat. Taste is the same. Nice carbonation.
alexanderj (3349) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured a ruddy, murky dark gold color with an off white head. Aroma of spices, orange, yeast and wheat. A bit medicinal at times, and a tad heavy on nutmeg; but a decent brew that matches the season well.
radio_nowhere (939) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 12oz bottle into pint glass. Hazy gold color with orange-ish hue and thin white head. Aroma is whit sweetness and spices, mostly cinnamon and some nutmeg. Wheat flavor and spices went together well for me. Light body, easy holiday drinking. Not bad.
damzz (290) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy gold with a hint of orange and a white head. The nose is cinnamon. The palate is cinnamon with a slight hint of orange. 12 oz bottle in the Winter Favorites 12 pack.
ads135 (3155) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was okay. The sweetness of a wit with the spices of a wit. If spicing had been more aggressive and backed by some hoppy bitterness, this wouldíve been better, but it is definitely drinkable. Tried at Neilís in 2012.
BillHick420 (438) - North Dakota, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy straw, with a white head. Some aroma of wheat, and some weak spice (nutmeg?). Crisp, indeed, but too light for me.
Onslow (1219) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Light colored hazy brew with small white head. Aroma of wheat, spice. Taste is wheat / wit with a bit of spice in the finish. IMO, the wheat and spice donít get along too well.
jb (2322) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I agree with the reviews that say Christmas spices + wheat beer === strange. I did find it an interesting experiment, not revolting, but probably wonít buy more.