jerseyjohn71 (285) - corsicana, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, bread, hay, toast, floral, citrus, herbs, dough, clove, ginger, golden, hazy, cloudy, white foam, frothy, light sweetness, medium body, thin feel, creamy, lively, good spice,,
Clarkdvm (438) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Smells decent but average in all ways. Tastes kinda generic. Yes it is Christmas style. Not bad but not great.
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light golden color with a nice white head. Spice aroma with a bit of toasted malts. Flavor matches.
bstaff88 (11) - Cumberland, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source: Winter Sampler. 12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams glass
Appearance: The pour is a cloudy gold-orange, with a off-white head that disappears quickly
Aroma: Wheat, citrus orange and lemon, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg & clove
Flavor: Much like the aroma, lots of cinnamon & nutmeg you get the citrus of lemon/orange ends with wheat and the spices linger.
Palate: The body is light-medium, good carbonation, the spices seem to linger not a clean finish.
Overall Impression: Not awful, the aroma is very enjoyable very Christmas like. The same spices that help the aroma seems to over power the flavor a bit. I could enjoy 1 or 2 on a cold night. Worth a try!
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle -
Pretty much the throw-away/drain-pour of the Winter Variety 12-pack, successfully replacing the Cranberry Lambic as perhaps SA’s worst beer. No, I don’t think it deserves that label, but this was pretty bad. Wet leaves/woody hop in the aroma, some orange, light ginger/citrus too. Flavor had a bit of spicy character, crackery but after it gets to room temp it really reminds me of vomit or that aftertaste in the mouth after upchucking. No thanks.
slowrunner77 (9651) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
"I dig the spices used here for a holiday ale, but question the use of them in a witbier. Especially the nutmeg seems to beg for a bigger more robust base beer. I don’t dislike it, but it’s a definite step down from the coffee stout it’s replaced."
Rhf9120 (9) - North Providence, USA - SEP 3, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Holiday spices, (cinnamon, nutmeg etc) dominate the aroma and flavor of this beer. Overall it wasn’t too bad.
Darkmagus82 (2233) - - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-3-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a decent haziness. The head formed upon pouring is quite nice with it fading relatively quickly to leave a moderate level of lacing.
Smell – The nose is biggest of a citrus and wheat nature mixed with winter spice aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of an earthy hop aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with flavors of citrus and wheat upfront with lighter notes of coriander along the lines of a traditional wit. As the taste advances however, more spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg come to the tongue. These spice flavors, when mixed with more bready flavors as well as a more citrus start modifying the flavor from the normal wit. In the end it deviates even more as some more spice and some light herbal and earthy hop flavors come to the tongue. These meld with the other flavors to give a rather interesting lightly hopped and winter spiced wheat and citrus flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the slightly lighter side with a carbonation level that was above average. Good for the wit like characteristics of the brew and not bad for the added spice flavors as well.
Overall – A delicious and flavorful brew. A nice winter style twist of a classic wit. Sam Adams dose it again.
Msdrbeat (413) - Darnestown, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Very drinkable with a nice spice. A good Christmas flavor for me.
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HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a medium sized head that slowly dissipates, leaving a bit of lacing.
Smell is of bready malts, holiday spices, some citrus, and some additional dark fruits.
Taste is a nice combination of the aroma, very smooth in the mouth. Nice medium body, easy drinking, but flavorful.
Overall, a solid witbier, a nice lighter winter seasonal.