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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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 thatís perfect for the season.
Calories = 190.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Pours a hazy pale orange-yellow. Aroma is spicy with citrus and nutmeg. Flavor is definitely spicy. A smooth white ale with lots of cinnamon nutmeg and clove flavor. Solid, drinkable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Hazy dark golden with a head that lingers as a white ring. Light citrus and spice aroma, and the spice, esp. the nutmeg, comes out more strongly in the flavor. Lingering notes deepen that sense. Moderately fizzy, but tight as well. Reasonable, drinkable. Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1472) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2012 Pours a hazy golden with a generous white head. Aroma is sweet pale malt and spices. Refreshing wit taste of sweet malt, citrus, banana, nutmeg and mild hops. Some hints of pepper after the swallow. This is a nice one, but not what I would consider a Christmas seasonal.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Little head mostly diminishing light gold color cloudy fruity aroma spice and orange flavor light body, kind of like a lighter sweeter version on the winter lager.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Cloudy yellow with a tall, white head. Scent is busy....banana, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg... Taste is yeasty, wheat and spices.. Crisp. Not TOO sweet, but close.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1065) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2012
The pour is a cloudy gold with a white head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is full of spices with what seems to be the nutmeg standing out. The taste is pretty subdued. The spices are gently blended in to what is pretty much your typical wheat beer. Itís nicely balanced and quite drinkable! Not bad!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3332) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CharmCityCrab (156) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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).

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3214) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma has a touch of spice and a touch of citrus...very subtle and faint aroma. Flavor has cinnamon and nutmeg...a bit muddled but seasonal spices and not overly bold. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with an orange/cinnamon dry spicy finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Pours hazy gold with a wisp of white head. The cinnamon and nutmeg are a little overpowering. Wouldnít want a 6-pack but a festive change of pace now and then.


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