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48
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Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 thats perfect for the season.
Calories = 190.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium white head that faded quickly and left light lacing. Smells of citrus, cloves, coriander, and a few other spices. Tastes of all the same things mentioned in the smell. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with decent carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good wit beer with extra spicing. Pretty average though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (1045) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
From notes: Poured hazy orange-amber with a small, thin white head. Aroma of nutmeg and yeast mixed with mild citrus. Body was light-to-medium and slightly on the thin side. Flavor of nutmeg over orangey citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (5000) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before April 2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon, orange peel, wheat, clove, pepper, pear, floral, biscuit, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes. Taste of lemon, pear, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, wheat, light clove, pepper, floral, biscuit, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, wheat, biscuit, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with spices being more muted than I expected from the nose; and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good spiced witbier. Good balance of malt and spice notes with good flavor robustness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2013
12oz bottle from sampler pack. Pours hazy golden with white head. Aromas some wheat, coriander, light spices, and light citrus. Flavor of wheat, light citrus, bit of bread and some spice and coriander. Average wit. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
A good looking beer, but not outstanding. Slightly hazy. A pale yellow color... a lot like Summer Ale but a bit lighter. This is a good beer. To be honest, I prefer it to the Winter Lager. The two beers are somewhat similar, but there is far less malt in White Christmas, and its more balanced. Theyre both very enjoyable, but I think this should probably be Sams seasonal... Like I said, I like the balance, and the nutmeg and orange flavors I get make this good any time, in any weather. You really dont need to have a white Christmas to enjoy this beer. One of the better beers Ive had from Samuel Adams, to be honest. The beginning of each sip is somewhat floral, but the finish is bready with a bit of cinnamon -- like cinnamon bread or something along those lines. Refreshing, easy to drink, and quite unique. Well done.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (5274) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
bottle. Hazy gold with small head. Mildly spiced wheat beer. Pleasant but not particularly noteworthy.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
I didnt like this too much for a Christmas beer I thought that it was way too light.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
From tasting notes. Pours cloudy orange with a small, white head. Strong spiced aroma with hints of orange, wheat, toasted malts and caramel. Overwhelming spiced flavor with notes of wheat and light citrus. Sweet, toasted malt finish with lingering spices. Way to much spice for me.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lowg (148) - Scarborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
Last bottle from Sam Adams holiday variety pack thing.... Nice spicy aroma, clear cloudy gold colour. Flavour wise has a little bit too much going on for my liking. However, still an enjoyable Witbier especially for the holidays, which are long gone at this point.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (3915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured to my 1/2 pint sampler with a hazed straw/light gold hue, frothy white head foam, and wavy cling to the abundant lacing. The aroma was ripe fruit, not really citrusy, with soft grain, light honey sweetness, spicing that was a little muddled, although nutmeg, cinnamon, & coriander were mildly noticeable, along with a light, detracting metallic hint. The flavor added moderate hop bitterness and some light astringency/tartness. Spicing was a bit more expressive, with some orange peel complementing the taste. A more lively effervescence would have projected the flavor notes better, and advanced my texture perception, which was bordering on watery. Light bodied nonetheless. I realize that this bottle was a bit past fresh, (notched on Feb.), but Ive enjoyed many refrigerated Witbiers that have lasted longer. Spicing may have assisted the short life.


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