superspak (6228) - Waterford, 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. msante79 (2244) - 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. 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 it’s more balanced. They’re both very enjoyable, but I think this should probably be Sam’s 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 don’t need to have a white Christmas to enjoy this beer. One of the better beers I’ve 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. rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
bottle. Hazy gold with small head. Mildly spiced wheat beer. Pleasant but not particularly noteworthy. Ret12 (454) - Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
I didn’t like this too much for a Christmas beer I thought that it was way too light.
jcweaver (770) - 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.
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. tmoreau (4748) - 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 I’ve enjoyed many refrigerated Witbiers that have lasted longer. Spicing may have assisted the short life. twindadplus2 (743) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Hazy golden amber color with a good sized fizzy head that didn’t last very long. light aroma is sweet citrus, wheat and coriander. Flavor is sweet and spicy with a slight doughy malt background. Medium bodied with a doughy banana bread finish. These holiday spiced beers aren’t exactly my favorite but this one works better than most because the spice isn’t too overwhelming. DTM (870) - Vacaville, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle from the 76 station in Davis, CA. Pours a hazy yellow color and smells of Christmas spice. Tasted of nutmeg and cinnamon. Just not big enough and full flavored for my taste. Nice brew though.