ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Appearance: Pours a solidly hazed, pale gold body with a thin, short-lived, white head.
Smell: Not just some pilsner and wheat malt, but also some pale malt in the mix. There’s no second guessing the spicing, you get the cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel.
Taste: Very light pale malt, the malted wheat and some pils with a soft breadiness and fair sweetness. The first few sips had me taken aback at the cinnamon and nutmeg spicing, but, eventually the tongue adjusted and it all kind of melded together, letting the citrus from the hops and added orange peel come forward a bit more. Finishes up a little sweet, a little spicy, and a little citrusy.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Feels fairly full for a witbier.
Overall: I think would take it over the ole Samuel Adams White Ale. Speaking of, is this its replacement? Gee, man, that’s gotta be rough, being laid off on the holidays. Poor White Ale. Thanks, Obama!
While Jim Koch and company deserve the world’s respect for making craft beer commercially viable, they can’t seem to come off the idea of mixing wheat and orange with cinnamon and other spices. Sounds good in theory, but the product tastes a bit fishy. It looks like witbier, but that is irrelevant. Sharp spices may work in a malt heavy porter or doppel, however a delicate wheat ale is another story. Tastes like a quahog with a nutmeg pearl inside. Hopefully this is the worst rating I will bestow upon our local pride and joy. sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Poured hazy yellow with little head and not lacing. The aroma and taste were primarily orange, cinnamon and clove with some wheat malt in the background. This is not something I’d get again. If I’m going to have a spiced winter ale I think I’d prefer a darker, malty ale with more subtle spices. McGarnigle (656) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottled drink by March. I’m not usually a fan of holiday beers, but this works for me. The cinnamon and nutmeg are light and meld well with a witbier. It’s foremost fruity/citrusy and has a nice creamy body. It is not a hearty winter brew, however. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy-cloudy orange with a very small, fizzy white head, short to no retention or lacing. Aroma is orange, light caramel and toast malt, spicy wheat malt, cinnamon and nutmeg with faint earthy hops. Flavor is spicy wheat malt, spices, light citrus notes and a sweet finish. Light body and carbonation. The toast malt is problematic in this beer. Yuck!
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottled. Poured brighter golden with a short-lived white head. The aroma picked up cinnamon an nutmeg over soft bready malts.. fresh citrus as it warmed.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found bread and doughy malts at the core with cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel around... malty overall.. tasty stuff. Light-medium bodied and chewy on the palate.. good use of spillage.. really good. efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
New seasonal offering from Sam in the winter variety pack. Nice light tasting belgian, definite notes of cinnamon and orange peel. good for a not-so-heavy holiday beer. samsmith33 (772) - - NOV 25, 2012
Aroma of pine. Cloudy yellow pour, small head. Light citrus taste, light spice(nutmeg?). For some reason the after taste is a bit like clams?. Sluggish, like a wet sponge. Not a bad beer. Quite light for a Xmas ale, but the pine and spices give it a holiday feel. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Cloudy tangerine color with a white head that’s short-lived. Thick, yeasty aroma with lots of fruity esters. Tastes like a BPA with a little gingerbread spice. Pretty good. It’s a bit thick, but there’s really not much else bad to say about it exept for the wimpy head. vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Cloudy yellow color with foamy white head. Spicy sweet malt aroma. Taste is fruity, yeasty, and spicy. Coriander, ginger, cloves. Medium body. I thought this was a nice Christmas brew.