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Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
12oz bottle - Pretty much the throw-away/drain-pour of the Winter Variety 12-pack, successfully replacing the Cranberry Lambic as perhaps SAs worst beer. No, I dont 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (10445) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"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 dont dislike it, but its a definite step down from the coffee stout its replaced."

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rhf9120 (9) - North Providence, USA - SEP 3, 2014 does not count
Holiday spices, (cinnamon, nutmeg etc) dominate the aroma and flavor of this beer. Overall it wasnt too bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2291) - - AUG 17, 2014
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Msdrbeat (537) - East Lansing, USA - AUG 10, 2014
From bottle. Very drinkable with a nice spice. A good Christmas flavor for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (4106) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a decent hazy to cloudy white/off white tinged with a guiding hazy yellow note. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The smell had some light citrus with some light cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. The taste took those flavors and combined them and then added a fairly noticeable wheaty kick at the end. On the palate, this one sat pretty light on the body with a fair good sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation was good for a witbier. Overall, good holiday spiced witbier worthy of having again.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluejacket74 (1882) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
12 ounce bottle, best before March 2014. Oh well, better late than never! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/amber color with a half inch off-white head that stayed around for a good amount of time. Theres a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and some orange and orange peel. It tastes pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some wheat/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Not a bad brew, but I wish I would have been able to try this when it was fresher. Hopefully Ill be able to this upcoming winter!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2619) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours a slightly cloudy orangeish color with white head. Spice, cinnamon, clove, and citrus fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Pretty simple, yet straight forward for a witbier.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
swiseman (484) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
pours a pale yellow with thin white head. aromas of spice and alcohol. initial flavour is typical wit of subtle orange peel, but cloves are quite prominent. AS it warms up, the alcohol taste seems to strengthen and almost overpowers other flavours. As a big Sam Adams fan, I was a little disappointed with this one. Its not bad for a "light" winter beer, but there are far better choices.


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