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Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

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RATINGS: 513   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 that’s perfect for the season.
Calories = 190.

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3.9
penguinfinity (107) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle. Smells mildly of spice, opens up some in the glass. Pours light orange, a little cloudy. Almost no head. Tastes of orange and spice. Good flavor, would definitely get again.

3.9
BeerKurve (520) - - JAN 21, 2014
Hazy wet golden with a filmy head, high carbonation and no lacing. Aroma of orange peel, wheat, cinnamon, spices, cloves and malts. Cinnamon and spices upfront with some oranges, wheat and malts. Moderate weighted palate and mild feeling carbonation. Pretty good!

3.8
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Poured a pretty hazy deep gold with a wispy head. Nose of faint spice. I found that the spices lent themselves well with the style. Refreshing and still had that "holiday" feel to it.

3.8
thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Poured from the bottle,it’s cloudy straw colour. Aroma is of traditional Christmas spice. The base flavour of witbier is there. Finishes sweet and sticky. Will continue to enjoy through the season

3.8
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate nutmeg, light cinnamon, citrus, and a touch of orange peel. It pours a hazy orangish-gold with a two finger orange tinged off-white head that has decent retention. There is some nice webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus/orange. The finish has moderate nutmeg, light cinnamon, and a hint of orange peel. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, I like wheat beers and I like spiced beers, so I found this to be pretty tasty. I would throw this in the Spiced category as it’s the spices that are front and center over the Belgian Wit characteristics.

3.8
poisoneddwarf (2624) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2012
12 oz bottle from the winter variety pack. Pours a cloudy cantalloupe hue with a dissipating white head. Aroma consists of coriander, christmas spices, as described. Taste is sweet and full of spices, savory, wheaty; ends on a lightly tart note. Body is thin, carbonation moderate. I thought this was pretty good. Underrated.

3.8
badgerben (5288) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Dark orange color with a large, quickly falling head. Strong ginger aroma with a solid nutmeg backing. Strong wheat flavor, lots of nutmeg. Light cinnamon. Heavy carbonation.

3.8
HighlanderOne (1366) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2016 Poured from bottle. Nice vanilla spice aroma. Cloudy gold, thin white head. Flavors of vanilla, pepper, spice, hint of banana, orange peel and caramel. Slightly watery feel, but quite drinkable. Nice stuff.

3.8
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours a hazy orange color with citrus aromas, taste a little nutmeg with orange, not bad overall and that’s hard to say about a Sam Adams beer

3.8
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.


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