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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 that’s perfect for the season.
Calories = 190.

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3.6
kidmartinek (4999) - 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.

3.6
thornecb (5915) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours hazy pale gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with good retention recedes to coat surface leaving no lacing. Cinnamon and sweet citrus aromas. Dry with sweet yeast and caramel upfront turning to cinnamon and nutmeg in the lasting earthy bitter finish.

3.6
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2012
pours a medium ornage .. .medium head, dies down a bit .. light lacing .. . sorry girls, if you have a tattoo- you are a whore. fact.. .. perfume, coriander, spice, orange peel, and sweet spiced wheat .. . pretty tasty, does have that touch of xmas, easy to drink too .. . . ...you got keep your flag tucked in your pocket, that’s all I know...

3.6
ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
I’m pretty sure Samuel Adams White Christmas is simply their White Ale with a few tweaks. It seems bit more orange-tasting and mellow this time around, while having a bit more drinkability to it. I’m not sure what makes this a Christmas beer, but I’ll drink it even if it seems out of season.

I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance: Extremely hazy tangerine orange colored body. Forms a small, off white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Orangepeel and nutmeg with the nutmeg being a bit stronger.

Taste: While it’s not the most delicious beer in the world, Samuel Adams White Christmas certainly is an interesting one. It’s got a lot of the same spices and flavor characteristics found in a pumpkin ale but without the actual pumpkin. And on top of that it’s a witbier, but an obviously Americanized one so the wheat character is lacking. It’s best described as a drinkable potpourri.

It begins with strong nutmeg and cinnamon spice to give it a bit of a rustic feel. I sense some clove as well, though the label does not indicate the beer is brewed with it. Through the middle comes the orangepeel and an almost orange juice-like taste to give it some sweetness and a hint of tartness. The ending reverts back to the original nutmeg flavor, but more mellow this time before finishing somewhat clean. It’s a satisfying palate and one that’s more interesting than it is impressive, yet there’s no obvious flaws.

Drinkability: The citrus component to this beer makes it a bit refreshing, especially combined with the somewhat thin and crisp mouthfeel. The spices impart some dryness, though, and leave a subtle pasty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite comfortable and it’s smooth going down. At 5.6% ABV, Samuel Adams White Christmas is quite efficient for its weight as it’s flavorful enough but nothing that will overwhelm anyone.

3.6
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy yellow with a tall foamy head. Light wheat aroma with sweetness and a little spice. Full body but a little syrupy. Overall pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2012
This is simply Sam Adams White Ale repackaged and sold as a different beer. I really enjoyed White Ale and when they replaced it with Noble Pils I was devastated. Glad they brought it back but, 1. It is only available in the Holiday Sampler pack and 2. Noble pils isn’t that great and by far a sub par replacement for White Ale.

3.6
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Cloudy yellow with white lacing. Musky aroma. Creamy palate with flavours of orange zest and nutmeg. Nice.

3.6
baraciisch (3236) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Slightly hazy golden orange... Light aroma of coriander orange and spices... Light crisp flavor with notes of cinnamon nutmeg and winter spices... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - APR 8, 2013
12 oz. bottle- Pours hazy orange with a one finger head that reduces. Aroma is spices, fruity, yeasty and and wheat. The taste is Christmas spices, wheat and orange peel. Good, I like those spices in there, it reminds me of the holidays.

3.6
User134089 (1644) - - NOV 1, 2013
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $14.99 for a winter variety 12-pack Purchased: Nov. 1, 2013 Consumed: Nov. 1, 2013 Misc.: Enjoy by March 2014 Poured an orange hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white head. Sporadic spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top. Smelled a lot of different notes combined into one. Got orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, molasses and even a bit of pumpkin. Some other wintry spices in there as well. Tasted a lot like the smell, but a little lighter. Got orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, gingerbread, cinnamon sticks and honey wheat . Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. I really enjoyed this one. I’d definitely have it again. Just a lighter winter beer.


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