PorterPounder (8284) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - World Market - 12 oz bottle. Hazy medium orange pour, soft snow white head, brief lacing. Spicy aroma, hints of pepper, Christmas spices, nice. Flavor is full bodied and tart. Some orange peel accents, a hint of cinnamon and nutmet, some brief vanilla notes. Decently thick mouthfeel. Pretty decent. SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow/orange with white head. Aroma is pleasant, notes of citrus, clove, light nutmeg, cinnamon. Flavor is much the same with a nice malt backbone, light sweetness. Light-medium, soft body with high carbonation. I enjoyed! jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a cloudy darkish yellow with a little over a finger of thick white head. Aroma of banana, clove, a little citrus and some baking spices. Taste is light sweet. Clove, banana, cinnamon, wheat, christmas spices and a little citrus on the finish. Medium bodied with a somewhat thick and slightly creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. I would be happy to drink this one again. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle. Orange, wheat malt, and spice aroma. Golden yellow with a large off-white head. Orange, wheat malt, nutmeg, clove flavor. Medium body, lively carbonation. Nice spicy wit. JCM3 (5) - Maine, USA - NOV 21, 2012 does not count
pours like a summer wheat ale but has the aroma and taste of the standard Sam Adams Winter Lagar.
vyvvy (6731) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Looks like I liked this more than most. Pours cloudy yellow / orange with a large soapy off-white head. The aroma has lots of spiciness (cinnamon jumps out most), orange peel, smooth wheat, powder and an overall dryness. Medium smooth body with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with a gentle spice blend (lots present, but it’s not harsh) balance by rich smooth wheat. The finish has light plasticy taste, but not too big. Large amount of nutmeg and cinnamon that lingers. Nice unique holiday beer. 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. thornecb (6058) - 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. SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....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... ChadPolenz (1847) - 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.