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
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