Saturday, December 15, 2012

Samuel Adams White Christmas

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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (769) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2012
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.
 Grade: 7/10

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