Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale

Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale
5.8% ABV
The Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
12 oz bottle
Served in Boulevard Tulip Glass
Date notched on bottle: Best by March 2013
Reviewed on 12/11/12

This ale pours a hazy golden color with a nice bubbly white head.  Decent lacing.  Moderate evident carbonation.  Appears reasonably fresh.

On the nose, aromas of wheat, orange, lemon, slight hops, yeast, mild cinnamon, mild nutmeg.

Taste consists of wheat, slight hops, yeast, fading orange and lemon, mild cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, slight clove.  Tastes are decent if mild overall.

Fairly smooth on the palate, with a nice mellow feel and some good earthy fruitiness.  Decent balance of flavors.

Overall, decent tasting ale that comes across as fairly mellow.  It's not reminiscent of a seasonal beer or the "festive brew" proclaimed on the bottle--it could almost be from any season of the year--but it still has some nice fruity flavors.  Sessionable.

My score: 86

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