If you go all the way back to when I started my blog you will see an excess of Samuel Adams reviews as it really was the gateway brewery for me as it is for many people. Sam Adams makes such a variety of styles it is a good place to start as you can learn the styles and flavors. Nowadays I don’t drink a lot of Sam Adams unless I am at a chain restaurant and all they have is Boston Lager or their seasonal on tap.
Overall I still consider Boston Lager to be one of the best lagers available and I usually enjoy Samuel Adams beer. This beer is part of their Winter Variety pack and I stole one from my brother in law so I could review it here. The beer pours a hazy gold color with thin white head. Pretty blah appearance especially in my not so clean Sam Adams perfect pint glass (look at all those bubbles sticking to the side).
Aroma is sweet with some spices coming through, between the appearance and the aroma I am not getting too excited about this beer. Taste has the spices I expected with some citrus zest but everything seems to be off. Flavors are working against each other instead of complimenting one another. I got half way through the glass and then poured it to move on to bigger and better beers.
Cons: Competing flavors of spice and citrus
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 8
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: As crisp as the first snowfall of the year, this unfiltered white ale is blended with holiday spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel. The familiar citrus and wheat characters of the ale are complemented by the warmth of the spices for a festive brew that’s perfect for the season.