Beer: Boston Beer Company
Brewery: White Christmas
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Cloudy butter yellow body with a small white head.
Smell: Slight phenolic aroma (bananas/cloves). Other smells include lemon, sugar cookie, and pastry dough.
Flavor: Hmm this tastes like a Blue Moon served with an orange. White bread and orange are the, ahem, rather plain flavors that define this beer.
Feel: Medium, creamy body with medium carbonation. It’s a little chewy.
Concluding Remark: A sucker for anything called White Christmas (Bing Crosby, swoon), I couldn’t help plucking this from the Sam Adams Holiday pack (a Wood family staple since the 1990s). It’s allegedly brewed with “holiday spices,” but those are nowhere to be found amid this mediocrity. Others disagree with me on the low rating, but I can’t be bothered to be bored right now. While White Christmas is more subtle and balanced than Coors’ Blue Moon, at least I don’t expect anything more from a Blue Moon. Sam could’ve amped up the holiday cheer in this beer; there’s nothing differentiating it from a standard witbier.
I guess I’ll stress that it’s NOT BAD, but there are so many better beers out there…of both the holiday and witbier variety.