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Samuel Adams Hefeweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
73
okay

636 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 636
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 16.14%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 01-02-2004)
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 9-07) in a Weizen glass

Poured fluid, smooth, with a subtle snap. Nose is very soft, light esters, hint of hay & straw, very faint banana with a room temperature fruit sweetness. With some time to warm it takes on some bread qualities.

A finger's worth of tight, softly snapping winter white foam laced in sporadic splotches before settling to a 1/8" of the aforementioned. Not so much clouded as hazy, its a warm, subtly brassy clover honey in hue, brassier near the head & lighter, more golden at the bottom. A champagne campaign of tight bubbles rises quickly thru it.

Initially semi-sweet & semi-dry with a subdued ripe banana sweetness, the grain bill brings a sweet aspect up behind. Traces of some summer corn also add a unsugary sweetness to it. The aridity, decent carbonation and some very light spices help to lift the overall taste & make it lighter. Its incredibly easy to drink & is going down very smooth & very fast. To that regard it is & would make a good lawnmower beer/thirst quencher.

Growing a wee bit more in body (in both taste and thickening mouthfeel) and a little (but just a little) bittersweet on the palate, it's still rather sweet, but not sugary. It finishes with some of the spices become more noticeable, which would have been appreciated & better earlier on. The aftertaste is very clean, a little syrupy and somewhat like soggy bread.

A nice, very easy to drink beer. I don't see a lot of true Hefe Weizen in this, but it was refreshing. This is a very safe beer that could go with about any non-spicy summer fare, grilled or not. Would be nice with a salad, lobster, white fish, light sauced Italian, etc. Not a taste explosion but rather a nice, safe easy to drink beer. Certainly worthy of being enjoyed when the mercury rises but there are far, far better examples of the style to be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 18:30:41 | More by BuckSpin
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Samuel Adams Hefeweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.