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Samuel Adams Weiss Bier - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Weiss BierSamuel Adams Weiss Bier

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83 Ratings

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%

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

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-04-2002)
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Photo of Todd


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy blonde, nice creamy/sticky head. Clove aroma, with a touch of banana in the back. Flavour is pretty even and balanced. Malt is a touch sweet (some banana), hops are a touch bitter. Twinge of clove spice. Wheat adds a nice crisp snap, but is a bit rough around the edges (husky/tannins) ... so the mouthfeel is not as soft as a German weiss, but still rather good and smooth. Finish is dry with husk on the palate. Make sure you pour 3/4 out, then swirl the yeast up with the remainder, then pour that into your glass -- the flavour lies in the yeast. Don't be afraid.

For a big guy like Samuel Adams, this is an outstanding weissbier! Has all of the traditional characters you'd expect. Will they make this a year round beer? How about a Dunkel?

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2002 21:03:34 | More by Todd
Photo of Jason


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a “Purchase Before Month Notched” on the side of the label. Same SA label with a royal blue colour, “Bavarian Wheat Beer” stated on the label.

Appearance: Pale yet clouded over golden colour due to the decanting of the yeast, big bubbly and frothy white head forms to a two fingers thickness. Sticks sporadically on the glass though could have better retention for a wheat beer.

Smell: Rounded and complex fruitiness with overtones of banana, powdery clove that lends a light yet ample spiciness. True wheat malt aroma for that style.

Taste: Incredibly smooth with a thick in the middle medium body, moderate carbonation with some slickness on the mouth. Some spiciness upfront though does not rock the boat, suggestions of clove and white pepper with a layered twang from the fermented wheat. Hops are little though shine more in the finish with a slight oily flavour that does not get in the way. Nuttiness from the yeast and the few estery alcohol flavours procure a hint of almond on the palate. Spice flavour cleanses far into the finish with a light sour dough bready flavour to boot.

Notes: Other than the head not being up to par this is a pretty damn good interpretation of a German Style Hefe-Weizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2002 21:14:36 | More by Jason
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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not 100% retired, actually. Served on tap at the 2007 Sam Adams Beer Summit Oktoberfest in pint glass tankard.

Appearance is cloudy straw colored.

Aroma is very juicyfruity, clearly not the same yeast as some of their other wheat beers.

Flavor is bland, no defects, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is balanced between bitterness and silky feel.

Overall not a bad summer quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2007 15:00:26 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of enemyisyou

New York

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I review this beer nearly four years after I first had it. I remember it fairly well, though, as it was my first weiss experience, and the first Sam Adams I thoroughly enjoyed.

Basically, this is a great session beer which is just one more on the list of surprisingly tasty beverages which were discontinued...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 15:34:44 | More by enemyisyou
Photo of HardTarget


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: A light fruity apricot/apple/grape melody that together comes across as a white wine aroma with accompanying slight sour smell.
Appearance: Hazy dark yellow (as it should be for style) with a thin white cover that left dots of lace.
Flavor: Buttery with slight wheat notes. No banana flavor noted
Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation
Overall Impression: Sampled this in the middle of an extended tasting session and it just didn’t stand out. The buttery taste seemed to be an off flavor and the sour wasn’t sharp enough to be a focal point like a Berliner Weisse. Like a lot of Sam Adams beers, pretty good mild example of a style. Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 09:52:45 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may have been the first legal beer I ever had (and thus the first hefeweizen).

Poured a hazy, yeast-filled golden blonde with a nice white head. Aroma is banana, and clove. Fairly crisp mouthfeel. More crisp than your typical German weizen. Malty taste with the token banana and clove hefe flavor. Seems to me that it is both a little too sweet in the malts and too bitter in the hops.

Still a great brew. If I'm in the mood for a hefe and there are no better Germans available, I'll go for this.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 07:11:11 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of Bierguy5


2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange/golden color with no head. No head on a wheat beer? I tried and tried, but no luck. Smells grainy, with some citrus and banana notes. Taste is sweet and tart, slightly spicy in the form of cloves, along with a sour "off" taste. Very rough, some flavors are fighting each other. Light body with some carbonation, but needed to be more carbonation. Overall, not as bad as this may sound, but not up to par. Freshness may have been an issue here, I will certainly look for another sample and re-review if necessary. I haven't typically seen problems like this in any SA product.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 01:49:45 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of ism

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy apricot color, with a small head. Nose of wheat, bananas, and spicey cloves. Good carbonation in a medium body, wheat and yeast hitting the palate, spice it slides down, clean and smooth, finishing with mellow fruit. An interesting American version of the style, and good enough to stand on its own.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 17:26:16 | More by ism
Photo of wsouloa

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer but it is not what I expected it to be. The appearance is a very light cloudy yellow. The smell is not overpowering. You can definitely smell something citrusy. You can taste it too. It is the first thing that you really notice when tasting it. The taste can best be described a nicely carbonated beer with obvious hint of lemon. It is good but may not be what most of the people that try this beer will be looking for and in fact, I could see many people being disappointed by it. Personally I liked it and its a great buy on a summer day that you can find almost anywhere. Its a good quick solution to finding a nice beer for the summer instead of taking a drive to find one of your favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 19:31:04 | More by wsouloa
Photo of Mitchster


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a cloudy dark golden, honey-colored brew, forming a large whipped head with exceptional retention and good lacing. Aroma is brisk...at first the aroma of bananas, followed by pale malt, bubbles-gum esters, and then an obtrusive metallic odor. Slight hoppiness and sparse cloves are noted. Carbonation is medium-strong. Taste begins with a bit of lemon zest, a touch of musty grain sack, medium malt body, copper and zinc, and an odd touch of amber malts towards the moderately astringent finish. Medium in body with a rather ruddy mouthfeel and finishing in lemon zest, pennies, and dirty leather.

Rather weak for the style and unimpressive. It has a few redeeming qualities but the metallic note and off tastes kill it. Semi-enjoyable if you don't pay attention to it. Definitely better American bavarian style wheats out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 03:05:20 | More by Mitchster
Photo of hbis2gut

New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was initially caught off guard by the appearance of this beer.
The carbonation, color, and head all look extremely convincing.
Alas, for the true weiss aficianado, this beer is an imposter at best.
Don't get me wrong though, as an American wheat beer, it is quite drinkable. I find it a much closer attempt than Redhook's offering.Dry husky malt flavor with background sweetness. The carbonation is it's best feature, nice small bubbles.The aroma is of raw wheat. It has a nice light-yet-full body as well. In the end, I just kept searching for the old familiar german weiss-smile that always comes out in me and it never showed up.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 04:31:50 | More by hbis2gut
Photo of skar

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance/Head: Golden color. Light haze. Some head, which faded fast. A Hefe-Weizen should really have a better head.

Aroma: Wheat malt. Lemon. Some banana/clove but light for the style.

Taste: Grainy, malty, herbal flavors. The aftertaste has too much sour and citrus flavors. It is almost like they added a lemon for me. It lacks the true banana/clove flavors of the style.

Bottom line: Pretty weak Weiss. It joins many other Samuel Adam brews by being drinkable interpretions of the style, without being memorable or classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 13:27:07 | More by skar
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

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

Samuel Adams Weiss Bier is a pretty good respresentation of a German Hefeweizen, certainly moreso than say, the Michelob Hefe which had almost no hefe qualities to it whatsoever. This has all the elements of a basic hefe which make it a good one to start off with if getting into the style.

Weiss Bier pours a somewhat cloudy light yellowish-gold color that was a little more clear than I thought it would be. Adding the yeast sediment helped add a more desired amount of cloudiness. A decent 2 finger foam forms and lasts for about a minute and a half, then thins out. The smell is typical of wheat beers: a musty-wheaty smell with some spiciness. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated, perhaps a little thin. Taste has only a little bit of crisp malt, flavor is mostly of banana-esters and clove-like spiciness. Smooth tasting. Moderate hop bitterness, slightly dry. Definitely easy to drink. Aftertaste has some continuing spicy notes, but is pretty clean. Maybe some wheaty twang there too. This finishes out with only a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

This is a good hot summer day drink. Adding the yeast enhances the flavors a little bit, and the appearance is definitely helped. Not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 07:03:03 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of jcalabre


4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I originally sampled this beer on 8 May 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: It's a cloudy yellow brew, no surprise here.
I really enjoyed this beer. It's a very crisp & tangy wheat beer. It's much better than I would have expected from Sam Adams. Good Job.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 02:39:18 | More by jcalabre
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy pale yellow straw colored brew with a tiny little white head on top. A big blast of bananas in the nose. I also got a nice blend of citrus aromas and some graininess.

A very crisp brew with a pretty light body. The flavor is all there with a yeasty banana character leading the way citrus and lemons balance. It is pretty well put together for the style. It is not the best, but it is a very solid brew, and I could definitely sit back with a few especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 21:50:39 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of rabidawg


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden with slightly more carbonation than expected. Creamy, sticky white head that retained and laced nicely.

Smell: Clove and bananas, with a husky wheat backbone. Nice smell, on par with some of the better German versions.

Taste: Slightly watery and thin, but still a decent version. More husky wheat flavor, almost too much, if a wheat can ever be too "wheaty." Surprisingly dry hop finish.

Notes: Good but not great. Dryer and less fruity than many American weissbiers. Worth a shot if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 03:54:52 | More by rabidawg
Photo of budgood1


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy, dirty rusted colour. a fairly big and foamy head reduces quickly and leaves rings of lace. light aromatic fruit esters lean toward the banana side, with a spicy clove kicker. mouthfeel is thick and creamy, rather full bodied for an americanized bavarian wheat beer. the body of the beer seems to be the best part of it, though, because it lacks in the flavour department. spritzy lemony, banana and spice make for a decent taste profile, but those characterisics definitely are understated. a bit crisp in the finish, making it refreshing and drinkable.

so, in review....questionable looks, great body, but no brains......hmmmm....so i took it home...tried it out...appreciated the good parts but i don't really want to see it again. but if i was offered it again for free with no strings attached....you betcha.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 11:29:55 | More by budgood1
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy, pale, cloudy golden color with a thick soapy head, decent retention. Some wheaty malty and spicy aroma, rather pleasant. Smooth off the top, taste of sweet malt, somewhat spicy, thin taste of clove, slightly yeasty towards the finish and a tinge creamy too be expected. A good stab at the style by BBC, and overall a great hefe.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 18:43:13 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of Stingray5

New York

1.85/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I've been a faithful Sam Adams customer for many years, and was excited when I spotted a new style on the shelf. I quickly purchased a six of Weiss Bier, and hurried home to sample this new offering.

Bananas. If I could write a one word review of this beer that would be it. This, combined with a bit too much carbonation for my tastes, rendered this brew nearly undrinkable. I didn't let that stop me, however I found it difficult getting through the six-pack, and was glad when it was over. To be fair, wheats aren't one of my favorite styles, but this was still sub par for the style. Too much bananas, too much carbonation and just plain bland.

Big disappointment from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 19:09:53 | More by Stingray5
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice translucent yellow-orange color, cloudy with the fine powdery sediment of the bottle dregs. Spicy sweet, lightly yeasty aroma. I got no head on the pour, I wasn't really trying to force the issue, but probably whatever I would have done wouldn't have made a difference 2 minutes later.

It has a light, sweet, and crisp taste, hints of apple and/or almond, I can't decide. Decidedly a great selection for pork, sauerkraut, anything German where you don't want the flavor getting drowned out by the beer, but rather complemented by it. A super summer beer, great for deck-sitting and tiki torches.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 11:27:49 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

AIBA 2003: Not too bad, but like a lot of things from sam Adams, pretty average, or perhaps slightly above average, lightly estery banana and clove flavours, but on the light side for sure. Drinkable, if a bit boring, man that Emersons weissbier i had at the festival sure kicked this ones arse in everyway.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 07:40:56 | More by rastaman
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured clear and dark honey colored, but I swirled the heck out of the bottle trying to get every last bit of sediment out. I did and the beer went from clear to very opaque. The head started off about 2/3”, but quickly fell to < 1/8” of slightly sticky cream. Sweet wheat malt in the nose along with some banana and something slightly spicy, like white pepper. The first thing I noticed on sipping was a tiny, yet acute sourness. Nothing as bad as what I experienced in a bad Hitachino Nest Weizen. Anyway, the beer was kinda toasty, but it did have definite wheat and yeast flavors. Very medium carbonation kept this beer from being too slick in the mouth. Good, flavorful brew. I probably won’t get this again because there are so many other (better) wizens out there.

This bottle was two months past the notched “Drink by” date on the side of the bottle. I’m attributing the sourness to this. Also, hop contributions and other flavors may have changed over time. I would like to try this fresh, but I’m pretty sure it’s seasonal. Oh, well. I’ll have to wait until next year.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 06:27:11 | More by yen157
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Samuel Adams Weiss Bier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.