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

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BA SCORE
80
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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 oberon
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the easiest drinking wheats i have had,very subtle flavors.I like the darker color like some well made Bavarian wheats.It is well made for sure,a lemon isnt needed.

oberon, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rough pour throughout the first half of the bottle, followed by a yeast swirl and then a slower, more controlled top-off leaves its hazy yellow/orange body topped by a huge mound of bright white foam. It drops fairly quickly, but keeps a nice 1/4" lid and leaves some decent lace. The nose displays the traditional weizen characteristics of banana, clove, and vanilla; although they're not nearly as pronounced as some of the best-selling Bavarian versions. The body is light/medium and combines with a very fine/natural carbonation to leave it quite smooth and creamy in the mouth. It doesn't offer the zesty tingle on the tongue that many of the Bavarians offer at the outset, but it's a fair trade-off. Very nice! The flavor, like the aroma, delivers the expected weizen flavors with a soft clove note, some mild green banana, and a touch of spice. Vanilla shows up just as it finishes into a short-lived dryness. Well balanced! Again, it's not as bold as most of the German versions, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much character it actually does have. It's a very nice, lighter alternative that could certainly work as an all-day beer at a tailgate party or other spring/summer/early fall event... and makes a great cross-over version for persons who haven't yet tried hefe-weizen.

NeroFiddled, Mar 29, 2003
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.

Jason, Jan 04, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tiny, departing head, amber color. Tinny, coppery, spicy aromas, slight citrus, a hint of anise...and BANANAS! Yes, the Southern Bavarian weizenbier style does have that banana/clove component, but the Boston boys stuck a whole banana tree in the mash! Flinty taste & texture, thin body, not much for the tongue to do. No yeast, either. I don't enjoy weizens sans hefe. Actually, it says unfiltered, but I can neither see nor taste the yeast. Lousy finish. Not a good beer, at all. Yes, they have bananas, but not much more.

feloniousmonk, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good wheat beer, they are tough to find in the USA. Even though I have drunk 21 varieties of Boston Beer, I managed to miss their original version, but this version can be enjoyed in the summer.

jdhilt, Feb 04, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely smell. Vanilla and nutmeg. Definitely sweet. Nice cloudy appearance with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Pale straw color. Nice refreshing taste. A bit on the sweet side. Not as phenolic or tangy as your typical German Style Bavarian Hefe-Weizen. Very unique version of a bavarian hefe-weizen.

Bighuge, Feb 23, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Chill Hazed" light orange to amber color, the head is moderate in size, frothy in texture, the lace in fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose is citrus, malt, and slight wheat or “Bread Dough” tones to top it off. Start is sweet malt, the top is middling in mouth feel, finish is has a perky carbonation, the hops pleasing to the palate, dry aftertaste. Samuel Adams or to be precise the “Boston Beer Company”, makes some “Darn” good drinkable beers, great well “No”, but a fine session beer “Yes”.

Gusler, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark yellow...slick head...aroma not as strong as i expected...spicy on the nose...some banana..very easy drinking...doesn't seem to have a lot of Hefe-weizen characteristics or at least they are not as pronounced. Technically this one probably doesn't stack up well with the true bavarian wheats..there is some spiciness..cloves..banana's..the things you'd expect but not as strong tasting as you would expect. STILL, I like this beer. I could pound a dozen or so of these easy after a day of working or playing in the sun...Would be a great keg beer for a summer barbecue..

ZAP, Apr 12, 2002
Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with a low ivory head; fairly low carbonation for the style. Light banana-clove aroma and flavor. Light-medium bodied (leans light) and creamy. A good American version by a large brewer to introduce people to the style.

Labelled as a "Bavarian Wheat Beer" & "Unfiltered"
Label states "Malted wheat and Spalt Spalter Hops"

2002 version Tasted: 1/12/03

RBorsato, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of cokes
1.68/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sorry, everyone. This is a beer that I absolutely loathed. Found it tough to finish, and made me yearn for a more traditional weiss.
Pours a hazy pale straw, with very little head. Smell is good with some clove and banana typical for the style.
Taste is bready, lightly fruity and very watered-down. The yeast adds an off-powdery and spicy tasty. This does not mix with the the dilution and seems out of place.
Honestly, this seems like hefe mixed with seltzer water. Way too thin tasting for me. The flavors present makes me glad this was not full bodied. The horrible powery taste coated my tongue and messed up my taste perceptions for an enitre day.

(as a note: VTrain and I sampled this out of the same pack. Was ours bad, since the other reviews seem more favorable? However, we both agreed this was a horrible disappointment. With all the other options available, this will not be purchased again. The review stands as is: One of the biggest failures I have encountered in my beer journeys)

cokes, Mar 27, 2002
Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a terrific fruity, wheat-beer aroma. It has a lot of carbonation, but I was disappointed with the head. Not the best Weiss around, but it's a great pizza beer.

Suds, Apr 20, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden-orange color....nose has that bavarian spicy banana-clove touch, which I like.... a bit thin body-wise.... the right flavors are there (banana and clove) but need to be more pronounced... Not bad...

overall: 3.35
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3

7

Bierman9, Jan 11, 2002
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.

brewdlyhooked13, May 19, 2003
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.

Mitchster, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice head that wasn't excessive. Slightly cloudy with a yellow-gold color. Aroma appropriate for style with phenols predominant and a slight wheat background. Mouthfeel seemed a little flat for style and leaving a thin quality to it. Flavor seemed to lack what I would expect in terms of wheat character and for a Bavarian style a shortage of phenols and fruity esters. Flavor was more barley malt than wheat. For a brewery I generally like this was rather dissappointing.

garymuchow, Apr 10, 2002
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?

Todd, Mar 06, 2002
Photo of rastaman
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.

rastaman, May 10, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hue, cloudy; typical looking for an unfiltered wheat in that regard but the head was absent, a serious negative, active with bubbly animation that creep up the side of my glass. The nose was lacking, very faint aroma with no really distinguishable smells aside from the slightest bit of banana. This beer is rich and full with a tangy and crisp flavor. Feels fizzy on the tongue from the carbonation and it is pleasant to drink. Average refreshing qualities. Middling enjoyableness. I’d most likely skip this Sam Adams next time around.

bditty187, Jul 17, 2002
Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with clear freshness dating.

This beer pours a light tan and seems slightly darker than most weiss beers. Big initial head, that disappeared as soon as I looked away. Nothing in the way of lacing.

Beer smells of wheat, banana and some cloves. Seems to be missing a little bit of the other spice smells that often are present in this style.

Taste is not bad. Refreshing carbonation. I get some malt taste and the banana & clove that you smell is also present in the taste. Not the most complex of weiss beers. It would do in a pinch.

The mouthfeel lacks a little substance. Drinkability is not bad, would be best on a very hot day. Not up to German standards but not horrible. If you want to try a better US version, search out a Capitol, or Berghoff.

Redrover, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light golden color, as is typical for this style. Quite full white head that fades quickly, decent amount of lace. Strong aroma of banana and cloves. Flavor is incredibly spicy with the cloves dominating, lesser banana and wheat notes, followed by hints of nuts and hops, clean finish. A quite decent Hefeweizen

Pegasus, May 04, 2002
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.

Bierguy5, Aug 19, 2004
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.

HardTarget, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of marc77
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is quite thin when compared to other Hefeweizens (I usually end up sipping the head on a good hefeweizen before I get to the liquid itself.) Cloudy from the wheat, with no yeast haze at all-- probably why they call it a Weiss and not a Hefeweizen. Typical yeasty esters are there and a dominated by clove while banana esters are at a minimum. A slight mustiness is perceptible as well. It's definitely more mild overall in aroma than commonly available German wheats. The body and mouthfeel are a bit lacking and don't have that proteinaceous creamy and smooth quality that a good Hefeweizen should have. The innocuousness of the overall flavor makes it fairly drinkable, but for a weizen it's a bit prosaic.

marc77, Apr 10, 2002
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.

budgood1, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold color with a dissapointing lack of head. Big soda bubbles rise sporadically from the side of the glass. Aroma is dominated by spicy yeast under which the malt/wheat cower. The flavor hits you with the spicy yeast and finishes with a mild esteriness that seems a little odd with the mild spiciness of the yeast. It is very crisp, but unlike most beers that invoke the crisp clause, it isn't overly watery. I'd take some of the real German hefes or an Oberon over this anyday, but this is a surprisingly bold attempt at the style from a brewer that seems to me to produce mostly tame beers.

aracauna, Jul 07, 2002
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Samuel Adams Weiss Bier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.