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Samuel Adams Imperial White - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 28
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than your average wheat beer. Sweetish aromas. Pours creamy head, and creamy above-average thick mouthfeel. Carbonation greater than average. Satisfying and drinkable. Some orange, spices. Some sweetness, fruitiness, the bias is not too sweet.

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy moderate golden color with a white head. Nose brings a lot of booze and some stone fruits, peaches, and a bit of banana and spice. The taste is really dominated by booze with some slight peach flavors in the background. Feel is very poor, nearing on awful, with some cloying sugar and booze. Way too thick, even for an imperial wheat beer. Much thicker and more boozy than the typical wheatwine. Not a good beer.

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of candi sugar, orange citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is slightly sweet with flavors of alcohol and spices in the finish.
M: It feels a bit higher than medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The sweetness and alcohol flavors can make this beer a bit difficult to drink.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2 finger head with decent retention on a murky copper body. some lacing.

S: caramel, orange citrus, caandy sugar, some earthy hops and caramel.

T: honey, candied oranges, mollasses, caramel, brown sugar... all together make this very sweet, too sweet... with lots of booze.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. a little chewy

Overall: this one is pretty hard to drink. very boozy. its too sweet too. Not really able to finish this one.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's exciting to see a ground-roots brewery break out their molds with some daring and energetic beers. Nothing is more a leap of faith than an Imperial Witbier.

The beer begins with a surprisingly copperish-orange-golden hue that has a viscous character to the sight. A thin head forms and then lasts the session. Lacing and legging evident on the sides of the chalice.

Juicy aromas of fresh oranges jump out at the nose. A cotton-candy maltiness then follows along with a heavy dose of soft, spicy corriander. An unexpected ethanol scent burns the nose hairs and warns to take it slowly.

Extremely sweet flavor hit the palate with a sugary, malty, honey-like flavor. Orange juice, pineapples, and a plethera of esters build on one another and continue to develop the flavors deep into the finish. No hop presence to mention, but the peppery phenols give the complexity and a valid attempt to balance the sweetness.

Again, very sweet, heavy, and somewhat oily to the feel because of the extraordinary amount of unresolved sugars. Alcoholic heat pushes the beer further than expected. The beer looses the classic cool, soft, delicate, creamy mouthfeel that original Witbiers showcase well.

Rather than an Imperial Witbier, this could easily be considered a Barleywine with a Witbier influence. Interesting nonetheless.

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blurry apricot with a fine yeasty haze and several streams of slowly rising bubbles whose ultimate destination is a three finger crown of sandstone colored foam that is mousse-like in its airy creaminess. Sheer curtains of lace with Swiss cheese holes decorate the upper portion of the glass.

The nose is more BSAA (Belgian strong amber ale) than witbier. There must be something in here other than coriander and orange peel. Grains of paradise? BBC seems to have a penchant for that particular spice. Assorted fruity esters and alcohol are noted as well. Let's hope the flavor is at least as good and at least as interesting.

I'm not sure why the brewery calls this beer a witbier, other than the fact that it uses 50% wheat malt and is spiced. It sure doesn't taste like a wit, not even an Imperial one. What it tastes like is a sweet and spicy Belgian-style ale that began impressing the hell out me from the word 'go'.

There isn't much flavor contribution from the malt, other than a 'just right' amount of sweet breadiness. Candi sugar is most likely present as well. The Hallertau Mittelfruh hops don't add much, other than keeping things from being cloying. Alcohol adds power and flavor intensity.

The spice bill is still hard to figure. C'mon guys, why not give us the specifics? Coriander is an obvious guess. A background pepperiness brings to mind grains of paradise (alligator pepper). I also wouldn't be a bit surprised to find that a Belgian ale yeast is in the house. Maybe not, but it sure does taste like it.

The mouthfeel is lush, plush, soft, smooth and creamilicious. Nigh on perfect carbonation is the biggest reason why the beer feels both full and voluminous, just like the best Belgians. This attribute is the highlight in a beer that has no lowlights.

Samuel Adams Imperial White is delicious beer that has held up very well in the nearly one year since its release. It isn't as good as Bell's Batch 8000 and Southampton Double White Ale, but it isn't that far behind. A yearly release would be cause for celebration.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Imperial White Ale was probably my favorite of the three that came out in this series. I thought that the Stout and Bock would have taken the crown but they didn't. This beer pours out much darker orange than I expected it to for being a white ale. The head was pretty thick looking and left behind some good lacing. The smell of the beer has the typical coriander and yeasty citrus aromas along with some spice. The taste translates the aroma into flavor and even gives off some floral flavors as a bonus. The mouthfeel is much thicker than expected as well. The be isn't all that heavy but it had some serious body to it. Overall it's a really nice brew and really worth looking into.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

alex grabbed this one from the four pack and it may have been the loser of the night to be honest. the pour was ok, nothing to write home about with a quick and fleeting head that did not stay around long at all. aroma is way boozy, holy crap. hot alcohol dominates the smell and the taste, the flavor to the point of obnoxious. thick light cough syrup with soo much candied malt to cover it up i was just insure of where to even begin, this was just not well done. too much for me and it ended in a drain pour, the only one of the night.

overall this was a bad release i have to say, it is just too hot, unbalanced and just does not work on any level.

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark orange-amber body with a full, fluffy, off-white head.

Smell: Souped up, heady scent of barley and wheat malt with some tangy accents and notes of fragrant spices and light fruit and honey candy.

Taste: Sugary sweet tastes of malted barley and wheat that's both a tad bready and a tad tangy. Fair pinches of spice and dried orange peel. Thin drizzle of honey. Faintly spicy, floral hops and bitterness. Some warming alcohol qualities arrive late. Neither the hops nor the alcohol can seem to cut the sweet syrup. The sticky, warming finish is reminiscent of the conclusion for the film Return of the King -- it just won't end!

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Mellow, medium-low carbonation. Altogether thick, heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The one bottle will suffice, thank you. Forgoes the refreshment and grace of a standard witbier with its burdensome body and cloying nature. My kingdom for some effervescence! By the end, my trip to the bottom of the bottle had slowed to a mere crawl, even with the much needed aid of some water.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh look, another hefty American beer dwelling in the back of my fridge, ripe for playing a close second fiddle in my tribute to Repeal Day...

This beer pours a cloudy, sediment-rife orange-brown colour, with two fingers of foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves a beautiful thin cobweb of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sweet wheat malt, bananas stewed in vodka, and some mild yeast and spice. The taste is sweet fruity wheat malt - banana, principally, some vanilla/caramel adding to the sweetness, slightly astringent warming alcohol, and coriander and pepper spice. The carbonation is the low, unmiddling side, the body medium-full in weight, smooth, slightly addled by the undeniable booze, but still creamy, from caramel, grain, sugar, and phenols alike. It finishes still mostly sweet, from the usual suspects, tempered just enough by the somewhat unknown drying element.

There seems to be an "Imperial" category for many a style, but not witbiers, which you would think makes pretty good sense. That is, until you run head-on into this offering from the BBC (confusion with this acronym only exposes one's non-American upbringing here...)

Photo of emerge077
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark orange copper, odd for a witbier. Thin layer of white foam that dissipates quickly, to be expected considering the abv.

Smells like circus peanuts candy, super sweet with artificial oranges, though there is something still vaguely resembling beer here too. Sharp isopropyl alcohol rears its ugly head as the beer warms.

Very sweet and somewhat boozy, candied orange and crystal malt reminds me more of a faded imperial IPA than Witbier. Extra sweet and caramelly. Dry prickly finish, alcohol is way too forward here, just unapologetically boozy. Slick and syrupy feel, high gravity largesse, it coats the mouth and nearly triggers the gag reflex... that's no good. Yuck. Going to be a drainpour for the last bit of it. Not recommended.

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with amber highlights near the top of the glass. It had a small, foamy, off-white head that left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of clove and tons of yeast. It had some nice banana aromas mixed with wheat.

T - It tasted spicy with hints of nut. It had nice sweet wheat flavors with yeast and clove taste, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. It was medium-bodied with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is quite possibly the best wheat beer I've ever had. It really is finely crafted with great aroma and flavor.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I remember trying this one when it first came out and strongly disliking it. Figured I'd give it another shot after "developing my palate" (I hate using that phrase, as it really sounds kinda wine- (or anything-) snobby, but I can't easily come up with a better one). It pours a hazy Clemson-auburn (why should Auburn be the only tiger-based school with a color, hm?) topped by a short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, lemon zest, light cardamom, and light toffee. Unfortunately for these elements, they're all covered by a thick fog of McCormick's vodka, plastic bottle and all. Sad, really. If it had meshed somewhat nicely, like a strong screwdriver or something, it would've been fine, but this is just too much. The taste is more of the same, with a bit more orange this time 'round (moving closer to a peel, though). It's just an overly boozy mess of a taste, just like the smell, but is somehow less astringent. I can't explain it, either. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta sticky feel. Overall, this is just too much for what it might even want to be. The booziness is so omnipresent and malignant that I really don't want to continue drinking this very much, much less get any more bottles.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I'm surprised that with so much malt the spices actually come through with such sharpness. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It pours a cloudy amber with an orange cast and gold and brass highlights beneath a short head of creamy yellowed-white. The head retention is good and it leaves walls of tiny spots and streaks as it goes. However, for a beer with such a healthy dose of glutinous wheat, and so much malty girth it should be better. The nose is fruity, and rind-like. It's citrusy (lemon) and gently spicy. In the mouth it's medium-full and spritzy , or perhaps that's zesty - with so much body I'm not sure it can be 'spritzy', so, yes, zesty. The flavor is as the aroma suggests but much more full. The malt also steps up to the front. It's wheatish and sugary, and it suggests caramel, or at least darkened sugar amidst the fruitiness (apples, lemon, plum). In a way it makes me think of a warm oatmeal breakfast treat. Oats and cinnamon? - not quite, but along the same lines in a way. It's also interestingly more clove-like than coriander-ish. That must be from the yeast. It's interesting, rich, and satisfying. The alcohol never shows, although it probably helps to focus the finish; and the bitterness is balanced to work with the spiciness so that it off-sets the sweetness of the malt just enough, and then lets it finish dry with a swirl of spiciness. Full and rich, and somewhat complex. Worth trying.

Photo of nickfl
1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

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Samuel Adams Imperial White from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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