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

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of paco1029384756


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

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a small creamy white head.

Scent of sugars, fruits, caramel, spices, and some alcohol. The scent is stronger than I expected, and even with the alcohol present this one holds up nicely.

Taste of grain, light fruits, butter, spices and a bit of alcohol. Alcohol isn't as apparent as it is in the scent. This one has a nice flavor to it; a bit lighter than the scent, which I like.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 22:39:55 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of clayrock81


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

Pours a clear auburn gold body with cloying but quickly dieing tan head. Citric and clove are evident in the smell, but some heavier hops and stick, sweet caramel notes are also prevelant. An interesting beer indeed for a witbier lover, as the high ABV is mostly hidden but slightly noticeable in the hoppy dryness of the beer. Medium-bodied and balanced, goes down smooth w/ orange and spices evident, along w/ sticky, sweet malt. Not a normal witbier by any means but a great beer to relax w/ and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 17:19:29 | More by clayrock81
Photo of CJfromPhilly


4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz bottle an orangish-amber with a thick foamy head that settles into a heavy collar. There's an almost macro like fizziness...LOTSA bubbles rising to the top. Aroma is wonderful, a mixture of fruit (orange & banana) and a caramel/toffee note. The flavor is big, bold and wonderful as well. I pick up hints of the aforementioned fruit plus the caramel/toffee, plus a bubblegum like sweetness. The alcohol is present and gets more noticeable as the beer warms, but doesn't take away from the experience. The mouthfeel is quite substansial...this is a thick, almost chewy beer. Overall, a big, bold, BEAUTIFUL beer from Jim Koch & the crew at Boston Beer Company!! This is top notch stuff, and I hope there's more on the shelves when I make my next beer run!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 22:50:56 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of scottyshades


3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy, unfiltered golden copper color. The head is small, lacing is decent. Pretty nice looking wit

S: Yeasty, bready nose. Alcohol is definitely present, which masks other notes. No citrus, but other fruit (pineapple?) is present. Strange...not bad, but more like a tripel

T: Yeasty, alcohol filled, bready, not really fruity either. A little too syrupy for a witbier I feel

MF/D: Too much alcohol for me. Too sweet as well. Not my cup, but I can see the appeal.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 19:18:28 | More by scottyshades
Photo of ppoitras


4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head falls gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly citrus. Taste also is sweet to start, which segues nicely into a lightly tart lemony close, with a lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is WAY smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Very nice brew once you get into it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 23:46:42 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Vancer


4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starts off with a opaque amber orange, with a thick and creamy ivory head floating on top. Looking good in the Sammy Adams freebie glass, with the lacing laying a sheet around the glass.

Sweet tangerine and citrus in the aroma and also the quaff. Additionally, the winter spices of clove and nutmeg really add some zest to the brew. No hint of any alcohol, sips like a dream. So much hops to balance it out, it actually has an oily feel to the finish.

Damn fine brew for $2+ a bottle, may sure you grab a 4 pack before they're gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 20:17:27 | More by Vancer
Photo of BretSikkink


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super cloudy, with a nice sticky head. Great lace. Aromas of spice, not-quite-done-baking bread, and citrus.

The flavor leads with orange, drops in some pine resin, the coriander and other spices are prominent, while the malts take a nap mostly. What's there is awfully sweet, bordering on syrupy, with impressions of Nyquil creeping in. Really not a bad experiment, but this is one witbier that's gone too far.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 03:48:14 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Proteus93


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A lot darker than I expected. Deep amber, quite hazy. The head has some trouble forming, potentially due to the higher alcohol content.

S: A robust aroma... lots of wheat, coriander, orange, and other ripe fruits... pear in particular. Pretty decent scent.

T + M: Big, syrupy, and sweet. Lots of sweet malts and wheat... some big fruity flavours... apple, pear, and some orange citrus. Spices add a little touch, but not as heftyas others, and I expected that an "imperial" wit could be too intense. It does well there, but it's still a bit rich in body and can get pretty sweet. Alcohol makes itself known quite quickly and appears more in the flavour as it warms, intensifying the warmth in the body slightly.

D: One big sipper, and maybe a little too sweet even taken slow. There's a lot going on in this beer - unfortunately, most of that is sugary sweetness. A whole lot of sugar sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 03:14:59 | More by Proteus93
Photo of BARFLYB


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle poured into a Flying Fish pint glass. My 3rd in this series.

A- Imperial White pours thicker than your average wit. A cloudy orange color once in the glass, small bubbles are seen rising through the thickness. Not much of a head, more like a dismal cap. Some lacing in spots here and there, not much.

S- Super sweet, malts upon malts and a huge focus on fruit. Smells like a whole banana was used for each 12oz bottle. Fresh orange slices as well. I guess Sam used some hops in this but you not a trace in the smell. Some witbier like spices with warming but it's hard to get past the fruit.

T- Taste like something DFH would brew based on the over the top malt addition and slightly syrupy taste. A huge banana taste as expected with just a hint of clove on the backside. Rich sweet malts giving off a bready vibe. Orange peel, while the alcohol is well hidden.

M- The feel on this is full and sweet. It is above medium bodied with light carb. The aftertaste just lasts forever though which gets old after 4oz's or so. Some more spice factors in this may have rounded out the feel, but for now this is a malt bomb.

D- I was skeptic for good reason, i mean a 10.3% witbier, come on. It is exactly how I thought it would taste like though, A trumped up wit beer focused on sweetness. I'll take a regular wit any day of the week from Sam as a 10% witbier in the summer does not seem like a good look. With that said this is not the worst thing created, just predictable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 05:12:45 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of lonestar4lunch


3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one starts off with a big, spicy, sweet aroma. Just a bit of lacing hangs around. Taste on this one is huge with bananas, herbs, malt, bitterness and alcohol. It's thicker than I was guessing it would be. It finishes with some hop dryness and spiciness that lingers. Very interesting and is a big beer to finish. 12oz is more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 00:07:42 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of TheBierBand


4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass to produce a big 2-1/2" head of frothy, thick foam. The foam stuck around for quite a while. But as it dissipated, it left big clumps of foam on the side of the glass. The color of the beer is dark yellow/orange and is rather cloudy.

The smell is of orange citrus backed up by spicy coriander and a whif of alcohol.

Taste: WOW! BIG BEER! Quite sweet with a big alcohol ZING. Flavors include orange, spice, big alcohol finish.

MF: Thick/robust.... and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a sipper.... but its quite nice. It should not be considered a "lawn mower" beer. This is for a nice relaxing evening. Rich and hearty texture.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 15:04:46 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of weeare138


3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing the bottle...
Appears a murky amber with a small white head that quickly fades out into a tiny cap. Mild speckles of lacing quickly drop into a small collar.
Smell is of overkill caramel, sugary grain, and light citrus.
Taste is of caramel sweetness that borders on sugary syrup/adjunct, along with a mild spicing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, viscuous, and sweet. I just wasn't feeling this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 20:03:07 | More by weeare138
Photo of degerbah


4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow-orange with no head. There is a significant hop aroma with a fruity smell as well.

This is a servicable (albeit absurdly strong)white ale. It's tasty and the only alcohol I'm picking up is how warm my face feels as a result of drinking it.

Overall I think this is a tasty but slightly over-priced beer. I think there is way too much alcohol for this to be an everyday beer which is a shame. I might get this again if I wanted to get drunk in a hurry. Otherwise, there are tastier beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:42:40 | More by degerbah
Photo of mwa423


3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a solid two finger head that dies down to a solid lacing that sticks to the bottom of the glass. Color is a very dark but clear straw color.

S - Sweet and boozy, maybe a bit of honey smell.

T - Very very sweet, with a really sweet aftertaste.

M - Thick and rich, enjoyable for the style.

D - One or two, maybe the third of the four pack, but I doubt I could drink the entire 4 pack at 10.5 percent abv

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:08:23 | More by mwa423
Photo of ThaBobfather


4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque orange/copper color with thin rimming white head.
Smells of orange rind, spice, and sweet hops.
WOW. Tastes of sweet malt, almost syrup with some fruit flavor and spice.
Finishes is a bit muddily with a sweet taste left.
Pretty well drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:29:37 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark and hazy deep orange color with some amber tint. Extremely cloudy. Nice lacing for a witbier. Some serious head going on, however, did not last long.
S- Caramel, candy, sugar. Candy apple? Nothing but sweetness and alcohol in the nose.
T- This might be the maltiest witbier I have ever had. This reminded me of a sweet barley wine. I'm not kidding. Candied apples and oranges. Spicey kick. Bananas.
M- Thick, creamy, decadent. Sticky and sugary. Smooth but very rich.
D- I drank one and was pretty much finished due to the high alcohol content and cloying flavors. I appreciate this one because I have not had a witbier that pushed the boundaries as much as this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 21:35:57 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Kromes


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a thick white head. Smells like sweet caramel malts and alcohol, doesn't really smell like a typical white beer. Tastes is of sweet caramel malts, alcohol, and some orange peel and coriander in the background. The only thing I didn't really like is how thick it felt. It is a bit syrupy. It tastes very good, so the drinkibility is good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 21:01:30 | More by Kromes
Photo of cvfish


4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured an orange amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had very sweet, fruity notes, and some spiciness

T - The taste of this beer was great, a good bit of sweet fruity flavors that went along side the maltiness very well, and a hint of spices

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body on it that was accompanied by a light amount of carbonation

D - This was a great beer, the style is not done as much and it was a pleasure to see someone take it up to the next level, this was a very tasty beer and great for the originality

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 20:26:30 | More by cvfish
Photo of naterock


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a fluted tasting glass. medium dull copper in color with little to no head.

smell is overwhelming alcohol, with a yeasty nose. some banana and a little bit of clove and possibly some cinnamon.

tastes rich and spicy with a strong malt backbone and a modesthop profile. really suprising.

Mouth is a bit dry but crisp. Drinks slow and is a new style for me. I am excited for more styles like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 16:32:21 | More by naterock
Photo of SpecialK088


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter

Pours a near orange color, very deep amber. Light head never really gets above 1 finger and lingers a nice film over the top.

Very spicy, corander along with some sweet spices and almost a belgian yeast. Very sweet notes as well.

Sweet and spicy, suprising how well the alchol is hidden being that its near 10%. Very sweet flavors with a nice spicy corander finish and a sligh alchol burn.

Light body and very complex the flavors all go together well without one overbearing the rest

Not something I would drink all the time but with the popularity of this style growing I am exited to try some more of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 16:17:46 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of webmanspidey


2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.. copper orange color, fizzy head at the perfect proportion. Smell mostly reminds me of peaches.. maybe there is some spiciness and other fruits but it is mostly sweet.

Taste is not very pleasant and alcohol comes through very strongly. Sweet peaches again with some slight spices.

I wasn't very impressed with this one and have had many better witbiers. This seemed to be an attempt to take a regular witbier and add a bunch more alcohol than expected without any additional complexity in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 04:03:39 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of AlexCuse


4.8/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just tried one of these, and I'm almost speechless. I really didn't know what to expect (a witbier weighing in at over 10% is just insane) but I was very pleasantly surprised. It tastes somewhat like a wit, but there's a heavy dose of banana taste and aroma, making it taste almost like a tripel. But right on the heels of that we find a really strong malt flavor more reminiscent of a dubbel. At the end its' a glorious combination of dubbel, tripel and wit. Tastes strong, alcohol-wise, but I would never peg it at 10%. Maybe 7. The drinkability, coupled with the high alcohol content, make this a very dangerous beer. Mouthfeel is heavy for a wit, but that is to be expected. I thought it was just about right.

If you are a fan of belgian ales, this one is definitely worth a try. I am going to try to track down some more this weekend!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:47:33 | More by AlexCuse
Photo of DIM


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label indicates 10.2% abv this year.

a: This was a somewhat hazy peach color. It pours with a large, slightly sticky, creamy looking white head.

s: Lots of bananas, lots of sweet, fermented bananas. A little flowery alcohol, minimal spices in the nose.

t: Huge, wheaty banana flavors that are over the top and obnoxious, but in a good way. The dry floral heat at the end and the long, lingering spiciness aren't as pleasant.

m: Thick, incredibly viscous with creamy carbonation. Maybe a little too thick.

d: This is just too much of a good thing. If witbier were Coke, this would be straight up syrup. Still, this was oddly appealing.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 09:49:20 | More by DIM
Photo of buschbeer


3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a nonic to an inch of head. It was a cloudy, copper color. It smelled of bananas, alcohol, and sweet malt. I was expecting this beer to taste horrible, but it did not. I was definitely different for me. I tasted of really ripe bananas and seemed syrupy. But at 9%+ ABV, it was not a bad way to start the evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 02:31:45 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Tone


3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, orange/copper color. 1 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of banana, alcohol is noticeable, clove, some other citrus aromas, slight hops, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is thick and smooth, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight hop, spices, slight citrus, and a hint of tartness. Hard to define the rating system on this 'Imperial' White. Way too strong to be a good Witbier, but it is meant to be an 'Imperial' and is tasty. Overall, a relatively smooth beer, the blend of flavors is nice and the aroma is pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:32:36 | More by Tone
Samuel Adams Imperial White from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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