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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,225 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2009)
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Amp

Oklahoma

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

12-22-2011 16:51:59 | More by Amp
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

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

Un-dated 12oz bottle poured into a Shock Top weizen glass. Clerk assured me it was a pretty fresh delivery.

Appearance - By color, this is absolutely not a "wit" beer, then again this goes out of it way to differentiate and call itself an imperial wit. Very hazy medium amber body. Small offwhite head with low retention and fine lacing.

Smell - Vinous. Alcohol. Faintly like a barelywine.

Taste - Holy s***. That is definitely not your typical witbier. It's much more akin to a barelywine in terms of the kick in the face you receive, and the prominence of the alcohol. Almost gets into malt liquor territory.

Mouthfeel - Very solvent. Sharp and slightly spritey. Medium to full bodied, but it doesn't stick too much since it's so solvent.

Overall Drinkability - As a witbier, I can't really grade this beer since it's absolutely not a witbier. For being an "imperial wit", as it sets out to do, it's very, very interesting and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:28:58 | More by ZenAgnostic
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dowen44

Georgia

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-21-2011 02:44:50 | More by dowen44
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CheckMate

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-18-2011 04:37:52 | More by CheckMate
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy yeasty honey. Slight wispy white head.
smell: Candy, fruit, citrus with a hint of spice.
taste: As tasty as the nose hints. Very drinkable, smooth.
mouthfeel: full and creamy. Very pleasurable, lush even.
overall: this one doesn't seem to get much love but it's a standout imo.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:05:16 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Jemenhiser

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

12-18-2011 01:50:48 | More by Jemenhiser
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by alcohol, a touch of spice. Taste is also of alcohol from start to finish, a touch of citrus is present. Feels light in the mouth with a slight alcohol burn and overall this is the 2nd beer from the imperial series that I have tried, and the 2nd epic fail.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 15:10:35 | More by tone77
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-17-2011 02:56:03 | More by Beer21
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rmalinowski4

Illinois

2/5  rDev -42%

12-17-2011 00:25:43 | More by rmalinowski4
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Goldfoot

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-16-2011 16:05:33 | More by Goldfoot
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hardigree2831

Georgia

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-15-2011 01:46:22 | More by hardigree2831
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r3o

Florida

2/5  rDev -42%

12-15-2011 00:31:41 | More by r3o
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spedprof

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +44.9%

12-13-2011 04:36:56 | More by spedprof
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goldennectar

Ohio

5/5  rDev +44.9%

12-13-2011 01:43:41 | More by goldennectar
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murf1087

Indiana

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-12-2011 02:39:44 | More by murf1087
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Semi cloudy amber with less than a 1/4" white head.

Smell: You know what it hints of caramel. This is coming from a guy who has made caramel from scratch (basically burnt/melted sugar).

Taste: This is by fart one of the sweetest but yet strongest beers I have had in my life. Comes off with the taste of "roasted" honey of there is such a thing. "Sweet and bitter", that's what I would call it. Sweet at the tip of the tongue, little bitter in the back...incredibly unique!

Mouth: Medium carbonation very easy to swallow and even easier to intake....you really do not notice the high ABV level of this beer.

Overall: Recommend this to anyone who is seeking a "sweet" beer. Don't let the honey fool you this beer has KICK. Super smooth and tasty, no it's not a tripel or your favorite or your favorite abbey ale...it is what it is. Special blend of orange and honey easy to drink but not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:05:02 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13%

12-11-2011 22:40:36 | More by xdefeatsy
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railman

New York

2/5  rDev -42%

12-08-2011 22:50:05 | More by railman
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-08-2011 20:00:41 | More by ROGUE16
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mactrail

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, sweet, and spicy. Pours a bright amber amber in the glass rather than any usual pale Wit color. Very nice head and long-lasting lacing. Lots of citrus, sweet orange especially. Makes me think of marmalade, with an edge to the sugar. The other spices are fairly robust, but in keeping with the head-slap Imperial mega-beerishness. The creamy sudsy mouthfeel is outstanding. Rich but not syrupy.

Definitely an interesting concoction. A different kind of strong ale that is really pleasing if taken in the right attitude. Sip very slowly.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 05:54:21 | More by mactrail
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-05-2011 14:18:43 | More by bluesplit63
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-05-2011 04:35:04 | More by mhaugo
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13%

12-05-2011 02:17:26 | More by JohneHoodlum
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-05-2011 02:06:19 | More by tclapper
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nsschwab

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -42%

12-04-2011 22:46:40 | More by nsschwab
Samuel Adams Imperial White from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,225 ratings.