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

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1,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 26
Gots: 57 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2009

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3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy orange. Just a tad (1/4 inches) maybe of head. Light lacing on the top that had circled the glass with a bunch in one spot (probably where I poured). Hardly any lacing in the middle. The lacing dissipated within five minutes. Spider-web film on the sides of the glass.

Heavy whiff that I could smell from two feet away. Alcohol and cloves dominated the smell. I also got wheat and orange peels. A sweet sugary smell as well.

Tasted a mix of cloves and orange peels, backed by a heavy dose of alcohol. The alcohol is definitely not hiding. I also got caramel in there. Feels a bit like a winter warmer.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Smooth finish.

An OK beer overall, although I was expecting a bit more. Definitely a witbier. Good finish, though.

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2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy deep amber with thin off-white head. Noticeable orange-peel coriander aroma. Hoppy fruit bitterness to start. The heavy fruit sourness in the middle is a turn-off. Not terrible but I’m having a hard time wrapping myself around this one. This isn’t what I expected so I’m disappointed. Seems like more an attempt at an IPA.

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4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange/copper. Cloudy haze with light carbonation. Medium off white head with very good retention and lacing.

S: Orange, wheat, grains, sweet. Subtle hint of pepper?

T: Sweet light hops. Orange blossom with hint of accompanying fruits. More bold than Blue Moon but of same general family.

M: Full mouthfeel with med-heavy body. Not dry, slight creaminess in finish.

O: Full bodied, heavier beer. Noticeable flavor even right out of the fridge. Develops nicely as beer comes to room temperature.

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1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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

Thanks to kbnooshay for the bottle.
Darker than any Wit I've ever seen. Color is more akin to an APA. 1-finger creamy off-white head.
Smells just a touch wheaty but mostly the barley malt dominates. Alcohol is obvious along with a little fruitiness and some butterscotch.
Mouthfeel is syrupy with little carbonation and the flavor has a boozy sweetness that's just off-putting. Alcohol dominates the finish. Nothing present that one usually enjoys or expects from a Witbier. No orange or coriander to speak of, just a sweet boozy mess.
This one's a failure; doesn't resemble a Witbier in any capacity, "imperial" or otherwise.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy deep orange/copper but no head whatsoever

S-Orange with spices and some wheat.

T-Oranges and wheat, banana a long with a little alcohol as well.

M-Medium bodied, slightly more carbonation than the appearance suggested

O-The light subtleness of a witbier is missing, none of the spices and wheat flavors are present. Also the alcohol is not masked well at all.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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

A - Barely any head on a vigorous pour. Copper hazy body. No lacing to speak of.

S - Faint sweet fruit smell mingled with what smells a bit like the fault dms. Very faint smelling in general.

T - Hello alcohol. Very boozy up front. Very sweet tasting. Banana, and other mingled fruits throughout. Not much else going on though.

M - A still beer, not much carbonation bite. A mediocre amount of alcohol burn.

O - Not the best Sam Adams on the market. Way to sweet, and way to boozy for me. Nothing like the complex delicacies found in your standard witbier.

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2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a hazy golden straw color with a small white head
S-A little softer than I expected but the orange peel and spice still comes through
T-Not great. The high alcohol gives it a cough syrup flavor with the orange and spice coming in the aftertaste
M-Thick and syrup like.
O-not a fan. I was really curious when I saw it because I had never even heard of an imperial witbier being done. Luckily it was pretty cheap but Sam Adams definitely did not create a unique brew here, or at least not in a good way

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Samuel Adams Imperial White from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.