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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,251 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 54 | 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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Photo of Hoagie1973
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.

Hoagie1973, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
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.

rlee1390, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

WestSideAmish, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

VipertheIV, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

schoun, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Deshelto, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of WrathsU
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.

WrathsU, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of atr2605
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

atr2605, Jan 08, 2012
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Samuel Adams Imperial White from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.