Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.6/5 rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Coastal Wheat comes in at a smooth ABV of 5.3% and could serve as a decent session beer if you find that the beer is the right one for you. Since this is an American pale wheat ale the Coastal Wheat has a crisp, refreshing nature to it that allows you to enjoy the beer either with a meal or simply as a stand alone offering. Ideally this beer could be served with either some grilled chicken or a Spanish dish.
When poured into a pint glass, the Coastal Wheat features a bright yellow color and does not maintain the same haziness as many wheat beers are able to boast. There is a rather high transparency to this offering and the beer visually does not impress the imagination that this is going to be a top tier wheat offering. There is a moderately high amount of carbonation to the pour and the pour gives way to a very minimal bright white head that leaves the top of the glass almost as quickly as it came into play.
The aroma carries a better presence for the Coastal Wheat as there is a bready and yeasty nature to the beer that drives home the wheat intricacies within this offering. There is a citrus undertone that pairs lemons to the wheat. There are times when the lemons almost shine through too much and a more muted presence might serve this beer better. With the lemons and the wheat playing off one another there is a sort of citric spiciness that is if nothing else an interesting adaptation to a normal wheat offering. Though not the same spiciness as one might expect in a strong IPA offering, Coastal Wheat shocks the palate in ways that many other wheat beers might not be able to do.
The pour was noted to look a little thin for a wheat beer and indeed the mouthfeel sort of held true to this presumption, as well. The high carbonation in this beer does not serve the beer well and the mouthfeel is somewhat thin and light. There really is not much complexity to the mouthfeel and at times it is borderline boring, banal and blasé. As an offering from a brewer with the reputation for quality that Sam Adams prides itself on, this mouthfeel is uncomplicated and falls in line with being more watery than anything to write home about.
There is a certain element of drinkability to this beer as it is light and refreshing I suppose but is not anything that I would run off and grab when looking for a good session beer. Perhaps it might be able to serve as a sort of higher quality lawnmower beer but short of that is probably not one to go reaching for when it is a quality offering you are in the mood for.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2010 14:17:30 | More by Bounty628
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