Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Coastal WheatSamuel Adams Coastal Wheat

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jdhilt on 09-14-2009

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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.71/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-yellow, with two fingers of frothy white head. Subsided fairly quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smells like a wheat beer. Some lemony-citrus as well. Not much else.

Taste: Well, not much. It's mild, with a predominant wheat flavor. Some slight citrus. Very mildly flavored overall. It doesn't taste bad at all, but there's just not much flavor there.

Mouthfeel: Light, good carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Well, it was very easy to drink. It wasn't bad, there just wasn't much to it. That being said, I don't usually like wheat beers, but I enjoyed this one. I agree with some of the other views that it's a bit surprising to find this in a winter mix pack. This is something I'd enjoy by the pool on a hot summer day. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmann
4.05/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was geared up to really not like this beer, but bought it because my wife loves wheat beers and thought she might enjoy something other than Blue Moon. The pour was nice with a great burnt goldish color and a nice frothy head. Lemon zest and bready malts jumped out and created an inviting scent. Flavor was perfect for a hot San Diego day with a crisp citrus bite, slight honey like sweetness and just a hint of hops in the background. All in all a very enjoyable warm weather beer, recommended.

Photo of Outchillen
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised how clear this beer was, bottle says hazy, but not as hazy as a wheat should be, pale yellow and clear, tasted very light, light body easy to drink, overall not too impressed, easy drinking beer, may be good to watch a ball game or out grilling

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass the beer was a hazy pale orange color with a medium-sized white head. It had a strong citrus aroma as well as cracker-like aroma. The citrus aroma did not translate to the taste, however. Only a very subtle lemon taste, and the aforementioned cracker. I thought this beer was on the tepid sideand not something i'd want to drink a lot of.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a better then average wheat beer, that said I don't really like most wheat beers. It is golden in color with a typical cloudy appearance but is able to maintain a good head and lacing. The aroma is typical citrus. The carbonation starts slightly harsh but sweet taste quickly takes over and finishes dry with no bitterness.

Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Cloudy pale golden color, decent head retention. Smells of lemons, bread crust and a neutral nutty yeast. There is that typical generic Pale Wheat Ale base that so many brewers go with, ho hum. It is balanced and non-offensive but no real liveliness. Lemon flavor is more peel than zest or juice which adds some bitterness and flavor, hops are real modest here. Finishes with that dull wheat beer aftertaste.

I would have preferred to see a Kölsch style or Blonde Ale, filtered with more of a sweet/sour lemon edge ... not too far off from other beers they brew; they brew a wit, beery-wits, the summer ale and now a lemon version. Is this reactionary to the cloudy beers that have come from the bigger breweries?

Photo of mtyrrell
2.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Beer poured a cloudy golden color with a pretty good sized head that receded fairly quickly.

S- I got this beer in a 6 pack winter sampler, and I don't know if it was just the batch but the smell was overpoweringly lemony, almost to the point where it smelled like lysol.

T- Taste followed the smell, very strong lemon taste, and like the Sam Adams Summer Ale, the citrus flavors tasted cheap to me, very uncharacteristic of Sam Adams.

M- A good bit of carbonation, but goes down pretty smooth.

D- I like most of Sam Adams' lineup, but this is not one of my favorites and I probably wont buy again. I have never seen this beer until recently, and it makes me wonder why Sam Adams would release a citrus wheat ale with their winter lineup. Definatley suited more for the spring and summer variety packs.

Photo of merlin48
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a dirty golden body with a tall offwhite head that quickly falls to a cap. Some sheet lacing.

Aroma of lemon zest, wheat twang, and a hint of coriander.

Light medium body is crisply carbonated and has a pronounced yeastiness.

Taste is yeasty, with a wheat twang, lemon peel, and some cracker. Maybe a hint of coriander. Finishes yeasty, with a lemon zest aftertaste.

Overly yeasty. I'm not a fan of wheat ales and this one does nothing to change my mind about the style.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, bright orange-gold in color, cloudy

Smell: wheat, lemon, and honey

Taste: wheat, lemon, grass, and a small touch of hops on the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sharp, semi-sweet, robust, high carbonation

Drinkability: This is sessionable, light, and lemony. It is very much their blackberry wit minus the blackberries. Easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The beer is fairly clear. The aroma is strong on the flowery and perfume-scented hops with some wheat mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the wheat with some perfume-flavored hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy to drink, but really nothing too exciting going on.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy gold with a thin white head. decent lacing. typical wheat beer look

S: subtle wheat and lemon, nothing powerful in the nose

T: crisp wheat flavor with a wondefully balanced lemon flavor. the lemon is actually complex, there are a couple citrus flavors at play here without being sour. This beer suprised me. at first sip if you told me it was the summer ale I would have believed you, but its softer than summer ale, with a more rounded flavor.

M: Medium body with a clean, dry, crisp finish.

D: Not sure why this is the new spring beer. to me its more of a summer beer. its very similar to summer ale (I think it may be better, but its been 9 months since Ive had summer ale. Ill have to try a side by side). In my mind though, sam adams needs a bock, not another beer similar to two they already have. That said its very drinkable and refreshing, i like it, i just dont quite understand it.

Photo of bsp77
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Winter Classics pack. Seriously, Sam Adams, what a bad choice for this pack. Obviously, they are promoting their new beer (replacing the Hefeweizen), but this is bad timing, therefore bad marketing. Anyway, I will be objective...

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit glass, which kind of works as a small Weizen glass.

Appearance: Light, cloudy orange gold with very thick foamy head which clings to the side. Bubbles continuously rise to the top.

Smell: Strong, somewhat husky, wheat malt with a nice lemony sharpness.

Taste: Simple wheat malts that are borderline sweet, countered by a nice lemon bite. The addition of lemon peels makes this a little better than the old Hefeweizen but they could have tried to improve the malts, which remain a little too sweet and simple.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, relatively light body that is somewhat creamy. The lemon allows it to end drier than the old Hefeweizen.

Drinkability: Once again, better than the old Hefeweizen, but still nothing too special. It certainly is drinkable and I might have been a little happier with it if they hadn't stuck it in the Winter Pack.

Jim - why did you replace the Hefe (which was NOT a Hefe, but an American Wheat) with another American Wheat? Why not make a real Hefeweizen?

Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a plastic pint glass, served with a lemon wedge.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a very thin white head. Nose is lemon, wheat and light fruitiness.

Taste is crisp, sharp an wheaty. It's light and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall decent.

Photo of boatshoes
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a bottle of this out of a winter mixed case which we picked up for our annual Christmas party. Had heard polarizing things about this beer so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Appearance- Wow, what a surprise here. Pours with an immense rocky three fingers of white head over a pale, hazy golden yellow body. A significant amount of beading carbonation and a whole lot of lacing left as I drink. Quite a looker from Sam Adams and great for the style.

Smell- Some cereal graininess and yeastiness coming through. However, dominated by an overpowering lemon-zestiness that borders on the very artificial. Can't really get much else out of it besides that as a result.

Taste- Again, dominated by what I consider to be a rather artificial tasting lemony quality that really overwhelms the other aspects of the taste. Regardless, still able to detect a healthy amount of wheat coming through, along with some fruity esters. Really comes across as bordering on the artificial overall though I feel.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is a touch thin and the carbonation is a bit aggressive. Not terrible in this regard however. Drinkability really suffers for me though as a result of the overwhelming amount of lemon I seem to be getting.

Overall, not a terrible beer, but I didn't find it to be well balanced and it bordered on tasting very artificial. Not my favorite Sam Adams offering but didn't think it was absolutely awful either.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Yellow pour, average haze. A little lemon, even grapefruit aroma, better than expected.

Taste was pretty standard, wheat, lemon, tart, not much hops. Can't really see how this fits in the pale wheat category more than the hefe category. Everything they make along these styles tastes very similar.

Another girlfriend beer from SA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.4/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don't get it replace your hefe that was actually an American Wheat to an American Wheat with lemon peels. Why not do a real German style hefeweizen to join the party of Cherry Wheat, Double White, White Ale, DunkelWeizen and Summer. That's alot of wheat beer. Maybe it's time to do a different style, how about an IPA. Pale hazed golden orange hue with a bright white head, leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma has a biscuit malt character a lot of yeast nuttiness with citrus peels apparent. Not much sweetness or hops going on here. Pretty abrasive with lemon peel zest bitterrness and tart wheat blended with that nasty dry nutty yeast notes. Mouthfeel overall is pretty harsh with the carbonation levels just an unpleasant experience with the lemonpeel left on the palate after each sip. Drinkability is poor this is one that should be skipped and I enjoy most of the Sam Adams brews out there.

Photo of chinchill
2.51/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated BB July 2012 (so a little past BB date) served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a rather small eggshell head. The head mostly disappears quickly.

AROMA: Fruity, mainly lemony, but with an unfortunate hint of old canned fruit.

M: Near medium body; Medium-light carbonation seems a tad low. Smooth.

T: Fruity with some lemon, as expected, as well as a vague impression of old canned fruits and ripe bananas. No sign of hops in this mildly sweet brew.

O: Profile is much more like a hefeweizen: not a beer style I seek out but even so, disappointing.

Photo of DarrellK
2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The wheat beer pours a nice small bubble head and is a fairly typical pale cloudy look. The head does do away quite quickly.

I expected some nose from a "Brewmaster's Collection" wheat beer from SA but there was virtually no smell to this beer. What was there was so vague it instantly took away from the experience.

The mouth was equally unremarkable.

The taste or finish had a slight hint of lemon but absolutely none of the several possible tastes of wheat beers.

I've tried over 40 of SA's brews, many of which are wheat beers. They just don't seem to have a handle on light colored wheats. Even a Shocktop with a lemon twist has more character (it pains me to say that). Their dark wheats fare much better.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- The murky golden-orange body has strands of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface and a bubbly antique white head that last and last.
S- This beer has a bright lemon aroma that smells more of lemon cleaner than fresh lemons. There is a chalky aroma to follow.
T- the dry lemon note leads to a white wheat dough and a faint green prick in the finish. There is watery taste that comes through as the beer opens up. There is a slight tartness that comes through with the lemon flavor aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The lemons have more of a cleaner flavor than a lemon aid or fresh lemon quality. The beer is very dry with no fruitiness or any yeast characteristics. So the flavor is a bit dull with not much character. This beer might be thirst queching on a hot day?

Photo of richkrull
2.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but certainly nothing amazing either. It had a bit of a citrus taste but it wasn't overwhelming at all. Seems like this is more of a summer beer so I imagine it has been sitting on the shelf for a little while. I gave it a shot as part of a mix and match sample pack.

If it were fresher, it would probably receive a higher grade from me. It was worth a shot. I wouldn't mind trying it again sometime.

Photo of apbarwood
3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale gold color with a decent amount of white head and a moderate amount of lace. The aroma is fairly light but has a lot of lemon citrus. The taste I found surprisingly good. The lemon is definitely the main feature and it has a fairly persistent finish. Good blend of citrus and wheat-derived tartness. In terms of complexity, it isn't. But it's good at what it intends to do I think. Highly carbonated. Very light and refreshing. Overall I was very pleased with this one. The perfect lawnmower beer or something that might pair well with some fish or shrimp off the grill. Definitely something good for a hot summer day as it's light, refreshing and super bubbly.

Photo of degerbah
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy gold. Think of a much cloudier budweiser. The smell is very citrusy, more lemon than oranges dominate. The smell reminds me of lemonade or possibly a shandy. After my first taste I've concluded that it also tastes like a shandy or a radler. Tart more than bitter. This might be the worst beer I've ever had from Sam Adams and I've had everything they put into six and twelve packs. Should be taken out of their lineup. I've had far worse beers, but they have so many other option available, I don't know anyone who will be head over heels for this.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of last night's New Year's Eve festivities. I'll never stop wondering why this one is in the winter pack.

This is a pale, extremely cloudy dusty yellow color. A sizable soft white head forms, sits around for a short while before dissipating, and leaves a bit of spotty lacing in its wake.
The smell is predominantly a heavy wheat and lots of lemon, seemingly both juice and peel. There's also a light hops presence detected.
The flavors are straightforward: wheat, lemon, a soft pale malt and a hops that lingers and puts out more strongly in a zesty / gently bitter finish.
This one starts off with a crisp bite and then remain fairly smooth. Body is light but almost medium, initially with a firm character to it that fades a little.
Well...there's not much to this one, though it's not flat or overly boring in my opinion, and I'm sure it's refreshing in the summer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - I love, love, love (did I say love?) buying beer at the grocery store!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of fine foamy off-white head, which leaves some broad wave-crest lace profiles around the glass as it hies it outta there.

It smells of grainy, almost spicy, wheat grain, with some limoncello-like citrus notes, and a raw leafiness. The taste is bitter, husky wheat stalks, some weird lemon/honey sweetness, and a subtle peach/apricot fruitiness.

The bubbles are really hitting that snooze alarm for all it's worth, the body a healthy medium weight, and decidedly smooth, with a surprisingly rich feel to it all. It finishes quite wheaty, with a semi-sweet bearing, the lemon lingering in pie format.

Not a bad wheat ale, the bi-coastal nature a decent idea. Another good'n for sipping away lazily after too much time in the Pacific sun. Woe is me.

Photo of dacrza1
3.99/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Moment: a good day with the boys (Will, Michael, Joey) done...
Glassware: Ayinger Willibecker...
Appearance: reasonably light, straw yellow body with a head that flattens quickly but remains consistent throughout drinking...
Aroma: fresh lemon zest with an underpining of hops that suggests a complexity uncommon to wheats....
Palate: teeth-tingling activity; medium-bodied finish; smooth and easy-drinking...
Taste: light, fresh punch of watered wheat with a lemony hop indicative of the West; some other fruity esters are present to spruce the taste...
Overall: the label says it all--lemony indeed! Like the Cranberry Lambic, the fruity aspect is fully front and center--this could easily be a sessions beer that rewards with flavor...

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Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.