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

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Samuel Adams Coastal WheatSamuel Adams Coastal Wheat

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BA SCORE
73
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1,144 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 09-14-2009)
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Reviews by bgreg3:
Photo of bgreg3
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coastal wheat is hazy and orange in appearance, very cloudy throughout entire beer. White foam sticks around for a while considering this is brewed with lemon peels. Usually the citrus flavor wards off the foam very quickly. Immediately I smell coriander and citrus flavors although other malty biscuit characters can be vaguely processed.

At first spices such as coriander and orange pound the palette and sit there until they become sour. Then on the way down the lemon comes through in full force and gives a lemon citrus after taste with some mild biscuit notes thrown in the mix too.

This beer is medium in feel and is really wet. It can hit the spot though if your craving a wheat so don't count it out completely. It does the job for me, but it's not amazing.

bgreg3, Feb 24, 2010
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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.

Dmann, May 21, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Outchillen, Mar 15, 2011
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3.13/5  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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 07, 2009
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40451, May 19, 2012
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generallee, Aug 12, 2012
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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.

bishopdc0, Mar 18, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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orm56, Dec 23, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
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?

Jason, Nov 03, 2009
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.

mtyrrell, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

merlin48, Oct 03, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

tigg924, Nov 23, 2009
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.

Mora2000, Jul 11, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

LyonsHead, Mar 08, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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Cavanaghty, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
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?

bsp77, Oct 26, 2009
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Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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