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

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1,156 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,156 | Reviews: 499
Photo of Bizquithead
4.68/5  rDev +49%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my personal favorite from Sam Adams. It tastes just like the name "Coastal Wheat". It has awesome drinkability. The added lemon gives balance and brightness. The alcohol content is way better than "Cherry Wheat". So that just adds to the value. You get great hop flavor & it's refreshing.

Photo of OverToad
4.6/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had to order this beer in a case since It's not availble here yet.

Beer poured a nice pale cloudy yellow with a good head.

Smell is a hint of lemon peel.

This taste way better than the hef. Very refreshing.

I could dring these all night. Not a heavy beer in the least.
SA does it again.

Photo of bigredchronic13
4.58/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is a rush of lemon and citrus. The appearance is a pale color with vivid flushes of a light gold color. Very smooth and a very sweet beer. The drink-ability is superior...I could only best describe this beer as a light form of Sam Adams Summer Ale. Truly a great beer from the Sam Adams line.

Photo of VTaler
4.57/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very cloudy tan color. Big head goes away over time. Nice lacing
S - First is smell of lemon. Hoppy
T - Wow. This is actually very well balanced and good. The first taste is lemon but it is not sweet or sour. It kinda reminds me of duck sauce (the orange sauce at Chinese restaurants). Had a subtle wheat flavor and some hops.
M - medium
D - extremely drinkable. I really like it and so do my non-beer drinking friends

Photo of aelthwin
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the local wal-mart

A: I admit to drinking straight from the bottle

S: Nice light grains, good indicator of the taste

T: I *love* the taste. A really solid wheat finish (which is what one would hope for given the name) with light lemon overtones.

M: I've had better, but I've also had a lot worse. Good over all. Mild carbonation and a refreshing texture. Not overly water and not overly creamy.

D: It goes without saying that this is the perfect beer for porch sittin' in the summer

Photo of Ron860
4.48/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I actually find this beer to be quite refreshing. Works wonders on a hot summer day and with just about any seafood dish. The lemon flavor is very noticeable in the aftertaste. This is a very delicious beer that you can definitely have more than one of.
The head dissipates rather quickly for a Sam Adams but it does have a slightly higher carbonation than most. I'm a little biased because I tend to like the lemon flavor but I do recommend that you give it a try. You probably won't be disappointed.

Photo of daves2pay
4.47/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this as a late spring early summer type of ale. The lemon zest is not overpowering, but absolutely noticeable. Not as hazy as some wheat ales, but this is not one of my prerequisites. Overall, I would recommend this very drinkable beer. Samuel Adams strikes again.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.42/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is tangy sour, very characteristically wheaty. Fruity, citrusy, and some lemongrass. Sweet smelling base malt. Smooth and well balance. Smells quite good.

Pours hazy yellow with well formed creamy, foamy head. Looks good.

Oh, this is good. Smooth and creamy, rich and subtle, well flavored with tight balance. Soft malt base is kind of bready, upon which the characteristic wheatiness is built: zesty/peppery, citrus fruity, lemongrass (or most likely the lemon), and touch of dry powderiness. Just enough sourness to quench the thirst. Just enough sweetness to balance. Medium body. Hint of vanilla. Slightly grainy. Tastes great. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Coastal Wheat is a masterfully crafted and well designed beer. A stellar representation of what I think of as a 'beer': tight balance, full flavored, and highly quaffable (and bottle conditioned - a plus).

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's becoming a real uphill bottle for me to get back to The CANQuest (TM), but with so much beer in abeyance down in the basement and the summer stretched out in front of me, I feel CANpelled to rid myself of some of the backlog.

This, however, was totally fresh, with a best by date of Sep 2011. Also from the bottle: "Hazy and golden in color, this brew is a fresh twist on the popular Hefeweizen style. Eureka and Lisbon lemons from three growing regions in California balance out the wheat malt character resulting in a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with subtle lemon flavor. Cheers!"

I started out with a finger of foamy, bone-white head, but by the time I finished typing the above, it was down to wisps. That seems like good retention in my book! Color was a cloudy (not hazy) orangish-yellow. Nose had the characteristic "snap" of wheat malt, but I would have guessed orange as the underlying citrus smell, vice lemon. Whoops! Mouthfeel was relatively full, approaching creamy, with a definite citrus presence, but not a tart one. It was like a Creamsicle, reinforcing my earlier stance on orange, vice lemon. Finish was so much like a Creamsicle that I now wanted one for the first time in years! Yay, summer!

Photo of mgmvh
4.34/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This beer pored golden cloudy...looks very appealing

s: Smells of ripe lemon....the eureka and lisbon lemons really stand out.

t: Taste like a hefeweizen by nature with a nice twist of lemon.

o: I think Sam Adams has made better beers but I would drink it again.

Photo of jetpilot12
4.31/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great addition from Sam Adams, astonishing quality. Really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of rjplumer
4.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice subtle lemon aroma. Has a creamy taste yet has that lemon zing to round it out. Very refreshing. Has soft milky amber color.Dry with very little after taste. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Best served cold on a hot summer day. I'll be looking for this one again.

Photo of bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

This was my favorite wheat beer for the longest time. It was also my first. I haven't had it in forever, so my points for it go to nostalgia, but I know I'd still like it if I drank one now.

Photo of saurus
4.15/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very nice, smooth beer without feeling light and cheap. Good taste, similar flavor to the Magic Hat Circus Boy, a bit more refined.
Enjoyed it quite a bit, enjoyed the crisp refreshing flavor. Didn't feel like a typical winter beer, however.
Regardless, Great brew that i'll continue to enjoy.

Photo of culwin
4.15/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good Hefeweizen with a hint of lemon which is not overwhelming. Purists will probably wonder why the lemon is already added, and it isn't very strong, but it is still quite a tasty beer.
Drinkability - I'm pretty sure I could drink this all day - which could be a plus or a minus depending on what you're looking for.
Not much of an aftertaste, which is a big plus.
I would definitely drink it again, if some of my favorites weren't available.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good replacement for the hefe-weizen. This one pours just like a hefe-weizen with hazy pale color, and a generously sized white head that retains well.

Nose is citrusy (lemon focused of course) with some of the bready and yeasty/esters from many wheat beers.

On the palate the wheat malt comes across very nicely with a wheat crackery taste, but balanced well with the lemon citrus that isn't overpowering.

Very similar across the board to a hefe-weizen plus the lemon bonus. Very, very drinkable.

Photo of adamette
4.11/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single from Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $1.35 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Nice creamy white head over a light, opaque yellow body. 3.0

S Great wheat, lemon smell that is lightly sweet and very interesting and inviting. 4.5

T The wheat and lemon smells carry right over into the taste in a very nice tasting lemony wheat. Some hops but mostly that nice wheat grain sweetness and lemon peel citrus. 4.0

M Nice and smooth, possibly the best feature of the beer. Really, this is a case where the mouthfeel really makes the beer. 4.5

D Quite good as you could probably gather from my positive comments above. 4.0

Notes: Really impressed with another Sam Adams craft beer. Bravo!

Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 12pack Sam Adams sampler at Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $9 in late summer 2010.

This pale wheat ale pours a light golden yellow and has the delicate taste of wheat and lemons. A great summer beer as it drinks lightly and tastes great. Another great beer from Sam Adams.

Photo of greengorilla
4.1/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a Weisen glass. It is a hazy yellow with a fair white head.

The smell is of wheat and citris. It is a pretty typical wheat beer smell.

The taste is pretty good also. There is quite a bit of lemon taste.

The mouthfeels is good also.

The beer is very drinkable. It is a good, but not great beer. This is a good choice, when all you have to choose from are BMC, Boston Lager, and a Sam Adams seasonal. Although, I prefer the Boston Lager.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.08/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very cloudy orange with a fluffy 3/4" white head. Their are tiny bubbles all up the sides of the glass, this one is very effervescent. The smell is wheat and grass with a hint of lemon and some light fruit notes. There is a little spice as well. The taste is very flavorful and a lot better than other Pale Wheat Ales I have had. There is mostly wheat with the tartness of the lemon and another hint of spice and a little sweet finish. The mouthfeel was a little thin but held up when compared with others of the style. The drinkability was high on this one but would be a lot better in the summer.

Photo of Plokhooy
4.07/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks and tastes like a mix between a Wit and a Hefe, this is a great warm weather beer with a perfect little lemon twist. Boston Beer Co. didn't have a "summer" beer before this one and this is a great beer on a warm summer (on where I live) a hot fall day.

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 AbiesIrishRose
4.05/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, light amber w/ a thick, creamy head which dissipates w/ some lacing.
Smell: very floral hops, white bread, slightly tart
Taste: exceptionally floral, just enough bitterness, some citric acidity, noticeable mild (low-roasted) malt, faint trace of herbal spearmint. Very nicely balanced w/ no quality overpowering the rest. Finishes soft, but not watery. Slightly sweet and bitter, lemon & herbal.
Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, less "crisp" than expected for style, appropriate carbonation that lasts.
Drinkability: was looking forward to another after finishing the first.

This beer has a distinctive personality. I'd characterize it as a beer drinker's alternative to iced lemon tea, w/ its perfumey, lemony, herbal quality and slightly sweet finish, while still tasting like ale.

Would go best w/ the same food you'd have an iced tea with--tuna or egg salad sandwich, mild cheese (monterrey jack, muenster or brie) or cold chicken breast sandwich w/ lettuce & mayo, or smoked salmon appetizers. Too subtle to stand up to rich or strong-flavored foods. Delightful in its own way.

Photo of MadCat
4.05/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a brewmasters collection mixed six pack with this in it. I figured it was a good way to try this without having to commit to six of them, especially with the way the reviews are.

Appearance: Pale hazy yellow, with a good white head that dissipates fast, but leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very lemony with some wheatiness

Taste: Very refreshing wheaty lemon taste. Not very strong on most of the traditional Hefeweizen or other wheat beer flavors, but it has enough flavor to be satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation, very appropriate for what this beer is going for.

Overall: Not a whole lot of dimension to this, but it is very good. It makes a nice refreshing summer beer. Theres a good chance I would buy this again. A note, I'm still a little surprised at the flavor given the way it was described at the Boston Beer Company brewery tour. They said that since plenty of people were putting lemons with the Hefeweizen, they took that and used it to develop a recipe with lemon peels added. So I was expecting more Hefeweizen flavor in it. Not disappointed with the result, given

Photo of bnes09
4.05/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, hazy, yellow-orange color. Develops a thin layer of white head with decent retention and silky lace.

Smell is mellow and citrusy with plenty of lemon.

Taste goes right along with the smell. Mild yeast flavor and faint hops. Lemon is more asseritive when you let the beer sit in your mouth for a few seconds. Not the most complex taste but it is quite refreshing and would make a great summer beer in my opinion.

Light-bodied and a mild spritzy carbonation which finishes smooth and has a lingering lemon aftertaste.

Very light and easy to drink.

Overall, a decent example of the style. The flavor is not over-the-top but more mellow. The citrus character is probably the most unique part of the flavor. Not quite the style of beer I prefer but considering it is a lighter beer, its not too bad.

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