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

Samuel Adams Coastal WheatSamuel Adams Coastal Wheat

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Ratings: 1082
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.73%

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:
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Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish/yellow; cloudy; effervescent; medium, frothy head

Aroma: Malty; slightly bready; citrusy

Taste: Juicy, malty, but a little thin; slight grapefruit citrus in the mid and finish; semi-sweet finish; refreshing, but not complex or impressive

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:14:55 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a big creamy white head. The head has a nice level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a grainy wheat bread and lemon aroma.

Taste – Overall the flavors don’t transition too much. The taste starts out with a more grainy wheat taste with a lighter citrus flavor. The tastes start out with a slightly drier flavor up front and takes on more sweetness more toward the middle. As the taste advances further the wheat gets less grainy (smoother) in nature with more lemon flavor coming to the tongue, souring the brew ever so slightly. In the end a smooth wheat and lemon flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average with a carbonation level that is rather low for the style of the beer. The body was quite appropriate for supporting the wheat flavor, although more carbonation would have been more fitting for the lemon flavors of the brew.

Overall – An alright beer, but nothing to call home about. This is one of my lesser favorites that Sam Adams produces. Even so it is not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:22:32 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Mojo


3.78/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World Market wheat beer glass

I didn't expect to like this, but it was much better than I thought it would be. It pours up a pale straw with a two finger white head which stays around for awhile. It doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing though. The smell is lemon, banana, and honey. Taste is fairly mild and mostly follows the nose. Mouthfeel is okay with some nice carbonation. Really an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 05:59:31 | More by Mojo
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:59:43 | More by chinchill
Photo of sevenarts

New York

2.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale straw yellow, decent wispy head at first but it quickly fades away to almost nothing, and leaves no lacing behind.

S: Wheat and a whiff of citrus.

T/M: Mild, pleasant wheaty flavor, not much body or variety to it. A little bit of citrus tang at the edges. Very thin, watery mouthfeel.

O: A not bad but unexciting wheat beer, pretty thin and light and refreshing, but really boring overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 22:25:20 | More by sevenarts
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white coating on the surface. Aromas of lemon, banana, and berries mix with some minty and herbal highlights. Flavors are more malty than you would expect, with a buttery and slightly toffee backbone. The herbs come forward again, this time as a slightly strong highlight. Overall, the flavors are a bit all over the place...they stumble into a lemony, sharp, muddled aftertaste. Slick, slightly oily finish. This was not a good brew, no matter how you look at it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 02:47:29 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Alextricity


3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Ah, it's been too long since I've had a Sam Adams... I wound up getting a Brewmaster Variety Pack. This was included with Irish Red and Latitude 48 IPA -- the latter of which I've already had.

Appearance: There's next to no head on this beer... none at all. It's very thing and wispy. As for the lacing, there's none of that to speak of. The color of the beer is nice... a hazy yellow color that reminds me of Mountain Dew when I put it up to the light.

Smell: Very wheat-heavy, with traces of citrus in there as well. Pleasant, but nothing overpowering or too exciting.

Taste: Above average, but nothing that'll make your pupils dilate. I feel like this could well be Samuel Adam's summer beer because it's really easy to drink. Clean, wheaty, citrusy... tasty.

Mouthfeel: Watery, with mild carbonation, but smooth as it foams up a bit on your tongue. Pretty average.

Overall, I really like Coastal Wheat. Far from my favorite Sam Adams beer, but I'll have no problem drinking the other that's in the six-pack. Another good offering from S.A.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 23:57:00 | More by Alextricity
Photo of tjsmith910


1.4/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Boring ol yellowish clear. white head of 1 finger and little to no lacing. just the same ol boring taste feel and finish. could have just as well had a boring miller lite. yes this beer was that terrible to my taste buds. not much flavor nor any thing good.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 01:58:41 | More by tjsmith910
Photo of Celtics76

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, blah blah blah.

Hazy golden yellow appearance, slowly dissipating head. Tastes lemony with a light mouthfeel. Carbonation is barely there.

Refreshing however loses points for an odd aftertaste. Others have described it as pledge-like and I would agree.

I don't see why Sam Adams keeps this going with the similar (and better) summer ale available. Probably won't purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:41:47 | More by Celtics76
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat has a thick, white head and a hazy (especially after swishing) yellow-orange, bubbly appearance. There is not much lacing with this. The aroma is faint, but one does pick up lemons and a little bit of bread. Taste is of lemons and a little bit of sweet bread. No bitterness here. Mouthfeel is watery, and Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat finishes crisp, clean, and lager like. Well, this tastes like lemon soda. It went well with my breakfast (egg & bacon sandwich). This almost tastes like something that Big Shot beverages would produce. It’s pretty good. Girls would like it.


Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 12:26:11 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Suds


3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a yellow-gold colored beer with a faint haze. White head that is a little smaller than expected. The aroma is muted, but has the usual wheat twang. The taste is much better than the aroma...meaty citrus, flowers, and yeast. It's both tart, sweet, and fruity. Refreshing. Medium in body. Crisp, clean finish. Good overall summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:52:13 | More by Suds
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:39:22 | More by biboergosum
Photo of DavidS88


3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coastal Wheat has a very golden color, noticeable even in the dark brown Samuel Adams bottles. I drank this out of a bottle, so no head and only a little bit of foam from moving the bottle.

Very nice wheat aroma with a hint of lemon thrown in for good measure. The aroma is very misleading, though, because there is quite a strong lemon aftertaste. The lemon taste is not necessarily a bad thing because I feel like if it wasn't there, this would simply be another American style quasi-hefeweizen. Plus as you drink more of them, the lemon becomes less pronounced... perhaps the strength of the lemon aftertaste just surprised me on the first few sips. I would also recommend keeping this relatively warm for a beer. My first one was in the mid-30s and was a little too sour. I increased the temperature to maybe mid to high 40s and it tasted much better.

Very nice mouthfeel. Slight carbonation, very refreshing, and very drinkable. Nothing really terrible about this beer (unless you get turned off by the strong lemon aftertaste) but nothing outstanding either. I liked it, but it was probably the least appealing Samuel Adams brew I've had.

Cheers friends!

EDITOR'S NOTE: I just had a few of these last night and they lacked the overwhelming lemon flavor that I discuss in my original review, so perhaps it varies from batch to batch. Still had the rest of the great features I talk about in the original.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 18:28:57 | More by DavidS88
Photo of chickenflea


3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. No noticeable sediment. Small, quickly diminishing, white foamy head, without much lacing. Odd for a wheat beer, it seems. The aroma is flour, cereal, and lemon drop. Medium bodied. The malts are cereal and wheaty. Herbal hops. Not that much like claimed hefeweisen as claimed. Little banana and clove. Not as smooth either. More tart and sour. Finish is crisp and clean. An interesting wheat beer. Not my favorite BBC offering, but solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:09:26 | More by chickenflea
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.33/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Best before June 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy copper/yellow body that has a small white head that appears for just a minute and slowly dies to a carbonated looking layer coating the top of the beer. The lacing is spotty and leaves some rings. There isn't any carbonation seen rising.

S: some citrus and some bread. I definitely smell the yeast, in fact, the yeast almost comes out overpowering.

T: does not seem to be balanced as the yeast comes out overpowering again. The wheat tries to come out and play but pretty much stays in the background. A certain blandness comes out in the taste that makes me wanna question what was Boston Beer Company thinking.

M: watery and the carbonation stays where it should - basically balanced, sessionable.

O: decent for the style, but I couldn't get into this one

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:38:09 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.19/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades to a thin cap within a minute

S: A huge lemony scent dominates, with a touch of wheat and coriander in the background

T: Follows the nose, with a blast of lemon to start, followed by wheat and coriander. Finishes fairly clean

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Dominated by lemon, this almost tastes like a radler instead of a wheat beer. The wheat and coriander make their way into the taste, but are almost completely shut out of the nose. Make this a little more balanced, and this could be better than just average

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:22:23 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright yellow with a thin, dense, white head that has good retention. The nose has an aroma of lemon, straw, and sour apples. The flavor is identical; faint straw and lemon followed by a mouth puckering, tart, sour apple. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and crisp.

This was bad. It had such a foul, sour, tart flavor that was completely unwelcome. I will never get this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 22:20:20 | More by tdm168
Photo of Boneheadmx


3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a slightly hazy copper-ish yellow with just about no head at all.

Smell is of citrus and lightly of bread. Quite nice but faint.

The taste is clean, with the wheat characteristic shining through. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of grittiness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is watery with just about no carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer with a decent flavor, but it looks rather bland.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 08:44:35 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of Misfit138


3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Cloudy dark yellow in color with small fizzy head with constant bubbles rising to the top

S- Lemon, honey and wheat

T- Much like the smell, initial wheat with honey, followed by a tart lemon finish

M- Medium in body and rather carbonated

O- Good for a wheat beer, pretty close to a hefe-minus the banana notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 00:39:43 | More by Misfit138
Photo of LiquidSanity


3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Hazy and Orange-yellow golden color. Very cloudy with a nice white foamy 1/2" inch. Leaves behind a tiny bit of lacing. Very sexy looking.

Ar: Mild honey and citrus aroma. Very mild citrus smell with a sweet note. Mild but enticing.

Ta: Very bitter yet sweet flavor. I detect honey but not such a strong citrus flavoring. The lemon is almost non-existent. It resonates like a pale ale with honey and apricot flavors. Very grassy bitters. A clean, balanced flavor. Unoffensive.

Mf: The carbonation isn't over bearing and the beer remains rich and fulfilling. Each sip requires a moment to savor. This is a fun beer to sip and enjoy.

Ov: I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. The citrus notes are mild and the wheat adds just a mild layer of complexity. I find this more engaging than a Blue Moon. It doesn't have any icky syrup-like texture. Very smooth and refreshing with a mild honey-like character. Would drink again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:24:59 | More by LiquidSanity
Photo of rlee1390


2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow with a two finger head, the best part of this beer.

S-Some wheat and a slightly artificial lemon (pledge like)

T-Artificial lemon pledge, medicinal and almost like a formadahyde (at least what I'd guess it'd taste like based on the smell), no wheat or bitterness what so ever. Almost tart/sour as well.

M-Light in body, a little thin and not much carbonation.

O-Another poor fruit beer from SA. So far only their blackberry is decent. Maybe they should stop putting fruit in beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:59:33 | More by rlee1390
Photo of TaySuth


3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with a half-finger head that quickly recedes leaving behind minimal lacing. Not off to a good start...

Smell: Better than the appearance but not amazing. Definitely gives off the wheat aroma with banana in the background.

Taste: It's good. Nice, smooth flavor of wheat malt with banana, lemon, and general fruitiness. Very mild bitterness. Pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Not quite as much carbonation as I would expect but not terrible. The body is good, not too thin or too thick.

Overall: This beer turned out better than expected from my initial judgement on its appearance. Not necessarily seeking this out in the future but I wouldn't mind drinking another.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 07:11:19 | More by TaySuth
Photo of BMMillsy


2.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy golden from the bottle with a small white head. Aroma is hay, wheat, some honey, and very very mild citrus, a bit of yeast. The flavor follows suit with plenty of hay and yeast, but only a brief influence from the citrus. A bit light on the palate in a watered down way, rather than a light carbonated way. This comes off as a little stale in the finish as many wheat beers do. Overall, I'd drink it again if around but would not buy it off a shelf with all the other options.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:31:10 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Jplachy


2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours Yellow, hazy, exactly what I wanted it to look like.

S: Not much smell to be had. I got a small whiff of the lemon but subsequent sniffs came up dry.

T: A little sour, no bitterness. As it warmed up the wheat came forward. The lemon was pleasant and not fakey like I believed it would be.

M: Felt lots of carbonation on my back teeth. Very thin.

O: This would be very good on a hot day, but I could only drink one and it isn't something I would really reach for over other beers. Pleasant enough but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 15:09:11 | More by Jplachy
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one inch custard head which faded after a minute. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color. Smell is surprisingly rich with malt for the style, and I don't get any of the citrus. But then the taste reverses with lemon up front and just a mild aftertaste of malt. It's mildly sweet and has a slight acidic zing. Quite frankly it was better than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 09:32:00 | More by MoreThanWine
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Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.