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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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(Beer added by: jdhilt on 09-14-2009)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy watery honey color with a 1 inch white head that fades to an oily layer. No lacing.

S - Smells of subdued average wheat beer. I detect no scent of any lemon or citrus.

T - Tastes of light lemon zest and the average wheat beer flavor.

M - Good carbonation that makes the beer crisp and clean.

D - Pretty good beer that would be good for putting back in the summer months. Wouldn't go out of my way to get though.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 03:02:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely hazy pale apricot thanks to a surprising amount of yeast in the final few ounces. The whipped creamy crown is somewhere between ivory and ecru, has a great deal of character, and does a pretty good job laying down an attractive necklace of lace.

The nose is enjoyable because the lemon smells natural (as opposed to extract-like) and because there's some maltiness present that isn't strictly pale wheat-like. Honey malt perhaps? Lemon and honey is always a good combination.

Contrary to what some might think, Coastal Wheat belongs in the winter pack rather than the summer pack. It isn't a light and easy drinking quencher, but is more substantial and has something more going for it in the flavor department. Although they don't cop to it, BBC has to have added some spices to this brew.

The flavor profile includes lightly toasted bread drizzled with honey, sugared lemon peel, and an exotic spiciness that is similar to (and might be) grains of paradise. The Hallertau Mittelfruh and Spalt hops add an earthy-herbal vibe and a countering bitterness, while tangy wheat stays in the background.

Even though there's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, it doesn't have that indefinable quality that would earn it a 4.0. Maybe a more 'solidly medium' creaminess and slightly softer bubbles would do the trick.

Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat is one of those beers that some will love and some will hate. It isn't outstanding, but I'm closer to the first group. It's almost the lower-ABV wheat beer version of a spiced winter warmer. It's also unique, which counts for something.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 13:47:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

kind of part of the tasting but was on tap at the bar up the street on xmas eve so we will give it the treatment. pours very light with lots of carbonation coming up the glass to a head that is probably two inches high at its zenith before fading back down to a normal size. aroma of light citrus, very light, lemon mostly with a touch of light rye or some spice in the back end. grainy with again a very light lemon touch that really does not do much for me. quick and clean it goes down like water and is gone before you can blink.

overall too light and too bland to even think about. will have to pass on this one if it ever comes back around.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 02:59:38 | More by mikesgroove
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2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a cloudy, light orange color with very little foam.

S: There is a strong (fake) lemon aroma along with a bit of wheat. What I'm guessing are the hops give off a very grassy scent.

T: The taste also has a strong lemon flavor, but not quite as artificial. There is also the same grassy hop character, along with a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: The beer is fairly light on the tongue and has a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I could see some people enjoying this and having several, but I'm not a fan. It's not so bad that I'd pour it, but it's definitely not winning me over.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 08:29:23 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great Summer beer. Too bad it's Autumn now. Refreshing lemon flavor chases the medium weigh wheat beer from a zesty nose to a malty finish.

The beer begins with a hazy, standard yellow color. Good head formation leads to good retention as well. No real lacing to mention.

Coastal Wheat starts out with a medium lemon and wheat balance that counters an pleasantly acidic texture. The wheat gives way first, leaving the lemon additions and fruity esters to carry the beer in the mid palate. Wheat returns in the finish with a hearty bready aftertaste.

Quite crisp, bright, and snappy in the mouthfeel with the acidity and lemon zest providing a lot of refreshment.

Though the beer is off season, it's a nice welcome that should do well with the Blue Mooners and Golden Wheateers looking for a step up. But for the serious craft beer lover, the beer is a bit too one-dimentional expecially with all the Porters, Stouts, and Barleywines to be consumed this Fall and Winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 04:15:51 | More by BEERchitect
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2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear yellow color with a slight white head and plenty of visible carbonation. Nose is mostly of lemon Pez and hints of sugar. The taste is more faint, fake lemon and a bit of grain. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, but seems more like a lightly-flavored soda. Drinkability is okay, as the flavors aren't so much offensive as they are artificial.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 18:48:38 | More by Thorpe429
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3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, burnished gold body with a thinnish, though somewhat lasting, white head. Steady effervescence throughout.

Smell: Lightly tangy wheat wafting up to the nose with mild notes of spicy hops and sliced lemons following close behind.

Taste: Tangy, lightly sweet wheat maltiness transitions to an initially light lemon taste, though, by the time the finish arrives, it's a bit more distinct. Spicy hops with a meager amount of fleeting bitterness. Slight acidity throughout. As mentioned previous, the latter half is led by a clear taste of juice-leaking lemons. Finishes drying and crisp with lingering touches of juicy lemon and mild spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Sufficient enough for the one bottle, though I doubt I'll be revisiting this particular offering. Is it replacing the Samuel Adams Summer Ale? If not, I fail to see the need for the addition of another mild wheat beer to their line-up. Ah well... C'est la wheat!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 21:18:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Call me provincial, but I usually prefer my wheat from the more internal parts o' countries. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a short-lived finger of white foam. The nose comprises chalky wheat, light lemon peel, very light coriander, and a firm touch of banana. Something seems vaguely off, though. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's not entirely either pleasant or un-. The taste follows kinda closely, replacing the lemon peel with some orange zest and replacing the banana with some rater iron-y hard water. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a very meek little beer, something that theoretically could be easy to drink, but not necessarily something that would elicit a desire to do so.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:31:36 | More by TMoney2591
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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
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Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light caramelized malts, lemon and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of lemon and spices come in. There's a mild hops presence that creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's hard to drink this one and not compare it to other Sam Adams wheat beers and although this is a decent beer, I don't think it's as good as some of their other similar products.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 01:41:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent, semi-hazed bronze with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Wet grain, grassyness & lemons

T: Grassyness & light apple flavors & a touch of breadyness up front. Grainyness & a touch of white grapes as this warms; plus some coriander & lemon cookies. Finishes grainy, grassy with some lemons

MF: Light bodied with soft carbonation

Drinks easy but not than a thirst quencher. Not impressed...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 06:45:39 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a crisp, pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild lemony zest. The taste is decent. It has a highly drinkable pale wheat flavor with a dry, lemony finish. It has a moderate hefe yeast character. It's light with a nice citrus touch. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer. I don't know why it's in the winter collection, but I'd buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:00:22 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

beer poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles. Carbonation is moderate to low and there is no lacing on the glass.

Slight fruit aroma and this lagerish feel to beer.

Sweet and medium to low bodied. Too sweet and there is an unpleasant wheat / banana aftertaste. There isn't a lot of bitterness and the wheat character doesn't show up until the end. Drinkability is OK and mouthfeel is average. Its a little thin and the flavors seem kind of random.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 02:21:56 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:47:26 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a white, bubbly, foamy head. It left soapy residue on the glass as I drank it.

S - It smelled strongly of lemon and wheat. Some yeasty notes, too.

T - It has a sweet grain and wheat flavor with a good deal of lemon flavor. The lemon flavor is strong but not overpowering.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a nice wheat ale. It would make a great summer/lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 21:12:56 | More by zeff80
Photo of Knapp85


3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is without a doubt a summer time brew. I poured this into a regular pint glass and it was a really nice cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. The aroma screams lemon and has the softness of the wheat in there too. Smells almost like a weak lemonade. The flavor is packed with lemon zest upfront then it fades to a nice wheat backbone in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and smooth like a wheat beer usually is. Overall it's a decent brew when in season.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:33:29 | More by Knapp85
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3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2010 notched on label.

Pours hazed golden with a nice, white head that is well-retained. Webs of trailing lace stick.

The smell is of wheat tang - bready with a tart lemon touch.

The taste is of bready wheat tang - mild sweetness with a dry, lemony touch (though not overly lemony - enough to add a dryness.

It has a soft, crisp, light (but not too thin) refreshing feel.

A brew that would go much better as a summer offering, but I guess they threw it in as a light winter, or they didn't want it to compete against their own summer ale (which I enjoyed more than this one). I would much rather see a return of the Scotch Ale, to be honest. Whatever the case may be, it's a decent Pale Wheat. And that's what it is - ignore the descriptor on label that claims it to be in the traditional HW style - with or without a twist, it's not (but neither had been their HW). And, this is something of a step up from their HW, which this replaced.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 03:54:21 | More by jwc215
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1.35/5  rDev -57.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 14:54:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, out of the Winter Classics pack, nice label, I like the cyan colouring,

A: Pours a hazy, but not super cloudy gold, nice firm head, solid lace.

S: Lemons, wheat, some husky grain.

T: Has some barley malt upfront. The mid-palate is all lemon, an interesting flavour to say the yeast, almost tasting how Lemon Pledge smells, it's actually better than it sounds. Wheat, pasta al dente come in the end to finish the brew.

M: Too light-bodied for me even in a wheat, the flavours dissipate too fast, thin finish.

D: Another solid, you know C+ wheat beer that Sam Adams makes, nothing offensive and some interesting flavours. Don't know why it was in the Winter mix pack, but it could be refreshing on a High Pressure November day after working outside.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 20:54:25 | More by Halcyondays
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3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle picked up as part of a mixed sixer at Wegmans.

A: The wheat ale is a light golden color, hazy despite having warmed up. A small head, no more than a quarter finger, arose on pour and was quickly whittled away.

S: The wheat beer has a sweet nose, mildly citric aromas alongside sweet biscuity malts. A little cloying at times.

T: Sweet biscuit cut but just a little bit of tart wheat flavors. Lemons do manage to peak out, a nice counterpoint to the rather boring biscuity malts. Fruity malt flavors follow in the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is soft, generally light throughout. The few rays of citric brightness are a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 00:53:32 | More by akorsak
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3.15/5  rDev 0%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 14:36:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Hampshire

2.28/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Lemon rind nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is off-tasting lemon rind. Not the usual lemon/yeast flavor. Very unpleasant wheat. Best by Mar 2010. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT. So new it isn't listed yet on their site.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 22:17:23 | More by jdhilt
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3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 03:11:35 | More by Jason
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2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellowish amber colored beer with out much head formation.

Smells of wheat and lemon with a slight honeysuckle scent. Slight smell of vanilla from what I do not know.

Starts out malty with a slight lemon flavor. This gets sweeter as you drink it and it isn't all that dry for a wheat beer. Lots of soda cracker malt flavor here.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a beer that completely under whelmed me. Sweetish wheat beer with a little lemon. A lot like their summer ale and I don't much care for that one either.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:45:00 | More by Zorro
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3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Buy: Oct 2010

Poured into a SA glass a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, which disappates quickly, and leaves some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some grassy/yeasty notes, some bannana notes. The taste is malty, yeasty/grassy, too much seltzery. Light/Medium body. Drinkable, but barely. What happened SA? One of the worst I've had from them.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 21:04:18 | More by Wasatch
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Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.