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

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1,150 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | 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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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 HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy lemon-orange pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Half an inch of airy white foam sticks around for a while. Somewhat clear for the style yet offering decent lacing and maintaining a surface film throughout.

Bit of wheat on the nose and with a sweet lemon note. Perhaps this is liquid lemon cake. Improves with some warming. Actually lemon seems to work better for me here than the orange you sometimes find.

Taste follows the nose with bready lemon flavors prominent. Thick lemon finish mellows to a bit of graininess and a smoother and lighter wrap. Carbonation holds up well, supporting a rather thin body.

Yet another Wheat Beer from Sam, this one improves upon the 'Hefeweizen' for sure and without the overly sweet nature of the Summer Ale.

Value: B+

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.28/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow with a white fizzy head that reduced to s skim ring. light lacing at best.

Some lemon oil and yeast in the aroma, and that is it.

Wow, this kinda sucks. At the beginning of the first sip, you get some heavy lemon peel/lemon oil, but it has an almost artificial edge to it. It stays lemony throughout, with yeast and light wheat sweetness fighting through. Finishes with a raw sweet grain edge. Thin in flavor. They replaced the hefe with this??

Lighter bodied and and moderately carbonate at best. Body is appropriate for style, but could use some fizz.

This might be one of the worst reviews I've given to a SA product. Glad this only was part of the seasonal mixed 12 pack, and that I didn't jump for a 6. Why make this? You've got the summer ale, and retired a perfectly good wheat beer. A funky, very different beer that I have trouble finishing. Gonna drink the rest of the pint with a bowl of popcorn. Would not be surprised if this brew disappeared from the SA stable of beers. Jim Koch, if you read BA, do us all a favor and dump this turkey.

Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale honey color with a small tight white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of the wheat malt with lemon zest. Typical "summer seasonal" aroma that most breweries put out. The taste hits of lemons followed up by some grassy hops and a very grainy malt flavor. The flavors seems to clash and the lemon was added to cover up some of the odd flavors. Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. The lemon flavor is actually nice but the rest doesn't do it for me. The feel is light to moderate with spritzy carbonation; finishes with an odd bitter twang. This beer is ok, not sure why they made it though. It seems as if they wanted to showcase the different lemons. If that was the case they should have used these lemons in their summer ale.

Photo of u2carew
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/05/09.
A) Pours with a wispy one and a half finger head. Lacing is not very sticky. Rust colored. Hazy body.
S) Floral notes. Some wheaty tones. Hints of caramel malt.
T) Sweet malts up front. Orange. Nutty. Subtle hops in the finish and beyond.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Light bodied. Clean.
D) A decent brew from Sam.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow color with a thick foamy white head.

Aroma of lemon zest, grain, light coriander, and table salt.

The taste is bright and lemony up front followed by wheat, yeast and cinnamon.

Lighter bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

An average wheat ale from the folks at Sam Adams.

Photo of jmz62565
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden honey with a giant foamy head. The smell is light with cloves,wheat,banana,and lemon. The taste is light with lemon,wheat,bread yeast,and cloves. Not very strong and flavorful,but OK. This m/f is light with the flavors mixing only OK. Not a bad beer,but if you want a good summer wheat beer you can find better ones.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good semi cloudy golden color, decent head.
Smell: Wheat malt and a slight scent of lemons.
Taste: It's a solid wheat beer with some good flavor to it. The lemon flavor comes through and is actually slightly bitter. Interesting combination.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Decent weight for a wheat beer, easy to down without being too overpowering.

Photo of SargeC
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, pale gold liquid with a foamy white head.

Smell: Typical wheat aroma. Hints of lemon peel and starch.

Taste: Standard wheat beer taste. Nothing impressive. Citrus peeks in a bit.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Crisp and a bit waxy.

Drinkablity: An alright beer. Couldn't find a big difference between this and Samuel Adams' other wheat brews.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.39/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seemed a bit odd that a wheat would be released in late fall/early winter because it is competing with darker and much heavier beers, so it stood out from the stouts and porters in my last beer run.

It's a very pretty beer, dark orange and very cloudy, with so much head some spilled out of my glass. The aroma was dominated by lemon/citrus with a hint of wheat. For taste it was about even with wheat and lemon. The taste was nice, but not spectacular. It was a bit light for a wheat, but that just might be all the porters I've had lately and my taste buds adapting to more hearty winter brews. No bad aftertaste, no great aftertaste, just the mellow reminiscence of a bit of lemon.

Overall it's nice, but nothing overly impressive. I'll take it, but I won't be in a rush to get another one.

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 bob3701
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Big fluffy white head with good lacing and cloudy straw yellow body. Aroma of lemons and an overwhelming lemon flavor without being too sour. Trying to figure out just why this perfect summer-time brew is offered in the winter 12-pack.

Photo of JRed
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy orange hue topped by white frothy head. Aroma of floral notes, lemons, and flittering citrus notes. A spicy taste of citrus, lemons, ginger, orange soda, wheat. High carbonation that zaps the tongue with sizzle. A bit annoying in mouthfeel and the orange taste is an ultra sweet flavor that throws me off halfway through the pint.

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving notes - celler temp (55), Sam Adam's glass
A - light clean wheat malt, no spices or hops.
A - three fingers of rocky head that quickly dissipates to a quarter-inch. Semi-clear yellow-orange hue.
M - medium body with light to medium carbonation.
T - Wheat malt with slight lemon in the background. Very clean.
D - Great example of an American wheat beer. (although I am not sure why it appears in Sam Adams' winter sampler pack)

Photo of Carlton1964
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks typical for a lighter wheat beer. Nothing special. Almost NO lacing and NO head. Aroma is nothing special either...a little to "lemon" for me. If ya like lemon...this is for you.

This was not a bad brew...it was easy to drink, but I'm won't be searching the stores for it either.

Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. May 2010 notched on front label. Purchased as part of SA Winter Sampler 12-pack for $15.49 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy yellow with shade of sunburst near the head with a 1-2 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a few random spots of lace.

S: Pretty devoid of aroma -- mostly tangy wheat malt with a dash of lemon citrus.

T: This is a lot like Summer Wheat with wheat and grainy maltiness springing first with the lemon and some herbal hops mainly present in the finish and aftertaste.

M: Feel is a chemical in nature and too astringent, probably because of too much lemon juice. Very dry, artificially so in the finish.

D: I like the grainy beginning but I'm not much on the chemical feel.

Photo of afordney
2.43/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very thick head, tight bubbles, tiny bit of lacing around the glass, the head dissipated to a thin line in just a couple minutes. Pale color and a cloudy

citrus and spicy aromas not overwhelming

a sour wet hay kind of flavor, more spice than citrus.

light and thin, not as bubbly as other wheat beers I've had

Not a bad light beer, I think it would do on a warm day. Kind of strange that this was in a winter mix pack. Not Sam's greatest effort, but I certainly didn't pour this down the drain either.

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

A-Not clear but not near as hazy a Hefe. Gold in color
S- Lemony but not a tart lemon smell.
T- The lemon flavor, and again not a tart lemon, starts big and then gives way the dull wheat aftertaste that so many American Wheat ales leave in the finish. I am having trouble finishing it. I think I would enjoy it more if there were tartness.
MD- Okay but I would never buy or even try again.

Photo of bristol2120
1.22/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Only a moderate head for a wheat beer, and this quickly disappears leaving only a thin white layer of foam, and moderate lacing. Beer is a hazy, semi-cloudy deep golden. Aroma has a weird, oddly chemically smell reminiscent of Lemon Pledge. Taste carries the same harsh artificial quality. Mouthfeel is thin, withy nothing special standing out. This beer is close to being undrinkable to me, and by far my biggest disappointment from Sam Adams.

Photo of goblue3509
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy hazy light yellow color with a thick creamy head. The head gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of lemon, not much else, maybe some wheat. The taste is of wheat up front and then a lemon taste, the taste is a little stingy. Mouthfeel is good there is a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay, you could have two or three but not many more. The lemon flavor was a little stingy and as you go the smell becomes a little like lemon pledge.

Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As the newest addition to the Winter Classics Sampler (huh?) this was the first beer I pulled out and tried..

Lemt me first say that this beer has no business being in the Winter Classics to begin with... Its obviously a summer or spring beer so it feels out of place from the very start...I tried not to let that bias this review however... Still, it doesn't make any sense to me... But it is what it is so...

Pours a very cloudy yeasty pale golden with a thick creamy head and actually looks pretty damn good... If it was June...

Lemony aromas mingle with an earthy wheatiness in a rather unspectacular way... Very ordinary... I was expecting more citrus from the lemon instead of the faint aromas I'm getting...

Wheaty upfront followed by a slight lemony zing.. Not really much else to say.. This seems very one dimensional and rather forgettable...I wanted to like this one to spite myself but I just couldn't do it..

Overall, this seems like a filler beer for the long awaited Holiday Porter and Old Fezziwig..

Very ordinary...

Photo of ppsundbe
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this as a sample at the local liquor store. Interesting that they're putting out what I would consider a summer beer in the winter. The rep said it is flavored with the zest from three different lemons and you can definitely tell this. It has a huge lemon/citrus nose that follows into the flavor.

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

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is faintly lemon.Taste is zesty lemon with a wheat backing.Good beer that goes down smooth like water.I don't beleive I've ever had a bad Samuel Adams beer yet.I recommend and would purchase any of their beers.

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.

Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.