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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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1,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow in color with little to no head.

S - Lemon zest and malt.

T - Not bad! Not as over the top lemon as one might might think from the reviews but not a Hefeweizen flavor since not much bread malt flavor.

M - Light and refreshing. Lemons but not bitter.

D - Pretty nice. I would buy a six pack but got this in the brew-masters collection, so if all's good I might just pick the variety up again!

DrDemento456, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow body, white head.

Orange and lemon are the primary aromas.

Crackery wheat is swept aside by an avalanche of lemon peel and citrus. Tart lemon on the finish. Not complex, not balanced. Refreshing? Hell yes. A simple beer with a simple purpose.

Ever had the delicate flavor of a great hefeweizen ruined when a well-intentioned bartender shoved a the massive lemon wedge into the glass? Now imagine it in bottle form.

An approachable beer that would be fine on a hot day, but other beers are just as satisfying and don't sacrifice so much complexity.

BradLikesBrew, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of shoude
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, of course

Cloudy yellow in color, head faded quickly leaving no residue, hoppy citrus aroma, the flavor hit me up front with a little hop then faded very quickly into the distinctive Sam Adams dryness that makes you want to take another sip

Certainly not a bad beer, would probably be a good gateway beer to get people into heartier, or more flavorful, wheat beers. Would be good in the summer after working outdoors.

shoude, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Hazy golden in color with a sturdy, eggshell-white head of foam
Aroma-Wheat and citrus notes
Taste-Wheat and a whole lotta' lemon that seems to unbalance the taste. Kind of tastes like a version of their Summer Ale with less spice, more wheat and a lot of lemon. That being said, this would make a fine warm weather session brew, which pushed its grade up a bit in my book.

hosehead83, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of natelocc787
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review and score are done to style, if I was ranking compared to all other beers it would rank slightly higher.

Cloudy dark what beer. Smaller head to style, bready malt notes in the nose, fresh bread dough, lemon peel, orange peel and pale malt. The taste is more of the same, compared to other fine wheat beers it's lacking but as a beer it's not too bad. There is a spicy character in the nose and finish, slightly above average mouthfeel and mildly pleasant experience.

natelocc787, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 02.06.2010. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 14 oz. pint glass. Freshness dating on bottle.

A: Clean-looking, hazy light gold with a creamy white one-finger head that receded quickly into a tight cap. Moderate, sticky lacing.

S: Light and citrus-y, mostly lemons.

T& M: Lemons and grass in the forefront...maybe a little pepper, a little phenol. Light bodied, above average carbonation. Smooth finish.

D: Not bad. I good interpretation of a amer. hefe.

ILikeGoodCider, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of L337ish
4.08/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden wheat color. A nice white head that doesn't fade quickly.

S: An overall weak scent. Not bad. Weak malts, and a nice hint of spices.

T: Mild wheat. Nice bitterness. Still flavorful, and I want to say almost kind of tangy.

M: Light-bodied and pretty smooth. A nice aftertaste.

D: An easy beer to drink. Not really filling and goes down easy.

I thought this one would be okay, but nothing special. But to my surprise I really liked this beer. I really can't pick out exactly what it is about this beer I really like but there is something.

L337ish, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of wheat, lemon zest, light sugars, and weak malts. An unimpressive, but not offensive scent.

Taste of paper-like malts, some wheat, and a hint of lemon. One of the weakest Wheat Ales I have had, not that good.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice biting carbonation.

paco1029384756, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this in the discount part of the coolers at Quick six, not sure if it isn't selling well or the just want to move it- on to the review

Poured chilled into a wheat glass from a 12oz bottle w/ freshness date

A - A lightly hazed light golden w/ a sparse white cap that thins quickly. A pin sized bead w/ no visible carbonation in the brew

S - A mellow malty wheat nose w/ subtle citrus and gentle fruit hint, lemon is there but faint

M- A slick feel gentle spiced edge w/ moderately carbaonted med body and subtle yeasty tang w/ moderately low acidity

T - A mildly creamy and yeasty wheat flavor which is mild and spiced taste is there, but in the background gently accenting the malt. The flavor has a mix of herbal and vegetal notes w/ a light wheat flavor . the lemony tinge is nice accenting w/ more a a zest giving tangy nuance to the malt w/ clean taste as it finishes w/ light astringent hint

D - The lemony wheat is a tasty combo, but the drinkability is middle of the road for me, not a bad beer but a bit samey compared to other wheats they make - a decent job by Sam Adams

Slatetank, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of brystmar
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a hefe glass.

A: lemony golden color, slightly hazy with 1.5 fingers of cloudy, small-bubbled head. Beads of lacing down the sides of my glass.

S: lemons, wheat, more lemons. Smells soapy fresh, kind of like lemon Pledge.

T: very lemony as expected, mostly sour with some sweetness in the middle. Zero hoppy bitterness, definitely leans sour. A refreshing beer for a warm day sure, but nothing to write home about. My sister would love this brew.

M: light & crisp, feels great in the mouth. Medium to high carbonation.

D: easy drinking here; could be improved if it were less sour. This is a perfect beer to introduce to women who claim to dislike beer. I love witbiers, but this one's not really for me.

brystmar, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with steady streams of co2 quickly rising. The small white cap quickly fades. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart wheat, lemon, grassy hops, grains of paradise, and vanilla,
Taste is of grassy hops, lemon peel, Bacardi limone, and custard.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lip smacking, and dry.

weeare138, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours hazy straw color, with some light orange highlights. Very small foamy head that subsides rather quickly, no lacing. Not particularly impressive to the eye...

Not much here. a fair amount of lemon, some earthy scents. Very clean and fresh

Nice mix of spiciness, and lemony-grassy flavors. Like the scent, very clean and fresh. Not overwhelming in the typical wheat beer flavor profile. Slightly sour from the lingering lemon peel flavor.

Easy to drink, light to medium/light in body. Not overly carbonated. Not my favorite wheat beer, but not a bad attempt. The only real issue I have is that it may be a little too lemony...

CBlack85, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of acelin
3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the Brewmaster's pack along with the Black Lager and the Irish Red Ale.

Poured a hazy lemon yellow with traces of a somewhat hazy orange beneath the head.

Upon pouring this beer in either a pint glass or a weizen glass, you smell citrus and lemon. I'm surprised you could smell the lemon - this is probably due to the use of real lemons. Wheat malt - which smells of dried red bananas and ginger - is present as well.

I wish there was a better malt taste with this beer. The lemons are not too overpowering or too sweet - thank goodness! Just need more wheat malt taste (and perhaps more hops?) to make this experiment a little more valid and worth the price to craft brew fans. As of right now it's a wonderful session beer that tastes delightfully light.

acelin, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of animalchin
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a hazy darker straw hint with some minimal lacing to go along. A lot of citrus in the smell but also with a ginger-like spice to go along. Tasting a lot more spice - clove, light pepper. A nice lemon overtone going on as well. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. I was kind of weary about the use of lemon - but it's the right amount for this beer.

animalchin, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of adams82
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, pale orange with a filmy white head; it certainly looks like a pale wheat ale.

Smells floral and of citrus fruit, specifically lemon, a slight hint of wheat malt and a bready yeast note.

The flavor is much the same; starts with a nice smooth and dominant wheat malt flavor, soft floral hops and finishes with a huge lemon flavor. Not lemonade huge, but enough to make you think "Holy Lemons!". A huge plus here is the lemon flavor is not derived from an extract, this a NATURAL lemon flavor! A fairly clean beer, the yeast flavor is fairly subtle with low hop bitterness, the fruit and malt are actually balanced nicely.

Light bodied, dangerously easy to drink, "Coastal Wheat" would be exceptional on a blistering summer day.

adams82, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Bounty628
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Coastal Wheat comes in at a smooth ABV of 5.3% and could serve as a decent session beer if you find that the beer is the right one for you. Since this is an American pale wheat ale the Coastal Wheat has a crisp, refreshing nature to it that allows you to enjoy the beer either with a meal or simply as a stand alone offering. Ideally this beer could be served with either some grilled chicken or a Spanish dish.

When poured into a pint glass, the Coastal Wheat features a bright yellow color and does not maintain the same haziness as many wheat beers are able to boast. There is a rather high transparency to this offering and the beer visually does not impress the imagination that this is going to be a top tier wheat offering. There is a moderately high amount of carbonation to the pour and the pour gives way to a very minimal bright white head that leaves the top of the glass almost as quickly as it came into play.

The aroma carries a better presence for the Coastal Wheat as there is a bready and yeasty nature to the beer that drives home the wheat intricacies within this offering. There is a citrus undertone that pairs lemons to the wheat. There are times when the lemons almost shine through too much and a more muted presence might serve this beer better. With the lemons and the wheat playing off one another there is a sort of citric spiciness that is if nothing else an interesting adaptation to a normal wheat offering. Though not the same spiciness as one might expect in a strong IPA offering, Coastal Wheat shocks the palate in ways that many other wheat beers might not be able to do.

The pour was noted to look a little thin for a wheat beer and indeed the mouthfeel sort of held true to this presumption, as well. The high carbonation in this beer does not serve the beer well and the mouthfeel is somewhat thin and light. There really is not much complexity to the mouthfeel and at times it is borderline boring, banal and blasé. As an offering from a brewer with the reputation for quality that Sam Adams prides itself on, this mouthfeel is uncomplicated and falls in line with being more watery than anything to write home about.

There is a certain element of drinkability to this beer as it is light and refreshing I suppose but is not anything that I would run off and grab when looking for a good session beer. Perhaps it might be able to serve as a sort of higher quality lawnmower beer but short of that is probably not one to go reaching for when it is a quality offering you are in the mood for.

Bounty628, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of burnerfinger
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into my new belgium goblet with not too much head and it settled pretty quick.left a nice lacing though. Honey colored and cloudy

S: really not much to the nose at all at least when it's cold.

T: lemony! really what I have to say is this is the best wheat beer I've had.

M: pleny of carbonation, and a little bit of a citrus bite

D: mildy drinkable. could drink more than a few of these, but OTOH wont go out of my way to find it again.

burnerfinger, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of russwaddell
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking hazy yellow-orange color. Tight bubbles in a decent head that recedes pretty quickly.

Pleasant but bland smell, not much wheat at all. A little lemon.

Taste is all lemon, barely tastes like a wheat beer other than that it's a pretty neutral platform for the lemon.

Surprisingly fizzy. Carbonation and lemon zing combine to leave a nice tingle behind. Very little body.

If you like lemon seltzer and beer, you'll love this. Very drinkable.

Would drink again.

Note: The name doesn't seem to fit. Sure, it's a wheat beer, but there really should be more emphasis on the lemon. Maybe calling it wheat lemonade would hamper sales, though.

russwaddell, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of KingEdward
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a yellow straw color with light cloudiness. This beer had a two finger white head that went away very quikly and left minimal lacing. The beer smells of yeast, and lemon/citus. The beer tastes of lemon, sour citrus and I thought it was like unsweet sprite soda. The mouthful was like a fizzy soda. This was a average wheat ale at best. I was hoping for alot more. This beer falls way short in my opinion.

KingEdward, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy, bright orange, yellow, distinctly more pale around edges, compact white head, nice and dense looking, but fades rather quickly to just enough foam to cover the top thinly, could definitely be better for a wheat beer

S: Mild, but wheatyness is there, as well as lemon

T: Very pungent right off the bat, distinct spice and peel notes that fade into the hops, spice dies but peel flavor stays, lots of citrus, not too much wheat in regards to flavor, just some body enhancement, big lemon hit about midway through, almost too sour, not just a little lemon bite

M: Kind of burny carbonation, dies quickly and then just kind of disappears in your mouth

D: Good, after a while you get used to the flavors and since it is light its easy, but there is still a little too much lemon

Notes: A decent attempt here, but ultimately not a good result. The one thing that stands out to me about this beer is...lemon!

dpodratsky3, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of burnstar
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty hazy gold with a smallish head. Very mild smell- hints of wheat and lemon. Definite lemon flavor throughout. Not sour though. Wheat flavors with a little background sweetness. The lemon flavor is dominant but not overpowering. I'm normally not one for lemons in my wheat beers but this is pleasant enough. Medium bodied. Easily drinkable.

burnstar, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Vancer
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 pack Brew masters sample pack - gotta get that scotch ale somehow.

Poured this fresh brew (best before June) into my Sammy Adams freebie glass, the hazy amber orange brew was capped by a thin white head.

Plenty of lemon malt in both the aroma, and the quaff. Starts off with the sweet wheat malt, then finishes with a bit of a stinging cut of lemon grass. Not an American style, no hop presence at all. More of an easy going wit brew, but still tasty - this would work much better in the summer heat versus the winter cold.

Vancer, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; classic BBC label, freshness date clearly marked

Appearance: Hazy dark golden bear with stark white, slightly creamy head with decent retention

Smell: Softly sharp, wheat and yeast aromas. Lemons and spice are clearly present as well. Simple, fairly clean, but nothing offensive here.

Taste: Wow, my dad was right in his assessment of this. Way more "orangey" than "lemony" in flavor. This is like a drier, crisper, Blue Moon, to tell you the truth. Some dry, crackery malt as well; this ends almost puckering.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Not terrible, but not really something I'd go back to, either. If I want a Wit, I'll go Hoegaarden, Boulevard's Zon, or Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca. If I want an American Pale Wheat, it's going to be O'Dells, Boulevard, or Goose Island methinks.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good pour looked relatively low head but flared up to a fat 1 finger head that is pretty lush looking but nothing too fantastic. Held up for a good moment, longer than expected.Pretty good from a wheat ale, from what Ive seen (which isnt a vast amount.) Hazy, murky with a whole lot of floating particles. Some lacing is clinging with a tilt. Not too horrible looking besides this odd color, a kind of goldish-yellow, apple cider.

A slightly, want to say "zesty" kind of grassy, lemon, citric with no hop that I can smell. Light wheatiness but is mostly covered by the lemon zest.

Smooth and slightly flat at first, with only a slight bubble as you swallow. A strong bite (probably no doubt the lemon). This would probably be best on a warm day. Decent mouthfeel.

Drinkability, The lemon slightly turns me off to it, but in summer this would be acceptable. Doesnt affect my scoring. Its decent, dont go seeking this out but try it if you have a chance, its different.

MOB210SA, Jan 31, 2010
Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.