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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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1,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,107
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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 TheDeuce

New York

2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Coastal Wheat...

Appearance-pale gold yellow with a large foamy white head and active carbonation associated with the style.

Smell-lemon hits strongly on first wasp, aromatic clover peel and spice, wheat is mild, sort of lost in the shuffle. Subdued but as you keep sniffing the smells materialize.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again the wheat is very mild, lemon undertaste, sweet grain, spicy finish, watery and subudued.

Drinkability-light and flavor is there, this is definitely drinkable on a hot summer day.

Overall-not nearly as flavorful as most wheat beers, ok for the style, similar to Appalachian Watergap Wheat which is popular back home in PA. Could be decent in the summer, if you know the style you know what you are getting, still not the best though.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 16:23:05 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of GilGarp


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

Part of a 12 pack "brewmaster's" package.

Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it has a hazy yellow color with almost no head. It settles quickly to the point where it looks almost flat.

Aroma is lacking in character. It's extremely mild and there simply isn't much, good or bad, to say about it.

Flavor is so bland, I can't even taste the wheat! The lemons come through though but it's still very subtle. It's almost a lemon water more than a beer.

Mouthfeel is light in body and flavor with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is disapointing from begining to end.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:43:01 | More by GilGarp
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


4.08/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 08:30:01 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of nickfl


3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with two fingers of dense, white foam. The body is a hazy, golden color. The head displays good retention and lace.

S - Toasty aroma of malt and some strange smoky notes. Phenolic yeast that has an odd character that I can't quite identify.

T - Spicy, peppery yeast character up front. Bready malt balanced with pithy lemon and some toasted malt notes. Finishes with light hops and some strange, almost burnt notes that transform into something like wet cigarets in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a strange beer. It is dominated by an odd, phenolic note that I can't help but identify with cardboard and cigaret smoke. Overall, I wouldn't want more than one of these. Not one of Sam's more successful offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 07:16:18 | More by nickfl
Photo of TheMadJack


2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz Bottle into Pilsner Glass.

A: Hazy straw to lemon yellow, thin head. Lotsa little bubbles in the glass aid retention. No lacing.

S: Light summer fruits. Orange, lemon, some strawberry and a little bit of vanilla. Nose starts out with a slightly tart character that quickly changes to sweet, almost sugary texture.

T: Much wheat, with hints of lemon, orange and something like sassafras. Touch of grass. A very faint bitter note more of carbolic acid than of hops.

M: Very light, very thin, even for a hef style which I expect to at least have some weight. A velvety texture from the carbonation. I really mean like velvet, if you were swallowing against the grain of the fabric, and not in a bad way. It's actually kinda pleasant. Minus points for being so watery, bonus for nice carbonation.

D: Light and easy. I hate to say it, but this almost warrants a slice of lemon or orange to kick up the hints of those flavors in the beer. Maybe not dropping the fruit in, but just a twist of rind after the head settles. Maybe have some fruit on hand for munching on the side. Not Sam's best offering, but eminently drinkable, and that's what was here asked.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 03:41:50 | More by TheMadJack
Photo of morebeergood


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

Poured into a hefe glass. Cloudy yellow color with a decent sized white head. Smell was not that attractive; reminded me a some type of lemon scented floor cleaner. Taste was run of the mill. Average wheat and citrus flavor, nothing special. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky on the pallate. I could drink one or two of these on a hot day, but it's really not a winter beer. On second thought, I can think of plenty of other wheat beers I'd ordered before I had another one of these again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 18:06:02 | More by morebeergood
Photo of smibroncos

New York

3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. poured a light pale amber with a two finger frothy, lasting off white head and good lacing on the glass.

S. Lemon, grass, floral, bready

T. Lemon right off the bat, but fades to a light hoppy bitterness. Light wheat brew with some some lemon citrus overtones.

M.Light bodied, with a foamy head, and fizzy carbonation.

D. If you don't like lemon in your wheat beer then stay away. If fruit is for you then this brew is for you. To me I would rather just have the wheat ale without the lemon, as I think it covers too much of the wheat ale flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:03:27 | More by smibroncos
Photo of theopholis


3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Slightly cloudy, apricot color with a reasonably fluffy white head. Appears to have been filtered.

Aroma- Quite wheaty, with just the barest hints of cloves and banana. Maybe a hint of cirtus to.

Taste- A very pleasant, but unremarkable wheat.

Body- Medium bodied, good CO2 level.

Drinkability- Not a great what, but not bad. worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 00:43:16 | More by theopholis
Photo of buschbeer


3.78/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to under an inch of head. It is yellow and cloudy. It smells citrusy, lemon and orange. It tastes very much the same. It is actually a very refreshing beer. This beer seems to get bashed on this site, but it's not that bad. I got it in the winter mixer. This is not a style of beer that I would normally seek in the winter. I think it would be a more appropriate style for the summer. Other than that it is pretty good.


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 00:23:51 | More by buschbeer
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was in the Sam Adams winter variety pack.

Appearance- cloudy, golden yellow color, minimal head

Smell- sweet, citrusy, wheat

Taste- citrus, wheat

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok, good summer beer, good cold on a hot day, perfect for working in the summer outside, one of those types of thirst quenchers

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:39:23 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of philibum13


3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I compared Coastal Wheat to beers like Hoegarden, Blue Moon, and Shock Top. Coastal Wheat has a similar feel to these two beers except it contains more lemon flavors than orange/citrus flavors found in Blue Moon.

It is a nice difference. Better for summer though. Had it recently and didn't capture the heart of winter. Not that I expected it to.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:22:14 | More by philibum13
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2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/14/2009 (bottle BB May2010):

Pours a hazy golden yellow color body, average white creamy head, tiny bubbles, quickly diminishing. Strong aroma of wheat, some lemon citrus, effervescent. Sweet smelling. Light taste, almost metallic taste, very clean aftertaste. Wheat and some strong lemon flavor. Too much lemon, acidic. Very soft mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:21:25 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Haybeerman


3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy golden color. Poured a 2 finger white head with fari retention. Decanted continually. Light lacing.

S: Lemon dominates with wheat malt in the backgrouind. Sweet with a bit of floral hop aroma.

T: Very consistent with smell but a bit less sweet. Very lemony with just a hint of wheat.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp finish.

D: Very easy to drink, just not very flavorful or special.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:21:11 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

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

Poured forth into the glass in a yellowish hue. Slight head to the beer faded quickly. Smells like lemons and a bit like a hefe beer (wheaty). It tastes much to lemony for me. Like a summer beer with a kick of lemon juice. Has a watery feel to it with only a bit of carbonation in the beer. I could drink this on a hot day, but normally I wouldn't want this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 04:41:05 | More by Kelp
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 DefenCorps


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

Grabbed a single of this today. Best before March 2010.

Mildly hazy orange-yellow with an eggshell-white head that's about a finger's width thick. Retention is good, though there isn't much lacing here.

The nose is rather awkward with a blend of wheat (think white bread) and lemon. The lemon character is actually quite decent, juicy and fruity, though a little artificial too. Obviously, the acidity is low. This really reminds me of a lemon cream wafer biscuit. Spice character is low.

Tastes unoffensive, like a lemon seltzer. Big lemon flavor up front, reminding me a little bit of a Wrigley Juicy Fruit. Wheat is prominent mid-palate, husky and grainy. I wish there was more character to this brew, the lack of spice, the lack of subtle complexity makes for an uninteresting beer, with the lemon character being the only saving grace. Hoop character is minimal. Drying on the finish with a little lemon and grain character, there's a disappointing lack of flavor. Light in body and crisply carbonated, this goes down easy, but why would I want more?

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 03:33:41 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of wescj


3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance. I got the head to billow up about an inch above the rim, for a grand total of two inches. Poor retention. Golden, hazy color.

Aroma is soft, with those lemons coming through a bit too much. Enticing, though, as it's not as acidic as some other wheat beers.

Taste isn't too complex, but its softness is a welcomed change. I had another wheat beer earlier today that was a strong example of what I consider to be a flaw in many wheat beers: a brew that almost tastes like unripened fruit.
The taste here is very subtle in contrast, and I like it a lot. Overall, however, this one isn't a good example of what a wheat could be.

OK overall. A nuetral addition to the winter mixer I got just for Fuzziwig and holiday porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 01:08:06 | More by wescj
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3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a mostly clear (just a tiny bit of haze) yellow/orange with a thin white head. Lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Minimal lacing

S - Lemon dominates the nose with a hint of muddled wheat. Sweeter than expected with a soda-like sweet smell. Just a touch of floral hop aroma I think in the back.

T&M - Much like the smell but a touch less sweet. Very lemony with just a hint of wheat. I'm getting a corn mash afteraste that just won't leave my tastebuds. Watery mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

D - I did not like this and actually did not finish the bottle. Rarely happens to me. It's not an aweful beer but I just feel like the flavors do not meld well and it has some funky flavors present. Kind of like an adjuct in flavor IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 15:04:16 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of TommyW


3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, light gold with a tall white head.

S- Bready malt, strong note of lemon and a touch of spice (maybe clove).

T- Sour wheat and some honey-like sweetness blending into lemon and some yeasty spice.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- A little different than most hefes I've had; but still a refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 13:22:00 | More by TommyW
Photo of carlborch


2.08/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a light haze with a creamy mostly white, dense head. The haze aside, the color is light and bright. Laces quite nicely. The nose has hints of wheat characteristics with very restrained spice and citrus notes. The lemons are more evident on the palate which does linger despite the light body. It is hard to find the malt. The ale does not impress, but may be suited for the larger market looking for an up-market brand name light ale. Summer quencher? Would do well with fried foods. I will hesitate before I buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 18:25:58 | More by carlborch
Photo of taez555


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

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/14/09

This beer poured an opaque yellow body with a small white head.

Nose was very fruity with an astringent orange or lemon peel sort of smell. Sort of like cleaning fluid a bit.

Taste is medium to light bodied with a large carbonation. Lots of strong yeast. wheat and a very strong lemon peel flavor. There's a surprisingly high bitterness in this beer, but it gives it a nice balance.

Not traditional wheat by any means. The lemon is a bit too astringent and over the top, but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 17:32:54 | More by taez555
Photo of Evocatus


2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a pale yellow color to it with a thick white head that dwindled to a collar. Aroma has some floral overtones, and maybe some sweet citrus to it. Taste was pretty plain, just some wheat and flowery elements to it, hops noticeable afterward. Not too thin, carbonation was ok. Decent beer, but nothing special, probably wouldn't put it in the "Brewmaster's Collection" myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 02:30:27 | More by Evocatus
Photo of WJVII


3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a hazy pale yellow color. The aroma is light but has some lemon and some floral notes. The tastes is mild and has more lemon flavor than the banana that comes in a wheat brew. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is a little bitter. Just an OK beer, nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:12:25 | More by WJVII
Photo of AbiesIrishRose

New York

4.05/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 14:09:10 | More by AbiesIrishRose
Photo of froghop


2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange with a medium size white head, and some lacing.

smell is of wheat, a touch of spice, and some citrus.

taste is watery, a little lemon, and wheat, end is a little dry.

overall not that great of a wheat beer, looks good but the taste is lacking as well as the smell.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 02:38:41 | More by froghop
Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.