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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.

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Photo of Dodt


3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

picked up a six pack of this early this week finally decide to review .
poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass.
pours cloudy yellow with a light head.
heavy smell of lemon with some wheat for good measure.this is a very drinkable beer.
this seems like a good beer to enjoy after mowing the lawn.
another good beer from sam adams .

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 18:54:31 | More by Dodt
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of lemons, some wheat. Taste is also very lemony, tart, slightly sour. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 15:44:24 | More by tone77
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

Brew came in the winter pack this year. I am not sure why they added this beer to the mix; I would have rather had the Black Lager they had last season. To be truthful IMO this would have been a fair brew to add in the summer pack as I think it would be quite refreshing on a hot day. With this being said I thought the beer was pretty good. Poured to a golden color with a slight cloudiness and a good sized white head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was pale and wheat malts with a mellow but pronounced lemon scent, again seems to be a perfect warm weather beer. The flavor is delicate but does have a slight spiciness/tang, quite good and refreshing. The pale malts lead to an easy drinking brew and the accompanying lemon and hop flavors are nice. Overall this is a pretty good brew, just not sure how long we will see it for as I would imagine that may have incorporated it during this time of year as not to compete against the Summer Ale? I would get this brew again, especially during the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 12:24:32 | More by Stimack
Photo of whynot44


3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light hazy/cloudy golden color with a substantial foamy head that settles down to just a skim fairly quickly but continues to produce some decent lace all the way down.

The aroma is mild lemony wheat.

The taste is also lemon, mild biscuity wheat, and a hint of honey, light and refreshing.

Light bodied, smooth and very drinkable, This would make a good summer brew but decent anytime.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 05:52:37 | More by whynot44
Photo of Kemmerlin


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

A: pale straw yellow with a light white head thin lacing. Filtered light bodied appearance.
S: almost nonexistent with faint hops and slight malt aromas but very little character.
T: true to name a lighter tasting wheat the yeast comes through the most with a sweet pungent taste but the hops are disappointing with an initial push at the beginning but quickly fades in less than a second.
M/D: light bodied feel with good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good by feel but doesn't inspire in smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 01:25:56 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of Josievan


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

Appearance: Standard pale golden-yellow of a filtered wheat beer.

Smell: Light lemony aroma.

Taste: Lemons are the prominent characteristic, but it's not over-the-top lemony. It's kind of bland, with no real sweetness or sourness, but unoffensive nonetheless. Kind of like a generic hefeweizen would taste if it was filtered and lemon was substituted for spices.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: The biggest asset of this beer is that it would be refreshing and go down easily on a hot summer day.

Notes: This is a decent summer seasonal, plain and simple. The lemon flavor works fine, and I would recommend it over other lemon flavored beers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 00:21:16 | More by Josievan
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale orange color, a nice white head that is thin but persistent. Lacing is solid.

Lemon is definitely upfront in the aroma, with a nice little spice all backed by a decent earthy wheat malt. Lemon again in the flavor, not unpleasant but very big. Some clove as well, and a wheaty tang. Nothing noticeable from the hops. The fruitiness of this beer lingers for a bit afterward.

Light bodied, nicely carbonated it's a nice summer beer...found in the winter classics mixed pack! This thing defines lawnmower beer IMO based on its sweet lemonade flavor.


Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:29:59 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of neenerzig


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

Got this beer from this year's winter sampler 12 pack. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my weizen glass. This beer pours a cloudy/hazy medium golden color. Nice white head is well over an inch thick when poured, settles to a nice surface coating about 1/6 inch thick. Good retention, but not much lacing. Has aromas of sweet citrus malt, along with a bit of spice and honey. The taste is pretty much the same, a good sweet malty zesty citrus flavor upfront along with a hint of honey and spice. No discernible hops, spot on for the style. Has a light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. A good, solid beer here.


Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 04:47:00 | More by neenerzig
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - straw with an touch of gold. Fluffy head with a smooth, even coating of lace all around.

Aroma - bright, grainy, fresh wheat.

Taste - smooth wheat taste with a shadow of lemon in the aftertaste. Is this being released as a fall seasonal? Way too summery for that, I'd enjoy this more after some yardwork. Consistent through the finish, grain, wheat and lemon with even balance.

Mouthfeel - light, crisp, some wheaty smoothness. Nicely done.

Drinkability - a good session beer for warmer climes, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:02:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Tone


3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of honey, yeast, sweet malt, slight spice (coriander), and slight citrus (orange). Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, wheat, honey, slight spice, slight citrus, and sweet malt. Overall, complex, but not well blended. Body and blend does improve as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 22:48:57 | More by Tone
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Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Somewhat cloudy yellow, fizzy head that disappears quickly. No lacing.

S: Lemon and a weak wheat smell present.

T: Lemon, lemon, and more lemon. Little bit of a wheat taste, but the lemon is too overpowering. It is their terrible Hefeweizen with extra lemons.

M: It's only saving grace. Creamy and a good carbonation.

D: Taste is not good. Could never drink more than one of these lemon bombs.

I had one of these in the late summer, and did not like it. Then they put it in the Winter pack, instead of one of my favorites, Cream Stout. There is nothing positive about this beer. I'm sorry, Samuel Adams, but this is the second time I have been disappointed by you (first being the Hefeweizen).

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 19:21:14 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of bbkd3b


2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass

A: Generic looking wheat beer, I guess. Pours a hazy pale orange with a really meek white head. Good retention, though. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Not very strong... I really got my nose into this one and all I got was a small hint of lemon and wheat. Meh.

T: Once again, right in the norm with the other wheat beers I've had. Wheaty and lemony, without any complexity or surprise. It tastes decent, though, and that's the most important thing for me.

M: Nice, medium body, perfect carbonation. It had a good, clean finish. No wateriness at all. Good stuff.

D: After my 3rd try, I just don't think I'm a fan of wheat beers. Either that, or I need to find one that's more defintively good. I finished this, but I don't want anymore.

Overall/notes: This somehow got into the Samuel Adams Winter Pack. Bizarre, because this is a lot like (VERY much so) their Summer Ale. Good thing I'm in southern California, or that would have probably gotten it a worse rating. As it is, though, I'm pretty much done with wheat beers for a while. It's pretty run of the mill, really.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 04:16:22 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of olympuszymurgus


3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a new year. a new beer. gamboge with white foam, looks reasonable. it says lemon peel on the bottle, and indeed, it is true, it was brewed with lemon peel. smells more like lemon dish soap than a wheat beer. by the way, lemon dish soap smells pretty good, if you didn't know. a bit of wheat smell. tastes like a clean wheat beer with a bit of lemon. nothing overpowering or spectacular. overall pretty drinkable but thinner than tiger's 9 iron. less bloody too.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 03:47:41 | More by olympuszymurgus
Photo of Goliath


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

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a really nice inch and a half bright white head. There is excellent head retention, but no apparent lacing.

The aroma is decent. A nice burst of lemony citrus is easily available, but is quickly followed by a bit of a soap aroma. There's also a slight bready malt aroma in there.

The taste is ok. There's some lemon citrus, some pale bready malt, and a light soap flavor. The flavor is a bit weak, and a bit uninteresting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is ok, but a bit uninspiring. The Abv is easily managed which certainly makes for an easily sessionable beer although the lacking flavor doesn't really make me want to have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 20:54:55 | More by Goliath
Photo of Brenden


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

Part of last night's New Year's Eve festivities. I'll never stop wondering why this one is in the winter pack.

This is a pale, extremely cloudy dusty yellow color. A sizable soft white head forms, sits around for a short while before dissipating, and leaves a bit of spotty lacing in its wake.
The smell is predominantly a heavy wheat and lots of lemon, seemingly both juice and peel. There's also a light hops presence detected.
The flavors are straightforward: wheat, lemon, a soft pale malt and a hops that lingers and puts out more strongly in a zesty / gently bitter finish.
This one starts off with a crisp bite and then remain fairly smooth. Body is light but almost medium, initially with a firm character to it that fades a little.
Well...there's not much to this one, though it's not flat or overly boring in my opinion, and I'm sure it's refreshing in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 17:06:25 | More by Brenden
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-orange with little suspended bits of sediment. Tight, fluffy white head. Soft, tangy lemon tartness in the nose...light wheat grain and bready sweetness. Crisp wheat flavor and a slick citrus presence. Very simple...would fit right into the summer variety pack (nothing really screams "winter" here). Light and very smooth and crisp. Not bad...quite poundable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:09:56 | More by wedge
Photo of JTahoe


2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy yellow-gold with minimal white head that dissipates fairly quickly, minimal lacing.

S - Some wheat, malt, yeast, and lemons--but not very pleasing. In fact, there is a twinge of an off aroma I can't quite place which has been present in all three bottles I have sampled.

T - Quite mild overall (though with a twang of bitterness at the finish) and fairly lacking in the flavors I usually most enjoy in a wheat beer... though, yes, there are wheat and yeast flavors with a distinct lemon peel flavoring. But everything is a bit watered down except for that off character in the background which I detected in the aroma... like stomach acid... not pleasing.

M - Crisp with moderate carbonation.

D - OK on the drinkability... I will probably avoid this in the future, though not so bad that I won't finish the last one in fridge. Was this slipped into the winter mixed pack... to dispose of, perhaps? That is the feeling I come away with since this beer has no "wintery" qualities and is a mediocre (at best) spring/summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 04:09:18 | More by JTahoe
Photo of likethetaste


4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I am very surprised that Sam Adams got rid of the excellent Cream Stout in the winter variety pack and added this one!! This is not a winter beer!! Much more of a late summer sipper! But oh, well, while I am disappointed that Sam Adams removed their Cream Stout, the coastal wheat is not bad. It is a refreshing beer that I would enjoy drinking much more in summer than winter.

Pour a very nice yellow orange.

Nice smell of lemon.

Very crisp and refreshing with a nice finish.

just a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 23:20:04 | More by likethetaste
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not sure whats worse...the taste of this beer or the shameless plug into the winter mixed pack. Pours a fairly hazy, dark gold color with a large, creamy white foam. Retention is good, as is the lacing. Appearance of the beer is quite nice, if a bit dark in color.

Nose is rife with lemons and wheat tang, grassy and pithy. Something in there gives it an earthy feel to it that seems to pervade many of Sam Adams' beers...perhaps the house yeast?

Taste leans heavily on the wheat, with a hay-like grassy flavor that makes me feel like I am eating the whole shock of wheat. Lemons are more than subtle and dont really provide any good flavors for me, pithy and bitter. Not much in the way of hops. Creamy mouthfeel, but it has a little bit of an unpleasant chalkiness to it. Coastal Wheat is not a total disaster, but it is pretty close. I certainly will not be purchasing any of this in a stand alone six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 21:15:01 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Chico1985


2.2/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat hazy yellow-orange, decent sudsy white head that sticks around well. Smell is pretty eh, kinda that generic macro smell (aka urine) with a touch of wheat and light fruit. Taste is very boring, incredibly thin mouthfeel, tastes almost like seltzer water while in my mouth, the aftertaste is a little better with big wheat/bread taste with a small touch of lemon. The lemon taste gains some ground towards the end, but it's not saving this one. On the label it calls this a "fresh twist on the popular Hefeweizen style", what a joke. And what is this doing in the winter sampler pack? Drinkability is okay I guess since it's so light and watery, but I definitely am not a fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 07:37:43 | More by Chico1985
Photo of mithrascruor


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy pale orange color. Minimal off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Light aroma of wheat, lemon, and a bit of spices. Nothing very distinct.

Taste: Has a decent flavor, but it is really watered down and only really comes out towards the finish. Some orange, lemon, and wheat... maybe a bit of yeast or cloves. Wheat and orange in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; seems like a low ABV. Tasty even if not strong in flavor.

Would make a good session beer with food, but not so exciting on its own. I get the feeling that this beer isn't quite sure if it is an American wheat, or a wit. Nice enough, but probably won't grab a 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:18:23 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of botham


3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a clear golden color with two fingers of off-white head that retains well and leaves minimum lacings.

aroma is of light spice, wheat malt, and some lemon zest in the background. overall the brew is sweet with a light sharpness, probably from the lemon.

taste is a standard hefeweizen on the palate without the spice or sharpness from the aroma. nothing of note here, just some wheat malts and light lemon zest in the background.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth character and a semi-clean finish of residual wheat malt and citrus fruit.

drinkability is decent. nothing here makes this worth another round, but for the style it gets the job done. a worthy example.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:05:10 | More by botham
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like others have mentioned, I am mystified as to why the brainiacs in Boston decided to replace the Holiday Porter, long the backbone of their winter sampler twelvers, with this nondescript, completely out of season newbie... It boggles the mind.

In fairness, it starts off well, with a foamy white head, and crisp lemon zest in the nose. The taste is broad and flavorful but flat and somewhat one dimensional in texture. Its not bad for the style and would probably taste really good in June after mowing the lawn but seems ridculously out of place after all that smow last week.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 06:12:57 | More by daliandragon
Photo of rootbeerman


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

poured into sam adams perfect pint

A: pour cloudy yellow-orange, with short lasting 1/2 finger head
S: wheat and lemon, banana and light clove
T: wheat and yeast, light banana and lemon peel, reminds me of a weak hefeweizen. very mild hop earthiness
M: coats the tongue, light pleasant carbonation.
D: easy, the lemon would make this a good starter brew

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 04:59:06 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of CRichardsMN


2.3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy yellow-orange with a pillowy white head about 1/4 inch thick.

Very mildly familiar to a wheat beer (emphasis on mild) and a pretty noticeable addition of citrus (says lemon on the label).

Again very mild with the inclusion of citrus (could have sworn it was orange rind but I'll believe lemon too). For what it's worth, being as mild as it is, there is a slightly bitter finish.

Light to medium body with a very crisp carbonation. Leaves the mouth completely on the finish.

Definitely more of a summer brew (very out of place in the Winter Sampler) what would quench a thirst.

Not what I was expecting but ok overall. That's 2 out of the pack that threw me (Cranberry "Lambic" also) that I would have expected more from.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 04:22:47 | More by CRichardsMN
Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.