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

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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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 acelin
3.79/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of animalchin
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of adams82
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Bounty628
2.62/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of KingEdward
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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!

Photo of burnstar
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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

Hazy, pale gold color with a decent amount of white head and a moderate amount of lace. The aroma is fairly light but has a lot of lemon citrus. The taste I found surprisingly good. The lemon is definitely the main feature and it has a fairly persistent finish. Good blend of citrus and wheat-derived tartness. In terms of complexity, it isn't. But it's good at what it intends to do I think. Highly carbonated. Very light and refreshing. Overall I was very pleased with this one. The perfect lawnmower beer or something that might pair well with some fish or shrimp off the grill. Definitely something good for a hot summer day as it's light, refreshing and super bubbly.

Photo of steveh
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay, when I saw this in the Brewmaster's Collection I thought it was going to be a Bavarian Weizen -- already disappointed. Brewed with lemon?

A -- Appearance is nice; hazy golden with a thick, long-lasting white head.

S -- Vaguely citric with that grainy character wheat malt gives, some light DMS with warmth. No phenols or spices that a Weizen will have.

T -- Hmm, graininess up front with some off tannins (might be too cold). A nice toasty and crackery finish, but nothing to cheer about. Vague hop bitterness in the aftertaste as the beer warms -- lemons? Starting to come out with warming, but seem more an afterthought.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

D -- While easily drinkable, I doubt I'd reach for another -- just another run-of-the-mill American Wheat. I might have to try this at room temp to see if I have a different impression -- maybe more character appears.

Photo of Borgs
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a dull golden color with a light head which dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: I smell citrusy hops with notes of a fruity aroma

Taste: The lemon flavor kills the balance of this brew. It's overpowering, even for a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: It is heavily carbonated, which works well with the lemony taste. The light body also works well with the lemon.

Drinkability: It's not much of a winter drink, but it would definitely be good on a hot summer day.

Photo of droomyster
3.72/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy gold with a small white head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose is lemons and sweet wheatiness. Its taste is well balanced if somewhat simple, and doesn't overplay the lemony element. Coastal Wheat is a very refreshing, unchallenging brew.

Photo of Berrmecca13
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Has a cloudy yellow coloration with little head rimming edge of the glass. Slightly active carbonation.

Smell is unimpressive with an alcoholy tinge.

Hits the palate first with mild lemon accents and some spice. Finishes with a hint of wheat-yeasty flavor.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.08/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of TheMadJack
2.66/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of smibroncos
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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