Samuel Adams White Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.63/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Murky orange beige color, loose sediment was poured in as per style. Impressive lace and head retention and par to what they are going for. Fresh aroma of soft coriander, faint sharpness of bitter orange peel as well. Lemon / tangerine smell in the back. Smooth crispness stuns the palate. Spicing and fermented wheat flavors range from coriander, cinnamon, black pepper, orange zest and a lemony twang. Minimal hopping though there is that trademark hop oil flavor, faint but there, on the back of the tongue, yeast is there but is not showy at all. Small on the hop bitterness but the coriander does help to balance. Finish drops on the dry side with some dry malt flavor that lingers a bit.
A pretty good stab at the style, this is no Allagash White but what really is? On par with the more mainstream White Ales and certainly more flavorful than Hoegaarden. A mild buttery goat cheddar is a perfect pairing with this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2009 02:52:04 | More by Jason
3.38/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
12oz brown bottle with best before June 2006. Pours a very cloudy straw colored beer with copper hues attempting to pierces the murk. Head is thick initially, about 2 fingers, and settles to a creamy white lace with sticky trails along the glass. What's odd about the appearance is that everything remains in suspension. There's zero settling (my bottle was kept cold for over a week). I looked for dregs, and found none, but the residual beer in the bottle had an odd consistency to it. They must be adding something to keep everything in suspension and always in a "state of unfilteredness?"
Wheaty aroma, with spicy with coriander, anise, lemon peel and a florally fruitiness.
Light, but very smooth and creamy on the palate. Creaminess is a big part of this brew. Low levels of sweetness, with wheat and associated husky tannins taking the front. Nice spicy hop profile with fresh hop leaf oils on the palate from the Tettnanger hops. Floral rose hips blend well with a light lemony twang, and slight orangey juiciness. Very tea like with a dusty coriander edge and faint flavor of anise. Touch of vanilla behind the citrus fruitiness. Herbal dryness towards the finish with wheat tannins becoming more pronounced as the beer warms, with a bit of lemon peel in the linger.
Overall, it's not all that bad ... but if they got some control over all of those tannins it'd be a much more appealing brew.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2006 22:53:09 | More by Todd
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