Samuel Adams White Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pale Gold (SRM 4) in hue. Dense finger-thick frothy white head that doesn't linger long before dissipating to a film across the top of a mildly milky haze of Pale Gold (SRM 4) liquid. Carbonation seems medium, which helps maintain the film across the top. Spider legs do form on the side of snifter post-swirl. According to the website, 10% Munich Malt, Malted Wheat and Two-row Pale Malt was used.
S - Fruity esters of orange peel and tart acidic spice. Coriander and pepper also darken the note. Mild sweetness also comes through, but very mild at that. Cinnamon also seems to be present, but is hard to pick out of the spice blend. Yeastiness also very noticeable upon final pour, which allows the suspended yeast to add another layer to an already respectable beer. The proprietary spice blend, according to the website, includes orange & lemon peel, dried plum, grains of paradise, coriander, anise, hibiscus, rose hips, tamarind, and vanilla. Even after knowing this, I fail to pick it all up, but the flowery essence does come through and as well the grains of paradise.
T - Orange spice slightly sweetens the tongue and finishes with a very mild bitterness that creates a very well-balanced beer. A very mild level of acidity comes through as well, though nothing like a Berliner Weißbier, or Gose. Final pour allows for a more full-bodied complexity to the beer that makes another sip even more tempting.
M - Grainy and medium in body. Carbonic creaminess coats the mouth well.
C - This is an extremely drinkable beer that begs for freshness. I personally tried a sample with a "Best Before Date" of May 2009, so in other words, I probably missed out on appearance, aroma and taste that would have normally been more impressive overall. With that said, the beer was still very well balanced and tempting to the palate. I definitely will look for it on-tap next year!
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2009 04:42:02 | More by melagnus
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