Samuel Adams White Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.58/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Even after extracting the sediment, this far less cloudy than other witbiers/white ales on the market. Pale and with some haze, but the body is mostly transparent. Doesn't hold much of a head, but laces a bit and holds at the edges.
Mellow wheat, banana and bubblegum overlay a more musty grainy base. Hints of vanilla and citrus.
Tastes of refreshing grainy wheat and spices. Light on clove, but seems to feature orange peel. Similarities to the Summer ale make me wonder if grains of paradise were used. Almost no hop character, and yeasty bready notes are certainly muted. I'm guessing this was meant to be pretty clean. Finishes a little fruity with a trace of clove. This borders on American Pale Wheat Ale, in how simple the yeast character and spices are. Nothing pops, but there's just enough going on to keep me interested.
Smooth bodied, but not the creamiest of the style. Not as light as a Hoegaarden or Blue Moon, but lacks the richness or smoothness of a St. Bernardus.
This white ale hits the spot. It's a style I'd expect to be very drinkable though. Once the temperatures turn up, it would be easy to spend a night with these, but I can't argue with the choice to go with Noble Pils. This was probably getting crushed by Blue Moon, and I'd probably even take that over this. Simple thirst quencher, but nothing to seek out.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2011 07:01:05 | More by ommegoose
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