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Samuel Adams White Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,479 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 33
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Was a Spring seasonal, now a Fall/Winter seasonal.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-30-2003)
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Photo of flaminghomer
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

for some reason this beer just struck a chord with me. maybe it's the long time i've been waiting to sample this beer that has made me throw away logic and give this beer my highest rating thus far. i don't know? maybe it's just a damn good beer. who cares, i like it alot. buy it!

Photo of EvanWilliams
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Brennen
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of loren01
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a big frothy 2 finger width head. Good head retention down the sides of the glass.
S: Smell is of very strong of corriander. Also smells of citrus.
T: Taste is basically the same as smell, lots of corriander/citrus with a slight yeasty taste.
M: Smooth and creamy
D: This beer is very easy drinking and flavorfull. I kind of can't believe that this beer has a score of only 82 because this is an excellent beer in my opinion. I haven't had too many Wit Beers better than this one.

Photo of mmatt1
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A cloudy beer because it is unfiltered, with a good head, about a half inch. Left some on the sides.

Smell- A little bit of citrus also a hint of vanilla.

taste- I really enjoyed this beer. I am a fan of all of Sam Adams seasonal beers, this is right up there with the Winter Lager.

All and all a good beer. I have had it on tap and in bottle and both of them are fantastic. Will buy again.

Photo of jekane04
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of EnjoiThePureTrip
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of VaTarheel
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Eando35
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Zorba
4.45/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really enoyable beer. The winter was spent enjoying the dark and heavy beers/ stouts. I am not much for Pilsners or light body beers. This was a nice shift and enjoyable as well. The light buttery flavors gave it more of taste than most of the ales I am used to. i'd drink this through the day; with some reds in the mix just for fun.

Photo of paladinjoe
4.45/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Beer, a Spring Classic, and well deserving of being the permanent Spring Beer for Sam Adams from 2004-2010. Thank God they brought this back in the Cold Snap they've introduced, with a little extra spices. Always loved this one, was devastated when it taken away from being the main Spring Seasonal

Photo of lehows
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy light golden color with an attractive white fluffy head. Nice aromas of sweet spice and citrus with some faint dough. Delicious flavors of citrus orange peel, clove, anise, and mildy floral hops. Fine carbonation and creamy/smooth moutfeel. A definite winner from Sam Adams, so drinkable its almost ridiculous...I have yet to try a bottled version but some friends said it was not nearly as good. Either way this will be a perfect stand-by through the spring.

Photo of shand
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appendices: Pours a hazy amber-straw color with about two fingers worth of head. Lacing is subpar.

Smell: Coriander and citrus. Coriander isn't as oppressive as some of the beers I've had of this style.

Taste: As someone who finds witbiers to often be a little overwhelming, this is an excellent wit. The coriander isn't too strong, and is tempered well by the orange. This is just an excellent tasting beer. It's a refined Blue Moon.

Mouthfeel: Simultaneously smooth and fairly well carbonated. Feels good.

Drinkability: Super drinkable.

This beer was a huge surprise to me. Probably the best I've had of the style so far, and a beer I'd love to go back to if it were offered in six-packs during the summer.

Photo of BMoney575
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 1-28-07
Best by June 2007

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin head that disappears quickly.

Smells of citrus fruits, coriander and spices, with a bready wheat aroma.

Taste is absolutely great, light on the palette with subtle spices and citrus. Finishes clean and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thicker, the taste lingers for awhile.

Overall very drinkable, a flavorful beer that is light and refreshing. One of my favorites and the perfect springtime beer.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with hues of orange. About a 1 finger head at first, reduces to a covering and holds well. Some random spotty lacing.

Lemony, zesty aroma. A bit flowery, a little short on strength but nice enough.

Tastes sweet and lemony. Good balance of yeast. Finishes with a hint of anise and the aftertaste bears out some smooth hop tones. A grapefruit essence, but not sour or tart at all. Very nice ending. The more I drink, the more I like!

Crisp bubbly action makes this suitable for warmer climes. Very smooth flowing across the palate. These bottles disappear very easily from my stock. I was initially disappointed that this was only available in 12-pack form at Krogers, seeings as how I'm on a beer-buying moratorium of sorts. Hmmph - glad I broke it. Very pleasant beer from start to finish.

Photo of jvajda
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to say that, in my admittedly limitted experience, Sam Adam's White is one of my favorite white ales. I get this on-tap in Boston, where it may be fresher than other places.

Appearance: Cloudly yellow. Very hazy, but no visible particulate or sediment. I may just drink these too fast to let it settle.
Smell: Wonderful. Hops, wheat, and a beautiful mix of subtle spices, as well as orange peel.
Taste: Oh so refreshing. It's bright, refreshing, thirst-quenching, and rewarding. They got it right with this one. The added spices, which I can't really put my finger on, really make it good. It's subtle yet critical to it's overall flavor. Again, I detected a trace of orange peel.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbination. Decent mouthfeel.
Drinkability: One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, but not one of the best. Bring this one back soon! When it was available, I drank it everyday.

Photo of greenjeff4141
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a huge fan of the Sam Adams Seasonal brews. This is one of my favorites. Pours a cloudy amber color and has a nice light head. For a widely available commecially brewed beer it has very complex flavors and aromas. The start is a little fruit follwed by some spice. Finishes nicely and is very easy to drink.

Photo of selecter70
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While not the best in its class, this White Ale is a wonderfully delicious ale that needs year-round availability (at least summertime!). It pours a nice cloudy weiss-like appearance that clears with a nice fluffy white head full of spicy aromas. The bubbly feel is not too sharp and draws out lemon-wheat and spices without becoming a Blue Moon. The lace clings as this smooth, creamy but light (not too light) ale disappears.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Golden, cloudy, visual floating yeast in the beer, not very attractive but at least natural.

Smell - Sweet, subtle, natural smell.

Taste - Bittersweet with a good general feeling about it.

Mouthfeel - Surprising pleasurable bite that vanishes almost instantly, little to no aftertaste.

Drinkability - Pretty smooth beer, could have a 6-pack with no issues.

Photo of Beerislife652854
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good American Belgian-style white ale. Pours a cloudy golden color with a prominent lasting head that laces the glass nicely. Not too sweet or lemony as others, and there is no strong malty taste. A good blend of slight bitter and slight sweet. Crisp wheat aroma. Very enjoyable on a warm winter evening. The price is very reasonable as well.

Too bad that it is only available in late winter.

Photo of stella77artois
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. Could just be my personal tastes changing a bit over time, but I remember it being slightly better when it was a spring seasonal. Again, not sure if it's actually changed, or it's just me.

Whenever I've gotten the beer on tap, it always has a nice head, and there seems to be a lot going on in the beer. Hints of orange, a good amount of typical Sam Adams flavor, and even a hint of ginger.

Feel good on the tongue, not too dry. Very refreshing, yet tasty at the same time. Still excellent in a bottle, but better on tap.

Photo of Beerboybill
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this recently during the brewery tour in Boston. Looks like a typical wheat beer, but a little darker than you would expect. Mild nose with very subitle hops. Taste was very good. It had the lemon zest that I expected, but also a very subitle taste of pepper. Overall, this year's batch is very good.

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A seasonal brew from Sam Adams. Date of Jul/05. Pours a cloudy yellow with a very nice head and lacing. Scent of sweet, which is reminiscent of this style (White Ale). This is a nice version of the style from Sam Adams Nice light feel with a great after taste. This is a very social brew, many can be had.

Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.