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

Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale

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1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1399
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%

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 EnojysAnyBeer


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid seasonal from Sam Adams. Probably my favorite widely available witbier.

A- Very pretty haze in a weizen glass. Big, frothy head, bubbly, and golden in color.

S- Smell is very herbal almost like a tea made with hops. Smells of husky wheat and a bit of Belgian yeast

T- Taste is very refreshing and crisp. The spices fall in behind the malted wheat backbone and create a very light background of herbal flavors. Slightly bitter and slightly sweet

M- Bubbly and light to moderate thickness.

D- I can't see anything wrong with this beer unless you are looking for a strong barley malt or darkened malt taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 23:08:24 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Unsuited

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife bought this beer for me when looking for Ommegang Whitte.. she bought it by accident and i was out of a good beer to drink. I was plesantly surprised it was as good as it was. I would recomned this beer for a summer barbque or picnick with frineds..

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 16:24:42 | More by Unsuited
Photo of showell


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, did they retire this one? Why?? It's really good. Yellow with a hint of orange maybe. Nice white head. Smells like malt and spice. Taste is a very nice wheat beer. Carbonation is just what it should be. I'm sorry they retired it. I'd like to have more of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 22:46:26 | More by showell
Photo of DrDemento456


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Full of carbonation with a head that clears quickly with no lace. Looks kind of like a soda. Yellow beer color.

S - Smells like grain malt and citrus rind.

T - Wow spicy! The taste of the orange and yeast are melded together with a bubbly effervescent kind of way. Its actually quite full of flavor which came as a surprise!

M - Very light. I enjoyed it.

D - Other than the Chocolate bock I enjoyed this one second most of the variety pack. Something about citrus and yeast in an American beer that just clashes great in this. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:41:49 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of sj660


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange color, hazy with highlights. Foam is a very fine, thick network of small white bubbles.

Fruity aroma. Oranges, floral, other cirtusy flavors. Tang, and a small hop bite on the back end. In balance. There is a spicy flavor I can't identify, but which I don't think is coriander (though there is coriander).

Mouthfeel is medium body, highly carbonated.

One of the better American takes on the belgian witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 19:23:35 | More by sj660
Photo of gobias


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this spring offering from Sam Adams. The smell is lightly orangish with a hint of coriander.

The taste is a clean flavor with hints of the orange ans spices. I bought a six pack of this and easily drank a number of them without getting tired of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 07:11:13 | More by gobias
Photo of hoplover82


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear deep yellow with a medium creamy white head that has good retention and lacing.

Smells of a good but mild blend of spicy yeast, with spices and slightly sweet malt in the back.

Tastes much the same but it's is more sweet than in the smell. Quite sewwt for the style, and not too dry as expexcted.

The mouthfeel is creamy and sweet with a medium body. And very very easy drinkin'. Don't know why it's in the winter seasonal but it kinda fits.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 23:26:31 | More by hoplover82
Photo of mvmalesci


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with a medium white head Good amount of carbonation evident.

S: Smells of spices, yeast, and bready malts. A bit light on all of them.

T: Tastes of malts, grain, and light fruity malts.Good combination of spice and fruit.

M: Light body and high carbonation that makes my mouth sing;)

D: A very enjoyable American Style Witbier. refreshing during any part of the year. An excellent beer to introduce folks to the world of TRUE refreshing beer

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 19:07:40 | More by mvmalesci
Photo of webbcreative


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly darker then straw color. A bit hazy with a nice 2 finger head that is fluffy and white.

Aroma is typical witbier, a little fruity like orange peel and spices such as coriander.

Taste is on par with the smell and expectations - orange peel, a little lemon flavor as well. Coriander, grains of paradise.

Mouthfeel is nice as well, medium, smooth and creamy.

Overall this is a solid white ale offering from SA. Nice and light, crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. I could drink quite a bit of this in the Oklahoma summer time, great beer to have sitting outside having a bbq!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:50:42 | More by webbcreative
Photo of Applesauce1


4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a six-pack of this at the Lucky Dog in Athens, OH.

Appearance: copper-gold color with a nice 3/4" head on the pour.

Smell: lemon and some hops

Taste: lemon, slight hoppiness, those really dominate, maybe some wheat flavor

Mouthfeel: light bodied, but nice though

Drinkability: can't get any better, you can drink it all night....a six-pack is great for the night

It's weird, I had a six-pack over the weekend while I was in DC and the beer tasted spicier...more like a winter beer. each beer I had, i also drank out of the bottle. the one im drinking right now which i poured in t a pint glass has more of a summer ale feel and taste....im not sure if it's what you drink out of or the specific batch

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 04:02:10 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of KenC411

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly opaque beer, the color of peach juice, poured with a thick two finger head that holds solidly, disappearing slowly leaving lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong smell of orange peel and a faint hint of alcohol giving way to a floral background.

Taste: A little citrus and a light bite in the background rounds this beer out very well. The aftertaste is a bit sharp, but not off putting, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Thick with a strong amount of carbonation; coats the tongue well, leaving maximum time to taste.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer, will definitely purchase again, though a bit heavy, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 02:10:36 | More by KenC411
Photo of slayer3604


4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! A macro-brewery with 'eh' beers is able to squeeze this lively muhfugahin wit beer out!

Just what a Wit should look like... bleached-white atop a golden but hazy body. Just wonderful to look at. Keeps the head for about two minutes.

Smells faintly of coriander and has some grassy malt to it, with a whiff of cool whip! CHEAH!

Tastes mighty simple, but its such a clean beer that it deserved a "4".

The mouthfeel is second only to eating angel food cake out of an angel's...er...

Drinks like a champ. Only downfall is the Sam Adams patented "CLOY"-ality.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 06:30:48 | More by slayer3604
Photo of dcook11


4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden honey color. Two finger lacing and some spider web lacing. Good looking witbeer. Smeels of citrus and malt. Ditto on the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is high. Would definitly buy this again. Very good beer. Good example of the style.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-05-2011 07:45:30 | More by dcook11
Photo of jsolack


4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy full head. Lots of lacing as head diminishes. Color is a hazy orange/yellow. Very nice looking.

Sweet grains and moderate hops. Citrus and spice notes as well. Smell is very good.

Citrus and grains come first... followed by a very mild bready finish. Goes down smooth and has very little bitterness.

Thick and creamy in mouth. Carbonation level is just right. Coats tounge well. Very impressed.

A great tasting beer. I was supprised how much I enjoyed it. Flavor is just great and mouthfeel is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 01:43:36 | More by jsolack
Photo of BeerBob


4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams White Ale pours a murky orange from a brown 12oz glass bottle. Head is fantastic and goes to more than three fingers in a 22oz beer glass and is persistent to the end.

Nose is coriander, lemon and other citrus with a wheat base, quite complex and very pleasant.

Taste is a wonderful unfiltered wheat with coriander, lemon and other citrus... grapefruit?

All in all, I like this offering from Sam Adams... not bad, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 04:30:16 | More by BeerBob
Photo of umustdrink


4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Light orange color, completely opaque. Head is white and fades to a film. Very little lacing.

S - Like liquid gingerbread; spicy cloves, cinnamon and a bit of ginger. Cardamom and caraway seeds are also detectable.

T - There is too much carbonation here and it definitely hinders the ability to actually taste this beer, which is unfortunate because it tastes pretty good. After the carbonation burn, there's bready and spicy malts. Finish is sugary and spicy still.

M - Consistency is medium to thin and, as said above, there's too much carbonation.

D - Didn't think I would enjoy this beer as much as I did. It finds its way into the short list of Sam Adams beers that I actually enjoyed a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 05:48:07 | More by umustdrink
Photo of waughbrew


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty peach with fluffy large white sticky top. A zesty combo of hops and spices - maybe Grains of paradise, coriander, and something very flowery. Flavor is fluffy and delicate, a bit sugary but finishes dry. Feels light and refreshing but still a good amount of flavor. Very nice, I could drink a few of these and continually enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 01:10:56 | More by waughbrew
Photo of Liquids


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw yellow. Pours a thin, filmy head. Smells of yeast, biscuits and fruit--appealing. Light on taste yet surprisingly malty. Taste is sweetish but balanced, and it's definitely more Blue Moon than Hoegaarden (the latter of which I don't care for). Light and crisp hop aftertaste. Very creamy, thick, full, and heavy in mouthfeel, but slightly mild in carbonation--a little more wouldn't hurt. Exceptionally acessible and drinkable for a wide audience of beer drinkers--not your average swill. Possibly too tame for other craft drinkers, but I just may start stocking this at my place.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 20:30:42 | More by Liquids
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass. Freshness date stated this brew is fresh until the end of April.

A: A very cloudy, yellowish amber orange color. Good amount of head and as well as lacing on the glass.

S: The nose of this beer is mostly a lemony refreshing scent with kind of an apricot twist. Very pleasant, kind of reminds me of a spring like flower.

T: A nice sweet lemon & orange peel flavor hits the palatte up front and then continues through with a good hit of a refreshing mint flavor. Maybe a touch of honey in there as well. Just a enough after taste to leave you wanting more. It is comprised of a variety of citrusy flavors that round things out nicely.

M: The first couple of sips, this brew actually tastes a tad thin. However, the "wheaty" feel really kicks in and it actually turns out to be very refreshing.

D: Not to sound too cheesy here, but every sip of this beer tastes just like spring. Seriously, reminds me of a nice spring afternoon when things are really just starting to bloom, very nice on this cool late winter/early spring evening. This brew goes great with a chicken and rice dish.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 02:31:44 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of vickersspitfire


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Witbeir has an appealing blonde shade and just looks quite tasteful; it’s hazy with plenty of carbonation and comes complete with a nice thin, almost white head on top and has some good lacing to it. The aroma is very pleasing and has some hints of wheat, oranges and lemons. This ale has a refreshing taste with a mild zing to it when it first hits your tongue, its really crisp and light with a bitter/citrusy taste overall, its mild aftertaste is just as tangy and is slightly more bitter but still very pleasing .

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 22:20:36 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of herefordjeep


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Samuel Adams has done right by this tasty little ale. I have always been a fan of the Blue Moon varieties and other wheat ales, so I decided to give SA a try. I was pleasantly surprised by not only the extreme drinkability of this brew, but also the very good balance which exists between its components. I rarely find a beer that I feel has a good balance of smell, taste, "mouth after feel", feel, drinkability, and overall balance. Perhaps a bit over carbonated, the carbonation is the first to hit the mouth, followed quickly by sugary-wheat almost powered taste, as if a ground piece of wheat was poured directly into the batch, matched equally well later on by great coriander, orange, medium grain, and light spritzer flavors. These initial tastes are followed finally by a slightly deeper and more syrupy malt taste and feel, leaving a small layer of aftertaste on the tongue and back of the mouth as the sip finishes. The during sip flavors are by far the least substantial aspect of the ale. The drinkability of this ale is superb. Having a few of these back to back would not at all be unpleasant. A great ale, definitely and especially in Spring or Summer settings. I would buy again in a heartbeat, especially to be enjoyed with food. A-.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 04:54:26 | More by herefordjeep
Photo of hiikeeba


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost clear, golden yellow with a moderatly thick white head that dissipates to a thin layer of tiny bubbles. -

S - Spices at the forefront, with some citrus in the background. Nice.

T - Grainy taste with spices and citrus behind it. No hopes detected.

M - A little thin and watery, but appropriate for the style. Not much carbonation, either.

D - Easy drinking, and not too filling. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 21:32:05 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of tempo013


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- the beer pours a light yellow and has a semi-thick white head
s- the smell isn't the greatest but you can really smell the coriander
t- reminds me of blue moon for some odd reason but it is much better
m- the flavors come out feels nice
d- i bought a sixer and drank it during a Pens game and they started and ended at the same time

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 23:39:50 | More by tempo013
Photo of ZAP


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a white ale I seem to enjoy more than most. I think the spicing is about right. I think the orange impression is just about right...Not real heavy duty on either but just enough to complement the creamy wheat flavors...body is about medium and a little bigger than some.

I've enjoyed this on tap for sometime when it is in season and now find it just as good in the bottles.

One of Sammy's best regular style beers along with the Noble Pils and a couple others I am forgetting.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 05:38:05 | More by ZAP
Photo of BeerMeInMS


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: February 20th, 2011
Best By: May 2011

Glassware- chalice

Appearance: Hazy pale-golden color; bubble with a fluffy white head. Very good retention, but no lacing.

Smell: sweet and fruity aroma

Taste: Opens up with alot of fruity sweetness that is accompanied by an undercurrent of bitterness. The brew was spicy and I tasted hints of cinnamon. The flavor was complex, but delicate. Left a kinda chewy, dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium-bodied. lots of carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy: Great... flavor is interesting the whole time and delicious. light enough for many glasses.

Notes: Recommended. I really enjoy this brew. The spiciness adds a pleasing and unique dimension (not that other beers aren't spiced. This combination just seems to work well).

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:08:46 | More by BeerMeInMS
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