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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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1,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 29
Gots: 45 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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North Dakota

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

12-22-2011 04:22:05 | More by LDemarais
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

04-24-2012 19:29:01 | More by Mart1
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

12-22-2011 22:52:31 | More by bakeith
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

08-19-2012 01:55:59 | More by rangr514
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

01-17-2012 21:09:47 | More by edwardkersh
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

11-23-2013 04:50:10 | More by KevinDanger23
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

02-04-2013 19:33:17 | More by Budinetz
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

01-02-2012 23:09:16 | More by dragomni
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

12-22-2012 05:31:27 | More by spikechiquet
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

12-30-2011 04:14:12 | More by jordanmiller
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

07-20-2013 17:46:34 | More by charlesjwinkler
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New Hampshire

2.53/5  rDev -27.3%

Had this beer in tap in Alston, so I'm going to assume this is the way it was meant to be.

Poured to an interesting color. Fairly dark hue, yet cloudy. Not your typical white beer color, this is because this beer is a riff on the white beer it is of course a "white ale" though, whatever that means.

To me the taste just seemed a bit off. Too much bitters for a white beer. The bitterness seemed to clash with the yeast as the kicked in later and had a synergistic effect of making my want to pucker. I love a good beer but this was the first brew to give me what the majors call the "bitter beer face". Its not the intensity of the bitter, just the pairing. After one, I wasn't interested in having another.

No thanks.

04-20-2004 17:34:07 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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2.55/5  rDev -26.7%

Poured very cloudy, amber orange, with a bid head that stayed with the beer for a long while. Little light penetrated. Very welcome beer appearence wise. There was nothing to compare the scent of this beer too. Blue Moon was about the only other wit beer I've had and this smelled three levels higher. Mostly like a sweet orange juice and sour grapefruit juice scent, appetizing. That's where my praise ends. Mouth was creamy, buttery but there was an unpleasant feel at the end of the swallow, almost like the milk at the end of a bowl of Trix cerial. Of course, the first taste was of orange juice, then it became mostly about black licorace. There was a hop flavor that made this mildly bitter. The buttery taste, is just like Blue Moon, so that must go with the style? However, the fruitiness of this beer, it seemed like liquid Trix and licorace.

So, absolutely not. While Blue Moon is a mild beverage that is good every once in a while, this was drinkable, but nothing I'd get again.

03-05-2006 05:34:23 | More by Ricochet
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -25.9%

Had on-tap at a brewery tour at their Jamaica Plan location in a 7 oz. sample glass.

A--hard to judge because of the small glass, but a decent one finger fluffy white head popped up and lasted as skim throughout the tasting. Body is foggy rather than cloudy or hazy and more orange than yellow.

S--Lots of diacetyls--this smells like Pop-Secret. In the back I get spices more than citrus, namely peppery notes and a tiny whiff of coriander and fennel. A thick snotty mass of undifferentiated aromas, though, for the most part, masked by overwhelming buttery popcorn.

T--More snack bar at the movie theater flavors, as well as some sturdy malt which stands out as weird for the style. Not terribly refreshing, and so complex with its spicing as to be impenetrable. Kind of sloppy. A little lemon creeps through toward the front/middle of the profile, which brightens it a bit but nowhere near what the style requires.

M&D--Way too chewy and thick for the style, and if it were spring or summer I couldn't manage the humidity with one of these. A miss from this brewery in my opinion.

02-11-2009 19:33:31 | More by TheycallmeTim
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2.58/5  rDev -25.9%

Pours orange with a fluffy white head.

Spicy nose with a strong yeast background, key lime, coriander, orange peel.

Wow! Incredibly boring flavor not at all reminiscent of a witbier. Basicallly a spiced american hefe. Uninspiring yeast flavors with some ending coriander notes. Not bad for an American wheat, but pretty poor for a witbier. No crazy banana clove esters, obviously not fermented with a Belgian strain.

Medium bodied and nicely carbonated, a very drinkable beer, but not a witbier as far as I'm concerned.

02-15-2006 18:31:42 | More by nortmand
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2.58/5  rDev -25.9%

2008 version poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance - Pours a copper color with a 1 inch white head. Lite white lacing sticks to the sides of the glass

Smell - Little corriander, lemon, and a few other fruity smells are present, though I can't put my finger on them. Faint orange maybe?

Taste & Mouthfeel - Light and smooth. You can taste some lemon, and some wheat as well. A small spice in the middle, but doesn't have anywhere close to the taste of say a hoegaarden. A little dry and citrusy in the finish

As far as a white ale goes its not my cup of tea. I would even consider it a poor mans Blue Moon, and Blue Moon ain't exactly the best around.

02-26-2008 05:29:32 | More by ryrust5301
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North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -25.9%

I miss the old Sam Adams Spring Ale. Well, not really, but it is better than this beer. I poured my first bottle and poured it out because there were lots of floaties. Thinking the glass was really dirty I poured it out and got a clean glass. Poured a second glass and still lots of floaties. The color was a sick orange, with a thin head that receded to the edges. The aroma is slightly sour, but with hops and citrus present. The flavor is sour. Tones of wheat are also there. Hops are there and iI get the impression they threw in some extra spices... cinnamon, some nutmeg. The mouthfeel is very metallic and the carbonation feels like it is burning. Somehow, this beer is not undrinkable, but I have no intentions of buying any more after this six-pack.

04-16-2005 19:49:24 | More by MuddyFeet
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New York

2.6/5  rDev -25.3%

A(ppearance) - Hazy golden yellow color. Darker in comparison to other Witbiers.
Not much head nor lacing involved in this brew.
S(mell) - Spicy Hops. Not a real strong aroma.
T(aste) - Crisp Orange taste. Spicy tangy taste, stays true to the smell thats for sure. In all honesty, I think it's a bit too spicy and it floods out the other tastes.
M(outhfeel) - Very well carbonated. Could feel the bubbles all the way down. Almost has a borderline watery taste to it.
D(rinkability) - It's a pretty drinkable beer.. I'm just not crazy about it. It doesn't leave me hurrying for another sip.

04-04-2009 21:39:58 | More by epicness
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2.6/5  rDev -25.3%

12 oz into a snifter...Samuel Adams produces a fine lager and a fine pilsener, but once they get into ales, it seems like it is all fails. This white ale is no exception. The spicing is flat, the malt is kind of boring and there's not too much to it except a decent look. The yeast is wrong too. Was hard to finish the glass and I considered pouring it out but don't like to waste beer so finished it. Came as part of a sampler pack. Avoid this one, there are so many better white ales out there.

03-07-2011 07:43:42 | More by chicagoabbot
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New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -24.4%

Light in color, an off-yellow transparent look to it. Very faint smell, wishit was stronger, but I could still sniff the citrus. Weiss-style taste, with various fruit flavors, including orange and some banana. Also a wheat taste to it. Overall, not too impressed with what I considered a weak taste, especially comparing this beer to other weiss beers. Drinkable, but still a bit too watery.

04-16-2007 15:49:53 | More by micahgoldfus
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2.63/5  rDev -24.4%

Appearance: Thick, pillowy, dense head on the pour, sitting atop a hazy golden brew with substantial carbonation. Some lacing effects. Not bad.

Aroma: Fresh wheat malt in the nose, supported by esters and a grassy hoppiness. Smells crisp.

Taste: Paper-thin mouthfeel accomodates an equally thin flavor profile. Citrusy, grassy notes compliment the wheat malt, but everything is insubstantial. This is a beer for mass consumption, and it shows in the fact that it takes no chances daring to show the drinker something new. Aftertaste is a bit soapy, but otherwise finishes with a whimper.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, and better than most domestic macro offerings out there, but why would the experienced beer drinker waste time with this when there's better representatives of the style out there? Use this to break your Bud Light swilling friends in gently to the world of different beer styles, but move on quickly.

02-13-2005 22:36:36 | More by Hunter
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2.63/5  rDev -24.4%

a - great looking hazy yellow/gold with a huge 3 finger head.

s - not much, a little citrus and hops i guess.

t - very light on flavor. A little citrus/sourness and very little hops to finish.

m - well carbonated, probably the most enjoyable part of the beer, other than the looks.

d - if it were not for the cherry wheat or cranberry lambic (maybe i have a thing against fruit beer) this would be the worst sam adams. It's not bad overall, but for a sam adams I expected more from the flavor category.

02-03-2008 04:52:21 | More by thirtysixbelow
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2.68/5  rDev -23%

Pours a light golden color with about no head retention.

Smells of cloves and a hint of alcohol

Week taste. The best is a bit of spices that make it seem likes it a winter beer.

A decent beer, but not something I would buy if others were available.

12-11-2010 03:27:24 | More by n0315
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New York

2.68/5  rDev -23%

This is a very generic tasting Belgian Witber, very similar to Blue Moon. It's best to skip this one, though it is a decent beer nevertheless - there are just much better ones out there.

The beer pours a cloudy, yellowish-orange color.

The aroma is of a faint yeasty aroma with some spicy overtones of corriander.

The flavor is mildly spicy with overtones of corriander and orange rind. The body is very smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation.

This is a very average Witber at best - not recommended.

06-26-2004 07:16:20 | More by TagoMago
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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