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

Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale

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1,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 1398
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.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Legal Seafoods in Paramus, NJ. This was a pretty good pairing with the shellfish that I had (clams, mussels, oysters, etc.)

A- This one poured a dark golden orange color. Small off-white head and some lace. Highly carbonated and evident.

S- Smell was of orange peel and other citrus fruits. Faint wheat scent followed by what seemed to be a vanilla bean.

T- Taste was sweet but balanced. I detected some corriander, lemon, orange zest, wheat, yeast and grains.

M- Nice body for a whit beer. There was a creamy texture to this brew which followed with a tart and smooth finish.

D- Easy drinker right here. Im sure I will have this one many more times this summer as this is offered at a wide range of bars and restaurants. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 02:06:53 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of GRPunk


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into a mug.

A-It poured a hazy orange color with a very thin head that kept to a light lace that left a decent sticking to the side of the glass.

S- The aroma was mostly of yeast and spice. I picked up some hints of corriander and light fruity accents.

T- It had a decent wheaty/yeasty flavor. More of the light citrus and corriander accents that were apparent in the aroma were pickedu up in the taste.

M- It had a nice grainy feel that I'd expect of the style.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker.

Overall- This is one of my favorite Sam Adams Seasonals. It's missing some of the "wow" factor of other Wits, but still holds its own.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 22:59:42 | More by GRPunk
Photo of MrIncognito


3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Hard Rock Cafe, Washington DC.

A - Cloudy yellow straw with a very nice, thick and creamy head, almost like cappuchino foam.

S - Smells just like a witbier, but lacks the complexities. Wheat and citrus.

T - Nice yeasty wheat with some lemon rind in the background. Some coriander mixed in the aftertaste, light hop bitterness. Sweet. UPDATE: I've had this twice since my first tasting. Did not enjoy it much this time around. Tasted almost like an adjuct and it had some metallic oddness to it.

M - Medium carbonation and quite smooth and creamy.

This was definitely a good beer, but not great. I was kind of glad to be done with it. It just wasn't as balanced as Allagash or other great witbiers I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 13:03:49 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of naterock


4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: Slightly Cloudy, Golden
Smell: Lemon, Coriander, orange, very distinctive
Taste: Peppery, with a strong coriander, with citrus notes, After a few pints the taste changes the peppery taste gives way to the citrusy splendor. I look forward to this beer's release year after year.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2008 22:40:10 | More by naterock
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Applebees...
Bright, straw-colored, golden appearance with a minimal head that soon dissipated and left hardly any lacing around the serving glass...
Strong aroma of fresh citrus, oranges, and florals...
Sweet, satisfying, light tangerine flavor with noticeable lemon and hints of coriander...
Slightly spicy, but this one went down ultra-smooth and was a nice alternative being a seasonal sample...
Overall, a solid representation of the style, a great thirst-quencher that was easily drinkable...
Good stuff...

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 16:41:18 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Goliath


3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin layer of bright white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is slightly cheap. Citrus, light hop, subtle spice, and even a little alcohol.

Taste is alright, but nothing special. Some citrus, not much corriander, a slight hop bitterness on the finish. This beer has a real macro feel.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol makes it very sessionable, but lack of flavor is discouraging.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 20:19:02 | More by Goliath
Photo of bossmanjg

New York

2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - A very light yellow color. A little head present directly after pour. But it quickly dissipated to practically nothing.

Smell - Aroma was strong on citrus, both lemon and orange.

Taste - Spicy, maybe allspice taste up front, followed by a heavy lemon flavor on the backside.

Mouth feel - Not much body. Like I was drinking water.

Drink ability - I wouldn't buy another of these, but if someone offered a free one, I wouldn't turn it down... After all it is beer...

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 00:37:50 | More by bossmanjg
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3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Walked into Pryor's (a local steakhouse) and saw this on tap.

Nice light orange...

Easy floral, bit of citrus...

Nice, clean, and crisp. Definite Sam Adams hop profile. Balanced well and very refreshing. Tame.

Light and crisp.

Very drinkable. I had this with a T-bone of all the meals I could have had. It wasn't a textbook pairing but instead a gorgeous sublime fling!

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 04:22:36 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of genog


4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings while I watched the OSU basketball team loose in the Big 10 tournament. Needless to say I started hitting these hard in the second half.

Brought to the table in a 22 oz glass with a cloudy, orange body and some nice specs of white sudsy head at the top. Aroma is one of the best things about this one with a strong citrus presence, plenty of lemon, orange, tangerine? peels. Lots of coriander, and passion fruit seeds I would imagine. Taste is just as sweet and very balanced. Mouthfeeling is very creamy and paired very well with some spicy wings.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 19:36:32 | More by genog
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local Red Robin. Arrived in a 20oz frosted mug. First thing I noticed was the nice foamy uneven white head. Good retention and lacing. Cloudy orange in color.

Smelled of wheat malt and citrus.

Taste was pretty typical of a "white ale." Wheat, coriander, and faint orange peel. Subtle hop character. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel was a little creamy with nice crisp carbonation.

Overall not bad. I'd have it again on tap, but I don't think I'd buy a whole six.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2008 14:31:20 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in a thick beer glass, light gold in color with a very thin white head that quickly disappeared. Some lacing throughout the drink.

Smell is of mild hops and citrus. The citrus smell becomes stronger as the beer warms.

The taste is smooth and light. It's balanced, but not remarkable.

The mouth feel is good, although it seemed a bit over carbonated on the back of the tongue.

I could drink a few of these at a time, but I'm not sure I'd want to. I was drinking this with a nice plate of jambalaya, an it was a nice way to wash it down. Of the Sam Adams seasonals, this is my least favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 14:09:04 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of Floydster


3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo for four dollars with my parents yesterday afternoon

A-Golden yellow color that was murky and had orange highlights, 3/4 inch frothy white head that settled pretty quickly, not much lacing

S-Lemon juice, citrus zest, wheat, bready malt aromas, spices and herbs including cloves and ginger, piney and floral hops, barley, and plums

T-Started off tasting a lot like a hefeweizen, then I realized it much more citrusy, big tangerine and orange taste in this brew, not much malt other than biscuit and bread, some nice hoppiness in the finish, floral accents later on, just too light and watery for my tastebuds

M-Lightly chewy and dry mouthfeel, thin bodied, medium level of carbonation, taste did not last too long

D-Could drink a few pints of this stuff, light and low in alcohol, smooth, would make a good session beer and be refreshing in the heat

Not a huge fan of Samuel Adams but this is a somewhat decent seasonal offering from them, would drink it again if it was the only thing at the bar other than a macro, cannot really recommend this though

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 06:23:54 | More by Floydster
Photo of triplecoil


4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a 20oz glass during a beer tasting with Jim Koch at Bell in Hand. This had to have come from the Jamaica Plain brewery...it was beyond fresh.

Poured yellow with orange low-lights and hazy. Big fluffy head. Nose was full of spices--citrus, coriander, pepper, cloves, wildflowers--delightful. Taste was full of the same spices and more, was somewhat creamy and the malt was mellowed nicely by the wheat. Mouthfeel was medium carbonation and the citrus and spices made it play nicely on the tongue while finishing clean.

I've had this in the past, but never straight from the brewery. This was fantastic. Big, big surprise. Always been a fan of the brew, but this was otherworldly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2008 22:51:23 | More by triplecoil
Photo of ffejherb


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Corvette Grille, Annville, PA, on 3/7/08. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy straw-colored body with 1/2-finger creamy, white head. Very minimal carbonation and lacing.

S - Strong citrus aroma with apparent hints of orange. Mild spices, bready malts and light flowery hops. Pretty faint aroma overall.

T - Citrusy orange flavor with a hefty bready presence and nice mixed bag of spices. Hops are very mild in this brew.

M - Smooth texture with soft carbonation resulting in mild prickle on the tongue. Body is light and pretty thin overall.

D - Really easy to throw back several of these in one night. Light and fresh with subtle flavors and aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2008 03:09:32 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Mudpuppet


4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Be warned this is was a pour right after a tasting we did with Jim Koch. This beer I believe was directly made in Jamaica Plain at the brewery and brought to the event. This made it incredibly fresh. That makes all the difference.

A- Poured into a 20oz pint glass. Poured a beautiful yellow hazy with bubbles running up the side.

S- The nose on this beer was incredible. Cloves, orange, lemon, coriander and plum. This was extremely fragrant and I imagine quite fleeting once bottle or kegged for a while.

T- Again this was incredible how many flavors and spices where in this beer. Orange, lemon, cloves, and so many other I couldn't pick out. A really nice wheat backbone to all this also. Really an exceptional beer.

M- Nicely carbonated with a refreshing feel. The spices really made this beer incredibly refreshing on the tongue.

D- I wish I could have stayed and kept drinking this all night. Really incredible chance to try this beer exactly how the brewers want it. I am going to start drinking all my Sam only directly from the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 16:33:53 | More by Mudpuppet
Photo of mimicic

New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden amber color. Forms pretty good amount of head.

S: Citrus (lemon) sour smell.

T: Malt flavors with hints of citrus and spices. Leaves dry, biscuit like taste. Malt aftertaste.

M: Syrupy.

D: Social drink. Very drinkable. Citrus taste makes it want to not drink it more than 2 glasses.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 03:45:52 | More by mimicic
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sam Adams brewery in Jamaica Plain, Boston.

A: Poured a slightly murky, orange-yellow color with a tight head of white foam. Lacing and head retention were great.

S: Smells a bit spicy and citrus-laden, with aromas of corriander, lemon and orange zest, and a host of musty spices.

T: Taste is as creamy as it is drying at first, with a wheaty palate and a zesty orange overflow. The hopping is delicate, and most of the falvor comes from the sweet malts and added spices. As refreshing as it is flavorful.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp initially, building to a zesty, creamy orange with a smooth finish.

D: A nice flavor reminiscent of the comings of spring and a modest ABV make this a very drinkable beer and a nice spring session, if you're a wheat/white fan.

People may knock Sam White Ale as being weak for the style, but I think it's one of the better crafted ones. It doesn't err on the strong side of maltiness or spiciness, but is palateable with many foods.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 22:58:30 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of atrus138


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Outback (far and away the best thing they had available).

Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a decent sized white head. However, after a while, the head completely vanished and no lacing was left. Smell was a bit faint, but I was able to detect some spiciness and wheat. Taste was much more potent and quite tasty. Very wheaty with a lot of zesty citrus fruit. Lemons and oranges were there, but it was much sweeter than I'm used to from them. Perhaps there was another fruit that I couldn't put my finger on. Medium body with gentle carbonation. Another solid offering.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2008 02:38:28 | More by atrus138
Photo of Kadonny


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap from a local pub.

A: A cloudy light straw yellow color with minimal head and minimal glass lacing.

S: Light and fruity, lemon citrus and a hint of spice.

T: Tastes like a light Belgian wheat beer. Hints of lemon and spice, but far from overpowering. You can taste a little bit of yeast and the beer settles in with a crisp clean flavor. Not bad but not award winning. A solid little beer.

M: Light with very little alcohol feel.

D: High, I enjoyed 3 of these at one sitting, they go down very well.

Overall not a bad brew from SA, their seasonals seem to all be very solid beers, nothing spectactular but a beer you can drink when out at chain restaurants and still enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 13:54:30 | More by Kadonny
Photo of drperm


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 rendering.

Caveat: I've had a cold, so my olfactory and gustatory senses are not at their peak. However, I think they were functioning well enough to submit a rating.

Draught @ Elmo's Pub, Tryon, NC

Sam Adams must be my favorite American Macro-brewery. They don't always come through with a solid-A beer, but for a brewery of their size and distribution I am constantly impressed with their offerings, particularly their seasonals.

The White Ale is no exception -- it is certainly not from Belgium, but it is fairer still than many other Americans in its class. A not-unpleasant coriander-and-wheat presence dominates throughout, reminding me somewhat of breakfast cereal. Not as polished or subtle as a European farmhouse brewery might create, but I'd gladly drink this one again -- especially when it's on-tap in a small-town bar!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2008 21:13:55 | More by drperm
Photo of morebeergood


3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap last Thursday night at a restaurant. Came in a super cold pint glass that I let warm up a bit. There's a thin head and not much lacing. The color was a plain shade of cloudy yellow. The smell had a hint of coriander spice to it, but not much else. The taste was barely decent, with only a slight flavor of orange peel to it. Kind of a boring witbier. When this first came out a few years back, I thought it was good. But the more you compare it to other witbiers by American brewers, it doesn't really stand up.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 00:10:21 | More by morebeergood
Photo of IBUnit63


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange zest color with minimal head and moderate carbonation.

Light essence of banana ester and minimal spice-smells clean w/o a lot of depth, typical for American offerings in this style.

Crisp, minimalist malt - not much in the hop department. Very mellow fruity spice.

Clean as all get-up on the mouth - aftertaste is pleasant.

Very drinkable-interesting for late winter but would be a good beach beer. Solid commercial effort.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 17:35:36 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of Slatetank


3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at Chili's in York, Pa. Served cold in a 22oz wheat glass allowed to gradually warm.

A - A brilliant pale gold w/ amber hues. The head is comprised of a tight white 1/8 inch head that leaves little lace.

S - Citrus rind w/ a sweet wheat odor and light spice element.

M - Highly carbonated w/ gently sweet texture and a fruity acidity.

T - Fruity w/ lemony notes and malty wheat sweetness. A light peppery note and slightly dry finish complement the sweet and fruity tastes. The flavor is generally smooth w/ a light creamy wheat quality and the effervescence cut the grease on my Big Mouth Burger well w/ a nice light yet tasty experience.

D - Very quaffable, I was glad to revisit one of the better beers in the Sam Adams lineup. This represents the style pretty well w/ an American affect. A very tasty beer, would be great in summer w/ refreshing qualities, but I could drink this year-round.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2008 16:22:30 | More by Slatetank
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearnce - Hazy golden color, no head, a perfect 'bar pour' however did have some decent lacing down the glass.

Smell - Citrusey and piney.

Taste - Had a spicy citrus flavor with earthy tones, and kind of sour on the backend.

Mouthfeel - Had a good amount of carbonation, kind of had an 'alcoholy' type burn down the throat. But otherwise, I didn't mind it.

Drinkability - I would recommend it to anyone, and could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2008 04:43:34 | More by kevman527
Photo of Overlord


2.08/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had three beers today. The Abyss, Imperial Storm Trooper Stout, and this ... thing.

Pours a hazy white. Nice looking beer, pretty taste appearing. Smells like ... not much, actually. Maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste is almost nonexistent. Some citrus in there, maybe a lemony zest, but this is pretty darned close to carbonated water. Jut putrid. I'm surprised it's as highly rated as it is.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 08:38:30 | More by Overlord
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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