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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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1,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 32
Gots: 60 | 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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whitish colour, nice head. Spicy yeasty scent. Easy smooth mouthfeel, creamy, on sweet side though not cloying. Orange,apple, pear, allspice, only a drop of corriander. Very drinkable with good spiciness.Here’s an underrated beer that In would have again.

Sammy, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.5%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13.5%

zestar, May 20, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.5%

acurtis, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly orange, brown color. Good amount of sediment and a decent head.

S: Lots of spiciness and some citrus as well.

T: Spicy and a little too much so. Lots of coriander, citrus, and maybe some pepper.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel.

D: Not terribly impressed. A little too much spiciness; not the type of beer I like to have as a sipper.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.3%

nmann08, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of white bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of citrus and spices in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but isn’t really that refreshing or thirst quenching.

metter98, May 01, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

kjkinsey, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much what I expect from Sam Adams: Clean, well crafted, true to style, enjoyable beers. Though the aren't pushing too many boundaries, they know what they are doing. Winter white is citrusy and silky smooth from sip to finish. Oranges, corriander, esters, and tropical fruits show boldly iin the nose and flavor. Very soft and velvety on the toung. Ligthly and softly spicy through to the finish. Very clean and refreshing even into the aftertaste.

BEERchitect, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, yeastified orangish amber capped by a generous ivory-colored head that displays a moonscape surface, persists nicely and is tacky enough to leave an acceptable amount of lace as a chunky, short collar.

Bright, orange peel citrusy nose with an undercurrent of musky, slightly pungent spices. It doesn't smell nearly as spicy as most wits that I've had and I can't really appreciate the coriander/clove type scents at all.

The flavor is significantly less spicy too. The focal point is modestly sweet untoasted pale malt with citrus peel top notes. The spices are definitely in the background. It's difficult for me to adequately describe the spices since I haven't run into this combination of flavors before, but I have a feeling that the grains of paradise are what I'm tasting most vividly.

A smidgen of white pepper and a 'flowery' flavor are buried in there as well. While it isn't exactly the same, it's similar to a rose water-based beverage that I had at a Pakistani restaurant recently. The body is medium, yet is ultra smooth and almost creamy.

Samuel Adams White Ale is a different animal, that much is certain. I can't say that I prefer it to some of my favorite witbiers (Great Lakes Holy Moses, John's Generations White Ale, Avery White Rascal), but it has a smooth citrusiness and a combination of spices that I find appealing. I'll look for it again.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -13.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -13.5%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow with a huge white frothy head. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Decent lace left behind. Smell was very light, almost non existent grain and bread flavors. The taste was kind of blah, nice light fluffy feel, great outdoors in the summer beer, but for sitting down just too light and not enough character for me.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This white ale pours out as a cloudy opaque yellowish gold color. There a small amount of sediment in the bottle after the pour. The aromas are slightly floral and grainy. The taste of this beer is a little bit of citrus upfront that fades into the wheat back bone. There is a little bit of some wild flower type of thing in there too but very mellow. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. This is a decent but very drinkable white ale.

Knapp85, Apr 22, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, straw-colored body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sparsely tangy, sweetish malts in the nose with a note of citrus peel and a savory, zesty spice scent.

Taste: Simple light pale malts with an equally basic, lightly grainy wheat malt taste. Faint sweetness. Tastes of citrus peel and spices, particularly coriander, follow, along with a mild touch of spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering spice character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: An acceptable witbier, but, by no means is it my favorite, as I find the underlying malts to be a bit bland.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first time I had ever seen this in the Deli where I get my beer so I picked it up,pours a deep hazy orane wich is odd for a white with medium head that left pretty quickly.The aroma was of malted wheat more than anything with some lighter spicey notes.Now the taste was decent but seemed a little heavy for the style mainly some spicines with a malted wheaty flavor in the finish,not a typical white to sit back drink a few on a hot day, but not all that horrible either.

oberon, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of largadeer
2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy pale amber, moderately carbonated for the style. Curiously, there's no sediment in the bottle. A thin white head quickly settles to a collar.

Spices come through strongly on the nose. Coriander and orange peel with tangy wheat behind. Not much character from the yeast, and the spices are overdone.

Sweet and spicy on the palate: coriander, orange, sweet doughy malt. Tangy wheat, lemony citrus. Heavy-handed spice flavors make this pretty hard to drink. Medium body, spices linger into the finish, which is also somewhat slick and milky. Not dry enough to be refreshing.

Piss poor for the style, really nothing enjoyable about it. The combination of uncharacteristic sweetness and excessive spicing make this pretty hard to choke down.

largadeer, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Finally at the end of the Winter Styles pack. It pours a pretty clear amber-lemon topped by about a half-finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, coriander, wheat, light lemon, grass, flowers, very light cedar, and a touch of soil. The taste sides mostly with the citrus notes, particularly the orange peel, lemon zest, and coriander. Some earthy and floral hop notes find their way in there as well. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a partially watery feel. Overall, an OK wit, fairly solid in most respects, but just a tad too bland to really engage me, so to speak. Something like that.

TMoney2591, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a orange hue with a small, white head that left just a little lacing.

S - It smelled of orange zest and some other spices I couldn't identify. Also, wheat notes are present.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeast, citrus and some spice. There was a faint maltiness.

M - It was realtivly crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay witbier. And it makes a fine session beer.

zeff80, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty basic witbier. Somewhat darker in color than some other examples. Good head retention and lacing - better than most. Typical nose of coriander and dried citrus rind over a grainy, wheatish malt. In the mouth it's crisp, smooth, and lightly dextrinous. The flavor is again fuller than some, but with more malt than spice or orange peel. Nice. Gently tangy. Nice spice profile that's more than just coriander. Finishes dry and refreshing with a light smear of spice and yeast. As usual, another very good offering from Sam Adams.

NeroFiddled, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange beige color, loose sediment was poured in as per style. Impressive lace and head retention and par to what they are going for. Fresh aroma of soft coriander, faint sharpness of bitter orange peel as well. Lemon / tangerine smell in the back. Smooth crispness stuns the palate. Spicing and fermented wheat flavors range from coriander, cinnamon, black pepper, orange zest and a lemony twang. Minimal hopping though there is that trademark hop oil flavor, faint but there, on the back of the tongue, yeast is there but is not showy at all. Small on the hop bitterness but the coriander does help to balance. Finish drops on the dry side with some dry malt flavor that lingers a bit.

A pretty good stab at the style, this is no Allagash White but what really is? On par with the more mainstream White Ales and certainly more flavorful than Hoegaarden. A mild buttery goat cheddar is a perfect pairing with this one.

Jason, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber golden tone with a nice fluffy texture off white cream hued head, even ring of lacing very full collar sticking to the edge of the glass. Aroma: Spicy, bready, some metallic edge, citrus zest not bad just a bit tame and bland for a wit, authentic Belgian yeast strain here definitely got Samified. Taste: Zesty citrus tone with some spicy yeast and clove notes not bad, a peppery bite to it the finish is a bit harsh no where near as smooth as most wits. Mouthfeel: Medium in body nothing special can be compared to the Sam Adams Summer Ale. Drinkability: Not a fan just so many other better tasting more refreshing witbiers in the world why go for a knockoff like this one.

WVbeergeek, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a finger and a half of white foam, resting on a clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves ncie lace.

S - Light, bready malt with some earthy spice notes of coriander, pepper, and hay.

T - Grainy malt up front with a light citrus note of watery orange. Some toasted malt notes come out in the middle with coriander and a hint of pepper. More sweet malt and pepper in the finish with a parting note of orange.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad really, the spices work better in the flavor than they do in the aroma. All I get from the smell is musty hay and a little spice, but the flavor has more citrus and some nice peppery notes. There are some hops in the finish that keep things balanced and work pretty well with the pepper. This is not my favorite style, but I have to admit that it is a pretty decent attempt. The aroma has some room for improvement, but overall it is really better than I ever gave it credit for.

nickfl, Dec 03, 2010
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Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.