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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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-30-2003)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 03:51:23 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 15:52:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 00:26:45 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 17:26:33 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 01:43:02 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 20:07:51 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 17:32:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 13:46:35 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 04:21:46 | More by TMoney2591
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3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 16:41:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well-hazed, peachy appearance, topped off with plump white head, creamy and inviting. A nice looking glass of ale.
I swear: peaches hits the nose first, not something that normally stands out in a wit...followed by sweet spices, and soft citrus, orange, and lemon...but peach dominates, hand on my heart.
Smooth and velvety on the palate, light bodied, but possessing pleasant flavor. Taste linger just long enough, then washes away. Faint fruit in finish, quite a quencher.
An easy, diverting spring beer, nothing remarkable, just a sweet thing to slip down the throat and celebrate springtime.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 02:15:01 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at several places in the area, most recently at the Roast House in East Providence, RI poured into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a hazy, light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, hops, yeast and malt, but the smell isn’t very strong.

T: The flavor is bready & spicy, with the familiar Sam Adams hops signature and a strong lemon sweetness, which stays in the after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily and isn’t very filling, but I could see how some may not like the strength of the sweetness and spice.

This one is my favorite out of the four Sam Adams Seasonals, especially on-tap. Also if you’re buying bottles, it’s definitely worth stocking up on it around late-May early June when the stores are trying to get rid of their leftovers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2006 02:23:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

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

The beer pours a very cloudy gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good although it seems a bit malty for a wheat beer. There is a nice mix of wheat and pale malt scents here. The taste is above average. It is a little watery and not very wheat tasting. There seems to be a bit of spice here, but not much. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer drinks well, but just like all their seasonal or replica beers, it falls short of the original. These guys could be the best in America, but they always sell out to try and please the masses instead of the BA. All in all, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 01:00:34 | More by WesWes
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3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange, pepper, coriander and something that resembles cough syrup. The flavor is juicy oranges with some grass and coriander mixed in. The flavor is syrupy and is very sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but not one of the better Samuel Adams beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:42:57 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


3.7/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 05:34:13 | More by zeff80
Photo of Knapp85


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:48:02 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clouded golden with a one-finger creamy head. Some creamy lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of lemon, clove and wheat.

The taste was lemony. There might be other spices, but the clove was the most pronounced spice that I caught. Vanilla in the background. Wheat crispness in the finish.

The body is very creamy. Lemon and vanilla linger through the aftertaste.

Something I couldn't quite put my finger on made it tougher to drink as it progressed, enough that I wasn't getting another. Nothing really special about it, other than maybe the creaminess of the body, anyway.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 01:06:34 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Brown 12oz bottle, part of a six pack, poured into a Corsendonk badged, stemmed tulip glass.

Cloudy haze (just like it says on the bottle neck label), dirty yellow/golden colour, good firm white head. Plenty of bubbles rising through the body.

Spicey mix aroma, corriander, lemon and pink grapefruits.

Keen and sharp in the mouth, well carbonated and fairly dry to taste. The taste follows the smells to the letter, a sweet and sour feel from the grapefruit and lemon mixture, the spices adding a little extra to the run of the mill white beers out there. The taste and aroma sweeten as the beer warms.

The 5.2ABV is hidden well, but it does lack a body strenght which would put it up there with the top white beers.

Another Samual Adams beer I've enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 17:57:03 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 01:30:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy beer with a full amber color (darker than expected); Excellent head retention and lace.

The aroma is predominately wheat. There is strong smell of brewery wort with a touch of spice and citrus fruit.

The hop is stronger than I'd expect in the taste, but the beer has a nice wheat/malt flavor. Strong citrus flavors. The beer's body features a low carbonation that brings out a certain degree of chaulkiness. Thick and malty. Overall, a predictable but tasty wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 03:16:34 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light orange, with a small cap of white foam, good full lacing.

S: Heavy on the lemon and grains of paradise, pepper and orange.

T: Basically the citrus dominates here, wildflowers, some good notes at the aftertaste from the Grains of Paradise, but overall I was left a little wanting, I thought it was blander than it should be.

M: Crisp biting carbonation, too thin at times though, overall not bad.

D: A good wit, not great, middle of the road for me in the Sam Adams franchise, easy enough to drink, a beer that has its moments.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:52:40 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep gold with thin white head. Nose is light with wheat, citrus. Taste is thin with grass, lemon, wheat and other citrus notes. Mouthfeel is average at best. Pretty thin but tasty. Easy drinking and avaerage comparale to other Witbiers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2009 20:16:17 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold body with a very tall head with very good retention. Nice lacing too. Smells of corriander and citrus. Kind of heavy on the corriander, as is the taste, a spicey flavor dominated by the corriander but also has lemon and orange citrus. Very smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable. Not the best witbier, but great for the price compared to Allagash White or Ommegang Witte.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 01:08:47 | More by tempest
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured frmo a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apples, fruity malts, spices, yeast, and bready malts. A bit light on all of them.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, and light fruity malts. A bit watery.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - An average witbier; nothing really stood out to me about it. Could drink a few of them but not sure I'd want to. Not one of SA's better beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 05:21:26 | More by mdfb79
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3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at a Chili's somewhere

Poured a hazy golden brown, with moderate carbonation, and a nice frothy white head. Some sediment visible in the glass. Crisp citrus in the aroma. Crisp taste, wheat, citrus zest, coriander, and some peppery spice. A little bit stale and bitter though. Light-medium mouthfeel, somewhat drinkable; an okay wit.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 21:04:17 | More by Rifugium
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