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

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1,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 35
Gots: 74 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-30-2003

Was a Spring seasonal, now a Fall/Winter seasonal.
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Spring offering from Sam Adams, the last seasonal I had yet to try. I must say, this one is kinda boring here. Just your standard run-of-the-mill Witbier, nothing really stands out about it. I mean, it fits all the style guidelines and is tasty and drinkable for sure, but I couldn't help thinking I'd prefer a Blue Moon or Shock Top over this.

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/15/05- Purchased at the local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best before June 2005 notch in the label. Poured into my frosted Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow pour with an adequate head and minimal lacing.

Smell- A bit sweet with scents of orange and lemon rind.

Taste- Slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Different spices including corriander and cloves. Lemony citrus twang.

Mouthfeel- A bit overly carbonated.

Drinkability- Not all that bad for a Sam Adams brew. Nice summer citrus taste to it. Not a Hoegaarden by any means, but not a bad brew.

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.92/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clowdy very light orange color with less than a finger head. The head receeds fairly quick to just a bit of lace on top of the beer and a tiny bit of lacing on the glass is evident as well. Initially the nose has a mild citrus aroma full of wheat and yeast. Carbination is a little low on this one and the mouthfeel is very light. Taste is minorly bitter with citrus/coriander up front. The finish is crisp. Very easy to drink and would be a wonderful session beer during a hot day.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

My, my, was that an idea on my clever part to pick up a Winter Sampler pack last night! I have been running through them like they were going out of style.

My 12-ounce glass went to capacity and threatened to spill over before creating a magnificent one-finger, mushroom-like cap of off-white head with good retention. Color was a golden yellow that was as foggy as my mind after this afternoon or Washington, D. C.'s Bottom. Nose struck me as more hoppy than spicy, although I suddenly started sneezing, which suggests black pepper, which suggests coriander. In a Winter Sampler?!? Moving on, the mouthfeel was big, full, and rather thick. Given that I have sensed this in every beer this afternoon, I wonder if it is not something to do with the proprietary yeast strain. Yum, good. Finish was vinous bone-dry, like some white wines. Phew. Still, it did not remind me of l'Hiver.

Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger head that is very fizzy. Thins down quickly. No lacing. Color is a hazy peach/dull orange. Some sediments float around.

Aroma kind of reminds me of blue moon. Very zesty. Orange peel and wheat.

Taste is of crisp oranges. Very zesty and wheat malts again. Pretty much what I was expecting. There are definately somne spices that linger. The aftertaste is way off and something I really didn't care for. Reminded me of a skunky beers aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and pretty clean. Smooths out a lot after a few seconds. It is also kind of refreshing on the palate.

Overall a lot better than I was expecting, but still nothing to exciting with this beer. Easy to drink and pretty flavorful.

Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy and orangy light brown. w/ a large head that dimishes to a rocky foam, leaving lace. Flavor does have some spiceness, cloves and pepper, etc. But flavors seem abit subdued compared to the classics of the style. seems it needs a bit of a more belgian style yeast flavor to push the envelope. This would be a good one to try on non-beer lover friends...a belgian with training wheels...

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

served in pint glass; slight sediment in bottom of bottle added midway thru tasting.

A - hazy golden with a ivory-colored head. Head has average retention and leaves little lace. Looks highly carbonated.

S - toasted grains dominate, with some citrus but little sign of the added "spices"

T - The flavor is less spicy than expected too, but the spices do show up more prominently in flavor than in the aroma. Nice clean, lightly spicy aftertaste.

M - light body. Crisp. Semi-dry, near dry, finish.

This is a unique White Ale. Witbiers are not my favorite style but I found this ale to be both interesting and appealing.

{Slight revision with re-tasting in Sept. 2011)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color. A large head formed and lasted a few minutes. I think this was due to a vigorous pour. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: A bit yeasty, also get some lemon zest and some orange and orange peel. A little bit of spice as well.

T: Similar to the nose but seemed kind of weak, the flavors seemed like they were going to be there, but then it just fell flat for me. Orange and lemon, with some wheat. There is also an off putting flavor at the end.

M/D: Crisp and easy drinking, but overall not amazing. Its not bad, but just didn't have it.

Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy yellow with a 2 inch head and plenty of small carbonation. Lots of lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, and light spice. Tastes refreshing with a light zest. The mouthfeel is slightly watery and dry hitting the middle of the tongue. Drinkability is very nice as I could probably put away a 12 pack of these being outside all day in the sun. The 5.2% abv isn't very evident. I can replace the lemonade and iced tea with these refreshers!

It's okay, dog.

Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.