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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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1,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,463
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 31
Gots: 48 | 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 Zorro
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a cloudy tea colored brew.

Smell is lemony with a big whiff of wheat and a bit of a floral smell.

Taste is a mild sweet and sour flavor with a lot of wheatiness. Mild hop in there and mild other flavors like bubblegum and mint.

Mouthfeel is OK.

It is OK drinkable; the Winter Lager is better.

Zorro, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

mothman, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%

A seasonal brew from Sam Adams. Date of Jul/05. Pours a cloudy yellow with a very nice head and lacing. Scent of sweet, which is reminiscent of this style (White Ale). This is a nice version of the style from Sam Adams Nice light feel with a great after taste. This is a very social brew, many can be had.

Wasatch, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Enjoyed on tap at TGI Friday's, Millbury, MA, presented in a 23oz hefe-type glass.

Good-sized white head on a slightly cloudy orangy-gold hued brew. Citrus aroma, and a wheaty, citrusy taste, both parts of which are in seemingly equal proportions, making a nicely balanced flavor. An enjoyable product from Boston Beer.

ppoitras, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Found a tap of this brew just before going to see "300". Served in a chilled mug, not my preference.
Hazy, medium dark golden body with a fairly weak head, threw the lemon in the trash.
Smells of malt and citrus. Lemon peel and some coriander make their presence known, but not greatly.
Malt seems to be more prominent in the taste, not wheat or spice. This doesn't much taste like a witbier, perhaps a light lager with lemon in it. Still, it's refreshing, but not a very good representation of the style.

Mebuzzard, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

mdaschaf, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -13.8%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light coriander spice and some yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a spicy wheat malt with hints of coriander and assorted spices. A bit thin however.

The mouthfeel was average for the style and moderately chewy.

Overall a tasty wit.

plaid75, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Poured a light pale, golden-orange with a slight foamy white head. Retention was average as well the lacing.

S: light in nature with some oranges, wheat and citrus.

T: The flavor had a soft wheat backing highlighted with lemons and oranges. The flavor was crisp, dry with a light touch of coriander. A nice spiciness with some light dried fruitiness as well

M: light creaminess, smooth and light in body with a nice carbonation feel that left a tingle on the tongue.

D: A decent offering overall, spicy, with a nice crisp nature and good for a summer picnic beer with light conversation.

beerthulhu, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -21%

sendbeer, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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)

chinchill, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

Deep golden and cloudy appearance. Thin white head. Aroma is delicate, but nice. The sweet orange curacao is evident with some lemony notes as well. The taste is thin though. It's lemony and refreshing to an extent, and there is even a lemon like tartness present, but overall, this doesn't hold a candle to the good wits out there. The carbonation is light and the body is about medium.

Bighuge, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

Yellow beer with tons of cloudy haze. Lots of spices mentioned on the bottle, creates a panoply of aroma that doesn't gel together, not offensive, just seemed a little like they wanted to list some unusual stuff they use.

Taste, decent, a little chewier than expected, one of the more dense white ales. Lots of that clove spice you either love or hate usually. Lemon. Orange. Very carbonated. Not my favorite beer out of the variety pack by far.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev +2%

Pale gold, very light haze, with a thick bright white cap of fine bubbles. A bit of chunky lacing, good head retention. Cereal grain aroma with lemon/citrus, faint spice. Smooth, creamy texture. More body than expected, but still on the light side. Some dryness, a little soapy. Mild flavour overall, cereal, grains, coriander, lemons. Quite an approachable brew. Easy drinking and refreshing.

DrJay, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

12oz picked up at the Coop Thursday for $1.35.. poured into my standard weizen glass.

Nice 2 finger head leaves spiderweb lacing atop a slightly hazy dark straw brew.

Aroma is wheat and coriander... husky and spicy with lower than average for the style citrus peel..

Flavor has more of a distinct orange peel finish.. slightly sweet mid palate but dries out nicely toward the end... sorta flowery hop profile.. Bigger body and more sweetness than many of it's Belgian counterparts.. a touch of acidity as it warms.. but only marginal for the style.

The SA White is a good attempt at a Witbier.. but it sorta comes in steps.. never really coming together at any one time.. all in all.. I think it's pretty good, but still could benefit from a more assertive yeast and a little more dry finish.

JohnGalt1, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale yellow. One inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells of spices (coriander) and some sweet malt. Fits the style. There's a crisp and smooth mouth feel. High carbonation levels are present. Tastes of spices (coriander mostly) with a slight malt flavor noticeable. Not near enough other flavors besides the spice concentration, overall.

Tone, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured a hazy, cloudy orange-yellow color. Poured with a 1/8 inch of off-white head that dissipated semi-quickly, leaving a moderate amount of thin lacing. Aroma is good but less bold than a lot of Wits.

While the spices are present in the aroma there is a lack of orange which is a signature of the style. The flavor is very good, but the lack of orange/citrus flavors is disappointing and the beer is worse for the omission.

This example has typical body for the style, light and smooth with a refreshing amount of carbonation. As is expected for the style this beer is easily drinkable, whether it's a quick one during yard work or several at the pub, this beer fulfills its niche very well.

There are better Wits out there, but this is a solid example of the style and much better than some well known versions. Worth keeping a six-pack in the fridge.

beertunes, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

The beer as it disengages the 12 ounce brown bottle a slightly hazy amber color; the head is a frothy bright white cap to crown the body with the lace a satiny sheet to obscure the glass. Sweet malt dominates the nose, fresh crisp and clean as a beer can be, start is sweet, pleasant malt profile, with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is persnickety in its acidity, the hops pleasing to the palate. Aftertaste is desert bone dry and a fine drinking beer that satisfies my “B” spot.

Gusler, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

Color: Cloudy yellow color with a nice one-finger head. Definitely looks like a witbier to me.

Aroma: Malt, wheat and a faint hint of coriander. Seems very inviting.

Taste: Strong and wheatish upfront. A bit of coriander/citrus in the middle. Smooth. Inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: Wheat mainly. Not dry or anything. Citrus is very faint.

Verdict: Obviously not the best witbier in the world. However, it's smooth, very drinkable and definitely worth a look see. You can't go wrong but if you want the best examples, you have to look elsewhere. Otherwise, it's a step up from macros.

Brad007, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

I had this on tap at Bradley airport in CT. After looking at my beer I had to re-confirm they gave me the correct one. This didn't look like a witbier at all, it was in fact orange colored and somewhat clear (tranlucent plastic cup made it hard to tell). The aroma didn't really say "witbier" to me either. Mostly I smelled a lightly spiced ale, perhaps the correct spices but not the yeasty fruitiness I wanted. It was easy drinking, but not my favorite interpretation of a wit, and I probably won't get it again.

TurdFurgison, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +14.9%

THECPJ, Nov 29, 2011
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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