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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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1,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 31
Gots: 59 | 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 Higravity
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At a local Friday's very glad when the served it without the ctrus wedge you get with some whites and hefe's. Very cloudy muddy brown water with a delicate white hat the laces the whole 22 oz glass. Smell is of wheat and hints of sulfur and bigger notes of citrus. Jim and Co. did this one right in the taste, not to sulfury form the yeast and nice well blended taste of white and subte citrus tones and a spice from a low dose of hops. Great mouthfeel and very drinkable, in fact I am going back tonight for more.

Higravity, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a weiss glass with this one... drink by June '06.
Looks like a witbier should. Very hazy with a fluffy white head. Has the color of apple cider.
Odor is spicy; corriander is prominent. Has some mild citrus notes. Sweet and a bit striking.
The flavor is subtle and mild... almost too subtle and mild. The flavor that's there is pretty good and well balanced, but compared to others of the style I've had this one is anemic. Hints of ryebread
Mouthfeel is pretty pleasant. Has a nice, smooth finish that lingers; reminds me of just having eaten a good, not too sweet pastry.
A bit weak for the style but this is all around a pretty well crafted brew. This could definately be an eye opener for some.

ommegangpbr, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

Ok first of all the first thing that comes to my mind when I drink this beer is liquid bread. The smell and the taste is just yeast and wheat. Ok so when this beer is poured, the color is hazy slightly burnt orange. There is a sizeable foamy head that dissapates quickly but leaves a ring of foam residue around the rim of the beer. The smell is primarily yeast and wheat as said before. The taste is the same along with some bitter orange peels and maybe a few other spices that I cannot distinguish. As compared to their hefeweizen, this certainly displays a more spicy characteristic than a citrusy fruity one. The mouthfeel is a good thickness and carbonation. Overall I find this to be a pretty drinkable beer and one that I could enjoy each spring.

MSchae1017, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy orange with a large head that disappears quickly. The smell is very peppery with alot of wheat and lemon. The taste is crisp and refreshing with alot of carbonation. The flavors are dominated by the wheat,lemon,and coriander,pepper. The m/f is light and well balanced which makes this a very drinkable beer that I will look forward to each spring.

jmz62565, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours straw coloredw ith a big puffy head that fell into a nice blanket that sustained the duration of consumption.
the aroma is citrus, i think i pick up the grains of paradise, it is very herbal.
the flavor has a spicy, herbal, wheatie, citrus, minerially. there is a spicy tingling on my tounge.
the mouthfeel is watery, little creamy.
pretty good and drinkable, best is warm weather.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Abundant, moderately thick head. Good retention; the head slowly recedes, eventually leaving a frothy pile of foam on the surface of the beer. Opaque, amber-orange color.

Smell- Malt and spices on first sniff; agitation brings out a strong orange peel aroma. Some herbal hop scents gently pop up, but they mostly blend into the background.

Taste & Mouthfeel- Soft, but lively mouthfeel. Thin-to-medium bodied, with moderate levels of carbonation. Dry, twangy wheat flavor up front. The finish is earthy and complex; hop flavors are detectable, and the spices kick in once the beer hits the back of the tongue. The spice tastes like equal parts orange peel and cinnamon.

Verdict- It's my first witbier, and I like it. It's light enough to be a refreshing hot day beer, but it's also reasonably complex.

bearrunner44, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of EPseja
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle in a pilsener glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a hazy yellow orange color with much effervescent action. In the glass, it looks like the effects a waterfall might have just below the surface where it hits. The white head rises up to a full finger before slowly dimishing to a thin, but covering film. Lacing is excellent, leaving a swis cheese holed film all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S - Yeasty, citrusy notes are at the fore. Coriander is also present in a gently measured dose. Malts are subdued. Clean, crisp, fresh.

T - Grains and straw are the first tastes that hit my palette, followed closely by a nice orange and spice tang. The finish is not very hoppy at all, and leaves a light and not unpleasant yeasty organic aftertaste. Nicely balanced.

M - A bit too tingly at first, but settles down, turning rolling and round. The swallow is fluid and easy.

D - This is an easy drinker that's got good flavor without the heaviness and overt sweetness of maltier fare. An excellent entry for this style.

EPseja, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Feb. 1st – is it spring already? But this was a refreshing brew on this 55 degree day in STL. I was looking forward to it , and it did not disappoint.

Excellent pour, amber/org with lots of wheaty sediment in there. Great lacing all the way down. Nice orange/malt aroma, and the quaff was well bodied and enjoyable – nice notes of coriander, winter spices and lemon. On tap this was a striking brew to behold.

A tad too much alcohol (5.2) for a *proper* session brew, but what the hell – close enough for government work. Drink ‘em up! Especially with the low American price versus an import – looking forward to getting the bottled version.

Vancer, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although this is marketed as a spring beer, I' m always more comfortable drinking witbier in the heat of June or July as oppossed to the first of February but beggars can't be choosers, at least it's fresh, right.
Emits a fresh, quality appearance: nearly orange color that reminds me of apple cider crowned with lasting wet foamy head and lacing. Smell is spicy and sweet, resembling a pumpkin ale with the cinnamon, nutmeg, et alum.
Taste is slightly dissapointing. Flavors of wheat and citrus are present but boring and the texture is a bit watery and the beer is generally lacking "bite" to keep it from becoming just another anonymous witbier.
This is what it is, but I won't go out of my way for one of these in the future, especially with Hoegaarden increasingly available out here in suburbia.

daliandragon, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 release. Pours golden, opaque with disturbed sediment and lots of tiny rising bubbles. Two finger head, dense and creamy, holds exceptionally well. Immaculate sticky lace. Mild notes of wheat, citrus, and faint clove or coriander in the nose. Lots of wheat and yeast flavor, with a slightly puckering lemon zest. Aftertaste is dry, with some acute coriander spice to balance the wheat and citrus fairly well. Full bodied, with a fine carbonation that is not quite crisp, but very smooth. Good drinkability, with a interesting tart character, another above average seasonal from Sammy Adams.

PBRstreetgang, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of bahumutx
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange with a white creamy head.

Smell: Picking out yeast, slight hop smell and spices.

Taste: Begins with a malt taste and then moves on to yeast and coriander. Also hints of orange and some slight hop bitterness is present. As the beer warms the spices become more pronounced but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Would not be a bad summer beer.

Another good beer from Boston Brewing Company.

bahumutx, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a cloudy light amber color with massive white puffy head. Smell is mildly fruity with notes of spices. Spiciness comes throught in the taste, as does a graininess. Finish is thirst quenching, but not much else. Average at best. There are better witbiers around.

tgbljb, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is cloudy and golden brown in color. The head is about 3 cm, but quickly retreats. (some lacing)

The aroma is of spice and yeast.

The flavor matches the aroma nicely. It’s a nice blend of clove and spices with a yeasty taste.

Mouth feel is light and refreshing. The carbonation is also quite generous.

This is a great hot summer beer.

Naes, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 jimbotrost
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is of a hazy medium copper color-darker than I am used to wwith this style. Head is very full and carries a slightly off white tinge. Carbonation level is also high and true to style. Nose carries a strong peppery aroma, no other spices detected, maybe a slight hint of yeast. Flavor picks up the peppery notes and adds some maltiness to them. Finish is long peppery intro and then a long dry finish. Drinkable, a strange spiciness for style, and somewhat one dimensional.

jimbotrost, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of sacfly
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy shade of orange, which is to be expected for the style. Very nice medium bubble white head. Smells of sweet orange peal, but not overpowering. I very much like the smell. Somewhat heavy body. Light spicy flavor, typical of Belgians, but subdued. Maybe due to the unexpected heaviness of the body. The heaviness is almost distracting since I was not expecting it. Aftertaste is minty… Like the aftertaste from eating wild spearmint and washing it down with a beer. I really liked this beer, but found it out of place in the spring and summer lineup. To me, this is a fall beer. Again, a bit too heavy for spring or summer fare but perfect for an autumn festival. I plan to buy at least a six pack to sit for the coming of fall.

sacfly, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of BeerAngel
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed copper color with a modest cream colored head. The aroma is nice spicey black pepper punch and a light sweet yeasty smell. The taste is more of a weak version of the aroma with more spiciness and a sticky yeast sweetness and a light hoppy punch that is joined by the carbonation to provide just a little bite. A very nice light to medium bodied warm-hot weather beer that finishes slightly sticky dry. Not bad!

Notes: Some reason it tasted better than the first time I reviewed it. Mood? Scenario? I don't know, but tis odd. How much weight shall we put into reviews?

BeerAngel, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is hands down the worst witbier I've ever encountered. I'd rather have a Blue Moon, as a matter of fact. This one just didn't do it for me, and I'm a fan of the style when done right.

It looks pretty decent and wit-y. Has a hazed orange glow to it, but the head seems to be utterly lacking a few seconds after the pour.

The smell is decent as well. Has a definite spiced coriander and orange peel smell. Also a bit spicy from the wheat malt and yeasty clove flavors. Even a bit hoppy.

The taste is very disappointing, though. Between all of the above spicey notes, this is one hell of an overly spiced beer. The finish is very parched and dry. This is not something I would even think of sessioning on, thus it makes a shitty seasonal brew for late spring or early summer in my opinion. The spiciness is way over the top.

neonbrown82, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of bobbyc881
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out amber colored with a nice white head, which remains during the course of drinking the beer.

Smell is so-so, a bit citrus.

Taste isn't bad, drinks smooth and tastes a bit of oranges. I haven't had many Witbiers, so I don't have a reference to compare this to.

This is a rather refreshing beer, and leaves a bit of a sweet taste in my mouth. Again, like I was just drinking orange juice. I could certainly drink more of these.

bobbyc881, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of mortarit
1.93/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have to say that this beer is still in my fridge. Why? Well I kept drinking my better beers and restocking the better beers.

Now I see why, not to say that isn't a great beer, but defintely would be one I would seek out again.

Head is great. semi-thick

For a white ale it doesn't resemble white in color. It's a cloudy amber.

Taste: Different from what I am use to, you know when you have a beer and say this isn't that bad then when you have a few more you change your mind. So this could be a two beer limit.

mortarit, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of flaminghomer
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

for some reason this beer just struck a chord with me. maybe it's the long time i've been waiting to sample this beer that has made me throw away logic and give this beer my highest rating thus far. i don't know? maybe it's just a damn good beer. who cares, i like it alot. buy it!

flaminghomer, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams does an excellent job with their "specialty" beers. This White Ale has a very full flavor to it, almost orangy in flavor and texture. Extremely drinkable, not much smell to it is it's only downfall but an excellent brew overall.

bigdeuce, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really respect Samuel Adams. No other American brewery does such a good job of appealing to the "beer mainstream." To people who slam Sam. Adams for being too commercial, or for whatever reason, I say this: Just imagine how fantastic American beer would be if Sam. Adams was the WORST of USA beer. If you ask your average Bud/Miller/Coors drinker what 'other' beers he likes (other meaning good), the normal answer will be either Sam Adams or Guinness. Basically, just respect Samuel Adams for what it is, and what they do - which is turn people who like lousy swill onto good, flavorful beer.

This white ale has a pleasant orangish tint with a small head that dissipates quickly. The smell is of citrus and "unusual spices," as the label states. It tastes slightly better than your average wheat beer. The beer has a good bite and medium-to-high level of carbonation.
While Samuel Adams White Ale is nothing that will make your jaw drop, this is a respectable, drinkable beer, which is what S.A. aims for, and always achieves. A six pack will have you feeling very toasty.

chOAKbarrell, May 23, 2005
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.

feloniousmonk, May 18, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served into a large, Kapuziner weiss glass.
Appearance: Hazy burnt orange body is much darker than expected. Lively carbonation is very apparent in the glass. Two finger offwhite head has average retention and leaves some minimal lacing.
Aroma: Subdued notes of coriander, clove, orangepeel, lemon zest, and yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light medium body with moderately high carbonation.
Taste: Crisp and refreshing, but not very impressive for the style. White pepper and coriander are picked up immediately, followed by bitter orangepeel and a hint of lemon. Yeast character is glutinous, and there is a restrained wheat graininess. Unremarkable finish.
Impression/Drinkability: Works well enough as a refreshing summer seasonal, but uninspiring overall.

merlin48, May 18, 2005
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.