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

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BA SCORE
79
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1,481 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 36
Gots: 66 | 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 neonbrown82
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of bobbyc881
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of mortarit
1.96/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

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!

Photo of bigdeuce
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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 merlin48
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

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

Presentation: Poured a light yellow-orange color into a traditional pint glass. The beer itself was translucent, and it left about a finger-thick head with excellent retention. It actually stuck around the entire time I drank the beer. It showed a carbonation level on the lighter side of moderate. The scent was of lemon, coriander, and hints of orange peel. But it didn't really dominate the nose. I had to struggle to catch it a bit.

Tasting: This beer was a good thirst-quencher. Slight hop bitterness was present on the tongue, balanced out by a great deal of sweetness. As with the scent, lemon, orange peel, and coriander came through on the tongue. It was a light-to-medium bodied beer. It had a decent, but not great, finish, leaving an average aftertaste. This beer would be good for hanging out on a hot summer night on the back porch. It's very approachable.

I recommend it. It's not as bold as other offerings by Boston Beer Company, but it's worth it in season.

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.

Photo of dauss
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Large white head, very cloudy light amber color. Good head retention.

Smell: light coriander, spicy clove phenols, sweet wheat malty, and a light lemon twang.

Taste: strong carbonation, sweet malt, coriander, with a light dry finish.

Notes: It's bland. Think of the flavor of a Hoegaarden, cut it in half, and then add a light to moderate astringency.

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Witbier is different in appearance than most that I have had. It is copper orange amber in color and cloudy, but sort of thick looking like all natural juice. Carbonation is present with some nice lacing. Aroma is very distinct with a definite reminder of orange Jell-O mixed with peach juice and lots of spice. The spices pull through strong with coriander being obvious and a bit of floralness and a citusy orange peel twang at the end, which is probably the wheat. Mouthfeel is a little heavy and a little to creamy for the style. I think this one would wear it's welcome quickly.

Photo of crookedhalo
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orangy ochre color with a short-lived eggshell colored head. Too dark to be considered "white" in my book. Orange peel mostly predominates the aroma with fleeting glimpses of pale malts, wheat and coriander. Crisp and sweet, with an almost cloying orange-laden fruitiness. Not really what I was expecting when ordering this. One of the worst Belgian-style witbiers I've ever had. Coors White is even better than this offering. Sorry Jim, if you want to brew an authentic Belgian-style witbier, you can't go overboard with similar/accentuating spicing. It should be renamed Samuel Adams Orange Ale.

Photo of sabrills70
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber orange with a good s finger head and nice lace. Really had to search for a smell on this one, but what I did detect was a subtle hop floralness with a bit of citrus mixed in. Flavors of a mild wheat malt with some lemon, orange followed but a nice hop flavor, more than what I thought. Leaves a grassyness in the afterteaste - possibe lemongrass in the brew? A better than average wit but nothing special - worth keeping a sixer of it around though.

Photo of BeerFink
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and light straw colored, with the large head I've come to expect from Sam Adams. Nose is full of fruity esters, sweet fruit, some malt, and some spice. Taste is subdued toasty malt with some interesting spice - coriander and orange peels mostly. Mouthfeel is lighter and thinner than I would have expected. Although not the best wit I've had, its not a bad choice for a barbeque in the summertime.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: not much of a look. More of a murky pale ale than a white beer. Smells of sulfer (think burnt matchhead). Taste isn't bad hard to put my finger on it. Not what I expect from a white. Sour after taste which lingers like an annoying mother-in-law. Low alcohol makes this beer easy to drink, but tastes doesn't keep me coming back.

Overall I'd will drink it again if given to me and nothing better is available.

Photo of MrSeth
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange color with a 1/4" white head. Very minimal lacing on the glass. At first a very unusual smell.. malt and fresh mint? I'm sure it must be the hops, but it has some minty kind of quality. There is also a fresh orange smell there, a more likely and welcome smell for a witbier. It has a thin body but a big malty flavor with spices at the end. Ah, very nice taste. Pretty smooth drinking, but nothing jumps out at me.. except that odd minty note in the nose.

Photo of mynie
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange witbier, right here.

Pours very pretty. A hazy golden white, like a nice white beer, with a large and retentive head. Excellent pour.

Smells funny. A little like metal and a lot like spices. Pleasant and warm, but absent are the yummy fruits I look for in a good white ale.

Tastes like it smells. Very spicy. I can't tell the different between this and their summer ale, actually, only this is just a little bit less flavorful. Not bad, but it just feels like it's missing something.

Hardly a grand example of the style, but a quaffable brew that would make for good afternoon drinking.

Photo of TinusTime
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange tinted deep gold with a bright white lingering pillowy head. Aroma is a bit spicy and peppery with some lemon-orange notes coming through. Taste is where this one falters. There is a bit of coriander and citrus that is traditional with the style. However after that initial touch the beer falls flat. In fact it seems more like a Hefeweizen than does their Hefeweizen. Overall this was just kind of boring. Not offensive in anyway, but just blah. Mouthfeel was OK with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability is low because well its just kinda dull and boring. I could drink a few of these, but I really dont want to. Sammy can be very hit or miss. The Black Lager was fantastic, but the White Ale just seems to go through the motions of being a Wit bier. Oh well at least I didnt plunk down a bunch of cash for it.

Photo of whynot44
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, hazy orangish gold color with a decent off-white head.

The aroma is primarily peppery coriander with some citrus and clove notes.

Taste starts with some mild malt sweetness, followed quickly by a citrus tartness and spices- pepper, coriander, cloves. Finishes tart, crisp and peppery with a bit of alcohol warmth.

A very decent beer, should be very refreshing ice cold on a warm spring/summer day.

Photo of unklesyd
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, the packaging made me wonder, did they decide to put mint in this? I figured it was just for looks, etc. and that of course they wouldn't do anything that silly.
They did not, but it may have been an improvement. The beer is not bad, but for a white, it is lacking. The characteristic spice and citrus are very, very subtle, and it comes through like a hefe that just isn't as thick.
The aroma is closer in aproximation to a traditional wit. Perhaps they were not going for traditional, of course, but this one is a little muddled, as if they started with a wheat/barley base, added spice on the light side, then blended in a little low-hop APA.
Not bad, but I'd pass next time.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.57/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I miss the old Sam Adams Spring Ale. Well, not really, but it is better than this beer. I poured my first bottle and poured it out because there were lots of floaties. Thinking the glass was really dirty I poured it out and got a clean glass. Poured a second glass and still lots of floaties. The color was a sick orange, with a thin head that receded to the edges. The aroma is slightly sour, but with hops and citrus present. The flavor is sour. Tones of wheat are also there. Hops are there and iI get the impression they threw in some extra spices... cinnamon, some nutmeg. The mouthfeel is very metallic and the carbonation feels like it is burning. Somehow, this beer is not undrinkable, but I have no intentions of buying any more after this six-pack.

Photo of twelvsies
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't one of their best beers. I've recently been reiminded that Sam Adams in general is a very good brewery, despite being fairly mainstream. I've been trying or re-trying their beers and some I'd definately drink on a regular basis. This one is lacking though. Appears a very cloudy gold orange color with a head that shinks pretty face. Smell is odd, maybe even a bit metallic, but there's a strong wheat smell there, and a weird chemical scent. Taste is much the same. For some reason this reminds me of beer from a can, with a taste of tin and some strange chemical quiality to it. The bready yeasty wheat is there but it's not interesting enough to get the off tastes out of my mind. If you're gonna get Sam Adams go for something else, this really isn't a good example of the style or a good example of what the brewery is capable of producing.

Photo of redmosquito
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with tints of gold and a thin white head. The aroma is mildly malty with a definate sweet orange aroma with a faint spice in the background. The flavor is clean malty, not very bitter, with the orange flavor definately present and spices in the finish. I like that the new label has an educationall bit about mouthfeel on it and I felt the mouthfeel was good. Overall this is a safe well made example of the style, and like most commercially successful wits, leans to the sweet orange flavors over the spice flavors.

Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another impressive brew from the folks at Sam Adams. This poured a tad orange with nice head and carbonation. Really fizzes in the mouth and provides a nice sensation on the tongue. Typical witbier that has a grat taste. Would not be a great session beer though. Thumbs up.

Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.