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

Presentation: Full 20 ounce Pint sampled at the Mile High Grille located in Concourse ‘B’ at Denver International Airport whilst waiting for a flight back to LAX. I had already tried the local tap offering on the outward bound leg of my journey, so for the return leg I opted for the offering on the Seasonal Sam Adams Tap, White Ale as it happened.

Appearance: Very hazed yeasty orange-golden body. Minimal head on the pour, thin white cap that breaks and leaves a halo like head. Despite the poor head the carbonation levels are surprisingly good. If I marked the appearance based on the look of a fellow traveler sat next to me who was drinking a bottle of Michelob Ultra, it would be a 1.0 hands down, nevertheless, as a lover of many styles of beers even I have to admit the appearance was poor at best.

Nose: Repressed but concentration when inhaling revealed peeled oranges and a spicy tart nose. Sharp yeasty body with some pepper.

Taste: Yeasty and Fruity feel throughout. Orange and coriander with some black pepper. Quiet zesty at first, finishes with a wheat and yeast feel. Low profile finish is forgetful.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly, despite the “flat” look, it has a rather lively well-carbonated feel on the tongue. Reasonable body and feel.

Drinkability: Polished off the Pint with a few minutes to spare before I had to leave for the short walk to Gate B38. An easy way to fill 25 minutes but needs more work I think to make it appealing.

Overall: Not bad, but not great. It doesn’t disappoint but fails to excite. Another one of Sam Adams so-so seasonal brews that I will always go for at Airport Bars in preference to the Big3, but given some serious Belgian Wit competition it would all by the wayside immediately.

Photo of sagito327
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sagito's 2nd review; still a novice.

Light amber in coloration, sediment falls to the bottom, some remains in a colloidal solution. Cloudy. Head almost non-existent, but the lace manages to linger. The drinker can smell hops and malt. Tastes peppery, a hint of grapefruit, and I dare say a hint of mint--but very little malt in the taste. Citrus-hops flavor (chiefly grapefruit). Very little stimulation on the palate, minus the sweet front. In the mouth Sam's White Ale bubbles ferociously--to an unpleasant degree. BBC makes far better beers, from my own personal experience.

Photo of karst
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy amber - peach warms becomming a clear honey-color. The head never raised. Crisp carbonation was OK providing a few beads. Aroma is dull almost foul (described as a nasty grain overlay ruining the faint yeast aroma - by a Kickasack, Wa. reviewer). Mouthfeel is light, medium body, almost suggesting a macro style. Taste begins with lightly tart fruit and coriander weak presence of hop oil, pepper, bitter lemon acid, and dry finish. Attains a bitter sweet goal if little else.

Over all impression it doesn't smell much better than it tastes. Not a decent wit or an American Macro.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out to a cloudy orange amber color, with a touch of sediment finding it's way to the bottom of the glass. Strong odors of herbs and earth, with a slighly sweet character. Flavors of spices and citrus with a bit of bite on the finish. A fair offering from Sam Adams. Not a favorite, but a worthy brew.

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 allengarvin
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber, with slight white head.

Smell: Highly perfumy aroma, with notes of vanilla & bubblegum. Spritzy wheat nose also, and some pleasant citrus.

Taste: Lot of wheat flavor, but yeast characters are subdued. Some honey-vanilla estery taste, but phenols are absent. Coriander, if present, is faint. Texture is creamy, with moderate carbonation.

Quite good if one considers this as a generic wheat beer, but it lacks Belgian wit character.

Photo of Hunter
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Thick, pillowy, dense head on the pour, sitting atop a hazy golden brew with substantial carbonation. Some lacing effects. Not bad.

Aroma: Fresh wheat malt in the nose, supported by esters and a grassy hoppiness. Smells crisp.

Taste: Paper-thin mouthfeel accomodates an equally thin flavor profile. Citrusy, grassy notes compliment the wheat malt, but everything is insubstantial. This is a beer for mass consumption, and it shows in the fact that it takes no chances daring to show the drinker something new. Aftertaste is a bit soapy, but otherwise finishes with a whimper.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, and better than most domestic macro offerings out there, but why would the experienced beer drinker waste time with this when there's better representatives of the style out there? Use this to break your Bud Light swilling friends in gently to the world of different beer styles, but move on quickly.

Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, very pale amber-orange color with a lot of carbonation and a decent puffy head. This is a nice-looking brew. Generous wheat-like citrus in the aroma…lemon, orange…there’s a little yeastiness and an appealing spiciness (pepper, clove). Taste is fairly light, with the wheat, lemon, and a bit of malt mixed together. Refreshing and drinkable. It’s not as spicy as it could be, but is very enjoyable. It’s an accessible beer as well. My brother, a dedicated macro-drinker, really enjoyed this one.

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

I had this from a 12 oz brown bottle served in an Ommegang Witte glass. Freshness date is clearly notched on the side of the label for June.

Pours a vibrant orange haze. Started out with a fairly nice head, but it quickly turned into a thin white lacing around the glass.

The nose is musty, spicy and citrusy.

A juicy and syrupy carbonated mouthfeel. Major tastes of oranges and foreign spices. Black pepper and orange soda blend.

Not a bad attempt at the style, but there is something generic about it. I will have this again, but I'm not impressed. Very drinkable and a solid offering from a brewery of this size.

Photo of poundboy
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My favorite BBC beer so far, at least of those that don't cost $12 a bottle.

Appearance: This one seems to glow. Unfiltered and a mellow orange to amber. Some head when first poured into my snifter, but faded quickly, leaving only a ring of white around the edges of the glass.

Smell. Not much. But as I always note, my sniffer at the best one out there. Slight fruity notes and perhaps a bit of the corriander.

Taste. Not the mass produced flavor I was expecting, or the one I find in Hoegarten. Strong fruity flavors, perhaps from the yeast, perhaps from whatever this beer was spiced with. As a pleasant amount of corriander. A slight sourness and/or bitterness in the finish. Leaves a rather strong bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Guess I should just drink more to wash it way :-).

Mouthfeel: a bit thin, but I feel this is acceptable for the style. Tingles the tongue.

Drinkability. This is the type of beer that begs for a second. Smooth and flavorful without being too strong or overwelming. A definate session beer.

Photo of twi1609372
4.7/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer from boston beer. The taste and smell are unique. It has a deep, yet clean, fruity taste. I really cant compare it because i cant think of any beer remotely like it. I also taste some sweet spices. This is a real winner fellow beer drinkers. I don't think anyone could find disfavor with this as it is a very well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink beer.

Photo of danny2209
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I go out in my town with my girlfriend and expect to drink garbage beer. Much to my enjoyment, at the local chain restaurant, they had just tapped a fresh keg of sam adams white ale. a great beer when expecting to have to setlle for a yuengling or a guiness.

Photo of Citadel82
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange amber capped by a generous, dense ivory-colored head. fair amount of sticky lace.

Aroma is Bright, citrusy (orange peel??) Apricots with wheat/malt/earth, aroma and unidentified floral notes /spices.

Tastes less spicy than Hogaarden. The flavor is a sweet, non-toasted maltiness/doughy with citrus peel notes. The spices are present, but in the background. It's not a bad flavor profile, just different. It's difficult for me to describe the spices since I haven't really run into this particular flavor before,

The body is medium, but is smooth and creamy. I seem to feel the sweetness more than actually tasting it.

Samuel Adams White Ale is a refreshing, thirst quencher.

Photo of clvand0
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a tall white head that fades somewhat slowly and leaves a small bit of lacing on the glass. Lots of citrus in the aroma along with some spice from the yeast. The flavor is a little spicy with a citrus hint and a nice fruity character. Smooth to drink. Nice mouthfeel. This makes for a nice witbier and I'll probably have it again if given the chance.

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

Pours a hazy, pulpy, peach with a soft whitish head. Smells of apricots, tangy yeast, metal, and coriander. Taste is crisp, tangy apricot wheat. A little lemon zest too. Turns wheat bitter with a yeasty finish. Lively, but also a little mouth coating feel. Not bad--better than Summer Ale--but still not what I would call a dead-on witbier.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of danadeny
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Uno's. Unos is a great place for some great pizza and especially since they carry Sam Adams. Usually they have the Sam Adams ale, and then a seasonal. At the moment it is the white beer. If you are expecting a white or wit beer like I was, you will be disappointed. This is nothing like a hoegarden, blue moon, or a celis white. This seems like a robust pale ale. It's not bad, and beats the hell out of the macros on tap (Coors light and such). The flavors are subtle, nothing jumps out, the most noticeable is a mild hop finish. Again, a robust, solid pale ale, but not a white or wit.

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

This is a decent witbier, although not as good as I had been hoping for. Usually the Sam Adams seasonals are good examples of the style, but this one is unimpressive. It is no better than, say, Blue Moon, or any other mass-produced witbier.

The beer appears an orangey white in my glass. The smell is of mild hops. The taste is, fortunately, the best part of this beer. It tasted to me sweet and fruity. The body is lighter than medium, and this beer seems go down very fast. To get the taste, I feel like I am taking bigger sips of the beer than I normally would. If the flavor of the beer were more rich, than I would be a much better experience.

Photo of TagoMago
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very generic tasting Belgian Witber, very similar to Blue Moon. It's best to skip this one, though it is a decent beer nevertheless - there are just much better ones out there.

The beer pours a cloudy, yellowish-orange color.

The aroma is of a faint yeasty aroma with some spicy overtones of corriander.

The flavor is mildly spicy with overtones of corriander and orange rind. The body is very smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation.

This is a very average Witber at best - not recommended.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one was a cloudy beep yellow beer with a low, not well-formed head. Not what I had expected from a Samuel Adams.

All I could smell was bitter aromatic hops... none of the refreshing crispness that most white beers have.

It tasted smooth, and had the bitter foretaste that the aroma suggested, but that didn't last nearly long enough. I like bitter... this one hinted, briefly delivered, then quickly took away.

An all right beer, but not exceptional.

Photo of RoyalT
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, hazy orange in color with a monster head that I had to control at the pour. It came down pitting, leaving a whitish film all along the inside of my glass.

Smell – There’s a faint yeasty note that wants to come out, but the nasty grain overlay ruins the attempt.

Taste – This is all wrong. There’s a very simple grainy sweetness to the taste that I’ve never had before. Not good.

Mouthfeel – This is big for a Witbier, a solid medium-bodied, with some good carbonation and a bit of fluffiness in the cheeks.

Drinkability – I’ll call this one a near miss. If they can get that flavor down this will be a good beer. That may sound stupid saying that, “If it only tasted better it would be good,” but the other qualities of the style are historically difficult to achieve, and here they are well along.

Photo of cbl2
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Remarkably similar in appearance to their Hefeweizen, this is a cloudy gold ale with a large head (though fewer lacing than their Hefe).


Ripe papaya or mango (definitely some tropical fruit).


Very smooth with an upfront fruit characteristic (tropical), that blends into a bitter yeasty finish. This goes down easy.

Photo of BeerManDan
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a clear glass the color was golden with huses of orange, with a nice white foam head. The smell of hops was slighty evident and the aroma was of a weak Belgium Style Ale. The taste was also weak with not much on the aftertaste. It had a bitterness that was pleasant, but, also a sour feel on the palate, that was not of my liking. Nice on a hot day as a quincher!

Photo of beertaster13
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Samuel Adams White Ale pours a hazy orange color with sediment dropping falling in to the glass at end of pour (normal) the head is creamy and falls to a respectable froth. Smell is dull and uninviting, hints of hops and grains but nothing really there. The taste is what you would expect after the smell, rather dull with spice flavors with no pizazz in the hops. Feels rather light, drinkable for one but did not want to go back.

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

Pours to a hazy orange color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is herbal/spicy with coriander & orange peel. I also got a bit of mintiness in the aroma as well. The flavor is full of the spices of coriander & orange peel. It has a solid malt backbone as well. The beer is light in body and refreshing, and finishes a bit dry. Not too bad of a beer.

Sampled 3/3/04

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