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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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1,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | 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 alexgash
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

alexgash, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 16, 2004
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.

danadeny, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of bignick
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

bignick, Jul 08, 2004
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.

TagoMago, Jun 26, 2004
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.

connecticutpoet, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

RoyalT, Jun 22, 2004
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.

cbl2, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
2.88/5  rDev -17%
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!

BeerManDan, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

beertaster13, May 31, 2004
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

BeerBuilder, May 27, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale yellow-gold in hue with pasty highlights. A lovely white head of more than two fingers in height topped off this Wit idyllically. The head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a foamy cap, which still had decent size throughout consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and sticky. It looks good in a glass. The first whiff of the nose told me that SA got the key components of the style; it was orangey with other notes of zippy citrus, coriander with a hint of yeasty-wheat-bread at the finish. The potency is modest but plenty loud enough to understand the invitation. It is a good Wit nose; it just lacks a little panache! The palate is quite juicy; I like the citrus notes upfront. In the middle a big gush of orange follows and wipes out any other flavors for a moment. In the finish I could taste the spices, they are a bit muddled and it is hard to place the individual seasoning (maybe cloves, coriander, nutmeg?). Only in the aftertaste is the malt tasted, wheaty, dull but round and tasty. If the malty taste could start early in the beer SA would have a real winner here. As is, I’d say it is a bit better than Coors’ Blue Moon and even Boulevard’s ZON. It is an Americanized Wit for the masses. The sweetness grows, I can’t see quaffing too many in one setting. Still I like it, as it is tasty and refreshing. The carbonation is on the bigger side, pleasant mouthfeel, medium-light in body; all in all it works for the style. I’ve passed on this many times but when I seen a 12-pack on sale of $8 I caved in. SA White Ale is an average beer really.

bditty187, May 27, 2004
Photo of BeerBob
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams White Ale pours a murky orange from a brown 12oz glass bottle. Head is fantastic and goes to more than three fingers in a 22oz beer glass and is persistent to the end.

Nose is coriander, lemon and other citrus with a wheat base, quite complex and very pleasant.

Taste is a wonderful unfiltered wheat with coriander, lemon and other citrus... grapefruit?

All in all, I like this offering from Sam Adams... not bad, not bad at all.

BeerBob, May 22, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent stab at the Belgian wit/white style. A darker than normal yellow colour with a nice white head of foam that lasts for the glass. The aromas are all coriander, orange peel, and classic witte spices, as well as a nice yeasty wheat presence. The taste is yeasty up front with a nice spiciness in the middle, and a bit of a "too-sweet-for-me" finish. The mouthfeel is light and that makes this brew very quaffable. Very reminiscent of Hoegaarden, but not quite as good. A good try though.

francisweizen, May 17, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Ale is just an extremely smooth and subtle brew. To me it seems like a perfect beer for the summer, and I'm a little unhappy that the Spring season is almost over. The only thing really lacking here is that this beer only has a faint aroma, and that the beer is so subtle that it lacks a highly noticible taste. Still this is a nice beer that I will be looking foward tonext Spring.


Gagnonsux, May 15, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light golden amber. Smell hard to smell much light citrus, spice and grain very light in nose department. Taste better light citrus with some spiciness, no yeast taste to speak of though I poured some in? Clean refreshing light tasting brew but nothing here calling me to have another.

mntlover, May 13, 2004
Photo of SetarconeX
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every once in a while, Sam Adams seems to come out with something lovely. This is one of those times. Pours into the glass the color of honey, with the transparency marred slightly by an odd sort of light cloudiness. Wonderfully tiny bubbles in the head too. Scent is light and heavily citrus.

The taste is light and malty, with one of the most refreshingly clean finishes I've had in recent memory. Perhaps one of the better San Adams seasonals I've tried, I'll look forward to more of this next year.

SetarconeX, May 11, 2004
Photo of MattFrenzy
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is it just me or is this really hard to find? My first taste of Sam Adams White came late one night when my car broke down and I was stranded waiting for a ride in the middle of nowhere Mass. Luckily after hiking a mile or so to a closed down ski resort, I came upon a group of ski instructors celebrating the end of the season, and was offered one of these.
Mmm good beer. Very light and fruity, at first I had to check that what I was given was actually beer. But nevertheless, I am still hunting this beer down to try again...

MattFrenzy, May 09, 2004
Photo of psyco1
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It comes out a cloudy orangish-gold with a white head that perks up when you pour in the yeast sediment. About what I'd expect from a wheat beer.

It smells citrusy and and spicy with wheat, yeast and nearly no hops.

The taste is nice. A stronger citrus presence that the smell would indicate. Yeasty.

It's not as palate covering as I'd have expected this to be, being a wheat beer, but not too bad.

A pretty good warm weather beer, perfect for lounging out in the sun.

psyco1, May 04, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to say that, in my admittedly limitted experience, Sam Adam's White is one of my favorite white ales. I get this on-tap in Boston, where it may be fresher than other places.

Appearance: Cloudly yellow. Very hazy, but no visible particulate or sediment. I may just drink these too fast to let it settle.
Smell: Wonderful. Hops, wheat, and a beautiful mix of subtle spices, as well as orange peel.
Taste: Oh so refreshing. It's bright, refreshing, thirst-quenching, and rewarding. They got it right with this one. The added spices, which I can't really put my finger on, really make it good. It's subtle yet critical to it's overall flavor. Again, I detected a trace of orange peel.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbination. Decent mouthfeel.
Drinkability: One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, but not one of the best. Bring this one back soon! When it was available, I drank it everyday.

jvajda, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of cptnjck101
4.9/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is great! Pours almost white with little head. Very crisp taste with a clean finish. I could drink this beer all day long. This stuff was a special edition so I don't know when, if ever, they'll be brewing it again. You'll be hard pressed to find a better beer for lounging around the pool on a hot Summer's day.

cptnjck101, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams' seasonals continue to be their stronger beers in my opinion. None of them are below average and a couple are really good. This beer is a slightly hazy light orange color with a medium white head. Quick lacing. The aroma is lightly spiced with some citrus as well. Crisp body and very lively and easy to drink. Bittersweet spice flavors of pepper and clove, along with citrus and a pinch of vanilla. The finish is somewhat wheaty. While not on par with some of the better Wits out there, this is a perfectly nice seasonal.

Dogbrick, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden peach color with a moderate off white head that held for a good amount. The smell is really spicy and yeasty with a grainy malty precense. The taste is really nice and refreshing. Citrus flavors are prevalent along with a breadyness to the base. Spices are particularly strong here and seem complex as well. Pepper, coriander, sweet orange peel, more that I can't recognize. Yeast is very prevalent and almost seems to provide a sweetness among the spices and bready flavors. The Sam Adams hoppiness comes through the further I go and provides a nice little addition to the beer. Still, this is a little unbalanced by being too sweet and it's not a classic example of a Belgian Wit. But it sure is refreshing. Nice offering.

granger10, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of EmoBeerGuy
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer in tap in Alston, so I'm going to assume this is the way it was meant to be.

Poured to an interesting color. Fairly dark hue, yet cloudy. Not your typical white beer color, this is because this beer is a riff on the white beer it is of course a "white ale" though, whatever that means.

To me the taste just seemed a bit off. Too much bitters for a white beer. The bitterness seemed to clash with the yeast as the kicked in later and had a synergistic effect of making my want to pucker. I love a good beer but this was the first brew to give me what the majors call the "bitter beer face". Its not the intensity of the bitter, just the pairing. After one, I wasn't interested in having another.

No thanks.

EmoBeerGuy, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of niknar
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams White Ale is another solid offering from the Boston Beer Company. It pours out an orange-brown color with a fairly decent head. Smell is something of faint citrus and mild spice, but nothing overpowering. The taste is good, with definite hints of lemon and spice... typical hoppiness of a Sam Adams beer. Finishes with a notable yeast flavor. Mouthfeel is moderate to light... nothing to write home about, but not bad either. Slightly high on the carbonation, which definitely damages the drinkability some. A very tasty beer that I'd gladly drink again and again.

niknar, Apr 20, 2004
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.