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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 Morris729
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a tall bright white head that dissipates into a foamy lace. Nose is grassy with notes of grains and yeast. Moderate in body with a slightly slick texture. Taste begins with some sweet malts and lemony fruitiness followed by a blend of spices (coriander, clove, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon). This is followed by a bit of nutty yeasts and tart citrus notes as well as a bite of white pepper. A decent beer for a hot day but fairly boring overall.

Morris729, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of maek228
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like Sam Adams beers so I expect to like this one, especially since reviews of this beer I've read compare it to the Summer Ale, which is a favorite of mine.

Appearance- Dark orange with uber carbonation. Wow, i gotta say....like a hooker in fine lingerie this has quality head as well as impressive lace. The color reminds of what leaves look like in the fall. The head retention in this beer was solid, damn solid.

Smell- Gotta suck mighty deep with the nostrils for this one....faint smell....kinda smells like a pocket full of change thats been soaked in lemons. I can barely smell the spices on this one....barely.

Taste- More carbonated than I expected, but it works well. The spices come through nicely, but aren't that ballsy....which I guess is appropriate for a spring beer? A tart lemon flavor is rather prevalent, it mixes with the hops for a pleasant subtle bitterness. I'm also catching an orange taste here. Overall, a nice taste.

Mouthfeel- Nothing special here. Left kinda of a slick oily feeling in my mouth.

Drinkability- The carbonation and the oily taste in the mouth would keep me from drinking this in mass quantities. That being said, this isn't a beer intended to be a session beer. The modest spicey flavor, coupled with the lemon twang are money, and make this beer a quality brew.

maek228, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of Holyterror
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Witbier is one of those Belgian styles that I don't see a lot of examples of. So I was naturally curious when I saw Samuel Adam's White Ale show up on the middle shelf. Being familiar with the Boston Beer Company's other offerings, I had fairly high expectations for this new brew. I was not disappointed.

rom the bottle, it pours a cloudy orange with a hint of brown. This is not really the kind of appearance I find appetizing. As a homebrewer, I have learned to consider yeast sediment my enemy. So it always takes me a little while to get used to having prodigious amounts of it in my glass. The head was thicker and laced the glass better than I would have expected from such a light-bodied beer. Granted, you couldn't blow a rose in it, but it was respectable. The smell was decent, but didn't really betray this beer's true character.

The taste, however, was something else. I have found that my tastes change with the seasons. In the dead of winter, I find myself craving the driest of stouts. But as the whether warms, I turn to lighter brews. This turned out to be the perfect match for spring. A moderately spicy beer, with malt on the tangy side, and hops coming in at 3/4 strength near the end, this is a beer you can take to the golf course. Scratch that; this is a beer you must take to the golf course.
You cannot truly appreciate the character of this beer without a gentle breeze and the soft scents of spring.

This beer has a fairly clean finish, which also seems to fit the season. In the right weather, it is quite drinkable. I prefer to sip mine, but it goes down smoothly in any quantity. I haven't sampled it alongside much food, with the exception of some quite un-gourmet trail mix.

Overall, I would recommend it highly to those unfamiliar with the style, as it may open you up to something new. To wit veterans, expect a slightly more American approach to the style, with an emphasis on easy drinking. Quite impressive for a mass-market brew.

Holyterror, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the local BW-3's. It poured a nice orange color with a rather large foamy white head. Smell was mild but there were notes of wheat and spice. Taste was interesting, i believe i actually tasted some pine in this one. Very different but pleasant. I prefer this over hoegaarden anyday.

soper2000, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured cloudy golden. The head was white and moussy for a little while and fell fairly quickly to the edges of the surface, but laced the glass.

The aroma was mainly citrusy orange and some coriander. Also some slight soapy aromas were present.

The flavor was orange and coriander, but very one dimensional in flavor. The hop bitterness and flavor are overdone and mask the wheat and other flavors that should be present in a wit.

The finish was dry and bitter (hop bitter, not orange peel bitter). The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle. Best before JUN on label.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty peach with fluffy large white sticky top. A zesty combo of hops and spices - maybe Grains of paradise, coriander, and something very flowery. Flavor is fluffy and delicate, a bit sugary but finishes dry. Feels light and refreshing but still a good amount of flavor. Very nice, I could drink a few of these and continually enjoy it.

waughbrew, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of wsouloa
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came to me highly recommended from the liquor store where I usually buy my beer. The person I talked to loves Belgian wheat beers and said that this was one I definitely had to try. I came expecting a bit more than I actually got but this is a good brew. Poured a golden-orangish color with a decent head. The smell was a bit citric and that was indicative of how it would taste. The taste had definite citric notes but nothing to write home about. Its a beer that you can have a few of and get tired of but at the same time, Sam Adams has better beers out there. I like Sam Adams Weiss a bit more. Also, as a side note, I have also had this beer on tap and it seems a bit more flavorful out of tap. The thing about this beer is that it is good but doesn't grab you, the taste is rather subtle.

wsouloa, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is a hazy gold/orange colored brew, with a sizable cream-colored foam head on top. Some sweet malts on the nose, hints of floral tones as well. The taste is cereal grains for the main course, slight hop balance. Medium bodied. Theres nothing earth shattering about this beer, it is what it is sposed to be, a light refreshing drink.

Tballz420, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, orangey amber color with a decent white head that lasted quite a while and left a bit of lace. Smell was mild, wheat beer with a little citrus. Taste was malty wheat with lemon-orange citrus notes, and interesting spice mixture including coriander (but also other spices I couldn't specifically identify), leading up to a woodsy hop flavor with nice hop bitterness. Very clean finish. Smooth medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Very drinkable. I was surprised by this beer... I like wit beers OK, but I actually think I like this better than most. I thought the taste was something a little different and it was very well balanced. I'll probably pick up some more before spring is over!

jimdkc, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as Whites go this one is pretty low on my list. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but it sure isn't going to wow you. Cloudy amber in color with a moderate amount of rapidly fading white head. Aroma is weak and uninteresting. The malty flavor has a slightly spicy note with a hint of lemon. Drinkable, but neither an engaging nor "out for a buzz" type of beer.

Sixpack595, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with 2-row pale, malted wheat, Munich 10, and a "proprietary spice blend"-i.e: coriander and orange peel. Hopped with Tettnanger.

OG=1.0116, 5.6% ABV, 170 cal/12 oz.

Pours to a deeply cloudy honey-colored golden with peach accents, forming a rocky light beige head with excellent retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is extremely fruity with lots of mandarin orange and fresh coriander, what appears to be some spicy noble hops, and a clean fermentation profile. Not really picking up on cloves or bananas. Mouthfeel is smooth, but with a medium body, which is somewhat heavy for the style. Taste begins with a little spicy flavor hops, followed by white pepper, bitter lemon and orange rind, and strawberries...there is an odd plastic can-liner taste, and then a resinous, woody finish which I attribute to the coriander. Strong bite of aluminum twang and cardboard into the finish, which is a tad ruddy and oxidized.

Simply put, this stuff smells better than it tastes. A dumbed-down cross between a decent wit and an American Macro. If I wanted a really cheap, ahem, "Wit", I'd go with Blue Moon instead. A decent introductory to the style, but I'd much rather have an Allagash, Blanche de Chambly, Holy Moses or Vuuve.

Mitchster, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One-and-a-half fingers of tight, white foam. Slightly hazy orange-gold beer. Tons of carbonation. An odd, sour nose. Citrus, bread and flowers in the front. Some spice and pepper. Some fruit and malt in the middle. A touch oily. Nice, fresh, flowery, bitter finish. A little sour, but good. Flowery, tea-like aftertaste. Somewhat nutty. This isn't bad. It's fresh, floral, hoppy.

kbub6f, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of canoehornpoint
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a hazy light brown with slight orange tint and a thick bubbly head. Has a malty citrus orange aroma that is enticing. My first impressions was it started light and refreshing with a lemony citrus flavor and finished a bit fuller on the back of the palate with a bit of sour that ended in a bit of breadiness. The more I drank this, the less I liked it. It became more of a bland sour-like bitter with each taste. I didn't finish the moderately pricey 22 oz'er.

canoehornpoint, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Man, this beer's up against a lot if it wants to be rated as a white. The smell promises a little bit more than the taste delivers, and the taste also gets a bit sickening at times. Subtle fruit flavors of banana and even pumpkin. Mouthfeel is kind of tangy in a bad way.

Allagash anyone?

BeefyMee, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Texas Road house, Everett, Massachusetts.

Poured a nice amber with nice head and decent lacing.Smelled of wheat, spice and orange and tasted very much the same. Mouthfeel was pleasant, but didn't help to add character to this brew, which it was very much lacking. One 20 oz glass of this was plenty. I was really disappointed with this one because I had heard good things about it before trying it.

fdrich29, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a surprisingly dark amber for a witbier. Aroma was up-front with coriander and orange. Same for the flavor profile - a bit heavy-handed with the spices, and not much yeast flavors to balance. A little bit thinner and acidic than most of the style. Sweet and simple-minded, this strikes me as Sammy's entry into the Coor's Blue Moon category, going for the only mildly adventurous beer drinkers.

Brent, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this with some friends the other evening while out to dinner. It came in a large pilsner glass, 27 oz. The beer was a cloudy golden-yellow. Atop was a 1/2" head of light white fluff. The nose was immeadiately detectable as citrus, lemon, orange. The first taste was suprisingly sweet. Ugg, it almost tasted artificially sweetened. Average motuhfeel, it seemed to be a little too heavy for white ale, but maybe more aking to big hefe. Spice flavors were stock clove and corriander, maybe cinammon or nutmeg too. This beer really got worse as I continued drinking it. It had a very ppor aftertaste about halfway through. I really was very let down by this. I don't think I'll ever have another, mayeb out of a bottle for comparison's sake. So many better wits and hefes.

99bottles, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy appearance with a decent head and very nice lacing. Aroma was heavy on the wheaty side, but not unpleasant. Taste was very nice with a slightly bitter, lemony quality. Mouthfeel was decent and drinkability was not bad. I feel this would be a good offering for the summer season. Overall, a decent brew.

edchicma, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 SixpointJMH
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with a nice cloudy amber colour and a decent sized, white head. much better apperance than expected. the smell is of wheat, spice, citrus and hop. this one is quite dry throughout. flavour starts with a bit of spice then a lemon hop flavour followed by a sweet grain finish. this one was pretty basic but pretty smooth and tasty overall. i was quite surprised as the last time i had this one was probably 4-5 years ago and it used to be much sweeter, in a bad way. the balace of flavour here is nice and this essentially now seems like a combo of the spring ale and the summer ale that the bbc offers. not bad.

SixpointJMH, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, very pale golden-yellow with a bone-white, 1/4 inch head. Some light lacing evident. Smells of wheat malt and very light citrus.

Taste is a bit biting up front. Fizzy and crisp. Some bitterness from orange peel(?). Very light hints of coriander and clove. Light fruity citrus flavors intertwined with lightly sweet wheat malt. Medium bodied with a lightly sweet aftertaste. A bit too fizzy. A decent attempt at a Belgian wit but I like my wit a bit smoother. Not bad but falls a bit short.

ViveLaChouffe, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poored nice and hazy with a nice white head. Went down relatively quickly to a nice lace. The taste is solid, but nothing astounding. I haven't had too too many for the style, so keep that in mind. It had citrus overtones but nothing overwhelming. The taste is light, as it should be. Unfortunately, the beer seemed a tad too heavy, reducing its overall drinkability.

GeoffFromSJ, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to pick up, been a while since I had Sam Adams.

Pours orange-amber, medium bubbly head.

Nice sweet aroma with hints of lemony citrus.

Full body, quite smooth. Light lemon citrus with tea-like flavors. Finishes with light floral flavors.

A nice light summer time beer. Will be good on hot days, but better wits are available.

Southernbrew, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one while on a regular shopping trip, not a planned beer expedition so I wasn't expecting too much. Poured a nice hazy pale yellow with orange tint and a fluffy while head that settled quickly and left little lacing. The smell was of bread, bananna, a little clove. The taste was pretty light but very pleasant. Probably not a "superb" rendition of the style, but I really enjoyed this one. It had just enough tang and zest along with the breadiness and bananna-clove spiciness to make a warming Saturday afternoon very enjoyable. This was also extremely drinkable. I'm new to the style and have not tasted the quintessential WIT's and HEFE's yet, but this hit the spot and I will be buying this again throughout the summer months. Good to enjoy a Sam Adams brew again, it's been a while.

Gasp100, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of jsolack
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy full head. Lots of lacing as head diminishes. Color is a hazy orange/yellow. Very nice looking.

Sweet grains and moderate hops. Citrus and spice notes as well. Smell is very good.

Citrus and grains come first... followed by a very mild bready finish. Goes down smooth and has very little bitterness.

Thick and creamy in mouth. Carbonation level is just right. Coats tounge well. Very impressed.

A great tasting beer. I was supprised how much I enjoyed it. Flavor is just great and mouthfeel is fantastic.

jsolack, Mar 21, 2004
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.