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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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1,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 28
Gots: 42 | 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 Gasp100


4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

03-21-2004 18:08:43 | More by Gasp100
Photo of jsolack


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

03-21-2004 01:43:36 | More by jsolack
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%

A nice murky maize color with a frothy head.

Aroma is grainy, with notes of sour lemon.

Taste: One of those beers where nothing stands out, but instead it's just agreeable and easy to drink. Has typical wheat characteristics with zesty lemon and a mild corriander. Finishes with a small burst of sweet-sour pucker, and decent carbonation.

Much more on-point than their odd "summer ale"; in my opinion this should carry right through until it's replaced by the colder-month offerings.

03-15-2004 05:06:26 | More by shirfan
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a cloudy tea colored brew.

Smell is lemony with a big whiff of wheat and a bit of a floral smell.

Taste is a mild sweet and sour flavor with a lot of wheatiness. Mild hop in there and mild other flavors like bubblegum and mint.

Mouthfeel is OK.

It is OK drinkable; the Winter Lager is better.

03-14-2004 04:11:17 | More by Zorro
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.43/5  rDev +27.3%

Pours a hazy golden color with hues of orange. About a 1 finger head at first, reduces to a covering and holds well. Some random spotty lacing.

Lemony, zesty aroma. A bit flowery, a little short on strength but nice enough.

Tastes sweet and lemony. Good balance of yeast. Finishes with a hint of anise and the aftertaste bears out some smooth hop tones. A grapefruit essence, but not sour or tart at all. Very nice ending. The more I drink, the more I like!

Crisp bubbly action makes this suitable for warmer climes. Very smooth flowing across the palate. These bottles disappear very easily from my stock. I was initially disappointed that this was only available in 12-pack form at Krogers, seeings as how I'm on a beer-buying moratorium of sorts. Hmmph - glad I broke it. Very pleasant beer from start to finish.

03-13-2004 16:13:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of surfmeister


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance: cloudy yellow/orange, fluffy, sturdy head
Smell: wheaty, with faint citrus undertones
Taste: I found the wheat aspect to be the strong point of this beers taste, there is also a balancing hoppiness, spice was subtle, I was expecting to be hit over the head with spiciness, I was not, which is ok with me
Mouthfeel: foamy and full, like a Hefe
Drinkability: a great warm weather quaffer
Note: put simply, a "hopped/spiced Hefe"

03-10-2004 17:23:41 | More by surfmeister
Photo of TastyTaste


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

Had this at the Venus lounge in Mankato. Poured it out in the glass, and it was a hazy yellow color. Lemon and malt scents. Flavor is spicy then bitter, clean aftertaste. Served with a lemon, i don't know if that was a good idea. Still not a bad beer, of an under-made style (in my opinion).

03-09-2004 19:17:49 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of proc


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

This somewhat surprised me. Being somewhat underwhelmed by the Spring Ale for the past several years, this version, a Belgian-style white, if you will, was very good. Pours out to a dark yellow in the glass with a decent head. Aroma is that of lemon and biscuits. The taste is very good. There is a nice spice present that isn't too strong, but really enhances the beer. The swallow only enhances that light spice.

This is a fine beer and I, for one, am glad to see this become the "new" version of the spring seasonal. This could stay and be the summer seasonal too...

03-08-2004 02:17:07 | More by proc
Photo of smcolw


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

A cloudy beer with a full amber color (darker than expected); Excellent head retention and lace.

The aroma is predominately wheat. There is strong smell of brewery wort with a touch of spice and citrus fruit.

The hop is stronger than I'd expect in the taste, but the beer has a nice wheat/malt flavor. Strong citrus flavors. The beer's body features a low carbonation that brings out a certain degree of chaulkiness. Thick and malty. Overall, a predictable but tasty wheat ale.

03-07-2004 03:16:34 | More by smcolw
Photo of TheJudge

New York

2.98/5  rDev -14.4%

Sweet. Wow, so sweet. It is the first and last impression that this beer leaves. My wife would like it, but I don't think I could drink another without some insulin. It had no smell of note, and poured a nice cloudy light caramel color. Had a very nice white head, which lingered at 1/8" for the entire glass with good lacing. Nicely carbonated, but SWEET. I followed this with a blue moon belgian white, which is a vastly superior beer of this style.

03-06-2004 15:30:53 | More by TheJudge
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

This is a little strange for me, and that's saying a lot. It had a very citrusy taste, with some other off tastes. I'm not too sure what the off tastes were, but it was funky. Sure, it wasn't a bad beer or anything, just a little sloppy, I think. I do think that it would go better with a slice of orange though. At the same time though, I like beers that are good w/o added things.

03-06-2004 06:44:01 | More by JISurfer
Photo of mschofield


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a 1 finger, fine bubbled white head. Laces in broken sheets. I suspect the head would have been more outstanding, but was cut back by the bartender.
Wheat and lemon aroma, fairly crisp.
Wheat taste, tangerine, lightly sweet, coriander and lemon peel.
Light bodied and crisp. A bit odd for a spring ale, it would be good in the hot summer weather. This is the favorite beer of my girlfriend so far.
Not very complicated but it fits the style.

03-04-2004 23:53:11 | More by mschofield
Photo of ppoitras


4/5  rDev +14.9%

Enjoyed on tap at TGI Friday's, Millbury, MA, presented in a 23oz hefe-type glass.

Good-sized white head on a slightly cloudy orangy-gold hued brew. Citrus aroma, and a wheaty, citrusy taste, both parts of which are in seemingly equal proportions, making a nicely balanced flavor. An enjoyable product from Boston Beer.

03-04-2004 01:27:04 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Ianhockey91


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours out hazy orange with a nice white head. Smells of spices and bread. Tastes wonderful, nice and refreshingly sweet, very spicy as well, kinda like an o'fest with some ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg thrown in. Nice crisp finish with an overall light body. A wonderful spring beer which i would really enjoy on a march or april afternoon.

03-03-2004 14:26:18 | More by Ianhockey91
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +24.4%

Poured a very hazy orange color, with a medium white head - looks beautiful so far. Aroma is a citrusy, spiced, and yeasty. Carbonation is light but still present. The flavor is really impressive - spicy all 'round with a pleasant citrus bite and a soft buttery yeast flavor. The aftertaste is full of the same spice. Very crisp and refreshing, this is a great new seasonal for Sam Adam's and I am looking forward to drinking it in warmer weather.

02-28-2004 00:00:07 | More by nixhecks
Photo of AudioGilz


4/5  rDev +14.9%

Huge head greats me very nicely and abundantly! It's frothy and has some staying power. The beer itself is a heavily clouded burnt orange. A nicely citrus filled aroma is a treat, mostly lemon and orange peel. Zingy carbonation makes it very drinkable. The flavors are similar to the aroma, lemony and orangey peel character. It's very refreshing and reminds me of summer instead of spring. I can't complain about that though. This should make this a summer ale so it can dominate over Blue Moon.

02-27-2004 05:12:31 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of DESTRO


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

never seen this before the other day, got a free bottle from the liqour store guy. pours hazy with a bubbly white head. smell is subdued, light citrus (lemons/oranges). once in the mouth though the combination of lively carbonation and a refreshing citrus twang kick things up a notch. a hint of spice is there, but nothing to make note of. all in all its a simple beer that has a great refreshment factor and would be a good mass pleaser at a party or get together. i like it.

$10.99 for a 12 pack.

02-26-2004 07:01:54 | More by DESTRO
Photo of oelergud


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

12oz regular brown bottle and cap. Blue/white label with green border. Freshness date clearly marked by a notch in the left side of the label.
Richly carbonated light golden, cloudy brew with a white head and close to no lace. Not much retention despite the carbonation level.
The neck label mentions unusual spices in the beer but are only somewhat detectable amount the molasses like scent, not much smell coming off this one.
Taste is pure and simple, not many things going on at once, A little sweetness, maybe banana flavor, very faint hop qualities with minimal aftertaste.
Feels good going down, full bodied and smooth. This is a decent beer that would no doubt make a great session beer.
Somewhat modest and simple but nevertheless pretty good.


02-23-2004 01:01:44 | More by oelergud
Photo of TPoling


4/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours a cloudy gold to orange with a finger of head and some lace. There is an orangey aroma with clove and a tinge of floral hops that reemerge in the finish. The malts and spices are fairly well balanced leaving a pleasant aftertaste. Citric tartness and clove.

02-22-2004 22:45:53 | More by TPoling
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

When poured, the White Ale has a orange-yellowish color and is very cloudy. The smell is extremely strong with lemon and orange scents very present. When tasted, the lemon dominates. I found this beer to be very similar to the Sam Adams Summer Ale, but a bit heavier. Leaves a sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste. A decent beer that would be much more enjoyable during the summer as opposed to the winter.

02-22-2004 22:43:12 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of yankeeheel


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Served a hazy golden yellow with a smallish white head. Solid lacing as the brew was consumed.

Smells a little yeasty and bit like biscuit.

Tastes quite sweet up front with a lot of malt sugar coming through. This is tempered by an acidic middle that turns lemony. Finishes with a mild hop sizzle. Lots of wheat texture. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is a little chewy with the wheat coming to the front, as it should.

Highly drinkable. Would love to have it all summer.

02-22-2004 19:38:49 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of UncleFrank


2.83/5  rDev -18.7%

Nice white head with lace and lasting power. The aroma is sweet and light citrus but lemon dominates, not orange and there is no coriander.
The taste is tart and light. Has nice wheat charecter but then quickly fades into lemons again. There are some citrus hops too.
I would have these if its whats being offered and in the summer after cutting the lawn. If the lemon was not so overbearing it would be excellent. I'll try it again when the weather is warm.

02-21-2004 02:55:07 | More by UncleFrank
Photo of oggg


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

Sampled on-tap at Moondoggies in Pacific Beach San Diego.

The beer came to me as an orange somewhat cloudy beer with a centimeter of head. The head dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was faint, a little malt, and maybe some fruit. The initial taste was a little fruity, maybe some banana and clove, certainly not spicy. Very mild taste. A surprising amount of hop bitterness comes in the middle, but leaves quickly. A bit thin.

All in all, not a way to start a newbie onto wit beers. Not interesting enough to drink often

02-20-2004 22:57:11 | More by oggg
Photo of StevieW


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

12 oz bottle. Pleasantly surprised to see this replace the Spring Ale Kolsch version. Medium golden to cloudy yellow color. Big fluffy white head, spot on for the style.
Lots of spicy smells, coriander and others, but seemed a bit contrived. Taste was orangish, with hints of other spices, cinnamon traces here and there. Medium shot ot metallic tastes. Some coriander and other tastes, but the flavors seemed a bit forced or artificial. I think the metallic taste, might be the artificial part to it. Medium bodied, still refreshing and tasty, but something a bit odd about it. Not nearly as balanced and powerfully refreshing as an Allagash White.

02-19-2004 22:50:08 | More by StevieW
Photo of Bighuge


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

Deep golden and cloudy appearance. Thin white head. Aroma is delicate, but nice. The sweet orange curacao is evident with some lemony notes as well. The taste is thin though. It's lemony and refreshing to an extent, and there is even a lemon like tartness present, but overall, this doesn't hold a candle to the good wits out there. The carbonation is light and the body is about medium.

02-19-2004 02:58:50 | More by Bighuge
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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