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

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 33
Gots: 63 | 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:
Was a Spring seasonal, now a Fall/Winter seasonal.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-30-2003)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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