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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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1,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 35
Gots: 73 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-30-2003

Was a Spring seasonal, now a Fall/Winter seasonal.
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Photo of BeefyMee
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Gasp100
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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.

Photo of shirfan
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of surfmeister
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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"

Photo of TastyTaste
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of proc
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheJudge
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of JISurfer
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mschofield
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Ianhockey91
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nixhecks
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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