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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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1,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 31
Gots: 49 | 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 smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

smcolw, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of TheJudge
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

TheJudge, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of JISurfer
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

JISurfer, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

mschofield, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

ppoitras, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of Ianhockey91
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Ianhockey91, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of nixhecks
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

nixhecks, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AudioGilz, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DESTRO, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of oelergud
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


oelergud, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of TPoling
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TPoling, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Jacobob10, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

yankeeheel, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of UncleFrank
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

UncleFrank, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of oggg
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

oggg, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of StevieW
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

StevieW, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Bighuge, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of padjo1
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review hails from the West coast so we don't get the full range that the Boston Beer Co. has to offer. So you might be able to imagine how excited I was to find a beer produced by this brewery that I had only read about. Here is my review which was sidelined by my subjective enthusiam, so I beseech the reader to add an impartial objectivity. Boldly stated, this was something of a disappointment. The appearence is an orange, cloudy substance that retains quite a bit of a pleasant foam that is balanced by a mediocre bouquet that can be compared to sniffing a Chimay Grande Reserve through a coffee filter. Its taste is nothing to gawk at but it is noticable that its true potnetial has been undercut by commercial imperatives. The slightly creamy mouthfeel is rounded- out nicely by the sharp interruption of its dryness. Overall this is an enjoyable specimen that either suit the likes of the Belgian White Ale amatuer or that of the aficionado that never cared much for the style whatsoever. All in all not an offensive experience, nor one for the books.

padjo1, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a substantial thick sticky head. A nice looking Wit beer. Smell is faint but spicy of the expected orange peel, citrus, and pepper. Taste is refreshing and light bodied with a hop oil back, orange peel, lemon, touch of coriander and black pepper. Would like the spices to be more robust. This is no Allagash White, but better than a Blue Moon. I also like this offering much better than the Sam Adams Summer. Definitely worth having again.

chaduvel, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Emerges from the bottle with a stealthy white head settling over predictably hazy/cloudy gold liquid. Off-putting metallic aroma in the nose, with witbier spice behind that. The taste is lightly tart, prickly carbonated mouthfeel, then light spiciness and bitter hoppiness. Finishes on the dry side. Nicely made, but they should tone down the hoppiness here so it would be more true to the style and maybe kick up the spiciness.

beerluvr, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the White Ale last night for the first time, did Boston Beer make this once before?

Anyway I digress, the brew was a deep cloudy orange color with a nice white head that stuck around for a while and had very nice lacing. The aroma had a lot of little things, little hop, citrus (mostly lemon maybe orange?), and spice. The taste was pretty good, had a wheat flavor with lemon, orange and grapefruit (?) and finished with a little spice. Over all I felt that the beer was pretty good, more of a warmer weather brew that one that I would normally have on these cold North East nights. Feel that it lacks in some areas but not a bad brew at all.

Stimack, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of JAL67
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer...not great but it's ok. I had it from the Variety Pack of last summer. An ok beer but nothing to brag about. Easy to go down. Not one of the best offerings from SA. Very light color...but if you have the Summer Ale why have this one...just my opinion. One or two is enough for me.

JAL67, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of resirob
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange/caramel color. Thin head settles to ring of small bubbles and floating bubble patch in the middle. A little bit of lacing.

Smell was faint on all accounts. Citrus zest and bread.

Taste: Starts out with a light lemony tartness, followed by a sweet maltiness, and a spicy finish. All a bit subdued, though. Not much of the typical yeast flavors of a witbier, but a refreshing spring beer nonetheless.

Mouthfeel was medium, with a clean finish.

Overall, a refreshing alternative to the typical macro stuff.

resirob, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow colour with a moderate head. The smell was fruity, peppery, and slightly hoppy. The taste was also fruity. Lemons gave it a sharp sour kick followed by a peppery bite and then it was finished with a hoppy bitterness. The fruity taste was too much for me, and the carbonation was too much. other than that, not bad.

CBFanWish, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, peach orange hue, thin carbonated head. On the nose, some lemon and yeasty notes, typical of the style. Up front, a crisp, rather sharp feel. Some lemon peel and coriander noted, backed by a wheat based body. Maintains some spicy notes, a tinge on the peppery side, bordering on being medium bodied. Some late hop detection backed up with some bready flavorings. Tarty and a bit sour palate, finishes the same as it starts. A fine change of pace from the S.A. family of brews, refreshing and tasty, quite nice!

GeoffRizzo, Feb 06, 2004
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.