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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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1,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 31
Gots: 52 | 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 Manosbeeroffate
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the SA mix pack at Hannaford market. Pours a unusual golden white color, but still quite clear. Smells quite malty and sweet. Taste is quite sweet, citrusy, but not overly so, and this is from start to finish. Mouthfeel good, a bit on the thin side for me. Overall a good, if not overexciting offering, but I do like it and would buy it again. Would also recommend it to newbies who want something more than Bud or Miller.

Manosbeeroffate, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All in all a decent beer. Slight corriander taste/smell, nothing else really stood out to me. Lightly carbonated. Not much happening in the mouth. The whole experience left me neither happy nor unhappy - very eventful. Given the choice, for #2 I'd choose a different one.

KTCamm, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Clockwork420
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass.

A - Pale faint orangish yellow. Light froth on top. Light carbonation. Can see streams of bubbles along the side of the glass.

S - Smell is okay. I dont know what to say about it.

T - Meh. Spices Im not too fond of. It taste and smells kind of like corriander. Reminds me of mothership wit.

M - Thin thin thin. Slippery. Light carbonation. Spice.

D - Probably fairly easy.

Overall its a decent beer. Even though I am not fond of the specific spices used in it. Easy to drink. Just not too hot on the choices of spices they used.

I am more than generous on points for a beer I really wouldnt have gotten on my own.

Clockwork420, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of srrn
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy yellow with quickly reducing head. Slight smell of grass and spice. Taste lingers a bit, finishing clean with a bit of spice. All in all an enjoyable brew. Not my favorite style however. Bought as a part of the Brewmaster selection.

srrn, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellowish gold color. Gives a small white head with decent lacing, but nothing substantial.

S: A little bit of spice, wheat and some fruit. The scent was more vague than expected from a Wit.

T: Just like the smell, nothing really overpower. Tastes like an ordinary wheat, nothing really standing out.

M: Light body, seems a tad thin, decent carbonation.

D: Goes down very easily. Nothing truly stands out with this brew, but that can be either good or bad!

IronCitySteve, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of reallyhoppie
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It was a dark hazy yellow with a decent white head that did not retain well. Lacing was okay though.

Spicy smell like a belgian white, but also a little chemically too.

Tastes like a light belgian witbier. The flavor is florally and spicy, just very mild. The taste that does stand out it coriander.

Medium body and okay carbonation.

Overall it's an okay beer that I could drink all night. I would just rather have one of the other wits out there.

reallyhoppie, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a slightly hazy golden color that produced a white fluffy head that had moderate retention and left some lacing on the side of the glass

S - This beer produced aromas of wheat, orange, lemon, coriander, and also some floral notes as well

T - This beer had some grainy wheat, light citrus tastes of lemon and orange, a little spice of the coriander, also a light floral finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - At first I did not care for this beer, but then I had it on tap, then in a bottle again, and found it quite an enjoyable experience, with lots of flavor and drinkability, and very good Witbier

cvfish, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale yellow. One inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells of spices (coriander) and some sweet malt. Fits the style. There's a crisp and smooth mouth feel. High carbonation levels are present. Tastes of spices (coriander mostly) with a slight malt flavor noticeable. Not near enough other flavors besides the spice concentration, overall.

Tone, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Slightly hazed golden beer topped with a bright white frothy head, ok retention.

S-The almost-sour light wheat smell comes through with a bit of clove and spices. Very wheaty.

T-Tastes wheaty, with the typical twinge and clove-like flavor. Some other spiciness also comes through. Slight bready, yeast character comes through.

M-Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation level. Feels very crisp and punky in my mouth.

D-Pretty decent drinkability, as it's smooth and tasty, and would likely be pretty refreshing on a warm summer day.

CHSLBrew, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of selecter70
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While not the best in its class, this White Ale is a wonderfully delicious ale that needs year-round availability (at least summertime!). It pours a nice cloudy weiss-like appearance that clears with a nice fluffy white head full of spicy aromas. The bubbly feel is not too sharp and draws out lemon-wheat and spices without becoming a Blue Moon. The lace clings as this smooth, creamy but light (not too light) ale disappears.

selecter70, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam pint

A-cloudy copper decent lace very typical looking overall

S-Very grainy, bready ton fo spices and corander and at very 1st smell got a very distinct burnt toast note

T-Alot of corander here and I mean alot this year, spices as well as grain/wheat notes

M-Good carbonation goes down easy medium body

D-Easy to drink as this came out extemely early I will more than likely review it again this spring in warmer weather I think it would effect my review quite a bit.

SpecialK088, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/29/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a big white head that is lasting with decent lacing. A cloudy, tan-amber colored body. Has an aroma of spices, coriander, and flowers. A nice taste of some spices, and coriander, with a clean aftertaste. Nice sweet spicy taste.

jujubeast6000, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light pale, golden-orange with a slight foamy white head. Retention was average as well the lacing.

S: light in nature with some oranges, wheat and citrus.

T: The flavor had a soft wheat backing highlighted with lemons and oranges. The flavor was crisp, dry with a light touch of coriander. A nice spiciness with some light dried fruitiness as well

M: light creaminess, smooth and light in body with a nice carbonation feel that left a tingle on the tongue.

D: A decent offering overall, spicy, with a nice crisp nature and good for a summer picnic beer with light conversation.

beerthulhu, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like most Sam Adams, this is above average, but nothing great. Cloudy gold pour with a slight white head. Light orange peel, vanilla, and wheat aroma. Taste is more wheat and vanilla, with some spice and a starchy mouthfeel. Like a watered down Chimay Cinq Cent.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass.

Cloudy yellow-orange amber color, fluffy white head which sticks around a while. Plenty of lace.

Very mild (have to really concentrate to detect anything) banana and citrus scent.

Taste is admittedly subdued. Wheat, bananas, sour lemons and hint of orange peel with slight white pepper and coriander spice, which seems to linger.

Mouth is tingly at the front of the tongue (not excessively carbonated) with a creamy finish.

Not my favorite white but very refreshing and drinkable.

sethmeister, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, I'm rather into witbiers, so this was one I looked forward to try. Slightly disappointed, but not really that bad.

Appearance: Kind of clear for the style, even though there is a little bit of cloudiness to it. Not really too much of a head either, which I think is a signature aspect of most wits...do a google image search for Hoegaarden and you'll get the glass with a HUGE fluffy looking head. Sorry, but this doesn't live up to that at all.

Aroma: Citrus is lacking in this...strange. The coriander seems to be focused on. Highly. For comparison, Celis White certainly focuses on the spice notes more than the citrus, but this version seems to lack the citrus completely.

Taste: Follows the aroma, mild citrus taste comes through. However, the spice notes, from the coriander come in quite nicely. Does have a crisp taste to it. Good, I'd say. Not great, but good.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery. Most wits are "light", but that does not mean they have to be this watery. Usually a good wit will be light, crisp and have a body that coats the inside of your mouth...ending up rather creamy. This doesn't do that.

Drinkability: Still a decent wit, and its refreshing enough, so I can recommend trying this, even though I'll be reaching for an Allagash or Hoegaarden.

kshankar, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Spring offering from Sam Adams, the last seasonal I had yet to try. I must say, this one is kinda boring here. Just your standard run-of-the-mill Witbier, nothing really stands out about it. I mean, it fits all the style guidelines and is tasty and drinkable for sure, but I couldn't help thinking I'd prefer a Blue Moon or Shock Top over this.

oriolesfan4, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with some golden hues in color. Where's the head and where's the sediment. This beer looks filtered.
More spicy than citrus in aroma. Present is the corrander and clove aromas. Missing is the orange peel.
I was set to be disappointed given the looks and aroma of the beer. But overall it is a very tasty treat and a neat take on the style. It has the typical witbier flavors of tangerine, clove, and corrander. But with those flavors are a sweet peach and a black pepper mixture. This gives it a smooth yet tangy flavor that I really enjoy.
The spiciness adds just enough tang to the tongue to keep the mouthfeel from being boring.
It's a neat take on the witbier style that is worth a sixer pick up each summer.

wcudwight, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color, not a ton of head or lace but some. It's a refreshing enough beer but nothing outstanding. Sweet wheaty citrus notes with a zing of lemon in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Not bad for the warmer weather.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Soozy
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick, two finger head. Slightly hazy, but didn't pour sediment into it. Very nice head retention.

S - Not too much here, yeast and citrus mostly

T - Pretty crisp, some citrus, can taste hints of spice and hops. Honestly, I feel it's a bit plain though.

M - Fairly carbonated, correlating with the style. Personally, I think the carbonation might be taking a little bit away from the taste, but hey, that's me.

D - High, I could drink a lot of these, it's very easy going down. I'd recommend this to someone just starting to get into craft beer. It's a good gateway beer.

Soozy, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Shumista
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank alot of these when they came out late this winter. I had a couple of left over from then so I decided I better drink them before they get too old.
12 oz bottle poured into a plain pint sized glass.
A-Hazy orange/amber color with a 1 finger white head.
S- Spices, coriander, cinnamon and some citrus.
T- Citrus, a bit spicy. Definitely recognizable as a witbier.
M- Pretty good, maybe a little bit too carbonated.
D- Very good, I definitely will by this beer again. I think it's more of a winter beer than spring, but that's just my opinion.

Shumista, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a slightly cloudy golden body. Smell and taste were about the same: typical wibier fruity/spicy. In fact, a tad too much in the mixture. Also came across a bit too carbonated. A good beer, but not among the best wit's.

ibashmuck, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pour with medium to very little head. cloudy amber apperence. Flavor fell short in my opinion. It didn't have that bite that other better belgian whites have. I would describe it as a belgian white light (if there is such a thing, and I know there isn't) very good winter beer, but i could imagine myself drinking this during the summer months. Undenyably drinkable...Good beer. nuff said

demitriustown, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and cloudy with orange tint. The head is decent with some lacing. The aroma is of wheat,coriander,cinnamon,citrus and a whole lot a spice.
The taste is simply yeast,coriander,lemon/citrus with light malt tones. The overall feel was that this was a thin,slightly bitter and spiced up beer. The grains and yeasty finish were fine and the carbonation was o.k.

Notes: This was just o.k.
nothing I would go out of my way to purchase,yet I would buy it again. A decent brew.There is much more to offer for the style.

Lexluthor33, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of bcgoldtoe
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Yeast specks detract from the experience.

S: Touch of mint, flowery

T: A lot going on here--very difficult to discern the constituent parts. It bites hard at first but you get used to it. Overall, this beer tries too hard to be good at many things and fails at all.

M: Medium--thicker than I expected

D: Um, no.

bcgoldtoe, Jun 18, 2008
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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