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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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1,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 33
Gots: 61 | 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 tzieser
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a golden blonde color with a yeast haze heavy haze. strong, fluffy head-- special thanks to the yeast. beautiful.

smells great! tons of smells here thanks to the dozen spices or so that make up it's flavor. a touch of wheat up front gives way to a citrus orange smell....you can smell coriander faintly in the background. strong smell of yeast too!

not a big fan of the flavor on this one. it's a poor representation of the style. a ton of flavors, yes-- but that doesnt make it great...slight wheat flavors gives way to a strong citrus flavor. maybe ginger or coriander in the background. this is just too sweet for me.

mouthfeel is pretty chunky.

drinkability is average. too much spice for me.

i had this one last year and i wasnt the biggest fan...they should still call this 'spring ale' like they used to, because its definitely not a witbier (at least not anymore)

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold color, slightly cloudy, lots of carbonation present. Small white head dissipated quickly.

Sweet floral bouquet aroma with undertones of wheat and yeast/bread dough.

Mmmm mmm... tastes like a witbier! Wheat with a slight hop bitterness, although nothing exceptional about it.

Medium bodied. A very light aftertaste clings to the palate only briefly.

Very drinkable. A good witbier, but not great. I wouldn't pass this brew up but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Photo of McClungbrew2
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy orange/gold color. White creamy 1/2" head that lasts to the last drink.

Smell - Wheat malt with subdued citrus notes.

Taste - Big wheat malt up front, very vague citrus and spice. I get small peppery hits on the tongue. Earthy finish. Not as much citrus as expected.

Mouthfeel - Lively, light and tingley.

Drinkability - Pretty good

Photo of DocTheDJ
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into a lg. pilsner.

Alright head the fizzles fast. Very light lacing and spots on the way down the sides.

Smell Citrusy goodness nothing surprising but okay.

Taste. Sweetness and malt are nice together and the citrus taste makes it well rounded. Not real bitter and a nice lemony citrus aftertaste that I quite enjoyed. A bit stinging on the tongue. Sour sweet combo is nice (not very malty but thats just fine) Not much for hops for an ale but okay.

Much smoother than I anticipated a bit over carbonated (but might be alright for its style). Thin bodied but definately not watery.

Overal I would have this one again and would certainly enjoy it on a hot summer day! Atleast average all around. Will make a revist to this one in the summer.

Revisit on this one at a colder temp and had to upgrade. Is darn good cold and after a long days work!

Photo of eporter66
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass

Golden coloring with 1 finger head - good retention. Not as cloudy as described for a Witbier. Citrus orange scent, crisp clean lemon taste, that was a little tart at the back. A little heavy on the carbonation, average mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, clean taste, nothing overpowering.

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

Wow, it's February 1st and Super Bowl Sunday and I'm drinking a 2009 Samuel Adams' "Ale brewed with spices especially for Spring". Hmm. Methinks there must be some wire-crossing afoot, as I realize that while North Carolina isn't exactly the deep-freeze in winter time, the stupid Punxatawney groundhog hasn't even had a chance to predict how long the rest of the season will last yet... bizarre.

Briskly swirled and poured into a large weizen glass, White Ale is lemony-golden with a touch of haze and a huge, glossy, bright white head atop. The crown of foam is soft-peak eggwhite-solid and sticks thick spongy blobs of lacing onto the glass.

The smell is mildly floral and lightly spicy with an oily-sweet note of fragrant citrus peel.

The taste is juicy and melony-sweet with a tart twist and a dusting of dry spice that finishes warm and a tad peppery. A label affixed to the B-side of the bottle challenges the drinker to detect the ten spices used in the brew-- I get just a touch of the coriander lingering in the aftertaste; the orange and lemon peel are oily and tart; anise?, tamarind? maybe lingering with the coriander... Rose hips, oh yeah; vanilla, grains of paradise, hibiscus, and plum? Well... I'm sure that all that's in there, but it's all buried in crisp, refreshing mildness that finishes rather dry.

The drink is light-medium in body with fine carbonation and very good drinkability, no matter how far out of whack the "Seasonality" of the beer is. Bring on Spring!

Photo of IDrinkAllot
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam's white is lacking in flavor even for a wit. What flavor it did have was very pleasant, with a great balance of citrus and spice. This also gave the beer a wonderful aroma, all be it subtle. Where this beer really wins out is in drinkability, it was refreshing and smooth with a nice mouth feel. It's a great good choice for a hot day.

Photo of Vendetta
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a thick, cloudy white ale. Dark yellow hue with a white, soft head. Hollow, lasting lacing.

Aroma is super citric, particularly lemon, very fruity overall.

Taste is very fruity, a bit light-bodied for a witbier, but not too bad. Enjoyable but a bit shallow.

Mouth feel is severely damaged by hideous overcarbonation. Way too spiky on the tongue for my taste. Also a bit light bodied. No good. Drinkability suffers for this as well.

Photo of jjanega08
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= a hazy yellow color a bit darker than the wits I've had before. A tall head emerges leaving decent lacing on the glass. Small bubbles rise off the bottom making this beer look very delicious indeed.
S= cinnamon, coriander, and orange peel just like a wit should smell.
T= A little disappointed with the amount of flavor there is. The flavors are all there just subdued.
M= Very smooth and crisp. Great for the style.
D= pretty high. great spring beer. This one is not quite as flavorful as I expected but maybe that's what makes it so drinkable. Pretty nice brew.

Photo of CMW
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Samuel Adams White Ale pours a cloudy, light orange color and is darker than most beers of this style. While most Belgian Witbier pours a white yellowish color, my Samuel Adams is definitely more orange. There was a good sized head that measured about an inch and was pure white. The head also stuck with the brew for some time.

The nose was filled with citrus and spice as you might expect from a wit. You can definitely smell the orange peel right away. Going a little deeper you catch the coriander and clove. There are no surprises in the nose; all the regular characters are there.

The taste is rather typical for the style. Light-bodied and somewhat tart as it hits your palate and there is a definite crispness there. You can taste the spices as coriander, orange peel, vanilla, and black pepper all come to mind. The finish is dry but slightly tangy which makes this not as refreshing as some.

Photo of kballer
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good witbier but I prefer Bell's Winter White and even Blue Moon to this one. It tastes pretty standard but a had a bit more sour taste to it that I just can't completely enjoy. I love Sam Adams but this one just isn't my favorite. As far as seasonals go, I love the winter lager.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Clockwork420
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of srrn
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of reallyhoppie
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of cvfish
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of selecter70
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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