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

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 1,496
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 36
Gots: 85 | 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 beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly cloudy golden hue with two fingers of pillowy white head. A little bit darker than most witbiers, but still not bad.

Smell: a light, citrusy spiciness. Coriander and a refreshing wheaty quality abound. Basically, what I'm looking for in a witbier.

Taste: quite spicy and somewhat tart. There's a pretty strong grainy aftertaste which I don't love. I feel like this beer could use a little cleaning up.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a decent carbonation level. Pretty creamy, although not near as much as its Belgian cousins.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable, but for some of the flavor irregularities. I prefer a little bit sweeter of a Witbier with less of a grainy aftertaste. This is not a bad beer, though. (780 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold, very light haze, with a thick bright white cap of fine bubbles. A bit of chunky lacing, good head retention. Cereal grain aroma with lemon/citrus, faint spice. Smooth, creamy texture. More body than expected, but still on the light side. Some dryness, a little soapy. Mild flavour overall, cereal, grains, coriander, lemons. Quite an approachable brew. Easy drinking and refreshing. (393 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky golden orange color with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is wheat, citrus, corriander and orange peel. The taste features much of the same flavors as in the nose with a lot of wheat and some citrus that is smooth and crisp. Overall, this is a pretty decent stab at the witbier style. It certainly does not live up to some of the ones from Belgium, but it is a pleasant beer to drink. Recommended. (505 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally.

It pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of corriander and citrus. There's more spice there but I can't pick 'em out.

The taste is of wheat and corriander with a lemon citrus hop bite that clearly dominates near and through the finish. It's a very uncomplicated example of the style but decent tasting.

Light bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation.

Drinkability? It is fairly refreshing though not what I would consider in the upper etchalon of the style so....a pretty good drinker. It isn't one that I would turn to often. (599 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (387 characters)

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

A: Pale, slightly hazy pale straw color. Poured a 1 finger stark white head that dissipated to an even skim. Inconsistent, broken lacing.

S: Slightly sweet wheat, orange then a nice citrus bite. Was a hint of something else (yeast?) I couldn't place.

T: Big wheat taste. Citrus rind in the foundation. Simple, but nicely blended flavors.

M: Light body. Balance carbonation. Smooth feel yet crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable beer in a very drinkable style. (457 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer with tons of cloudy haze. Lots of spices mentioned on the bottle, creates a panoply of aroma that doesn't gel together, not offensive, just seemed a little like they wanted to list some unusual stuff they use.

Taste, decent, a little chewier than expected, one of the more dense white ales. Lots of that clove spice you either love or hate usually. Lemon. Orange. Very carbonated. Not my favorite beer out of the variety pack by far. (446 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle with an expiration date of March 2011. The pour is a milky pale yellow with busy carbonation but virtually no head to speak of. The aroma is thin but exhibits a citrus, doughy character. There was little in the way of wheat. The body comes in at about medium. The taste is mild with more of a wheat-like base, vague spices, and thin hops. Drinkable enough but nothing overwhelming. (395 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Ale is just an extremely smooth and subtle brew. To me it seems like a perfect beer for the summer, and I'm a little unhappy that the Spring season is almost over. The only thing really lacking here is that this beer only has a faint aroma, and that the beer is so subtle that it lacks a highly noticible taste. Still this is a nice beer that I will be looking foward tonext Spring.

7.7/10 (411 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Cloudy yellow color with a nice one-finger head. Definitely looks like a witbier to me.

Aroma: Malt, wheat and a faint hint of coriander. Seems very inviting.

Taste: Strong and wheatish upfront. A bit of coriander/citrus in the middle. Smooth. Inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: Wheat mainly. Not dry or anything. Citrus is very faint.

Verdict: Obviously not the best witbier in the world. However, it's smooth, very drinkable and definitely worth a look see. You can't go wrong but if you want the best examples, you have to look elsewhere. Otherwise, it's a step up from macros. (580 characters)

Photo of bark
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pale yellow; the liquid is clear. The low head is white.

The smell is sweet with notes of fruit candy, toffee and exotic fruits. I found it inviting.

The taste is very fresh with notes of fruit candy, herbs, and citric candy. It can best be described as bitter-fresh-sourish. Notes of apricots and honey. The aftertaste is refreshing with bitter notes of herbs. Coriander? Beef stock?

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong; the liquid is light.

A highly drinkable interpretation of the witbier style. Fresh and spicy! (542 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch frothy white head. It smells like orange, lemon, coriander and a bit of grain. The beer tastes mostly like orange and grain, with a bit of coriander, pretty much tastes the same way it smells. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer is smooth and crisp. Drinkability is OK, but I don't know if I'd want to drink more than 2-3 of these at a time. Overall I think it's an OK beer, it wouldn't be a bad choice to drink on a hot day. (510 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Bradley airport in CT. After looking at my beer I had to re-confirm they gave me the correct one. This didn't look like a witbier at all, it was in fact orange colored and somewhat clear (tranlucent plastic cup made it hard to tell). The aroma didn't really say "witbier" to me either. Mostly I smelled a lightly spiced ale, perhaps the correct spices but not the yeasty fruitiness I wanted. It was easy drinking, but not my favorite interpretation of a wit, and I probably won't get it again. (514 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Full of carbonation with a head that clears quickly with no lace. Looks kind of like a soda. Yellow beer color.

S - Smells like grain malt and citrus rind.

T - Wow spicy! The taste of the orange and yeast are melded together with a bubbly effervescent kind of way. Its actually quite full of flavor which came as a surprise!

M - Very light. I enjoyed it.

D - Other than the Chocolate bock I enjoyed this one second most of the variety pack. Something about citrus and yeast in an American beer that just clashes great in this. Loved it. (545 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer from a bottle into a chalice.

this is good winter beer but the problem is it is way to overpowering and you can only have one.

It has a nice gold cloudy color, but the white head is very small.

It has a very strong flavor of cinammon, but that is way to strong to make it good. (299 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer has a light amber color and coudy consistency. Had about a quarter inch of head and some decent lacing.

S: There was an underplayed citrus aroma, along with some hops and mild spices.

T: Had a taste of lemon, orange, hops and spices, though not as complex as Belgian counterparts.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and pretty smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer, a good brew for hot summer days. However, as I said, it's not as good as others of the style. Pleasant, though. (521 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, taken from the fridge of another

appearance: pours a cloudy apricot colour, thin bubbly white head, little in the way of foamy lacing

smell: grapefruit, tropical fruit, peach citrus...obviously very fruity, corriander , slight yeast, grassy, slightly peppery

taste: yeasty, sweet peach juice, grapefruit, tropical fruits...interesting witbier interpretation. I must admit i was a little confused by this thing though it was certainly easy enough to drink

mouthfeel: medium-light body, sufficient carbonation

drinkability: very (554 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-dark orange color wuth one finger head that had a little constant carbonation. Left a head taht stayed for awhile and some good sheath lacing. The smell is less citric (lemon and orange) and more spices. I saw the commercial where they talk about 10 different spices or something, so maybe a little mind control on their part. But I swear there is a zesty, peppery smell to it. The taste is rather dull, there are light hoppy notes and the orange and lemon come out a little as do the spices, but nothing stands out in particular. There's no spice that stands out, not a strong fruit flavor and not a strong hop bit lead to a thinnish, almost watery smooth mouthfeel. Not the best white, but it makes for a damn good lunch beer. (742 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen Glass. Best by July notched on the label.

A - Unfiltered hazy yellow straw color with a lumpy white head floating above a steady stream of carbonation. A little lacing.

S - Spicy wet wheat smell is very interesting with a teeny bit of sweet, light malts and a little fruity and floral hints.

T - The same spices from the smell come through ion the taste very well. Wet grain and wheat too. A small amount of light malts but overshadowed by the other respects.

M - Carbonation right with a bit of a crisp feel to it. Nothing special here.

D - For a spring ale it has good qualities but in the end it's kind of just above average I think. Good and goes down with ease but it doesn't present anything special. (745 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a hazy honey-golden with a decent white head. Aroma is strong and wheaty with a lemony undertone. Rich wheaty flavor has lemony and yeasty tones, and is quite refreshing. Definitely better on-tap! Slippery, jazzy texture leaves behind a nice tingle and a touch of lemon. (291 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a very cloudy yellow-gold color with modest white fuzz on top and a carpet of lace. A mild lemon wheat aroma, apple and a hint of malt. A mild but tastey bread based flavor. Very smooth with some fullness in body while providing a tangy, well carbonated refreshment. Crisp fruit overtones as noted in the aroma, even cherry perhaps. But overall the accent is on the bready edible quality. Quite enjoyable and somewhat unique, good quality. I find this to be a very drinkable choice, goes down quick and easy with decent flavor. (532 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy golden tan with fluffy white head

S: wheat, citrus and corriender with a little black pepper

T: See smell: wheat, citrus and corriender with a little black pepper

D: Smooth, not overly seasoned but slightly overly carbonated

N: good for the style, not overly citrused or spiced (292 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Enjoy before May notched on the label. Pours a pale, honey-orange with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, half inch, off-white head that quickly dissipates into a mostly consistent skim. Not much happening in the nose - faint citrus rind and a trace of coriander. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a slightly bready character. Mouthfeel is light with a lively carbonation, a kiss of citrus astringency and a semi-dry finish. A decent Witbier, albeit somewhat lackluster. Can't touch the Belgians, but I wouldn't turn one down on a warm day. (593 characters)

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