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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

829 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 6
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no dating--at least not that I saw, of course it's entirely possible that I forgot to look. I know it's a Sam Adams 2013 winter release, so it's pretty much fresh. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy orange with notes of honey and highlights of spun gold. I'm a little bit dismayed at the lack of haze compared to what I'm typically accustomed to with the style. If I didn't know better, I could have mistaken it for just chill haze from the protein. Head is really not any more impressive, as I'm only able to generate a half-finger of wimpy foam even with a fairly aggressive pour. The only positive is that what little head there is manages to stick around for quite awhile, but leaves basically zero lacing. Not off to a good start.

Smell - Unfortunately, the smell is not where this as yet unimpressive beer is going to get its second wind, so to speak. The lifelessness of the appearance has carried through to the smell, with notes of faint wheat and grain, as well as a surprisingly subdued spice note that I can identify as coriander if I try really hard. If I wasn't expecting/looking for the coriander, I doubt that I would've found it. I get none of the orange peel or tangerine except by way of a very generic fruity undertone that isn't recognizable as any specific aroma profiles.

Taste - The easiest way to sum it up is that it tasted like they took the Boston Lager recipe, replaced the caramel malt with wheat and pils malts, then added coriander. That's what this beer says to me--outside of the coriander spice (which is admittedly more pronounced here than in the aroma), there is nothing that really screams "WITBIER" to me in this offering from Sam Adams.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied and more crisp than any other wit I've had to date, perhaps from the use of the pils malt? Those characteristics aren't inherently bad, but they don't really meet what I consider to be the standard for the style. Maybe it's a "starter" wit? I dunno. Low carbonation as well.

Overall, this is the third wit I've sampled from Sam Adams, and unfortunately, they've produced two of the least favorite wits I've ever had, this being one of them. Interestingly enough, the two I haven't cared for made me feel that way by missing the wit style on opposite ends of the spectrum. One was over-saturated and hot while this one was bland and boring. This one might be a good place to start for someone who is wanting to ease into the style, and likes lighter, crisper lagers and ales, but for someone wanting genuine witbier taste, this is not the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 21:27:36 | More by LambicPentameter
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Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.