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

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954 Ratings
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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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Reviews by Samp01:
Photo of Samp01
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and Taste is of wheat, biscuit malt some lemon and hay, mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp, refreshing and nicely balanced with mild carbonation. The finish is wheat, hay, biscuit malt and some sweet lemon notes and light bitterness. I good refreshing solid brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of drewschi54
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Come on SA...really? Another unimaginative white ale? Not to mention its barely Januaey and youre already force feeding the masses (which is obviously who most SA are designed for now).

All that said, its not bad. Kind of a Summer Ale and White Ale hybrid. Both of which are ok but mixed?...meh.

Purchased at a local chain grocery store in Hillsboro, NH (did the last guy really pay 20$ in cali for this 12er????) and poured into a Gritty McDuff pint glass.

Looks like your typical heffy (thats hefeweizen) with its hazy, orangish color with an ok 1 finger head.

Smell is slight citrusy/wheat aroma.

Taste def.has orange, tangerine, an maybe lemon right up front. Not much alchohol smell and whatever hops are in there seem to be the usual SA standbys. Def.better cold than warm.

Overall, i guess this wobbly pop is ok, easy to drink, and easy on the wallet (unless u live in cali appearantly). I guess what my problems with this (and other recent SA selections) is that its obviously brewed for the masses, forced into stores waaaay too early (its still jan.in New England and spring beers are better in spring), and ever since SA got rid of the White Ale, every seasonal 12er has some lame attempt at originality. Stick with what git u there Jim.

Photo of generallee
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 5% and there is a short description of the beer.

Appearance : It has a hazy old golden color with a tall white head. The head has good retention and lacing is ok.

Smell: The nose has some mild spice and lemony citrus notes.

Taste / Palate: Sams White Lantern has a smooth light palate with a light malt base, a hint a spice and a touch of citrusy bitterness.

Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack. 12 ounce bottle, with "Enjoy before" dating notched onto the label. (July 2013)

Hazed medium tangarine, lite khaki head, leaving respectable blobs of lace.

Muted pepper and some dull yeast on the nose.

Middle of the road wit, with typical light pepper, faint coriander and a yeasty presence. Not bad stuff, would work on a warm summer's day with some salads, cheese and crusty bread.

SA makes more craft beer with training wheels

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color. Thin white head and slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, Citrus and pine and malt notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus(more orange than anything) hops and bitter pine notes.

Overall: This was a decent brew, I drank the whole 6 pack of it my wife got me, so I guess it was good!

Photo of deebo
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely a Belgian wit. Compared to some others this version from SA is real heavy on the orange-especially the peel. Spicy-lots of coriander. Plenty of malt body but it is overshadowed by the heavy dose of orange peel and coriander. Carbonation is appropriately medium/high. An ok wit-would prefer it a little more naked.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a large tulip. Best before JUN 2014.

Pours a hazy deep golden orange color. Creamy white head that eventually fades to a foamy ring. No real lacing.

Banana with big orange peel notes. Spice from the yeast and maybe coriander.

Banana, orange peel citrus, crisp wheat, almost fakery perfumery tasting, lots of fruity notes and hints of spice either from the yeast or coriander or both.

Fairly light in body, easy drinking.

Not a terrible beer, but way too similar to so many other Sam Adams beers of a similar style. Not worth drinking again. Lacks complexity.

Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says enjoy before June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp citrus driven aroma with lots of coriander spice. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Hints of citrus orange peel, pineapple, lemon zest, and tangerine. Lots of coriander hints. Some herbal and grassy hop hints as well. A pretty decent light wheat aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a crisp wheaty taste of citrus esters and coriander spice. Wheat cereal grains and pale malts with notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Citrus esters of orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big coriander taste and a slight touch of white pepper. Subtle herbal hops towards the finish. A decent wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and slightly tart.

Overall: A decent light wheat ale with some nice citrus and coriander notes.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bottle out of the winter 12 pack variety box. Pours the usual yellow cloudy haze that you want to see in a witbier, nice 3/4" white head on it. Sam Adams makes them some pretty beers to look at.

Aroma, wheat was foremost up there, a little bit of the witbier yeast cum hefe banana and ester profile going on. Mild, enjoyable, even if any amount of clove is almost always a negative for me.

Taste, pretty wheat and spices. Somewhere between lame and exciting, which I guess is mundane or predictable. Not bad. Not great. Coriander, lemon/orange/citric rind/peel going into it. On one hand, I liked the somewhat deft hand with the spicing, but on the other, it still comes off as just filler beer. Wheat has an interesting bitter twang to it for a wheat beer, not bad, just a little different. Carbonation was up there.

At only $1 a beer in the 12pack, this one is worthy enough.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an apricot golden hazy hue with a bright white head, forms fines speckled lacing. Aroma is hitting hard with grains of paradise, sharp wheat, and hints of citrus and coriander spiciness. Flavor is a bit one dimensional with heavy spice a mix of coriander and grains of paradise, with some juicy citrus and bitter apricot pit. Mouthfeel is medium on the palate carbonation a bit sluggish for how heavy the spices linger between sips, I could use something more palate cleansing. The Sam Adams house yeast weighs heavy on this one bringing out a bready, nutty character that pretty much dampers the experience for me. It was like a spring release of the Summer Ale toned down a bit.

Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

White Lantern is a darker gold-orange than the name implies (and dark for the style as well). It's quite clouded with haze as well. It develops a solid finger of head that shows pretty good retention. Lacing is left in spotty clumps, some of it having trouble sticking.
The wheat combines with heftier flavors and possibly the body, along with the yeast, to create a doughy smell and taste underlying. Citrus and spicing, some zest and a dryer green apple flesh or white grape note combine to make a well-rounded beer with a bit of complexity. The yeast could use a little more oomph, but it works all said.
The mouthfeel is bigger than expected without going too big for the style, It's got some substance to it, and it really has a nice, rolling, rich flow to it with plenty of smoothness mingling with a pleasant crisp bite off a solid carbonation.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, another new offering around here, through the good graces of the Sam Adams summer mixed-pack.

This beer pours a cloudy, but bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of tightly foamy and slightly creamy ecru head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of islet lace around the glass as things bleed off.

It smells of edgy coriander and peppery, musty grains of paradise spice, gritty pale and wheat malt, a not insignificant semi-sweet mixed citrus character, and some grassy, kind of herbal hops. The taste is pretty consistent with the aroma - aggressive sweet n' savoury spice, in the form of coriander, deconstructed grains of paradise (pepper and dried citrus rind, mostly), a generic yeastiness, muddled, but still quite level-headed wheat malt, and a growing lemongrass essence, which may or may not be wholly attributable to the difficult to discern hops.

The carbonation is not overly intense, just a pleasant frothiness for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and plainly smooth, if at all. It finishes still kind of sweet, the wheat malt, mixed spice, and sedate citrus colluding as such on my various palates.

Very much a newbie sort of witbier, the spice and fruit treated with way less subtle deference than the stars of the style. That's not to say that this isn't good - it is - it's just that I get too much of that American, hit me over the head with the amped-up versions of the aspects that should duly be left as they are, thing. Dare I say, 'chick' - no, cross that, ok, 'hipster' beer?

Photo of joeseppy
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow pour with a fluffy white crown.

First smell is orange peels, mild yeast and coriander.

Just like it smells, orange peel, wheat grain, coriander and I swear bananas have a showing now and then.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and on the lighter side. A brew I feel is meant for the summer months during the day. I could really only handle a few in a session-but that's what happens with most wheats anyway for me. I really do not like comparing beers but for those wanting to try this, for me it is like a Blue Moon but with actually more orange.

Every brew has its place in the sun. Decent fare.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, mellow golden color with a white half finger head. Fair retention. Spotty lacing, with fair stick.

Smell - Wheat, light milkiness, subtle corriander. Typical witbier aroma.

Taste - Moderate notes of milky wheat character. Lesser notes of citrus hits around mid-taste, and the faintest touch of spice near the finish, which is clean and light.

Mouthfeel - Refreshingly light, with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, with a quenching quality.

Overall - Not a very flavorful brew, but what this witbier lacks in flavor, it makes up for in a light, refreshing drinkable quality. Maybe it's because I got a light workout in before review, but this thing is really hitting the spot. Probably would have been better mixed in with the Sam Summer pack, and not the Spring pack that comes out before the snow has even thawed.

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - orange with a big, bright, white head that has good retention

S - orange, citrus, faint spice, some husk

T - straw, orange, faint spices, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit dry

This isn't a bad beer, but it doesn't have a great flavor profile either. This comes across as a typical Americanized Witbier: big orange notes, some straw, and faint, almost unnoticeable spices. This was nice to try once, but I certainly won't be having it again.

Photo of secondtooth
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden, with a solid 2-fingers of fine white carbonation. Lace is spotty and erratic.

Nose is spiced wheat and a definite citrusy orange peel tone. Not bad.

Taste is both spicy and sweet -- a different take on the usual Belgian wit vibe. The citrus and coriander work well together in tandem here, and this is an enjoyable brew.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Soda-like carbonation with good foam. Looks a bit orange, brown, or even pink like an IPA.

Smell: Sour cloves and some resiny pine.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Too sour for the style. Also quite thin. Again, this definitely has some IPA qualities, but it doesn't add up overall.

Overall: Not my favorite, but enjoyable enough.

Photo of socon67
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pour is a hazy golden color with visible carbonation. Decent lacing on the glass. Good foam retention as a solid 1" fromt he pour held.

S - Smells of corriander, with a tangerine citrus scent. Very faint smell of fresh grains. Smells very similar to thier summer ale, with tangerine replacing the lemon scent.

T - Light flavors of orange and light grains. The spicy notes of ginger root and corrainder hold througout. Very light drinking beer.

M - Even though this is a one trick pony, it is a very sessionable beer. For the spring this is pretty much what you would want anyway.

O - Decent witbier that does what it was made to be. Light feeling, sessionable and with a decided spicy finish, this is a good beer to watch the temperature warm to summer with.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The White Lantern from Sammy Ale is decent and reminds me alot fo the White Ale, White Christmas, etc that they have had. The beer pours pale clear yellow with white head that is not lacing. The smell has hints of citrus, orange peel and spice. The taste has a battle between the citrus and spice with a good malt base and slightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is good....but there are so many other great beers that this would be lost in the crowd.

Photo of cjgator3
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color with an off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The sweet and slightly floral aroma is wheat, a lot of citrus and orange peel, a touch of honey, and coriander.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet citrus up front with a touch of hops and yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, White Lantern is a pretty decent Witbier but probably not something I would purchase again in the future.

Photo of RickS95
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle

Sam Adams continues to do little for me. If you're a Bud drinker, this is probably not a bad looking beer. It's not entirely clear, just mostly. It's got the basics of a milky golden color, but it's too clear and it's not milky/cloudy/hazy enough. The head is a couple finges thick and retains well. The pieces are there, they're just not well put together.

Kudos for a decent selection of spices. I can pick up the coriander and orange peel, but I'm missing the tangerine. Score would be higher if the scents were a bit more pronounced.

Again, the pieces are there, they just don't cooperate. Wheat and coriander, but that's it. Muted tastes.

A good wit pops. This lands with a thud. Like smell and taste, everything is too muted and subtle. Medium bodied. It's tangy-ish, but needs more. There's a splash of acidity, but needs more. It needs more of just about everything.

Run of the mill wit. Not quite good enough to be average, not even as good as Blue Moon. Skip this one.

Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White Lantern pours a lighter gold color. It’s a little hazy. Backlighting brightens things up a bit, giving it more of a straw look. A soft white head sits on top. It’s rather modest, rising to about half a finger in height. It’s very quick to recede. Lacing was light and very spotty. It’s not great, but it’s not bad.

The nose is alright. It’s a little weak. More strength would improve it. It is very earthy and grainy throughout. Spicy notes are apparent. Smells mostly like coriander and orange peel. It has a nice citrus lemon scent that lingers for a while. Yeast is rather strong in the mix, but doesn’t smell bad. Light, grassy hops are noted. Noble variety? Smells like it. Alcohol is pretty well buried. I’m not getting much at all. It’s alright. Just a little weak.

The flavor is a little better than expected. It kicks off with nice spicy flavors of coriander and orange peel. They blend well with the strong earthy and grainy notes that resonate throughout each sip. Fruit flavors of light orange and lemon are nice and refreshing. Yeast has a nice, strong presence. Grassy hops blend nicely and add a bit of a bitter kick. They’re stronger than anticipated and are a very nice surprise. Alcohol isn’t much a factor. It’s blended well and goes unnoticed for the most part. Finishes spicy, earthy, and grassy.

White Lantern has a lighter body. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing. It’s a little too thin to feel smooth, but it goes down super easy. I could probably handle a few these on a nice, hot day. Not bad at all.

White Lantern is alright in my book. If you’re looking for a pretty tasty beer that’s simple, straight forward, and drinkable, check it out. It’s not a great Witbier, but it’s pretty good. It could be improved with a stronger nose, bolder spices, and a tad more body. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label is notched by best June 2013. Man this is juicy for a wit. You know what it reminds me of? Blue Moon. The aroma has a cleaner whole-grain bread note with a dash of pepper, and the flavor does still resemble a wit, but it's closer to Blue Moon than Hoegaarden or Allagash White. There's a mild tart feel with floral tangerine flavor with more smooth, doughy bread. Make sure you let this one warm up for at least 20 minutes, it's much better at cellar temps. The fruit is still on the heavy side, along with the floral spices, but it's an interesting enough take on the style.

Photo of dbossman
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy apricot hue with a thin film of a head; lacing is okay

S: Orange peel, tangerine; some peppery spice; also a musty, grainy--somewhat bready--undertone

T: Better complexities in the flavors than the aromas: some orange and other citrus with subtle cloves and pepper; they work well off the subtle grassy, grainy malt undertone

F: A bit thin--especially in the finish; there is a pleasant creaminess up front

O: A refreshing beer: I wish the aroma and mouth feel matched up with the flavors because it's actually pretty tasty

Photo of lionhrt9
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - little to no head and no lacing. Color is cloudy light orange.

S - Light aroma with off smells, lemony smells

T - Orange flavor with grapefruit and off flavors, disappears quickly with maltyness lingering

M - Watery and slick, very light carbonation

O - Very poorly done or I had an off product but I was well within the freshness date. Not a whole lot here. Tastes like a dull malt

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