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

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78
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937 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 98 | 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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Reviews by thecheapies:
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3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White Lantern, from the Sam Adams Spring Thaw Pack. Gave the Great Lakes pint glass a good rinse.

Pours a mustardy orange color with good haze. Soapy foam becomes a white film on the surface after a minute or two. Draping lacing is forming.

Maybe because it's so recognizable in a Sam Adams ale, but the first thing I pick up on is the Grains of Paradise. Citrus rind, wheat maltiness, soppy witbier yeast, light coriander, and musty orange.

Wheat malts (with extra tanginess), grains of paradise, coriander, orange rind, surprising crispness (citrusy hops?), and just a touch of tangerine. Not as sugary as I was afraid of. Not dry, either. Light peppery spice in the middle that vanquishes in the finish beneath more wheat maltiness and blown kisses of bitterness from the hops.

Very carbonated. I like extra carbonation for this style, though. The body is thinner than typical with a greasy repel. Anti-sticky. Slippery, if anything.

I don't mind this, at all. I thought I might turn on it, but I can drink it pretty easily and it tastes decent. I hate when brewers make their wheat ales undercarbonated, sticky, and body-hefty. This one drinks like a summery ale, but with agreeable cool weather spiciness.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of drewschi54
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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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!

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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