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

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 98 | 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

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(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a white head on top. The head was white, had a thin retention and not much lacing. The smell of the beer is lightly spiced with a fruity character and some citrus. The taste is pretty good. There is a bit amount of fruit and sweetness in the flavor, subtle spice and a wheat finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a nice carbonation. Overall it's not a bad Witbier, reminded me of Sunset Wheat personally.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmm...another Witbier/white ale from Sam Adams? How many more of these is SA going to put out?? Well, here it goes.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy two-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Decently strong aroma of fruit, yeast, and a slightly "off" mineral smell.

T - Tangerine, coriander, and grains of paradise forward. Hint of clove. Nice wheaty underbody. Peppery hops carry the finish and the overall "spiciness" builds as you work through the glass. Overall, the flavors come together pretty well.

M - Medium bodied. Prickly, almost fizzy carbonation. Compliments the taste.

O - An Americanized Witbier. Similar to their Summer Ale, but with a fuller mouthfeel. I found myself enjoying it but why would I buy this over nearly identical offerings by SA, or other better Witbiers? A decent effort, but not a rebuy.

Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy medium golden with a fluffy white head. Good retention and a very nive lacing. Aroma is of wheat, orange, and spices. Body is crisp, and I would say the very light side of medium. Taste is of ale, and spice with orange & lemon zest in the finish. Very nice, although they appear to be the same brew, I liked the White Christmas a bit better....

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep golden with apricot hues and a foamy one inch white head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Apricot, tangerine, coriander, and wheat form the initial aroma. There's a confectioners sugar sweetness that surfaces, along with light floral hop notes.

Flavor is wrought with tangerine, followed by confectioners sugar sweetness that hits mid palate and carries into lightly toasted, bready malt at the finish. Wheat character is notable, but not dominant, as is coriander and the grains of paradise. Floral character is also subtle, but present throughout.

Body is a touch light, with fairly high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very fruity initially, with well balanced sweetness and dryness. Slightly weak overall impression, but not a bad beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

probably the least impressive beer in this years spring mix. weirdly familiar though, has this been in here before? maybe under another name. I don't know. anyways, it pours a pale hazy shade of yellow, with a quickly dying white head. the nose is overly coriander and orange juice, with a lot of malted white wheat. I was hoping for a bit more of a Belgian yeast vibe in the flavor, but it really isn't there, as this is closer to a german hefe than a Belgian wit in a number of ways. the orange element is also pretty weak, and its too herbal from the coriander. it is refreshing, but its also a little soapy. fine carbonation and a less than medium body makes it pretty drinkable, but I just don't feel like drinking more than the two per 12er that comes in this box. its really underwhelming, especially after sam has made some pretty fun wits over the years. this is one to pawn off on your guests.

Photo of thecheapies
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.

Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by June 2013.

Slight haze. Deep golden body. Small, somewhat fizzy, off-white head. Nose is heavy on the spice rack. Grains of paradise, coriander, allspice, orange peel, and maybe cloves. Wheaty, yeasty malt underneath it all.

Spices and wheaty nuttiness up front. Grains of paradise and coriander are plenty strong here. Grainy wheat malt partners up with banana mid-palate. Citrus peel (orange mostly) zests up the finish. Lingering spice and banana-ish malt. Medium bodied, with a nice creamy feel. A bit of a spice bomb, but a nicely-made one at that.

Photo of DavidST
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet, best before June 2013. This pours a hazy golden yellow with an okay off white head which has decent retention. The smells are nice and citrusy, full of orange peels and spices. The feel is medium. The taste is decent, you get a little bitter orange along with mild hops and some malts.

Photo of Slatetank
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a wine glass, chilled from the bottle purchased at Beer Garden & Eatery at Giant Linglestown location.

The color is light golden with mild haze and quick dropping white cap with average bead. The smell is slightly spicy with a mild yeast ester with subtle citrus and lemon notes. The feel is very spritzy and light with a gentle spice and sweetness level with semi-dry finish and gentle tangy yeast feel.

The flavor is decent with the appropriate level of spice without going overboard, more of a lemon zest flavor and slight wheat yeast tanginess is the dominant flavor with very mild malt and the carbonation level is scrubbing away a lot after the swallow so a kind of dry yeast flavor in the finish. Overall this is an ok beer, but not my first choice when it comes to the style, I basically drank it because luck of the draw in a sampler pack

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