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

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912 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 88 | 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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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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.8%

djrn2, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

acurtis, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of orange peels and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there's a little less flavors of orange peels and more of wheat. No spices are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and goes down easily. It reminds me a lot like a Blue Moon except that it has more flavors of orange peels.

metter98, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head (particularly for a WIt) though it does leave quite a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Vague elements of toasted wheat bread, citrus peel, coriander and grains of paradise

Taste: Somewhat sweet with banana and toffee joining the toasted wheat flavors; in the middle, a bit of citrus peel, coriander and grains of paradise arrive; a surprising hint of pepper in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather like a Wit on training wheels though easy to drink

brentk56, May 03, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

kjkinsey, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

GRG1313, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.8%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

kylehay2004, May 05, 2013
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.

Knapp85, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of the 2013 Spring Thaw Variety Pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, darkish golden body with a smallish, receding, white head.

Smell: Bright, cheery orangey citrus note atop the wheat malt and redolent spice mix.

Taste: Malted wheat with a touch of breadiness and sugared sweetness. Spritzy citrus character as the carbonation crackles across the tongue, fast followed by the spices, the Grains of Paradise with its characteristic peppery bite. Very minor hop character, bitterness, letting the citrus additions and spices take on that role.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Minus the GoP, it's not particularly distinguishable from a Blue Moon, and, after Summer and Coastal Wheat, I'm really not sure they needed another light, wheat-based, Grains of Paradise-dosed anything.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

SocalKicks, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The slightly racist member of the Lantern Corps...? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy pale yellow-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, a pinch of black pepper, and a vague sense of citrus peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with less pepper and a tad more citrus. Everything still comes across as watered-down, artificially muted. It doesn't wanna be gagged, but what victim does, right? The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty meek wit, one with precious little spicing and a character so bland Michael Bay wants to replace him with something more rounded for one of his background characters.

TMoney2591, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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?

biboergosum, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a hazy, golden orange color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and coriander. Some wheat notes, too.

T - Spices that one would expect with a witbier with a strong orange peel presence. Good wheat and yeasty flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - this is a nice witbier. I liked it better than some other American versions out there.

zeff80, Mar 09, 2013
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves only light traces of lace.

S - Lemon and wheat with a touch of pepper and little else.

T - Spicy wheat and some herbal notes up front. Clove and basil in the middle (an odd combination) and a finish of lemon, pepper and herbal hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A bit too sweet and kind of one-dimensional. Like many American witbiers, there just isn't much to recommend this.

nickfl, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Jason, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/23/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemons, light caramelized malts but not much else.

T: The taste starts out sweet with spices and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat, some Belgian yeast and a decent malt character. The hops presence is mild and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it seems very similar to Sam Adams Summer Ale, but a decent beer overall.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 25, 2013
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

Slatetank, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed peach/amber with a thumb of pearl white head. Nice head retention, traces of lacing

S: Doughy, white grape & corriander, plus wheaty notes

T: Follows the nose, hints of peach & white pepper up front. A touch of lemon & orange peel comes through as this warms, slight grainyness as well. Finishes with white grape, pepper, grainnyness & orange peel

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation

Very drinkable, not the greatest wit out there, but enjoyable none the less...

russpowell, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive cloudy amber in the Duvel tulip with a nice head. Sharp and very spritzy on the tongue. Some malt y sweetness and a touch of butter. A little of the malt and citrus aroma.

The orange and coriander are rather distinct in the flavors. A bitterish tang at the end. Pleasant and gulpable. It's hard to find much fault with this, but it's a little on the acidic side. A 12 oz bottle from the Spring 12-pack purchased at the local supermarket.

mactrail, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

mendvicdog, Jan 22, 2013
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Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.