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

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 83 | 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

dmorgan310, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%

Dear brewers, it snowed 4" in Boise today. It is too early for spring beers.

Picked this up as part of Boston Beer Company's Spring Thaw mix 12-pack. Poured into my thin tulip... Nice white head... decent lacing atop a hazy yellow/light orange brew.

Nose shows big citrus zest and I guess what are the birds of paradise... too much citrus IMO... and the tangerine is a little distracting.

Flavor is better, but only mildly... a residual malty sweetness blooms the citrus and sorta deadens the spices... coriander is flat on the finish.

Body seems thick for the style... carbonation is a little soft too.

Okay... Will I buy again? Probably not.


JohnGalt1, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and Slight lacing. Smells of coriander, sweet malt, slight hops, hint of pine, slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of coriander, syrup-orange, sweet malt slight pale malt, slight hops, and a hint of pine. Overall, weak aroma, body has too much syrupy orange flavor, weak appearance, but feel is good.

Tone, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

rolltide8425, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

ShanePB, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a ton of carbonation and a sparse, filmy coating of white head. Aromas of apricot and orange rind, with a bready and slightly buttery undertone. Very sugary sweet smell overall. Flavors of bread, first and foremost, with a blended marmalade highlight of sweet citrus and apricot. Unbalanced, and a touch cloying. The body is thin and filmy from the carbonation, and there is a sharp, frothy finish. Syrupy sweet aftertaste. This beer is a little much on the sweet for me, but I could see it being appealing to the cider population venturing into the beer world.

GarthDanielson, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a slightly hazy medium apple juice with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to wisps of foam on top. The aroma is heavy on the orange and a bit spicy with coriander and a hint of fruity spicy wheat. The flavor is malty orange with a spicy edge. Its a bit sweet with light sugar and fruity malt and a bit of spice. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer, I could drink it, but I'm not sure I would want to it just not my thing.

johnnnniee, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

tobelerone, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
2/5  rDev -41.2%

THECPJ, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy yellow hue with a light effervescence and a finger of fizzy white head which dissipated rapidly. Kind of disappointing - it lacks the silvery haze and billowy head of the best of the style.

Smell: lightly fruity, citrusy and floral aroma; balanced and appropriate for the style. It's actually quite nice.

Taste: moderately wheaty with a bit of a citrus hint. There is a tartness here which is a bit distracting and unwelcome, but it's not a dealbreaker. A decent if not spectacular witbier.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a good, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely the best part of this beer.

Overall: this is not an outstanding witbier, but it works in a pinch. It's probably quite nice on a hot sunny day.

flagmantho, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Rhettroactive, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

WoodBrew, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -11.8%

vfgccp, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Haybeerman, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Boone757, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

12oz bottle from a 12pack spring sampler. Pours a hazy greyish(?)- golden color with a fluffy, white head that sticks around for awhile. Aroma is somewhat sour with wheat, citrus,spice, orange zest, tangerine. Tastes are slightly sour and tart with soggy wheat, tangerine, mandarin orange, coriander, pepper. Thinner body with moderate carbonation. Overall, not the greatest witbier - disappointingly odd, to say the least.

barnzy78, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -5%

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.

cjgator3, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Expiration date of Jan 2014.

The pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a big, fluffy and frothy milk shake-like head that lingers. Busy carbonation.

The aroma has a few Wit characters including pale malts, orange citrus, and dough. But I also get a cellar-like musty quality to it too.

Light to medium body but fairly creamy.

The taste is a step up from what I expected after the aroma. Decent spicy and citrus notes mingle well with the biscuit malts and a smooth slightly lingering finale.

puboflyons, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

Brenden, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

mrfrancis, Aug 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

KevinGordon, Jun 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

ROGUE16, Oct 03, 2013
Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.