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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

792 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | 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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budgood1

Minnesota

3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

pours out a cloudy and hazed dirty gold colour with an inch high bone white head. bits of chunky lace. strong fruity aroma...the orange/tangerine combo provides the bulk of the nose with coriander/GoP playing second fiddle. any wheat or belgian inspired smells are drowned out. the taste profile is somewhat unique...underneath it all there is a sour note that lingers and dominates the other layers. the fruitiness comes across as liquid cantelope...spicy GoP, which i love in the summer ale isn't hitting the right mark here. i get faux belgian type notes and the whole thing is a bit muddled and messy. if this is supposed to be a quencher/refresher, this also misses due to the overly sweet and fullishness of the body. the mouthfeel is also way too creamy and rich for a real spring time quaffer. drinkability suffers due to the "meal in a bottle" aspect.

overall, this experiment from Sam Adams just misses the target for me. i should like it, but i just don't and that's ok.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 22:57:18 | More by budgood1
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loose5682

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

04-26-2013 03:07:00 | More by loose5682
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Lang44

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

04-25-2013 16:13:42 | More by Lang44
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Finally finishing up the ol' spring mix pack, saved the wit for last.

Pours to a tulip glass pale orange with a good amount of haze to it. Big white head quickly falls to about a half-finger, eventually forming a wispy cap and thick ring that leaves some decent lacing.

Scent brings an orange/lemon mix, wheat, yeast, low spice level. Kinda weak strength and flavor-wise.

Taste is stronger but still kind of a bland flavor profile. Mostly orange/Creamsicle forward, lemon, light grapefruit, wheat, cracker-y malts, once again pretty light on the spices. Pretty straight forward, not bad.

Spiky carbonation hinders the drinkability but otherwise an alright mouthfeel. Body is a bit on the heavier side.

Though not unpleasant, this is was very average. I rarely find myself saying this about witbiers, but it could've used some more spice to liven things up a bit. Wheat beers don't seem to be Sam Adams strong point...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 02:22:35 | More by Chico1985
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -41.2%

04-23-2013 03:30:27 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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J_Dub

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.6%

04-22-2013 22:15:46 | More by J_Dub
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

04-21-2013 03:04:46 | More by BlueMoon10
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JHurley

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-21-2013 02:16:38 | More by JHurley
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rderedin

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-21-2013 00:06:36 | More by rderedin
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

04-20-2013 11:59:44 | More by Mattyb79
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

04-20-2013 04:21:03 | More by fishguyac
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orcsinspace

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love Witbier. This is a really decent offering, and I like how Sam Adams has been putting out quality white ales, and other unfiltered beers for the last few years. This beer really features the wheat, and the fruit notes are toned down just enough so they make it drinkable.

The color is awesome. I love hazy beers, and this one seems just right by appearance. The smell is a little mild, with some wheat presence. The taste is okay, but I was expecting something a little stronger flavor wise. The mouthfeel is watery, and needs improvement.

This is a great beer, and it just makes more of a statement for Sam Adams. I do not really consider Sam Adams "craft" beer in anyway, but most of their products are cheaper, and simply better tasting than some of the other "craft" beer on the market.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 21:59:56 | More by orcsinspace
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Tone

Missouri

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 16:25:51 | More by Tone
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acslatersbtb

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

04-18-2013 00:37:47 | More by acslatersbtb
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Billolick

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 22:56:51 | More by Billolick
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sgregory

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +25%

04-16-2013 22:14:37 | More by sgregory
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AmandaSchaefer

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-15-2013 22:58:28 | More by AmandaSchaefer
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BrothersOnBeers

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

04-15-2013 18:07:43 | More by BrothersOnBeers
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HalfFull

California

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed golden/touch of orange on the pour into a pint glass from standard pry off bottle. Half an inch of white foam settles out to a thin film and drops light lace.

Aroma is rather subtle on this one, with a bit of citru and coriander spice. No real yeast presence though perhaps a bit of sour wheat twange at times. More spice with warming.

Flavor is sweet up front with a smack of citrus followed by a lengthy orange and coriander finish. Bit sweet and one sided at first but does garner a bit more depth with some warming, expressing more spice as it does so.

Feel is a bit rich for the style and excarbated by the under represented carbonation level in the pour. Easy drinking nonetheless in a sense as the light carbonation and lack of stops on the bus route of flavor allow for a quick trip to your destination, that being the bottom of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 06:34:50 | More by HalfFull
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Didier

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

04-14-2013 00:31:54 | More by Didier
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DarthGator

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-13-2013 23:19:41 | More by DarthGator
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dcollinsOX

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-13-2013 00:50:15 | More by dcollinsOX
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soxandbeer

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -41.2%

04-12-2013 03:01:27 | More by soxandbeer
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Opaque creamsicle color with a super thin film of white head.

Aroma: Sweet mandarin orange, wheat, some spice. There's also something slightly artificial smelling about it that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: I'm not a big fan of the Belgian Ale styles but this one is very mellow and palatable. Probably due to the wheat that keeps makes it refreshing. The malt profile is pretty unremarkable besides the wheat though, but the additions of spices and orange peel help to jazz up the flavor. There is a very light bitterness that is somewhat accented by the carbonation bite in the finish. The tangerine flavor keeps things sweet and the grains of paradise linger a tad in the aftertaste but are otherwise easy to miss. At 5.5% ABV its one of Samuel Adam's only beers that seems to be right on par with the accepted style ABV range.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with aggressive carbonation. Slightly above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Of the six different beers in the spring sampler pack I was looking forward to White Lantern the least. However, it has turned out to be better than some of the others. If you like Blue Moon then this one will probably blow your mind. Would I drink it again? No.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 02:23:36 | More by JamesMN
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

341ml from a spring thaw pack.

A - pours a golden honey, somewhat cloudy, with 2 fingers head which dissipates fairly quickly, but nice lacing around the edges.

S - sweet orange citrus, little bit of hops, straw

T - clementines, wheat, sweet honey finish

M - highly carbonated, crisp, refreshing summer beer

O - like I said, good summer beer. As far as wheat beers go, it's pretty well balanced between flavour and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 22:46:06 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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