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

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951 Ratings
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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 951 | Reviews: 180
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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of JamesMN
3.27/5  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.

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3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of nasastrums
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light golden orange body, topped by three fingers of just off-white very dense foam.

Nose features wheat, orange, tangerine, and spices. Pleasing, non-assertive.

Very light wheat slides across the tongue. Oranges. Spices. Clean finish.

Light tingly mouthfeel.

A well made wit, suitable for a warm afternoon.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says enjoy before June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp citrus driven aroma with lots of coriander spice. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Hints of citrus orange peel, pineapple, lemon zest, and tangerine. Lots of coriander hints. Some herbal and grassy hop hints as well. A pretty decent light wheat aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a crisp wheaty taste of citrus esters and coriander spice. Wheat cereal grains and pale malts with notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Citrus esters of orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big coriander taste and a slight touch of white pepper. Subtle herbal hops towards the finish. A decent wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and slightly tart.

Overall: A decent light wheat ale with some nice citrus and coriander notes.

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3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, good head retention, light spotty lace.

S: Definite citrus/orange with notes of pineapple.

T: This beer gives off a ton of orange with a nice interplay of wheat and lemon in the finish. Citrus dominated and direct.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and clean with a citrus finish, biting carbonation.

O: This is a very good white ale that fans of the style who enjoy a lot of citrus will like. Well worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Golden Yellowish colored body with some haze (hence being a witbier). Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral notes with grainy tones. Subtle hints of berries.
T) Grainy. Slightly nutty. Earthy floral. Not much in the finish, just falls out.
M) Crisp. Light body. Fizzy. Dry in the finish.
O) An OK beer. I'd drink another if the options were limited.

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Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.