Samuel Adams White Lantern - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
03-19-2013 01:16:29 | More by alexgash
3.75/5 rDev +10.3%
Well, much better than their White Christmas. Hazy straw with a white head that dies quickly. Notes of tangerine and orange on the nose. Taste of tangerines as well with a slightly sweet finish. Both creamy on the front of the tongue and a bit sharp on the back of the neck. Still a strain to consider this in league with Vedett and Hoegaarten, but a tasty beer if you like something sweet.
03-19-2013 00:59:43 | More by ggourde
3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
03-18-2013 15:54:09 | More by StonedTrippin
3.23/5 rDev -5%
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.
03-17-2013 01:52:36 | More by cjgator3
4.16/5 rDev +22.4%
Another score from my recent visit to Highland Pizzeria. I promise to write a Place review once they finish their renovation sometime in late-Spring/early-Summer. In the meantime, they are worth at least a visit.
From the bottle: "Belgian-style white ales have a long history of unique ingredients as brewers experimented with spices discovered during the spice trade. For our hazy brew, we found a refreshing combination of crisp wheat, the tangy sweetness of tangerine & orange peel, and the subtle spiciness of coriander & Grains of Paradise. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".
I dislike the possibility that I might have left anything in the bottom of the bottle with such styles, so I am a king of agitation. In this case, it resulted in a dense, fluffy finger of bone-white head with great retention that allowed me to ensure that I had emptied the bottle. Clarity was indeed hazy, not cloudy, so I give them props for truth in advertising and the color was an orangish-yellow. Nose really gave off orange (peel) and tangerine and I was anxious to compare this to the previous beer that I reviewed of the same style. Mouthfeel was big and full, not overly carbonated, but more creamy. In fact, the taste reminded me of a Dreamsicle/ Creamsicle, which was the frozen novelty that consisted of a vanilla ice cream center enrobed by orange sherbert. I used to love them as a kid in the summertime. Ah, nostalgia while drinking beer. There is nothing better. I finally got the spiciness on the finish, but they really dialed it in to the point that it did not interfere with the orange. I have had wits that tasted and felt as though I had sprinkled black pepper on my tongue and it is not a pleasant experience. Neither is its polar opposite, in which the brewer cannot pull the trigger and it ends a bland, watery mess. This was good.
03-16-2013 20:32:12 | More by woodychandler
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
Appearance: Soda-like carbonation with good foam. Looks a bit orange, brown, or even pink like an IPA.
Smell: Sour cloves and some resiny pine.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Too sour for the style. Also quite thin. Again, this definitely has some IPA qualities, but it doesn't add up overall.
Overall: Not my favorite, but enjoyable enough.
03-15-2013 01:52:55 | More by tjsdomer2
3.33/5 rDev -2.1%
P: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Cloudy golden yellow with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind nice lacing.
S: Hay with some spicy pepper notes and a hint of citrus. Belgian for sure. Not a whole lot going on but it's a fairly unique aroma.
T: Dry and peppery up front with a little bit of orange rind flavor in the finish. The malt seems like it's merely a base to showcase the spices and yeast.
M: Very carbonated and fairly dry. Flavors don't linger very long.
O: This is an okay beer, I like it but I don't love it. I'm not sure I'd go out looking for a 6-pack but if it was offered to me I'd happily drink it. It's not a straight forward witbier that's for sure. The base may be in a wit but the spices are too much in the forefront for it to be faithful to the style.
03-13-2013 20:14:41 | More by MikeB20
3.64/5 rDev +7.1%
Label is notched by best June 2013. Man this is juicy for a wit. You know what it reminds me of? Blue Moon. The aroma has a cleaner whole-grain bread note with a dash of pepper, and the flavor does still resemble a wit, but it's closer to Blue Moon than Hoegaarden or Allagash White. There's a mild tart feel with floral tangerine flavor with more smooth, doughy bread. Make sure you let this one warm up for at least 20 minutes, it's much better at cellar temps. The fruit is still on the heavy side, along with the floral spices, but it's an interesting enough take on the style.
03-13-2013 00:33:44 | More by tempest
Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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