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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

910 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 910
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 Mavigo
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pulled this out of the spring thaw variety pack, served it in a chalice.

A: Was a cloudy golden color with a short white head with minimal retention and medium amounts of lacing.

S: Fresh smell, wheat, grains, grass, tinge of hops, malts

T: Bit lacking and undiscernible, but wheats, grains, grassy hints,

M: Over carbonated, when it goes overboard than that refreshing feel that is expected from a wheat beer is lost.

O: Meh, just another wheat beer, nothing special. Not horrible, its ok, probably wouldn't say no to another one although I wouldn't seek this out either. Try it if you like lighter beers.

Mavigo, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of salthemonster
3/5  rDev -11.8%

salthemonster, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Mike099
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Mike099, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Notch on label indicates Best By Aug 2013.

A- Pours a very hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch head that shows a lot of fizzing action as it soon disintegrates to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of smooth surface foam. Non-resilient puffy lacing.

S- Lots of coriander coming through in the nose, probably orange peel too. I get a bit of the tangerine they're referring to on the description but not grains of paradise. Smells mostly like a Blue Moon with a little less orange. Smells glassy. and soapy.

T- Taste is much of the same. Smooth, easygoing wheat flavor with some spice and orange to back. Balance is kinds nice but not overly enticing.

M- Kinda watery and limp with medium carbonation not really helping much. Light bodied.

O- Can't really say I care for this. Maybe I'd like it better if I were on a boat or something.

Immortale25, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of bourbonbock
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass and received the following.

A. Yellow, cloudy, with white fizzy head yet strangely appealing.

S. I smell pizza sauce and maybe oregano. By far the weirdest smelling beer I have ever had. Slight yeasty spiciness.

T. Tastes like a witbier with lots more delicious flavor. The taste is not related to the smell and I could have a few of these.

M. Light but slightly tangy and sweet aftertaste.

Overall a strong contender in the flavor category but not the aroma category.

bourbonbock, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of lauries444
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

lauries444, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

SonOfKyuss, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of shand
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

White Lantern pours a cloudy light gold color. The aroma is an onslaught of citrus, with a hint of traditional witbier spicing. The citrus from the nose isn't nearly as strong on the tongue, providing a mellow orange with a low level of spices floating over it. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is good. White Lantern is easy-drinking and surely targeted at the Blue Moon/Shock Top crowd. I'll take it over either of them for sure.

shand, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

wrightst, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of FlemingVSKing
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

FlemingVSKing, Mar 28, 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 RWLawman
3/5  rDev -11.8%

RWLawman, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

AMCPhD, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 SouljaSaia17
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer pours a light wheat color with a little cloudy haze, doesnt have much head to it but leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: A little bit of orange citrus and floral aromas like coriander or grains. The smell is a little faint but you can still get somethings here.

T: The taste starts off with a citrus tang, not a hop bitterness per say, but just a little tang to it. I can get some coriander and a peppery flavor after the initial tang. Finishes with a dry-wheat or grain feel. Tastes pretty good.

M: Sweet and fresh tasting is how I would describe it. The peppery taste kind of goes hand in hand with the earthly flavors.

O: Overall, I think this is a good Belgian-style White Ale and kind of reminds me of my first Sam Adams which was their White Ale. Not the best beer in their Spring Thaw, but a good sipper for the season.

SouljaSaia17, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of prototypic
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White Lantern pours a lighter gold color. It’s a little hazy. Backlighting brightens things up a bit, giving it more of a straw look. A soft white head sits on top. It’s rather modest, rising to about half a finger in height. It’s very quick to recede. Lacing was light and very spotty. It’s not great, but it’s not bad.

The nose is alright. It’s a little weak. More strength would improve it. It is very earthy and grainy throughout. Spicy notes are apparent. Smells mostly like coriander and orange peel. It has a nice citrus lemon scent that lingers for a while. Yeast is rather strong in the mix, but doesn’t smell bad. Light, grassy hops are noted. Noble variety? Smells like it. Alcohol is pretty well buried. I’m not getting much at all. It’s alright. Just a little weak.

The flavor is a little better than expected. It kicks off with nice spicy flavors of coriander and orange peel. They blend well with the strong earthy and grainy notes that resonate throughout each sip. Fruit flavors of light orange and lemon are nice and refreshing. Yeast has a nice, strong presence. Grassy hops blend nicely and add a bit of a bitter kick. They’re stronger than anticipated and are a very nice surprise. Alcohol isn’t much a factor. It’s blended well and goes unnoticed for the most part. Finishes spicy, earthy, and grassy.

White Lantern has a lighter body. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing. It’s a little too thin to feel smooth, but it goes down super easy. I could probably handle a few these on a nice, hot day. Not bad at all.

White Lantern is alright in my book. If you’re looking for a pretty tasty beer that’s simple, straight forward, and drinkable, check it out. It’s not a great Witbier, but it’s pretty good. It could be improved with a stronger nose, bolder spices, and a tad more body. It’s definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of adamjthompson00
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

adamjthompson00, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of StArnoldFan
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

StArnoldFan, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Bieniek30
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Bieniek30, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of HeyJim
2/5  rDev -41.2%

HeyJim, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of redsox046
4/5  rDev +17.6%

redsox046, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pour is a hazy golden color with visible carbonation. Decent lacing on the glass. Good foam retention as a solid 1" fromt he pour held.

S - Smells of corriander, with a tangerine citrus scent. Very faint smell of fresh grains. Smells very similar to thier summer ale, with tangerine replacing the lemon scent.

T - Light flavors of orange and light grains. The spicy notes of ginger root and corrainder hold througout. Very light drinking beer.

M - Even though this is a one trick pony, it is a very sessionable beer. For the spring this is pretty much what you would want anyway.

O - Decent witbier that does what it was made to be. Light feeling, sessionable and with a decided spicy finish, this is a good beer to watch the temperature warm to summer with.

socon67, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of PintOHops
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

PintOHops, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Peyton5410, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of mfigueroa713
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

mfigueroa713, Mar 22, 2013
Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.