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

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928 Ratings

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 94 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of u2carew
3.84/5  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.

u2carew, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy gold. Bib bubble jumble white head is all bluster and quickly fizzles away. A wheat beer should never be without at least some foam at any point. Certainly no within the first few sips.

Smells like sharp sawdust and lemon zest.

Started out orange citrus with a wheaty twang but then devolved into Nestea lemon iced tea.

Eh. It's been too long for me to remember, is this any different than the old SA spring wheat. Spritzier maybe? SA sure does love those Grains of Paradise.

donkeyrunner, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

PGVG, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Seekerpilgrim
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Spring Thaw Variety Pack, this wheat beer pours a dull, cloudy yellow, with notes of yeast, honey, orange and a crisp sweetness that reminds be of burnt cotton candy (?). Interesting. On the tongue, surprisingly delicious. I've had plenty of wheat beers in my time, but the sharp sweet attack, courtesy of the orange peel, coriander, and a spice called Grains Of Paradise, which is part of the ginger family, really give it character. The middle follows with a soothing creaminess, quickly followed by a clean yet gentle spicy finish.

This is certainly now my favorite wheat beer, flavorful, refreshing, and brief, a burst of complexity on the tongue that doesn't leave any unpleasant aftertaste. Food recommendations include quesadillas, enchiladas, or cheesesteak sandwiches if you crave something heavy, but I find it perfect just on it's own. Cheers!

Seekerpilgrim, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of HumphreyLee
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

HumphreyLee, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of TeamMathis
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy orange.
Smell: Some citrus.
Taste: Some citrus, some spice.
Mouthfeel: Some carbonation. Crisp.

There is a light citrus and spice to the taste. The smell is that distinctive, wheat citrus. It is fairly lackluster for the type. Nothing spectacular stands out; or rather, nothing is distinctively great about it. I would not get this again.

TeamMathis, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

KeyWestGator, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BB 8/13. Consumed 3/13.

A: A bright lemony peel coloring shows a medium rate of effervesce. An 1/2 inch foamy white head, though slight, holds its ground fairly well. Lacing is spacious, speckled, nothing to write home about.

S: Light hint of tart orange peel and wheat first come on the nose. Low key approach to aroma, some lemon peel hops.

T: Wheat and semi-dry oranges first arrive on the flavor. A hint of sour tropical fruitiness, and some grainy sweetness. There is some ginger, cola and a peppery aspect about but refrained and gentle in approach.

M: creamy, wheaty, frothy, the carbonation quiets down rather quickly, could use some tightening and crisp factor.

O: Overall the spicing and mouthful wasn't as sharp as i like or prefer by style (hoegarrden) is a very good example and measuring stick of both. The spicing was soft, and almost homogenized to the point it was hard to distinish individual quality. The sourness factor was turned down a bit. Overall i usually like sam adams approach to drinkability while maintaining a good level of flavor and respectability, though by style this is a hard one to do both. The flavor is a light and enjoyable one to throw back to, just dont expect a big wit style here.

beerthulhu, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +17.6%

JoeLacy, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of stampfler07
3/5  rDev -11.8%

stampfler07, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 ThomasAWilson2
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

ThomasAWilson2, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of sdsimkins
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

sdsimkins, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Mikecap
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Mikecap, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

rolltide8425, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of JimKal
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice looking wheat beer. Poured into a hef glass it has a nice head but the hef glass isn't necessary to contain this head.

S: Not picking up a lot on the aroma.

T: It has a pretty refreshing taste with a slight hop presence. The spice and fruit don't make much of an impact - a positive for me.

M: a light to medium mouthfeel.

O: I enjoyed this one. Wheat beers aren't my favorite style but summer is on the way and this one will be a nice warm weather treat.

JimKal, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Noonan425
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Noonan425, Mar 31, 2013
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
Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.