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

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947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 110 | 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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Photo of TeamMathis
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of stampfler07
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of sdsimkins
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Mikecap
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JimKal
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Noonan425
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Mavigo
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of salthemonster
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Mike099
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of bourbonbock
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of lauries444
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of shand
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of FlemingVSKing
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.