Samuel Adams White Lantern - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.79/5 rDev +11.5%
White Lantern is a darker gold-orange than the name implies (and dark for the style as well). It's quite clouded with haze as well. It develops a solid finger of head that shows pretty good retention. Lacing is left in spotty clumps, some of it having trouble sticking.
The wheat combines with heftier flavors and possibly the body, along with the yeast, to create a doughy smell and taste underlying. Citrus and spicing, some zest and a dryer green apple flesh or white grape note combine to make a well-rounded beer with a bit of complexity. The yeast could use a little more oomph, but it works all said.
The mouthfeel is bigger than expected without going too big for the style, It's got some substance to it, and it really has a nice, rolling, rich flow to it with plenty of smoothness mingling with a pleasant crisp bite off a solid carbonation.
03-11-2013 12:03:51 | More by Brenden
3.21/5 rDev -5.6%
12oz bottle (best by June 2013) poured into a Shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Hazy golden-honey-amber color. Barest ring of lacing at the edge and no lacing.
Smell: Hint of citrus, some clean malt sweetness underneath. I got some floral notes as well. With a swirl I get some of that yeast mustiness.
Taste: Wheat tang, orange peel, some of that grain of paradise bitterness that I've noted before in Sam Adams beers.
Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy, with very fizzy carbonation. This is not what a witbier should be in mouthfeel - it's all wrong. Wits are supposed to be refreshing and airy, this is heavy and mega fizzy.
Overall / Drinkability: Overall it's just okay, although the appearance and mouthfeel are letdowns. Not a very good example of a wit. The flavor is good, but the rest of the beer isn't working. Drinkability is not there either, one is enough and I'm not real inclined to have another.
03-10-2013 23:06:00 | More by damndirtyape
3.4/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall frothy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of orange citrus and spices over the top of some pale malts and wheat.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts, wheat, and a slight amount of breadiness. There is also a moderate amount of orange citrus as well as a moderate amount of spices - including black pepper and clove. Light amounts of sweetness followed by just a touch of bitterness which fades quickly.
M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Nothing really stands out about this beer for me - it tastes like any number of other lighter witbiers that are available on the market (in fact, I think there are a couple of other Sam Adams ones that are similar).
03-10-2013 03:32:49 | More by dbrauneis
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
A - Poured a hazy, golden orange color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left very little lacing.
S - It smelled of citrus and coriander. Some wheat notes, too.
T - Spices that one would expect with a witbier with a strong orange peel presence. Good wheat and yeasty flavor.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.
O - this is a nice witbier. I liked it better than some other American versions out there.
03-09-2013 22:21:13 | More by zeff80
3.76/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. The beer pours cloudy yellow with a slowly dissipating white head. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles visible in the beer. The beer smells of bread, orange, coriander, and pepper. The aromas are pretty subdued overall. The beer tastes pretty clean. There's the wheat as well as the orange which come through strongest. The coriander and grains of paradise provide some background flavor. While the beer has a nice clean taste, there's a good malt backbone here which helps give this a light to medium body. The carbonation is pretty moderate and the finish is clean and smooth. The drinkability is high. This is a good beer.
03-09-2013 04:53:43 | More by acevenom
3.19/5 rDev -6.2%
12 oz. brown bottle. Best By notched on label.
A: Pours a murky dark golden color. Small weak head, no lacing but does retain
it's head until the end.
S: Moderate spices. Yeast and wheat. Light citrus, orange and possible lemon.
T/M: Sweet malt, yeast and wheat. Spices and citric notes are less prominent now.
Hops? not sure. Medium to light bodied and pretty smooth. The finish and aftertaste
are clean with only a hint of lingering yeast.
O: Nothing really special about this beer. Very similar to other medium quality Witbiers
that are around today. Easy to drink but lacks in overall taste.
03-08-2013 18:00:00 | More by mnrider
3.84/5 rDev +12.9%
The White Lantern from Sammy Ale is decent and reminds me alot fo the White Ale, White Christmas, etc that they have had. The beer pours pale clear yellow with white head that is not lacing. The smell has hints of citrus, orange peel and spice. The taste has a battle between the citrus and spice with a good malt base and slightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is good....but there are so many other great beers that this would be lost in the crowd.
03-08-2013 00:29:23 | More by WoodBrew
3.26/5 rDev -4.1%
Thanks Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a matching SA sensory glass, the brew appears a clouded orange color. A white frothy head forms atop and fades to a film rather quickly.
The aromatics are fruity with a mild yeast aspect mixed with a feeling of lemony coriander. When focusing on the yeast, the fruity notes seem more like pear and apple skins.
The flavor includes a mild amount wheat to cereal grainy quality. A spice like coriander plays a heavy handed role across the middle. The aftertaste includes character similar to the nose with hints of pear, apple and an overall yeastiness.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A decent drinking wit but quite yeasty and a little strange/dirty with almost a melon character about it. I just wasnt feeling it with this brew and would not choose to drink this again if there were other options.
03-07-2013 19:14:43 | More by stakem
3.35/5 rDev -1.5%
Attractive cloudy amber in the Duvel tulip with a nice head. Sharp and very spritzy on the tongue. Some malt y sweetness and a touch of butter. A little of the malt and citrus aroma.
The orange and coriander are rather distinct in the flavors. A bitterish tang at the end. Pleasant and gulpable. It's hard to find much fault with this, but it's a little on the acidic side. A 12 oz bottle from the Spring 12-pack purchased at the local supermarket.
03-07-2013 05:14:51 | More by mactrail
Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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