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

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893 Ratings

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 83 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +25%

tallfellapgh, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

LightsOut3000, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

jmgault1, Mar 17, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -5%

12oz bottle

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.

cjgator3, Mar 17, 2013
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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.

woodychandler, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

bscalt, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

CountryRock2001, Mar 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

marshmeli, Mar 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

odbjs735, Mar 15, 2013
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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.

tjsdomer2, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

tgavrilos, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

blmar311, Mar 14, 2013
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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.

MikeB20, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

bluerabbit, Mar 13, 2013
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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.

tempest, Mar 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Mtooman, Mar 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Cvescalante, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Mortarforker, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

prisoner1572, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

muddyh2oblues, Mar 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

kaelingirl, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

JohnBender, Mar 11, 2013
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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.

Brenden, Mar 11, 2013
Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.