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

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922 Ratings

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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 92 | 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 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
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yet another beer that I picked up via the single bottle from Total Wine. I never had this before and given the recent run of improved offerings from Sam Adams that I had lately, I was hoping that this would continue the trend. It turned out to be extremely light in body and taste and given that the White Christmas beer was also available recently, I didn't see the point of another Witbier being on the shelf. There's so much lacking in this that only a die-hard of the style should even think of giving one of these a go.

Everything about this beer was light - the pour, appearance, mouthfeel, and taste. The hue was golden, cloudy, and there was a lot of head to this. It almost reminded me of champagne since the bubbles took a while to subside and the carbonation was so present as well. The flavors here weren't that memorable - pizza dough and soda with just a hint of wheat underneath everything to give this beer a hint of body. No need for an orange to cut through this, as the citrus wouldn't pick up anything in the beer and the acid would have gotten scrubbed away quickly by the effervescence of this beer.

I think that this was so light that it was able to completely hid the alcohol, as this didn't feel like beer at all. I'm sure it was there but I just never felt it and I could have had a few of these in a session, had my taste buds been watered-down a bit. This beer wasn't so much a disappointment as much as it just didn't feel like beer. This should have come with a cork on the bottle or "Brut" written on the side of it but I'll take it for what it is - the first new offering from Sam Adams in a while that just didn't measure up.

JerzDevl2000, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Hardcore, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -11.8%

jonathaniler, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of TwoForty
3/5  rDev -11.8%

TwoForty, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of deebo
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely a Belgian wit. Compared to some others this version from SA is real heavy on the orange-especially the peel. Spicy-lots of coriander. Plenty of malt body but it is overshadowed by the heavy dose of orange peel and coriander. Carbonation is appropriately medium/high. An ok wit-would prefer it a little more naked.

deebo, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Groomsy
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle from Spring Thaw pack poured into a weizen glass. "Best by" date of June.

White Lantern, which I'm guessing is Coastal Wheat re-labeled and/or modified from the original recipe, has a nice hazy golden body. The head, two fingers of bright white foam, recedes quickly to a cap and leaves loose rings of lacing that fade quickly. A nice, hazy body is about all I found nice about this beer. Meh. Not the big pillowy head I expect from a wit.

Like many other wheat-based beers by Sam Adams, White Lantern is heavy on the spices and alternate ingredients. When I first pour it, I can't get past the overwhelming orange peel - it's almost like I'm smelling orange juice. Some peppery spices emerge just below and grow as the beer warms. I don't pick up much of a yeast presence in this one, though there is maybe some clove. Primarily, I get smells of citrus and coriander, as well as some various other spices and a dash of malted wheat sweetness. It's okay. I'm reminded of a slightly spicier Blue Moon. Not enough complexity here for me.

The taste is smooth in itself but doesn't capitalize on what it could be. I think that this beer doesn't hold up on its own underneath all the spices and orange peel, which are the two dominating flavors. There's a hint of wheat sweetness in the finish, but the spices and orange peel seem to dominate everything else. There's also this weird soapy flavor lingering in the background over all the palate - I don't know if this is intended or not, but it wasn't really that enjoyable. While refreshing and crisp, this beer doesn't have a good enough wit foundation to hold its own, I think.

White Lantern's mouthfeel is about its only redeeming quality. With a creamy, medium body and crisp carbonation, this beer is refreshing if nothing else. Its slightly dry and tart finish is perfect for the spring season and for quenching thirst.

This is by far the weakest of the Spring Thaw pack. If I want a good and familiar wit, I'll go after Hoeegaarden or even Blue Moon. To me, this beer just doesn't have a very strong foundation. Meh.

Groomsy, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

woodchipper, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -11.8%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Chucker17, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that receded slowly, down to a medium cap which lasted throughout and produced fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, light floral hops and a moldy yeast with notes of citrus (orange peel and tangerine), banana and coriander.

The taste was lightly sweet and rather yeasty with a touch of tangerine from the beginning, becoming a tad spicy with a hint of banana and a mild citrus peel bitterness towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with a spicy yeast taste fading quickly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this brew was OK in taste and drinkability, but nothing overly special...


KajII, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Gagnonsux, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by June 2013.

Slight haze. Deep golden body. Small, somewhat fizzy, off-white head. Nose is heavy on the spice rack. Grains of paradise, coriander, allspice, orange peel, and maybe cloves. Wheaty, yeasty malt underneath it all.

Spices and wheaty nuttiness up front. Grains of paradise and coriander are plenty strong here. Grainy wheat malt partners up with banana mid-palate. Citrus peel (orange mostly) zests up the finish. Lingering spice and banana-ish malt. Medium bodied, with a nice creamy feel. A bit of a spice bomb, but a nicely-made one at that.

alexgash, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of ggourde
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, much better than their White Christmas. Hazy straw with a white head that dies quickly. Notes of tangerine and orange on the nose. Taste of tangerines as well with a slightly sweet finish. Both creamy on the front of the tongue and a bit sharp on the back of the neck. Still a strain to consider this in league with Vedett and Hoegaarten, but a tasty beer if you like something sweet.

ggourde, Mar 19, 2013
Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.