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

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 966
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 30.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 178 | Hads: 966
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of zeff80
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mnrider
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.


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Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep golden with apricot hues and a foamy one inch white head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Apricot, tangerine, coriander, and wheat form the initial aroma. There's a confectioners sugar sweetness that surfaces, along with light floral hop notes.

Flavor is wrought with tangerine, followed by confectioners sugar sweetness that hits mid palate and carries into lightly toasted, bready malt at the finish. Wheat character is notable, but not dominant, as is coriander and the grains of paradise. Floral character is also subtle, but present throughout.

Body is a touch light, with fairly high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very fruity initially, with well balanced sweetness and dryness. Slightly weak overall impression, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves only light traces of lace.

S - Lemon and wheat with a touch of pepper and little else.

T - Spicy wheat and some herbal notes up front. Clove and basil in the middle (an odd combination) and a finish of lemon, pepper and herbal hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A bit too sweet and kind of one-dimensional. Like many American witbiers, there just isn't much to recommend this.

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Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dusky coppery-gold in color, topped with an off white head.

Nose is spicy and fairly rich: ample wheat malt and notes of fruit (apricot) and ripe, golden pear. Really nice so far.

On the palate it is soft and silky-smooth. On the first sip it is sweet/tangy and lightly bitter, just enough to offset the sweetness. Fairly subtle flavor profile while also having a mouthfeel which is surprisingly full.

Definitely better than average for the style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lemony, clouded yellow with a thin, creamy white head that lasts a decent time before becoming a thin swirl. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of orange and lemon peel with coriander and candy.

The taste is of sugar-coated lemon and orange peel with a mild bubblegum undertone. Sweetness balanced by coriander spicing and a touch of tart. Crisp, refreshing finish.

It is appropriately light bodied with a carbonation level that gives it a refreshingly crisp character with some creaminess to it.

This is a good example of the style.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a cylindrical glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy straw golden color with a white head.

Aromas of spices start things off. Coriander and some slight peppercorn and orange peel. There are some nice sweet wheat notes to the brew as well.

Taste starts off with some wheat sweetness. Spice notes mixed in with the grain sweetness. There is an interesting mix of orange notes and coriander with the sweetness of the wheat.

Straight forward brew not much else to say.

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Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with some honey highlights. The beer is a touch cloudy and has that wit-ish white haze. The white head is short and dense, quickly settled into a light ring.

The aroma is slightly grainy with subtle hints of lemon and orange peel. Some notes or coriander but not much. Overall the aroma is quite light for the style, seems like a palate trainer for the wit style.

The taste is of a light pils malt. This is coupled with the traditional wit flavors; lemon, orange peel, and coriander. Some tart apple from the wheat malt but not much. A light sugary sweetness rounds out the flavor. Again, light for the style but hits all the notes.

The feel is light and fizzy. The beer drinks extremely easy. It is a touch light for the style and doesn't have a heavy coriander flavor so you can suck these back. Sweet on the palate has a slightly dry finish.

A beginner beer for the style. It hits the style points but they are very light. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw, white head that builds well but falls quickly, no lacing left behind. Typical sanitized American brewed version of a Wit. Lightly doughy and crackery with a whiff of oatmeal aroma. Bright orange flavor with a prominent spice - coriander and clove. Quick, insipid finish. Pretty standard Witbier, the tangerine twist gives a slightly brighter citrus flavor than many but otherwise not much to write home about. It seems like Sam Adams brews a lot of spiced wheat beers, chalk this up as another average one.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy light straw colored appearance. Great fruity potpourri aroma with citrus notes. Floral, citrus, hoppy taste. Good flow over palate. Great drinkability. Would be great in the summertime, as weird as that sounds with a beer called White Lantern. Slightly bitter. Finishes just slightly drier.

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Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed peach/amber with a thumb of pearl white head. Nice head retention, traces of lacing

S: Doughy, white grape & corriander, plus wheaty notes

T: Follows the nose, hints of peach & white pepper up front. A touch of lemon & orange peel comes through as this warms, slight grainyness as well. Finishes with white grape, pepper, grainnyness & orange peel

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation

Very drinkable, not the greatest wit out there, but enjoyable none the less...

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to June 2013.

Aroma of citrusy spices, very pleasant on the nose. Pours a hazy medium yellow, with white but, very short lived head. Spotty lacing. Taste is crisply spicy and refreshing. Coriander and sweetgrass with a touch of lemon zest. Slightly sour finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a ton of carbonation and a sparse, filmy coating of white head. Aromas of apricot and orange rind, with a bready and slightly buttery undertone. Very sugary sweet smell overall. Flavors of bread, first and foremost, with a blended marmalade highlight of sweet citrus and apricot. Unbalanced, and a touch cloying. The body is thin and filmy from the carbonation, and there is a sharp, frothy finish. Syrupy sweet aftertaste. This beer is a little much on the sweet for me, but I could see it being appealing to the cider population venturing into the beer world.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The slightly racist member of the Lantern Corps...? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy pale yellow-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, a pinch of black pepper, and a vague sense of citrus peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with less pepper and a tad more citrus. Everything still comes across as watered-down, artificially muted. It doesn't wanna be gagged, but what victim does, right? The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty meek wit, one with precious little spicing and a character so bland Michael Bay wants to replace him with something more rounded for one of his background characters.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Ba Review #255
Served On: 2/20/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.5%
Date/ Code: June

This was a 12oz bottle from the spring mixed 12 pack I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD ($15.99).

Look: A pale yellow with some haze. Thin coating of a head. Looked like a watered down wheat beer.

Smell: Some grassy citrus and bready malts. Also some lemon peel. No real ‘Grains of paradise’ were detectable. Maybe some type of pepper.

Taste: This basically was a wheat ale with some artificial lemon flavoring added. That’s really about it. I think a Blue Moon of Shock Top may have had more going on with it. I will say it is very drinkable, but so are most wheat ales.

I don’t know that I would seek this one out. It’s basically the Summer Ale in a different bottle.

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Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.