Samuel Adams Little White Rye - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Little White RyeSamuel Adams Little White Rye

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 503
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-28-2013

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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 503
Reviews by Beric:
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3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 7 June 2013

Appearance: I drank this from the bottle, so it's much harder to comment about the overall appearance. However, when swirled in the bottle, it did generate a nice head that stuck around for a little while. Can't comment on color for obvious reasons.

Smell: The smell is the most off-putting part of this beer. It says that it is made with orange peel, coriander, sage, and rye (of course). The orange peel and coriander is fine for a wit, but I'm a little turned off by the sage smell. Sage is something that belongs in food, not drink.

Taste: The sage you can smell in the nose is a little more muted in the actual taste, though you can taste it on the back end after a sip. If anything, the dry finish and sage taste makes you want to drink more, since the orange and coriander comes out more on the tip of the tongue than in the throat. Not the worst herbed wit I've had (that goes to Blue Moon Spiced Amber), but definitely not something I'd want to drink all the time.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, to style.

Overall: People on this site slam Sam Adams for not being 'craft', but I fail to see how throwing orange, coriander, and sage into a beer fails to make it 'craft'. It's a unique beer, good for a one-time drink but I'm not sure I would want to drink again. A decent beer, but the sage is too off putting. (1,374 characters)

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Straw amber color, slight haze. Thin white head.

Smell: Mostly malts and some hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Heavy grain taste and malts.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty spice forward aroma with wheat hints and citrus in the background. The sage and rye spice scent is pretty prominent upfront. Wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. Coriander spicing and some citrus hop hints of orange. Light hint of honey. Again the sage scent is prominent giving a spiced bread like aroma. Interesting and decent.

Taste: Like it smells, a very spice forward wheat beer taste with prominent notes of sage and rye spice. Upfront sage and spicy rye followed by wheat and pale malt. Notes of grains, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. Coriander spice along with citrus notes of orange and lemon. Slight taste of honey sweetness. The spices linger through the aftertaste and kind of hide the other wheat ale flavors in the background. Quite an interesting twist.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A unique twist on the wheat ale style. The spices kind of overpower everything but the taste is decent overall. (1,310 characters)

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12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden yellow, with a finger of off-white head that dissolved into a thin cloud of wispy foam that formed a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a cloud of lacy foam that collected in the center of the beer. Doesn’t look exactly like a Budweiser, but it’s close.

Aroma: Lots of hops, yeasts and citrus, and some spice. Specifically, I get orange, lemon, banana, coriander, sage and clove. Actually, it smells pretty nice.

Taste: Ok, very Belgian whit-style flavors. Yeasty, but there’s the bubble gum and clove and banana that’s so prevalent in whitbiers and weissbiers that I’m not a fan of. This beer also has a very long finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with some good carbonation to cleanse the palate and tickle the tastebuds.

Overall: I’m not a fan of this beer, mainly because I don’t like Belgian whitbiers and German weissbiers. That being said, the flavors are interesting and I’m assuming that it’s a pretty good example of what a Belgian-style whitbier is supposed to taste like. (1,125 characters)

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Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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