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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: 98
Hads: 507
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 35.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 98 | Hads: 507
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden/orange in color with a slightly cloudy body, this beer has a spicy nose that features scents of citrus, coriander, and other spice. The foam is okay, but it doesn’t last very long and slowly settles into a thin coating as you consume.

This beer has a taste that is spicy, with flavors of coriander and sage. Look beyond these contributions and you can pick up on flavors of citrus, wheat, rye, and just a small amount of hop to round it out. But the taste of spice from the sage and coriander are what you notice most.

This is an interesting beer for its addition of sage. It is most obvious in the taste. I could detect spice in the nose, but I didn’t even think of sage until I tasted the beer. Then, it was obvious: The scent I noticed earlier was that of sage. The reason I didn’t think of sage when I inhaled for the first time is because it isn’t an ingredient you think of when you drink beer.

This seems like good beer for the warm days of summer and it seems like a beer that will pique the interest of many and raise some eyebrows due to the unusual flavor profile. I don’t know if I will be seeking it out anytime soon, but this is an interesting beer that does have some good things to offer.

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3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours bright clear gold color with bleached white head of 1 cm that fades to nothing very rapidly after the pour.
Aroma is spicy with coriander and a little grainy malt, and a little bit of rye note buried in the nose.
First sip reveals a light to average body with very fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is sweet and malty with grain and a little coriander, rolls to some spicy rye, but the coriander and citrus notes stick around and linger after each sip.
The beer is amazingly easy to drink and not overly complex but enjoyable as I work through the bottle.
Something to session or introduce with and probably better on a hot day, but not a flawed beer, just not super interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Overall: Ok brew. Not my first choice.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale copper hue with a bright white head forming fine speckled lacing with a hazed finish, the nose is full of sage and coriander. Spicy rye upfront in the nares with the sage/coriander combo not a bad beer. Flavor it's seeping through with all of those, let's put into perspective. Harsh spicy flavor full of a wave of coriander and sage with mixed vegetable green notes. Full bodied slick mouthfeel can't wish or wait for much more. Overall this beer is a job and somebody has got to do it.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.