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

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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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Ratings: 501 | Reviews: 97
Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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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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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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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.

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