Samuel Adams Little White Rye - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.88/5 rDev +19%
Poured out of a brown 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler. Label is marked with a "best by" date of September 2013.
Appearance - Pours the color of apricot and tangerine flesh, with the light shifting through to display highlights of lemony yellow. Body is hazy and wears a half-finger head of golden-white. Foam dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a spotty film of bubbles.
Smell - Dominated by the round, wheaty base with the coriander coming through along with some mild floral hoppiness and faint phenols. I wish it was a bit stronger, but it's pleasant nonetheless.
Taste - Fresh bread with some faint rye spiciness, the coriander again comes through along with orange peel and citrus. The sage is pleasantly detectable and adds a depth to the flavor without making it too complex/overbearing. Not a flavor I've thought about with beer, but it works. Hops provide a bitterness that isn't typical of the style, but it's subtle and it works.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight bit of chewiness. Aftertaste doesn't linger.
Overall, now that I've tasted this beer, I'm shocked by how low it's rated. To me, it was balanced, interesting and well-made. Sort of an American take on a classic Belgian style, and it performs well.
06-04-2013 03:52:46 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.4/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-26-2013 16:50:51 | More by Cavanaghty
3.81/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
07-16-2013 06:08:53 | More by MattyG85
2.7/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
04-26-2013 06:51:25 | More by WVbeergeek
3.18/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
07-10-2013 22:22:28 | More by Jeffreysan
Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.