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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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476 Ratings
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-28-2013)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:52:46 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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3.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had a bottle of this sitting in the back of my fridge for a long time nos, so I figured tonight was as good of a time as many to finally pop the cap and drink this. Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a slightly cloudy, hazy medium golden color with a bit of an orange club. has a nice white head that is about 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice film surface coating of foam on the surface of the beer and pretty decent lacing. Aromas of some spices, citrus, and a hint of hops. Has a mildly malty sweet taste upfront that gives way to some spices such as coriander, sage, and rye and is rounded out with a mild hop presence. I like the fact that this beer is more on the subtle end with all its flavors, especially the spices, and no one flavor tends to dominate. the balance of flavors makes this more enjoyable than i have a feeling it would likely be otherwise. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, medium to fill bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A good beer all around. Not Sam Adam's best offering by any means but I found this to be enjoyable enough that I could see myself drinking a pint or so of this on occasion. The flavor profile is unique even though it is not really bombastic.


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Reaching into the back of the fridge for a bottle sent me as an extra by browniewithnuts during a rather epic trade, & I feel the rye demon whispering in my ear. I let it win. A lot. 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is clear, filtered, light orange, carbonation is fairly low. Smells like a winter warmer: spices from your grandma's rack, orange, & a lovely but appealing note that I'm imagining is the sage. I should watch more Food Network. Nah. My wife watches enough for both of us. And most of the rest of the block.

Little Spicey Rye, er, Little White Rye is a beer without a base. The addition of the spices, rye, orange, all team & made me go back thinking "what style is this? Wit? Huh." Spices fade to a gentle sweetness. Big & thick for a modest, low ABV wit, that's for sure. Couldn't drink much of this, but what's in my cup is going down.

Interesting? A beer that's overwhelmed by the spices. Not bad, but nothing I'd go out of my way for again. Decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

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Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.