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

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 504
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and strong sage aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and sage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a sage presence that is fairly dominant over any other aromas or flavors. (558 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear golden color with a decent white head on top there is a decent scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is strong with sage, there is a nice amount of orange peel on the nose also. The taste of the beer is herbal, some subtle citrus, there is a spice note in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, nicely carbonated and drinkable. Overall it's a decent beer. More of a Gruit than a Wit to me. (441 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of coriander and sage is quite dominant with light sweet wheat malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by sage with quite a bit of coriander, light orange peel and light wheat malt with some light residual sugar notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Quite enjoyed the spice mix but a fuller malt profile would have also been beneficial. (467 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Samuel Adams Beers of Summer Variety 12-pack - $13.99 at Publix in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light golden body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Subtly sweet-scented aroma with faintly toasted bready malts. Sweetish citrus peel, lightly spicy hops, minor earthiness from the coriander, and, of course, the singular sage.

Taste: Lightly bready pale maltiness with a little honeyed sweetness sliding into the juicy orange peel character. Mild, spicy hop character, low bitterness given some aid from the carbonation and additional spicing. Coriander mingled in amongst the welcome white sage flavor. The sage lingers into the aftertaste beyond the crispish, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyed more than I had anticipated. What can I say, I like a little sage from time to time. (867 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I had no idea sage came in various colors, much less white, but, yet again, beer has taught me something about the world at large. Gotta love it. This stuff pours a mostly clear light brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, spicy greenery (which I assume is the sage peeking through), black pepper, light coriander, and a pinch of what seems like banana peel. The taste throws some sweetness on the orange and ratchets that citrus a couple notches, but, don't you fret none, darlin', the spices, particularly that damn sage, shine through in the finish, lingering their momentarily, making sure my tastebuds fucking SAVOR their very existence. It's not a pleasurable encounter, sadly... The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, what may or may not have been a decent wit is torpedoed by the addition of the sage. I kinda wanna know reasoning what led to that particular conclusion, 'cause it musta been in a fairly purple haze... (1,067 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemon, orange, a lot of spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and strong coriander up front. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer seems like a lighter version of their Summer Ale with a stronger spice flavor, so if those two things are what you like in the Summer Ale, you’ll like this beer. (923 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The usual attractive Sam Adams foam. Mouthfeel, carbonation, and retention are all exemplary. Slightly cloudy bonde amber color in the narrow tulip. A hint of citrus in the aroma and a touch of pencil shaving.

It does taste exactly like a Wit, but it's just different enough to be interesting. Spices are well moderated and nothing stands out by itself. I wouldn't have identified the rye either, but overall there is a pleasant malty smoothness with some sharper notes. A faint bitterness at the end along with that rye back of the throat scratch. Well made, sudsy, and fairly rich for a Witbier. (599 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Any morw when I get these mixed cases from Sammy, I now buy them for the value, pretty sure this offering won't dissabuse me from that line of thought...

Pours bronze with a sliver if beige head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Coriander, white grape, orange peel

T: Follows the nose, grains of paradise & white pepper & orange peel. A kiss of honey dryness, orange peel & more grains of paradise as this warms. Finishes dry with some sweet tangerine notes & a touch of peppery spice, plus golden delcious apples & wheat tartness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, skews a tad sweet for the style

Drinks very easy, could do a few on a hot summer's day, I'd easily put it above Hooegarten Wit in it present state. This one exceeded my expectations (758 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Ale brewed with orange peel and coriander with sage added." Best befote September. 5.3% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of okay cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a fairly vibrant clear translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing.

Sm: Lemon, straw, cilantro, pale malts, light cream, clove, and light orange peel. A mild strength aroma. No real yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pretty crap across the board. Artificial lemon dominates atop a body of pale malts and straw. Light orange peel. Artificial and imbalanced. Very poorly done for a witbier. I'm not a fan. Simple, boring, and bland. Doesn't deliver.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Artificial body. Overcarbonated. Too thick for the style. Doesn't suit the flavour profile. Poor presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable I guess, but forgettable. I definitely wouldn't get this again. Lacks flavour. Poorly executed for the style. A bad beer from Sam Adams. Low quality. Should not have made it to market.

Low C- (1,414 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden with a creamy white head that leaves ample lacing.

The smell is of orange peel, coriander and sage.

The taste is of orange peel and coriander. The sage is quite heavy, giving it a leafy character. Rye is barely noticeable - just a touch of mint in the finish.

It is light-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish lingers a bit.

Well, it's interesting. A bit too leafy/herbal for my taste, but it works well enough overall to be drinkable. I had no trouble drinking both in the variety pack, but wouldn't seek it out. (547 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy brass orange color.

Flavors of orange peel, zest, coriander and rye. Pretty much everything advertised. A lot of spice flavors. The sage shows in the finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp and spiced. Lighter body. Ends dry.

Overall, an okay wit. Too much spice for me, however. I'd only want one of these. (311 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a Samuel Adams mixed 12 pack. We shared the box 6 ways. Tick tick tick.

The beer appears light golden with a small head. The aroma offers bready malts, spice, particularly coriander. Chemicals and oddness. A rye beer with coriander sounded pretty nice, but this one misses the mark entirely for me. Soapy and grainy. No fun. (333 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I must say, I am becoming more and more enamored of the Sam. Adams lineup of beers and am increasingly willing to try the single bottle when the opportunity arises. I believe that it arose at Mari's Six Pax 'N' Mor on my most recent visit.

From the bottle: "Innocent yet beguiling, this hazy golden brew appears to be a classic witbier with its bright notes of orange citrus & coriander, but there's a bit more mischief up its sleeve, Behind its sweet exterior lies an intriguing blend of white sage and rye for an earthy, spicy, and thoroughly refreshing brew. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".; "Ale brewed with orange peel and coriander with sage added."

My pour created a finger of eggshell-white head with moderate retention. That was of no matter as it was the nose that really got my attention - the kitchen began to smell like potpourri! Color was a hazy deep-gold with a cloudy core, as though I should have better agitated it in the bottle before pouring. Leaning in, I caught a good whiff of lemon zest, orange peel, black pepper and a general spiciness. Oh my. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was quite citrusy, initially, then the spiciness took over on the tongue. Finish was quite dry and refreshing, thanks to the interplay of the spices. I am not sure that I got the rye, unless that was the source of the black pepper. No matter. This was tasty and a welcome addition to a hazy, humid day in mid-Spring. One more that I hope makes it into CANs for the summer. Just sayin' ... (1,497 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

LOOK: Hazed yellow with a soapy, well retaining white froth.

SMELL: Wheat, lemon peel, malts and an overall graininess.

TASTE: Lemony and wheaty, mild if any rye flavor. Some chlorophyll induced leafy flavor is strong from the white sage. A touch of bitterness and earthy spice. Bitterness is mild, and there is a lot of citrus to it. Overly citrusy, could be confused with many similar products by macro brewers. Almost has a cleaning product flavor, assuming they taste like they smell.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp, creamy malt body and decent feel.

OVERALL: This has too much citrus peel and herbs. BOSTON BEER CO, listen!! Not every beer you make needs citrus peel or coriander!! Not to mention spice rack herbs. Bleh. Over spiced and the flavors just don't work. Pass on this one. (788 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with a tall puffy white head.

Smells strongly of sage and lavender. Orange and coriander this is quite spicy and smells lovely.

Starts out dry and slightly sour with a strong sage and coriander taste. Mildly sweet and quite a nice spice flavor. Bitter orange and a little ginger to go with the coriander and sage. The sage taste is what really makes this beer, mildly minty and spicy in a bright sunny way.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a damn nice beer, probably the best one in the whole summer variety 12 pack.

Addendum: Re-sampled today. Yes this is a good beer; sell in six packs please. (607 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a hazy brass hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a dull citrus and sage.

The taste consisted of a round pale malt, esters and a strange herbal sage.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a strange muddle of flavors. Not such a great idea. (317 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the summer mixpack.. hazed golden.. short lasting white head with little lacing.

The nose is sage heavy, I thought at first it was cardamom.. peppery and light sweet citrus zest..

Despite all the weird spices and herbs, I think this is pretty tasty..

Light body and medium carbonation make for a burpy brew, but it is still drinkable... would work well with authentic Thai.

3.25/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5 (404 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the little white rye...its getting more and more difficult to separate the "white" ales and lagers from Sammy A. While the little white rye is slightly different than the others...it still follows the same path. The beer pours a semi-hazy yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The smell has a spice and rye flare. The taste carries a orange peel coriander spice that clear the pallet quickly and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is ok....but not enough for me to go crazy and by a 6...12...or 24. The revolutionary rye was much better. (600 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sexy whitish-blond color with a two finger head that fades with some healthy lacing on the glass. Looks a lot like a wit.

Smells like one too. Coriander, clove and orange peel are the flavors my nose picks up. After the beer settles, I pick up spicy rye notes that actually compliment the yeast.

The rye is more prominent in the mouth, taking up quite a bit of the palate. Only tiny doses of clove, coriander and orange peel remain. Very malt-forward with a buttery edge.

The spiciness lingers at the back of the throat. Again, there's more rye and that buttery edge I mentioned. Definitely a thirst quencher.

A decent rye-infused ale that would add a little more character to a hot summer day (looking forward to those!). (742 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for $2

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander/rosemary, honey

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some clove/coriander and floral notes. There is also some honey and a bit of rosemary. It ends with a herbal spiced aftertaste.

Overall - Interesting enough to warrant trying once. Not something I'd buy a six pack of though. (624 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color is a bright hazy yellow with a solid full inch of sticky white head.
S - Smell is of typical wheat, some coriander, and very dry rye aspect. Man I hope its balanced.
T - Well it's far from great the Witbier aspect is very watery with very little wheat favor, hardly any lemon peel, and maybe some rye in the finish but it's far from balanced it comes off earthy. Boring I guess.
M - Light in fact too lite for the style. Disappointed.

Overall I agree with everyone else this is a very bland, boring addition to the summer variety pack even more so than the Summer ale. Sucks. (586 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big corriander impression on the aroma and the taste. A little zestiness from the rye addition but it is pretty subltle...almost a little black pepper in there as well. Reminds more of a saison/wit hybrid.

It' interesting enough but a little overspiced for my tastes. If you like corriander laden brews this is for you. (321 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazed orange yellow color with a two finger white head. The head is on the slightly rockier side, fading slowly over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of citrus (orange and lemon) and yeast as would be expected for a wit. There are the classic notes of banana and spice of coriander, pepper and clove as well as some light rye grainy smell along with a somewhat more potent herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins rather wit like with a somewhat wheaty and orange citrus taste. Quickly flavors of yeast and spice of a coriander and pepper come to the tongue along with a little bit of a rye flavor creeping onto the scene. The rye gets a bit stronger more toward the end competing with the wheat flavor in intensity. At the finale of the taste a light floral and herbal hop flavor comes into the flavor profile leaving a rather smooth taste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather average in thickness with a carbonation level that was slightly on the higher side. Both the body and the carbonation were rather fitting for the style, complimenting the citrus and rye/wheat flavors well as well as making for a very easy drinker.

Overall – An easy drinking wit with a bit of rye and some other lighter flavors incorporated within. While nothing of extraordinary regard, it was tasty and makes for a nice summer style brew. (1,479 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (971 characters)

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