1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Little White RyeSamuel Adams Little White Rye

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

493 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 493
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 493 | Reviews: 96 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JJChrist
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

JJChrist, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

maximum12, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

atone315, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of xJMFCx
3/5  rDev -8%

xJMFCx, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Durandal_777
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ruckus232, May 25, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +15%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
Photo of auxiliary
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a large white head that left some lace on the glass, light yellow color.
Smells of spices, orange peel, lemon, some hops.
Citus, bread, yeast, and spice in the taste.
Medium light body feel.
Overall nice tasting beer to start off your day!!

auxiliary, May 16, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

thatoneguymike, May 05, 2014
Photo of AJ01923
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

AJ01923, May 01, 2014
Photo of IndigoMacaw
4.04/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As it stands right now, this is my favorite beer. Came home to my parents house after months away and found one in the refrigerator, haven't seen another one since. Wonderfully balanced and the flavor is near perfect. Good for any time of the year, summer especially good.

IndigoMacaw, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -31%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Vt_beer_sampler
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Vt_beer_sampler, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of weazle1334
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

weazle1334, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of WuBByG999
4/5  rDev +22.7%

WuBByG999, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -8%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of RBorsato
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

RBorsato, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of GOBLIN
3.75/5  rDev +15%

GOBLIN, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of SGriner
3/5  rDev -8%

SGriner, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Inglewood
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Inglewood, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of dpgoblejr
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

dpgoblejr, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of brutusmuktuk
4/5  rDev +22.7%

brutusmuktuk, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

"Innocent yet beguiling, this hazy golden brew appears to e 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." Brewed in the style of a Witbier with rye added. Available as a one-off beer in the summer variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothed white head over a pale golden amber body. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious, high clarity despite some mild haze. Retention is below average with no lacing. 3

(Smell) Coriander, wheat malts and some clean, biscuity, syrupy rye. Mild citrus peel employs some subtle bitterness. Potency is mild. 3.25

(Taste) Pale malts with a shallow coriander spiciness and a pinch of citrus peel. Thin, syrupy rye adds a touch of biscuit to an otherwise simple, thin witbier. Like most of Samuel Adams' witbiers, this is lacking in wheat malt presence which makes for a disappointingly shallow and uninteresting body that the rye doesn't really justify. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is thin, chewy, peppery. Carbonation adds some crispness. Body is light/medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium. 3.25

(Overall) As much as I try to enjoy Samuel Adams' Witbier creations, I find them bizarrely lacking in flavor and body, and the mild recipe tweaking doesn't hardly make up for the shortcomings. Little White Rye generates a bit of creativity in the largely enjoyable, well-done use of rye, but against a simple, uninteresting pale malt profile, it is less enjoyable than it should be. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Little White Rye

Jadjunk, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -8%

ZEB89, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

npala86, Feb 17, 2014
Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.