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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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BA SCORE
75
okay

474 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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kristenspaintings

California

3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams’ Little White Rye was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but ended up liking the flavor very much. The aroma is okay but the flavor is complex. I can taste the orange, coriander and rye. The sage is probably there too but I don’t know the flavor well enough on its own to tell you if I tasted sage.

Overall this beer has a nice herbal quality and I would pick it out specifically if I saw it outside the Summer Brew sampler box it came in.

Pairings: It would taste good with corned beef and cabbage.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:50:16 | More by kristenspaintings
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Bromine

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-25-2013 23:10:01 | More by Bromine
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Keithandandrewdotcom

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +15%

04-25-2013 22:38:24 | More by Keithandandrewdotcom
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rgille2

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -46.3%

04-25-2013 21:26:11 | More by rgille2
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-25-2013 13:31:58 | More by aorloski
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ifixufly

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

04-25-2013 04:03:19 | More by ifixufly
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Garrett092112

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +15%

04-24-2013 02:43:01 | More by Garrett092112
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2GOOFY

California

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-24-2013 02:06:21 | More by 2GOOFY
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catmanben

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I poured this beer I instantly received a nice scent of citrus and a nice lite colored beer. The first sip was very refreshing and tasteful, with a nice fruity aftertaste. The flaver of this beer stayed with me for a long time before I took my next sip, I look for summer time and hot weather to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:26:01 | More by catmanben
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-23-2013 01:16:19 | More by jbaker67
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Stoutlad

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-22-2013 21:14:17 | More by Stoutlad
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CSFerrier

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +15%

04-22-2013 19:16:26 | More by CSFerrier
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with white, long lasting head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of wheat malt, ripe fruit and spices. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of spices, sweet malt, citrus and cotton candy. Finish is earthy, spicy and sweet as well. Nice summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 14:49:04 | More by mikeg67
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mactrail

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:32:25 | More by mactrail
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zaptone

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-21-2013 03:16:40 | More by zaptone
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Vixie

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head that doesn't stay around long.

Has what I describe as an earthy smell. Reminds me a bit of the smell of an herb garden, I am guessing that is mainly due to the presence of the sage.

Has citrus and orange peel in it, also a bit of rye. I am picking up another flavor which I assume is sage, as I don't really know what sage tastes like.

Nice smooth feel to this one.

Kind of an interesting beer here. Has an unusual flavor, kind of a nice change of pace. One of the better beers in the summer pack, wouldn't mind another bottle or two of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:51:20 | More by Vixie
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-21-2013 01:19:17 | More by Drk93TT
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gpogo

California

3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Yellow golden hazey body with a constant stream of bubbles. Small white foam cap. No lacing.

A- Sweet spicy herbaly aroma. Somewhat tart lemony aroma.

T- Grainy herbal flavor. Light coriander in the finish. Spicy rye throughout.

M- Medium light body and moderate carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not my favorite. It's worth a try and is quite sessionable. I just find Sam Adams attempt at styles like this to be a bit on the weak side.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 00:58:33 | More by gpogo
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 06:41:22 | More by TMoney2591
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8%

04-20-2013 01:48:34 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8%

04-19-2013 23:55:58 | More by acurtis
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dcollinsOX

New York

3/5  rDev -8%

04-18-2013 22:35:40 | More by dcollinsOX
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Chevelle66

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +22.7%

04-18-2013 15:20:54 | More by Chevelle66
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sgregory

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-16-2013 23:57:05 | More by sgregory
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avckc

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

04-16-2013 21:23:15 | More by avckc
Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.