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

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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 thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy. Light honey color. Surging bubbles. Supports a solid cap of white. Lovely etches of lace all in my glass. Not a bad look.

Aroma is unexpectedly overblown with tangy orange peel and coriander, like so many Sam Adams summer seasonals. I pick up whiffs of sage in the midst of dense fogs of twangy wheat malts, faux-Belgian yeastiness, and weird sweetness. Not what I was gunning for.

Sage comes through big time upon tasting it. Taking more of a backseat is coriander and then notes of citrus and citrusy hops. Wheat malts are not the right touch here, but that's what they intended for the clever name. Rye spiciness is not accentuated, except in the finish. Love the sage, however.

Drinks light. Lots of burp. Not thin. Decent.

Another Sam seasonal that I can pass on.

Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jmgault1
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of PortLargo
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of notjaredlouche
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BrewmanCapote
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that reduces to a cap for a couple minutes

S: Typical wit spices and fruitiness, with a slightly spicy rye in the back

T: Starts off with the typical spices combined with sage and rye. Doesn't really mix well with the fruitiness/orange peel. Finishes with more sage and coriander

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely not your typical wit. The combo of sage, coriander, and rye don't really mix all that well, especially once the orange peel comes into play. Gets better as it warms, but it really isn't anything more than average

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden with a white, finger width head. Fair retention.
Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Strong spice and herbal element, from the sage and the coriander.

Taste - The flavor is modest, but an herbal, slightly minty character makes up the bulk of the flavor. Light notes of black pepper-like spice from the rye. Touches on citrus at the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Soft on the tongue. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Decent brew, but it's not my bag. I wish breweries would stop using sage (or most herbs, really) in their beers. It just doesn't fit, in my opinion. For a beer with Rye in it's name, it's odd that the sage character is more prominently featured... but maybe that's just me. I wouldn't care to have this again.

Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass. from the beers of summer variety pack

A: pale golden color. half a finger of thin, quickly dispersing head. lots of beautiful little bubbles rising to the top. hazy.

S: lemon or orange peel. citrusy. clean. rye with hints of herbs and spices. floral notes.

T: clean and crisp from the rye. spicy notes, coriander. very mild citrusy/floral character. not too sweet, but refreshing.

M: beautifully carbonated. light body. dry, crisp finish.

O: very pleasant. i enjoyed this beer with a pork chop dinner. a very understated brew, but very refreshing. not the most creative witbier. reminds me of a lighter, spicier blue moon.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for the summer variety 12-pack
Purchased: March 25, 2013
Consumed: April 8, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 2013

Poured a golden amber hazy color with 1-2 fingers of bubbly white head that ceded for about two minutes. Surprisingly decent amount of uneven lacing on the sides. Average retention on the way down.

Smelled orange peel, orange zest and coriander, but as sort of spruce hops. Also got a whiff of some kind of spice, mainly a minty plant. Light floral notes as well.

Tasted a little less potent than the smell. Got orange peel, orange zest, coriander and finally some rye hops. Still got that minty plant (bottle says sage). Heavy, earthy and grainy, but still refreshing.

Light body. Thin texture. Lively (above average carbonation). Surprisingly longer finish. Also clean, crisp and refreshing, perfect for the summer.

I have to say this was better than I anticipated. Better than the average summer brew.

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tastybeer
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bright orange, clear with carbonation bubbles a plenty, and a nice white layer on top. Lace is spotty. Aroma is stinky wheat beer-like. Sweet mellowed out lemon, pizza dough. Not a lot going on yet still intriguing. Taste is similar with the added punch of tartness and spice. Texture is syrupy and a touch sandy. The carbonation tingle lasts through the finish.

I've concluded that this beer is ok. It doesn't really draw me in really...

Photo of mattkoon
4.23/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i wasnt sure what to expect from this little white rye. it pours a gold color with a tinge of cloudiness. there is sage in this beer and i comes hard to the nose. the taste is clean, not too bitter and the sage creeps in at the back... and its not too over powering. i think it makes for a really interesting beer. the over all taste is light enough to go into a "summer collection box" (which is where i got it). i do have to give them props for the sage flavor i have had some other herbal beers in the past that made me feel like i was drinking soup. but little white rye has enough sage to be interesting with out the over all beer being off putting. i was pleasantly surprised by this.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Lightly cloudy. Yellowish orange.
Smell: Some spice and citrus. Wheat.
Taste: Some spice and citrus. Wheat.
Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation.

My first thought was that it tasted like a crispier Blue Moon. The smell is enjoyable, and the taste is slightly more so. The citrus and spice are wrapped in a wheat-tasting body. A certain spice lingers in your throat after each drink. It's not a bad drink. I probably wouldn't get it again. However, I do like that spicy/peppery burn aftertaste.

Photo of RockinRob925
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.