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

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Ratings: 491
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:
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(Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-28-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

notjaredlouche, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of BrewmanCapote
2.25/5  rDev -31%

BrewmanCapote, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

YeastEnthusiast, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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

BEERMILER12, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

roundthewaygirls, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

BucannonXC5, Apr 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

TimoP, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

tastybeer, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of mattkoon
4.24/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

mattkoon, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of TeamMathis
3.38/5  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.

TeamMathis, Apr 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

RockinRob925, Apr 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

kjkinsey, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

nyrblue2, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8%

Jsher, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy golden color with with a pretty good size white foamy head with decent retention.

S- spicy and peppery, coriander and orange peel, hay, sage, herbal. Interesting but not necessarily appealing

T- spicy rye definitely noticeable up front, dried sage and lemon notes, coriander, mostly malty.

M- medium body with crisp carbonation, foamy mouthfe with a crisp-yet-smooth finish

O- I just wasn't feeling this one, the sage notes left a funny aftertaste, not my favorite Sam Adams

Treyliff, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

buckyp, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of scratch69
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Hazy, golden color with a fingers worth of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Aromas of sage and coriander with a hint of orange peel.

Taste- Strong sage and rye flavor with subtle notes of oranges and coriander.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very crisp.

Overall- A pretty good beer. Sam Adams needs to release this in 6-packs.

scratch69, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Zorro, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

EvanWilliams, Apr 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8%

HisBoyElroy, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of their spring mixed 12 pack.

Brewed with "Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend", rye, orange peal, coriander and white sage. Hopped with "Tettnang Tettnanger and Saaz Noble Hops"

7 SRM, 5.3% ABV, 18 IBU, 191 kcal/12oz.
Relases a heavy Psssht when uncapped. Brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs. Pours out to a clear pale golden, forming a voluminous tall whipped bone white head with great retention and solid thick meringue like lacing. The aroma is really nice...Tons of coriander and orange peel with minimal Belgian phenolics or funk. I don't really pick up on the sage...perhaps a mild herbal spiciness. The mouthfeel is soft, lightly acidic with a medium-light body. The taste is really full of orange peel and coriander and it goes down easy. Nicely balanced with the malts and a very mild bitterness makes this exceptionally drinkable, but because of it's very strong coriander and orange presence it might wear thin after a few. Crisp and clean.

A nice beer. I would buy it again.

Mitchster, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
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-

kojevergas, Apr 03, 2013
Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.