Samuel Adams Nitro White Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Nitro White AleSamuel Adams Nitro White Ale
Samuel Adams Nitro White AleSamuel Adams Nitro White Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
White capped and lively – the frothy white head of this distinctive nitro brew softly cascades into bright gold. The first sip reveals a smooth velvety taste with a light wheat character and hints of orange while an undercurrent of peppery spice adds a bright finish.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 293
Photo of Can_has_beer
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My expectations were exceeded with this beer. The idea of a witbier being nitrogenated is interesting, and not something I have seen anywhere, at least that I can remember. With this beer, you get the creamy mouthfeel, white delicate head, and bursts of flavor. I can really pick out the spices and the orange citrus flavors. I can't remember a wit that has been this flavorful.

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Photo of NateDyk47
2.15/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer just isn't good at all. I should've known better than to try a Sam Adams beer with high hopes. Ah well... I generally like nitros, so I was hoping this would at least be decent. Anyway, enough ranting. Here goes:

Look: very hazy yellow; half the damn glass is head, and it didn't go away at all after sitting for 10 minutes
Smell: nothing. I can't smell anything.
Taste: see smell. this may be the blandest beer I've ever had... maybe a hint of wheat? Bud Light is more flavorful than this.
Feel: WAY too carbonated. difficult to drink. not smooth at all, which doesn't make sense for a nitro beer.

Overall: I wish I had only ordered a pint. If I was at home instead of paying $8 at BWW for this, it would've gone right down the kitchen sink.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first review in quite awhile. I think I needed a break from reviewing, and was drinking quite alot of other things besides beer lately anyway...

Poured from the nitro pint can into a goblet. This beer is hard to open and pour without spilling some- the nitro is really loaded. You get an ultra creamy head that never goes away, but leaves almost stiff peaks in the middle of the glass. The beer is good and hazy, with a ruddy, golden-lemon color. A fruity and floral aroma hints at the citrus and spice within. The flavor is subtle for the style, and easy drinking. The citrus (orange mainly) and spice assert themselves without being overbearing. A good deal of bitterness settles on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is about as expected for a nitro bomb- creamy without becoming dense, and altogether refreshing.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold to copper in color with plenty of haziness. There's a solid inch of creamy, dense beige resting on top. Aroma is of pale wheat and coriander. The taste is of a closely balanced blend of coriander and pale wheat. I think perhaps the coriander is a bit strong for this beer. The mouth is creamy and dense, as expected considering it is a nitro beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 15 oz. nitro can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, subtle spices. Taste is wheat, citrus, lifght spices, highly refreshing. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer I could slam several of.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy yellow orange color with a large nitro infused white head. The aroma is wheat and malt with some citrus. The taste is a nice mix of wheat and malt. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours out as a hazy orange with a nice creamy white nitro head. Aroma is mildly floral. Taste is sweet pale malt, wheat bread dough, some orange zest and only a hint of hop bitterness.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on nitro tap in an imperial pint glass

Appearance – Being a nitro pour the brew is served with a thick and creamy white head that has an amazing level of retention. The golden colored brew’s head very slowly fades over time to leave tons of spider web lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is very light overall with just a bit of a bready and slightly fruity aroma of peach and orange.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth and light bready taste mixed with a little bit of sweetness consisting mainly of a fruit nature. The fruit is mostly of a orange and peach with these flavors growing slightly stronger as the taste advances. Along with these flavors comes some light notes of a coriander and a bit of clove. Some light notes of a floral and herbal hop come at the very end, and in combination with the rest, leave one with a very smooth and clean taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is creamy and smooth being a nitro pour, but is on the slightly thinner side for a brew of 5.5 % abv. The slightly thinner feel is actually nice for the lighter and sweet flavors for the brew all while the creamy and smooth make this one flavorful and mouth coating. I rather liked the feel of this one.

Overall – This is a super easy drinking brew. I actually rather liked it. Not too heavy in flavor or feel, but certainly giving you a nice taste and feel. A rather nice, more session style “light” (in color) nitro brew.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nitro can sounds defective as after an initially violent pop it takes damn-near five seconds before a paltry amount of foam escapes from the top of the can. Pour is pretty, but nowhere near the animation and liveliness of Nitro Coffee Stout. Fills the Sam Addams Nitro Project glass nicely, topping off the lip with a very small, attractive white head. A beer almost pretty enough for a commercial.

Taste is, once again, silky smooth, with a slightly bitter, almost sour amount of hop spice coming through. The second and third sip further coat the palette with a great blend of wheat and orange, making for a truly delicious beer. Hard to compare to its sister coffee stout, which will admittedly be hard to beat by any means, but this one is not at all a bad consolation price. Really love how velvety smooth these beers are.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To paraphrase Black Flag on "Six Pack" - I got some Nitro CANs & nothin' to do/I got some Nitro CANs & I don't need you! Heck, I "won" some Samuel Adams glasses a few weeks ago for taking fourth place at weekly bar trivia. My team was kind of dejected, but 4th on Tuesday nights = glassware! Imagine my surprise & elation when they presented us with SA glasses! Usually, it is shaker pints, but this was a rarity.

From the N2 CAN: "Pop and Pour"; "Enjoy from a Glass"; "Chill before pouring. Nitro doesn't like to be contained. It creates pressure that may cause unchilled CANs to overflow."; "Chill > Pour > Enjoy"; "A Nitro Widget inside this CAN gives our Coffee Stout its incredibly smooth, creamy taste. You'll notice a swirling cascade of energy as the beer settles into your glass. The widget does the work for you, so Chill, Pour, & Enjoy!"

The Crack! not only released a Phssshh! noise, but it also revealed another seemingly short-filled CAN. They must leave a good bit of head space for the N2 gas when filling these guys. I have a question to put in my back pocket for later CANQuest (tm) knowledge! In fact, there was even some foaming going on inside the CAN that briefly filled this space until I CANmenced the Glug. The cascade was pretty, if you are into that sort of thing. Once it stopped, it settled into two fingers of dense, creamy, eggshell-white colored head with excellent retention. Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was odd, like bubble gum & black pepper, but muted. I am glad that they identified it as a White Ale/Witbier for me because I would have been hard-pressed to intuit it from the nose. Mouthfeel was big, thick & creamy, all thanks to the infusion of N2. Just like with the nose, the taste seemed muted. I was drinking a Wit last night & one of the off-duty servers had the same thing & we were talking about its taste. In that case, the bubble gum & black pepper esters were sharp & defined where here, they were softened & rounded off. It made for a very blah, bland drink overall. Finish was dry, but close to tasteless. I just do not see the value added here.

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Photo of Jraiona
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured very cloudy with a fairly well sustained head and lively bubbles. I didn't detect much of any real nose. The mouthfeel was quite pleasant. The taste to me was rather lackluster with no real body or complexity. I've always been a fan Sam Adams beers but they missed the mark here. My recommendation is to pass on this one.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with 2 fingers of head that sticks around for a good while

S: Lots of orange and coriander up front with general fruity and spicy notes as well. Some wheat notes in there behind the fruity and spicy notes

T: Follows the nose, but is a bit muted. Some orange and coriander up front again, with a general citrus tone and some light spiciness. Doesn't ever really push over the muted mark

M: Light-medium bodied with low carbonation. Extremely smooth from the nitro

O: A nice easy sipping summer beer, but if you're looking for a flavorful wit then this one isn't your answer. Not bad, but the nitro does mute the lighter flavors quite a bit. Take it or leave it, you're really not missing anything new or different

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Photo of bplabernie
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I can't believe anybody at the Boston Beer Company even tasted this before releasing it for sale. Most of their beers are at least OK and a lot of them are very good. This beer however is not worth drinking. Looks great and the mouth feel is exceptional but the taste is terrible.

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Photo of scootny
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A great looking beer. A reverse cascading head that produces a tight, creamy one finger head that just stays and coats my glass as I comsume. Darker than straw, the pale gold fluid has a properly cloudy countenance and a few bits of yeast.

The nose presents wheat malt twanginess, orange, coriander and peppery spiciness. A hint of vanilla.

Taste is quite good and the nitro creates an experience that I've not had in this style. While coming off as a flatish white ale it blossoms nicely after ten minutes in the glass. A lemony malt with orange notes flows into a lightly soapy and surprisingly dry finish. Yeast esters are mild and light. Light spices bolster the citrusy flavors and there's a phantom flash of bubble gum. Finish is tart and lightly chalky in its dryness. Very clean and drying.

Feel is very smooth and cask like. Gentle carbonation in no way detracts from the quenching nature and refreshing character of the beer.

A very easy drinking ale. A cask in a can. Nice.

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Photo of gregO59
1/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

my son left one of these in my cooler so I helped myself to it . absolutely flat wretched taste. I thought I raised my son better. thank god he drank the other three . to sam adams - really bad.

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Photo of jigglymig
2.02/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

in the world of easy to get nitro beers go with guiness this is a piece of shit compared. it tastes like a blue moon that went bad. Taking into consideration the cost of the beer I'd give it a negative review. I'd rather buy a 6 pack of budweiser than this and I hate budweiser unless I'm already drunk. stay clear of this one, it is a cheap imitation!

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Photo of Turfpharmer
1.23/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The short of the matter - Don't waste your money on this beer. I wish I could return the other 3 remaining cans. The long of the matter - Pours a bright yellow golden color with a cascading creamy off-white head. The real look is almost identical to the graphics on the can. There is very little aroma on the nose. Spice is almost unnoticeable and is overpowered by the small amount of wheat. Very little on the palate. If it were not for the ever so slight bitterness there would be no flavor. This beer BLAND, BLAND, BLAND. The finish is, well, like water in taste. Think flavorless whole milk. Very Disappointing.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.12/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy bright yellow golden color with layering creamy off-white head. That is where the goodness ends. Almost nothing on the nose, little spice and wheat that's it; same for the palate, just bland. Not what I was expecting. Finishes without much of anything either. Disappointing to say the least.

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Photo of teromous
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

0296 P 1228
JUN 2016

Appearance: Decent sized very creamy white head. It looks like whipped cream on top of the beer. The body is a slightly hazy medium shade of gold and yellow with hints of orange. The nitro doesn't appear to do anything very interesting to the appearance of the beer beyond the initial pour where it creates a cloudy center to the beer which honestly isn't much different from standard CO2.

Aroma: It has a wonderful aroma of orange and coriander. That lemon scent you get from coriander is very fresh in this beer. It just smells fantastic and fresh.

Taste: It has a very watered down flavor. The flavors are good but immediately paled with this watery consistency. I get a light presence of wheat and a slightly stronger presence of coriander.

Mouthfeel: It's fantastically smooth and easy drinking but it feels a bit low on carbonation. There just isn't enough carbonation to give it that bite that compliments the citrus flavors in a Witbier.

Overall: It's just sad because the presentation of this beer is so wonderful. The appearance and aroma are just great but they deliver almost nothing. The flavor just isn't there. It's not a beer I would recommend due to the complete lack of flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy/murky honey orange in color with moderate amounts of carbonation (after the initial nitro cascade) rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat + pale malts, citrus/orange peel, and spices (coriander). Very light notes of Belgian yeastiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat malts with a light presence of pale malts. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of Belgian yeast and a light flavor of citrus/orange peel and spices (coriander). Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: A pretty decent example of the style and probably the first time I have ever had a witbier on nitro... Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, refreshing, and creamy with nice hints of lemon and supremely drinkable this beer checks off all the categories of a nitro. Just don't expect to much a little watery and not true to any style. In line with non craft beer drinkers idea of an American hefe or belgian wheat.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours nitro and bubbly with a frothy head. Aroma and flavor are soft and mild but rather pleasant. Very subdued wheat and coriander. Sweet but slightly dry, too. A good mouthfeel on this beer and its mild flavors are actually pretty refreshing.

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Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's a very attractive beer with a strange cascading head forming over a milky golden yellow beer. Looks like a wit topped with an IPA-like frothy head. Very foamy head with long legs. A swirl completely coats the glass.

The scent is not aggressive enough as I can barely pick up any notes of anything. There's a clovey, coriander-like scent. It even after warming a bit, there's little to work the nose.

Like the nose, little stands out. Maybe a bit of honey, some Pilsner malt, a touch of spice, and that's all she wrote.

Exceptionally smooth and creamy...a bit too much so. It gives it a water feel. Very lager like, it lacks the sharpness of an ale.

As usual, a swing and a miss from Sam Adams.

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Photo of parris
4.46/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knew my rating was going to be an positive outlier.

Creamy, hazy, pale orange color.

Wheaty flavor, with hints of bitter orange and coriander, as expected per style.

The nitro gives the beer a nice velvety twist, but it is still crisp and refreshing.

Sam Adams definitely nailed what they were trying to accomplish with this. All around solid wit, with a unique twist on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of DrCDPriest
2.03/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bought 3/4/2016 enjoy by date on the can was 6/2016.
Open the can and it sounds and pours like a Guinness Draft or Guinness Nitro IPA, fun to watch settle.

L: Nice rich light orange color, nice carbonation action with the Widget and nitro gimmick, excellent head. Takes a few minutes to settle to be able to taste.
S: Spices, hint of banana, does not carry into the taste.
T: Bland. I think the nitro action affects the flavor. You can taste the spices, but not the typical wheat ale flavor you might expect. (NOTE: Tried again 3/8, added orange slice, it livened it up a bit, tasted like a foamy Blue Moon)
F: Creamy and heavy, like a Guinness Draft or Guinness Nitro IPA. The "creamy," smooth, feel is awkward, and not pleasant with this Wheat Ale style beer.
O: All I can say is, this was an unpleasant experience and, possibly first time ever, I poured it down the drain. Even as a BOGO at a local market, IMO it is not worth the $11 for a 4 pack, even when buy one get one free. This is not the typical quality or distinct flavors other of Sam Adams products.

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Samuel Adams Nitro White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 293 ratings