Samuel Adams Weiss Bier | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Weiss BierSamuel Adams Weiss Bier

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kbub6f on 01-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 80
Reviews by hbis2gut:
Photo of hbis2gut
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was initially caught off guard by the appearance of this beer.
The carbonation, color, and head all look extremely convincing.
Alas, for the true weiss aficianado, this beer is an imposter at best.
Don't get me wrong though, as an American wheat beer, it is quite drinkable. I find it a much closer attempt than Redhook's offering.Dry husky malt flavor with background sweetness. The carbonation is it's best feature, nice small bubbles.The aroma is of raw wheat. It has a nice light-yet-full body as well. In the end, I just kept searching for the old familiar german weiss-smile that always comes out in me and it never showed up.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the easiest drinking wheats i have had,very subtle flavors.I like the darker color like some well made Bavarian wheats.It is well made for sure,a lemon isnt needed.

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Photo of Todd
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy blonde, nice creamy/sticky head. Clove aroma, with a touch of banana in the back. Flavour is pretty even and balanced. Malt is a touch sweet (some banana), hops are a touch bitter. Twinge of clove spice. Wheat adds a nice crisp snap, but is a bit rough around the edges (husky/tannins) ... so the mouthfeel is not as soft as a German weiss, but still rather good and smooth. Finish is dry with husk on the palate. Make sure you pour 3/4 out, then swirl the yeast up with the remainder, then pour that into your glass -- the flavour lies in the yeast. Don't be afraid.

For a big guy like Samuel Adams, this is an outstanding weissbier! Has all of the traditional characters you'd expect. Will they make this a year round beer? How about a Dunkel?

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a “Purchase Before Month Notched” on the side of the label. Same SA label with a royal blue colour, “Bavarian Wheat Beer” stated on the label.

Appearance: Pale yet clouded over golden colour due to the decanting of the yeast, big bubbly and frothy white head forms to a two fingers thickness. Sticks sporadically on the glass though could have better retention for a wheat beer.

Smell: Rounded and complex fruitiness with overtones of banana, powdery clove that lends a light yet ample spiciness. True wheat malt aroma for that style.

Taste: Incredibly smooth with a thick in the middle medium body, moderate carbonation with some slickness on the mouth. Some spiciness upfront though does not rock the boat, suggestions of clove and white pepper with a layered twang from the fermented wheat. Hops are little though shine more in the finish with a slight oily flavour that does not get in the way. Nuttiness from the yeast and the few estery alcohol flavours procure a hint of almond on the palate. Spice flavour cleanses far into the finish with a light sour dough bready flavour to boot.

Notes: Other than the head not being up to par this is a pretty damn good interpretation of a German Style Hefe-Weizen.

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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If Samuel Adam's has a fault, that's if they have a fault, it's a bit too much sweetness. S.A. Weiss goes above and beyond in this dept. The beer pours thick and cloudy, like a Belgian wheat beer with yeast still in the bottle. The smell is like warm burnt sugar. The drinker first tastes a cotton- candy- like sweetness which overpowers any hop or malt taste. The taste is thick and sweet, but very smooth. It goes down like a good cream soda with very little "burn". There is a heavy, syrup-sweet taste left in the mouth which makes one think of brushing the teeth quickly. Over all, this seems less like a beer than it does a thick carbonated soda pop from a 50's era fountain, only not for teens. If you like Bavarian wheat beer give it a try. There are better examples elsewhere, however.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a pale golden color that was appealing, but the head dissipated rather quickly. The cloudy look and decent carbonation hinted that this beer might be flavorful with a good mouthfeel and I enjoyed the citrusy aroma with hints of malt. The citrusy sweetness carried through into the flavor, but it was thin on the mouthfeel. Refreshing and one of the better American weiss biers. Not up to snuff with the Germans however.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a very successful US interpretation of a hefe. Pretty much all you could ask for: appetizing aroma, tasty banana flavor, firm body & mouthfeel and ultimately thirstquenching. Can't think of any other American hefes that I liked more than this [update 2/03: Ramstein is better], although my heart still lies with the German originals. All of Sam Adams' beers have the trademark SA taste, and for a long time this was my greatest criticism of their different styles - in that their house flavor didn't work with the styles they were trying. However, I think it works in this case, and I'm beginning to think it's kind of cool to (theoretically) be able to pick up a beer in a new/different style, take a sip (blindfolded, perhaps), and instantly be able to say "Oh, this is SA!"

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Photo of rastaman
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

AIBA 2003: Not too bad, but like a lot of things from sam Adams, pretty average, or perhaps slightly above average, lightly estery banana and clove flavours, but on the light side for sure. Drinkable, if a bit boring, man that Emersons weissbier i had at the festival sure kicked this ones arse in everyway.

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Photo of cokes
1.81/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sorry, everyone. This is a beer that I absolutely loathed. Found it tough to finish, and made me yearn for a more traditional weiss.
Pours a hazy pale straw, with very little head. Smell is good with some clove and banana typical for the style.
Taste is bready, lightly fruity and very watered-down. The yeast adds an off-powdery and spicy tasty. This does not mix with the the dilution and seems out of place.
Honestly, this seems like hefe mixed with seltzer water. Way too thin tasting for me. The flavors present makes me glad this was not full bodied. The horrible powery taste coated my tongue and messed up my taste perceptions for an enitre day.

(as a note: VTrain and I sampled this out of the same pack. Was ours bad, since the other reviews seem more favorable? However, we both agreed this was a horrible disappointment. With all the other options available, this will not be purchased again. The review stands as is: One of the biggest failures I have encountered in my beer journeys)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rough pour throughout the first half of the bottle, followed by a yeast swirl and then a slower, more controlled top-off leaves its hazy yellow/orange body topped by a huge mound of bright white foam. It drops fairly quickly, but keeps a nice 1/4" lid and leaves some decent lace. The nose displays the traditional weizen characteristics of banana, clove, and vanilla; although they're not nearly as pronounced as some of the best-selling Bavarian versions. The body is light/medium and combines with a very fine/natural carbonation to leave it quite smooth and creamy in the mouth. It doesn't offer the zesty tingle on the tongue that many of the Bavarians offer at the outset, but it's a fair trade-off. Very nice! The flavor, like the aroma, delivers the expected weizen flavors with a soft clove note, some mild green banana, and a touch of spice. Vanilla shows up just as it finishes into a short-lived dryness. Well balanced! Again, it's not as bold as most of the German versions, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much character it actually does have. It's a very nice, lighter alternative that could certainly work as an all-day beer at a tailgate party or other spring/summer/early fall event... and makes a great cross-over version for persons who haven't yet tried hefe-weizen.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hell yeah! A winner from Sammy A., a very nicely done interpretation of a hefeweizen. Pours a nice fluffy white head...nothing too crazy like some other German wheats. Great banana/clove nose...very appetizing, sets the stage for what's to follow, great mouthfeel, nice lightly malty finish with a touch of hops followed by a nice yeasty fruity/bubblegummy finsh. Recommended!

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Photo of Stingray5
1.86/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I've been a faithful Sam Adams customer for many years, and was excited when I spotted a new style on the shelf. I quickly purchased a six of Weiss Bier, and hurried home to sample this new offering.

Bananas. If I could write a one word review of this beer that would be it. This, combined with a bit too much carbonation for my tastes, rendered this brew nearly undrinkable. I didn't let that stop me, however I found it difficult getting through the six-pack, and was glad when it was over. To be fair, wheats aren't one of my favorite styles, but this was still sub par for the style. Too much bananas, too much carbonation and just plain bland.

Big disappointment from Sam Adams.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bland. If I could write this 25 times, I would. I exspect a wheat beer to be fresh and bold. This was neither. It just laid there like a dead fish. Nothing really crisp about it. No great hops or snap to it. Uneventful. Perhaps it sat too long on a shelf, but I doubt it. Not the best product from this brewery.

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Photo of jackndan
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pure white, dense head, not long lasting though. Nice Belgian lace. Wonderful classic Weiss beer aroma, always reminds me of bananas. Pale yellow, unfiltered. Decent Weiss flavor, will enjoy taste much more in summer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hue, cloudy; typical looking for an unfiltered wheat in that regard but the head was absent, a serious negative, active with bubbly animation that creep up the side of my glass. The nose was lacking, very faint aroma with no really distinguishable smells aside from the slightest bit of banana. This beer is rich and full with a tangy and crisp flavor. Feels fizzy on the tongue from the carbonation and it is pleasant to drink. Average refreshing qualities. Middling enjoyableness. I’d most likely skip this Sam Adams next time around.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy, pale, cloudy golden color with a thick soapy head, decent retention. Some wheaty malty and spicy aroma, rather pleasant. Smooth off the top, taste of sweet malt, somewhat spicy, thin taste of clove, slightly yeasty towards the finish and a tinge creamy too be expected. A good stab at the style by BBC, and overall a great hefe.

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Photo of edchicma
4.48/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a novice "beer" taster, I was impressed with the smooth drinkability of this wheat offering. This was actually my first wheat beer and I was impressed. The cloudiness of this wheat beer was visually ineresting and added to its appeal. I plan to try several of the other offerings in this category as well as other highly rated types in the coming months. Additionally, I plan to become more of a connoiseur by contrasting the various characteristics, especially in this beer style.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice tight white head, cloudy and orange liquid. Interesting aroma of "bananas and something else". Highly carbonated. Tastes like a sweeter, less tart version of american wheat ale. Feels good in the mouth but a little watery. Easy to drink. Not spectacular but interesing enough to seek out and share with friends.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and unfiltered, this beer is nice. I don't think this compares with the German's, but I don't think that was their idea. Slighty tangy, with little banna flavor. A quality beer, and good for the warmer weather.

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Photo of Murph
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cludy yellow with a nice lace and some yeasties floating around. Strong wheat and yeast smells with slight banana and spiciness. Nice strong wheat flavor with some weak background of yeast and spices. Clean mouthfeel, slightly creamy and drinkable. Well as a Hefe this isn't really much of a beer. However, it is a pretty good wheat beer. Not a bad session brew on a hot summer day. Basing it on the hefe classification it is only slightly better than average but well worth a try if you like wheat beers.

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Photo of mikes2923
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my humble opinion, one of the better American takes out there on this style of beer! Granted I missed their original offering of this style a few years ago... but still a very tasty and satisfying brew!

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Photo of hyuga
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I tried to do an authentic hefe pour on this one, but being my first try, I didn't complete it so well. It sounds a lot easier than it actually is. However, I think my pour was pretty good despite all of that. The head doesn't impress me, but it's not a bad looking beer otherwise. Nice deep golden haze showing the generous amounts of yeast that I decanted into the glass after the initial pour. The head retains well enough despite its initial impotence. Great aroma, showing itself as a true hefeweizen. Banana and fruity esters, like sour apple and berries. Bubblegum is very noticeable, and there's just a hint of clove. Wheat or even hay is detectable from a distance. A perfect combination of sweet and sour. Same with the flavors. Lots of bubblegum and malty sweetness combined with fruity tartness. Here and there a hint of clove, and some very tasty yeast complexities. Clove really shows up well with retro-olfaction. Malt turns biscuity in places, quite pleasing. Sharp twang in the finish, this may be from the subtle hopping, it seems like it. Nice and smooth overall. I'm really impressed with this offering from SA. I had almost given up on them. While not the best hefeweizen on earth, it's a great stab at the style, better than many. I'll definitely keep this in mind when I've got a craving for a hefe.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange/golden color with no head. No head on a wheat beer? I tried and tried, but no luck. Smells grainy, with some citrus and banana notes. Taste is sweet and tart, slightly spicy in the form of cloves, along with a sour "off" taste. Very rough, some flavors are fighting each other. Light body with some carbonation, but needed to be more carbonation. Overall, not as bad as this may sound, but not up to par. Freshness may have been an issue here, I will certainly look for another sample and re-review if necessary. I haven't typically seen problems like this in any SA product.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Chill Hazed" light orange to amber color, the head is moderate in size, frothy in texture, the lace in fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose is citrus, malt, and slight wheat or “Bread Dough” tones to top it off. Start is sweet malt, the top is middling in mouth feel, finish is has a perky carbonation, the hops pleasing to the palate, dry aftertaste. Samuel Adams or to be precise the “Boston Beer Company”, makes some “Darn” good drinkable beers, great well “No”, but a fine session beer “Yes”.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight rusty/cloudy color. Wheat/lemon/yeast nose. Very aromatic. White creamy head. Soft feel and light body. fruity/estery with a slight sour finish. I enjoy this beer. The beer is quite true to the style. A touch less two row malt would be good... but this is one of the best Sam's brews I have tasted. I can't wait until I can get it by the case in my area.

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Samuel Adams Weiss Bier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 84 ratings