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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of beerluvr
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
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 edchicma
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
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 BeerBob
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart, as a good weiss should be, then moves to soft clove & banana. After taste is pleasant, but a bit on the sticky side, lots of good stuff went into making this weiss bier. Fragrant aroma, pleasant color, and spot on taste, make this Sam Adams rendition a winner in my book.

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Photo of mikes2923
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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 Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely smell. Vanilla and nutmeg. Definitely sweet. Nice cloudy appearance with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Pale straw color. Nice refreshing taste. A bit on the sweet side. Not as phenolic or tangy as your typical German Style Bavarian Hefe-Weizen. Very unique version of a bavarian hefe-weizen.

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Photo of Morris729
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden hazy orange color with a thick and creamy white head that fades into a good amount of lace with a ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass. Nose is a bit faint for a wheat beer, but there are notes of fresh fruit, ripe banana, and clove. Taste is creamy banana, mild clove, and nutmeg with some notes of malty yeasts. Goes down so easy it’s a little scary. One of the best American wheat beers on the market today.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt sienna color with a small off-white head that shrinks quickly into a thin sheet. Perhaps it is a little too filtered. The aromas are a nice mellow blend of light wheat, malt, faint hops, and yeast in the background. It smells great! The taste mirrors the aroma except more pronounced yeast and wheat. It is blended very nicely and is perhaps one of the better ones from BBC. This medium bodied brew goes down nicely and finishes just a tad sweet and a tad sticky. Although I may be reviewing this at what seems to be the wrong time, I just finished yard work and it is 73 degrees on this day of the review. It made it seem a little summer-like and this beer was quite tasty. Cheers!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of jcalabre
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I originally sampled this beer on 8 May 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: It's a cloudy yellow brew, no surprise here.
I really enjoyed this beer. It's a very crisp & tangy wheat beer. It's much better than I would have expected from Sam Adams. Good Job.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.07/5  rDev +14%
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 Todd
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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 kingstonma
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 hyuga
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 RBorsato
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with a low ivory head; fairly low carbonation for the style. Light banana-clove aroma and flavor. Light-medium bodied (leans light) and creamy. A good American version by a large brewer to introduce people to the style.

Labelled as a "Bavarian Wheat Beer" & "Unfiltered"
Label states "Malted wheat and Spalt Spalter Hops"

2002 version Tasted: 1/12/03

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Photo of wsouloa
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer but it is not what I expected it to be. The appearance is a very light cloudy yellow. The smell is not overpowering. You can definitely smell something citrusy. You can taste it too. It is the first thing that you really notice when tasting it. The taste can best be described a nicely carbonated beer with obvious hint of lemon. It is good but may not be what most of the people that try this beer will be looking for and in fact, I could see many people being disappointed by it. Personally I liked it and its a great buy on a summer day that you can find almost anywhere. Its a good quick solution to finding a nice beer for the summer instead of taking a drive to find one of your favorites.

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Photo of jermar
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is finally being sold in its own 6-pack. Well-carbonated, low hops, tasty banana esters. I can see this one pairing very well with grilled shrimp this summer!

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Photo of ism
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy apricot color, with a small head. Nose of wheat, bananas, and spicey cloves. Good carbonation in a medium body, wheat and yeast hitting the palate, spice it slides down, clean and smooth, finishing with mellow fruit. An interesting American version of the style, and good enough to stand on its own.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy, dark yellow color. Poured a nice full fluffy head.

Nose was sweet grain and rich yeast.

Taste is very refreshing, slightly ripe banana (prob the yeast contributes to this) and quite rich.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice translucent yellow-orange color, cloudy with the fine powdery sediment of the bottle dregs. Spicy sweet, lightly yeasty aroma. I got no head on the pour, I wasn't really trying to force the issue, but probably whatever I would have done wouldn't have made a difference 2 minutes later.

It has a light, sweet, and crisp taste, hints of apple and/or almond, I can't decide. Decidedly a great selection for pork, sauerkraut, anything German where you don't want the flavor getting drowned out by the beer, but rather complemented by it. A super summer beer, great for deck-sitting and tiki torches.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell of this one really pulled me in--heavy in cloves and mellow in bananas and spices. Appearance is bright white head that vanishes quickly on top of a murky orangish tan with off-yellow hue. Taste was good, nothing to make me want to sell my soul for a bottle, but good enough to always take one when offered. Light banana forefront with a background of yeast, cloves, and something yet to be determined. Mouthfeel, though hands down the least important characteristic for me, was disappointing. Its rather light and has almost a watered down feel to it. Slim to barely noticeable carbonation too. Is this beer drinkable? Yes, even if you don't like Hefe's typically. But, to keep things in perspective, you'd probably want to move on after a few--a six pack beer but no case.

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Photo of aaronh
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a recent fan of wheat/weiss beers. Before developing an appreciation for and knowledge of different styles, I considered them to be some kind of new beer, much like some of the fruit beers. This Sam Adams Weiss is enjoyable, but is not as flavorful as many weiss beers I've tried. The hops are well done, the finish is very smooth. It is a good summer refresher, but lacks some of the fruitiness I've come to expect. All in all, an enjoyable beer.

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Samuel Adams Weiss Bier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.57 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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