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
Photo of Kwak
1.33/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not good at all.
Head: Nice start cloudy rocky off white head disappeared in a flash no taste.
Body: Dark orange hue, nice haze wrong color.
Taste: Not good, taste like a bad copy of a great beer style
stick to what you know. I don't recommend this to anyone who likes this style.
Not good, I think I am done with Sam!!

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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 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 WMBierguy
2.37/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love Weiss beers, and had to try the Sam Adams version. I also bought a bottle of Weihenstephaner Weiss, my personal favorite, to better judge this beer. As I expected, the Sam Adams version fell well short of the mark set Weihenstephaner and other high quality imports. The first thing that any Weiss beer fan will notice is how watery the Sam Adams version is. When you aste it, you know its a Weiss, but you'd swear that it was half water. The beer itself was lighter in color than the Bavarian beers, and it seemed to be a weaker shade of beer in every aspect. A nice try by an American brewery, but not good enough. Save your money for Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Ayinger, etc. They aren't much more expensive, (in fact, they are probably cheaper than overpriced Sam Adams) and are much, much more flavorful and satisfying.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.37/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tiny, departing head, amber color. Tinny, coppery, spicy aromas, slight citrus, a hint of anise...and BANANAS! Yes, the Southern Bavarian weizenbier style does have that banana/clove component, but the Boston boys stuck a whole banana tree in the mash! Flinty taste & texture, thin body, not much for the tongue to do. No yeast, either. I don't enjoy weizens sans hefe. Actually, it says unfiltered, but I can neither see nor taste the yeast. Lousy finish. Not a good beer, at all. Yes, they have bananas, but not much more.

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

I expected much more from this beer. Most of what comes from Sam's is amazing. This is much less than average compared to the finer Weiss beers (Hoegarden, Blue Moon, etc.).
Typical cloudy color but not such a great tasye. Smoky, yeasty, balance just seemed off. Would not be eager to drink again.

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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 packetknife
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and cloudy. Bleached white bubbly head but it didn't hold. My first thought was to Hoegaarden or Blue Moon. Again, for my second new beer of the night I am dissapointed. It smells spiced, it looks good. It has no taste. Even after watering myself to clean my mouth and waiting a while. It has no real taste. I could drink it forever as it has no taste and no noticeable bite. Darn my luck.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice head that wasn't excessive. Slightly cloudy with a yellow-gold color. Aroma appropriate for style with phenols predominant and a slight wheat background. Mouthfeel seemed a little flat for style and leaving a thin quality to it. Flavor seemed to lack what I would expect in terms of wheat character and for a Bavarian style a shortage of phenols and fruity esters. Flavor was more barley malt than wheat. For a brewery I generally like this was rather dissappointing.

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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 John
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad stab at a Bavarian Hefe. However, when compared to the real thing this one comes up a bit short. Thinish body and lemony with a subtle clove note. What's missing, IMHO, is a fuller body with that touch of creamy banana, malt sweetness and the usual pillowy head. One of the better US brewed Hefes though.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a cloudy dark golden, honey-colored brew, forming a large whipped head with exceptional retention and good lacing. Aroma is first the aroma of bananas, followed by pale malt, bubbles-gum esters, and then an obtrusive metallic odor. Slight hoppiness and sparse cloves are noted. Carbonation is medium-strong. Taste begins with a bit of lemon zest, a touch of musty grain sack, medium malt body, copper and zinc, and an odd touch of amber malts towards the moderately astringent finish. Medium in body with a rather ruddy mouthfeel and finishing in lemon zest, pennies, and dirty leather.

Rather weak for the style and unimpressive. It has a few redeeming qualities but the metallic note and off tastes kill it. Semi-enjoyable if you don't pay attention to it. Definitely better American bavarian style wheats out there.

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Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy, dirty rusted colour. a fairly big and foamy head reduces quickly and leaves rings of lace. light aromatic fruit esters lean toward the banana side, with a spicy clove kicker. mouthfeel is thick and creamy, rather full bodied for an americanized bavarian wheat beer. the body of the beer seems to be the best part of it, though, because it lacks in the flavour department. spritzy lemony, banana and spice make for a decent taste profile, but those characterisics definitely are understated. a bit crisp in the finish, making it refreshing and drinkable.

so, in review....questionable looks, great body, but no i took it home...tried it out...appreciated the good parts but i don't really want to see it again. but if i was offered it again for free with no strings betcha.

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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 marc77
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is quite thin when compared to other Hefeweizens (I usually end up sipping the head on a good hefeweizen before I get to the liquid itself.) Cloudy from the wheat, with no yeast haze at all-- probably why they call it a Weiss and not a Hefeweizen. Typical yeasty esters are there and a dominated by clove while banana esters are at a minimum. A slight mustiness is perceptible as well. It's definitely more mild overall in aroma than commonly available German wheats. The body and mouthfeel are a bit lacking and don't have that proteinaceous creamy and smooth quality that a good Hefeweizen should have. The innocuousness of the overall flavor makes it fairly drinkable, but for a weizen it's a bit prosaic.

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Photo of yen157
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured clear and dark honey colored, but I swirled the heck out of the bottle trying to get every last bit of sediment out. I did and the beer went from clear to very opaque. The head started off about 2/3”, but quickly fell to < 1/8” of slightly sticky cream. Sweet wheat malt in the nose along with some banana and something slightly spicy, like white pepper. The first thing I noticed on sipping was a tiny, yet acute sourness. Nothing as bad as what I experienced in a bad Hitachino Nest Weizen. Anyway, the beer was kinda toasty, but it did have definite wheat and yeast flavors. Very medium carbonation kept this beer from being too slick in the mouth. Good, flavorful brew. I probably won’t get this again because there are so many other (better) wizens out there.

This bottle was two months past the notched “Drink by” date on the side of the bottle. I’m attributing the sourness to this. Also, hop contributions and other flavors may have changed over time. I would like to try this fresh, but I’m pretty sure it’s seasonal. Oh, well. I’ll have to wait until next year.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not 100% retired, actually. Served on tap at the 2007 Sam Adams Beer Summit Oktoberfest in pint glass tankard.

Appearance is cloudy straw colored.

Aroma is very juicyfruity, clearly not the same yeast as some of their other wheat beers.

Flavor is bland, no defects, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is balanced between bitterness and silky feel.

Overall not a bad summer quencher.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: A light fruity apricot/apple/grape melody that together comes across as a white wine aroma with accompanying slight sour smell.
Appearance: Hazy dark yellow (as it should be for style) with a thin white cover that left dots of lace.
Flavor: Buttery with slight wheat notes. No banana flavor noted
Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation
Overall Impression: Sampled this in the middle of an extended tasting session and it just didn’t stand out. The buttery taste seemed to be an off flavor and the sour wasn’t sharp enough to be a focal point like a Berliner Weisse. Like a lot of Sam Adams beers, pretty good mild example of a style. Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden-orange color....nose has that bavarian spicy banana-clove touch, which I like.... a bit thin body-wise.... the right flavors are there (banana and clove) but need to be more pronounced... Not bad...

overall: 3.35
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3


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Photo of skar
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance/Head: Golden color. Light haze. Some head, which faded fast. A Hefe-Weizen should really have a better head.

Aroma: Wheat malt. Lemon. Some banana/clove but light for the style.

Taste: Grainy, malty, herbal flavors. The aftertaste has too much sour and citrus flavors. It is almost like they added a lemon for me. It lacks the true banana/clove flavors of the style.

Bottom line: Pretty weak Weiss. It joins many other Samuel Adam brews by being drinkable interpretions of the style, without being memorable or classic.

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Photo of mophie
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden appearance, with a creamy head that dissipates a bit too quickly. Faint orangey/banana aroma, with a touch of spice (clove). Taste is also a combination of mild citrus, banana and spice, with a slightly sweet, nutty finish. Overall, mild and somewhat refreshing. Not necessarily the best weiss beer out there, but not too bad on a warm afternoon.

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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 SchmichaelJ
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer drinkers looking for a decent, tame introduction to wheat beer should be satisfied with this one. It poured a cloudy beige / gold color, and a very thin head appeared and disappeared rather quickly. I caught a faint hint of banana, but very little else. The sweet, crisp taste was complemented rather well by a marked, yet kind alcohol presence. It went down rather smoothly, and left a nice feel to the mouth. Overall, a pleasing wheat, and an above average beer. But there's certainly better to be had within the style.

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