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

84 Ratings
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 Redrover
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with clear freshness dating.

This beer pours a light tan and seems slightly darker than most weiss beers. Big initial head, that disappeared as soon as I looked away. Nothing in the way of lacing.

Beer smells of wheat, banana and some cloves. Seems to be missing a little bit of the other spice smells that often are present in this style.

Taste is not bad. Refreshing carbonation. I get some malt taste and the banana & clove that you smell is also present in the taste. Not the most complex of weiss beers. It would do in a pinch.

The mouthfeel lacks a little substance. Drinkability is not bad, would be best on a very hot day. Not up to German standards but not horrible. If you want to try a better US version, search out a Capitol, or Berghoff.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), over a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

The cream-colored head collapses almost as noisily and quickly as ginger ale, leaving almost no lacing. The color is dirty gold, with the last pour dumping in swirly fine sediment.

The nose is spicy, estery, bananas: impressive and a little surprising. The front has some sour fruit, the middle's a little thin. The finish is a nice hoppy bitter, with ample spice. It leaves a nice grainy finish, though maybe too nutty for some. Overall, I'm surprised that this is as good as it is.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 nixhecks
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weiss beers are one of my favorite styles, right behind stouts. Sam Adam's version poured a cloudy golden color swirling with carbonation, with a small white head. Nose was very attractive with bananas and yeast at the forefront, and backed by a hint of citrus. Banana was a major flavor on the tongue as well, and was balanced by a hoppy bite - overall a very smooth, refreshing taste. This is not the best I have had compared to Sierra Nevada Wheat or Harpoon UFO, but nonetheless a quality beer I will enjoy.

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Photo of WMBierguy
2.37/5  rDev -33.6%
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 GreatPondBrewer
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured orange straw color with a fair amount of cloud and a white head that receded into a film on top of the beer the entire way down. It smelled heavily of bannanas and some other spices and just a little bit a citrus. Same for the taste with the added bonus of a great wheat finish. This was a pretty authentic hefe if I've ever had one. Pretty good effort by Sam Adams here and I wish they could be more bold all the time.

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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 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 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 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 feloniousmonk
2.37/5  rDev -33.6%
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 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 Delirium
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Traditional Sammy's label greets with pewter stein.
Beer pours unfiltered amber gold into a tight knit foamy head leaving an ever flowing downward lace as you race against it searching for the bottom of the glass.

Hoppy for a Sam's in smell and taste, the grains and yeast really leave thier mark. Not a run of the mill beer, maybe some thought really went into this. The hoppy finish zigs when it should have zagged and that was kind of a let down, a hop and drop. Otherwise better than many other American weiss.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy light straw color, with a medium size head. The smell of citrus is and bananas are strong with a hint of hops but the hops are not strong. The finish is smooth with a strong sence of citrus lefted in my mouth. This is a pretty good brew but the best Weis Bier that I have had to date.

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Photo of philipt
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange in color with a diminuitive white head. Looks much like any other Hefeweizen on the market. Very sweet in taste, with a banana/candy flavor too. Slight peppery hop presence detected. Finishes sweet and leaves a bubblegum flavor in the aftertaste.

Enjoyed following an Avery Reverend, so its rather hard to get a good grasp on this beer. Will re-rate later.

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Photo of Kwak
1.33/5  rDev -62.7%
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 Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Rifrafboy
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
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 SchmichaelJ
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of jtw5877
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold/yellow with a foamy white head. Tastes pretty decent not really a heavy wheat flavor though, mild clove, and a little banana tossed in. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Not a real intense flavorful version of the style, rather BBC's version of a Hefe. A good gateway beer hopefully SA's exposure will turn a few people on to the style.

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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 ryanocerus
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Lupe
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This being my first taste of this style beer, I am very impressed and will look into more of this type. Very drinkable, only poor spot was head retnetion. Another great from Sam Adams.

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Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Samuel Adams Weiss Bier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.57 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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