Samuel Adams Imperial White
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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #619
Ranked #44,559
3.49 | pDev: 19.2%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Reviews: 645 | Ratings: 1,289
Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despite the name, this is a murky, light rust color.

Nice off-white head; strong lacing.

Touch o' barleywine in the nose; light caramel, touch of cinnamon. Not what I was expecting so far.

Thick mouthfeel.

This is a US barleywine, & no one can tell me different. Sweet, viscous maltiness with a touch of dark fruits. As a barleywine, it's good not great; way too cloying. Boozy as well.

I'm in no rush to have another.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite SA product, but it's right at the above average mark for me at 3.5. Is a heavy, boozy, filling brew that is better suited to the colder parts of the year.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Comes in looking thick, thick white beer along the likes of Imperial Orchid White. Chunky sandwich beer. This is not a slam, in fact, the beer looks quite good for style. Huge, but good. 1/2" white head. Aroma was just everything from mom's spice rack dropped in there, coriander, thyme, cinammon, vanilla, cardamom, clove etc. . .

This goes big on everything for style, sweetness, bitterness, hoppiness (to a lesser degree for sure, but high for a witbier, imperialized or not). The format was nice and affordable for such a big beer. I wouldn't want 22oz of this, but splitting a 12oz beer 2-4 ways gives an appreciation for what they did on this 'extreme' beer style.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy amber under a sticky persistent 2” white foam collar.
S: Fruit, orange, coriander and wheat
T: Big flavors of spice, fruit, wheat and malt wrestle with potent alcohol.
F: Medium full body and medium carbonation
O: This is a big, muscular beer.

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Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

10.3% ABV and does not hide it. This doesn't mean it's a bad beer, in fact it's one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings. If you want a beer that has a great taste and punches you in the face with its ABV, you have to try this. Regardless it is worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
1.42/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Sickeningly sweet. This tastes as if you took one of those gummy orange slice candies, then melted it, mixed it with orange triplesec, carbonated it and put it in a fancy overpriced beer bottle. If you like candy and oranges and lots of alcohol and sugar, then you'll like this.

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Photo of Robcson
2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

IMHO... This beer is very out of balance. Way to much sweetness that is not offset by the hop additions. Mouthfeel is chewy and luxurious. Smell was all alcohol and cloying sweetness. Taste was just like the smell to much of both alcohol and malt. Apperance was nice. About a finger of head and good lace on the glass. Overall the overpowering sweetness in both the smell and taste was just too much.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Imperial White - 10.3% ABV. Mead like. Heavy on the honey and wheat. Bold crisp alcohol note. Pungent fruit (plums and apples) and coriander notes. Admittedly not my forte' but it does invoke that throwback Medieval style robust fruit and wheat beer. Very strong. Bold. Thick. Pretty good. 3.5 out of 5.

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Photo of brian786868968676
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An Absolutely amazing Imperial! So sad its be discontinued, but luckily I bought out the store for years to come. This beer is great off the shelf, and astonishing in taste years later. I have four year old bottles I open for very special occasions and the taste is similar to a fine port wine. in about 10 years when my stock is empty I will be upset with Sam Adams for their mistakable choice of discontinuing it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass stein

Copper orange, translucent pours a nice head that settles to a white foam cap. Lacings on the glass.

Sweet aroma of oranges, coriander, malt.

Sweet smooth first sip. Malt, coriander, orange. Hint of alcohol, gentle carbonation, good mouthfeel. Smooth aftertaste

Sweet, enjoyable, repeatable .

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Photo of constantine_272
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Light brown with a touch of orange and copper. Slightly cloudy. Hefty amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Light carbonation.

S: Spice, coriander and musk. Tons of alcohol.

T: More musk. A lot more musk. More spice and coriander. Bread yeast with an odd sweetness. Alcohol. Starts off of caramel. Finishes with a long greasy taste with a bit if citrus and the funkiness of fermenting grass clippings. Way too much sweetness that finishes long.

M: Viscous and syrupy from the alcohol. Long aftertaste and a bit mineral. Medium dry. A little heavy.

O: This one doesn't work for me. It tastes a lot like the gose from Sam Adams I just reviewed. I hope all four beers from the sampler pack don't taste like a variance from the same base recipe. Anyway, it just tastes like stale old beer that was stored improperly. The alcohol and the sweetness is so big that it makes it hard to drink. Tastes a bit better as it warms up, but still meh.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/1/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, wheat, bread, honey, caramel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, honey, wheat, bread, caramel, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, honey, caramel, wheat, bread, coriander, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial witbier. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is very nice. The pour is a beautiful cloudy umber color with a thick long lived head that leaves a nice lacing down the glass that just lingers.

The nose is is a sweet peppery malt that is very floral and spicy. The sugars and fructose are dominant.

The taste is a bit alcohol at first, with some buttery hops that quickly take over. The coriander is noticeable and a nice touch. The malt is very strong but is subdued by the stronger spice, alcohol and hops.

Overall this one is fairly drinkable and full of complexity. Overall this is not one of my personal favorites or styles. But it is quite well crafted. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No bottle date, I can spot, this was purchased in 2011.

Pours a rich caramel color with, better than I expected, aggressive carbonation. White head and lasting.

Muted aromas of rum and raisins. Toffee, brown sugar and candis coming through as well as in a potpourri.

Brown sugars and raisin/prune with unobtrusive alcohol ringing through the cranium. Overripe banana as well with muted clove on the tongue.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation stays enough to sparkle. Tongue gets a sticky coating as well.

This really has turned into more of a Belgium Dubbel with the candi presence, dried pitted fruit as well. I bought this due to the fact I got whacked off one bottle which I believed to be a great pre-flight craft. Fresh this was too perfumy and a lot of exentuated wheated present ie bananas and clove. This has aged in a way I had not imagined. One of the highest caloric intake brews and not sure I would ever waste any more time with this-don't feel like running extra miles over this.

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Photo of tfin07
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Honestly I tried this because of a friend. After drinking it with all my buddies I made the statement "It tastes like a stronger version of Boston Lager". After saying it all my friend tried it again and came to the very same conclusion. However thats just me. Tryi it for yourself.

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Photo of xoxirishrose
4.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I loved this multidimensional witbier! Sam Adams' Imperial White is delightfully flavorful. This delicious white ale is light yet bold with its wide array of flavorings from citrus to vanilla with floral notes. Along with its complex flavor profile Imperial White delivers a subtle warming sensation with its high alcohol content. Although both strong and flavorful, this remarkable beer manages to remain smooth and refreshing, which also gives it a high drinkability factor from beginning to end. Overall I found this to be an exceptional beer,* perfect for a cool fall evening.

*I do, in full disclosure, tend to favor the witbier style, making my opinion slightly bias in favor of this Imperial White.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange-tinted gold with one inch of white head and heavy lace. There is floating sediment visible in the glass.

Smell is peachy citrus and spice up front with some biscuity bread on the back end.

Taste is more bread-forward with citrus and faint spice finishing. The 10.3% ABV is nearly undetectable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

An interesting citrus and spice witbier. Thicker and heavier than expected. A solid effort.

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Photo of JG-90
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a deep brown with a hint of peach with a large, creamy, light tan head that has good retention and leaves moderate lacing. Beer is hazy and has a moderate amount of floaters. Smells of a wheaty/breadiness, orange peel, earthyness, coriander, and (i'm guessing) grains of paradise (as it is reminiscent of their Summer Ale).

Has taste similar to the nose, what you would expect, but much sweeter and boozier; why it is an Imperial Wit. I don't think this extremeness makes this style any better. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, with average carbonation.

All in all: a 3x boozier, 3x sweeter ,(and 3x more flavorful), SA Summer Ale.

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3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Imperial White pours a darker amber color with a small but long lasting lacing head. There is a sour and malty aroma, with hints of plums. The taste has a lot of plums, and a mellow yeasty taste, lots of spices and Belgian candies. Boozy and warm flavors finish the taste. Full flavors, and drinkable if you sip. Overall a very boozy and spicy witbeir that has no creamy wheat flavors.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Samuel Adams' Imperial White: 10.3% ABV; Appearance: hazy yellow amber; Smell: lime, light wheat, slight malt; Taste/Mouthfeel: light lime skin, followed by sweet malt, bit of tang, slight bitter after taste, faint anise; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of sagefool
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is actually my favorite offering from Boston Beer Company.

The color is on the orange side of amber.

Head is 2" to none, depending upon how you pour. My offering was from the Small Batch Collection. A 22oz. bottle provided both experiences.

The flavor is candied oranges, with a hint of vanilla and honey. It's sweet, y'all. At 10% ABV, you knew it would be.

Very nice.

The rest of their offerings are mediocre to "Good Lord, this could be so much more. But it's on the good side side of mediocre."

This one is quite good.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the Small Batch Collection.

Aroma is sweet and "rummy". Pours a rich amber brown and hazy body with large beige head. Head reduces quickly to an oily film that spots the glass. Taste is thick coriander spice and a rum like booziness. Warming, not a good choice for a summer drink but could be enjoyable on a crisp fall evening! More like Wheatwine than Witbier.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is handsome solid amber with a large cap of receding foam. The aroma has notes of classic wheat with coriander and just a hint of booze. Chewy on the palate, fruity, and too-boozy--almost vinous. The spice is there at the end, but not enough.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into wheat beer glass

A - 4 fingers of cream-colored foam over a cloudy body of golden orange; high amount of visible carbonation, good lace and excellent retention

S - orange, coriander, tropical fruits, caramel sweetness

T - citrus, peppery spice, dark fruits, anise, caramel sweetness, alcohol; alcohol and malt sweetness linger for a warming finish

M - thick and oily full body, medium/high carbonation, boozy warmth

O - Because of the thick body, malty/fruity taste, and conspicuous alcohol, this one drinks like a barleywine. Not your typical wit, but a tasty brew nonetheless.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy rusty orange with an off-white 2 finger head. Fair retention. Suds around the edge. Lacing is small, spotty and with fair stick.

Smell - A creamy aroma, with coriander, citrus and booze.

Taste - Follows the nose; creamy flavor. Sugar sweetness. Touches on coriander spice and a light citrus before a boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, thick and creamy. Sticky. Low carbonation. The bottle touts 'smooth and refreshing'. Yeah, not so much.

Overall - Had potential, but ultimately it's a bit of a boozy, sticky mess. Nothing I'd buy again. In terms of how it drinks, it's probably much closer to Belgian Dubbel than what I would imagine an "Imperial Wit' to be.

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Samuel Adams Imperial White from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1289 ratings