Samuel Adams Imperial White | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Imperial WhiteSamuel Adams Imperial White

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rontoolsie
1.81/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

No need to describe the appearance in detail...this has been done many times above. I was however surprised that it had a dirty brown color instead of a hazy straw-colored one that I typically associate with witbiers.

The smell was that of rotting fruit. Really.

The taste was very sweet and syrupy, sort of like fermented corn syrup- and very reminiscent of (much) cheaper high gravity malt liquors like Steel Reserve or Earthquake.

In spite of paying a premium price of it at the restaurant, I chose to have left 2/3 of it in the glass undrunk.

I had been tempted to try out the Sam Adams Wee Heavy, but now I fear it too may be victim to the same unfortunate tastes.

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Photo of Overlord
1.84/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ugh. Not very good. At all.

Pours a dark amber orange. Small white foam crust. Almost no head, really. A bit murky.

Smells faintly of alcohol, orange/cirtus juice, and ... alcohol. Taste is overly boozy. Really too much alcohol present for a wit. Super sweet. Damn, this is undrinkably, malty/fruit juicy sweet. Maybe a bit of lemon/orange rind, but it's one of the sweetest beers I can recall.

No real carbonation to lighten things up. The syrupiness is unpleasant. This is pretty damn bad. I think its syrupy sugariness may have given me a cavity. On the plus side, it seems to be attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Who unfortunately become insanely drunk from the overwhelming alcohol.

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Photo of vicg12
1.86/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

The smell was interesting, I was initially intrigued. Really is a beautiful beer, loved watching it while it filled up my glass, like bubbly golden straw. Really large head. But, right when it enters your mouth you are just struck with a strong pungent burst, it discourages you from taking a large sip, I powered through and was not rewarded. It is really just disgusting. Too many flavors buying for your attention, and they are like steam rollers on your taste buds, they don’t get along. Save your money and don’t buy this beer, it’s only good to look at. I ended up using 75% of the 24 oz bottle for cooking because I couldn’t handle anymore awfulness. I really don't understand how anyone could enjoy this beer.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
1.9/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a murky tea-brown with pathetically thin off-white head.

The nose is holiday spices--cinnamon, clove-- artificial banana, tropical fruits, and yeast. It's a big and bold smell, but my first thought was "Scary!", and I don't think I can reconcile the aroma with the style.

Puckeringly sweet fruits and yeast combined with a big, chewy mouthfeel. I don't like any of it, and the only saving grace is the slight citrus aftertaste.

This reminds me more of a tripel than a witbier, but even looking at it that way, it's still terrible.

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Photo of Crosling
1.9/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottled.. Twelve ounce. Dark orange colored ale, with a large, creamy white head. Nose is strange, very sweet, fruity, coconut, ginger-ale like, just awful. Flavor is sweet, strong & fruity, with out a lot of body or finesse. Just awful in every way.

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Photo of TexIndy
1.91/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but a new release so know it's fresh. Color was a hazy orange amber. Good amount of slow moving carb - almost like it was moving thru watered down syrup. No lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that quicky settled into bits of film and a collar.

The aroma was awful. Mega sweet and a ton of alcohol. Got a cavity just sniffing it. Besides the orange there is none of the usual wit aromas. Even the orange was off. Instead of a nice mid level aroma enhancer this was like someone poured a bag of sugar into some OJ. The taste was even worse. Starts out with an overly sweet attack and then progresses into pure alcohol. I don't have anything against high ABV but they have their place and after trying several imperial wits the past month that place is not wits. I'm ready for this fade to die out. Wits are my favorite style but this is just crap.

Overall, a drain pour. Avoid. One and so done. Enough with the imperial wits.

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Photo of lionnusmb
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of Ursula1007
2/5  rDev -42.2%

This is beer too sweet for me, however, it may be wonderful with sauerkraut and sausage and pork.

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Photo of GRE680
2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of jsh420
2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottle is over 1 year old

pours murky burnt orange? i thought this was a wit? with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells is strong booze and malt

taste is very malty bready with some fruit banana and spice - lots booze

mouthfeel is thick - low carbonation

drinkability - the age hurt this one even though the label reads age for many years - it has turned into i dont know what a strong ale i guess

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Samuel Adams Imperial White from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.46 out of 5 based on 1,283 ratings.
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