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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Added by Jason on 01-16-2009

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Photo of RWACKO
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Saw a bottle of this as a single at Central Market and I figured why not. I was a bit down when I saw the other reviews, but I'm now thinking that a lot of those people were off in their opinions. A unique and interesting beer. Served in a New Belgium globe.

Nice, dense 1/2" white foamy head. However, the star is the light orange body with a red hue. It's hazy, but still brilliant when held up to the light. Inviting.

The smell is a bit solventy. Sticky, medicinal orange. This is gonna be interesting to drink...

This is... surprisingly good. Very reminiscent of a wheatwine. It has the thickness and body of a lighter barleywine. Much more fruit, too. A bit of spice on the start of the sip, but not an overwhelming amount carrying over to the aftertaste. The creaminess of the body is just heavenly. I think I hit this at the right temperature. Too hot and I bet this gets solventy. Too cold and I bet it's not as fantastically creamy.

I like this quite a bit. It most reminds me of Brooklyn's The Companion, but this has a lot more depth of flavor and better mouthfeel. Good show!

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Photo of jharkins07
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of FXRGuy
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of src22
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky orange with a 1 finger white head that dissipates after a minute or two.

S: Smells of slight malty breadyness with orange and coriander and a strong alcohol scent.

T: Overpowering alcohol taste with some spices and maltyness.

M: Medium body'd and slightly creamy with good carbonation.

O: Overall, this would be an excellent beer if it weren't for the overpowering alcohol. Maybe aged for a year or more would mellow it out enough for the malt and spices to shine a bit more.

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Photo of socon67
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden, cloudy and with an active white foam. Minimal lacing.

S - Scent is of fresh grain, citrus, and sugary candy.

T - Taste is consistent with the smell. Citrus and sweetn flavor, with a taste of hearty grain. Finish has a slight acidic burn.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, and a tasty beer that feels ligther than its ABV.

O - Interesting take on the style. I found it a potent witbier that pushes the envelope.

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Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of chevre
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of BFOXC71
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours an amber color and looks more like an amber ale than a white. Nice thin lacing white head and active carbonation.

S - Candy Belgian caramel, booze, some citrus, and mild spices.

T - Overall, tastes like fusel, cloying cough syrup. Belgian candy caramel & light citrus are added in the background.

M - Thick, full bodied, and lipsmacking sticky.

O - The best thing about this beer is the color. I'm not sure whether to applaud Sam Adams for pushing the boundaries on a witte beer or to totally ding it because it resembles nothing close to the style. I hate to say it, but it's an absolute mess. Give me a Whitewater IPA instead.

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Photo of Gladius270
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orage with a thin white head, with persistant lacing.

S- CITRUS. Grapefruit and orange dominate the nose. I also detected some grassy notes in there.

T- Taste follows suit with smell and delivers alot of citrus. I found this beer to be overwhelmingly sweet tasting, and finishing with a bit of an alcohol burn.

M- Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The highlight of this brew for me.

O- Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I enjoyed the way it felt as I drank. Wish the sweetness were toned down a bit though.

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Photo of shand
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams imperial pint.

This one pours a hazy white-orange color with a tiny head. Aroma has a wheaty citrus aroma along with a fairly high amount of alcohol. The taste is wheat, citrus, and alcohol. It's not terrible, but the style just probably isn't well-suited to being imperialised. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and well-carbonated, and the drinkability suffers a bit. It's an interesting beer, but not one I'd probably be prone to having again.

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1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Floral, bready, biscuity, grains and alcohol. Caramel and darker malts. Orange citrus, tart, mild spices, corriander. Odd for the style, smells a bit like a strong ale due to the darker malts.

Appearance: Pours a tall white head with tiny bubbles. TONS of lacing. Impressive retention. Deep gold in color with amber highlights. A bit cloudy.

Taste: Dense, wet sourdough bread, floral, mild orange citrus and spice, no alcohol while the beer is still very cold. Mild smooth caramel. Some vanilla. Smoked meats.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Super creamy and smooth. Oily. Mild carbonation, can feel all of the tiny bubbles.

Overall: A witbier, really? Let's put that aside for now. This is a wonderful brew. Complex all around, floral, sweet, fruity, caramel, bready, tart. Wow! 10.3% ABV, tastes more like 6.5% ABV. Intense yet pleasant in both the aroma and taste.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw on outside to orange center. Unfiltered and hazy. Light gets through. 1 finger khaki head that settled quickly away. Small to medium bubble carbonation.

S: cream, belgian yeast esters, lemon, banana and slight alcohol in the nose.

T: malty sweet, caramel, hallertau hops, earthy, carbonation, alcohol finish. Slight unsettling high carbonation and finish with booziness. Much nicer and smoother when it warms up.

M: thin, sweet and carbed.

O: really neat that this beer uses no caramel malts but the sheer amount of 2 row makes it orangeish. Too boozy, missing cloves, banana and bitter orange in the taste. Sweetness is prevalent though. Wouldn't buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of filmguy
2.17/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

No aroma whatsoever. As Gary V would say...Aromatically challenged. The initial attack is promising with some coriander, sugar, hint of orange. Then....nothing....then....what is that god awful finish? What is that nasty aftertaste? What is that 9.3% smacking me upside the head for?

Oh well...I had to try it.

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Photo of BigTrubble
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of durwood64
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy orange. Just a tad (1/4 inches) maybe of head. Light lacing on the top that had circled the glass with a bunch in one spot (probably where I poured). Hardly any lacing in the middle. The lacing dissipated within five minutes. Spider-web film on the sides of the glass.

Heavy whiff that I could smell from two feet away. Alcohol and cloves dominated the smell. I also got wheat and orange peels. A sweet sugary smell as well.

Tasted a mix of cloves and orange peels, backed by a heavy dose of alcohol. The alcohol is definitely not hiding. I also got caramel in there. Feels a bit like a winter warmer.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Smooth finish.

An OK beer overall, although I was expecting a bit more. Definitely a witbier. Good finish, though.

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Photo of bcal16
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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