Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Coastal WheatSamuel Adams Coastal Wheat

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy watery honey color with a 1 inch white head that fades to an oily layer. No lacing.

S - Smells of subdued average wheat beer. I detect no scent of any lemon or citrus.

T - Tastes of light lemon zest and the average wheat beer flavor.

M - Good carbonation that makes the beer crisp and clean.

D - Pretty good beer that would be good for putting back in the summer months. Wouldn't go out of my way to get though.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is without a doubt a summer time brew. I poured this into a regular pint glass and it was a really nice cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. The aroma screams lemon and has the softness of the wheat in there too. Smells almost like a weak lemonade. The flavor is packed with lemon zest upfront then it fades to a nice wheat backbone in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and smooth like a wheat beer usually is. Overall it's a decent brew when in season.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

where the hell did this beer come from? I saw no promotions or advertising for it but sure enough it's sitting in my beer stores cooler. Frankly.. it's pretty boring, nothing you haven't tasted before, particularly from this brewery. Just a run of the mill light bodied lemon flavored wheat.. how was this beer decided on when trying to put a new beer in their winter seasonal? Must have been a big sale on lemons somewhere... I love ya SA but I don't like the cut of this one's jib.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great Summer beer. Too bad it's Autumn now. Refreshing lemon flavor chases the medium weigh wheat beer from a zesty nose to a malty finish.

The beer begins with a hazy, standard yellow color. Good head formation leads to good retention as well. No real lacing to mention.

Coastal Wheat starts out with a medium lemon and wheat balance that counters an pleasantly acidic texture. The wheat gives way first, leaving the lemon additions and fruity esters to carry the beer in the mid palate. Wheat returns in the finish with a hearty bready aftertaste.

Quite crisp, bright, and snappy in the mouthfeel with the acidity and lemon zest providing a lot of refreshment.

Though the beer is off season, it's a nice welcome that should do well with the Blue Mooners and Golden Wheateers looking for a step up. But for the serious craft beer lover, the beer is a bit too one-dimentional expecially with all the Porters, Stouts, and Barleywines to be consumed this Fall and Winter.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - I love, love, love (did I say love?) buying beer at the grocery store!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of finely foamy off-white head, which leaves some broad wave-crest lace profiles around the glass as it hies it outta there.

It smells of grainy, almost spicy, wheat grain, with some Limoncello-like citrus notes, and a raw leafiness. The taste is bitter, husky wheat stalks, some weird lemon/honey sweetness, and a subtle peach/apricot fruitiness.

The bubbles are really hitting that snooze alarm for all it's worth, the body a healthy middleweight, and decidedly smooth, with a surprisingly rich feel to it all. It finishes quite wheaty, with a semi-sweet bearing, the lemon lingering in pie format.

Not a bad wheat ale, the bi-coastal nature a decent idea. Another good'n for sipping away lazily after too much time in the Pacific sun. Woe is me.

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Photo of zeff80
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a white, bubbly, foamy head. It left soapy residue on the glass as I drank it.

S - It smelled strongly of lemon and wheat. Some yeasty notes, too.

T - It has a sweet grain and wheat flavor with a good deal of lemon flavor. The lemon flavor is strong but not overpowering.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a nice wheat ale. It would make a great summer/lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear yellow color with a slight white head and plenty of visible carbonation. Nose is mostly of lemon Pez and hints of sugar. The taste is more faint, fake lemon and a bit of grain. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, but seems more like a lightly-flavored soda. Drinkability is okay, as the flavors aren't so much offensive as they are artificial.

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Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Town Hall Weizen glass

Pours 1 finger of white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some really cool lace patterns. Color is hazy pale yellow.

Aroma: Wheat and lemon. Reminds me a lot of lemon pie. Has a musky aroma to it.

Taste: Lemon peel, cloves, spices, wheat. Kind of musky for the style. Very spiced.

Mouthfeel: Big spiced flavor. Very cirtrusy and crisp. Lots of carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends with a super dry aftertaste, kind of spiced and sticky.

Overall, this beer in the winter variety was a big surprise. Not a winter beer for me. Doesn't fit the season very much. It is drinkable, but I am not diggin' what SA did with this one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with two fingers of dense, white foam. The body is a hazy, golden color. The head displays good retention and lace.

S - Toasty aroma of malt and some strange smoky notes. Phenolic yeast that has an odd character that I can't quite identify.

T - Spicy, peppery yeast character up front. Bready malt balanced with pithy lemon and some toasted malt notes. Finishes with light hops and some strange, almost burnt notes that transform into something like wet cigarets in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a strange beer. It is dominated by an odd, phenolic note that I can't help but identify with cardboard and cigaret smoke. Overall, I wouldn't want more than one of these. Not one of Sam's more successful offerings.

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Photo of chinchill
2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated BB July 2012 (so a little past BB date) served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a rather small eggshell head. The head mostly disappears quickly.

AROMA: Fruity, mainly lemony, but with an unfortunate hint of old canned fruit.

M: Near medium body; Medium-light carbonation seems a tad low. Smooth.

T: Fruity with some lemon, as expected, as well as a vague impression of old canned fruits and ripe bananas. No sign of hops in this mildly sweet brew.

O: Profile is much more like a hefeweizen: not a beer style I seek out but even so, disappointing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light caramelized malts, lemon and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of lemon and spices come in. There's a mild hops presence that creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's hard to drink this one and not compare it to other Sam Adams wheat beers and although this is a decent beer, I don't think it's as good as some of their other similar products.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, burnished gold body with a thinnish, though somewhat lasting, white head. Steady effervescence throughout.

Smell: Lightly tangy wheat wafting up to the nose with mild notes of spicy hops and sliced lemons following close behind.

Taste: Tangy, lightly sweet wheat maltiness transitions to an initially light lemon taste, though, by the time the finish arrives, it's a bit more distinct. Spicy hops with a meager amount of fleeting bitterness. Slight acidity throughout. As mentioned previous, the latter half is led by a clear taste of juice-leaking lemons. Finishes drying and crisp with lingering touches of juicy lemon and mild spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Sufficient enough for the one bottle, though I doubt I'll be revisiting this particular offering. Is it replacing the Samuel Adams Summer Ale? If not, I fail to see the need for the addition of another mild wheat beer to their line-up. Ah well... C'est la wheat!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely hazy pale apricot thanks to a surprising amount of yeast in the final few ounces. The whipped creamy crown is somewhere between ivory and ecru, has a great deal of character, and does a pretty good job laying down an attractive necklace of lace.

The nose is enjoyable because the lemon smells natural (as opposed to extract-like) and because there's some maltiness present that isn't strictly pale wheat-like. Honey malt perhaps? Lemon and honey is always a good combination.

Contrary to what some might think, Coastal Wheat belongs in the winter pack rather than the summer pack. It isn't a light and easy drinking quencher, but is more substantial and has something more going for it in the flavor department. Although they don't cop to it, BBC has to have added some spices to this brew.

The flavor profile includes lightly toasted bread drizzled with honey, sugared lemon peel, and an exotic spiciness that is similar to (and might be) grains of paradise. The Hallertau Mittelfruh and Spalt hops add an earthy-herbal vibe and a countering bitterness, while tangy wheat stays in the background.

Even though there's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, it doesn't have that indefinable quality that would earn it a 4.0. Maybe a more 'solidly medium' creaminess and slightly softer bubbles would do the trick.

Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat is one of those beers that some will love and some will hate. It isn't outstanding, but I'm closer to the first group. It's almost the lower-ABV wheat beer version of a spiced winter warmer. It's also unique, which counts for something.

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Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent, semi-hazed bronze with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Wet grain, grassyness & lemons

T: Grassyness & light apple flavors & a touch of breadyness up front. Grainyness & a touch of white grapes as this warms; plus some coriander & lemon cookies. Finishes grainy, grassy with some lemons

MF: Light bodied with soft carbonation

Drinks easy but not than a thirst quencher. Not impressed...

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

kind of part of the tasting but was on tap at the bar up the street on xmas eve so we will give it the treatment. pours very light with lots of carbonation coming up the glass to a head that is probably two inches high at its zenith before fading back down to a normal size. aroma of light citrus, very light, lemon mostly with a touch of light rye or some spice in the back end. grainy with again a very light lemon touch that really does not do much for me. quick and clean it goes down like water and is gone before you can blink.

overall too light and too bland to even think about. will have to pass on this one if it ever comes back around.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this in the discount part of the coolers at Quick six, not sure if it isn't selling well or the just want to move it- on to the review

Poured chilled into a wheat glass from a 12oz bottle w/ freshness date

A - A lightly hazed light golden w/ a sparse white cap that thins quickly. A pin sized bead w/ no visible carbonation in the brew

S - A mellow malty wheat nose w/ subtle citrus and gentle fruit hint, lemon is there but faint

M- A slick feel gentle spiced edge w/ moderately carbaonted med body and subtle yeasty tang w/ moderately low acidity

T - A mildly creamy and yeasty wheat flavor which is mild and spiced taste is there, but in the background gently accenting the malt. The flavor has a mix of herbal and vegetal notes w/ a light wheat flavor . the lemony tinge is nice accenting w/ more a a zest giving tangy nuance to the malt w/ clean taste as it finishes w/ light astringent hint

D - The lemony wheat is a tasty combo, but the drinkability is middle of the road for me, not a bad beer but a bit samey compared to other wheats they make - a decent job by Sam Adams

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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Cloudy pale golden color, decent head retention. Smells of lemons, bread crust and a neutral nutty yeast. There is that typical generic Pale Wheat Ale base that so many brewers go with, ho hum. It is balanced and non-offensive but no real liveliness. Lemon flavor is more peel than zest or juice which adds some bitterness and flavor, hops are real modest here. Finishes with that dull wheat beer aftertaste.

I would have preferred to see a K├Âlsch style or Blonde Ale, filtered with more of a sweet/sour lemon edge ... not too far off from other beers they brew; they brew a wit, beery-wits, the summer ale and now a lemon version. Is this reactionary to the cloudy beers that have come from the bigger breweries?

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Photo of womencantsail
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a cloudy, light orange color with very little foam.

S: There is a strong (fake) lemon aroma along with a bit of wheat. What I'm guessing are the hops give off a very grassy scent.

T: The taste also has a strong lemon flavor, but not quite as artificial. There is also the same grassy hop character, along with a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: The beer is fairly light on the tongue and has a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I could see some people enjoying this and having several, but I'm not a fan. It's not so bad that I'd pour it, but it's definitely not winning me over.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Call me provincial, but I usually prefer my wheat from the more internal parts o' countries. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a short-lived finger of white foam. The nose comprises chalky wheat, light lemon peel, very light coriander, and a firm touch of banana. Something seems vaguely off, though. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's not entirely either pleasant or un-. The taste follows kinda closely, replacing the lemon peel with some orange zest and replacing the banana with some rater iron-y hard water. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a very meek little beer, something that theoretically could be easy to drink, but not necessarily something that would elicit a desire to do so.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's becoming a real uphill bottle for me to get back to The CANQuest (TM), but with so much beer in abeyance down in the basement and the summer stretched out in front of me, I feel CANpelled to rid myself of some of the backlog.

This, however, was totally fresh, with a best by date of Sep 2011. Also from the bottle: "Hazy and golden in color, this brew is a fresh twist on the popular Hefeweizen style. Eureka and Lisbon lemons from three growing regions in California balance out the wheat malt character resulting in a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with subtle lemon flavor. Cheers!"

I started out with a finger of foamy, bone-white head, but by the time I finished typing the above, it was down to wisps. That seems like good retention in my book! Color was a cloudy (not hazy) orangish-yellow. Nose had the characteristic "snap" of wheat malt, but I would have guessed orange as the underlying citrus smell, vice lemon. Whoops! Mouthfeel was relatively full, approaching creamy, with a definite citrus presence, but not a tart one. It was like a Creamsicle, reinforcing my earlier stance on orange, vice lemon. Finish was so much like a Creamsicle that I now wanted one for the first time in years! Yay, summer!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.4/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don't get it replace your hefe that was actually an American Wheat to an American Wheat with lemon peels. Why not do a real German style hefeweizen to join the party of Cherry Wheat, Double White, White Ale, DunkelWeizen and Summer. That's alot of wheat beer. Maybe it's time to do a different style, how about an IPA. Pale hazed golden orange hue with a bright white head, leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma has a biscuit malt character a lot of yeast nuttiness with citrus peels apparent. Not much sweetness or hops going on here. Pretty abrasive with lemon peel zest bitterrness and tart wheat blended with that nasty dry nutty yeast notes. Mouthfeel overall is pretty harsh with the carbonation levels just an unpleasant experience with the lemonpeel left on the palate after each sip. Drinkability is poor this is one that should be skipped and I enjoy most of the Sam Adams brews out there.

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Photo of tdm168
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright yellow with a thin, dense, white head that has good retention. The nose has an aroma of lemon, straw, and sour apples. The flavor is identical; faint straw and lemon followed by a mouth puckering, tart, sour apple. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and crisp.

This was bad. It had such a foul, sour, tart flavor that was completely unwelcome. I will never get this again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2010 notched on label.

Pours hazed golden with a nice, white head that is well-retained. Webs of trailing lace stick.

The smell is of wheat tang - bready with a tart lemon touch.

The taste is of bready wheat tang - mild sweetness with a dry, lemony touch (though not overly lemony - enough to add a dryness.

It has a soft, crisp, light (but not too thin) refreshing feel.

A brew that would go much better as a summer offering, but I guess they threw it in as a light winter, or they didn't want it to compete against their own summer ale (which I enjoyed more than this one). I would much rather see a return of the Scotch Ale, to be honest. Whatever the case may be, it's a decent Pale Wheat. And that's what it is - ignore the descriptor on label that claims it to be in the traditional HW style - with or without a twist, it's not (but neither had been their HW). And, this is something of a step up from their HW, which this replaced.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white coating on the surface. Aromas of lemon, banana, and berries mix with some minty and herbal highlights. Flavors are more malty than you would expect, with a buttery and slightly toffee backbone. The herbs come forward again, this time as a slightly strong highlight. Overall, the flavors are a bit all over the place...they stumble into a lemony, sharp, muddled aftertaste. Slick, slightly oily finish. This was not a good brew, no matter how you look at it.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of honey, yeast, sweet malt, slight spice (coriander), and slight citrus (orange). Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, wheat, honey, slight spice, slight citrus, and sweet malt. Overall, complex, but not well blended. Body and blend does improve as it warms.

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