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 JTahoe
2.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy yellow-gold with minimal white head that dissipates fairly quickly, minimal lacing.

S - Some wheat, malt, yeast, and lemons--but not very pleasing. In fact, there is a twinge of an off aroma I can't quite place which has been present in all three bottles I have sampled.

T - Quite mild overall (though with a twang of bitterness at the finish) and fairly lacking in the flavors I usually most enjoy in a wheat beer... though, yes, there are wheat and yeast flavors with a distinct lemon peel flavoring. But everything is a bit watered down except for that off character in the background which I detected in the aroma... like stomach acid... not pleasing.

M - Crisp with moderate carbonation.

D - OK on the drinkability... I will probably avoid this in the future, though not so bad that I won't finish the last one in fridge. Was this slipped into the winter mixed pack... to dispose of, perhaps? That is the feeling I come away with since this beer has no "wintery" qualities and is a mediocre (at best) spring/summer brew.

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Photo of likethetaste
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I am very surprised that Sam Adams got rid of the excellent Cream Stout in the winter variety pack and added this one!! This is not a winter beer!! Much more of a late summer sipper! But oh, well, while I am disappointed that Sam Adams removed their Cream Stout, the coastal wheat is not bad. It is a refreshing beer that I would enjoy drinking much more in summer than winter.

Pour a very nice yellow orange.

Nice smell of lemon.

Very crisp and refreshing with a nice finish.

just a nice beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.34/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not sure whats worse...the taste of this beer or the shameless plug into the winter mixed pack. Pours a fairly hazy, dark gold color with a large, creamy white foam. Retention is good, as is the lacing. Appearance of the beer is quite nice, if a bit dark in color.

Nose is rife with lemons and wheat tang, grassy and pithy. Something in there gives it an earthy feel to it that seems to pervade many of Sam Adams' beers...perhaps the house yeast?

Taste leans heavily on the wheat, with a hay-like grassy flavor that makes me feel like I am eating the whole shock of wheat. Lemons are more than subtle and dont really provide any good flavors for me, pithy and bitter. Not much in the way of hops. Creamy mouthfeel, but it has a little bit of an unpleasant chalkiness to it. Coastal Wheat is not a total disaster, but it is pretty close. I certainly will not be purchasing any of this in a stand alone six-pack.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.21/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat hazy yellow-orange, decent sudsy white head that sticks around well. Smell is pretty eh, kinda that generic macro smell (aka urine) with a touch of wheat and light fruit. Taste is very boring, incredibly thin mouthfeel, tastes almost like seltzer water while in my mouth, the aftertaste is a little better with big wheat/bread taste with a small touch of lemon. The lemon taste gains some ground towards the end, but it's not saving this one. On the label it calls this a "fresh twist on the popular Hefeweizen style", what a joke. And what is this doing in the winter sampler pack? Drinkability is okay I guess since it's so light and watery, but I definitely am not a fan of this one.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy pale orange color. Minimal off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Light aroma of wheat, lemon, and a bit of spices. Nothing very distinct.

Taste: Has a decent flavor, but it is really watered down and only really comes out towards the finish. Some orange, lemon, and wheat... maybe a bit of yeast or cloves. Wheat and orange in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; seems like a low ABV. Tasty even if not strong in flavor.

Would make a good session beer with food, but not so exciting on its own. I get the feeling that this beer isn't quite sure if it is an American wheat, or a wit. Nice enough, but probably won't grab a 6-pack.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a clear golden color with two fingers of off-white head that retains well and leaves minimum lacings.

aroma is of light spice, wheat malt, and some lemon zest in the background. overall the brew is sweet with a light sharpness, probably from the lemon.

taste is a standard hefeweizen on the palate without the spice or sharpness from the aroma. nothing of note here, just some wheat malts and light lemon zest in the background.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth character and a semi-clean finish of residual wheat malt and citrus fruit.

drinkability is decent. nothing here makes this worth another round, but for the style it gets the job done. a worthy example.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like others have mentioned, I am mystified as to why the brainiacs in Boston decided to replace the Holiday Porter, long the backbone of their winter sampler twelvers, with this nondescript, completely out of season newbie... It boggles the mind.

In fairness, it starts off well, with a foamy white head, and crisp lemon zest in the nose. The taste is broad and flavorful but flat and somewhat one dimensional in texture. Its not bad for the style and would probably taste really good in June after mowing the lawn but seems ridculously out of place after all that smow last week.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into sam adams perfect pint

A: pour cloudy yellow-orange, with short lasting 1/2 finger head
S: wheat and lemon, banana and light clove
T: wheat and yeast, light banana and lemon peel, reminds me of a weak hefeweizen. very mild hop earthiness
M: coats the tongue, light pleasant carbonation.
D: easy, the lemon would make this a good starter brew

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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy yellow-orange with a pillowy white head about 1/4 inch thick.

Very mildly familiar to a wheat beer (emphasis on mild) and a pretty noticeable addition of citrus (says lemon on the label).

Again very mild with the inclusion of citrus (could have sworn it was orange rind but I'll believe lemon too). For what it's worth, being as mild as it is, there is a slightly bitter finish.

Light to medium body with a very crisp carbonation. Leaves the mouth completely on the finish.

Definitely more of a summer brew (very out of place in the Winter Sampler) what would quench a thirst.

Not what I was expecting but ok overall. That's 2 out of the pack that threw me (Cranberry "Lambic" also) that I would have expected more from.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samual Adams Coastal Wheat poured hazy straw with a one-finger white head that immediately disappeared. The glass was left crystal clear.

The smell and taste were barely there with slight hints of lemon. The feel also was insignificant, like flat soda. It left me thirsty and craving a water chaser.

Coastal Wheat, inexplicable, came in the Winter Sampler. It would be pointless on the hottest day of summer, but beyond pointless on a cold evening.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a weizen glass. Best by May 2010 notched on the label. Poured a hazy, muted orange-gold with a three inch, creamy bright white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch cap - some spots and strands of lacing, but somewhat weak retention. Not much happening in the nose - a hint of citrus, perhaps lemonzest, and a grainy quality. Taste consistent with nose; however a bit more citrus comes out, and a subtle wheat character reveals itself - finish is fairly clean with perhaps some residual lemony flavor and a little bit of sweetness (a la artificial sweetener). Mouthfeel is fairly light with a very mild carbonation. Not a terrible beer - taste is light and goes down easy, but not terribly flavorful and missing some of the character of the style.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wasn't very good to me, but to be objective...Pours to a yellow color with a decent but quickly disappearing head. Rather hoppy with a slight citrus flavor, but not overpowering hoppy, but enough to hit the sinuses. American wheat style, but not a lot of flavor.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the holiday pack. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy pale gold with a finger of fine bubbled white head. Wheaty aroma, but aroma was fairly faint. Light bodied. Decent malt base. The label touts lemon, but the citrus was slight to non existent. A decent version of an American Wheat, not what you would expect in a pack of winter brews. Would be pretty drinkable in the summer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a decent sized head, fades quickly with some patchy lacing, ever so slightly hazy but not overly.

Smell is mostly malt with hints of yeast, the lemon presence isn't as strong as I would have hoped for.

Taste is light and crisp, good carbonation level, the flavors aren't really there though, tastes like a watered down version of a good wheat ale.

I found this a strange addition to the holiday pack, let's hope they correct this grave error next year (put in the Black Lager instead!).

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.42/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is tangy sour, very characteristically wheaty. Fruity, citrusy, and some lemongrass. Sweet smelling base malt. Smooth and well balance. Smells quite good.

Pours hazy yellow with well formed creamy, foamy head. Looks good.

Oh, this is good. Smooth and creamy, rich and subtle, well flavored with tight balance. Soft malt base is kind of bready, upon which the characteristic wheatiness is built: zesty/peppery, citrus fruity, lemongrass (or most likely the lemon), and touch of dry powderiness. Just enough sourness to quench the thirst. Just enough sweetness to balance. Medium body. Hint of vanilla. Slightly grainy. Tastes great. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Coastal Wheat is a masterfully crafted and well designed beer. A stellar representation of what I think of as a 'beer': tight balance, full flavored, and highly quaffable (and bottle conditioned - a plus).

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into the Sam Adams glass.

A: Hazy yellow with a white head. The head disappears quickly and there isn't much that remains on the glass. The beer does however have a nice unfiltered look with the yeast almost appearing to be in stasis.

S: Very lemony.

T: Tastes like a wheat pale with the lemon the bars put in it already included.

M: Light bodied. Not a lot of carbonation.

D: Good on a summer day if you like lemons.

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Photo of adamette
4.11/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single from Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $1.35 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Nice creamy white head over a light, opaque yellow body. 3.0

S Great wheat, lemon smell that is lightly sweet and very interesting and inviting. 4.5

T The wheat and lemon smells carry right over into the taste in a very nice tasting lemony wheat. Some hops but mostly that nice wheat grain sweetness and lemon peel citrus. 4.0

M Nice and smooth, possibly the best feature of the beer. Really, this is a case where the mouthfeel really makes the beer. 4.5

D Quite good as you could probably gather from my positive comments above. 4.0

Notes: Really impressed with another Sam Adams craft beer. Bravo!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy lemon-orange pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Half an inch of airy white foam sticks around for a while. Somewhat clear for the style yet offering decent lacing and maintaining a surface film throughout.

Bit of wheat on the nose and with a sweet lemon note. Perhaps this is liquid lemon cake. Improves with some warming. Actually lemon seems to work better for me here than the orange you sometimes find.

Taste follows the nose with bready lemon flavors prominent. Thick lemon finish mellows to a bit of graininess and a smoother and lighter wrap. Carbonation holds up well, supporting a rather thin body.

Yet another Wheat Beer from Sam, this one improves upon the 'Hefeweizen' for sure and without the overly sweet nature of the Summer Ale.

Value: B+

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow with a white fizzy head that reduced to s skim ring. light lacing at best.

Some lemon oil and yeast in the aroma, and that is it.

Wow, this kinda sucks. At the beginning of the first sip, you get some heavy lemon peel/lemon oil, but it has an almost artificial edge to it. It stays lemony throughout, with yeast and light wheat sweetness fighting through. Finishes with a raw sweet grain edge. Thin in flavor. They replaced the hefe with this??

Lighter bodied and and moderately carbonate at best. Body is appropriate for style, but could use some fizz.

This might be one of the worst reviews I've given to a SA product. Glad this only was part of the seasonal mixed 12 pack, and that I didn't jump for a 6. Why make this? You've got the summer ale, and retired a perfectly good wheat beer. A funky, very different beer that I have trouble finishing. Gonna drink the rest of the pint with a bowl of popcorn. Would not be surprised if this brew disappeared from the SA stable of beers. Jim Koch, if you read BA, do us all a favor and dump this turkey.

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

Pours a hazy pale honey color with a small tight white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of the wheat malt with lemon zest. Typical "summer seasonal" aroma that most breweries put out. The taste hits of lemons followed up by some grassy hops and a very grainy malt flavor. The flavors seems to clash and the lemon was added to cover up some of the odd flavors. Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. The lemon flavor is actually nice but the rest doesn't do it for me. The feel is light to moderate with spritzy carbonation; finishes with an odd bitter twang. This beer is ok, not sure why they made it though. It seems as if they wanted to showcase the different lemons. If that was the case they should have used these lemons in their summer ale.

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Photo of u2carew
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/05/09.
A) Pours with a wispy one and a half finger head. Lacing is not very sticky. Rust colored. Hazy body.
S) Floral notes. Some wheaty tones. Hints of caramel malt.
T) Sweet malts up front. Orange. Nutty. Subtle hops in the finish and beyond.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Light bodied. Clean.
D) A decent brew from Sam.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow color with a thick foamy white head.

Aroma of lemon zest, grain, light coriander, and table salt.

The taste is bright and lemony up front followed by wheat, yeast and cinnamon.

Lighter bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

An average wheat ale from the folks at Sam Adams.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden honey with a giant foamy head. The smell is light with cloves,wheat,banana,and lemon. The taste is light with lemon,wheat,bread yeast,and cloves. Not very strong and flavorful,but OK. This m/f is light with the flavors mixing only OK. Not a bad beer,but if you want a good summer wheat beer you can find better ones.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good semi cloudy golden color, decent head.
Smell: Wheat malt and a slight scent of lemons.
Taste: It's a solid wheat beer with some good flavor to it. The lemon flavor comes through and is actually slightly bitter. Interesting combination.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Decent weight for a wheat beer, easy to down without being too overpowering.

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Photo of SargeC
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, pale gold liquid with a foamy white head.

Smell: Typical wheat aroma. Hints of lemon peel and starch.

Taste: Standard wheat beer taste. Nothing impressive. Citrus peeks in a bit.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Crisp and a bit waxy.

Drinkablity: An alright beer. Couldn't find a big difference between this and Samuel Adams' other wheat brews.

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Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.19 out of 5 based on 1,166 ratings.
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