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Samuel Adams Coastal WheatSamuel Adams Coastal Wheat

Brewed by:
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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Added by jdhilt on 09-14-2009

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Ratings: 1,170 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of elgiacomo
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a one-finger off-white head. Reduces to a small cap and leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is predominantly lemon, a little orange, a little spice and a bit of a chemical smell. Kinda makes me think of Joy dish soap.

Flavor is lemon and orange, lightly sweet malts, a bit of spice and light bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, medium carbonation. Easy drinking.

Wheat beers are not my favorite style, I rarely drink them so my frame of reference is limited. The only thing similar I've had recently was Shock Top and this is far superior, although a different style.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically a twist on Hefeweizen, nothing too spectacular here. Not a bad beer in any sense of things, but nothing jumps out at me either, about an average Hefe.

Light golden color, lemon hints, nice pour, sweet lemon scent, typically average. Definitely drinkable, but I'd probably buy something else as opposed to a six or 12 pack of this. If I was being served this at a party or wherever I'd be happy to drink it, but I'd probably choose something else.

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Photo of homebrew311
1.88/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pours a pale hazy golden color with lots of bubbles and virtually no head. Looks more like sparkling juice than beer.

S: fruity orange notes, some weird spice notes.. can't put my finger on it but almost smells like cinnamon.. not what I expect to smell in a wheat beer

T: the flavor falls flat, none of the orange flavors come through... the front has a somewhat sour characteristic and tastes like stale grains, a touch of wheat on the end. This has an adjunct lager type thing going on, not very pleasant... very watery

MF: thin and watery, no body, medium carbonation

D: yuck. not a pleasant wheat beer at all.. in fact, I think that is a nice way of stating it.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.77/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light yellow. Small head. Moderate Carbonation. This one doesn't really stand out all too much in the looks department.

S - Lemon and Coriander come through big-time in this one. No banana or clove smell whatsoever typical of wheat-type beers.

T - Honestly, for what it is, it was rather impressive. I guess it could be akin to a lemon-grass type beer. It was not all that typical of the wheat beer genre, but it has a place.

M - Little or no aftertaste. It was very, very clean and neat.

D - Very good. If you want a few good tasting beers to relax with, this beer is the ticket.

In summation, I can't be all too critical of this beer. Yes, I do know that it doesn't fit all too well with what a typical wheat beer would taste like. Yes, I do understand that, for all intents and purposes, it is a macro brew. Yes, I do realize that this is not the end all, be all definitive wheat brew. However, for what it is, it is really good.

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Photo of vdread
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coastal Wheat pours peach color, with barely a head.

smells of a typical wheat beer with lemons. not much of a surprise there.

tastes like a weak wheat beer with lemon...slightly more hop bite than most beers like this. The lemon is tart and aggressive. almost no wheat compared to the citrus astringency.

mouthfeel creamy, carbonated, but ends kind of watery. the cleaning agent lemon sticks to the palate.

drinkable? Sure, my friends drink this. I could have more than one, would i buy? maybe if the two major themes had more balance.

= just when i think Sam Adams is doing it right, i get another bad wheat rendition. perhaps upping the wheat beers in response to Golden Wheat/Blue Moon competition?

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Photo of thain709
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very pale yellow body with a puffy white head...the head falls rather quickly and not too much lacing is left behind

S - Not a huge nose...some lemon and wheat aromas are coming through

T - The flavors are not pronounced...the lemon and citrus flavors are almost artificial...they don't have a taste that grabs you...the pale malts balance out the middle of this beer...the wheat and lack of spices end the beer...not big flavors though

M - Light bodied...rather refreshing

D - There isn't too much to write home on this one...the flavors are not very big but that could lead to have a few extra because it goes down like a macro

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Photo of snpub540
3.72/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow hue with a puffy white head. Doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is wheat and citrus.

Flavor is a sweet maltiness, with some wheat bite. Nice lemony and floral flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin but the drinkability is good.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with April 2010 notched on label

Sam Adams Coastal Wheat poured a cloudy gold color and produced a nice 2+ finger white pillowy head that formed lacing that clung to the glass. Smell is citrusy and of lemons. Taste is of light lemon peel, mild wheat and a slight touch of bitterness at the finish. Mouth feel is crisp and a little thin - light bodied.

This wheat ale is meant to be drunk in the summer - so why did Sam Adams offer this in their Winter Sampler??

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Photo of kegger22
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat Ale was an amber color with a modest white head that quickly dissipated to a very thin collar.

The aroma was largely lemon citrus and lightly banana.

The taste mild lemon, crisp and somewhat dry at the end. The banana I got with the aroma did not appear in the flavor. Some sweet malt made an appearance late, after warming.

The mouth feel was light bodied, moderately oily and sufficiently carbonated.

Drinkability was good with a pleasant taste and low ABV.

Nice flavor, but I agree that this should be a summer beer instead of featured in the winter sampler.

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Photo of dstc
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. Head falls to a minimal one. Decent lace.

Pretty clean aroma. Mild citrus coming through.

Citrus flavor. Tastes of wheat and touches of lemon. Rather mild.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth.

Decent easy drinking wheat by Sam Adams.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
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 nastley3
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle this had a cloudy, light golden color, with minimal head and lacings. The smell and taste were both pretty boring and worse than I expected. The beer had a nice dry feel to it, but was overall lacking in taste. I would not buy this beer on its own, but getting it from the brewmasters collection, I certainly wouldn't let it go to waste.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

C. Cloudy
H. Yellow, almost like your pee after you took a lot of vitamins
N. Light Lemon Hints, Sweet, Almost like a Bud-Light with a twist of lemon

Well I think Sam Adam's missed the boat on this one, cause it would be great on a boat. They missed the release of this beer by one season IMO. This would be a fantastic beer for the summer, but why they decided to release it at the end of winter/beginning of Spring is besides me. Well at least we can have it for summer! It is a very light beer, with sweet notes and slight sour notes from the lemon. If lemonade and beer had a "love-child" it would be this beer. I recommend it for any guy that might be trying to get his "lady-friend" into craft beers. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable!
Score: 3.78

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Photo of bgreg3
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coastal wheat is hazy and orange in appearance, very cloudy throughout entire beer. White foam sticks around for a while considering this is brewed with lemon peels. Usually the citrus flavor wards off the foam very quickly. Immediately I smell coriander and citrus flavors although other malty biscuit characters can be vaguely processed.

At first spices such as coriander and orange pound the palette and sit there until they become sour. Then on the way down the lemon comes through in full force and gives a lemon citrus after taste with some mild biscuit notes thrown in the mix too.

This beer is medium in feel and is really wet. It can hit the spot though if your craving a wheat so don't count it out completely. It does the job for me, but it's not amazing.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very gently hazy golden/light yellow with a tannish hue. One finger of quickly disappearing head..where did it go? Left some lace at least.

S: Smells like a Lipton Brisk. Vaguely reminiscent of a beer hiding in there with honey notes.

T: Lemony, grassy front with toasted wheat bread in the middle. Fades bitterly into a slightly sour, medicinal finish.

D: Somehow remains a drinkable beer. Maybe it's just the name: doesn't it just SOUND drinkable?

Value: I wouldn't pay more than 6 bucks for a sixer of this.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold straw color, frothy white head, quickly gone. Smell of lemon zest and a decent fresh cracked wheat smell. Taste is - wow - sugary sweet articial flavored candy (lemon drops), decent pale wheat background, but the lemon is too much. Light bodied, slightly overly carbonated. I dont understand the Boston beer Comapny at times, so many of their non traditional beer ingredients come across as sweet and artifical, and this is perhaps the worst of the bunch. The grains and hops can be very good, but the attempt at flavoring is just wrong.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing which is very disappointing for a wheat beer. The aroma is of lemon, and crispy wheat. It is a pleasant aroma, but rather weak even for a wheat beer. The taste is like the aroma, but a little more pronounced. There is a lot of lemon...almost dominant lemon, and I'm really not liking it. It gets really old, really fast. The mouthfeel is annoyingly high carbonated, and lighter bodied. Overall, I will not be drinking this again, and would recommend that others safe their time and money on other beers too.

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Photo of fitzy84
2.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a sample pack with the Coastal Wheat. Somewhat dull and murky straw-yellow appearance with thin lacing. Lemon-citrus mixed with a wheat scent. Taste is a little bland. A bittersweet mix of sour lemon flavor was apparent. However, it tasted a little watered down. The body was a little light and watery. Overall, it was ok.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden pale straw color with two fingers of white head. Smells like wheat and leather. Taste is a bit watery with some wheat and hints of yeast and a little bit of mustiness and leather in the finish. The biggest detractor for me in this brew was the over-carbonation. There's just not too much to rave about here, it's decent, but nothing more.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.37/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was surprised that this type of beer was in my Sam Adams variety pack, would have liked more Old Fezziwig, but I digress.

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color. The cloudiness is sort of brownish. A small foam heat that quickly dissipates.

S: Some lemon zest, bread with some vague hop scent. The bready/wheat is the main scent.

T: Mostly bready wheat flavors with some lemon/citrus on the back end. Nothing overpowering, just sort of middle of the road.

M: Not much left on the palate afterwards. Thought more lemon would be left, but it was mostly bread.

D: Not much complexity with this brew. Not a wheat beer I would reach for on a consistent basis in the summer.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Let me get straight to the point, this stuff looks almost like muddy water. The head completely dissipates within seconds leaving a few bubbles, no lacing is to be found. Terrible appearance, even for the low standards of the American weizen knock-off style.
High citrus acidity probably reduced head retention.

S: Complete lack of aroma here, I get the faintest suggestion of citrus/lemon peel.

T: For the style, this one isn't half bad at all. The taste isn't very wheat malty, but the malt dominates the light flavor profile. A hint of lemon and and hops come through. The finish is surprisingly drier than I thought it would be with an adjunct-like toasted grain bill, surprisingly, this is actually a very pleasant aspect of the beer. There is a bit of doughy Munich malt like flavor going on here if you look, though this could be my palate attempting to dig more complexity than is actually here.
Citrus flavors are muted compared to what I expected, this makes me happy.

M: Light and a tad watery, but not adjunct-like. Completely forgettable.

D: This would hit the spot better than a real hefe on a hot summer afternoon, but I would like to see more complexity to get me to drink more than one. I would also like it to actually look like beer.

O: Luckily I wrote this review, otherwise I would never remember what this forgettable beer tastes like. Not offensive, and a decent offering considering the style. The best Sam Adam's wheat beer I've had yet (but this isn't saying much). If you like Bell's Oberon, give this one a try when Oberon isn't available.

Unlike other beers I've rated a "C", I actually enjoyed this one.

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Photo of joshstevens87
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a murky pale yellow slightly orange with a quarter inch white head
S-a crisp straw like scent that is blended with a rather strong lemon presence
T-lemon is the biggest presence with this beer with very little wheat characteristics to the beer. i like the lemon blend but it could use a bit more going on
M-light body with a strong carbonation almost soda like
D-while this beer is very refreshing it barely beer like and a really weak offering from sam adams there is no wheat characteristic and a huge lemon taste that blocks everything else overall not terrible but certanly unrememberable

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.99/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I decided to drink this bad boy out of a tulip glass just for fun. Pours hazy golden with somewhat thick head with good retention but minimal lacing. Smell was not very appealing, there was some spice (lemon, orange peel, coriander) but just a somewhat "off" smell. It kinda smelled like one of my home brews that just didnt quite turn out right. Taste was ok but not memorable. A definite citrus presence with it being a little more on the lemon side but a touch of orange too. A little grassyness to it and a bit of dry biscuit, very small bit of it. Mouthfeel was fine, a little too creamy to be too good. Overall a good beer, but it kinda just tasted like a mass produced wheat beer, which I guess it what it is.

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Photo of campos232
3.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Orange-yellow haze that's nearly transparent with a small amount of carbonation. White head that disappears within about a minute of pouring, and leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Mild, citrus smell. Nothing overpowering or worth writing home about.

T - Light and airy. It almost tastes like a blue moon that has an orange floating in it.

D - you could drink quite a few of these simply due to the lightness of it. Overall it's a decent beer, but not one that i'd want to have on a consistent basis.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a 1-2 finger bubbly white head which dissipates quickly. Small amount of carbonation bubbles. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Strong lemon scents. Reminded me a bit of Pine Sol cleaner. Light hints of wheat in the background.

Taste: Strong taste of lemon peel throughout. Reminds me a lot of Blue Moon except done with lemon instead of orange. Not a lot of hops here. Almost no bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a small amount of carbonation. Goes down almost like water.

Drinkability: Drinkability would be high if it were actually a good beer. You could easily down several of these in one sitting but I'm not sure I'd want to.

Overall: This is one of the weaker offerings from the guys at Samuel Adams. If you're looking for a good wheat beer, this is not one I'd recommend.

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Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 1,170 ratings
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