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

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Samuel Adams Coastal WheatSamuel Adams Coastal Wheat
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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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Photo of Thur123
3.49/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy more yellow than orange color with moderate carbonation and less head then I would have expected for the style. The smell is lemon over a big wheaty malt smell with a lot of the banana I expect. Smells good for a wheat beer, not too heavy on the lemon.

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The flavor is a bit heavier on the lemon, but it's balanced within the profile. I will say this wheat beer has lost some of its overall natural sweetness from the malt. In the end it's not bad, the mouth feel is fine but not as similar to over wheat beers. Decent.

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Photo of beerman207
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a 12 pack of Winter Brews marked down at Jungle Jims, Cincinnati for $10!

A: Looks like honey in a glass and sits with some head retention

S: I'm able to pick up the lemon and wheat here. Decent.

T: The lemon comes through quite nice for a winter wheat and really balances this nicely. Good citrus presence

M: Good carbonation.

D: Good brew. Almost reminds me a bit of their summer ale which I love. Looking forward to grains of paradise...

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mjurney
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Light golden color, slightly hazy, medium carbonation, foamy head, lacing is fairly nice on the glass.
[Smell]: Hay-like wheat and lemon zest.
[Taste]: Grainy wheat up front, zesty lemon peel, I could detect some touch of black pepper, finish off mild grassy from the hops.
[Mouthfeel]: Light on the body, carbonation is pretty mild, clean and dry aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is pretty good, I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow into a glass, decent head. Smell was faint with some citrus and earthy notes. I was surprised with the high amount of carbonation. Taste was faint and light, completely dominated by the carbonation. Slightly citrusy in the finish. Not offensive but nothing special. Not worth trying again.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

the beer pours a lightly hazed gold with a moderately sized head that fades pretty quickly
the first thing you notice in the aroma is a sort of sugary lemon rind smell. sort of like a lemon drop, but more actually lemon like. there is some grainy wheat malt, a bit of citrusy honey, and some grassy-ness possibly from some noble hops.
the taste of this one is very delicate, and very subtle. it's less lemony than the aroma, and it's got a little bit of a grains of paradise thing going on, though it isn't mentioned on the label. i get a little bit of honey going on. the yeast is a little hefe like, but just a little. there's a hint of bubblegum towards the back. there's a just a little bitterness at the back to even things out. the aftertaste is faintly of sweet lemon.
the mouthfeel is pretty excellent. it's got an appropriate, short of medium body with active, but very finely bubbled carbonation and a beautiful smooth texture.
the drinkability is pretty good. despite being fairly understated it's got plenty going on to keep you interested and honestly i would have rated it higher if there were just a little more to hold onto. all in all a pretty unique and well conceived beer.

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Photo of Portertime
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So we've got a new brew here by SA. I love having control of what beer comes into my store! Wheat ale with lemons a? Been done before, can we say Widmer?? Anywho, on to the beer. Poured a hazey wheaty color. Aroma of faint lemon, some citrusy hops, and yeast. Taste much like a Blue Moon but instead of the orange after taste it is a bit lemony. I was somewhat dissapointed because I was expecting more of a Shandy taste but it does say wheat beer with lemon and that is what it taste like, but Americanized.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, not much of a wheat beer fan. The fact that this beer is not real wheaty may be a plus to me but not to one who likes the Wheat style.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy light gold with a white head and less than average retention.
Smell: Mostly lemon and yeat with some distant hops.
Taste: The lemon is there, more like the rind of the lemon, also bitter and sour. I think it is the sour part the renders an aftertaste that is on the unpleasant side.

For me, lemon flavored beers should be warm weather beers. Right now, even in Atlanta it is in the 20 degree area while the Northeast is getting its second hit of over a foot of snow this week. Why bring this beer out in the cool to cold weather months?

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Photo of TexIndy
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had best by notch on side of label showing 4/10 so it's good. Was a hazy golden yellow color with lots of floaters. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar. Almost no carb streams and quickly sliding lace that doesn't stick.

The aroma was weak overall with wheat, lemon peel, grass and minimal hops. Inoffensive but nothing there to make you want to sniff it again. The taste followed suit. Wheat backbone with some lemon to highlight. Hops not much of a player. Goes down easy but I won't remember this one tomorrow as there is nothing standing out. Except for Gumballhead and Oberon, that's true for most in this style. Mouthfeel is light to medium with low carbonation and wheat aftertaste.

Overall, a fair to good outing. Easy drinking with no real turn-offs but not much in aroma or flavor to make you want more than one. With that said, it's still better than most BMC's so a good alternative if this is best choice at a bar. Also might be a good 1st step beer for your BMC buddies to try. Rotation - avail here in TX. One and done for me as there are better beers out there unless it's best choice on-tap.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow in color with little to no head.

S - Lemon zest and malt.

T - Not bad! Not as over the top lemon as one might might think from the reviews but not a Hefeweizen flavor since not much bread malt flavor.

M - Light and refreshing. Lemons but not bitter.

D - Pretty nice. I would buy a six pack but got this in the brew-masters collection, so if all's good I might just pick the variety up again!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow body, white head.

Orange and lemon are the primary aromas.

Crackery wheat is swept aside by an avalanche of lemon peel and citrus. Tart lemon on the finish. Not complex, not balanced. Refreshing? Hell yes. A simple beer with a simple purpose.

Ever had the delicate flavor of a great hefeweizen ruined when a well-intentioned bartender shoved a the massive lemon wedge into the glass? Now imagine it in bottle form.

An approachable beer that would be fine on a hot day, but other beers are just as satisfying and don't sacrifice so much complexity.

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Photo of shoude
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, of course

Cloudy yellow in color, head faded quickly leaving no residue, hoppy citrus aroma, the flavor hit me up front with a little hop then faded very quickly into the distinctive Sam Adams dryness that makes you want to take another sip

Certainly not a bad beer, would probably be a good gateway beer to get people into heartier, or more flavorful, wheat beers. Would be good in the summer after working outdoors.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Hazy golden in color with a sturdy, eggshell-white head of foam
Aroma-Wheat and citrus notes
Taste-Wheat and a whole lotta' lemon that seems to unbalance the taste. Kind of tastes like a version of their Summer Ale with less spice, more wheat and a lot of lemon. That being said, this would make a fine warm weather session brew, which pushed its grade up a bit in my book.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review and score are done to style, if I was ranking compared to all other beers it would rank slightly higher.

Cloudy dark what beer. Smaller head to style, bready malt notes in the nose, fresh bread dough, lemon peel, orange peel and pale malt. The taste is more of the same, compared to other fine wheat beers it's lacking but as a beer it's not too bad. There is a spicy character in the nose and finish, slightly above average mouthfeel and mildly pleasant experience.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 02.06.2010. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 14 oz. pint glass. Freshness dating on bottle.

A: Clean-looking, hazy light gold with a creamy white one-finger head that receded quickly into a tight cap. Moderate, sticky lacing.

S: Light and citrus-y, mostly lemons.

T& M: Lemons and grass in the forefront...maybe a little pepper, a little phenol. Light bodied, above average carbonation. Smooth finish.

D: Not bad. I good interpretation of a amer. hefe.

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Photo of L337ish
4.01/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden wheat color. A nice white head that doesn't fade quickly.

S: An overall weak scent. Not bad. Weak malts, and a nice hint of spices.

T: Mild wheat. Nice bitterness. Still flavorful, and I want to say almost kind of tangy.

M: Light-bodied and pretty smooth. A nice aftertaste.

D: An easy beer to drink. Not really filling and goes down easy.

I thought this one would be okay, but nothing special. But to my surprise I really liked this beer. I really can't pick out exactly what it is about this beer I really like but there is something.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of white head.

Scent of wheat, lemon zest, light sugars, and weak malts. An unimpressive, but not offensive scent.

Taste of paper-like malts, some wheat, and a hint of lemon. One of the weakest Wheat Ales I have had, not that good.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice biting carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 brystmar
2.99/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a hefe glass.

A: lemony golden color, slightly hazy with 1.5 fingers of cloudy, small-bubbled head. Beads of lacing down the sides of my glass.

S: lemons, wheat, more lemons. Smells soapy fresh, kind of like lemon Pledge.

T: very lemony as expected, mostly sour with some sweetness in the middle. Zero hoppy bitterness, definitely leans sour. A refreshing beer for a warm day sure, but nothing to write home about. My sister would love this brew.

M: light & crisp, feels great in the mouth. Medium to high carbonation.

D: easy drinking here; could be improved if it were less sour. This is a perfect beer to introduce to women who claim to dislike beer. I love witbiers, but this one's not really for me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with steady streams of co2 quickly rising. The small white cap quickly fades. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart wheat, lemon, grassy hops, grains of paradise, and vanilla,
Taste is of grassy hops, lemon peel, Bacardi limone, and custard.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lip smacking, and dry.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours hazy straw color, with some light orange highlights. Very small foamy head that subsides rather quickly, no lacing. Not particularly impressive to the eye...

Not much here. a fair amount of lemon, some earthy scents. Very clean and fresh

Nice mix of spiciness, and lemony-grassy flavors. Like the scent, very clean and fresh. Not overwhelming in the typical wheat beer flavor profile. Slightly sour from the lingering lemon peel flavor.

Easy to drink, light to medium/light in body. Not overly carbonated. Not my favorite wheat beer, but not a bad attempt. The only real issue I have is that it may be a little too lemony...

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.79/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the Brewmaster's pack along with the Black Lager and the Irish Red Ale.

Poured a hazy lemon yellow with traces of a somewhat hazy orange beneath the head.

Upon pouring this beer in either a pint glass or a weizen glass, you smell citrus and lemon. I'm surprised you could smell the lemon - this is probably due to the use of real lemons. Wheat malt - which smells of dried red bananas and ginger - is present as well.

I wish there was a better malt taste with this beer. The lemons are not too overpowering or too sweet - thank goodness! Just need more wheat malt taste (and perhaps more hops?) to make this experiment a little more valid and worth the price to craft brew fans. As of right now it's a wonderful session beer that tastes delightfully light.

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Photo of animalchin
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a hazy darker straw hint with some minimal lacing to go along. A lot of citrus in the smell but also with a ginger-like spice to go along. Tasting a lot more spice - clove, light pepper. A nice lemon overtone going on as well. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. I was kind of weary about the use of lemon - but it's the right amount for this beer.

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Photo of adams82
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, pale orange with a filmy white head; it certainly looks like a pale wheat ale.

Smells floral and of citrus fruit, specifically lemon, a slight hint of wheat malt and a bready yeast note.

The flavor is much the same; starts with a nice smooth and dominant wheat malt flavor, soft floral hops and finishes with a huge lemon flavor. Not lemonade huge, but enough to make you think "Holy Lemons!". A huge plus here is the lemon flavor is not derived from an extract, this a NATURAL lemon flavor! A fairly clean beer, the yeast flavor is fairly subtle with low hop bitterness, the fruit and malt are actually balanced nicely.

Light bodied, dangerously easy to drink, "Coastal Wheat" would be exceptional on a blistering summer day.

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Photo of Bounty628
2.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Coastal Wheat comes in at a smooth ABV of 5.3% and could serve as a decent session beer if you find that the beer is the right one for you. Since this is an American pale wheat ale the Coastal Wheat has a crisp, refreshing nature to it that allows you to enjoy the beer either with a meal or simply as a stand alone offering. Ideally this beer could be served with either some grilled chicken or a Spanish dish.

When poured into a pint glass, the Coastal Wheat features a bright yellow color and does not maintain the same haziness as many wheat beers are able to boast. There is a rather high transparency to this offering and the beer visually does not impress the imagination that this is going to be a top tier wheat offering. There is a moderately high amount of carbonation to the pour and the pour gives way to a very minimal bright white head that leaves the top of the glass almost as quickly as it came into play.

The aroma carries a better presence for the Coastal Wheat as there is a bready and yeasty nature to the beer that drives home the wheat intricacies within this offering. There is a citrus undertone that pairs lemons to the wheat. There are times when the lemons almost shine through too much and a more muted presence might serve this beer better. With the lemons and the wheat playing off one another there is a sort of citric spiciness that is if nothing else an interesting adaptation to a normal wheat offering. Though not the same spiciness as one might expect in a strong IPA offering, Coastal Wheat shocks the palate in ways that many other wheat beers might not be able to do.

The pour was noted to look a little thin for a wheat beer and indeed the mouthfeel sort of held true to this presumption, as well. The high carbonation in this beer does not serve the beer well and the mouthfeel is somewhat thin and light. There really is not much complexity to the mouthfeel and at times it is borderline boring, banal and blasé. As an offering from a brewer with the reputation for quality that Sam Adams prides itself on, this mouthfeel is uncomplicated and falls in line with being more watery than anything to write home about.

There is a certain element of drinkability to this beer as it is light and refreshing I suppose but is not anything that I would run off and grab when looking for a good session beer. Perhaps it might be able to serve as a sort of higher quality lawnmower beer but short of that is probably not one to go reaching for when it is a quality offering you are in the mood for.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into my new belgium goblet with not too much head and it settled pretty quick.left a nice lacing though. Honey colored and cloudy

S: really not much to the nose at all at least when it's cold.

T: lemony! really what I have to say is this is the best wheat beer I've had.

M: pleny of carbonation, and a little bit of a citrus bite

D: mildy drinkable. could drink more than a few of these, but OTOH wont go out of my way to find it again.

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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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