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 burnstar
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty hazy gold with a smallish head. Very mild smell- hints of wheat and lemon. Definite lemon flavor throughout. Not sour though. Wheat flavors with a little background sweetness. The lemon flavor is dominant but not overpowering. I'm normally not one for lemons in my wheat beers but this is pleasant enough. Medium bodied. Easily drinkable.

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

From the 12 pack Brew masters sample pack - gotta get that scotch ale somehow.

Poured this fresh brew (best before June) into my Sammy Adams freebie glass, the hazy amber orange brew was capped by a thin white head.

Plenty of lemon malt in both the aroma, and the quaff. Starts off with the sweet wheat malt, then finishes with a bit of a stinging cut of lemon grass. Not an American style, no hop presence at all. More of an easy going wit brew, but still tasty - this would work much better in the summer heat versus the winter cold.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; classic BBC label, freshness date clearly marked

Appearance: Hazy dark golden bear with stark white, slightly creamy head with decent retention

Smell: Softly sharp, wheat and yeast aromas. Lemons and spice are clearly present as well. Simple, fairly clean, but nothing offensive here.

Taste: Wow, my dad was right in his assessment of this. Way more "orangey" than "lemony" in flavor. This is like a drier, crisper, Blue Moon, to tell you the truth. Some dry, crackery malt as well; this ends almost puckering.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Not terrible, but not really something I'd go back to, either. If I want a Wit, I'll go Hoegaarden, Boulevard's Zon, or Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca. If I want an American Pale Wheat, it's going to be O'Dells, Boulevard, or Goose Island methinks.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good pour looked relatively low head but flared up to a fat 1 finger head that is pretty lush looking but nothing too fantastic. Held up for a good moment, longer than expected.Pretty good from a wheat ale, from what Ive seen (which isnt a vast amount.) Hazy, murky with a whole lot of floating particles. Some lacing is clinging with a tilt. Not too horrible looking besides this odd color, a kind of goldish-yellow, apple cider.

A slightly, want to say "zesty" kind of grassy, lemon, citric with no hop that I can smell. Light wheatiness but is mostly covered by the lemon zest.

Smooth and slightly flat at first, with only a slight bubble as you swallow. A strong bite (probably no doubt the lemon). This would probably be best on a warm day. Decent mouthfeel.

Drinkability, The lemon slightly turns me off to it, but in summer this would be acceptable. Doesnt affect my scoring. Its decent, dont go seeking this out but try it if you have a chance, its different.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale gold color with a decent amount of white head and a moderate amount of lace. The aroma is fairly light but has a lot of lemon citrus. The taste I found surprisingly good. The lemon is definitely the main feature and it has a fairly persistent finish. Good blend of citrus and wheat-derived tartness. In terms of complexity, it isn't. But it's good at what it intends to do I think. Highly carbonated. Very light and refreshing. Overall I was very pleased with this one. The perfect lawnmower beer or something that might pair well with some fish or shrimp off the grill. Definitely something good for a hot summer day as it's light, refreshing and super bubbly.

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

Okay, when I saw this in the Brewmaster's Collection I thought it was going to be a Bavarian Weizen -- already disappointed. Brewed with lemon?

A -- Appearance is nice; hazy golden with a thick, long-lasting white head.

S -- Vaguely citric with that grainy character wheat malt gives, some light DMS with warmth. No phenols or spices that a Weizen will have.

T -- Hmm, graininess up front with some off tannins (might be too cold). A nice toasty and crackery finish, but nothing to cheer about. Vague hop bitterness in the aftertaste as the beer warms -- lemons? Starting to come out with warming, but seem more an afterthought.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

D -- While easily drinkable, I doubt I'd reach for another -- just another run-of-the-mill American Wheat. I might have to try this at room temp to see if I have a different impression -- maybe more character appears.

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Photo of Borgs
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a dull golden color with a light head which dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: I smell citrusy hops with notes of a fruity aroma

Taste: The lemon flavor kills the balance of this brew. It's overpowering, even for a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: It is heavily carbonated, which works well with the lemony taste. The light body also works well with the lemon.

Drinkability: It's not much of a winter drink, but it would definitely be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of droomyster
3.72/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy gold with a small white head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose is lemons and sweet wheatiness. Its taste is well balanced if somewhat simple, and doesn't overplay the lemony element. Coastal Wheat is a very refreshing, unchallenging brew.

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Photo of Berrmecca13
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Has a cloudy yellow coloration with little head rimming edge of the glass. Slightly active carbonation.

Smell is unimpressive with an alcoholy tinge.

Hits the palate first with mild lemon accents and some spice. Finishes with a hint of wheat-yeasty flavor.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Coastal Wheat...

Appearance-pale gold yellow with a large foamy white head and active carbonation associated with the style.

Smell-lemon hits strongly on first wasp, aromatic clover peel and spice, wheat is mild, sort of lost in the shuffle. Subdued but as you keep sniffing the smells materialize.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again the wheat is very mild, lemon undertaste, sweet grain, spicy finish, watery and subudued.

Drinkability-light and flavor is there, this is definitely drinkable on a hot summer day.

Overall-not nearly as flavorful as most wheat beers, ok for the style, similar to Appalachian Watergap Wheat which is popular back home in PA. Could be decent in the summer, if you know the style you know what you are getting, still not the best though.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 12 pack "brewmaster's" package.

Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it has a hazy yellow color with almost no head. It settles quickly to the point where it looks almost flat.

Aroma is lacking in character. It's extremely mild and there simply isn't much, good or bad, to say about it.

Flavor is so bland, I can't even taste the wheat! The lemons come through though but it's still very subtle. It's almost a lemon water more than a beer.

Mouthfeel is light in body and flavor with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is disapointing from begining to end.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very cloudy orange with a fluffy 3/4" white head. Their are tiny bubbles all up the sides of the glass, this one is very effervescent. The smell is wheat and grass with a hint of lemon and some light fruit notes. There is a little spice as well. The taste is very flavorful and a lot better than other Pale Wheat Ales I have had. There is mostly wheat with the tartness of the lemon and another hint of spice and a little sweet finish. The mouthfeel was a little thin but held up when compared with others of the style. The drinkability was high on this one but would be a lot better in the summer.

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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 TheMadJack
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz Bottle into Pilsner Glass.

A: Hazy straw to lemon yellow, thin head. Lotsa little bubbles in the glass aid retention. No lacing.

S: Light summer fruits. Orange, lemon, some strawberry and a little bit of vanilla. Nose starts out with a slightly tart character that quickly changes to sweet, almost sugary texture.

T: Much wheat, with hints of lemon, orange and something like sassafras. Touch of grass. A very faint bitter note more of carbolic acid than of hops.

M: Very light, very thin, even for a hef style which I expect to at least have some weight. A velvety texture from the carbonation. I really mean like velvet, if you were swallowing against the grain of the fabric, and not in a bad way. It's actually kinda pleasant. Minus points for being so watery, bonus for nice carbonation.

D: Light and easy. I hate to say it, but this almost warrants a slice of lemon or orange to kick up the hints of those flavors in the beer. Maybe not dropping the fruit in, but just a twist of rind after the head settles. Maybe have some fruit on hand for munching on the side. Not Sam's best offering, but eminently drinkable, and that's what was here asked.

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

Poured into a hefe glass. Cloudy yellow color with a decent sized white head. Smell was not that attractive; reminded me a some type of lemon scented floor cleaner. Taste was run of the mill. Average wheat and citrus flavor, nothing special. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky on the pallate. I could drink one or two of these on a hot day, but it's really not a winter beer. On second thought, I can think of plenty of other wheat beers I'd ordered before I had another one of these again.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. poured a light pale amber with a two finger frothy, lasting off white head and good lacing on the glass.

S. Lemon, grass, floral, bready

T. Lemon right off the bat, but fades to a light hoppy bitterness. Light wheat brew with some some lemon citrus overtones.

M.Light bodied, with a foamy head, and fizzy carbonation.

D. If you don't like lemon in your wheat beer then stay away. If fruit is for you then this brew is for you. To me I would rather just have the wheat ale without the lemon, as I think it covers too much of the wheat ale flavor.

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Photo of theopholis
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Slightly cloudy, apricot color with a reasonably fluffy white head. Appears to have been filtered.

Aroma- Quite wheaty, with just the barest hints of cloves and banana. Maybe a hint of cirtus to.

Taste- A very pleasant, but unremarkable wheat.

Body- Medium bodied, good CO2 level.

Drinkability- Not a great what, but not bad. worth a try.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to under an inch of head. It is yellow and cloudy. It smells citrusy, lemon and orange. It tastes very much the same. It is actually a very refreshing beer. This beer seems to get bashed on this site, but it's not that bad. I got it in the winter mixer. This is not a style of beer that I would normally seek in the winter. I think it would be a more appropriate style for the summer. Other than that it is pretty good.


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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was in the Sam Adams winter variety pack.

Appearance- cloudy, golden yellow color, minimal head

Smell- sweet, citrusy, wheat

Taste- citrus, wheat

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok, good summer beer, good cold on a hot day, perfect for working in the summer outside, one of those types of thirst quenchers

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Photo of philibum13
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I compared Coastal Wheat to beers like Hoegarden, Blue Moon, and Shock Top. Coastal Wheat has a similar feel to these two beers except it contains more lemon flavors than orange/citrus flavors found in Blue Moon.

It is a nice difference. Better for summer though. Had it recently and didn't capture the heart of winter. Not that I expected it to.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/14/2009 (bottle BB May2010):

Pours a hazy golden yellow color body, average white creamy head, tiny bubbles, quickly diminishing. Strong aroma of wheat, some lemon citrus, effervescent. Sweet smelling. Light taste, almost metallic taste, very clean aftertaste. Wheat and some strong lemon flavor. Too much lemon, acidic. Very soft mouthfeel.

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

A: hazy golden color. Poured a 2 finger white head with fari retention. Decanted continually. Light lacing.

S: Lemon dominates with wheat malt in the backgrouind. Sweet with a bit of floral hop aroma.

T: Very consistent with smell but a bit less sweet. Very lemony with just a hint of wheat.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp finish.

D: Very easy to drink, just not very flavorful or special.

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Photo of Kelp
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured forth into the glass in a yellowish hue. Slight head to the beer faded quickly. Smells like lemons and a bit like a hefe beer (wheaty). It tastes much to lemony for me. Like a summer beer with a kick of lemon juice. Has a watery feel to it with only a bit of carbonation in the beer. I could drink this on a hot day, but normally I wouldn't want this beer.

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

beer poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles. Carbonation is moderate to low and there is no lacing on the glass.

Slight fruit aroma and this lagerish feel to beer.

Sweet and medium to low bodied. Too sweet and there is an unpleasant wheat / banana aftertaste. There isn't a lot of bitterness and the wheat character doesn't show up until the end. Drinkability is OK and mouthfeel is average. Its a little thin and the flavors seem kind of random.

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

Grabbed a single of this today. Best before March 2010.

Mildly hazy orange-yellow with an eggshell-white head that's about a finger's width thick. Retention is good, though there isn't much lacing here.

The nose is rather awkward with a blend of wheat (think white bread) and lemon. The lemon character is actually quite decent, juicy and fruity, though a little artificial too. Obviously, the acidity is low. This really reminds me of a lemon cream wafer biscuit. Spice character is low.

Tastes unoffensive, like a lemon seltzer. Big lemon flavor up front, reminding me a little bit of a Wrigley Juicy Fruit. Wheat is prominent mid-palate, husky and grainy. I wish there was more character to this brew, the lack of spice, the lack of subtle complexity makes for an uninteresting beer, with the lemon character being the only saving grace. Hoop character is minimal. Drying on the finish with a little lemon and grain character, there's a disappointing lack of flavor. Light in body and crisply carbonated, this goes down easy, but why would I want more?

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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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