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

Samuel Adams Coastal WheatSamuel Adams Coastal Wheat
1,168 Ratings
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 drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +3.2%
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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Photo of wescj
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance. I got the head to billow up about an inch above the rim, for a grand total of two inches. Poor retention. Golden, hazy color.

Aroma is soft, with those lemons coming through a bit too much. Enticing, though, as it's not as acidic as some other wheat beers.

Taste isn't too complex, but its softness is a welcomed change. I had another wheat beer earlier today that was a strong example of what I consider to be a flaw in many wheat beers: a brew that almost tastes like unripened fruit.
The taste here is very subtle in contrast, and I like it a lot. Overall, however, this one isn't a good example of what a wheat could be.

OK overall. A nuetral addition to the winter mixer I got just for Fuzziwig and holiday porter.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a mostly clear (just a tiny bit of haze) yellow/orange with a thin white head. Lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Minimal lacing

S - Lemon dominates the nose with a hint of muddled wheat. Sweeter than expected with a soda-like sweet smell. Just a touch of floral hop aroma I think in the back.

T&M - Much like the smell but a touch less sweet. Very lemony with just a hint of wheat. I'm getting a corn mash afteraste that just won't leave my tastebuds. Watery mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

D - I did not like this and actually did not finish the bottle. Rarely happens to me. It's not an aweful beer but I just feel like the flavors do not meld well and it has some funky flavors present. Kind of like an adjuct in flavor IMO.

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Photo of TommyW
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, light gold with a tall white head.

S- Bready malt, strong note of lemon and a touch of spice (maybe clove).

T- Sour wheat and some honey-like sweetness blending into lemon and some yeasty spice.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- A little different than most hefes I've had; but still a refreshing beer.

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Photo of carlborch
2.08/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a light haze with a creamy mostly white, dense head. The haze aside, the color is light and bright. Laces quite nicely. The nose has hints of wheat characteristics with very restrained spice and citrus notes. The lemons are more evident on the palate which does linger despite the light body. It is hard to find the malt. The ale does not impress, but may be suited for the larger market looking for an up-market brand name light ale. Summer quencher? Would do well with fried foods. I will hesitate before I buy it again.

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Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/14/09

This beer poured an opaque yellow body with a small white head.

Nose was very fruity with an astringent orange or lemon peel sort of smell. Sort of like cleaning fluid a bit.

Taste is medium to light bodied with a large carbonation. Lots of strong yeast. wheat and a very strong lemon peel flavor. There's a surprisingly high bitterness in this beer, but it gives it a nice balance.

Not traditional wheat by any means. The lemon is a bit too astringent and over the top, but good none the less.

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Photo of Evocatus
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a pale yellow color to it with a thick white head that dwindled to a collar. Aroma has some floral overtones, and maybe some sweet citrus to it. Taste was pretty plain, just some wheat and flowery elements to it, hops noticeable afterward. Not too thin, carbonation was ok. Decent beer, but nothing special, probably wouldn't put it in the "Brewmaster's Collection" myself.

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Photo of WJVII
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a hazy pale yellow color. The aroma is light but has some lemon and some floral notes. The tastes is mild and has more lemon flavor than the banana that comes in a wheat brew. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is a little bitter. Just an OK beer, nothing to write home about.

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

Appearance: Cloudy, light amber w/ a thick, creamy head which dissipates w/ some lacing.
Smell: very floral hops, white bread, slightly tart
Taste: exceptionally floral, just enough bitterness, some citric acidity, noticeable mild (low-roasted) malt, faint trace of herbal spearmint. Very nicely balanced w/ no quality overpowering the rest. Finishes soft, but not watery. Slightly sweet and bitter, lemon & herbal.
Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, less "crisp" than expected for style, appropriate carbonation that lasts.
Drinkability: was looking forward to another after finishing the first.

This beer has a distinctive personality. I'd characterize it as a beer drinker's alternative to iced lemon tea, w/ its perfumey, lemony, herbal quality and slightly sweet finish, while still tasting like ale.

Would go best w/ the same food you'd have an iced tea with--tuna or egg salad sandwich, mild cheese (monterrey jack, muenster or brie) or cold chicken breast sandwich w/ lettuce & mayo, or smoked salmon appetizers. Too subtle to stand up to rich or strong-flavored foods. Delightful in its own way.

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Photo of froghop
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange with a medium size white head, and some lacing.

smell is of wheat, a touch of spice, and some citrus.

taste is watery, a little lemon, and wheat, end is a little dry.

overall not that great of a wheat beer, looks good but the taste is lacking as well as the smell.

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Photo of Dodt
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

picked up a six pack of this early this week finally decide to review .
poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass.
pours cloudy yellow with a light head.
heavy smell of lemon with some wheat for good measure.this is a very drinkable beer.
this seems like a good beer to enjoy after mowing the lawn.
another good beer from sam adams .

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of lemons, some wheat. Taste is also very lemony, tart, slightly sour. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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

Brew came in the winter pack this year. I am not sure why they added this beer to the mix; I would have rather had the Black Lager they had last season. To be truthful IMO this would have been a fair brew to add in the summer pack as I think it would be quite refreshing on a hot day. With this being said I thought the beer was pretty good. Poured to a golden color with a slight cloudiness and a good sized white head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was pale and wheat malts with a mellow but pronounced lemon scent, again seems to be a perfect warm weather beer. The flavor is delicate but does have a slight spiciness/tang, quite good and refreshing. The pale malts lead to an easy drinking brew and the accompanying lemon and hop flavors are nice. Overall this is a pretty good brew, just not sure how long we will see it for as I would imagine that may have incorporated it during this time of year as not to compete against the Summer Ale? I would get this brew again, especially during the warmer months.

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Photo of whynot44
3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light hazy/cloudy golden color with a substantial foamy head that settles down to just a skim fairly quickly but continues to produce some decent lace all the way down.

The aroma is mild lemony wheat.

The taste is also lemon, mild biscuity wheat, and a hint of honey, light and refreshing.

Light bodied, smooth and very drinkable, This would make a good summer brew but decent anytime.

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

A: pale straw yellow with a light white head thin lacing. Filtered light bodied appearance.
S: almost nonexistent with faint hops and slight malt aromas but very little character.
T: true to name a lighter tasting wheat the yeast comes through the most with a sweet pungent taste but the hops are disappointing with an initial push at the beginning but quickly fades in less than a second.
M/D: light bodied feel with good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good by feel but doesn't inspire in smell or taste.

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Photo of Josievan
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Standard pale golden-yellow of a filtered wheat beer.

Smell: Light lemony aroma.

Taste: Lemons are the prominent characteristic, but it's not over-the-top lemony. It's kind of bland, with no real sweetness or sourness, but unoffensive nonetheless. Kind of like a generic hefeweizen would taste if it was filtered and lemon was substituted for spices.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: The biggest asset of this beer is that it would be refreshing and go down easily on a hot summer day.

Notes: This is a decent summer seasonal, plain and simple. The lemon flavor works fine, and I would recommend it over other lemon flavored beers I've tried.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale orange color, a nice white head that is thin but persistent. Lacing is solid.

Lemon is definitely upfront in the aroma, with a nice little spice all backed by a decent earthy wheat malt. Lemon again in the flavor, not unpleasant but very big. Some clove as well, and a wheaty tang. Nothing noticeable from the hops. The fruitiness of this beer lingers for a bit afterward.

Light bodied, nicely carbonated it's a nice summer beer...found in the winter classics mixed pack! This thing defines lawnmower beer IMO based on its sweet lemonade flavor.


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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from this year's winter sampler 12 pack. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my weizen glass. This beer pours a cloudy/hazy medium golden color. Nice white head is well over an inch thick when poured, settles to a nice surface coating about 1/6 inch thick. Good retention, but not much lacing. Has aromas of sweet citrus malt, along with a bit of spice and honey. The taste is pretty much the same, a good sweet malty zesty citrus flavor upfront along with a hint of honey and spice. No discernible hops, spot on for the style. Has a light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. A good, solid beer here.


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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - straw with an touch of gold. Fluffy head with a smooth, even coating of lace all around.

Aroma - bright, grainy, fresh wheat.

Taste - smooth wheat taste with a shadow of lemon in the aftertaste. Is this being released as a fall seasonal? Way too summery for that, I'd enjoy this more after some yardwork. Consistent through the finish, grain, wheat and lemon with even balance.

Mouthfeel - light, crisp, some wheaty smoothness. Nicely done.

Drinkability - a good session beer for warmer climes, IMO.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.27/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Somewhat cloudy yellow, fizzy head that disappears quickly. No lacing.

S: Lemon and a weak wheat smell present.

T: Lemon, lemon, and more lemon. Little bit of a wheat taste, but the lemon is too overpowering. It is their terrible Hefeweizen with extra lemons.

M: It's only saving grace. Creamy and a good carbonation.

D: Taste is not good. Could never drink more than one of these lemon bombs.

I had one of these in the late summer, and did not like it. Then they put it in the Winter pack, instead of one of my favorites, Cream Stout. There is nothing positive about this beer. I'm sorry, Samuel Adams, but this is the second time I have been disappointed by you (first being the Hefeweizen).

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Photo of bbkd3b
2.66/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass

A: Generic looking wheat beer, I guess. Pours a hazy pale orange with a really meek white head. Good retention, though. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Not very strong... I really got my nose into this one and all I got was a small hint of lemon and wheat. Meh.

T: Once again, right in the norm with the other wheat beers I've had. Wheaty and lemony, without any complexity or surprise. It tastes decent, though, and that's the most important thing for me.

M: Nice, medium body, perfect carbonation. It had a good, clean finish. No wateriness at all. Good stuff.

D: After my 3rd try, I just don't think I'm a fan of wheat beers. Either that, or I need to find one that's more defintively good. I finished this, but I don't want anymore.

Overall/notes: This somehow got into the Samuel Adams Winter Pack. Bizarre, because this is a lot like (VERY much so) their Summer Ale. Good thing I'm in southern California, or that would have probably gotten it a worse rating. As it is, though, I'm pretty much done with wheat beers for a while. It's pretty run of the mill, really.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a new year. a new beer. gamboge with white foam, looks reasonable. it says lemon peel on the bottle, and indeed, it is true, it was brewed with lemon peel. smells more like lemon dish soap than a wheat beer. by the way, lemon dish soap smells pretty good, if you didn't know. a bit of wheat smell. tastes like a clean wheat beer with a bit of lemon. nothing overpowering or spectacular. overall pretty drinkable but thinner than tiger's 9 iron. less bloody too.

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Photo of Goliath
2.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a really nice inch and a half bright white head. There is excellent head retention, but no apparent lacing.

The aroma is decent. A nice burst of lemony citrus is easily available, but is quickly followed by a bit of a soap aroma. There's also a slight bready malt aroma in there.

The taste is ok. There's some lemon citrus, some pale bready malt, and a light soap flavor. The flavor is a bit weak, and a bit uninteresting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is ok, but a bit uninspiring. The Abv is easily managed which certainly makes for an easily sessionable beer although the lacking flavor doesn't really make me want to have another.

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