Samuel Adams White Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Ranked #243
Ranked #27,465
3.47 | pDev: 14.99%
Mar 21, 2023
Jan 30, 2003
Was a Spring seasonal, now a Fall/Winter seasonal.
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Rated: 3.43 by morsa_95 from California

Mar 21, 2023
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz botte; no birth date. Pours hazy yellow with minimal to now foamy head. Faint smells of spice - cloves and perhaps anise? - with accompanying taste. Very thin tasting with no much there. Okay.
Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle

Pours two fingers of dense white head into my Heineken glass. Retention is fantastic and after a few minutes nearly all of the head remains; after five minutes a sliver remains and lasts all the way down. Lacing is patchy but not too bad. Body is a cloudy orange with an absurd amount of nucleation coming up. Looks pretty nice.

Nose has a pretty massive bready presence - could be a little on the sweet side. Cinnamon and nutmeg are present and are an ok substitute for coriander, though I assume they are meant to cater more towards the masses. This smells ok, but it seems like ole Sam is straying further away from its “authentic” roots over the years, or I’m a lot pickier than I was when I was 20.

Flavor is pretty forward with that cinnamon and nutmeg, kinda hard to taste anything else. It’s not gross or overpowering, but it doesn’t taste all that much like beer. Does have a pretty weird/musty finish to it that comes out more as the beer progresses.

The spices do add a nice touch to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is high until the nucleation catches up to it. Body is very light. Definitely has a bit of what seems to be fake sweetness, but it really isn’t that big - not really the problem here. Not much in the way of bitterness. Pretty solid mouthfeel.

Drinkability is fine.

Overall, I mean idk. It’s interesting revisiting these beers after all these years and wondering if I’ve changed or if the beer has changed. The former is almost assured, the latter is a toss up. Kinda a subpar beer, but one that gets by on mediocrity.
Dec 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A- cloudy and hazy and one finger head with block lacing.

S- orange and clove

F- orange and clove. clove is dominant.

M- spicy pepper like with medium bodied feel

O- not bad. anice beer as a back up in stead of your BMC brews.
Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by lic217 from Connecticut

Dec 09, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
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Rated by DaBeetl

1.53/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
no flavor whatsoever; it went down like water. - I want my money back! - sticking with UFO White!
Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4.7 by shu from Georgia

Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by Chipwells from Georgia

Mar 11, 2021
Rated: 3.37 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 3.63 by NastyNorseman from New York

Dec 06, 2020
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Reviewed by jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle:

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a slightly dark gold tint. Head is white and bubbly. No lacing to speak of but good retention at least around the circumference of the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles visible.

I get lots of orange peel in the aroma with clove and some other wintery spices in there. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Taste is orange and tangerine upfront, almost sweet for a split second, then you get the hops and spices, especially clove. Clove sticks around a bit too long for me - I would have liked a bit more citrus in the finish to lift it up a bit. Probably won’t drink this by itself again but I feel like it’d be enjoyable with a hearty meal.

Feel is crisp and the cloves and spices make the beer feel warm even though I am drinking it chilled at around 42 degrees F. Carbonation bounces on the tongue.

Overall - pretty difficult to rate this one. Loved the look and the feel, but a bit underwhelmed by it otherwise. I’d definitely drink this again if offered or if it was sure to be the best beer on a restaurant menu, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it in bottles again.
Nov 27, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.46 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 2 by Drak-Nib from Nebraska

Nov 20, 2018
Rated: 3.35 by annp1022 from California

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by Nace4 from Virginia

Jul 19, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by harpus from Alabama

Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Stardusthotel83 from Washington

Jan 21, 2017
Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1530 ratings