Samuel Adams White Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Was a Spring seasonal, now a Fall/Winter seasonal.

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Reviews by Todd:
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3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with best before June 2006. Pours a very cloudy straw colored beer with copper hues attempting to pierces the murk. Head is thick initially, about 2 fingers, and settles to a creamy white lace with sticky trails along the glass. What's odd about the appearance is that everything remains in suspension. There's zero settling (my bottle was kept cold for over a week). I looked for dregs, and found none, but the residual beer in the bottle had an odd consistency to it. They must be adding something to keep everything in suspension and always in a "state of unfilteredness?"

Wheaty aroma, with spicy with coriander, anise, lemon peel and a florally fruitiness.

Light, but very smooth and creamy on the palate. Creaminess is a big part of this brew. Low levels of sweetness, with wheat and associated husky tannins taking the front. Nice spicy hop profile with fresh hop leaf oils on the palate from the Tettnanger hops. Floral rose hips blend well with a light lemony twang, and slight orangey juiciness. Very tea like with a dusty coriander edge and faint flavor of anise. Touch of vanilla behind the citrus fruitiness. Herbal dryness towards the finish with wheat tannins becoming more pronounced as the beer warms, with a bit of lemon peel in the linger.

Overall, it's not all that bad ... but if they got some control over all of those tannins it'd be a much more appealing brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first time I had ever seen this in the Deli where I get my beer so I picked it up,pours a deep hazy orane wich is odd for a white with medium head that left pretty quickly.The aroma was of malted wheat more than anything with some lighter spicey notes.Now the taste was decent but seemed a little heavy for the style mainly some spicines with a malted wheaty flavor in the finish,not a typical white to sit back drink a few on a hot day, but not all that horrible either.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, hazy orange in color with a monster head that I had to control at the pour. It came down pitting, leaving a whitish film all along the inside of my glass.

Smell – There’s a faint yeasty note that wants to come out, but the nasty grain overlay ruins the attempt.

Taste – This is all wrong. There’s a very simple grainy sweetness to the taste that I’ve never had before. Not good.

Mouthfeel – This is big for a Witbier, a solid medium-bodied, with some good carbonation and a bit of fluffiness in the cheeks.

Drinkability – I’ll call this one a near miss. If they can get that flavor down this will be a good beer. That may sound stupid saying that, “If it only tasted better it would be good,” but the other qualities of the style are historically difficult to achieve, and here they are well along.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Adamss White Ale.

A- Pours light orange color with a small white head that dissapears quickly in to barely any head at all.

S- Smell is of fresh wheat, spices and malt. Spicy hints of collander are most noticed.

T- Is well balanced wheat combined with a yeasty after taste that taints the mouth for a few seconds after sipping. Light spicy notes of alcohol and sugar are on the down side of the taste.

M-D- Easy on the mouth with only a tang to offend the way it works. Easy to drink in my opinion but would only try not buy.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really respect Samuel Adams. No other American brewery does such a good job of appealing to the "beer mainstream." To people who slam Sam. Adams for being too commercial, or for whatever reason, I say this: Just imagine how fantastic American beer would be if Sam. Adams was the WORST of USA beer. If you ask your average Bud/Miller/Coors drinker what 'other' beers he likes (other meaning good), the normal answer will be either Sam Adams or Guinness. Basically, just respect Samuel Adams for what it is, and what they do - which is turn people who like lousy swill onto good, flavorful beer.

This white ale has a pleasant orangish tint with a small head that dissipates quickly. The smell is of citrus and "unusual spices," as the label states. It tastes slightly better than your average wheat beer. The beer has a good bite and medium-to-high level of carbonation.
While Samuel Adams White Ale is nothing that will make your jaw drop, this is a respectable, drinkable beer, which is what S.A. aims for, and always achieves. A six pack will have you feeling very toasty.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap this poured a cloudy orange color with a long lasting white head. It smelled of citrus, oranges, and wheat. The mouth feel is a little thin but not horrible. This beer would be great for a hot summer day. There is nothing really complex about the beer just a solid, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not much into witbiers, but this was pretty good. It was a cloudy orange color with a medium-sized white head and some nice lacing. It had a sweet, fresh odor. It tasted fruity with some spice, and a tiny bit of hops. Very pleasant, very drinkable.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very clean and clear blond with a pure white head.

S - Not much in the aroma department. However, it did kind of smell like corn and rice that is usually only sensed in adjunct brews, which was pretty disappointing.

T - The malts didn't really come through in the flavor and neither did any of the spices that you would expect out of a traditional witbier. There was some hints of citrus (lemon/orange) though, but that was pretty much it. There was a little bitterness from the hops, but there was no real flavor that they added. Overall, the flavor just kind of fell flat with a one-dimensional taste.

M - Nothing exceptional, but a well-carbonated light bodied beer.

D - The low abv makes it easy to drink, but the lack of flavor and complexity make this hard to throw back.

This was part of the Sam Adams Winter Collection, and this is one that I would take to a holiday party and hope the other guests finish it.

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Photo of BK2084
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of twi1609372
4.7/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer from boston beer. The taste and smell are unique. It has a deep, yet clean, fruity taste. I really cant compare it because i cant think of any beer remotely like it. I also taste some sweet spices. This is a real winner fellow beer drinkers. I don't think anyone could find disfavor with this as it is a very well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of 40451
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of orm56
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange beige color, loose sediment was poured in as per style. Impressive lace and head retention and par to what they are going for. Fresh aroma of soft coriander, faint sharpness of bitter orange peel as well. Lemon / tangerine smell in the back. Smooth crispness stuns the palate. Spicing and fermented wheat flavors range from coriander, cinnamon, black pepper, orange zest and a lemony twang. Minimal hopping though there is that trademark hop oil flavor, faint but there, on the back of the tongue, yeast is there but is not showy at all. Small on the hop bitterness but the coriander does help to balance. Finish drops on the dry side with some dry malt flavor that lingers a bit.

A pretty good stab at the style, this is no Allagash White but what really is? On par with the more mainstream White Ales and certainly more flavorful than Hoegaarden. A mild buttery goat cheddar is a perfect pairing with this one.

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Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served into a large, Kapuziner weiss glass.
Appearance: Hazy burnt orange body is much darker than expected. Lively carbonation is very apparent in the glass. Two finger offwhite head has average retention and leaves some minimal lacing.
Aroma: Subdued notes of coriander, clove, orangepeel, lemon zest, and yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light medium body with moderately high carbonation.
Taste: Crisp and refreshing, but not very impressive for the style. White pepper and coriander are picked up immediately, followed by bitter orangepeel and a hint of lemon. Yeast character is glutinous, and there is a restrained wheat graininess. Unremarkable finish.
Impression/Drinkability: Works well enough as a refreshing summer seasonal, but uninspiring overall.

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Photo of BlueHammer
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One description came to mind as I first smelled this beer: fruit roll-up. Just to be sure I wasn't crazy, I asked a friend to smell it, too. I wasn't crazy. My first sip of the beer further confirmed: fruit roll-up. I appreciate a fruity smelling and fruity tasting beer, but this had a slight "fake" fruit feel to it.

The color was a few shades lighter than brown and the head a light creamy color. The taste is ok. I like whites and I thought that this just didn't measure up to others I've had. It was a spicy fruit flavor. It went down smoothly but the peppery flavor lingered in my mouth longer than I would have liked.

It was a beer that I will most likely drink again because, like others I've had, it is my favorite among others to choose from. It's not my favorite beer, but it's not the worst to date! I would definitely not pick it as my favorite white. This was on-tap, so I might try it in the bottle to give it another chance.

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Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy and orangy light brown. w/ a large head that dimishes to a rocky foam, leaving lace. Flavor does have some spiceness, cloves and pepper, etc. But flavors seem abit subdued compared to the classics of the style. seems it needs a bit of a more belgian style yeast flavor to push the envelope. This would be a good one to try on non-beer lover friends...a belgian with training wheels...

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Photo of fdrich29
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Texas Road house, Everett, Massachusetts.

Poured a nice amber with nice head and decent lacing.Smelled of wheat, spice and orange and tasted very much the same. Mouthfeel was pleasant, but didn't help to add character to this brew, which it was very much lacking. One 20 oz glass of this was plenty. I was really disappointed with this one because I had heard good things about it before trying it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange, pepper, coriander and something that resembles cough syrup. The flavor is juicy oranges with some grass and coriander mixed in. The flavor is syrupy and is very sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but not one of the better Samuel Adams beers.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark golden color with a milky white fog like the name implies

S: malty sweet smell with subtle fruity notes

T: there is an array of spiciness in this beer, fruity notes like pair and plum also come to mind

M: surprisingly full-bodied and very smooth

D: Great springtime beer, the spiciness lends itself to cool evenings but its overall refreshing taste is great for the warming spring weather.

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Photo of mattster
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened COLD 12 oz. bottle, poured into Nonic glass. Purchased at World Market N. Scottsdale for $1.39.

Little to no head formation. More like a layer of white lace across top of brew, which is hazy dark yellow/light amber color, as expected for this style.

Smell is light but malty, faint citrus and spice hints. Taste is bolder than smell. Taste is a tad bread like, but spices and citrus follow through. A pleasant hint of tartness. Nice balance, good acidity, great finish. little to no aftertaste.

A decent spring beer... would be good with a salad or as an aperitif.

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