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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-30-2003

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2.51/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured great, though not as white as the name implies (definitely on the amber side), with nice carbonation, good lace and a respectable 1/2 inch head that lasted almost the entire glass.

The smell: a bit sour, maybe some carbonic acid odors. A tiny bit of the "spring spices" may be present, but nothing overpowering in the nose.

Taste: the first taste was pretty bad, I have to admit. It tasted heavily of peppercorns and a little bit of licorice; not the spring spices I had in mind. There are what look to be spearmint leaves on the label, but I'm not getting any mint flavors at all. The taste lingers a bit, unfortunately. It mellows in the glass somewhat, but I still get some of those peppery flavors in the end. Also, no maltiness to counterbalance the "spices" whatever the heck they are.

The mouthfeel would have been great, but the flavor kind of dampened it's thick, cloying, chewy body.

Drinkability: I don't think I'll be finishing this 6 pack anytime soon. I'm sure my mom won't mind drinking them, but I'll tell her to drink them icy cold.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.57/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2008 version poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance - Pours a copper color with a 1 inch white head. Lite white lacing sticks to the sides of the glass

Smell - Little corriander, lemon, and a few other fruity smells are present, though I can't put my finger on them. Faint orange maybe?

Taste & Mouthfeel - Light and smooth. You can taste some lemon, and some wheat as well. A small spice in the middle, but doesn't have anywhere close to the taste of say a hoegaarden. A little dry and citrusy in the finish

As far as a white ale goes its not my cup of tea. I would even consider it a poor mans Blue Moon, and Blue Moon ain't exactly the best around.

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2.57/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I miss the old Sam Adams Spring Ale. Well, not really, but it is better than this beer. I poured my first bottle and poured it out because there were lots of floaties. Thinking the glass was really dirty I poured it out and got a clean glass. Poured a second glass and still lots of floaties. The color was a sick orange, with a thin head that receded to the edges. The aroma is slightly sour, but with hops and citrus present. The flavor is sour. Tones of wheat are also there. Hops are there and iI get the impression they threw in some extra spices... cinnamon, some nutmeg. The mouthfeel is very metallic and the carbonation feels like it is burning. Somehow, this beer is not undrinkable, but I have no intentions of buying any more after this six-pack.

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2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer in tap in Alston, so I'm going to assume this is the way it was meant to be.

Poured to an interesting color. Fairly dark hue, yet cloudy. Not your typical white beer color, this is because this beer is a riff on the white beer it is of course a "white ale" though, whatever that means.

To me the taste just seemed a bit off. Too much bitters for a white beer. The bitterness seemed to clash with the yeast as the kicked in later and had a synergistic effect of making my want to pucker. I love a good beer but this was the first brew to give me what the majors call the "bitter beer face". Its not the intensity of the bitter, just the pairing. After one, I wasn't interested in having another.

No thanks.

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2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on-tap at a brewery tour at their Jamaica Plan location in a 7 oz. sample glass.

A--hard to judge because of the small glass, but a decent one finger fluffy white head popped up and lasted as skim throughout the tasting. Body is foggy rather than cloudy or hazy and more orange than yellow.

S--Lots of diacetyls--this smells like Pop-Secret. In the back I get spices more than citrus, namely peppery notes and a tiny whiff of coriander and fennel. A thick snotty mass of undifferentiated aromas, though, for the most part, masked by overwhelming buttery popcorn.

T--More snack bar at the movie theater flavors, as well as some sturdy malt which stands out as weird for the style. Not terribly refreshing, and so complex with its spicing as to be impenetrable. Kind of sloppy. A little lemon creeps through toward the front/middle of the profile, which brightens it a bit but nowhere near what the style requires.

M&D--Way too chewy and thick for the style, and if it were spring or summer I couldn't manage the humidity with one of these. A miss from this brewery in my opinion.

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2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz into a snifter...Samuel Adams produces a fine lager and a fine pilsener, but once they get into ales, it seems like it is all fails. This white ale is no exception. The spicing is flat, the malt is kind of boring and there's not too much to it except a decent look. The yeast is wrong too. Was hard to finish the glass and I considered pouring it out but don't like to waste beer so finished it. Came as part of a sampler pack. Avoid this one, there are so many better white ales out there.

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2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a - great looking hazy yellow/gold with a huge 3 finger head.

s - not much, a little citrus and hops i guess.

t - very light on flavor. A little citrus/sourness and very little hops to finish.

m - well carbonated, probably the most enjoyable part of the beer, other than the looks.

d - if it were not for the cherry wheat or cranberry lambic (maybe i have a thing against fruit beer) this would be the worst sam adams. It's not bad overall, but for a sam adams I expected more from the flavor category.

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2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light in color, an off-yellow transparent look to it. Very faint smell, wishit was stronger, but I could still sniff the citrus. Weiss-style taste, with various fruit flavors, including orange and some banana. Also a wheat taste to it. Overall, not too impressed with what I considered a weak taste, especially comparing this beer to other weiss beers. Drinkable, but still a bit too watery.

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2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A(ppearance) - Hazy golden yellow color. Darker in comparison to other Witbiers.
Not much head nor lacing involved in this brew.
S(mell) - Spicy Hops. Not a real strong aroma.
T(aste) - Crisp Orange taste. Spicy tangy taste, stays true to the smell thats for sure. In all honesty, I think it's a bit too spicy and it floods out the other tastes.
M(outhfeel) - Very well carbonated. Could feel the bubbles all the way down. Almost has a borderline watery taste to it.
D(rinkability) - It's a pretty drinkable beer.. I'm just not crazy about it. It doesn't leave me hurrying for another sip.

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2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle while relaxing and watching the Super Bowl. Pours light yellow, slightly hazy, with a fluffy white head. Not much aroma on this, what is there is hay and maybe a bit of light fruits. Flavor comes in as a bit watered down, some yeast, a few hitns of pear or apple. Easy drinker, with barely any real belgian yeast or spice that i would be looking for with the style. Nice to have the option from SA, but pretty mediocre.

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2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured very cloudy, amber orange, with a bid head that stayed with the beer for a long while. Little light penetrated. Very welcome beer appearence wise. There was nothing to compare the scent of this beer too. Blue Moon was about the only other wit beer I've had and this smelled three levels higher. Mostly like a sweet orange juice and sour grapefruit juice scent, appetizing. That's where my praise ends. Mouth was creamy, buttery but there was an unpleasant feel at the end of the swallow, almost like the milk at the end of a bowl of Trix cerial. Of course, the first taste was of orange juice, then it became mostly about black licorace. There was a hop flavor that made this mildly bitter. The buttery taste, is just like Blue Moon, so that must go with the style? However, the fruitiness of this beer, it seemed like liquid Trix and licorace.

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2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a fluffy white head.

Spicy nose with a strong yeast background, key lime, coriander, orange peel.

Wow! Incredibly boring flavor not at all reminiscent of a witbier. Basicallly a spiced american hefe. Uninspiring yeast flavors with some ending coriander notes. Not bad for an American wheat, but pretty poor for a witbier. No crazy banana clove esters, obviously not fermented with a Belgian strain.

Medium bodied and nicely carbonated, a very drinkable beer, but not a witbier as far as I'm concerned.

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Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.49 out of 5 based on 1,514 ratings.
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