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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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pourede from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight orange tiny and a medium-sized, thick looking white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some spotty lace.

Smell: Citrus, yeast, and some spice, but a weak aroma overall.

Taste: Begins spicy and citrusy, finishing bready and yeasty with a wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with light carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Overall: Like most Sam Adams brews, this is a good beer and a faithful interpretation of the style but is not necessarily the best example. Definitely an enjoyable and easily drinkable brew, I wouldn't mind having this again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale straw yellow with a medium sized white head.

S: Spices, wheat tang, a bit of funk and cloves.

T: All the scents come through in the taste, but they're all toned down and weak, not much here at all.

D: Drinks a little too easy. This doesn't have any of the heft of a good wit. There is little complexity and the mouthfeel is watery thin.

Overall: Not the best wit I've ever had. Inoffensive enough, but just too thin and lifeless.

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Photo of largadeer
2.03/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy pale amber, moderately carbonated for the style. Curiously, there's no sediment in the bottle. A thin white head quickly settles to a collar.

Spices come through strongly on the nose. Coriander and orange peel with tangy wheat behind. Not much character from the yeast, and the spices are overdone.

Sweet and spicy on the palate: coriander, orange, sweet doughy malt. Tangy wheat, lemony citrus. Heavy-handed spice flavors make this pretty hard to drink. Medium body, spices linger into the finish, which is also somewhat slick and milky. Not dry enough to be refreshing.

Piss poor for the style, really nothing enjoyable about it. The combination of uncharacteristic sweetness and excessive spicing make this pretty hard to choke down.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body is slightly hazy, with some sediment floating. The color is orange-gold. Minimal white head dissipates quickly.

The smell is corriander and a spritz of lemon.

The taste also has corriander with a touch of peach and apricot. There's a grassy note in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin but clean. Light carbonation.

It's a good beer and decent representation of the style.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Samuel Adams - While Ale

C: 4.0 - Golden color with light hazy quality, similar to a blonde ale. It has pinkish hues which give it a pleasant color and attractiveness. Soft pour produces about a quarter inch of head, which dissipates quickly.

S: 3.0 - Lemon or Citrus. Light malts.

T: 2.5 - Flat and tasteless in the front. The middle produces a mild citrus flavor which lingers for about a second or two. The finish is also mostly flat but provides a very faint bitterness.

M: 3.0 - The beer has substantial carbonation which combined with the alcohold produces a strong tingling sensation in the mouth. It's not bad, but I am not a fan of this aspect of the beer.

D: 2.5 - Beer is mostly tasteless. I can think of at least a half dozen beers in this style that are better.


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

A: Pale, hazy yellow, some bubbles. Little head.

S: Cloves, citrus, wheat, some banana.

T: Cloves and wheat, bananas. Good, but not very strong, sweet - a little malty.

M: Full and lingering - some carbonation.

D: Tasty -I like it; a pretty good wheat beer -easy to drink.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Taken from notes.

A- A pretty clear yellow body. Thin head that recedes quickly to a thin cap.

S- Burnt citrus and bready with a slight floral hint.

T- Citrus leafy hops, but also bready and biscuity with a slight lemony tough.

MF- Medium bodied with good carbonation with flavors that linger.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Sampler including nobil pills. notched on side: May. Yeast on bottom of the bottle. twirled before pour for best mixture. Poured into a Wheat Glass.
Pours a hazy but separated golden yellow. Poured very aggressively and got a nice 3 finger head that seems to dissipate rather slowly for what i have read from other reviews. The sediment seems to have separated, the cloudyness sits toward the top, and clearer on the bottom. resembles a hefe.
smell is of lemons, tartness, orange peel, spices that seem to hide in the background of it all.
Taste is a warm spice that grabs you. Yeasty finish and base which then really vanishes, not leaving a taste in your mouth. a little watery.
Mouthfeel is a well carbonated beverage. there is hardly any bitterness in this and i would have to say this is a very light bodied beer. As i said before this almost washes your palate clean and feels like you haven't even taken a drink of anything.
overall it is kind of a let down. I understand it is an "American" version of a Belgian style. I just don't think it is well represented of the witbier its classified aswell.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Semi-cloudy, deep yellow. Some carbonation that produces a small head that dissipates almost instantly.

S-Wheat, yeast and some spice

T-Some wheat, flat finish, bland after taste. Some lemon flavors. Very much boring in taste.

M-Light smooth and carbonated

D-Why is this beer in both the Winter and American Originals packs? It is a very boring, bland beer.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and it is a cloudy golden color with a little bit of sediment swimming around. Two finger head that stuck around for a little bit and left a little lacing.

The smell is really whats get ys with this beer. Great wheat and citrus aroma.

Upon tasting you get pretty much what you would expect from the smell. It has a strong wheaty citrus spice flavor with a smooth finish.

The mouthfeel is also above average as it really does have some body to it.

A nice beer and great in the sampler packs that Sam Adams graces us with although also worthy to but it on it's own. Sam Adams did a pretty good job trying to copy the Belgian white ale style.

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

355ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Pale golden cloudy body with a quickly dissipating head leaving a decent amount of lacing and cling.

S - Mild aromas of citrus and spice with some wheaty notes.

T - Similar to the nose, citrus and spice leads with wheat notes.

M - Light body and quite smooth.

D - Quite a drinkable beer, either on its own or as a session.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This was a very light golden color and it was very cloudy. A think white creamy head appeared, about 2 finger widths of head. Good lacing. A nice aroma that had a smell of wheat,lemon and coriander. The body and mouthfeel is light. This is a average example of a witbier. I hate to say this but I would have to give Blue Moon the nod over this one.

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

Sam adams white ale is a good beer it is a cloudy golden color with white head that fades fast and ok lacing its has an aroma of citrus and spices, and taste is maltly sweet with a little bite at the end p, pretty good body to this beer to make for a little above average feel. Overall this isn't a bad brew but its definitely not my favorite or the best from sam adams but it worth a go

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Photo of zoso1967
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

White Ale pours a nice golden yellow color and is hazy, as expected. The head is ivory and fluffy, showing very nice retention and leaving some splashy lace. This is definitely a pretty looking beer.

The aroma is very wheaty with the slightly grainy wheat malts playing the main role. It also smells of sweet breadiness, orange peel and a touch of unidentifiable spice.

The flavor is a very well balanced mix of all that a good white should be. It has a pleasant citrusy sweetness, some peach, grainy wheat, a bit of tang and some nice spice. All of the flavors seem well integrated, especially the spices that seem like a combination of white pepper, coriander and clove, but mingle well to just sort of create an overall "spice" type flavor.

The mouthfeel is pretty much spot on. This beer is medium bodied with a slight smoothness to it and enough carbonation to make it feel lively without being aggressive. The finish is slightly tart and leaves some citrus zest and spice on my tongue.

While this beer is no Allagash White, it is definitely one of the better Wits that has ever graced my palate. Honestly I just assumed this would be a throw away beer in the mixed twelve, as it seemed out of place. I am pleased to say that it is a pretty tasty beer and while it is an odd choice for a selection that bridges the gap between winter and spring, it is pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
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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Photo of mikeal1917
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my Sam Adams adventure for the night, the White Ale.

Appearance: very nice looking, unfiltered pour, with a hazy gold settling look.

Smell: citrusy, which seems to be a Sam Adams trade mark, that seems more fitting for spring, not there new seasonal fall/winter selection.

Taste: Wheat and citrus fruit overtones, with not a huge dominance of hops. Quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: airy and easy to drink, a quick brew to drink

Drinkability: Very light, and would be easy to drink throughout the night.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The brisk pour resulted in a 1 finger creamy white head. The head dissipated quickly leaving a thin foam ring and minimal lacing.

An attractive orange/yellow color with a slight haze.

A soft clean nose with a little citrus and spice.

Flavors were similar with citrus rind and savory spices.

Nice mouthfeel that was clean, fresh, and provided a quick finish with no strong lingering aftertaste.

Very drinkable spring time beer. At ~5%ABV could a have a few.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Enjoy before May notched on the label. Pours a pale, honey-orange with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, half inch, off-white head that quickly dissipates into a mostly consistent skim. Not much happening in the nose - faint citrus rind and a trace of coriander. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a slightly bready character. Mouthfeel is light with a lively carbonation, a kiss of citrus astringency and a semi-dry finish. A decent Witbier, albeit somewhat lackluster. Can't touch the Belgians, but I wouldn't turn one down on a warm day.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with a good amount of foamy head that lingers.

Smell: Not a very strong smell, but it has a slightly bready, slightly spicy, slightly sweet smell.

Taste: Starts out with a slight fruity taste that is followed by a bread and spice flavor. The flavor fades fairly quick.

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Photo of NickMunford
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a mild head which dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S: Gives off a rich Belgian spiced aroma. Coriander, orange peel, clove. Very appetizing.

T: Aromas carry through nicely on the tongue. Not the best witbier I've had, but still very tasty.

M: Light carbonation and a little dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable. Relatively low ABV. Very flavorful, but not overly rich.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: pale gold. Dense white head that fades to lots of lace. Slightly cloudy.

S: Orange. Spices (black pepper, coriander?). Wheat funk.

T/M: Classic white ale -- wheat, citrus, spices, minimal bitterness, tight carbonation, slight sweetness up front.

D: It's a white ale with no off flavors. Not especially interesting, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of avaccani
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden Yellow. Bit cloudy. Head dissapated rather quickly.

S - Getting some spice, peppery.

T - Wasn't thrilled with this. It was ok but not great. The beer was rather bland with a harsh spice at the end. Just unbalanced to me.

M - Cabonation was spot on.

D - I doubt I'll have this again anytime soon.

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Photo of beyah
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Brown Bottle from a Brewmasters 12 pack

A - Hazy golden yellow, white head, slight lacing.

S - spicy, citrus, light malt.

T - Very light and spicy, very refreshing.

M - A little much carbonation for this style, but otherwisegood mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, nice change from the typical Sam Adams beer.

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Photo of Shoegaze99
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have Samuel Adams' version of what Hoegaarden does best. Does it pass muster?

Appearance - A beautiful pour with a huge, highly aggressive white head. The beer itself is pale and mildly cloudy, not as much as Hoegaarden but with a similar hue. Very lovely.

Smell/Nose - Beautiful smell! Far more active than the typical Sam Adams, with mild hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Sadly, the aroma disappears quickly with the head, but even then it's got a nicer, more up front aroma than most by the Boston Beer Co.

Taste - This is a nice white. Not rich in complexity by any means, it's a little on the watered down side, but on the whole it's got pleasing hints of grapefruit and orange peel, and a stronger yeast character than you'd expect from a Sam Adams. Tastes quite good.

Mouthfeel - As with most of their beers you wish the watery aspect would be toned down. Otherwise, this is a smooth, very pleasant white with a mildly full character that feels quite nice on the tongue.

Drinkability - Goes without saying that it drinks nice. Samuel Adams beers always do, which is why they manage to be so agreeable despite sometimes falling a touch short in the taste category. These are beers made for drinking. Hugely approachable, and in a good way.

No doubt about it, Sam's White Ale isn't a top example of the style -- Hoegaarden remains the kind -- but it's a solid example that manages to be very drinkable while also be somewhat tasty. Snobs will scoff, newbies will love it, and old vets will find it to be an impeccable session beer.

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Photo of enfield249
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden yellow, with a white head that fades to a ring.

S - Malty, slightly grassy or hay like.

T - Malty, slightly metallic. In point of fact, there is not much beyond that. Very clean taste.

M - Sharp from CO2, metallic, leaves my mouth a little like sucking on a key, but not overpowering.

D - Not bad. Very good warm weather beer.

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