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 vfgccp
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Banana yellow with a fully white head that settles quickly with ok lace. A fair dusting of head sticks around throughout the drink.

S – Wheat and light yeast with a mild nuttyness. Soft lemon overtone.

T – Soft wheat crackers with a drop of honey. Light lemon note. The wheat note rolls and builds throughout the backend.

M – Light body. Touch watery. Low carbonation. Sweet, bready finish.

O – Nice flavors, but the mouthfeel could use a little work.

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a seasonal 12-pk. Best by next month, according to the label.

Pours a hazy, pale gold color, with a huge creamy white head that took it's time settling.

Earthy wheat scent vies with a lemony tartness and mild spices. Not the best smelling witbier-ish beer I've come across but not bad.

Mildly earthy and tart tasting, with some sweet, honeyish tones and some spicy notes in the background. Not exactly a flavor bomb, but not too bad.

A little more body to the style than I prefer, but not too bad. It could stand to be a little crisper in my opinion.

A decent beer for when you want a little flavor but aren't looking for a flavor bomb. I'm a little perplexed as to why BBC are making this a fall/winter seasonal, as it seems more like something suited for spring.

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

A: Very light yellow that's cloudy and very carbonated. A good two finger, off white head and great lacing.

S: A solid hop character about this beer with pineapple and clove notes. It smells pretty sweet and maybe yeasty. Very inviting

T: What one would expect from a wheat beer but a lighter citrus taste than say, Blue Moon. There's also a spice that I can't place but complements the hops

M: The flavors blend well giving a light bodied but full flavor. The carbonation hits hard yet doesn't dilute the spice.

O: I would buy this beer again. It's an easy drink and wheat beers don't tend to overpower. The alcohol is barely present and the spice blend is solid

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Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of perfectly uniform crisp pure white head... Slight retention gives way to a lacing... A slightly pale gold color... A medium amount of briskly paced carbonation... Clean and 100% translucent...

S - Loaded with wheat... Some lemon zest... Just a very subtle touch of spiciness... A little subdued overall, but still quite refreshing and inviting...

T - Wehat and assorted grainy malts... A touch of honey... Some faint lemon zest... Even fainter orange zest...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Nicely carbonated... Very crisp... Clean and refreshing... Quite simple, but very well executed...

D - Simple and straightforward... Easy drinking and rather sessionable... Not an overly remarkable Witbier, but yet another solid member of the Samuel Adams line-up... I would have no trouble throwing back a couple of these, though it would be my first choice for a wheat based brew...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This white ale pours out as a cloudy opaque yellowish gold color. There a small amount of sediment in the bottle after the pour. The aromas are slightly floral and grainy. The taste of this beer is a little bit of citrus upfront that fades into the wheat back bone. There is a little bit of some wild flower type of thing in there too but very mellow. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. This is a decent but very drinkable white ale.

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Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden bier with a one fingered white fizzy head. A few streams of effervescence float upward. Some head retention and lacing are left.

S- First smells are off lemony tinged citrus.

T- More lemons/orange flavors. Nothing really stands out a whole heck of a lot.

M- Spot on mouthfeel. Carbonation is there but isn't biting, more of a creamy feel for this one.

D/O- Pretty easy drinker here (read: somewhat bland). Label says it's brewed with "unusual spices"...didn't get out of it, coriander perhaps. Crisp, clean..would be a great 6 pack night in the summer with some friends when the focus wasn't on the beer. Does this happen anymore? ;)

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Mostly clear straw with a wimpy head.

S - Nose is some orange and spices. Smells quite sweet.

T - Definitely on the blander side. A little sweetness, a little citrus, and a bit of a husky grain.

M - Light body with a little bit of slickness.

D - Easy drinking, but light on flavour.

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Photo of Chaney
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, peach color, with a massive two finger head after a hard pour.

S: Hmmm... hard to detect the exact spices. Kind of like coriander, but it wasn't that forward. A bit of clean cotton scent, with tons of yeast.

T: Mild fruity sweetness, with a good amount of pillowy, yeasty goodness. Clean finish.

M: Not too sweet, and the carbonation was like the rest of Sam's variety pack beers.

O: Not bad, not great, just in between. I could have used tons more funkiness overall. This one was a safe attempt.

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Photo of
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy, with sticky foam around the edges.
Scent is herbal and citrus, also slightly grassy.
Taste is a little on the sweet end, and the orange really stands out here. Again very herbal, with a tarragon aftertaste. A good amount of carbonation makes this refreshing but doesn't take over the beer. Good springtime beer.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a foggy straw, with a slightly lacking all white head. Good looking beer, just would have expected a more meaty head on it.

S - Lemony, citrusy. A good amount of wheat to it.

T - Lots of good lemon, the same wheatiness, which is really nice. A bit of orange that I didn't pick up on in the smell.

M - A bit undercarbonated for what I was expecting. A nice clean finish, though.

Overall, a good offering. One of my favorites from SA.

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Photo of northaustin
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear yellow/orange with a fat finger of white head which settles quickly. leaves a solid lacing.

smell: coriander, with a wheat backbone and a minimal citrus hint.

taste: slight wheat, minimal spice, finished by a tangy zest flavor.

mouthfeel: fucking smooth. goes in kinda foamy but quickly settles and becomes relatively creamy and doesnt leave anything hanging behind.

drinkability: i must really be in the mood for this one. best thing ive had from sam adams hands down.

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Photo of nms1987
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice beer. Pours a nice golden color.

Clean and fruity on the palate, very refreshing. It isn't as yeasty as I might have expected, but is tasty none the less.

It doesn't seem like a traditional witbier to me, but its real nice whatever it is.

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Photo of MadCat
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this seems like it will be a winter and spring beer exclusive to the mixed 12 packs, at first I was disappointed, but then I realized that I really don't want more than two of it, as I now know of better representations of the style.

Appearance: Very yellow and clear, decent white head that dissipates fast and leaves some lacing. Shouldn't this be cloudy and not clear?

Smell: Wheat, coriander, orange

Taste: Wheat, coriander, orange, pepper, lemon

Mouthfeel: Light body, semi-crisp carbonation, refreshing.

Overall: A decent witbier, and a good offering from Sam Adams, but there are better ones out there. Makes a good session beer, feels very appropriate to Spring time, just as the weather is finally getting warm.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - Pours a clear golden orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apples, fruity malts, spices, yeast, and bready malts. A bit light on all of them.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, and light fruity malts. A bit watery.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - An average witbier at best; nothing really stood out to me about it. Could drink a few of them but not sure I'd want to. Not one of SA's better beers.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy gold with a decent head that quickly goes.

Smell: Very fruity with hints of orange and spices.

Taste: Strong orange and lemon flavor with a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slightly dry and bitter finish.

Overall: A decent interpretation of a witbier.

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

pours nice and blonde/opaque with a decent head and a bit of lacing

smell is quite typical to bad for a belgian wit - spice and sweet fruit, smells like blue moon.

tastes very fruity and sticky sweet...a slight bit of spice - just ok.

overall this is a barely less than average wit - i guess i'd compare it to blue moon or something to that affect...nothing special

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Photo of sj660
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange color, hazy with highlights. Foam is a very fine, thick network of small white bubbles.

Fruity aroma. Oranges, floral, other cirtusy flavors. Tang, and a small hop bite on the back end. In balance. There is a spicy flavor I can't identify, but which I don't think is coriander (though there is coriander).

Mouthfeel is medium body, highly carbonated.

One of the better American takes on the belgian witbier.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold, with a nice head of white foam. Attractive. Decent lace.

Aroma is nicely spicy, with some hints of yeast and grain.

Taste has a nice little peppery heat, with some citrus accents.

Tasty and an easy drinker, and better than a Blue Moon.

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Photo of livewire05
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I poured two thirds into a pint glass, and then swirled around the remaining beer to collect the sediment before pouring the rest. The beer is a light golden hazy color, with ample head. I primarily noted a citrus scent, with faint spice in the background. Taste was decent for a witbier, although not particular spicy, or even citrus-y. Medium bodied, but very smooth and crisp.

I'd probably have this again if it was on sale, but I don't know if I'd actively seek it out.

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Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A Watery Clear yellow glow

Head: Big white thick head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Quite grassy with a little hint of skunk

Taste: Grass with some sweet malts

Weight: Light Body with a medium carbonation

Finish: Light Grassiness and thats about it

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Photo of CaseyR22
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- Awesome. Deep orangeish gold, slight haziness. Small head that mostly dissipates after a couple drinks, but big beautiful lacing that sticks all over the glass.

Smell- Orange peels, yeast a little spiciness.

Taste- Tastes great but too light on flavor. Citrus and spice followed by cloves then some yeast and wheat.

Mouth- A little thin and "Dry" medium carbonation

O/A- This is good stuff. There are better witbeers out there, but for a dollar a piece this is a must buy.

P.s. my beer is gone and my glass still has pretty lacing all over it.

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Photo of krazyboi
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a globe glass.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a very small head that dissipates very quickly.
S: Citrusy hops, orange, slight slcohol.
T: Nutty, orange, lemon, slight bitter ending.
M: A bit on the "creamy" side, probably because of the medium to high carbonation. Medium bodied.
D: This beer is easy to drink and is quite refreshing. It's a decent beer and I might purchase this again.

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Photo of streetcommander
2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad for a wheat beer. First sip on a clean pallet was fantastic, followed by a linear flavor degredation until it became a average wheat beer. Wheat is tuff in my opinion. There all either amazing or just plain wheat beer.

I do not taste the exstravigant flavors that some reviewers aledge to.

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

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date. Part of the "American Originals" variety 12 pack.

Pours a very lite golden-yellow. A white head sticks around a bit. Bunches of carb trailers. Looks good for a wit! Smell is slightly skunky, opening up to a mild potpourri of spices. Taste starts of on the bitter end, and opens up into more citrusy territory, before finishing dry and bitter again. Kind of overwhelmed by the variety of spices, but nice complexity. Tasty wit, I'd drink it again.

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

A: Pours a hazy gold with a head that settles quickly. some noticeable carbonation.

S: Some nice florals and bread/yeast up front for me. Then comes the obvious citrus i was expecting.

T: Im getting what i had smelled but here it seems a little more subtle. Wheats, cloves, and citrus.

M/D: Very drinkable. I would even say refreshing and its 9:30 at night!!! I think this is a nice offering for what it is...a lighter spring beer that still has some flavor. Im not hating on this bad boy.

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