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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whitish colour, nice head. Spicy yeasty scent. Easy smooth mouthfeel, creamy, on sweet side though not cloying. Orange,apple, pear, allspice, only a drop of corriander. Very drinkable with good spiciness.Here’s an underrated beer that In would have again.

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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 metter98
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of white bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of citrus and spices in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but isn’t really that refreshing or thirst quenching.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Spring offering from Sam Adams, the last seasonal I had yet to try. I must say, this one is kinda boring here. Just your standard run-of-the-mill Witbier, nothing really stands out about it. I mean, it fits all the style guidelines and is tasty and drinkable for sure, but I couldn't help thinking I'd prefer a Blue Moon or Shock Top over this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much what I expect from Sam Adams: Clean, well crafted, true to style, enjoyable beers. Though the aren't pushing too many boundaries, they know what they are doing. Winter white is citrusy and silky smooth from sip to finish. Oranges, corriander, esters, and tropical fruits show boldly iin the nose and flavor. Very soft and velvety on the toung. Ligthly and softly spicy through to the finish. Very clean and refreshing even into the aftertaste.

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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 zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a orange hue with a small, white head that left just a little lacing.

S - It smelled of orange zest and some other spices I couldn't identify. Also, wheat notes are present.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeast, citrus and some spice. There was a faint maltiness.

M - It was realtivly crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay witbier. And it makes a fine session beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly orange, brown color. Good amount of sediment and a decent head.

S: Lots of spiciness and some citrus as well.

T: Spicy and a little too much so. Lots of coriander, citrus, and maybe some pepper.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel.

D: Not terribly impressed. A little too much spiciness; not the type of beer I like to have as a sipper.

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

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger head that is very fizzy. Thins down quickly. No lacing. Color is a hazy peach/dull orange. Some sediments float around.

Aroma kind of reminds me of blue moon. Very zesty. Orange peel and wheat.

Taste is of crisp oranges. Very zesty and wheat malts again. Pretty much what I was expecting. There are definately somne spices that linger. The aftertaste is way off and something I really didn't care for. Reminded me of a skunky beers aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and pretty clean. Smooths out a lot after a few seconds. It is also kind of refreshing on the palate.

Overall a lot better than I was expecting, but still nothing to exciting with this beer. Easy to drink and pretty flavorful.

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

A - Pours with a finger and a half of white foam, resting on a clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves ncie lace.

S - Light, bready malt with some earthy spice notes of coriander, pepper, and hay.

T - Grainy malt up front with a light citrus note of watery orange. Some toasted malt notes come out in the middle with coriander and a hint of pepper. More sweet malt and pepper in the finish with a parting note of orange.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad really, the spices work better in the flavor than they do in the aroma. All I get from the smell is musty hay and a little spice, but the flavor has more citrus and some nice peppery notes. There are some hops in the finish that keep things balanced and work pretty well with the pepper. This is not my favorite style, but I have to admit that it is a pretty decent attempt. The aroma has some room for improvement, but overall it is really better than I ever gave it credit for.

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

Pretty basic witbier. Somewhat darker in color than some other examples. Good head retention and lacing - better than most. Typical nose of coriander and dried citrus rind over a grainy, wheatish malt. In the mouth it's crisp, smooth, and lightly dextrinous. The flavor is again fuller than some, but with more malt than spice or orange peel. Nice. Gently tangy. Nice spice profile that's more than just coriander. Finishes dry and refreshing with a light smear of spice and yeast. As usual, another very good offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

served in pint glass; slight sediment in bottom of bottle added midway thru tasting.

A - hazy golden with a ivory-colored head. Head has average retention and leaves little lace. Looks highly carbonated.

S - toasted grains dominate, with some citrus but little sign of the added "spices"

T - The flavor is less spicy than expected too, but the spices do show up more prominently in flavor than in the aroma. Nice clean, lightly spicy aftertaste.

M - light body. Crisp. Semi-dry, near dry, finish.

This is a unique White Ale. Witbiers are not my favorite style but I found this ale to be both interesting and appealing.

{Slight revision with re-tasting in Sept. 2011)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at several places in the area, most recently at the Roast House in East Providence, RI poured into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a hazy, light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, hops, yeast and malt, but the smell isn’t very strong.

T: The flavor is bready & spicy, with the familiar Sam Adams hops signature and a strong lemon sweetness, which stays in the after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily and isn’t very filling, but I could see how some may not like the strength of the sweetness and spice.

This one is my favorite out of the four Sam Adams Seasonals, especially on-tap. Also if you’re buying bottles, it’s definitely worth stocking up on it around late-May early June when the stores are trying to get rid of their leftovers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at a Chili's somewhere

Poured a hazy golden brown, with moderate carbonation, and a nice frothy white head. Some sediment visible in the glass. Crisp citrus in the aroma. Crisp taste, wheat, citrus zest, coriander, and some peppery spice. A little bit stale and bitter though. Light-medium mouthfeel, somewhat drinkable; an okay wit.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, straw-colored body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sparsely tangy, sweetish malts in the nose with a note of citrus peel and a savory, zesty spice scent.

Taste: Simple light pale malts with an equally basic, lightly grainy wheat malt taste. Faint sweetness. Tastes of citrus peel and spices, particularly coriander, follow, along with a mild touch of spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering spice character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: An acceptable witbier, but, by no means is it my favorite, as I find the underlying malts to be a bit bland.

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

Cloudy, yeastified orangish amber capped by a generous ivory-colored head that displays a moonscape surface, persists nicely and is tacky enough to leave an acceptable amount of lace as a chunky, short collar.

Bright, orange peel citrusy nose with an undercurrent of musky, slightly pungent spices. It doesn't smell nearly as spicy as most wits that I've had and I can't really appreciate the coriander/clove type scents at all.

The flavor is significantly less spicy too. The focal point is modestly sweet untoasted pale malt with citrus peel top notes. The spices are definitely in the background. It's difficult for me to adequately describe the spices since I haven't run into this combination of flavors before, but I have a feeling that the grains of paradise are what I'm tasting most vividly.

A smidgen of white pepper and a 'flowery' flavor are buried in there as well. While it isn't exactly the same, it's similar to a rose water-based beverage that I had at a Pakistani restaurant recently. The body is medium, yet is ultra smooth and almost creamy.

Samuel Adams White Ale is a different animal, that much is certain. I can't say that I prefer it to some of my favorite witbiers (Great Lakes Holy Moses, John's Generations White Ale, Avery White Rascal), but it has a smooth citrusiness and a combination of spices that I find appealing. I'll look for it again.

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

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color. A large head formed and lasted a few minutes. I think this was due to a vigorous pour. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: A bit yeasty, also get some lemon zest and some orange and orange peel. A little bit of spice as well.

T: Similar to the nose but seemed kind of weak, the flavors seemed like they were going to be there, but then it just fell flat for me. Orange and lemon, with some wheat. There is also an off putting flavor at the end.

M/D: Crisp and easy drinking, but overall not amazing. Its not bad, but just didn't have it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow with a huge white frothy head. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Decent lace left behind. Smell was very light, almost non existent grain and bread flavors. The taste was kind of blah, nice light fluffy feel, great outdoors in the summer beer, but for sitting down just too light and not enough character for me.

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

I had this on draft at Chili's in York, Pa. Served cold in a 22oz wheat glass allowed to gradually warm.

A - A brilliant pale gold w/ amber hues. The head is comprised of a tight white 1/8 inch head that leaves little lace.

S - Citrus rind w/ a sweet wheat odor and light spice element.

M - Highly carbonated w/ gently sweet texture and a fruity acidity.

T - Fruity w/ lemony notes and malty wheat sweetness. A light peppery note and slightly dry finish complement the sweet and fruity tastes. The flavor is generally smooth w/ a light creamy wheat quality and the effervescence cut the grease on my Big Mouth Burger well w/ a nice light yet tasty experience.

D - Very quaffable, I was glad to revisit one of the better beers in the Sam Adams lineup. This represents the style pretty well w/ an American affect. A very tasty beer, would be great in summer w/ refreshing qualities, but I could drink this year-round.

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

A cloudy beer with a full amber color (darker than expected); Excellent head retention and lace.

The aroma is predominately wheat. There is strong smell of brewery wort with a touch of spice and citrus fruit.

The hop is stronger than I'd expect in the taste, but the beer has a nice wheat/malt flavor. Strong citrus flavors. The beer's body features a low carbonation that brings out a certain degree of chaulkiness. Thick and malty. Overall, a predictable but tasty wheat ale.

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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 mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured frmo a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

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; 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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Finally at the end of the Winter Styles pack. It pours a pretty clear amber-lemon topped by about a half-finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, coriander, wheat, light lemon, grass, flowers, very light cedar, and a touch of soil. The taste sides mostly with the citrus notes, particularly the orange peel, lemon zest, and coriander. Some earthy and floral hop notes find their way in there as well. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a partially watery feel. Overall, an OK wit, fairly solid in most respects, but just a tad too bland to really engage me, so to speak. Something like that.

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

Samuel Adams White Ale is just an extremely smooth and subtle brew. To me it seems like a perfect beer for the summer, and I'm a little unhappy that the Spring season is almost over. The only thing really lacking here is that this beer only has a faint aroma, and that the beer is so subtle that it lacks a highly noticible taste. Still this is a nice beer that I will be looking foward tonext Spring.


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