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

Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale
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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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Ratings: 1,515 |  Reviews: 966
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of vfgccp
3.47/5  rDev 0%
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 smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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 mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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 woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

My, my, was that an idea on my clever part to pick up a Winter Sampler pack last night! I have been running through them like they were going out of style.

My 12-ounce glass went to capacity and threatened to spill over before creating a magnificent one-finger, mushroom-like cap of off-white head with good retention. Color was a golden yellow that was as foggy as my mind after this afternoon or Washington, D. C.'s Bottom. Nose struck me as more hoppy than spicy, although I suddenly started sneezing, which suggests black pepper, which suggests coriander. In a Winter Sampler?!? Moving on, the mouthfeel was big, full, and rather thick. Given that I have sensed this in every beer this afternoon, I wonder if it is not something to do with the proprietary yeast strain. Yum, good. Finish was vinous bone-dry, like some white wines. Phew. Still, it did not remind me of l'Hiver.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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 mikesgroove
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +4.6%
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 mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its Sunday night after a tough loss on the ice....lower right back is tender from a spill....needed some bottle of I am trying hte White Ale...working off a mixed 12pck. The White ale is a yellow unfiltered beer with decent carbonation and white head that seems to be lacing nicely. The nose is very subtle, but I sensed orange peel and some spice. The taste is typical of most witbiers...there is a tingling of the buds from the spices they brewed the beer with then is ome off the pallete nice a crisp. A decent beer for after hockey. Mouthfeel is fine...not sure I would session this beer because I am not that big of fan of Witbiers. Sammy A did another fine job with this one!!!!

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Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clowdy very light orange color with less than a finger head. The head receeds fairly quick to just a bit of lace on top of the beer and a tiny bit of lacing on the glass is evident as well. Initially the nose has a mild citrus aroma full of wheat and yeast. Carbination is a little low on this one and the mouthfeel is very light. Taste is minorly bitter with citrus/coriander up front. The finish is crisp. Very easy to drink and would be a wonderful session beer during a hot day.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber golden tone with a nice fluffy texture off white cream hued head, even ring of lacing very full collar sticking to the edge of the glass. Aroma: Spicy, bready, some metallic edge, citrus zest not bad just a bit tame and bland for a wit, authentic Belgian yeast strain here definitely got Samified. Taste: Zesty citrus tone with some spicy yeast and clove notes not bad, a peppery bite to it the finish is a bit harsh no where near as smooth as most wits. Mouthfeel: Medium in body nothing special can be compared to the Sam Adams Summer Ale. Drinkability: Not a fan just so many other better tasting more refreshing witbiers in the world why go for a knockoff like this one.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BEER88
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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