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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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky golden orange color with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is wheat, citrus, corriander and orange peel. The taste features much of the same flavors as in the nose with a lot of wheat and some citrus that is smooth and crisp. Overall, this is a pretty decent stab at the witbier style. It certainly does not live up to some of the ones from Belgium, but it is a pleasant beer to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally.

It pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of corriander and citrus. There's more spice there but I can't pick 'em out.

The taste is of wheat and corriander with a lemon citrus hop bite that clearly dominates near and through the finish. It's a very uncomplicated example of the style but decent tasting.

Light bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation.

Drinkability? It is fairly refreshing though not what I would consider in the upper etchalon of the style so....a pretty good drinker. It isn't one that I would turn to often.

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

A: Poured a light pale, golden-orange with a slight foamy white head. Retention was average as well the lacing.

S: light in nature with some oranges, wheat and citrus.

T: The flavor had a soft wheat backing highlighted with lemons and oranges. The flavor was crisp, dry with a light touch of coriander. A nice spiciness with some light dried fruitiness as well

M: light creaminess, smooth and light in body with a nice carbonation feel that left a tingle on the tongue.

D: A decent offering overall, spicy, with a nice crisp nature and good for a summer picnic beer with light conversation.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by Feb. 2011.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a decent white foamy head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A very fruity aroma with fresh orange peel and lemon. A very vibrant fruit driven profile with hints of a hay/wheat dryness.

(T)- Same as the smell, only more subtle and subdued; far more dry wheat in the profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A present bitterness distracting you from the other flavors.

(D)- A decent witbier. Some off flavors, but otherwise enjoyable and easy to drink. Not really what I would want for the wintertime however, so I find the name and time of the year this is released rather odd. This is more fitting the spirng/summertime better.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, slightly hazy pale straw color. Poured a 1 finger stark white head that dissipated to an even skim. Inconsistent, broken lacing.

S: Slightly sweet wheat, orange then a nice citrus bite. Was a hint of something else (yeast?) I couldn't place.

T: Big wheat taste. Citrus rind in the foundation. Simple, but nicely blended flavors.

M: Light body. Balance carbonation. Smooth feel yet crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable beer in a very drinkable style.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep gold with thin white head. Nose is light with wheat, citrus. Taste is thin with grass, lemon, wheat and other citrus notes. Mouthfeel is average at best. Pretty thin but tasty. Easy drinking and avaerage comparale to other Witbiers out there.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good yellow appearance replete with 1" of white foam and significant haze throughout. Looks the part. Aroma hit all that spice rack stuff they were talking about on the label.

Taste was wheat and coriander, this is a chewy beer with lots of malted wheat floating all over the place. Still too much clove and spice rack for my tastes. Some citrus rind. Highly carbonated. Must love spice rack to be all about this beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured a hazy, cloudy orange-yellow color. Poured with a 1/8 inch of off-white head that dissipated semi-quickly, leaving a moderate amount of thin lacing. Aroma is good but less bold than a lot of Wits.

While the spices are present in the aroma there is a lack of orange which is a signature of the style. The flavor is very good, but the lack of orange/citrus flavors is disappointing and the beer is worse for the omission.

This example has typical body for the style, light and smooth with a refreshing amount of carbonation. As is expected for the style this beer is easily drinkable, whether it's a quick one during yard work or several at the pub, this beer fulfills its niche very well.

There are better Wits out there, but this is a solid example of the style and much better than some well known versions. Worth keeping a six-pack in the fridge.

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

Orange-ish gold with a nice off-white head, virtually clear with decent carbonation and lace. Not really cloudy enough or carbonated enough for style. Light spicy aroma. Light all around flavor: light wheat, spice, and fruit. Overall a bit too malty in flavor. Medium bodied and smooth.

Label states: "Unfiltered Wheat Ale" & "American Ale brewed with spices in the classic Belgian style"

Purchase before: 07/03
Tasted: 05/30/03 & 05/29/04

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer has a light amber color and coudy consistency. Had about a quarter inch of head and some decent lacing.

S: There was an underplayed citrus aroma, along with some hops and mild spices.

T: Had a taste of lemon, orange, hops and spices, though not as complex as Belgian counterparts.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and pretty smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer, a good brew for hot summer days. However, as I said, it's not as good as others of the style. Pleasant, though.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch frothy white head. It smells like orange, lemon, coriander and a bit of grain. The beer tastes mostly like orange and grain, with a bit of coriander, pretty much tastes the same way it smells. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer is smooth and crisp. Drinkability is OK, but I don't know if I'd want to drink more than 2-3 of these at a time. Overall I think it's an OK beer, it wouldn't be a bad choice to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Full of carbonation with a head that clears quickly with no lace. Looks kind of like a soda. Yellow beer color.

S - Smells like grain malt and citrus rind.

T - Wow spicy! The taste of the orange and yeast are melded together with a bubbly effervescent kind of way. Its actually quite full of flavor which came as a surprise!

M - Very light. I enjoyed it.

D - Other than the Chocolate bock I enjoyed this one second most of the variety pack. Something about citrus and yeast in an American beer that just clashes great in this. Loved it.

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

A: cloudy golden tan with fluffy white head

S: wheat, citrus and corriender with a little black pepper

T: See smell: wheat, citrus and corriender with a little black pepper

D: Smooth, not overly seasoned but slightly overly carbonated

N: good for the style, not overly citrused or spiced

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at TGI Friday's, Millbury, MA, presented in a 23oz hefe-type glass.

Good-sized white head on a slightly cloudy orangy-gold hued brew. Citrus aroma, and a wheaty, citrusy taste, both parts of which are in seemingly equal proportions, making a nicely balanced flavor. An enjoyable product from Boston Beer.

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

The colour is pale yellow; the liquid is clear. The low head is white.

The smell is sweet with notes of fruit candy, toffee and exotic fruits. I found it inviting.

The taste is very fresh with notes of fruit candy, herbs, and citric candy. It can best be described as bitter-fresh-sourish. Notes of apricots and honey. The aftertaste is refreshing with bitter notes of herbs. Coriander? Beef stock?

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong; the liquid is light.

A highly drinkable interpretation of the witbier style. Fresh and spicy!

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

Pale gold, very light haze, with a thick bright white cap of fine bubbles. A bit of chunky lacing, good head retention. Cereal grain aroma with lemon/citrus, faint spice. Smooth, creamy texture. More body than expected, but still on the light side. Some dryness, a little soapy. Mild flavour overall, cereal, grains, coriander, lemons. Quite an approachable brew. Easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of Brad007
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Cloudy yellow color with a nice one-finger head. Definitely looks like a witbier to me.

Aroma: Malt, wheat and a faint hint of coriander. Seems very inviting.

Taste: Strong and wheatish upfront. A bit of coriander/citrus in the middle. Smooth. Inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: Wheat mainly. Not dry or anything. Citrus is very faint.

Verdict: Obviously not the best witbier in the world. However, it's smooth, very drinkable and definitely worth a look see. You can't go wrong but if you want the best examples, you have to look elsewhere. Otherwise, it's a step up from macros.

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

Fourth selection of a good (so far) Winter Sampler.

A- Hazy light orange with a white cap that fizzes out fairly quickly. A small cloud and ring leaves just a few spots of lace.

S- Somewhat faint but I do get citrus zest, some bready notes and a general fruit and winter spice feel. Slight floral.

T- Big notes of bread, malt and moderate citrus fruit/zest (orange peel). General light fruit feel with a nice floral finish. Big bready wheat flavor laced throughout.

MF- Light body that is creamy and has higher end carbonation. Slight bitter finish.

DB- Pretty enjoyable witbier. My only gripe is it does feel somewhat straightforward or cheap for some reason. The flavors feel separated rather than melded into a smooth experience.

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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 Bighuge
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden and cloudy appearance. Thin white head. Aroma is delicate, but nice. The sweet orange curacao is evident with some lemony notes as well. The taste is thin though. It's lemony and refreshing to an extent, and there is even a lemon like tartness present, but overall, this doesn't hold a candle to the good wits out there. The carbonation is light and the body is about medium.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer with tons of cloudy haze. Lots of spices mentioned on the bottle, creates a panoply of aroma that doesn't gel together, not offensive, just seemed a little like they wanted to list some unusual stuff they use.

Taste, decent, a little chewier than expected, one of the more dense white ales. Lots of that clove spice you either love or hate usually. Lemon. Orange. Very carbonated. Not my favorite beer out of the variety pack by far.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, very pale amber-orange color with a lot of carbonation and a decent puffy head. This is a nice-looking brew. Generous wheat-like citrus in the aroma…lemon, orange…there’s a little yeastiness and an appealing spiciness (pepper, clove). Taste is fairly light, with the wheat, lemon, and a bit of malt mixed together. Refreshing and drinkable. It’s not as spicy as it could be, but is very enjoyable. It’s an accessible beer as well. My brother, a dedicated macro-drinker, really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of champ103
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange color. A small white head forms to leave some patchy lace.
S: Lots of spices and coriander. Plenty of fruit: orange, lemon, banana, ect. Very pleasant.
T: Citrus fruit flavors that follow the nose again. (orange, lemon, banana) With some coriander and spices. Pretty typical of the style.
M/D: Light body and highly carbonated, not the mouthfeel I like. Goes down easy and smooth enough.

This is a typical witbier. Nothing to existed about, but it is still not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer from a bottle into a chalice.

this is good winter beer but the problem is it is way to overpowering and you can only have one.

It has a nice gold cloudy color, but the white head is very small.

It has a very strong flavor of cinammon, but that is way to strong to make it good.

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

Poured (maybe bartender could've done it better) with slight head and lace. Lace lasted all the way down. Nice hazy honey amber color. Nice carbonation. Mildly aromatic traditional white ale aromas - spicy, beery, a bit sweet. Flavor's the same but noticeable yeastiness. Good slightly sweet tangy finish.

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