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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 TheMadJack
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Standard yellow-beer-color that's more hazy than cloudy.

S: Orange, coriander, fennel. A sugary note and the telltale presence of wheat.

T: Sweet wheat carrying a refreshing tartness. Lemon, coriander, fennel, hints of clove and maybe some kind of pepper. Grains of Paradise? Unlikely they were used in the brew, since Sam Adams has used them before and they made sure you knew about it when they did, but it's a similar flavor.

M: To the light side of medium bodied made more refreshing by the perfect amount of carbonation.

D: Well done. Drinks well at a range of temperatures and is complex enough to enjoy, understated enough to serve with food, and just light enough to be refreshing.

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

Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a nice, white head. Head falls to a very small one leaving very thin lacing.

Nose is all wheat and citrus, lemon mostly, with hints of spice. Should be good.

Nice, smooth wheat taste with plenty of lemony citrus flavor. Mild spices bring it together and a very mild hop taste.

Medium bodied in the mouth and rather biting.

Good stuff, not quite a Belgian Wit but rather drinkable.

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

small amount of white head on a slightly cloudy light yellow beer

the smell is a little yeasty with some citrus hints

the taste follows the smell with the yeast flavors and a little lemon flavor

the mouthfeel is light and drinkability is high overall a decent example of the style

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

Pours a golden light amber, head is impressive and is bright white and pillowy. Lots of lacing. Smells a little bit grainy, yeasty, smells like a wheat beer. Taste surprised me. More flavor than I thought, spices are apparent but do not dominate, yeast and carbonation do a good job of making this a very drinkable white ale.

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Photo of Hopalong29
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a tall footed pint glass. Pale yellow in color with a white frothy short lived two finger head.
The unusual spices not very apparent.
Nothing outstanding for taste here.
Carbonation feel as it makes its way to back of tongue. Somewhat drying.
Didn't find myself having to try another one.
Overall I was quite a bit let down by this one. Would not pick this one up again, was waiting for the "unusual spices" and they just didn't show up.

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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 DIM
2.31/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

The neck label mentions an intricate blend of unusual spices. Hmmm....

a: This was a cloudy golden straw color and poured with a thick sticky head.

s: Weak. Faint, very vague spiciness and a hint of medicinal banana.

t: Weak again. Largely flavorless, I tasted a bland sort of peppery spice, mild artificially sweetened bananas, and a chalky finish.

m: Light and spritzy, as a wit should be.

d: I wanted to say bland and inoffensive, but I am kind of offended by how bland this is.

The final tally for the Sam Adams winter variety pack:

1 excellent (Holiday Porter)
1 very good (Old Fezziwig)
2 pretty good (Boston Lager, Winter Lager)
1 odd and disappointing (Chocolate Bock)
1 failure (White Ale)

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Photo of wschmit
2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a mini pint glass.

A: Clear-ish, Hoegaarden-like golden body with medium effervescence below a white, medium head. The thin bubbling of the head dissipated into a thin ring about the glass, leaving fine sheets of webbing as I drank.

S: Adjunct-y, with a corn twinge and little hopping. Not good, sadly.

T: Much better than the nose, but still only okay. A bit of tart fruitiness, very pleasant, but otherwise a bit of residual cloying feeling. Not much bittering at all.

M: A good carbonation helps this go down. Mid-range, and inoffensive to the tongue, it feels pretty good.

D: Low. This is not very good at all. However, I could see its appeal to a mostly BMC crowd, which might excuse its inclusion in an otherwise great winter sampler pack.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky yellow with a decent head that fades fairly quickly

S: Fruit and yeast for the most part

T: Nice and fruity, with some bready notes towards the back

M: Light body with low-medium carbonation

D: Easily drinkable and a pretty tasty brew

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Photo of u2carew
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles slightly. Body is slight hazy and golden in color. Lacing is sticky and thin.
S) Grainy. Some spice aroma - coriander, maybe orange peel.
T) Wheat. Sweet grain. Hints of earthy fruit - banana. Subtle citrus notes - lemon. Finishes with a lingering grain taste.
M) Crisp. Dry. Light bodied but on the heavier side.
D) A decent Witbier. I'd have another.

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

#61. The final of my Samuel Adams winter assortment.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp

(Appearance) Pours a super fizzy two finger depth head. Retention is not very good. Color is a hazy gold yellow with a lot of visible carbonation within. Top appearance is kind of a bummer, giving this beer a pretty average look. 3

(Smell) Light wheat tones with some medium spices and a slight citrus zest. Nothing super amazing and I've certainly smelled things just like this before. It doesn't stand out much, but is enticing as is. 3.5

(Taste) A subtle taste of light wheat and some docile spice blends balance well. It has a nice balance with no flavor really overpowering the others. Additionally, I get some slight hoppy flavors in the beginning and a lemony bite in the end. It's pretty good. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Pretty smooth despite an abundance of carbonation, meaning little carbonation intrusion. Light-medium body. No watery qualities. Good. 3.5

(Drinkability) Very drinkable. Enjoyable flavor and balance and small enough ABV to permit for several drinks. Enjoyable wheat beer. 4

Verdict: Not a bad wheat beer. Pretty good balance of flavor and everything is light and meshes well. Another decent Samuel Adams brew.

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Photo of southsider
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my pint glass.

A- Hazy golden yellow color with tiny bits of yeast in suspension. White two finger head settled to a shiny film with a little lacing.

S-Yeasty,lemony and a little acrid.

T-Fizzy,slightly bitter floral hop opening with a yeasty background. Finishes lemony, dry and gritty.

M-Highly carbonated,light body and a little puckery.

D-I've had better alt beers than this. Too carbonated for me. Finishes a little too dry.Not something I'ld go out of my way for.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy rusty orange color, white head becomes a thin film that retains well leaving some lacing.

Smell is orange/coriander, wheat, light spice, earthy/herbal notes. Not bad but kinda just reminds me of spiced orange soda.

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, it's on the sweeter side of things with orange and lemon up front. Oats and wheat come through more towards/during the finish. Not much spice noticed except for probably coriander. Herbal notes come out more and more as it warms.

Pretty good mouthfeel for the style. Smooth but light, high carbonation. A bit spiky.

A pretty decent witbier, definitely has that American wit feel like Blue Moon, it doesn't feel authentic. Not bad though it seems overly sweet.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A Pours a hazy orange with amber tones. A bone-white head with tight bubbles. One speck of lacing left behind.

S - Wheat grain, banana, chalky yeast, hints of lemon citrus and spice.

T - Coriander and citrus off the top. Mellow yeast behind dry grainy wheat. It has a kiss of sweetness along with a white peach tea flavor. Lemon is evident from front to back. Finishes semi dry.

M - Velvety creamy feel.

A slightly above average Wit. Good balance between ingredients. Amazing texture. Very smooth and creamy.

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

This beer is a generic white ale, nothing bad about it, nothing really that great. I will say that it is better than the Sam Adams Coastal Wheat, which was not good at all. It has a nice wheat presence, and good citrus flavor, a nice color and the drinkability isn't bad, it's just an ok beer. Nothing to really talk about other than that, it's just an average wheat beer.

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Photo of mellowmark
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. Best before date of April 2011. Part of the Sam Adams Winter Pack, 12 bottles for $15.99.

Appearance: Light gold color with one finger frothy yellowish white head. Cloudy but still a little transparent. Head doesn't stick around very long and leaves a thin layer on top. Not much lacing as a result.

Smell: Orange peel citrus and mild hops. Kind of a musty spicy aroma. Lemon and Coriander.

Taste: Sweetness up front but not much of anything after that. Spicy, but not quite as varied as I would like. Finishes with a mild citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium with high carbonation. A little watery at the end. The high carbonation and spices can make for a pretty course mouthfeel at times.

Drinkability: Medium

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

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass and it has a light pale orange color body with not a lot of head but a nice lace around the edge. The smell is of lemon and coriander. The taste is of nice wheat and citrus hops. It is nice a smooth off the tongue and leaves a nice after taste and is very drinkable.

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Photo of tito42
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, like lemonade with a splash of orange.

Smell: Citrus aromas with a bit of coriander. A little doughy, too. Not particularly strong.

Taste: Lemon takes charge with wheaty and hoppy undertones. A dry and somewhat spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: A little on the lighter side with some creaminess. A bit too much carbonation leaves the mouth too dry for my liking.

Drinkability: Purchased in the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler. I feel like this is the changeup pitch thrown in with the bocks, porters, lagers, and winter warmers. A solid beer in its style but nothing spectacular. Would be more drinkable in warmer weather, say at the ballpark.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy deep orange color with a creamy white head that remains for some time.

S-the nose has some doughy malt up front, spicy corriander comes in with notes of lemon.

T-the flavor is slightly more pronounced and active. there is a hint of dough up front but subtle, the corriander and lemon are strong and play most of the role in the flavor with some spicy citrusy hops and a light bitterness in the finish.

M-medium to light body that is slightly overly carbonated. soft feel to it with a prickly finish.

D-one of my least favorite sam beer's to date. not undrinkable by any means for the style but lots of flaws and extremely simple in flavor.

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Photo of bnes09
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange brew. White head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Fresh citrus aromas. Big citrus flavors, mostly orange but some mango and apricot are there as well. Acidic and slightly sour. Mild wheat flavors in the background. Minimal grassy hop. Medium in body, well carbonated and a creamy texture. Pretty standard for a wit but tasty and satisfying just the same.

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Photo of Duxx
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From the winter seasonal pack. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Hazy golden with a hint of orange when poured with the bottle sediment per this style. Very bright white fizzy head. The head didn't last long and you could really hear the "fizz" as the bubbles popped. Kind of sounded like the snap, crackle, pop of Rice Krispies! Never heard this in a beer before. Kinda fun.

S: Orange/lemon citrus and coriander with some other spicy notes that I can't quite pin down. No real hop aroma.

T: Quite tart with a significant black pepper bite bite in the back of the throat. A little lemony. Hops, not really there.

M: Quite thin and again the fizz is prominent.

D: The hot peppery spiciness gives me a little heart burn feeling. So, one at a time is enough.

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

long day at work finally decide to review this one
poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass
appearance hazy yellow color with a fluffy head
smell citrus with a a bit of wheat
taste / mouthfeel crisp with a slight bitter taste
for me this is another solid offering from the people at the boston beer company

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly cloudy golden hue with two fingers of pillowy white head. A little bit darker than most witbiers, but still not bad.

Smell: a light, citrusy spiciness. Coriander and a refreshing wheaty quality abound. Basically, what I'm looking for in a witbier.

Taste: quite spicy and somewhat tart. There's a pretty strong grainy aftertaste which I don't love. I feel like this beer could use a little cleaning up.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a decent carbonation level. Pretty creamy, although not near as much as its Belgian cousins.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable, but for some of the flavor irregularities. I prefer a little bit sweeter of a Witbier with less of a grainy aftertaste. This is not a bad beer, though.

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Photo of samie85
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours an yellowish orange color with three fingers of white, creamy head.

S-Husky wheat with some orange peel and a little bit of coriander.

T-Light wheat with some orange peel and a bit of coriander and a light bitterness on the finish.

M-Low to medium-bodied with low carbonation and a slight slickness to this one.

D-A very easygoing beer but this just isn't my style. I could see drinking a couple of these some afternoon, but I would use this beer in place of an American Adjunct Lager; something not very complicated that I don't have to think about while drinking.

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Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a white ale I seem to enjoy more than most. I think the spicing is about right. I think the orange impression is just about right...Not real heavy duty on either but just enough to complement the creamy wheat flavors...body is about medium and a little bigger than some.

I've enjoyed this on tap for sometime when it is in season and now find it just as good in the bottles.

One of Sammy's best regular style beers along with the Noble Pils and a couple others I am forgetting.

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