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

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Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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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3.49
pDev:
14.9%
 
 
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Photo of kimcgolf
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was really disappointing. Sam Adams advertises this as a spicy wheat beer, obviously trying to copy Hoegaarden and other classics. The only problem is that they apparently forgot to actually include any of these ingredients.

The pour was hazy golden orange, with off-white head, as expected. However, I could not detect any dough, wheat, spice or any other aroma besides that of stale, wet cardboard. Taste, unfortunately, was the same...no real flavor, and the finish was dry and stale.

Leave the Witbier to the Belgians Mr. Koch.

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

This beer poured a cloudy straw color. The smell is sour and cereal like with some spice notes. The taste is grainy and a bit sour. The mouthfeel is medium and carbonated. This is a drinkable beer in that it is not offensive; however, it could be more flavorful.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - slightly hazed golden yellow color with a white head that thinned out and left a few spots of lacing.

S - grassy hops and some earthiness.

T - pleasant but nothing special, just another wit to me.

F - lighter bodied with a crisp feel.

D - it's drinkable but I'm really not much of a witbier guy.

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

Best before June 07. Saw a 12 of this and got excited, this is my favorite Samuel Adams seasonal.

The appearance is excellent -- amber-y golden orange color, nice and cloudy, with a head that just filled the pint glass and settles neatly into a nice cap on the ale. Only thing I could wish for is better head retention.

Wheat base is the main smell, could be confused for an APWA. Grainy, lemony, the spices remind me of the SA summer seasonal.

Taste is malty, still largely wheat with some lemon. Some mild generic hops, coriander is there. Malts aren't very sweet (not a bad thing). Missing a lot of flavors served cold, I let one sit around last night and it developed a lot as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is gushing bubbles, substantial but not thick -- mouthfeel? It feels good.

I can have a few of these, and it is a good spring beer, for drinking outside when it's rainy and not that warm yet. Nothing too deep going on, not as complex as I'd remembered it unfortunately. I like the labels too (hey I'm just saying). A little pricey though. Let it warm up.

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Photo of adams82
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a nice white head. It certianly looks unfiltered as advertised. Smells of citric fruit and spice, slight lemon but orange really dominates the nose. Pretty much what I'd expect from a Wit, maybe a little subdued. Taste is a bit flat. Nice malty tones stick around the entire time with a slight citric tinge and the only bitterness comes from what I presume would be the corriander or orange peel. Couldn't find the hops in this one. This is fairly balanced and drinkable with a nice amount of carbonation, a nice easy and solid offering.

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Photo of BBM
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy orange/golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is of fruits (oranges), coriander, and some herbs/spices.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Fruity, spicy, but never overpowering or bitter. Hopping is at a minimum. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Really this is a fine, refreshing beer that is highly drinkable and quite sessionable. A solid, thirst-quenching anytime beer.

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

I bought a six-pack os Sam Adams White Ale at a grocery store. It's labeled a seasonal. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours an orange/amber color and is cloudy. A foamy stark white head forms, and dissipates quickly to a fizzy little foam ring around the glass.

The smell is good. There are fruity orange aromas.

The taste is also good, citrus orange flavors and some spices, coriander, pepper maybe. There is a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

This is a very drinkable beer. It's light flavorful and refreshing. I wouldn't mind having the beer any time of year.

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

A - Poured in to a pint glass. (I need some new glassware!) Pretty light amber/orange color. Nice wheat translucence. Finger +1/2 of head settled fairly quickly and left nice lacing.

S - Coriander, orange zest, hints of vanilla. Can actually smell a little nice heat from the 5.2%...

T - Smell and taste come together nicely as I notice the same coriander/orange/vanilla tones...

M - Very smooth throughout. Kind of silky and it sticks around to let you know it was there.

D - I rated drinkability highest on the beer because I can honestly imagine myself enjoying this anytime (spring/summer)... And I guess winter too (I just finished my 2nd!)

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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 clemtig76
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with best by 06/07. Pours a chunky bright, hazy amber with a great creamy head. This is one good looking beer! Most of the yeast was already suspended in the bottle, there was no visible yeast layer on the bottom of the bottle. Good lacing with a nice, tan rocky head with good retention. The smell is of mild citrus and spice with a little yeastiness in the nose. Lemon, Orange, hints of coriander and yeastiness come through in the taste. Nothing overpowering, just well balanced and tasty. Very little in the way of hop bitternesss. This one could become one of my favorites.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy yellow/orange/ brown. The head quickly dissipates to a small amount of head resting around the edges and a little bit floating over the top. No sediment to speak of.

S- Citrus with a touch of honey. A good wheat smell blends in well.

T- A little soapy, but not in a bad way. The wheat taste is good as well. Not that hoppy. A lot more honey-ish flavor.

M- A little bit of carbonation gives it a lighter feel in the mouth.

D- Pretty good. This is a great spring beer. I can really picture myself drinking this on a cool spring evening.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 1-28-07
Best by June 2007

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin head that disappears quickly.

Smells of citrus fruits, coriander and spices, with a bready wheat aroma.

Taste is absolutely great, light on the palette with subtle spices and citrus. Finishes clean and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thicker, the taste lingers for awhile.

Overall very drinkable, a flavorful beer that is light and refreshing. One of my favorites and the perfect springtime beer.

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Photo of grbennett
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Fluffy white head which stays. Lacing remains through entire beer. Cloudy amber color.
S- Oranges and Coriander, just like the label says.
T- A little bit sweet with a refreshing quality. Tastes more like a hefe-weizen
M- Smooth,but a little too wet
D- A good beer that I could sip all day.

This is a good beer. I haven't had many whites,but this ranks near the top of the ones I have had.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a 1+ in. airy, foamy head that becomes a lace atop the beer.

Smell: Seems to have a very mild smell, but the first thing that I'm able to notice is a fruity floral-like smell. A bit of wheat and spices are there, though not very strong.

Taste: The wheat is more noticable here, together with some orange flavors and mild spices. Sometimes you get a really bitter aftertaste, though. But overall, not very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth with an appropriate grainy-ness to go with the wheat taste. A bit tingly.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and I could drink a number of these in succession, but the flavor just gets quite tiring.

Though not a bad beer, it is really lacking in the smell & taste deparments. To me it just comes across quite bland, and the spices are hard to notice. As a beer it works fine, but not as a witbier.

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

Nice golden haze body with a peppery citrus aroma. A lot of flavor going on with a spicy aftertaste. You can add an orange slice to kick up the flavor - but if you have strong taste buds you can already taste the orange peel that was added during the brewing process. Stacks up well verse the competition that is currently out available on draft in many establishments. Try it verse Hoegaarden - the Caddilac or Witbiers.

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

Saw cases of this in my local beer place today, along with the DoubleBock. Sweet. For brewery fresh taste, enjoy by June of 2007.

Poured from bottle into an actual Sam Adams White Ale glass, which is my only weisse-like glass now.

A: Cloudy straw yellow with fluffy white head, a finger's worth. Head has terrific (almost permanent) retention, leaves sticky trails on the side of the glass as it recedes. Very nice.

S: Can smell the raw wheat up front with a citrus kick. Orange zest. Can get some black pepper, though it wouldn't surprise me if I'm actually smelling Grains of Paradise, which they use in the Summer Ale. Or both. But the aroma here is light wheat bread, citrus zest and peppery spice. Faint whiff of apricot in there. This is a bit more perfumy than other wits.

T/M: There's some wheat germ up front with pronounced fruit: orange zest, apricot, lemon. Spiciness as well, but not clove. Black pepper (or, as I wrote above, grains of paradise), coriander. Bitterness is very low. Very crisp beer with a clean, dry finish and a wheaty tail.

D: I generally put wits into one of two categories: the Hoegaarden clones, and the Blue Moon wannabes. There are exceptions, obviously, but that's where most of them lie. Sam White Ale happens to be an exception. It's a bit more fragrant than those two, and it has different aromas than they do. It's recognizable as a wit, but it's spicier. A pretty solid beer.

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Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle boasts this brew as a brewers spice rack with ten spices included in the beer plus orange peel and coriander. It challenges you to identify them all. A challenge that is quite tough considering the potency of flavor coming from this beer. It pours a cloudy light orange with a white head that faded quickly. Smells mostly of citrus, wheat, and many sweet notes. It smells of a variety of fruit, I cannot pull out orange distictly, but it is in there. The taste is sweet with wheat as expected, and finishes clean with more body than expected. The carbonation adds a creamy texture, and is very subtle. The balance of the beer is done well, especially mixing all those flavors into one. This one is an easy drinker, even with the strong flavor, which usually get annoying, this one stays crisp and refreshing. Very enjoyable, another good one from Sam. Cheers.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Amber color with a white cloudiness that gives it the "white beer" look. An off-white thin frothy head slowly settles to a thin cap. Solid lacing down the glass.

Plenty of musty wheat malt aromas along with some sharp spice aroma, notably coriander.

Biscuity malt base along with a strong spice presence. A mix of coriander, lemon zest, and licorice leads to a small amount of hop bitterness at the end. Some creaminess can be found in the middle. Medium bodied with good carbonation. In the finish the spices linger for a while after each sip along with some grains.

A decent witbier, however there are better ones out there (in my opinion, such as Hoegaarden). Worth a try.

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Photo of JimFalzone
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple years ago, I really liked this beer. It's a sweet, light colored wheat beer. It's a little different than it's unfiltered cousins. You would never mistake a Sam White for a Harpoon UFO. In comparison, Sam tastes like candy. But the same thing that attracted me to the beer in the first place, now drives me away. The low hop ratio, the odd sweetness, the diversion from style gets a bit tired. I would still order it on tap when it magically appears in the winter. But I no longer horde cases in the basement. It's a good beer but not great.

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

Poured into a glass, is a reddish brown in appearance with a fluffy carmel colored head that stays the entire drink. Smell is very slight with hints of sweet figs and wheat. Taste is highly carbonated with sweet after finish, it is similar to the old fezzywig imo, but more carbonated. This is a good offering from Sam Adams, very refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed six acquired from a random liquor store in Hampshire, IL.

Pour: dark honey-amber, cloudy opaque with a healthy couple fingers of white foam that fade to a nice coating and leave some nice lacing.

Nose: citrus, grains of paradise, vanilla, herbs. Overall, very similar to their Summer Ale which I attribute to the GoP.

Taste: herbal up front, followed by the GoP, citrus, a bit of wheat funk. A little drier in the finish than their Summer Ale, but still very similar. Very sweet for a wit. A little medicinal as it warms.

Feel: a little rich for the style, not light and crisp like a good wit should be. Almost creamy.

Drinkability/Overall: A whole lot going on, and a bit unfocused for a wit. Very much in the vein of their Summer Ale or Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. Could be worse, but not much of a wit.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz long neck poured into a pilsner.

Appearance: Beige color with a murky/cloudy sediment. Lacing was impressive with this one as was the off-white head.

Smell: The orange and coriander is definitely in there. Other citrus smells are there as well, lemon and maybe grapefruit.

Taste: Smooth and crips hits you in the face palate. The flavor is everything from the spice to wheat and from orange to maybe cinnamon. Almost no hop but you get the oily flavor it's hidden but there on the edge of your throat.

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.

I think it works. I mean I wouldn't drink it everyday but I really is good. Lots of flavor but not overpowering and it goes great with a very cheesy pizza from Papa John's. (Don't worry I had a beer for reviewing first.)

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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 keoki182
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in bottle in Menomonee Falls, WI. Sam Adams’ White Ale is a citrusy, spicy wheat beer similar to Blue Moon. More golden than I anticipated, the flavor was subdued at first but grew as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was bubbly, with a touch of carbonation to add bubbleness to the already bubbliness. Too carbonated to be a true Belgian wit-style beer, but decent for the price.

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