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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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
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 -13.5%
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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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass.

This is my personal favorite offering from the Sam Adams brewing company. It's heavy, yet very refreshing. Sweeter than most beers, but not at all overpowering. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, which can be a plus or minus depending on your particular tastes. Beautiful Amber color, and very attractive presentation.

I reccomend drinking this beer soon after purchasing (to avoid clumpyness), and I also feel it is enjoyed best alone, as opposed to with a meal.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured somewhat robustly, produced a nice head that dissipated slowly and a beer with a pale amber color with the obligatory cloudiness. The aroma is a bit weak, I detect a hint of spicy coriander (or maybe the label suggests it) but not much else. The flavor is good, not as dry as desired but it does have a slight spicy tart bite at the end that is nice. Mostly I get malt on the sweet side and a little other complexity, fruity flavors like apples and lemons (the latter comes through with that tart bite I mentioned). This is OK, I don't think its complex enough or dry enough to be a witbier but its kind of like Blue Moon except better than that from what I remember. Kind of like an Americanized witbier (although maybe that would have a good dose of bold hops, that's an idea for homebrewing some time...)

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pt glass. The head is nice and fluffy white, a finger or two, faded to a thin lace. The color is a light pale yellow, kinda washed out and cloudy. Thus White Ale. OK

Smell is of Lemon over yeast and malt. Some not so bitter hops mixed with a nice blend of spices.

Taste is of spicy citrus, tart and sharp. Some sweet malt and a nutty hopy finish that can't cover all the lemon.

Mouthfeel is about average. Medium body, nice carbonation for a slight tickle.

Drinkability is very good, smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Prost! MK

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
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 Gritsak
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy yellowish gold with a nice fluffy head.

S- strong yeasty aroma with lots of spices and citrus.

T- nice balance of fruity flavor blended with a nice variety of spice flavors. strong yeasty flavor as well.

M- nice medium body. light carbonation but very smooth.

D- VERY easy to put down quite a few of these.

overall- i was pretty impressived with this offering from sam adams. Kind of like a more flavorfull blue moon. i went through about 10 of these over the course of a evening/night barbeque without ever getting tired of the flavors. at $12 a 12pack its hard to beat the price too.

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Photo of kosmoraios
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a hazy, almost artificially yellow color with a 1 finger head that is gone in under a minute. Aroma is somewhat weak, with traces of coriander, lemon, banana, and lightly nutty yeast. Taste is somewhat disappointing in this bottle, with the above-mentioned flavors prevalent Taste is almost somewhat watered-down. There is also a trace of a metallic flavor that I can't pin down. Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, but again somewhat watery somehow. Pretty drinkable on a hot day. Not too bad.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently and highly anticipated this year's batch. Last year, my experience drinking this was unreal - it was a near-perfect beer that went well with the return of the warm weather and outdoor fauna. This year, the experience wasn't quite as life-altering, but nevertheless, this was a solid brew and further proof of how well the Sam Adams seasonals fare over time!

Very nice pour - translucent, tangerine color with a rich head that formed after I swirled the bottom 1/3 and poured it into my pint glass. Not a lot of lacing, the carbonation is just right, and the mouthfeel was very balance and enjoyable. Light citrus and grass notes, with more curacao, coriander, and a biscuity undertone to boot. Not a lot of bitterness, but this beer is very filling and wonderful to enjoy on a warm spring night with the breeze blowing gently. Even though it's 5.20%, this would make a great session beer and a wonderful counterpart to light fruits and cheeses. Heck, it's not a bad introduction to craft beer for the novice, as I can personally vouch!

Between the Octoberfest, Holiday Porter, Dopplebock, and this, Boston Brewing has some real winners among their brewing portfolio. I always look forward to seasonal releases and this beer, along with the Flying Fish Octoberfish, the Troegs Sunshine Pils' and Oatmeal Stout, and the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, is always worth the wait. Spring just wouldn't be the same without this!

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Photo of loren01
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a big frothy 2 finger width head. Good head retention down the sides of the glass.
S: Smell is of very strong of corriander. Also smells of citrus.
T: Taste is basically the same as smell, lots of corriander/citrus with a slight yeasty taste.
M: Smooth and creamy
D: This beer is very easy drinking and flavorfull. I kind of can't believe that this beer has a score of only 82 because this is an excellent beer in my opinion. I haven't had too many Wit Beers better than this one.

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Photo of Crosling
2.79/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chamomile, ginger, orange and curacao aroma, with hints of peaches and pears, fairly expressive, but not very nice smelling. Hazy orange color with a full head. Allspice and ginger flavors, with medicinal elements. Overspiced. Not much of a white ale.

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Photo of riversider76
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with orange hue. Creamy head with decent retention and nice lace.Smell is of citrus, and spice. Body is medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of spice and fruit. Nice balance. The carbonation gives it a bit of an edge. Good stuff.

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Photo of Celt44
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy light orange. Large frothy head sticks around for a while along with creamy lacing.
Aroma is fruity with spice - coriander steps forth prominently. Malt present in the background.
Taste is of grapefruit bitter along with a slight bite of lemon.
Mouthfeel is smooth - carbonation is not overbearing. Fruity aftertaste.
This one from Sam Adams is a keeper. Definitely one of their best Seasonals. I definitely can see myself knockin' several of these back after mowing the lawn this spring.

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Photo of BigD1972
4.8/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 16oz glass.
Light orange hazy color. deent foamy head.
sweet citris smell, not overpowering. very drinkable, goes down smooth and easy. very refreshing white ale. I am a big fan of Blue Moon white ale and the Sam Adams is comparable to that.
My only consern is that it is a little bit too carbonated. it would be so much smoother with less carbonation, but overall a very good choice.

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Photo of gatorsuf1
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, hazy amber with a great creamy head. Most the yeast was already suspended in the bottle, there wasn't a cake on the bottom like with other wits; it was not shaken either. Very good lacing and head retention, which is expected. The smell is not strong at all, but there is some citrus and mild yeastiness in the nose. Lemon, Orange, hints of coriander and yeastiness come through in the taste. Nothing overpowering and very little bitterness. I could definitely drink a few of these in the hot Florida springs.

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Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I missed thisone last year for I thought it was a re-name of the Weiss Bier, of which I struggled with. I made it a point to pick thisone up this time.
I was amazed at the pour. A cloudy, hazy orange with a soft, large pillow top head. Lace? Oh ya! a web that coated the glass.
The aroma was citric with hints of citric coriander and peel or zest.
The taste was a carry-over of citric orange and lemon.
The mouth felt carbonated, while smooth, crisp and left a slight citric dry.
Drinkability? yes, and im not going to take the mower route but rather say its a good welcome to spring!

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Very hazy amber color with about an inch of head. As I swirled and drank the beer, the carbonation continously refreshed the head. There wasn't a lot of lacing.

Slight spicy smell, but nothing overpowering.

Very dry taste. Hints of coriander and possibly ginger.

Very fizzy and dry mouthfeel. Not really my preference, but I guess it's appropriate for the style.

Overall, not a bad beer, but it's probably not one I would purchase again.

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Photo of shamus
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Boston on tap at Taps. It was a little on the warm side but since it's a wheat beer this helped me distinguish the flavours. It was definitely a nice wheat beer with good citrus yeast flavour.

Some wheat beers go a bit far with the yeastiness in my opinion. However this did it just right. It had a nice foamy head too. Hmmm I wish I had one right now.

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Photo of dubman003
4.72/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply put--It's the greatest belgian wheat ale I've ever had, with obvious lime and orange hints. I like pouring this beer into a large goblet I have and when light hits the beer, the color is a fine orange to bright red. Blue Moon beer was one of my favorite wheat ales; I think Sam Adams White Ale is Blue Moon's big brother.

The worse part? It's only available in the spring...That's it? This beer should be on the shelves year round. A review of 82 does nothing to tell you about how incredible this citrus delight is, and I recommend it a thousand times over to anyone who is looking for something that smells, tastes and drinks as near to perfect as I can ask for.

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Photo of Beerboybill
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this recently during the brewery tour in Boston. Looks like a typical wheat beer, but a little darker than you would expect. Mild nose with very subitle hops. Taste was very good. It had the lemon zest that I expected, but also a very subitle taste of pepper. Overall, this year's batch is very good.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold, with a smaller head and gobs of lace. When I first smelled this, I thought of freshly squeeze orange juice. The orange is intense but not nasty or overpowering. As the pint warmed (they serve beer too cold at Logan Airport) more spice and herb aromas emerged, providing good balance. The taste is citrusy with lemon, coriander, nutmeg and ginger strongly present. Lean malt flavors contend with tangy wheat and spices. Hops arent present except for a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is long and tart. The mouthfeel is coating and lightly carbonated.

I really enjoyed this. Its like an amped up Hoegaarden. I wish some Sam Adams seasonals would make their way up to Toronto.

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Photo of akajimmyd
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Cloudy orange yellow closer to brown in the center. Medium head. Fairly substantial layer of yeast left in the bottle even with the swirl and pour technique. Low retention but good lacing.

Smell – Mildest floral hints. Some unidentifiable spices.

Taste – Oragny, and wheaty. Some sweet malts. Some tartness.

Mouthfeel – A little flat and sticky for the style. Medium to full body.

Drinkability – SA almost always delivers in this category. Nothing fancy here, lots of flavor and really drinkable. Another good gateway beer from SA.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HAZY amber, and I mean hazy. So cloudy you can't see through it at all. Large head that dissapates fairly quickly, small amount of lacing.

Smells somewhat like a hefe, tastes of sweet malts and citrus, followed by spice. Small amount of hop bitterness to finish it off. I'm not quite sure what Im tasting here, its more than a hefe but it's not like any witbeir I've had before. It is damn tasty though, and pretty easy to drink. Medium carbonation and the mouthfeel is a good deal heavier than other sam adams I've had, almost chewy.

It is in fact a great spring beer and I've been enjoying it as such plentily.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap and it had a small head that dissipated very quickly. The color was an opaque yellow/orange and had a few little streamers in it from the yeast. The aroma smelled like a classic hefe weizen and the taste was very similar with plenty of body to it. It had a citrus fruitiness to it as well and a low hop bitterness. The mouthfeel had a medium consistancy with medium carbonation. I felt that the drinkability was very good and had a crisp taste with a good finish. I usually like a little bit more spice with my hefe weizens (personal preference), but this was still a superb beer that I would reccomend trying.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the U.S. Embassy Moscow commissary, the standard 12 oz. bottle features a blue and silver label with Sam hoisting a mug under the name. No solid ingredient information (just "spices"), and the best by scale is not ticked. The only clue to its freshness is the fact that it appeared in the store this week...

Pours a lovely hazy orangish gold under a very thick two finger off-white head that lingers well and leaves superb lacing. The nose is subdued, but the spices are there - mint, coriander, perhaps a touch of coffee. The mouth is very prickly and deceptively light yet sticky. The flavors are smooth and mild, starting with wheat and fruit, then moving through the spice (is that ginger in there somewhere?) and ending with a nice little kick of dry bitter hops. The aftertaste is dominated by the spice, with a touch of cinnamon joining the others. Overall a pleasant experience and a worthy spring quaffer.

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Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 1,516 ratings
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