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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Feb. 1st – is it spring already? But this was a refreshing brew on this 55 degree day in STL. I was looking forward to it , and it did not disappoint.

Excellent pour, amber/org with lots of wheaty sediment in there. Great lacing all the way down. Nice orange/malt aroma, and the quaff was well bodied and enjoyable – nice notes of coriander, winter spices and lemon. On tap this was a striking brew to behold.

A tad too much alcohol (5.2) for a *proper* session brew, but what the hell – close enough for government work. Drink ‘em up! Especially with the low American price versus an import – looking forward to getting the bottled version.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although this is marketed as a spring beer, I' m always more comfortable drinking witbier in the heat of June or July as oppossed to the first of February but beggars can't be choosers, at least it's fresh, right.
Emits a fresh, quality appearance: nearly orange color that reminds me of apple cider crowned with lasting wet foamy head and lacing. Smell is spicy and sweet, resembling a pumpkin ale with the cinnamon, nutmeg, et alum.
Taste is slightly dissapointing. Flavors of wheat and citrus are present but boring and the texture is a bit watery and the beer is generally lacking "bite" to keep it from becoming just another anonymous witbier.
This is what it is, but I won't go out of my way for one of these in the future, especially with Hoegaarden increasingly available out here in suburbia.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 release. Pours golden, opaque with disturbed sediment and lots of tiny rising bubbles. Two finger head, dense and creamy, holds exceptionally well. Immaculate sticky lace. Mild notes of wheat, citrus, and faint clove or coriander in the nose. Lots of wheat and yeast flavor, with a slightly puckering lemon zest. Aftertaste is dry, with some acute coriander spice to balance the wheat and citrus fairly well. Full bodied, with a fine carbonation that is not quite crisp, but very smooth. Good drinkability, with a interesting tart character, another above average seasonal from Sammy Adams.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange with a white creamy head.

Smell: Picking out yeast, slight hop smell and spices.

Taste: Begins with a malt taste and then moves on to yeast and coriander. Also hints of orange and some slight hop bitterness is present. As the beer warms the spices become more pronounced but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Would not be a bad summer beer.

Another good beer from Boston Brewing Company.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a cloudy light amber color with massive white puffy head. Smell is mildly fruity with notes of spices. Spiciness comes throught in the taste, as does a graininess. Finish is thirst quenching, but not much else. Average at best. There are better witbiers around.

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Photo of Naes
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is cloudy and golden brown in color. The head is about 3 cm, but quickly retreats. (some lacing)

The aroma is of spice and yeast.

The flavor matches the aroma nicely. It’s a nice blend of clove and spices with a yeasty taste.

Mouth feel is light and refreshing. The carbonation is also quite generous.

This is a great hot summer beer.

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

Pour is of a hazy medium copper color-darker than I am used to wwith this style. Head is very full and carries a slightly off white tinge. Carbonation level is also high and true to style. Nose carries a strong peppery aroma, no other spices detected, maybe a slight hint of yeast. Flavor picks up the peppery notes and adds some maltiness to them. Finish is long peppery intro and then a long dry finish. Drinkable, a strange spiciness for style, and somewhat one dimensional.

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Photo of sacfly
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy shade of orange, which is to be expected for the style. Very nice medium bubble white head. Smells of sweet orange peal, but not overpowering. I very much like the smell. Somewhat heavy body. Light spicy flavor, typical of Belgians, but subdued. Maybe due to the unexpected heaviness of the body. The heaviness is almost distracting since I was not expecting it. Aftertaste is minty… Like the aftertaste from eating wild spearmint and washing it down with a beer. I really liked this beer, but found it out of place in the spring and summer lineup. To me, this is a fall beer. Again, a bit too heavy for spring or summer fare but perfect for an autumn festival. I plan to buy at least a six pack to sit for the coming of fall.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed copper color with a modest cream colored head. The aroma is nice spicey black pepper punch and a light sweet yeasty smell. The taste is more of a weak version of the aroma with more spiciness and a sticky yeast sweetness and a light hoppy punch that is joined by the carbonation to provide just a little bite. A very nice light to medium bodied warm-hot weather beer that finishes slightly sticky dry. Not bad!

Notes: Some reason it tasted better than the first time I reviewed it. Mood? Scenario? I don't know, but tis odd. How much weight shall we put into reviews?

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is hands down the worst witbier I've ever encountered. I'd rather have a Blue Moon, as a matter of fact. This one just didn't do it for me, and I'm a fan of the style when done right.

It looks pretty decent and wit-y. Has a hazed orange glow to it, but the head seems to be utterly lacking a few seconds after the pour.

The smell is decent as well. Has a definite spiced coriander and orange peel smell. Also a bit spicy from the wheat malt and yeasty clove flavors. Even a bit hoppy.

The taste is very disappointing, though. Between all of the above spicey notes, this is one hell of an overly spiced beer. The finish is very parched and dry. This is not something I would even think of sessioning on, thus it makes a shitty seasonal brew for late spring or early summer in my opinion. The spiciness is way over the top.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out amber colored with a nice white head, which remains during the course of drinking the beer.

Smell is so-so, a bit citrus.

Taste isn't bad, drinks smooth and tastes a bit of oranges. I haven't had many Witbiers, so I don't have a reference to compare this to.

This is a rather refreshing beer, and leaves a bit of a sweet taste in my mouth. Again, like I was just drinking orange juice. I could certainly drink more of these.

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Photo of mortarit
1.96/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have to say that this beer is still in my fridge. Why? Well I kept drinking my better beers and restocking the better beers.

Now I see why, not to say that isn't a great beer, but defintely would be one I would seek out again.

Head is great. semi-thick

For a white ale it doesn't resemble white in color. It's a cloudy amber.

Taste: Different from what I am use to, you know when you have a beer and say this isn't that bad then when you have a few more you change your mind. So this could be a two beer limit.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

for some reason this beer just struck a chord with me. maybe it's the long time i've been waiting to sample this beer that has made me throw away logic and give this beer my highest rating thus far. i don't know? maybe it's just a damn good beer. who cares, i like it alot. buy it!

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams does an excellent job with their "specialty" beers. This White Ale has a very full flavor to it, almost orangy in flavor and texture. Extremely drinkable, not much smell to it is it's only downfall but an excellent brew overall.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really respect Samuel Adams. No other American brewery does such a good job of appealing to the "beer mainstream." To people who slam Sam. Adams for being too commercial, or for whatever reason, I say this: Just imagine how fantastic American beer would be if Sam. Adams was the WORST of USA beer. If you ask your average Bud/Miller/Coors drinker what 'other' beers he likes (other meaning good), the normal answer will be either Sam Adams or Guinness. Basically, just respect Samuel Adams for what it is, and what they do - which is turn people who like lousy swill onto good, flavorful beer.

This white ale has a pleasant orangish tint with a small head that dissipates quickly. The smell is of citrus and "unusual spices," as the label states. It tastes slightly better than your average wheat beer. The beer has a good bite and medium-to-high level of carbonation.
While Samuel Adams White Ale is nothing that will make your jaw drop, this is a respectable, drinkable beer, which is what S.A. aims for, and always achieves. A six pack will have you feeling very toasty.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well-hazed, peachy appearance, topped off with plump white head, creamy and inviting. A nice looking glass of ale.
I swear: peaches hits the nose first, not something that normally stands out in a wit...followed by sweet spices, and soft citrus, orange, and lemon...but peach dominates, hand on my heart.
Smooth and velvety on the palate, light bodied, but possessing pleasant flavor. Taste linger just long enough, then washes away. Faint fruit in finish, quite a quencher.
An easy, diverting spring beer, nothing remarkable, just a sweet thing to slip down the throat and celebrate springtime.

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Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served into a large, Kapuziner weiss glass.
Appearance: Hazy burnt orange body is much darker than expected. Lively carbonation is very apparent in the glass. Two finger offwhite head has average retention and leaves some minimal lacing.
Aroma: Subdued notes of coriander, clove, orangepeel, lemon zest, and yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light medium body with moderately high carbonation.
Taste: Crisp and refreshing, but not very impressive for the style. White pepper and coriander are picked up immediately, followed by bitter orangepeel and a hint of lemon. Yeast character is glutinous, and there is a restrained wheat graininess. Unremarkable finish.
Impression/Drinkability: Works well enough as a refreshing summer seasonal, but uninspiring overall.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a light yellow-orange color into a traditional pint glass. The beer itself was translucent, and it left about a finger-thick head with excellent retention. It actually stuck around the entire time I drank the beer. It showed a carbonation level on the lighter side of moderate. The scent was of lemon, coriander, and hints of orange peel. But it didn't really dominate the nose. I had to struggle to catch it a bit.

Tasting: This beer was a good thirst-quencher. Slight hop bitterness was present on the tongue, balanced out by a great deal of sweetness. As with the scent, lemon, orange peel, and coriander came through on the tongue. It was a light-to-medium bodied beer. It had a decent, but not great, finish, leaving an average aftertaste. This beer would be good for hanging out on a hot summer night on the back porch. It's very approachable.

I recommend it. It's not as bold as other offerings by Boston Beer Company, but it's worth it in season.

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Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy yellow with a 2 inch head and plenty of small carbonation. Lots of lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, and light spice. Tastes refreshing with a light zest. The mouthfeel is slightly watery and dry hitting the middle of the tongue. Drinkability is very nice as I could probably put away a 12 pack of these being outside all day in the sun. The 5.2% abv isn't very evident. I can replace the lemonade and iced tea with these refreshers!

It's okay, dog.

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Photo of dauss
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Large white head, very cloudy light amber color. Good head retention.

Smell: light coriander, spicy clove phenols, sweet wheat malty, and a light lemon twang.

Taste: strong carbonation, sweet malt, coriander, with a light dry finish.

Notes: It's bland. Think of the flavor of a Hoegaarden, cut it in half, and then add a light to moderate astringency.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Witbier is different in appearance than most that I have had. It is copper orange amber in color and cloudy, but sort of thick looking like all natural juice. Carbonation is present with some nice lacing. Aroma is very distinct with a definite reminder of orange Jell-O mixed with peach juice and lots of spice. The spices pull through strong with coriander being obvious and a bit of floralness and a citusy orange peel twang at the end, which is probably the wheat. Mouthfeel is a little heavy and a little to creamy for the style. I think this one would wear it's welcome quickly.

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Photo of crookedhalo
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orangy ochre color with a short-lived eggshell colored head. Too dark to be considered "white" in my book. Orange peel mostly predominates the aroma with fleeting glimpses of pale malts, wheat and coriander. Crisp and sweet, with an almost cloying orange-laden fruitiness. Not really what I was expecting when ordering this. One of the worst Belgian-style witbiers I've ever had. Coors White is even better than this offering. Sorry Jim, if you want to brew an authentic Belgian-style witbier, you can't go overboard with similar/accentuating spicing. It should be renamed Samuel Adams Orange Ale.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber orange with a good s finger head and nice lace. Really had to search for a smell on this one, but what I did detect was a subtle hop floralness with a bit of citrus mixed in. Flavors of a mild wheat malt with some lemon, orange followed but a nice hop flavor, more than what I thought. Leaves a grassyness in the afterteaste - possibe lemongrass in the brew? A better than average wit but nothing special - worth keeping a sixer of it around though.

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

Pours hazy and light straw colored, with the large head I've come to expect from Sam Adams. Nose is full of fruity esters, sweet fruit, some malt, and some spice. Taste is subdued toasty malt with some interesting spice - coriander and orange peels mostly. Mouthfeel is lighter and thinner than I would have expected. Although not the best wit I've had, its not a bad choice for a barbeque in the summertime.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: not much of a look. More of a murky pale ale than a white beer. Smells of sulfer (think burnt matchhead). Taste isn't bad hard to put my finger on it. Not what I expect from a white. Sour after taste which lingers like an annoying mother-in-law. Low alcohol makes this beer easy to drink, but tastes doesn't keep me coming back.

Overall I'd will drink it again if given to me and nothing better is available.

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