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

Even after extracting the sediment, this far less cloudy than other witbiers/white ales on the market. Pale and with some haze, but the body is mostly transparent. Doesn't hold much of a head, but laces a bit and holds at the edges.

Mellow wheat, banana and bubblegum overlay a more musty grainy base. Hints of vanilla and citrus.

Tastes of refreshing grainy wheat and spices. Light on clove, but seems to feature orange peel. Similarities to the Summer ale make me wonder if grains of paradise were used. Almost no hop character, and yeasty bready notes are certainly muted. I'm guessing this was meant to be pretty clean. Finishes a little fruity with a trace of clove. This borders on American Pale Wheat Ale, in how simple the yeast character and spices are. Nothing pops, but there's just enough going on to keep me interested.

Smooth bodied, but not the creamiest of the style. Not as light as a Hoegaarden or Blue Moon, but lacks the richness or smoothness of a St. Bernardus.

This white ale hits the spot. It's a style I'd expect to be very drinkable though. Once the temperatures turn up, it would be easy to spend a night with these, but I can't argue with the choice to go with Noble Pils. This was probably getting crushed by Blue Moon, and I'd probably even take that over this. Simple thirst quencher, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: February 20th, 2011
Best By: May 2011

Glassware- chalice

Appearance: Hazy pale-golden color; bubble with a fluffy white head. Very good retention, but no lacing.

Smell: sweet and fruity aroma

Taste: Opens up with alot of fruity sweetness that is accompanied by an undercurrent of bitterness. The brew was spicy and I tasted hints of cinnamon. The flavor was complex, but delicate. Left a kinda chewy, dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium-bodied. lots of carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy: Great... flavor is interesting the whole time and delicious. light enough for many glasses.

Notes: Recommended. I really enjoy this brew. The spiciness adds a pleasing and unique dimension (not that other beers aren't spiced. This combination just seems to work well).

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy goldenrod color. A showy white head quickly retreats to a shameful collar before finally bidding me adieu. One foamy squiggle about half way up my glass.

Peppery grains of paradise, citrus rind coriander and a musty poundcake sweet malt aroma. Smooth, almost creamy body with a crisp, wheaty snap in back. Orange citrus and lemon shortbread with a dry finish.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date clearly notched on the side, this one reads May.
A=Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a very thin layer of head that quickly dissipates into nothing.
S=Light yeast, a bit of lemon zest, some subtle spice
T=Lemon and coriander, a bit of wheat and bready malt. Definitely not bad, but a bit unremarkable.
M=Highly carbonated, slightly bitter, medium body
D=Definitely sits light in the stomach, very drinkable.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A notch in the label saying its best by June

A - light and hazy golden yellow. small layer of white head.

S - spices, lemon, light malt. a very light nose.

T - spices, citrus, light toasty malt. It's just like the nose, very light and kind of hard to put a finger on, but it's definitely tasty.

M - somewhat harsh from the carbonation.

D - pretty drinkable, not great, but it does taste pretty good and goes down easy.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy tan brew, without a lot of head, but has some lacing, plus small bubbles rising slowly from the sides of the glass.

Smells of lightly spiced yeast, coriander, and wheat, with a slightly sweet accent.

It tastes pretty good, similar to the smell, with light spices, yeast, and wheat.

Feel is quite average. A bit watery, taking away some of how a witbeer should feel.

Drinks average. Other than the winter samplers, I certainly wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of CHickman
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy yellow gold with a massive 2 finger creamy beige head that faded slowly; OK lacing where the foam slid down the glass.

Smells of citrus hops, lemon zest, flowers, light caramel, coriander, biscuit, hay, grass, yeas, toasted grains, pepper, spices and then it had the classic funky yeast metallic aroma that tails off. Basically, it smells like a hefeweizen.

Tastes like it smells with citrus hops, lemon zest, flowers, light caramel, coriander, grapefruit, biscuit, hay, grass, yeast, toasted grains, pepper, banana and other subtle spices; the flavor is controlled by the lemon, yeast and pepper. Sweetness is mild and the malts linger in the background.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with low carbonation and an almost watery feel from the light body. Drinkability was just alright for me as this beer was good, but nothing special as I find most Witbiers; it's just not a style I'm crazy about.

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

A: Toasty golden and minimally hazy with a good size white head that falls pretty fast but leave fair lacing. Seems almost dark for the a Wit with a low amount of haze. Looks okay though.

S: Bready wheat, softly spicy coriander, citrus with lemon sticking out. A fruity, maybe yeasty, ester going on too. The gangs all here. Attractive, but not especially pungent.

T: Good stuff. Lemon is there, but not overly so. Neither is citrus taken as a whole. This is good. I do not like my Wits to be shandies. This has a good amount of the peppery, spicy, greeny/vegetal aspects of coriander. Nice and flavorful. And a good solid bready wheat beer behind it. Just a bit doughy (which is fine), but actually seems to have a pretty neutral and clean yeast. Faint, almost background / underlying tartness. Light grassy hops in the finish.

M: Average body with just barely over medium CO2. Crisp and refreshing, yet a bit creamy too.

D: Not out of the ordinary, but really well done. Not the most traditional and rustic look, however the flavor is spot on. Some might consider it a sort of entry-level or starter Wit. I actually like this far better than heavily done-up versions. Very drinkable.

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Photo of bbold
2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. One finger of head that quickly disapated.

Appearance is moderately cloudy with a golden yellowish orange color. Carbonation is mild, rising from the bottom.

Smell is extremely faint, and therefore I only pick up a slight citrus aroma. As I drank it some wheat came through.

Taste is definitely on the bland side of the spectrum. Extremely diluted lemon peel flavor.

Mouthfeels is ok. Just kind of slides on down with nothing to brag about.

In terms of drinkability, there is absolutely no flavor to savor, so I wound up downing it like it like a college kid.

Samuel Adams White Ale thoroughly unimpressed me. Way to bland for my taste. Would not recommend or purchase again.

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

A - Pours a light golden color. Head is pretty reserved and settles to a film. Lacing didn't really happen. It is pretty cloudy as you would expect for the style(I swirled).

S - Citrus orange and wheat. Very sweet with strong indications of coriander. No noticeable phenolic aromas.

T - Orange peel and coriander up front. Ham like flavor from overly aggressive spices. Carbonic bite. Very sweet. I do notice some phenol like characteristics.

M - Thick and creamy. Highly carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable. You could knock a few of these out on a hot day.

Overall - As I remembered from years past, I used think this was a pretty bad interpretation of a wit, but this one wasn't bad. More phenolic than I remember and less cloyingly sweet on the finish. Is it possible that they have modified the recipe or yeast? I would say that it was much better than I had expected.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blonde, not too hazy, good and strong white head. Smells vaguely of citrus, but there is also a kind of stale, left out over night Keystone, aroma. At first the taste is sweet like a banana Now-and-Later, and then there is a slightly buttery aftertaste. There are hints of orange juice in there, and maybe a touch of clove too, but nothing too spicy.

An other un-exciting, un-inspired, par-for-the-course, brew from Sam Adams. Although they are known to experiment with some of their limited releases, this variety pack of classic styles I've been working through draws neatly between the lines. This guy is boring, but as always, absolutely unoffensive. I'd gladly drink it if it was around, but I am not going out of my way for it.

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3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy straw color with a slight orange tint and a tight white head. Not getting a whole lot of smell from this one, but what I do get is grainy sweetness with only the slightest hint of tart/funky yeast. Taste is heavy on wheat and grain notes. The malt profile is cereal-like, and there are some good citrus notes in the background. There's a tingling tartness on the front and bottom of the tongue. Very smooth. It's one of the easiest-drinking beers I've ever had. Sam Adams did a pretty spot-on job with this one. I'd maybe like a little bit more of the yeast in the flavor, but that's just personal preference. All in all, a solid offering.

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

Pours a darker straw color with a decent one inch head.
Smells pretty bland honestly, with just the basic grain smell.
Taste is very light with only the grainy taste, which is to be expected from a witbier, so way to go Sam Adams on this one!

A pretty good beer, and one I would drink again!

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Photo of dcook11
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden honey color. Two finger lacing and some spider web lacing. Good looking witbeer. Smeels of citrus and malt. Ditto on the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is high. Would definitly buy this again. Very good beer. Good example of the style.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yay, variety packs! Didn't even know Sam Adams had a wit... well here we go...

Pours the standard cloudy gold, decent head and average lacing.

Smells like oranges, slightly spicing, nothing i'd write home about, in all honesty.

Tastes like the thick orange-y goodness that i'd expect from a beer like this, but didn't really stand out. To me it was like drinking a thinner Blue Moon. Couldn't really pick up on all the "spices" that were claimed on the label, but i'm sure they're there... somewhere.

Good in the mouth, with plenty of substance to hold its ground.

Pretty drinkable, wouldn't really want too many of these but goes down smooth.

Pretty good beer but there are plenty of better wits out there. Very approachable beer if you enjoy other Sam Adams brews.

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Photo of malty
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came in a recent 12 pack variety where this was 1 of 6 styles. May '11 is notched on the back label.

Pours a ruddy, dirty goldenrod into my Sam Adams scientific glass. The liquid is cloudy with a translucent lime-colored glow. The loose bright white head settles at 1/2". Teeny tiny bubble rise up from the bottom. Near perfect dripping rings of lace all the way down.

Sweet & tart notes tempt my nose. Yeasty funk weaves in-between the tangy citrus parade like fumbling clowns on unicycles.

Straight-to-the-point wheat malt mixes well with the aforementioned sweet/citric/tart scents that translate perfectly to their flavors. There's a mineral saltiness to this concoction that's a bit weird, but not off putting. Well balanced albeit a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style; airy, playful fine carbonation with a prickly texture. Finish is quick, begging for a bigger next gulp.

Drinkability is great. Did I mention the begging for a bigger next gulp?

Overall a great utilitarian Wit. Nothing to ponder, just gulp and grin. A very good rendition of the style's texture and appearance, just wished there was a bit more presence of tart/citrus notes in the flavor. Good brew for the soft days of springtime for sure.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and cloudy looking orange body with a pale golden hue at the bottom of the glass. Head looks like an almost pure white like the snow outside and has ample retention.

Aroma is notably sweet with the orangey citrus notes overlaying a notable wheat aroma of fresh baked bread. Not picking up a lot on the spices with such a strong citrus note.

Taste reveals a bit more of the spices blended in with the rather cloying sweetness of the orange peel. The coriander and peppery-like spice help keep that sweetness in check. A solid malt backbone also seems to help.

Mouthfeel is rather thin but a bit lively on the tongue. Overall, I wouldn't call this the best white ale on the market, but it can hold its own.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow body that is at first a bit cloudy, but then fades. A white chunky head that also's fades pretty quickly to a thinly laced head. Lots of carbonation going on.

Aroma smells of lemon, orange peel, wheat, and some spices.

Taste is actually better than the first time I had it a few years back. orange and lemon peel, wheats, dry malts. Not as spicy as it originally smelled, but has some peppery underdone. Can make out a little hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very creamy, lots of carbonation. Goes to pretty smooth.

Don't know if there was a change in the recipe over the last few years but i'm a lot happier with this one. Overall it's not bad, I wouldn't go out of my way to get this but getting a few in mixed packs is fine by me.

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Photo of theo871
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting an old friend! I had previously reviewed this beer back in 2004 on-tap. This time I am enjoying a 12 oz bottle poured into a perfect pint.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a thin head that leaves behind moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of orange peel, lemon, spice. Very strong citrus aroma.

Tastes of orange peel, spice, very peppery.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a bite and spicy finish.

Drinkability is high on this one, an quaffable witbier and one that I'm glad to see make a return in some form. While not the ultimate example of the style, it is a decent interpretation and easily approachable.

It may no longer be the spirng seasonal, but it has enough redeeming qualities to remain in the BBC stable.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a partly cloudy gold, with hardly a white head. Mucho bubbles. I agree with others thats it looks more like a hefe or wheat than a white.

S: Bananas, citrus (mix of lemon and orange), and some spice.

T: More prominent orange peel. A bit of pepper at the end.

M: Well balanced with the bite from the carbonation and the smoothness from the typical white yeast and malt flavors.

D: With some other disappointments from the Sam Adams Winter Box, I'm quite ok with this. I don't think its completely true to style, but it is a good drink I'd recommend to any of my casual drinking friends.

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

Poured a nice cloudy golden color with a nice head. Also kept a nice lace throughout. It was bright with just enough carbonation. I could smell the spices as stated on the bottle. I wish the taste was a little stronger, but overall it had a good taste, with the spices showing through again. Although I couldn't put my finger on exactly what the spices tasted like. It definitely was not a citrus taste, more like clove maybe, slightly bitter and more grassy tasting. Was balanced and easy to drink. Left no aftertaste.

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Photo of zdk9
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a globe of orange haze with a full two fingers of head that's white and clean.

S- Aroma is really sweet with mandarin orange most prominent. There's a bit of spice, sort of a dusty pepper or old curry.

T- Taste is less sweet than I expected from the smell (really I was expecting some soda). A little unmelded- there's some dusty bitter hops, sweet orange on the front of my tongue, white bread. It's somewhat complex but there's no unity to the flavor.

M- Eh, this lingers for longer than I would like out of a witbier.

D- Not really my cup of tea (or glass of beer more accurately)

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into Lost Abbey Tumbler.

Hmmmm... This doesn't look like a white. Not really hazy. The head was small. Poor retention. No lacing.

Smells better than it looks-- but still not great for the style. Some spicy wheat, and orange peel. No hops. Dry malts. Meh.

Tastes better than it smells-- dry spicy wheat, orange peel, coriander, and a crisp clean refreshing finish. Surprisingly nice taste...

Body isn't as carbonated as I'd expect... Medium and oily body.

Overall-- not a bad attempt at the style, but no where near the top of the pack.

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Photo of JDew
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy yellow with microscopic carbonation bubbles, thin white head that leaves a medium lace on the glass

S - Not real strong smell, lemon peel and hops show through smells clean

T - Lemon and hops as in the smell, tastes very very light, theres also some sweet light spices somewhere in the middle, a crisp finish

M - Light on the mouthfeel, no dryness in the aftertaste to speak of and it doesnt stay on the taste buds long

D - I could drink several for sure, its light and non aggressive without the light-beer feel

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

Poured a slightly darker then straw color. A bit hazy with a nice 2 finger head that is fluffy and white.

Aroma is typical witbier, a little fruity like orange peel and spices such as coriander.

Taste is on par with the smell and expectations - orange peel, a little lemon flavor as well. Coriander, grains of paradise.

Mouthfeel is nice as well, medium, smooth and creamy.

Overall this is a solid white ale offering from SA. Nice and light, crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. I could drink quite a bit of this in the Oklahoma summer time, great beer to have sitting outside having a bbq!

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