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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-30-2003

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

A - Pours a golden brown but not much head associated with it

S - Tons of spices appear immediately such as banana, lots of citrus, and a sweetness from the malt. Pretty much no hop/floral aroma detected

T - All of the spices/flavors seemed to blend together for me, so it was hard to pick out distinctive flavors. It was very similar to a white ale to me. Again, hardly any hop presence in this brew

M/D - Quite a bit of carbonation, as associated with most ales. Very smoother, crisp, and light. Nice spicy aftertaste as well

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a chill-haze orange with a big fluffy head and good lacing.

Smells of light wheat, some spice, and some tart citrus notes.

Barely any bitterness in this one - it is all lemon/citrus and sweet grain and spices, particularly a sharp coriander note.

Fairly good carbonation, and clean finish. This is a quencher by far. A decent representative of the style, but fairly middle of the road in comparison with others. I dug it, and would buy it again, but I only got this because the tap selection was limited. Nothing that I would substitute for a higher quality beer.

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Photo of FatCaster
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried this as a replacement for Springboard which seems to have disappeared.

A--Colored like real amber on the orangey side, built a pillowy head that dissipated but left a ring with sticky arches.

S--Yeasty bread with the herbal accents on the edges.

T--Very little hops, but the savory herbs come through strong. However, the lack of counterpoints to the grains makes it fall a little flat.

M--A little warmth from the alcohol, which is surprising. Carbonation is in the background, but sufficient. Not too exciting.

D--I could drink this all night. Period.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow color with a creamy white head that sticks around for a long time.
Yeast is very present and imparts a bready aroma. Citrus is also very present with some coriander in the mix.
A yeasty beer, with some citrus character mostly orange and lemon. Not much for hops here but the malt finish is very pleasant, I wish there was more of it. A slight peppery character come through with subtle coriander throughout the entire beer.
Good body that was above average for style with good carbonation.
A very solid Witbier that I plan on having at least once a year.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy light gold with a big fluffy white head that stays around and sticks to the glass.

N: Spicy belgian yeast and lemony citrus aroma up front. Undercurrent of pineapple and light spices.

T: Very similar to the smell. Sweet and lightly fruity/citrusy. Some spicy belgian yeast mixed with actual spices in the middle, and lemon in the finish. Aftertaste of clean malt and pineapple.

M: Light body, tingly carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

D: Light and refreshing, yet full of flavor. Excellent use of spices for a spring seasonal. Complex, but nothing sticks out too much.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Very slight haze to an orange body. Good carbonation feeds the off-white head. Typical spiced witbier aroma. Less crisp and fruity than I like my wits to smell. Very refreshing with a little bit of citrus. I think this would make a really good lawn-mower beer.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice refreshing beer. Malty, tastie, good beginning, good end. Looks really good, pale and slightly cloudy, orangie. Good head and decent ring left around the glass. Smells fruity and malty with a bit of hops. Taste like a standard beer of this style with a long lasting nice aftertaste of citrus and malt. East to drink.

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

I heard about this new release and thought I would give it a try.

Poured a very nice opaque murky gold orange color with ample head retention and lacing.

Lots of spices, especially coriander, with some hints of orange and citrus and a trademark wheat and esters.

Taste was a little muttled, but certainly better for a mainstream beer of this style. Coriander being the prominent flavor with a balancing act of lemon, orange peel and malts.

A full mouthfeel due to its wheat and unfiltered state with a smooth dry finish.

It ain't that bad, I would really enjoy this on a warmer day.

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

Appearance: Golden in color with a slight haze and almost no head, very little, and dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Smell: I can detect a weak hint of wheat and citrus and a flutter of coriander and that's about it. I thought it would have been a little more spiced.

Taste: Fairly sweet spiced hef with a strong taste of orange. I think I enjoy the aftertaste more than the initial. As for the "10 spices" included in White Ale, they are pretty well hidden and you can't really pick them up.

Mouth feel: Light on the palate and smooth but it made my mouth pretty dry.

Drinkability: I had to drink them slow, they kept me pretty full; which was kind of annoying.

Overall I wasn't very satisfied with the beer. Its not bad but its nothing I plan on buying again; it just didn't grab me the way other beers have grabbed me.


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

Cracked this one open in a weak attempt to pretend that it's spring in the middle of February. Pours a cloudy, dull yellow colour, not unlike other witbiers. Whitish head wasn't impressive- about 1/2 inch tall. The smell is mostly wheat and esther (go figure) and slightly citrusy, with a faint yet sharp lemon scent if you really take a deep breath. Mouth feel is standard and pleasant. The taste isn't dazzling but it's fine. It's a fine little drink - certainly not a standout for its style, but it's definently drinkable.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass, this beer is a cloudy straw yellow. The head is small and diminishing, no lacing is left behind. Smells of clove and other sweet fruits. Not a great nose, faint and weak. The taste follows the smell, and just isn't great. For the taste, think Sam Adams Cherry Wheat without the cherry. There is some banana, but the sweetness gives way to an ugly finish. The carbonation and mouthfeel is pretty good. You could drink quite a few of these, I'm just not sure I'd want to.

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Photo of climax
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a cloudy darker yellow, a finger of white bubbly head faded to a ring and a dozen bubbles, kinda looked like morning p!ss (no offense intended), a blurb on the bottle indicated the flavors incorporated into this brew

smell was initially kind of sour and very wheaty. lesser undertones of lemon, orange piff, and even cherries and banana. not very complex at first but you can get alot more out of it if ya really whirl and whif it

taste was rather softspoken, not alot of flavor but it was sweet and wheaty, hints of coriander and orange with a nice finish...not bad in anyway, just not inspiring

mouthfeel was medium bodied with a bright flavor which was nice and smooth with the right amount of carbonation, which sam adams knows better than to screw up

though the flavor was rather weak... the complexity is there, its just really hard to get at. i drank this in february (quickly), and can only imagine what one (or several) would would be like on a warm summer day

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

A- A cloudy golden appearance. 1/8" inch head from bottle pour that dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S- A wheat smell with a hint of citrus. Coriander scent is present, but don't pick up much lemon.

T- Taste a sweetness in the malt with strong coriander and orange peel characteristics. Aftertaste provides more flavor then initial taste. I have tasted beers with better use of coriander spice, but does work with with the hop arrangement.

M- Smooth and drinkable. Slightly tart relative to other wit beers but still very drinkable.

D- I could have another one of the these beers. Overall, not a huge fan of Sam Adam's beers, but I do enjoy there seasonal line.

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

A-Straw gold with moderate hazing and a nice puffy head.

S-Clean malty citrus

T-Citrus and lemons. Probably served a bit too cold...I expected a bit more here, but it is not bad but not great in typical Sam fashion...pretty midstream.

M-Well done and well balanced.

D-A great poolside diversion, which is how it was consumed. perfect for this, and a perfect warm weather quencher, if that is what you are looking for.

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Photo of bowersdm
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a SA sensory glass

A - cloudy golden piss color, a slight ring of head.

S - spice and oranges. very weak aroma

T - wheat, yeast, spices (coriander for sure and some cloves), oranges, lemons. it wasn't that pleasant.

M - SA usually does pretty good on the mouthfeel of their beers. this one is no exception.

D - this tasted awful. I'll stick to Blue Moon.

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Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap earlier tonight at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. $4.00.

A Served annoyingly with an orange slice in the side of the clear pint glass. Body is a cloudy opaque light orange and, yes, white with minimal head by the time that it was delivered to my table. Nice look and appropriate to the style.

S Muted citrusy wheat with other spices with some malt. I smell no bitterness. Appropriate to the style.

T Classic wheat beer taste with gentle citrus taste but come to think of it that could have been from the orange slice that was on the side of the glass and that I immediately took off. Anyway there is a nice smoothness to it and tastes of the wheat and grains.

M Nice and smooth and a light tasting beer but not thin...really nice for the style.

D Really nice drinkability.

Notes: This struck me as a very solid wheat beer. It is a good witbier to go as a solid example of the style. I remain partial to Hoegaarden but this remains a solid choice.

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Photo of mjw06
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not much volume to the color of this brew. its a slightly cloudy piss color with a hint of orange, but just a hint. it has a very small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

wheaty smell with orange citrus and coriander. not much spice to it, or rather complexity in the smell of spice.

a wheaty, hoppy, presence thats typical of the style. but not much complexity after that. it has a citrus underbody that leaves an aftertaste i could do without.

i like the body, but unfortunately i must say the carbonation is a little offensive.

a drinkable brew, however when it comes to the low-cost widely available beers of this style, ill take a blue moon over this everyday. i was fairly disappointed.

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

A: Pale, slightly hazy pale straw color. Poured a 1 finger stark white head that dissipated to an even skim. Inconsistent, broken lacing.

S: Slightly sweet wheat, orange then a nice citrus bite. Was a hint of something else (yeast?) I couldn't place.

T: Big wheat taste. Citrus rind in the foundation. Simple, but nicely blended flavors.

M: Light body. Balance carbonation. Smooth feel yet crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable beer in a very drinkable style.

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Photo of thain709
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Your normal cloudy yellow...but this was a bit brighter...a small white head that didn't stay long...light lacing

S - Few hints of wheat and spices...metallic smelling

T - Your typical spring beer...lots of citrus mixed with the wheat and malts...well balanced

M - Light and crisp

D - Seeing as it's still cold out...this one wouldn't work...but I could see myself drinking a few of these once it starts getting warmer

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Photo of HalfFull
2.47/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. I revisit Sam Adams via a mixed case. Six different brews, four are new to me including this one. I'll check back as for my sanity.

Pours a murky golden in color with a thin white head which settles to a cap in short order. This 'unfiltered wheat ale' looks pretty filtered to me. Unfiltered by Sam standards perhaps but not by mine.

A bit of wheat and banana on the nose. but not very volatile as for the esters. I assume the 'lack of filtration' filtered out most of the love here. Otherwise the nose is buried in sugar. Improves with a bit of warming and aggressive agitation. A good swirl actually throws some hops into the mix. Smells like a lager otherwise.

Taste is light and a bit sweet. Rather boring actually. Decent feel and drink per se. Touch of spice on the close. I guess I'd prefer this over Hoegaarden, not for any strengths, but for lack of weekness. Check that, I'll take a Hoegaarden; and I don't like Hoegaarden.

An interesting take on the style. Highly hopped(American) and low on the wheat as a percentage of the grain bill from what I can gather. The apple doesn't fall far.., overall too sweet in taste and too viscous for the style in the finish. Feeble. And I'm being nice.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy light orange color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of light citrus, spices and some grain. Not great, and simple, but enjoyable.

Taste of citrus, orange peel, malts, grain, and a hint of sugar. A quality, unoffensive beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation.

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Photo of DRjester
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up the other day because it was on sale (and my beer budget is shrinking rapidly these days...), and although it's not the first time I've had it, I feel inspired to do a little review this time around, so lets get to it...

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-golden, with a finger of head and alright retention. Not impressive, but not lacking in any way either.

Smell: Similar to the appearance, I found the scent to be more than adequate, but uninspiring. A light malty sweetness with hints of lemon zest and coriander. All the right notes, just a bit too subdued for me.

Taste: The sweetness of the malt stands out here. It has the characteristic light straw flavor of a wheat ale, and the hops is subtle and just enough to leave a slightly dry finish. A citrus tang shows up at the end, along with a light herbal character throughout. Solid and very appropriate to the style.

Mouthfeel: It fills the mouth well without being heavy or syrupy at all, a danger given the relative sweetness fot the malts. Overall very satisfying.

Drinkability: Definitely quaffable, I could easily see putting back a few of these on an evening. I find the style to be quite refreshing and light, good for spring. Overall, the beer is solid and approachable, although it falls a tad short of outstanding. I'm sure I'll pick it up next year if I find it on sale again.

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Photo of Turrry
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure if it was the place I had it, or the beer itslef but this one was extremely metallic to smell and taste

It pours a very cloudy honey-golden yellow with GORGEOUS lacing once the adequate head dissipates.

Smell, as stated, is extremely mettalic, and that's it.

Taste is better with some lemon hints and malty finish. The first few drinks were almost nutty in flavor. Hops are mild.

Mouthfeel is best part. Cool, not too much carbonation, very easy.

Drinkability is good, but would be excellent if this was not so mettalic, a good session beer perhaps.

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

Comes out of the tap a hazy honey-golden with a decent white head. Aroma is strong and wheaty with a lemony undertone. Rich wheaty flavor has lemony and yeasty tones, and is quite refreshing. Definitely better on-tap! Slippery, jazzy texture leaves behind a nice tingle and a touch of lemon.

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Photo of skrib09
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy copper with a delicate white head.

smells wheaty and spicy. crisp smell with malt in the back bone.

tastes spicy-wheaty-malty all at once. refreshing taste, very light.

crispy mouthfeel, a sort of light spring feeling.

drinkability is ok. it's light but nothing special.

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