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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Reviews: 967 | Ratings: 1,515
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, peach orange hue, thin carbonated head. On the nose, some lemon and yeasty notes, typical of the style. Up front, a crisp, rather sharp feel. Some lemon peel and coriander noted, backed by a wheat based body. Maintains some spicy notes, a tinge on the peppery side, bordering on being medium bodied. Some late hop detection backed up with some bready flavorings. Tarty and a bit sour palate, finishes the same as it starts. A fine change of pace from the S.A. family of brews, refreshing and tasty, quite nice!

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Photo of jackndan
4.6/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sam Adams White Ale: This is their new Spring Seasonal, and man do I like this beer. A Belgian style Wit, pours a cloudy golden, with a huge, rocky pure white head. The aroma is very lemony, nice and sweet. Leaves thick lacing down the side. The taste is light, lemony and very refreshing. This really is a terrific tasting beer. Nice bready malts and a rolling taste of hops lie nicely on top of a sweet citrus flavor base. Cripes this beer is tasty. Very nice and a huge step up from last years Spring Ale, which I liked. Seems like Jimbo is getting back to brewing.

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

pours cloudy and orangy light brown. w/ a large head that dimishes to a rocky foam, leaving lace. Flavor does have some spiceness, cloves and pepper, etc. But flavors seem abit subdued compared to the classics of the style. seems it needs a bit of a more belgian style yeast flavor to push the envelope. This would be a good one to try on non-beer lover friends...a belgian with training wheels...

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very cloudy gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good although it seems a bit malty for a wheat beer. There is a nice mix of wheat and pale malt scents here. The taste is above average. It is a little watery and not very wheat tasting. There seems to be a bit of spice here, but not much. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer drinks well, but just like all their seasonal or replica beers, it falls short of the original. These guys could be the best in America, but they always sell out to try and please the masses instead of the BA. All in all, not bad.

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Photo of mikes2923
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid, though not spectacular offering from Sam Adams. It pours a light oragneish, cloudy color with a respectable amount of laceing. The taste is certainly consistent with what you would expect from a Belgian White, but it does seem "watered" down to satisfy the general american public. All in all a good beer, and perhaps one of the better american take offs, but if you have a few extra bucks to spend there are certainly better.

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

This was the first time I had ever seen this in the Deli where I get my beer so I picked it up,pours a deep hazy orane wich is odd for a white with medium head that left pretty quickly.The aroma was of malted wheat more than anything with some lighter spicey notes.Now the taste was decent but seemed a little heavy for the style mainly some spicines with a malted wheaty flavor in the finish,not a typical white to sit back drink a few on a hot day, but not all that horrible either.

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

Appearance: Amber golden tone with a nice fluffy texture off white cream hued head, even ring of lacing very full collar sticking to the edge of the glass. Aroma: Spicy, bready, some metallic edge, citrus zest not bad just a bit tame and bland for a wit, authentic Belgian yeast strain here definitely got Samified. Taste: Zesty citrus tone with some spicy yeast and clove notes not bad, a peppery bite to it the finish is a bit harsh no where near as smooth as most wits. Mouthfeel: Medium in body nothing special can be compared to the Sam Adams Summer Ale. Drinkability: Not a fan just so many other better tasting more refreshing witbiers in the world why go for a knockoff like this one.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the World-Class Mix pack by Sam Adams. Their White Ale is a pretty easy to drink beer, but for a mass-produced wit I think Blue Moon was a little more authentic. This was like a stronger, more flavorful version of the Summer Ale.

Sam Adams White Ale poured a light golden color with orange hints, and was only lightly hazy (nearing clear). A rather nice foam head formed and had good retention, leaving some lace. Smell is of orange/citrus and spiciness. Very light clove, most of the spice smell is probably from the corriander. Thin, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A little watery, but has good drinkability. There is a light graininess, but the citric twang is the focus here. The twang isn't that bitter, however, and doesn't leave a drying sensation. Definite spicy notes here (corriander, light clove). A little more watery than expected. Aftertaste has a bit of bitterness/dryness with some citric tastes, and it finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

I certainly wouldn't turn one of these down, but this beer doesn't register much on the excitement scale. It wasn't very yeasty, as the cloudiness was barely there, and the yeast sediment was close to nothing. A good summer drink, and I'd probably choose it over the Summer Ale.

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Photo of ADR
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a variety pack...sub hazy but quite dark brown/orange color, head is white and small bubbled but of only average duration. Laces well, though, nice webs. Aroma has some light yeast components, faint lemon, and non-descript spice that strains towards the coriander implied. Flavor is adequate as well as the medium fine carbonation, but leans toward lemon and black pepper in a somewhat unsettling way. Slighlty watery with a Brazil nut impression late, weakening the finish and the zen of the swallow. Not a favorite in a style that can be make or break in my book.

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Photo of maccroz
2.29/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was excited to open the fridge and find a new Sam Adams, so I am far from going into this beer unbiased. Unfortunately, I was disappointed when I took my first sip and tasted this thin, somewhat funky beer.

I would best describe the flavor as a combination between ground pepper, celery, and citrus with a very thin and funky aftertaste.

This beer claims to be an unfiltered wheat beer but it tastes nothing like any other unfiltered wheat I've tried.

This would be an okay beer to choke down one of if you are into unique beers, but rarely have I found a beer that I disagreed with so much that I had regret opening it. I will never purchase this beer again.

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Photo of bushwhacker
2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This white poured a milky orange yielding an unremarkable head and nose. Average orange aroma with minor spices and malt lingering. Mouthfeel was passive but flavorful, with a citrusy-tart finish. Unremakable, and not impressive. It seems to fall into the lower ranks as most other SA's brews do, with exception to some seasonal ales. I wished I had a better opinion of SA brews, but I just can't form one!

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

Orange-ish gold with a nice off-white head, virtually clear with decent carbonation and lace. Not really cloudy enough or carbonated enough for style. Light spicy aroma. Light all around flavor: light wheat, spice, and fruit. Overall a bit too malty in flavor. Medium bodied and smooth.

Label states: "Unfiltered Wheat Ale" & "American Ale brewed with spices in the classic Belgian style"

Purchase before: 07/03
Tasted: 05/30/03 & 05/29/04

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Photo of pheurton
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a fairly dark tan for a wit...nice lasting head that left it's fair share of lacing. not much in the way of aroma to speak of. fairly carbonated. quick zap wheat followed by a lemony sourness. somewhat refreshing, though leaves an odd aftertaste. there are many better examples of the style that i would take before this one.

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Photo of rastaman
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

AIBA 2003: Not too bad, decent amount of flavour, clove, spice, some citrus and banana. Fairly well balanced but uncomplicated. But once again with sam adams products (except for maybe the Millenium), they fail to completeely captivate me. But at least they didn't go to the completet arse end of the scale, its half deecent.

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

An orange pour with a bubbly white head on top. Aromas of sweet fruits and oranges mix with a little grain in the nose.

A nice crisp refreshing brew that is a good session beer, but the flavor annoys me a bit. It has a lot of orange at the start, and it then turns grainy. It is not a bad brew, but I get a bit bored of the flavor after one or two. Other than that, it is a good summer brew.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a murky orange gold with slight carbonation and a decent white head and lots of lace. There is a token amount of sediment, which is easily missed.

Aroma: A bit odd, sweet and almost perfume-like with coriander and orange, perhaps a bit out of place.

Taste: Taste begins with wheat and an array of spices, orange, ginger, cinnamon, and coriander, perhaps others. These spices are reminiscent of a pumpkin beer, though the beer lacks the flavor notes that the pumpkin would impart. Toward the finish there are some mild citrus hops that help balance the lingering sweet and spicy flavors.

Mouth feel: Slightly soft with a modest sting of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, really, certainly not comparable to Hoegaarden, for example, but its not bad, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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

Pour revelaed an extremely thick and long lasting creamy white head.As it reduced it left rings of lace in the glass.The color presented was orange and somewhat cloudy.Mouthfeel wasnt very crisp and seemed a bit watery.The finish left a sharp sweet or tart twist that dissapeared real quick.A bit bitter in the back of the throat with a wheaty grain taste.A spicy aroma thats not too strong but is there.Tastes of oranges,lemon,cloves,corriander,and honey are noted.Overall good with a medium body.

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