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

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Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale
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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 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 mklisz
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clouded golden with a one-finger creamy head. Some creamy lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of lemon, clove and wheat.

The taste was lemony. There might be other spices, but the clove was the most pronounced spice that I caught. Vanilla in the background. Wheat crispness in the finish.

The body is very creamy. Lemon and vanilla linger through the aftertaste.

Something I couldn't quite put my finger on made it tougher to drink as it progressed, enough that I wasn't getting another. Nothing really special about it, other than maybe the creaminess of the body, anyway.

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Photo of Duff27
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden bier with a one fingered white fizzy head. A few streams of effervescence float upward. Some head retention and lacing are left.

S- First smells are off lemony tinged citrus.

T- More lemons/orange flavors. Nothing really stands out a whole heck of a lot.

M- Spot on mouthfeel. Carbonation is there but isn't biting, more of a creamy feel for this one.

D/O- Pretty easy drinker here (read: somewhat bland). Label says it's brewed with "unusual spices"...didn't get out of it, coriander perhaps. Crisp, clean..would be a great 6 pack night in the summer with some friends when the focus wasn't on the beer. Does this happen anymore? ;)

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale yellow. One inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells of spices (coriander) and some sweet malt. Fits the style. There's a crisp and smooth mouth feel. High carbonation levels are present. Tastes of spices (coriander mostly) with a slight malt flavor noticeable. Not near enough other flavors besides the spice concentration, overall.

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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 GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/15/05- Purchased at the local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best before June 2005 notch in the label. Poured into my frosted Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow pour with an adequate head and minimal lacing.

Smell- A bit sweet with scents of orange and lemon rind.

Taste- Slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Different spices including corriander and cloves. Lemony citrus twang.

Mouthfeel- A bit overly carbonated.

Drinkability- Not all that bad for a Sam Adams brew. Nice summer citrus taste to it. Not a Hoegaarden by any means, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a tap of this brew just before going to see "300". Served in a chilled mug, not my preference.
Hazy, medium dark golden body with a fairly weak head, threw the lemon in the trash.
Smells of malt and citrus. Lemon peel and some coriander make their presence known, but not greatly.
Malt seems to be more prominent in the taste, not wheat or spice. This doesn't much taste like a witbier, perhaps a light lager with lemon in it. Still, it's refreshing, but not a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold body with a very tall head with very good retention. Nice lacing too. Smells of corriander and citrus. Kind of heavy on the corriander, as is the taste, a spicey flavor dominated by the corriander but also has lemon and orange citrus. Very smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable. Not the best witbier, but great for the price compared to Allagash White or Ommegang Witte.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly cloudy golden hue with two fingers of pillowy white head. A little bit darker than most witbiers, but still not bad.

Smell: a light, citrusy spiciness. Coriander and a refreshing wheaty quality abound. Basically, what I'm looking for in a witbier.

Taste: quite spicy and somewhat tart. There's a pretty strong grainy aftertaste which I don't love. I feel like this beer could use a little cleaning up.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a decent carbonation level. Pretty creamy, although not near as much as its Belgian cousins.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable, but for some of the flavor irregularities. I prefer a little bit sweeter of a Witbier with less of a grainy aftertaste. This is not a bad beer, though.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light coriander spice and some yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a spicy wheat malt with hints of coriander and assorted spices. A bit thin however.

The mouthfeel was average for the style and moderately chewy.

Overall a tasty wit.

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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 DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Sam Adams Seasonal Brew that I happened to pick up, on to the beer:

In appearance, it's a shade or two blonder than I expected, cloudy, with surpisingly good head retention. The spices used blend together pretty well, creating a crisp and refreshing beer. Some of the flavors remind me of fresh spring cut floral. A refeshing change of pace when you don't want an overpowering beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange, pepper, coriander and something that resembles cough syrup. The flavor is juicy oranges with some grass and coriander mixed in. The flavor is syrupy and is very sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but not one of the better Samuel Adams beers.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle with an expiration date of March 2011. The pour is a milky pale yellow with busy carbonation but virtually no head to speak of. The aroma is thin but exhibits a citrus, doughy character. There was little in the way of wheat. The body comes in at about medium. The taste is mild with more of a wheat-like base, vague spices, and thin hops. Drinkable enough but nothing overwhelming.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-dark orange color wuth one finger head that had a little constant carbonation. Left a head taht stayed for awhile and some good sheath lacing. The smell is less citric (lemon and orange) and more spices. I saw the commercial where they talk about 10 different spices or something, so maybe a little mind control on their part. But I swear there is a zesty, peppery smell to it. The taste is rather dull, there are light hoppy notes and the orange and lemon come out a little as do the spices, but nothing stands out in particular. There's no spice that stands out, not a strong fruit flavor and not a strong hop bit lead to a thinnish, almost watery smooth mouthfeel. Not the best white, but it makes for a damn good lunch beer.

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Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 1,515 ratings
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