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

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Samuel Adams White AleSamuel Adams White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,515
Reviews:
966
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
14.9%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
103
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of fdrich29
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Texas Road house, Everett, Massachusetts.

Poured a nice amber with nice head and decent lacing.Smelled of wheat, spice and orange and tasted very much the same. Mouthfeel was pleasant, but didn't help to add character to this brew, which it was very much lacking. One 20 oz glass of this was plenty. I was really disappointed with this one because I had heard good things about it before trying it.

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

Drinking this brew before the NFL Draft; watching to see were Matty Ice goes. This beer pours a slightly cloudy gold with a fluffy white head. The head could have been bigger on this belgian style.

Sweet oranges with a bit of spice in the nose. This beer finishes surprisingly dry with notes of vanilla and pepper to go along with the citrus.

Could use a bit more carbonation, felt a little thick.

A nice quaffable brew. A solid example of the style. On par with Hoegaarden.

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

Opened COLD 12 oz. bottle, poured into Nonic glass. Purchased at World Market N. Scottsdale for $1.39.

Little to no head formation. More like a layer of white lace across top of brew, which is hazy dark yellow/light amber color, as expected for this style.

Smell is light but malty, faint citrus and spice hints. Taste is bolder than smell. Taste is a tad bread like, but spices and citrus follow through. A pleasant hint of tartness. Nice balance, good acidity, great finish. little to no aftertaste.

A decent spring beer... would be good with a salad or as an aperitif.

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Photo of Rich540
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of enfield249
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden yellow, with a white head that fades to a ring.

S - Malty, slightly grassy or hay like.

T - Malty, slightly metallic. In point of fact, there is not much beyond that. Very clean taste.

M - Sharp from CO2, metallic, leaves my mouth a little like sucking on a key, but not overpowering.

D - Not bad. Very good warm weather beer.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass; reviewed from notes dated 20 December 2010.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangeish-straw color with an initially thick white head before settling to a thin cap that nonetheless left some good lacing.

Smell: Citrus dominates the nose - orange zest in particular, but also coriander and spices like cinnamon. Citrus aroma is a little overwhelming.

Taste: The dominant citrus flavor carries over from the aroma - orange zest and lemon. Also getting a wheaty/breaded malt flavor. Minimal hops; moderately dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied but creamy smooth.

Drinkability: A decent wit, certainly better than other mass-market witbiers, but not at the top of its class.

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Photo of Garrett092112
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Akeah
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a very thin white head. Had an unfiltered golden color.
S: a sweet vanilla orange citrus aroma with a slight coriander and hallertauer hop like smell.
T: like the smell it's vanilla orange and coriander in the front with a mild yeast flavor for a witbier in the back.
M/D: a bit mellow for a witbier but considering the intended audience, I would say it has a good and light feel and improved drinkability for the mass craft market.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Winter Classics pack and I'm excited to go through it. This is the first one I'm going for.

Pour is very good creating a huge, airy head of off-white foam. Lacing stays after foam goes down which is typical for Sam Adams brews in my limited experience. The beer color is amber and looks tasty. Smells similar to Blue Moon and I'm getting some citrus notes.There's moderate carbonation but it's not overwhelming nor is it too flat in my opinion. Taste is also citrusy and I think I'm detecting some coriander. I like Blue Moon so it's no surprise that I'm enjoying this so far. It's pretty refreshing. I'm almost surprised this was moved from Spring to Winter as it's not too heavy and it's most definitely not dark. This could be enjoyed all year round though without a doubt.

It's more complex than Blue Moon. I'm also getting some floral notes reminiscent of Boston Lager paired with the citrus flavor. Slightly doughy aftertaste. It's balanced well though all around. Overall, I'd recommend you try this if you're a fan of the style and I can't wait to try the other Winter Classics beers. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in a thick beer glass, light gold in color with a very thin white head that quickly disappeared. Some lacing throughout the drink.

Smell is of mild hops and citrus. The citrus smell becomes stronger as the beer warms.

The taste is smooth and light. It's balanced, but not remarkable.

The mouth feel is good, although it seemed a bit over carbonated on the back of the tongue.

I could drink a few of these at a time, but I'm not sure I'd want to. I was drinking this with a nice plate of jambalaya, an it was a nice way to wash it down. Of the Sam Adams seasonals, this is my least favorite.

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Photo of budsboy
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, very light amber with a short-lived white head.

Smells sweet and only a bit spicy - touch of coriander and mint.

Taste is gentle, soft. Spice is far from powerful. A bit citrussy with hints of lemon in there. There really isn't much here to talk about. A far cry from some of the more potent versions of the style you will find. Probably a nice beer to give somebody that thinks they don't like good beer.

Nearly light bodied, still a touch oily.

Easy to drink. Nothing there to put you off. Nice seasonal.

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

From the SA mix pack at Hannaford market. Pours a unusual golden white color, but still quite clear. Smells quite malty and sweet. Taste is quite sweet, citrusy, but not overly so, and this is from start to finish. Mouthfeel good, a bit on the thin side for me. Overall a good, if not overexciting offering, but I do like it and would buy it again. Would also recommend it to newbies who want something more than Bud or Miller.

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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 Kooz
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My terrific wife got me a Sam Adams winter 12-pack. Several interesting beers in there--this is the first I'm reviewing.

For a white ale, this is pretty translucent. Not terribly impressed--looks somewhat like a cloudy average Big Brew ale.

Smells okay. Some spice--can't tell what--reminds me of a pumpkin ale.

Tastes fine. Nothing too special, but certainly not bad.

Mouthfeel is average--there's a little bite.

Pretty drinkable--I think I could probably have a few of these.

Overall, there are a lot of shortcomings for this beer as a white ale, but it's a pretty decent, totally drinkable beer.

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Photo of tykees88
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- straw to orange ish color. one finger white head. lacing that is less than impressive.

S- coriander and orange peel. biscuit malts.

T- Tastes alot like the smell here. A fruity flavor with some spice to it. There is not much if any hop flavor, and that is disappointing.

M- Medium to light on the mouthfeel. carbonated nicely.

O-It's nice. a good blue moon alternative if you're trying to slowly pull people away from macro

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Photo of kmwilson76
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of phantomwyse
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A half cloudy, not as clouded as others, lemon/honey color. Half effort head is pure slacker, sits down at it's desk, doesn't bother raising his hand.

S: Slight yeasty must, orange, nutmeg -- nothing out of the ordinary.

T: Orange, but it's not dominating and far more subdued than in some wits, mixing with allspice, cinnamon, muddled alcohol just barely in there.

M: Lighter bodied and dry.

D: Not the best wit out there, but completely solid. Go for it, big guy.

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Photo of burnerfinger
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got the Sam Adams winter variety pack, this was included:

A: bright yellow, more than a finger of thick foamy head. leaves just a bit of lace. cloudy, looks abit like honey.

S: has a bit of a skunky smell that I really dont like (is that an off- yeastiness?)

T: really dislike this to be honest. citrus agaist a malt backbone - not working for me

M: really super in this dept. - silky smooth.

D: I cant say I'll be looking for another anytime soon. (but will finish this one!)

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Photo of benmiliron
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a six pack. Looks classic witbier in the glass, perhaps a bit darker. White head that dissipates slowly. Minimal lacing. Smell is great - good spice, hop, malt blend. Spices are very floral - wildflowers, honey. Taste is great as well - good spice/hop mix with the chosen malts. Malts are sticky, maybe a touch too sweet, but such is the style at times. There is a slight medicinal twinge as it warms.

Mouthfeel is nice - not too fizzy but enough carbonation. High drinkability as this is a great tasting & drinking beer.

With Oberon & Whitsun this is one of the classic spring/summer brews. Sam Adams really has a winner here.

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Photo of ShakaShakaShaka
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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

Got a Sam Adams winter pack for christmas. First in a series.

Very little head turns into absolutely no head rather quickly. Lacing is sporadic and uninspired. Slight haze, dark urine color.

Some wheat and spice on the nose? Very subdued.

This is one sweet beer. Reminiscent of the blackberry wit or whatever it is that they make. Clearly brewed to appeal to the masses. No real complexity to speak of.

Light crisp mouthfeel. It's not going down the drain, but definitely an average beer.

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Photo of randysandals
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of orion320
3/5  rDev -14%

Samuel Adams White Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.49 out of 5 based on 1,515 ratings.
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