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

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Samuel Adams White LanternSamuel Adams White Lantern

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 979
Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a slightly opaque, dark golden color with a thin, white, frothy head. It has a pretty strong scent of fruit and coriander typical of Belgian style beers. The flavor is actually quite complex, especially for a Sam Adam’s beer. It has orange, coriander, pepper, and wheat as its primary taste. It has a very crisp, refreshing finish for a Belgian. Is maybe not as complex and the flavor isn’t quite as bold or lingering as some, but not bad. Despite the criticism, I think this is a solid Sam Adam’s beer and a very fitting in the Spring Variety Pack.

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Photo of Briken
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange with thin white head and average retention. Orange, honeysuckle, and herbal aromas. Wheat, citrus and coriander flavors with an herbal lingering. Full mouth feel but low carbonation.

The citrus aroma is nice but the combination of flavors is not appetizing at all. Just a tangerine flavor sticks around. I have to think this was made for people who don't normally like or drink beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks real good, pretty haze, revealing what is hopefully a good wheat quotient in the equation of this beer. Solid inch of head on it.

Aroma was a hodgepodge mashup of wheat and belgian yeast and clove type of smell. Not bad.
Taste gave up a lot of the wheat and spice cabinet. MIld bitterness, don't know where it came from. High carbonation, good price.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet at about 45F.

Hazy golden-amber body with a rather weak head; streaks of lacing.

Aroma: soft ripe fruit including pears and apricots; yeast and baked bread.

Flavor: slightly sweet up front with some light bitterness appearing in the aftertaste and a bit of tartness mid-taste onwards. Fruity, including citrus, apricot and apple notes.

Feel: smooth, medium body with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle. Aroma is wit beer with citrus. Taste is wit beer profile with citrus and a mild spicy finish. Mouthfeel feel is light but satisfying. Overall a drinkabke winter seasonal wheat beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Very mild Witbier...I had this one in September, probably beyond the ideal freshness date (spring time). Poured a hazy gold color with a white head. Aroma is citrus and some malt. Taste is primarily orange and tangerine and is slightly sweet. There is some spiciness involved, coriander and Grains of Paradise ( the Summer Ale has more of the peppery Grains of Paradise).

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Not a bad summer drink but lacking the complexity of a good Witbier.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Hazy as per the style, a dull yellow-orange with around one finger of lacy white head clinging to the sides of the glass. Aroma bright and citrusy, orange, tangerine, lemon, and lime rinds with a little pineapple, woody seed spice, candied ginger, and faint grassy hops. These same elements echo on the palate. Minimal malt/wheat flavor here, with this eschewed in favor of citrus soda, ginger, very light coriander (Sam Adams does a good job of not overdoing this with their wits), and an odd metallic sweetness. Fizzy, with a curiously empty body and a saccharine metallic finish. Sam Adams brews a number of witbier variations and this is not one of the stronger takes. Great aroma and an OK showcase for the citrus and spice flavors but lacking in body and malt backbone.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: This beer has a cloudy amber.

Overall: So far this brew is ok. It is smooth with some citrus to the taste. Has a nice balance to it. Good Refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of James_NelsonIV
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a Hefeweizen glass. poor is a beautiful opaque golden orange color obviously unfiltered. Smell is very rich of spices citrus slight coriander. the order is someone intoxicating but I believe it is a false pretense to the actual flavor of the beer. Flavor is of sweetness and bitterness at roughly the same time definite taste of coriander right at the beginning it fades away into a gravelly carbonated finish. not feel as I said it was very carbonated and it goes down slightly gravelly. All in all it is an average beer. Not Sam Adams' best.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Lantern brewed by Boston Beer Company with an ABV of 5.5% This brew pours out cloudy amber color with a small, white head. White Lantern is an unfiltered brew; you can not see thought it. The smell is rich with grains,spices ,and a hit of bitterness. So far this brew is ok. Now for the taste, it is smooth with some citrus. The mouthfeel is nice, clean,and refreshing. This brew has a nice balance to it, I would get this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5 .

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Photo of nbarriga
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy yellow. Moderate head with poor retention. Coarse bubbles.
S: Very nice spicy smell of citrus and coriander.
T: Nice spicy flavour, coriander seems to be dominant. A tiny bit balanced towards bitterness.
M: Light bodied, high carbonation.
O: Refreshing summer drink, light bodied but flavourful.

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Photo of SamHouston
4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just as the label says, spices and citrus peel with an excellent aftertaste. One of my all time favorites. I thoroughly enjoyed it. How long do these comments have to be before the bros at beer advocate will accept it??? I'm not the best taste analyzer so have mercy on me ba!

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as part of a 12 pack from a Publix grocery store in Savannah, GA. Appearance- this witbier is a cloudy golden orange . Large white head that stayed with the beer for some time. Smell- sharp citrus aroma, that I personally enjoy. Taste- could definitely taste the citrus and wheat, not a bad combo at all. This is a very enjoyable summer brew that I would drink again. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and slightly tart. Overall: A decent light wheat ale with some nice citrus and coriander notes.

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Photo of smythie86
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an ok beer, but I feel nothing really makes it stand out. I enjoyed drinking it, and it goes well with food, but it didn't have a strong taste of its own. A pretty standard witbier, I did like the smell, which smelled a bit sweet, and went with the flavor well.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a cloudy medium gold beer with a substantial head on top of it--really good pour in this chalice glass. The nose is sweet--reminds me of cheerios. Rather bit of an odd candy-citrus flavor, but not unpleasant. The flavor though, doesn't really taste anything like a real wit. I can't find any coriander to taste. The citrus is like the nose--odd. The yeast character is a little fruity, but barely. Not a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Hazy mango. One inch head quickly dissipates.Spotty lacing.

S - Orange peel and coriander.

T - Malts balanced nicely with orange peel and coriander. Lightly carbonated. Finishes quite well with a citrus and Grains of Paradise mix.

M - Medium light

O - These are delicious! Would make for a great session brew. Cheers!

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Photo of lionhrt9
2.2/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - little to no head and no lacing. Color is cloudy light orange.

S - Light aroma with off smells, lemony smells

T - Orange flavor with grapefruit and off flavors, disappears quickly with maltyness lingering

M - Watery and slick, very light carbonation

O - Very poorly done or I had an off product but I was well within the freshness date. Not a whole lot here. Tastes like a dull malt

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, another new offering around here, through the good graces of the Sam Adams summer mixed-pack.

This beer pours a cloudy, but bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of tightly foamy and slightly creamy ecru head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of islet lace around the glass as things bleed off.

It smells of edgy coriander and peppery, musty grains of paradise spice, gritty pale and wheat malt, a not insignificant semi-sweet mixed citrus character, and some grassy, kind of herbal hops. The taste is pretty consistent with the aroma - aggressive sweet n' savoury spice, in the form of coriander, deconstructed grains of paradise (pepper and dried citrus rind, mostly), a generic yeastiness, muddled, but still quite level-headed wheat malt, and a growing lemongrass essence, which may or may not be wholly attributable to the difficult to discern hops.

The carbonation is not overly intense, just a pleasant frothiness for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and plainly smooth, if at all. It finishes still kind of sweet, the wheat malt, mixed spice, and sedate citrus colluding as such on my various palates.

Very much a newbie sort of witbier, the spice and fruit treated with way less subtle deference than the stars of the style. That's not to say that this isn't good - it is - it's just that I get too much of that American, hit me over the head with the amped-up versions of the aspects that should duly be left as they are, thing. Dare I say, 'chick' - no, cross that, ok, 'hipster' beer?

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Photo of Duhast500
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shock Top Wietbier glass.

The color is a hazy/cloudy yellow with a tint of orange and three fingers of foamy white head that left a slight of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty tangy with a big orange and tangerine aroma. There is a slight lemongrass aroma there as well that adds to the spicy citrus twang.

The taste has more of a wheat presence then the aroma. The bready flavor is the big factor here with some tangerine or orange rind toward the back. There is a slight bitterness in the back but does not impart much to the flavor.

The feel of this beer is light bodied and goes down pretty easy. There is a nice slight crisp feel and is nice and smooth going down.

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Photo of dbossman
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy apricot hue with a thin film of a head; lacing is okay

S: Orange peel, tangerine; some peppery spice; also a musty, grainy--somewhat bready--undertone

T: Better complexities in the flavors than the aromas: some orange and other citrus with subtle cloves and pepper; they work well off the subtle grassy, grainy malt undertone

F: A bit thin--especially in the finish; there is a pleasant creaminess up front

O: A refreshing beer: I wish the aroma and mouth feel matched up with the flavors because it's actually pretty tasty

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a cloudy golden color, with a decent head.

Smell - Citrus mostly with the wheat and spices coming in.

Taste - A wheat background, with citrus and floral flavors.

Mouthfeel - Good body and carbonation for a wheat beer.

Overall - A good summer beer.

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Photo of utfiero
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Color- straw gold. Minimal head.

Aroma- wheat, spices including coriander and rose petal.

Taste- A lackluster and disappointing wit beer interpretation. Starts wheaty with spices and orange zest but finishes placid with a lingering staleness.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 9/2/2013.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A good beer for summer. Pour was a light yellow with a bit of a haze in it. The smell was mostly citrus and fruit, some banana which I thought was interesting. The taste is primarily that of wheat mixed with hops that have big citrus flavor. It was thin, but with the taste added for a refreshing summer beer. Found in the summer variety pack and was pleasantly surprised by it.

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Photo of Bevmeister
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Please forgive me as this is my first review on BA.

Appearance - Golden beverage with a little clouding pours with a thick foamy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Slight clean citrus smell, not very overpowering.

Taste - A nice, mellow beer with hints of citrus and spice. Hints of wheat stick to the back of the tongue afterwards.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and mid-ranged lightness.

Overall - Decent summer/fall beer. Good to pair with a pub burger every now and then, but not a beer that I would buy a full case of.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Poured light hazy yellow, with small white head that died out.
Smell- Smells of citrus , oranges, lemons, floral.
Taste- Little tart, with taste of citrus and wheat.
Mouthfeel-Medium-light mouthfeel.
Overall-Nice summer beer from SA again!

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