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

980 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 980 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of Kromes
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head

Wheat, a bit of clove, and a ton of orange peel in the nose.

Orange definitely dominates the flavor. Not really a witbier as much as it is an orange beer. It is so dominant that the other ingredients are not there. Almost tastes like a sunset wheat, a little bit of the fruity pebbles cereal going on.

A smooth feel to it and a little tart in the finish from the bitterness in the orange.

Might be good on a really hot day when you a light beer with some citrus to quench your thirst.

 536 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a twelve pack of the Samuel Adams Spring Thaw with the White Lantern in it for $12.99 at Meijers. I haven't heard much about this beer, but their last Witbier I had, White Christmas was ok, so let's see how this one turn out. It was notched June as the best before date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is typical for Samuel Adams and it isn't that interesting. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on some darker golden hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and hardly left any lacing behind. This was a slightly above average looking beer, the lacing was disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of citrus fruits, there's a really strong orange aroma that reminds of orange oil and it's followed by some slightly lighter lemon rind aromas. After that comes the wheat which imparts a higher amount of sweetness with some typical earthy wheat aromas. Towards the end I get some doughty yeast along with a higher amount of spice with the cloves and coriander sticking out the most. The aroma is nice and it seems to be stronger than most Witbiers, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off the same with a good amount of citrus fruits with the oranges still sticking out the most and it still reminds me of the orange oil cleaning solution I've used. Up next comes the wheat with a higher amount of sweetness to it and it imparts some grainy, slightly bready and some nice wheat flavors. Towards the end comes the spices which are right on the edge of being almost too much with the cloves and coriander still sticking out the most and there's a lower amount of bitterness with a wheat, citrus rind, and spicy aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, the flavor is similar to a Blue Moon, but it's much more intense.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little oily, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is average at best, it's too thick and it needs a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was an OK beer and an above average example of the style, the taste and aroma were very true to style and were much more intense then most, but the appearance and mouthfeel brought this beer down. This didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, but the flavors lost my interest quickly and combined with the sweeetness they would become too much for me to drink multiples. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style the aroma and taste were, they were just what I expect from the style and a little more intense then most. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was too thick with not enough carbonation, if those were fixed I think it would help the drinkability a little. I wouldn't buy this beer again on it's own, it's a good for what it isn't but it isn't something that I have the urge to buy again, but i do recommend giving it a try if your a Witbier fan and this might make a good choice for you Blue Moon drinking friends. All in all I thought this was a solid Witbier, it had some good aspects and some bad aspects, but it sill came together alright and I would rather have this than a Blue Moon. Another solid beer from Samuel Adams, the kings of solid beers.

 3,393 characters

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

 270 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/23/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemons, light caramelized malts but not much else.

T: The taste starts out sweet with spices and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat, some Belgian yeast and a decent malt character. The hops presence is mild and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it seems very similar to Sam Adams Summer Ale, but a decent beer overall.

 784 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy yellow hue with a light effervescence and a finger of fizzy white head which dissipated rapidly. Kind of disappointing - it lacks the silvery haze and billowy head of the best of the style.

Smell: lightly fruity, citrusy and floral aroma; balanced and appropriate for the style. It's actually quite nice.

Taste: moderately wheaty with a bit of a citrus hint. There is a tartness here which is a bit distracting and unwelcome, but it's not a dealbreaker. A decent if not spectacular witbier.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a good, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely the best part of this beer.

Overall: this is not an outstanding witbier, but it works in a pinch. It's probably quite nice on a hot sunny day.

 811 characters

Photo of briandaube
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigCheese
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Semi cloudy orange. Lots of bubbling, head died immediately.

S: Lemon/orange coriander, wheat malt. Lemon dominates.

T: Lots of lemon citrus flavors. A bit too much, tastes artificial. Some belgian sugar, white crackers, a bit of corriander spice. (Upon reading its tangerine not lemon). Too fruity, not nuanced enough. Minimal wheat presence. Grains of paradise add a nice sweetness. Reminds me a lot of sam summer. Not enough yeast presence.

M: Super high carbonation, a bit syrupy, too sweet to be session-able.

O: Too fruity for me, lacks balance. More of a summer ale. Would be better with cook out food, to sweet on its own, at-least it doesn't lack flavor. Middle of the pack from Sam Adams, at best.

 715 characters

Photo of lwillitz
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 3 fingers white head over a cloudy body of golden yellow, a few strings of carbonation bubbles

S - sweet citrus (oranges and tangerines), wheat

T - oranges and tangerines, peppery spice, wheat crackers

M - medium body, high carbonation (too high)

O - The smell is inviting. The taste is fairly simple, but good. The feel would be better with lower carbonation. White Lantern is an ok wit.

 428 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Belgian-style white ales have a long history of unique ingredients, as brewers experimented with spices discovered during the spice trade. For our hazy brew we found a refreshing combination of crisp wheat, the tangy sweetness of tangerine & orange peel, and the subtle spiciness of coriander & Grains of Paradise. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Belgian Witbier. First made available in Spring 2013, this beer is available in 6 packs as well as in the Spring Collection variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp airy gold-tinged white head over a medium hazy golden pale yellow body. Carbonation is abundant and very active. Retention is average- head is very sudsy and light but holds firmer with time. Lacing is light, stringy and clings firmly to the side of the glass. I've had much worse-looking Witbiers- this one doesn't appear to be half-bad. 4

(Smell) Wet, cereal wheat with a moderate sweetness, pinches of grain, pepper and a more subtle dash of coriander. A note of tart orange rind, citrus zest and grassy hop oils add a mellow bitterness and depth to the aroma. Altogether it has a lot of participation coming from all sides of the field, spices and citrus leading the way. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is bizarrely muted throughout compared with the characters in the aroma. Some lightly sweetened wheat malt body, a hint of orange and coriander spice linger in the background but don't contribute much to the standard flavor. Grains of Paradise which usually add a more profound spice are completely nonexistent in here. Save for a mild tartness on the finish, there's little to savor in the flavor. Perhaps the best aspect of the taste was that the flavors were better balanced, even though most were too restrained to tell if they were there at all, smothered under a sea of soft wheat malt. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Perhaps the best redeeming quality of the beer, the mouthfeel is a soft, plushy wheat malt texture with a tempered carbonation for a mild touch of creaminess. Body is medium for a Witbier, Light/Medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. Few off characters interrupt the relatively high drinkability of this beer, but given the shallow flavor profile, high drinkability is to be expected. Love the fluffy texture and the carbonation is decent, although a little more carbonation could liven the texture up. 4

(Overall) I'm finding Boston Beer's light Belgian styles to be somewhat lacking across the line consistently throughout the years. Compared with last season's White Christmas, this beer comes close in style but ultimately gets the upper hand on improved texture and increased drinkability. It's also far less profoundly spiced, something we'd do better with less than more of. Despite this, I was underwhelmed by the inclusion of the Grains of Paradise and citrus elements, all were far underrepresented in this beer to be noteworthy. It's a decent Witbier but there are far better examples of the style than this one. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams White Lantern

 3,114 characters

Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i got this white lantern in a sam variety pack. it pour a cloudy, very light yellow. the smell is sweet and lemony, not too pungent. the taste is very smooth and light, you deff. get a really sweet lemony flavor. its very drinkable and refreshing. this beer would be really great on the warmer end of the spring time.

 317 characters

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

 825 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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?

 1,577 characters

Photo of Inglum515
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robbase9
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of MyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this in a variety pack at a Super Bowl Party. Feels like more of a summer drink but, oh well. Pours a hazy orange-gold colour with a foamy head that quickly gives way to thin lacing. Smells like fruit and citrus, heavy wheat notes. The taste is just ok. It does not taste like a standard wit, it's a little too heavy on the citrus. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a tad bit thin. Kinda like seltzer was added. It's actually a pleasant drink. Easy to drink, but its not very memorable. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but it's fine to discover in the variety pack.

 574 characters

Photo of Antg8989
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honestly thought the flavor was the least spectacular part about this beer. That and it was over 2 months past the "best taste" date.

133 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing.

 524 characters

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep golden with apricot hues and a foamy one inch white head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Apricot, tangerine, coriander, and wheat form the initial aroma. There's a confectioners sugar sweetness that surfaces, along with light floral hop notes.

Flavor is wrought with tangerine, followed by confectioners sugar sweetness that hits mid palate and carries into lightly toasted, bready malt at the finish. Wheat character is notable, but not dominant, as is coriander and the grains of paradise. Floral character is also subtle, but present throughout.

Body is a touch light, with fairly high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very fruity initially, with well balanced sweetness and dryness. Slightly weak overall impression, but not a bad beer.

 783 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a white head on top. The head was white, had a thin retention and not much lacing. The smell of the beer is lightly spiced with a fruity character and some citrus. The taste is pretty good. There is a bit amount of fruit and sweetness in the flavor, subtle spice and a wheat finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a nice carbonation. Overall it's not a bad Witbier, reminded me of Sunset Wheat personally.

 469 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

probably the least impressive beer in this years spring mix. weirdly familiar though, has this been in here before? maybe under another name. I don't know. anyways, it pours a pale hazy shade of yellow, with a quickly dying white head. the nose is overly coriander and orange juice, with a lot of malted white wheat. I was hoping for a bit more of a Belgian yeast vibe in the flavor, but it really isn't there, as this is closer to a german hefe than a Belgian wit in a number of ways. the orange element is also pretty weak, and its too herbal from the coriander. it is refreshing, but its also a little soapy. fine carbonation and a less than medium body makes it pretty drinkable, but I just don't feel like drinking more than the two per 12er that comes in this box. its really underwhelming, especially after sam has made some pretty fun wits over the years. this is one to pawn off on your guests.

 903 characters

Photo of DavidST
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet, best before June 2013. This pours a hazy golden yellow with an okay off white head which has decent retention. The smells are nice and citrusy, full of orange peels and spices. The feel is medium. The taste is decent, you get a little bitter orange along with mild hops and some malts.

 327 characters

Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White Lantern, from the Sam Adams Spring Thaw Pack. Gave the Great Lakes pint glass a good rinse.

Pours a mustardy orange color with good haze. Soapy foam becomes a white film on the surface after a minute or two. Draping lacing is forming.

Maybe because it's so recognizable in a Sam Adams ale, but the first thing I pick up on is the Grains of Paradise. Citrus rind, wheat maltiness, soppy witbier yeast, light coriander, and musty orange.

Wheat malts (with extra tanginess), grains of paradise, coriander, orange rind, surprising crispness (citrusy hops?), and just a touch of tangerine. Not as sugary as I was afraid of. Not dry, either. Light peppery spice in the middle that vanquishes in the finish beneath more wheat maltiness and blown kisses of bitterness from the hops.

Very carbonated. I like extra carbonation for this style, though. The body is thinner than typical with a greasy repel. Anti-sticky. Slippery, if anything.

I don't mind this, at all. I thought I might turn on it, but I can drink it pretty easily and it tastes decent. I hate when brewers make their wheat ales undercarbonated, sticky, and body-hefty. This one drinks like a summery ale, but with agreeable cool weather spiciness.

 1,216 characters

Photo of alexgash
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by June 2013.

Slight haze. Deep golden body. Small, somewhat fizzy, off-white head. Nose is heavy on the spice rack. Grains of paradise, coriander, allspice, orange peel, and maybe cloves. Wheaty, yeasty malt underneath it all.

Spices and wheaty nuttiness up front. Grains of paradise and coriander are plenty strong here. Grainy wheat malt partners up with banana mid-palate. Citrus peel (orange mostly) zests up the finish. Lingering spice and banana-ish malt. Medium bodied, with a nice creamy feel. A bit of a spice bomb, but a nicely-made one at that.

 579 characters

Photo of riversider76
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy medium golden with a fluffy white head. Good retention and a very nive lacing. Aroma is of wheat, orange, and spices. Body is crisp, and I would say the very light side of medium. Taste is of ale, and spice with orange & lemon zest in the finish. Very nice, although they appear to be the same brew, I liked the White Christmas a bit better....

 359 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a wine glass, chilled from the bottle purchased at Beer Garden & Eatery at Giant Linglestown location.

The color is light golden with mild haze and quick dropping white cap with average bead. The smell is slightly spicy with a mild yeast ester with subtle citrus and lemon notes. The feel is very spritzy and light with a gentle spice and sweetness level with semi-dry finish and gentle tangy yeast feel.

The flavor is decent with the appropriate level of spice without going overboard, more of a lemon zest flavor and slight wheat yeast tanginess is the dominant flavor with very mild malt and the carbonation level is scrubbing away a lot after the swallow so a kind of dry yeast flavor in the finish. Overall this is an ok beer, but not my first choice when it comes to the style, I basically drank it because luck of the draw in a sampler pack

 865 characters

Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.44 out of 5 based on 980 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.