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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

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Photo of Chico1985
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Finally finishing up the ol' spring mix pack, saved the wit for last.

Pours to a tulip glass pale orange with a good amount of haze to it. Big white head quickly falls to about a half-finger, eventually forming a wispy cap and thick ring that leaves some decent lacing.

Scent brings an orange/lemon mix, wheat, yeast, low spice level. Kinda weak strength and flavor-wise.

Taste is stronger but still kind of a bland flavor profile. Mostly orange/Creamsicle forward, lemon, light grapefruit, wheat, cracker-y malts, once again pretty light on the spices. Pretty straight forward, not bad.

Spiky carbonation hinders the drinkability but otherwise an alright mouthfeel. Body is a bit on the heavier side.

Though not unpleasant, this is was very average. I rarely find myself saying this about witbiers, but it could've used some more spice to liven things up a bit. Wheat beers don't seem to be Sam Adams strong point...

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yet another beer that I picked up via the single bottle from Total Wine. I never had this before and given the recent run of improved offerings from Sam Adams that I had lately, I was hoping that this would continue the trend. It turned out to be extremely light in body and taste and given that the White Christmas beer was also available recently, I didn't see the point of another Witbier being on the shelf. There's so much lacking in this that only a die-hard of the style should even think of giving one of these a go.

Everything about this beer was light - the pour, appearance, mouthfeel, and taste. The hue was golden, cloudy, and there was a lot of head to this. It almost reminded me of champagne since the bubbles took a while to subside and the carbonation was so present as well. The flavors here weren't that memorable - pizza dough and soda with just a hint of wheat underneath everything to give this beer a hint of body. No need for an orange to cut through this, as the citrus wouldn't pick up anything in the beer and the acid would have gotten scrubbed away quickly by the effervescence of this beer.

I think that this was so light that it was able to completely hid the alcohol, as this didn't feel like beer at all. I'm sure it was there but I just never felt it and I could have had a few of these in a session, had my taste buds been watered-down a bit. This beer wasn't so much a disappointment as much as it just didn't feel like beer. This should have come with a cork on the bottle or "Brut" written on the side of it but I'll take it for what it is - the first new offering from Sam Adams in a while that just didn't measure up.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, with lots of fat, slow rising bubbles and some modest suspended sediment. The head is small, white, and rather dense, and retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Wheat, citrus, and coriander dominate the aroma, with coriander winning out over the citric notes. There is a mildly sweet character as well.

Taste: Opens with a fairly strong flavor of bread-like wheat malt, and a little earthy bitterness. Citrus rind and coriander soon increase in prominence. A slight clove presence appears as well. Finishes with wheat malt, and a moderate earthy bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very decent example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a matching SA sensory glass, the brew appears a clouded orange color. A white frothy head forms atop and fades to a film rather quickly.

The aromatics are fruity with a mild yeast aspect mixed with a feeling of lemony coriander. When focusing on the yeast, the fruity notes seem more like pear and apple skins.

The flavor includes a mild amount wheat to cereal grainy quality. A spice like coriander plays a heavy handed role across the middle. The aftertaste includes character similar to the nose with hints of pear, apple and an overall yeastiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A decent drinking wit but quite yeasty and a little strange/dirty with almost a melon character about it. I just wasnt feeling it with this brew and would not choose to drink this again if there were other options.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an apricot golden hazy hue with a bright white head, forms fines speckled lacing. Aroma is hitting hard with grains of paradise, sharp wheat, and hints of citrus and coriander spiciness. Flavor is a bit one dimensional with heavy spice a mix of coriander and grains of paradise, with some juicy citrus and bitter apricot pit. Mouthfeel is medium on the palate carbonation a bit sluggish for how heavy the spices linger between sips, I could use something more palate cleansing. The Sam Adams house yeast weighs heavy on this one bringing out a bready, nutty character that pretty much dampers the experience for me. It was like a spring release of the Summer Ale toned down a bit.

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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 artdob
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A hazy yellow libation with an initial head that is there for a moment and then gone.

Nose offers citrus fragrance and comes through well. This is somewhat tangy when it initially hits the palate - more so than the average ale for sure. Tangerine notes, fizziness in the mouth make for a summertime brew here. Almost reminds me of a citrus juice seltzer type of beverage - something I've had before when in Europe.

A bit unusual and off the beaten path. Perhaps for certain palates and/or certain types of days or occassions. This one is ok to accompany the recent heatwave we've just endured.

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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 MikeB20
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind nice lacing.

S: Hay with some spicy pepper notes and a hint of citrus. Belgian for sure. Not a whole lot going on but it's a fairly unique aroma.

T: Dry and peppery up front with a little bit of orange rind flavor in the finish. The malt seems like it's merely a base to showcase the spices and yeast.

M: Very carbonated and fairly dry. Flavors don't linger very long.

O: This is an okay beer, I like it but I don't love it. I'm not sure I'd go out looking for a 6-pack but if it was offered to me I'd happily drink it. It's not a straight forward witbier that's for sure. The base may be in a wit but the spices are too much in the forefront for it to be faithful to the style.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer pours a hazy, pale yellow in color. I basically got no head on this beer. There is a little foam around the edges. I appears to be off-white in color.

S - The aroma is orange and coriander. I get some pale malt as well.

T - The taste also has the orange and coriander. There is just something blah about it though. The flavor does improve slightly as it warms.

M - Medium with low carbonation. It almost seems flat.

O - There just seems to be something off about this beer. There was no head and an almost flat mouthfeel. The taste was average at best. It is not one of the better beers that I have had from BBC.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Making my way through the variety pack...12oz poured into a New Belgium Globe...

A: Slightly hazy dark straw with minimal head.

S: Very bready wheat component with a backbone of ample underlying citrus. Hints of some floral notes, some honey or sugar-like sweetness, suggestions of stone fruit.

T: Straightforward Witbier with a light bready sweetness, suggestions of honeysuckle, and the same underlying impression of orange or lemon peel. Slightly grainy on the finish.

MF: Light, watery flavors lead to a light, watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is light as well.

O: Not great, not bad either, kind of good I guess? Drinkable at least. Just unimpressive.

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a one finger eggshell shade with a very even, uniform texture. Lacing on the glass is somewhat low.

S: Quite grainy in its aroma - I'd surmise that the earthy qualities of the grains of paradise overpower the coriander spiciness and citrus qualities. The malts come off as being biscuity. As it warms up, the earthy grain quality subsides in favor of the traditional witbier elements.

T: It starts off with a strong lemon note to it, almost like lemon cake in a way. Earthy, slightly herbal spiciness finishes the profile off fairly well. I want to say there are slight touches of ginger and nutmeg hovering on the aftertaste, also. It's not complex nor particularly interesting, but it's quite solid.

M: At first, it starts off with a clean dryness; but the finish will gradually become slick and coating. Carbonation is high, but appropriately so. The body itself is full and semi-creamy.

O: I'm a bit pleasantly surprised here - I came in expecting to dislike it as much as I do the Summer Ale, but it's actually decent. I don't think I'd buy a 6 pack of it should they be made available, though.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive cloudy amber in the Duvel tulip with a nice head. Sharp and very spritzy on the tongue. Some malt y sweetness and a touch of butter. A little of the malt and citrus aroma.

The orange and coriander are rather distinct in the flavors. A bitterish tang at the end. Pleasant and gulpable. It's hard to find much fault with this, but it's a little on the acidic side. A 12 oz bottle from the Spring 12-pack purchased at the local supermarket.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured in SA perfect pint glass

A- hazy light yellow in appearance with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a small ring, leaving no lace

S- cracked pepper, coriander, citrus zest, muted hops

T- mildly sweet malt with lemony-citrus hops, tangy citrus zest on the back end with coriander notes, lightly dry finish. Not really getting any Belgian flavors of the traditional style

M- light body with lively carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a spritzy finish

O- easy drinking and a good choice for a summer day outside, but doesn't stand up to the better examples of the style

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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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Photo of bmwats
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy, hay color. Pours about a 1 and a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly. Some nice beer ring lacing.

S: Pale wheat. Indistinct touch of orange citrus.

T: Wheat, with a little orange rind, and a hint of savory spice.

M: Light, but full flavor, and a little syrupy. A little bit of a pungency hangs on the palate.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some decent lacing. Nose is just a little wheat with some hints of orange. Wheaty, with some orange rind, and spice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with some honey highlights. The beer is a touch cloudy and has that wit-ish white haze. The white head is short and dense, quickly settled into a light ring.

The aroma is slightly grainy with subtle hints of lemon and orange peel. Some notes or coriander but not much. Overall the aroma is quite light for the style, seems like a palate trainer for the wit style.

The taste is of a light pils malt. This is coupled with the traditional wit flavors; lemon, orange peel, and coriander. Some tart apple from the wheat malt but not much. A light sugary sweetness rounds out the flavor. Again, light for the style but hits all the notes.

The feel is light and fizzy. The beer drinks extremely easy. It is a touch light for the style and doesn't have a heavy coriander flavor so you can suck these back. Sweet on the palate has a slightly dry finish.

A beginner beer for the style. It hits the style points but they are very light. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of wingman14
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a foamy white head that fades. Smell is subtle sweet with a healthy dose of lemon. Taste is lemony with a slight peppery feel, subtle sweet, has some citrus before a huge lemon kick. A lighter mouthfeel slightly crisp. Overall a bit too much lemon but a decent brew.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a nice white head that recedes quickly. No time for much lacing. Little to no lacing.

Smell: corn like a macro brew.

Smell: Lemony, watery, nice carbonation

Mouthfeel: watery, nice carbonation

Great session beer, lemony, a great beer on a hot summer day.

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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 superspak
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before August 2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, tangerine, orange peel, pear, coriander, pepper, wheat, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance of malt, spice, and yeast notes; but it is very weak. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, coriander, pepper, wheat, bread, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, coriander, pepper, wheat, bread, light clove, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice and pleasant flavors with good balance of malt, spice, and yeast esters; with a fair amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very solid witbier. A little weak on flavors; but is well balanced and very easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a hexagonal pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold tinted orange, heavy small bubbles on the body. You need to have the right light to notice this. Head coming off white is thin, with a hard pour it was maybe eight of an inch but settled quick sitting for about a minute.

Smell: Comes off strong in the beginning with a lemon citrus zest, honestly before putting my mouth to the glass it pushes sweet aroma to you. This scent is light, and usually hope for more.

Taste: Nice and smooth lemon, and feels a little bit of mandarin Mouth: Not to knock Sam Adams but they flavors come and go, seriously lacking stickiness

Mouth: Medium, with a sweet citrus finish. Not exactly sticky but still smooth.

Overall: Fine beer for what it is, I personally would rather grab a glass of more "authentic" witbiers that wouldn't be too far away from this on the shelf. Sam Adams still delivers....warmer weather this brew is definitely more appreciated. Salud!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, mellow golden color with a white half finger head. Fair retention. Spotty lacing, with fair stick.

Smell - Wheat, light milkiness, subtle corriander. Typical witbier aroma.

Taste - Moderate notes of milky wheat character. Lesser notes of citrus hits around mid-taste, and the faintest touch of spice near the finish, which is clean and light.

Mouthfeel - Refreshingly light, with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, with a quenching quality.

Overall - Not a very flavorful brew, but what this witbier lacks in flavor, it makes up for in a light, refreshing drinkable quality. Maybe it's because I got a light workout in before review, but this thing is really hitting the spot. Probably would have been better mixed in with the Sam Summer pack, and not the Spring pack that comes out before the snow has even thawed.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall frothy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of orange citrus and spices over the top of some pale malts and wheat.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts, wheat, and a slight amount of breadiness. There is also a moderate amount of orange citrus as well as a moderate amount of spices - including black pepper and clove. Light amounts of sweetness followed by just a touch of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Nothing really stands out about this beer for me - it tastes like any number of other lighter witbiers that are available on the market (in fact, I think there are a couple of other Sam Adams ones that are similar).

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