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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
980
Reviews:
183
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of orange peels and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there's a little less flavors of orange peels and more of wheat. No spices are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and goes down easily. It reminds me a lot like a Blue Moon except that it has more flavors of orange peels.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz bottle with standard pressure cap acquired as part of the Sam Adams Spring Thaw seasonal variety box at a local Von's grocery store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served straight from the refrigerator.

A: Pours a one finger thin head without any real cream, and of below average retention (<2 minutes). No lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a glowing pale murky orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange and lemon peel, citrus zest, pale malts, light fruit esters, floral hops, and sugary malty sweetness. A good aroma for a witbier. Some clove. An above average strength aroma. Quite refreshing and inviting. No yeast character is detectable. No alcohol comes through.

T: Orange and lemon peel, citrusy zest, fruity esters, pale malts, and wheat malt. Clove. Refreshing and enjoyable, if simple. I prefer that a witbier feature more lemon peel than orange peel, and this one features them equally. I'll chalk it up to personal preference. It's balanced for the most part, but I do want more complexity or at least subtlety. Still,it's pleasant to drink ad I do like it.

Mf: Refreshing, lightly coarse and tingly to bring out the lemon zest, and wet. A bit too thick and too heavy on the palate for a style meant to be fleeting and refreshing. It's a bit heavyhanded, but ultimately it works. Slightly overcarbonated in classic macrobrew fashion. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Lightly nectary and sticky.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, and a good macrobrew witbier. I don't know that I prefer it to Hoegaarden if I'm looking for a widely available witbier, but it's solid for what it is. Hides its modest ABV well. I might get it on draught if it were cheap and I was out. An interesting little beer from Boston Beer Co. Well priced.

C+

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head (particularly for a WIt) though it does leave quite a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Vague elements of toasted wheat bread, citrus peel, coriander and grains of paradise

Taste: Somewhat sweet with banana and toffee joining the toasted wheat flavors; in the middle, a bit of citrus peel, coriander and grains of paradise arrive; a surprising hint of pepper in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather like a Wit on training wheels though easy to drink

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a hazy, golden orange color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and coriander. Some wheat notes, too.

T - Spices that one would expect with a witbier with a strong orange peel presence. Good wheat and yeasty flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - this is a nice witbier. I liked it better than some other American versions out there.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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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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3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

White head. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Flavor profile is of wheat, orange, coriander, and lemon zest. Very typical witbier.

Light bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Easy to drink. I dig this beer. Good price too. I'd pick this up if you have a chance!

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves only light traces of lace.

S - Lemon and wheat with a touch of pepper and little else.

T - Spicy wheat and some herbal notes up front. Clove and basil in the middle (an odd combination) and a finish of lemon, pepper and herbal hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A bit too sweet and kind of one-dimensional. Like many American witbiers, there just isn't much to recommend this.

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