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Samuel Adams White LanternSamuel Adams White Lantern

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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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 StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Moderately hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is good and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Mountain stream freshness is the first thing that comes to mind. Next comes coriander and possibly some orange peel. Neutral wheatiness with light pepper from the yeast. Overall quite pleasant.

3.75 T: The taste takes the nose and adds a powerful citrus component. Orange, lemon, and even some mango and pineapple enter the fray. Again a neutral wheat, coriander, orange peel, and pepper.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderate creaminess that goes down quite well.

4.0 D: Pretty good beer with no real faults.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says enjoy before June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp citrus driven aroma with lots of coriander spice. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Hints of citrus orange peel, pineapple, lemon zest, and tangerine. Lots of coriander hints. Some herbal and grassy hop hints as well. A pretty decent light wheat aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a crisp wheaty taste of citrus esters and coriander spice. Wheat cereal grains and pale malts with notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Citrus esters of orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big coriander taste and a slight touch of white pepper. Subtle herbal hops towards the finish. A decent wheat taste.

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 KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spring thaw variety pack. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy brownish gold. Murky with white foam layer. Minor orange peel nose, citrus. Grains of paradise nose reminiscent of the Sam Summer Ale as well. Taste is a light citrus, then wheat, finish with an orange citrus tang. Smooth and chalky mouthfeel. Tart remains on the tongue. Nice beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, the notch on the label says best by July 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about a finger of head with basically no retention, a murky lemon peel like color.

S - Can definitely smell the tangerine and the coriander, but they are both faint against the wheat smell, and the aroma basically fades away within a few minutes. Typical witbier type smell.

T - Crisp tangerine and some wheat. The spices are somewhat prominent in the finish. Decent level of carbonation, pretty well balanced. I was kind of expecting it to taste exactly like the Samuel Adams White Christmas, but I was wrong, this beer is probably better and more flavorful.

M - Crisp, soda-pop type feel happening here, so probably a little over carbonated, but that is to be expected when drinking Samuel Adams beers, I'd say. Otherwise, a dry, vaguely spicy finish.

Overall, a decent beer. I got this as part of the sampler 12 pack, and while it isn't my favorite beer by Samuel Adams, this one isn't bad. Better than the Samuel Adams White Christmas in my opinion, but I would give them both another go if I had the chance.

Samuel Adams White Lantern ---3/5.

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Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White Lantern pours a lighter gold color. It’s a little hazy. Backlighting brightens things up a bit, giving it more of a straw look. A soft white head sits on top. It’s rather modest, rising to about half a finger in height. It’s very quick to recede. Lacing was light and very spotty. It’s not great, but it’s not bad.

The nose is alright. It’s a little weak. More strength would improve it. It is very earthy and grainy throughout. Spicy notes are apparent. Smells mostly like coriander and orange peel. It has a nice citrus lemon scent that lingers for a while. Yeast is rather strong in the mix, but doesn’t smell bad. Light, grassy hops are noted. Noble variety? Smells like it. Alcohol is pretty well buried. I’m not getting much at all. It’s alright. Just a little weak.

The flavor is a little better than expected. It kicks off with nice spicy flavors of coriander and orange peel. They blend well with the strong earthy and grainy notes that resonate throughout each sip. Fruit flavors of light orange and lemon are nice and refreshing. Yeast has a nice, strong presence. Grassy hops blend nicely and add a bit of a bitter kick. They’re stronger than anticipated and are a very nice surprise. Alcohol isn’t much a factor. It’s blended well and goes unnoticed for the most part. Finishes spicy, earthy, and grassy.

White Lantern has a lighter body. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing. It’s a little too thin to feel smooth, but it goes down super easy. I could probably handle a few these on a nice, hot day. Not bad at all.

White Lantern is alright in my book. If you’re looking for a pretty tasty beer that’s simple, straight forward, and drinkable, check it out. It’s not a great Witbier, but it’s pretty good. It could be improved with a stronger nose, bolder spices, and a tad more body. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Lantern has a thick, frothy, white head, lots of lacing film left behind, and a hazy, golden appearance, with a large amount of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of white wheat bread, bread crust, and citrus. Taste is of coriander, citrus juice, white bread, white pepper, and malt. Mouthfeel is watery and light, and Samuel Adams White Lantern finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I think that people who enjoy flavored beer will like it.


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Photo of alexgash
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 BEERMILER12
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very translucent straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades fairly quickly

S: Very fruity with notes of orange peel and citrus. Also get some wheat and light coriander and other spices

T: Follows the nose. Starts off wheaty and fruity with the orange peel and citrus. Goes into the spices which last into the finish. Not terribly complex

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Chalky from the yeast

O: An easy-drinking wit with a fairly simplistic aroma and taste. Far from the complex Belgians that I'm used to. It's not bad by any stretch, but a little too simple for the style

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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 thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pour is a hazy golden color with visible carbonation. Decent lacing on the glass. Good foam retention as a solid 1" fromt he pour held.

S - Smells of corriander, with a tangerine citrus scent. Very faint smell of fresh grains. Smells very similar to thier summer ale, with tangerine replacing the lemon scent.

T - Light flavors of orange and light grains. The spicy notes of ginger root and corrainder hold througout. Very light drinking beer.

M - Even though this is a one trick pony, it is a very sessionable beer. For the spring this is pretty much what you would want anyway.

O - Decent witbier that does what it was made to be. Light feeling, sessionable and with a decided spicy finish, this is a good beer to watch the temperature warm to summer with.

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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 donkeyrunner
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy gold. Bib bubble jumble white head is all bluster and quickly fizzles away. A wheat beer should never be without at least some foam at any point. Certainly no within the first few sips.

Smells like sharp sawdust and lemon zest.

Started out orange citrus with a wheaty twang but then devolved into Nestea lemon iced tea.

Eh. It's been too long for me to remember, is this any different than the old SA spring wheat. Spritzier maybe? SA sure does love those Grains of Paradise.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Grantville, Calif. (San Diego), on Jan. 3, 2013
Price: $13.97 w/ card ($17.99 regular) for the Spring Thaw Variety 12-pack
Misc.: Label said to enjoy before June

Poured a golden hazy color with about a finger of off-white head that went away almost immediately. No lacing on the sides, bad retention on the top.

Smelled the alcohol first, followed right away by cloves, icy sweet wheat, Cascade hops, citrus hops (tangerine, orange peel and lemon). Some unknown spices late.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got that icy, tangy wheat up front, followed by a sharp, sweet Cascade hops. Still got the citrus notes, mainly orange peel, orange and tangerine.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Above average-to-average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

Not a bad beer overall. Really great for a warm summer day. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

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

341ml from a spring thaw pack.

A - pours a golden honey, somewhat cloudy, with 2 fingers head which dissipates fairly quickly, but nice lacing around the edges.

S - sweet orange citrus, little bit of hops, straw

T - clementines, wheat, sweet honey finish

M - highly carbonated, crisp, refreshing summer beer

O - like I said, good summer beer. As far as wheat beers go, it's pretty well balanced between flavour and drinkability.

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

Hazy light golden orange body, topped by three fingers of just off-white very dense foam.

Nose features wheat, orange, tangerine, and spices. Pleasing, non-assertive.

Very light wheat slides across the tongue. Oranges. Spices. Clean finish.

Light tingly mouthfeel.

A well made wit, suitable for a warm afternoon.

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

Pours a hazy golden, with a solid 2-fingers of fine white carbonation. Lace is spotty and erratic.

Nose is spiced wheat and a definite citrusy orange peel tone. Not bad.

Taste is both spicy and sweet -- a different take on the usual Belgian wit vibe. The citrus and coriander work well together in tandem here, and this is an enjoyable brew.

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Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.45 out of 5 based on 977 ratings.
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