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

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Samuel Adams White LanternSamuel Adams White Lantern

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to June 2013.

Aroma of citrusy spices, very pleasant on the nose. Pours a hazy medium yellow, with white but, very short lived head. Spotty lacing. Taste is crisply spicy and refreshing. Coriander and sweetgrass with a touch of lemon zest. Slightly sour finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a pale, hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a ton of carbonation and a sparse, filmy coating of white head. Aromas of apricot and orange rind, with a bready and slightly buttery undertone. Very sugary sweet smell overall. Flavors of bread, first and foremost, with a blended marmalade highlight of sweet citrus and apricot. Unbalanced, and a touch cloying. The body is thin and filmy from the carbonation, and there is a sharp, frothy finish. Syrupy sweet aftertaste. This beer is a little much on the sweet for me, but I could see it being appealing to the cider population venturing into the beer world.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The slightly racist member of the Lantern Corps...? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy pale yellow-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, a pinch of black pepper, and a vague sense of citrus peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with less pepper and a tad more citrus. Everything still comes across as watered-down, artificially muted. It doesn't wanna be gagged, but what victim does, right? The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty meek wit, one with precious little spicing and a character so bland Michael Bay wants to replace him with something more rounded for one of his background characters.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Ba Review #255
Served On: 2/20/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.5%
Date/ Code: June

This was a 12oz bottle from the spring mixed 12 pack I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD ($15.99).

Look: A pale yellow with some haze. Thin coating of a head. Looked like a watered down wheat beer.

Smell: Some grassy citrus and bready malts. Also some lemon peel. No real ‘Grains of paradise’ were detectable. Maybe some type of pepper.

Taste: This basically was a wheat ale with some artificial lemon flavoring added. That’s really about it. I think a Blue Moon of Shock Top may have had more going on with it. I will say it is very drinkable, but so are most wheat ales.

I don’t know that I would seek this one out. It’s basically the Summer Ale in a different bottle.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Poured a Hazy ornage with little white head but medium to large bubbles throughout the beer

S - I smelled lots of orange right at first. I also detected hints of corriander and a slight yeasty bready smell

T - Spicy at first. Followed by a definate orange taste. I also tasted hints of a grassy wheat. IT did have a slightly bitter finish

M - I could defiantely feel the bubbles in my mouth. Had a fairly dry finish

O - Not a bad beer, but something just tasted off to me. Just tasted like it wasnt balanced quite right in my opinion.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of lemon zest, wheat malt and spices. Body is medium and crisp. A lot of spices, citrus fruit and wheat malt fill the mouth. Finish is medium and spicy. Nice Wit, I would buy it again.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz served in an Allagash cervoise

A - Pours golden brass with a slight haze with a stark white whipped head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Spiced aroma, cloves, coriander, pepper, sweet citrus, candy sweet malt, wheat husks.

T - Chalky wheat, soft orange, white pepper, light honey sweetness, not as sweet as the nose. The clove and coriander are more subdued as well. A tad watery but has a refreshing lemon note on the finish.

M - Full lush feel, carbonation makes for a light smooth body.

Tasty wit here. It's not groundbreaking but is smooth and goes down very easy and is pretty good all around. It is a tad watery but still good.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this yukkie beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a cloudy mess with a thin little wimpy head. The smell was like sour soup or something. The taste was sour also and just not good. It was all I could do to finish it off. Fruity flay tasting mess of a beer. They need to ditch that one. I will never buy or drink another.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a lightly cloudy orange. Head is thin, white and frothy. Light lacing peninsulas cling to the glass.

S-Coriander and orange zest. Sweet and mildly spicy. Wheat is almost covered up by the sweetness. The overall intensity is not high. Light yeast.

T-Again its sweet and spicy with coriander. It finishes with a rather clean hoppy finish. The flavor is better than the nose. Soft yeast and dried out wheat.

M-Fuller than many of the same style. A bit creamy. Not very crisp; slightly sticky.

O/D-The flavor was pretty decent. It fulfills its niche in the variety pack.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a two finger fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a lighter level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of wheat and coriander mixed with some citrus of orange and lemon. Along with these aromas are notes of yeast as well as a light banana smell, giving it a rather classic wit aroma.

Taste – The taste is as how the nose would predict. It begins with a wheaty and citrus taste of orange up front. As the taste advances lemon comes to the tongue bittering the taste very lightly. This lemon is accompanied by a yeasty taste as well as some light spice notes of coriander. As the taste advances to the end the spices get stronger in nature, eventually leaving a wheaty and yeasty spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was average to just above average. Both are very appropriate for the style, complementing well the wheat and citrus flavors as well as for making a quite easy drinking brew.

Overall- A pretty nice version of a witbier, but nothing to exceptional.

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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 riversider76
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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....

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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 DavidST
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of the 2013 Spring Thaw Variety Pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, darkish golden body with a smallish, receding, white head.

Smell: Bright, cheery orangey citrus note atop the wheat malt and redolent spice mix.

Taste: Malted wheat with a touch of breadiness and sugared sweetness. Spritzy citrus character as the carbonation crackles across the tongue, fast followed by the spices, the Grains of Paradise with its characteristic peppery bite. Very minor hop character, bitterness, letting the citrus additions and spices take on that role.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Minus the GoP, it's not particularly distinguishable from a Blue Moon, and, after Summer and Coastal Wheat, I'm really not sure they needed another light, wheat-based, Grains of Paradise-dosed anything.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmm...another Witbier/white ale from Sam Adams? How many more of these is SA going to put out?? Well, here it goes.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy two-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Decently strong aroma of fruit, yeast, and a slightly "off" mineral smell.

T - Tangerine, coriander, and grains of paradise forward. Hint of clove. Nice wheaty underbody. Peppery hops carry the finish and the overall "spiciness" builds as you work through the glass. Overall, the flavors come together pretty well.

M - Medium bodied. Prickly, almost fizzy carbonation. Compliments the taste.

O - An Americanized Witbier. Similar to their Summer Ale, but with a fuller mouthfeel. I found myself enjoying it but why would I buy this over nearly identical offerings by SA, or other better Witbiers? A decent effort, but not a rebuy.

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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 cbutova
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Bottle poured to a pint glass with a hazy light golden-yellow body. A white head forms with a foamy texture to about one finger in size. The retention of the cap is lackluster and a small bubbly ring stays behind. This ring leaves a few tiny spots of lace.

S- Usually I find that Witbiers have pretty strong noses, not hard to pick up. This one is not quite as strong as most with citrus peel instantly noticed up front. Beyond that there is a banana, clove and spicy yeast presence.

T- Pretty relaxed Wit yeast strain here, maybe not the strain but how they use it too. Lemon and orange zest, apricot, banana, slight clove and bubble gum, coriander and light malt sweets. Again a lot of citrus up front and not as much yeast presence as I would expect.

MF- Very creamy light body with moderately high carbonation. Just a bit of spiciness in the finish without a noticeable hop bitterness.

Not the most yeast influenced Witbier by any means but not bad at all. Expect a lot of orange and lemon peel feel here.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden yellow with two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a couple minutes. Not much lacing.

S: Wheat and tart smell.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bubble gum, wheat, a hint of spice.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Pretty good Witbier, but nothing too special. Above average.

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Photo of MyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice hazy golden colored body. No real head...a head is poured but it immediately thins to a white ring. No lacing. Under-carbonated.

S: I pick up a faint fruity scent orange scent. There is a wheat smell as well. It does not smell like a traditional wit though (no coriander scent or Belgian yeast scent).

T: Aah I'm so glad the flavor is there. The taste of coriander, pancakes, and a bit of citrus. It still does not have many characteristics found in a wit, but it is still very nice.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very light, and wonderful. Very drinkable, and feels exactly the way it should.

O: This wit is good for its own reasons. It won't taste like many of the other wits out there that have more Belgian phenolic tones, but it is done very nicely. It has more of an American take on the style, with more citrus and less yeast characteristics. I would have liked more carbonation and a bigger head. Despite its shortcomings, it is better than some of the average wits I've had.

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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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