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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 HoppyBastard
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: hazy, straw colored with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of off-white bubbles, medium carbonation and minimal lacing.

SMELL: citrus, flowers, bread and spice.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, sweet citrus, some spice, bread, very understated, very little hop profile, not much going on here.

PALATE: lighter body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer but nothing special, there are better Belgian White Ales out there so I would probably not buy this one again.

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Photo of Jonada
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle best before September 2014. Served in a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a sunset orange color with 1+ fingers of a white soapy head. Body is hazy with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, cereal grain, spices, sweet citrus.

Taste: Slight malt sweetness, orange, wheat, and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Wheat adds a touch of softness, but the relatively high carbonation still yields a fairly rough mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad, but not great either. The light citrus character in the taste gives some character to a beer that otherwise is pretty "meh." Again, it's not bad, but I see no reason to buy this again.

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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 Samp01
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and Taste is of wheat, biscuit malt some lemon and hay, mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp, refreshing and nicely balanced with mild carbonation. The finish is wheat, hay, biscuit malt and some sweet lemon notes and light bitterness. I good refreshing solid brew.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. White head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Wheat, citrus mostly orange.

Taste: Nice wheaty flavor with citrus.

Mouthfeel: Very light, mild carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall: Similar to Blue Moon. A nice wheat beer, very light. Easily drinkable. Would have another.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a large tulip. Best before JUN 2014.

Pours a hazy deep golden orange color. Creamy white head that eventually fades to a foamy ring. No real lacing.

Banana with big orange peel notes. Spice from the yeast and maybe coriander.

Banana, orange peel citrus, crisp wheat, almost fakery perfumery tasting, lots of fruity notes and hints of spice either from the yeast or coriander or both.

Fairly light in body, easy drinking.

Not a terrible beer, but way too similar to so many other Sam Adams beers of a similar style. Not worth drinking again. Lacks complexity.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Mostly clear with a light orange hue. Light head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S- Sweet orange citrus. Coriander. Like a wheat ale.

T- Starts like a Shandy ends a little spicy.

M- Smooth and crisp. I like the carbonation and feel. Easy to drink.

O- I've been seeing a lot of seasonal brews from Sam Adams lately and decided to give this one a try. To me it is like a Blue Moon with the orange garnish already in the bottle. Which ain't bad. This is a good example of a Belgian style white ale although could come across a little sweet.

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Photo of JayBarnes10
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


A - Light, small head. remained for entirety though

S - Fruity citrus notes

T - The closest to a blue moon I have ever come across. exactly what I look for in a zesty beer

M - Nice and light, easy drinkability

O - I liked it, but nothing I would crave again. might pair well with food tho, have yet to try.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a flared tulip glass. Slightly cloudy, light amber with a dense, white foam that left some sticky lacing.

Citrusy hops with a little bit of spicy sweetness on the nose.

The taste is hops and spice with a fairly short finish for a comparatively complex taste.

Fairly light body with no dryness, but not really present.

Good, but not great, it's excellent for making beer batter and I wouldn't turn it down if someone offered me one, but I'm not going to buying it again.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no dating--at least not that I saw, of course it's entirely possible that I forgot to look. I know it's a Sam Adams 2013 winter release, so it's pretty much fresh. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy orange with notes of honey and highlights of spun gold. I'm a little bit dismayed at the lack of haze compared to what I'm typically accustomed to with the style. If I didn't know better, I could have mistaken it for just chill haze from the protein. Head is really not any more impressive, as I'm only able to generate a half-finger of wimpy foam even with a fairly aggressive pour. The only positive is that what little head there is manages to stick around for quite awhile, but leaves basically zero lacing. Not off to a good start.

Smell - Unfortunately, the smell is not where this as yet unimpressive beer is going to get its second wind, so to speak. The lifelessness of the appearance has carried through to the smell, with notes of faint wheat and grain, as well as a surprisingly subdued spice note that I can identify as coriander if I try really hard. If I wasn't expecting/looking for the coriander, I doubt that I would've found it. I get none of the orange peel or tangerine except by way of a very generic fruity undertone that isn't recognizable as any specific aroma profiles.

Taste - The easiest way to sum it up is that it tasted like they took the Boston Lager recipe, replaced the caramel malt with wheat and pils malts, then added coriander. That's what this beer says to me--outside of the coriander spice (which is admittedly more pronounced here than in the aroma), there is nothing that really screams "WITBIER" to me in this offering from Sam Adams.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied and more crisp than any other wit I've had to date, perhaps from the use of the pils malt? Those characteristics aren't inherently bad, but they don't really meet what I consider to be the standard for the style. Maybe it's a "starter" wit? I dunno. Low carbonation as well.

Overall, this is the third wit I've sampled from Sam Adams, and unfortunately, they've produced two of the least favorite wits I've ever had, this being one of them. Interestingly enough, the two I haven't cared for made me feel that way by missing the wit style on opposite ends of the spectrum. One was over-saturated and hot while this one was bland and boring. This one might be a good place to start for someone who is wanting to ease into the style, and likes lighter, crisper lagers and ales, but for someone wanting genuine witbier taste, this is not the way to go.

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Photo of TheBrewWhisperer
2.02/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Appearance: poored into a Hobgoblin pint glass color is orange but hazy almost a burnt orange.

Smell: tangerine, wheat and some lemon

Taste: this is a below average witbier, i'll give you 2 reasons that all Sam Adams have the same similiarties and that is unbalanced and the other is very much too experimental before they perfect something

Mouthfeel: i think this was the worst of all; soapy mouthfeel and when it goes down rough on the throat it really lingers in flavor

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 5% and there is a short description of the beer.

Appearance : It has a hazy old golden color with a tall white head. The head has good retention and lacing is ok.

Smell: The nose has some mild spice and lemony citrus notes.

Taste / Palate: Sams White Lantern has a smooth light palate with a light malt base, a hint a spice and a touch of citrusy bitterness.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very pale straw, many bubbles rising quickly- hardly any viscosity here. Thin white head dissipates quickly. Might look like a light beer, but that means it looks refreshing- let's just hope the flavors don't follow suit.

S: Fragrant citrus fruits, coriander, a touch of wheat. Pretty decent so far, not thin.

F: Orange and other tangy fruits, some coriander, even pepper joins in now. Some tastes even seem to have oregano or fennel in it, or something that reminds me of pizza sauce. Bizarre. Overall pretty good, certainly a new take on the wheat ale style (kudos, they were getting repetitive), but those aggressive spices make me unsure if I'd like to down these on a hot summer day.

M: Super fluid, highly crisp, but maybe a bit overboard on the carbonation. Drinkability is through the roof, if you don't mind getting a bit bloated.

O: A greatly refreshing, crisp witbier. The spiciness, while it does make it stand out from every other 'orange peel and coriander' wheat beer, might not be what you want for a summer thirst quencher. Still, I have to give them credit for making a unique beer, true to style, and one that works.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am surprised by the low ratings. This beer is quite good for a wit with spice. Pours a cloudy light gold with a fair head that has low lacing that dissipates quickly. Not much nose, but there is slight floral sweetness present. Balance is outstanding with a stylistic mouthfeel. It finishes with a burst of spice, as intended, with no hop bitterness aftertaste. This a very good summer ale - quite drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Expiration date of Jan 2014.

The pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a big, fluffy and frothy milk shake-like head that lingers. Busy carbonation.

The aroma has a few Wit characters including pale malts, orange citrus, and dough. But I also get a cellar-like musty quality to it too.

Light to medium body but fairly creamy.

The taste is a step up from what I expected after the aroma. Decent spicy and citrus notes mingle well with the biscuit malts and a smooth slightly lingering finale.

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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 phideltashaggy
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Poured a hazy, dark yellow color. A thick looking white head came up and quickly dissipated. There was a little bit of lacing, but nothing to write home about.

S- I really liked the smell. A healthy amount of citrus, but more sweet citrus than I usually get from white ales. There is also some sweet malt and a little spice thrown in.

T- Starts off with a slight acidity, then sits on the tongue and the spice tingles. There is a slight bitterness at the back of the taste and some citrus after-taste hangs out for a while.

MF- Not much head to speak of, but the tighter carbonation stuck around.

Overall, this is a nice little white ale. I probably won't have too many more due to the season, but I'll look for some more next year.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow pour with a fluffy white crown.

First smell is orange peels, mild yeast and coriander.

Just like it smells, orange peel, wheat grain, coriander and I swear bananas have a showing now and then.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and on the lighter side. A brew I feel is meant for the summer months during the day. I could really only handle a few in a session-but that's what happens with most wheats anyway for me. I really do not like comparing beers but for those wanting to try this, for me it is like a Blue Moon but with actually more orange.

Every brew has its place in the sun. Decent fare.

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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, golden/orange; small head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: Sweet malt; coriander; orange peel; peppery

Taste: Juicy malt on start; slight hops and coriander in the mid; finishes semi sweet with a bit of hop lingering and some citrus tartness; seems to end with some light honey notes, too.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation

Remarks: Decent take on a Witbier overall. I'm glad to see they used noble hops in the recipe. I think citrusy hops would have been too much for the style.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hard copper color. Nice head but dissipates quickly. Scents of orange peel, and coriander spices on the nose. Non see through appearance. Quick burst of tingling fruity goodness on the initial sip with that same tingling moving from the front to back of the tongue. Very smooth and slightly tart. A bit thin, but true to the style. Smooth and easy drinking. Good session beer especially for spring and summer. Similar to the original "white ale" by samuel adams. Better than I expected. Loved the original white ale and this may be just as good. A well crafted, flavorful stab at the Belgian style.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer, it has a hazy golden color body with a small white head, that quickly dissapears. The smell is very aromatic of orange and coriander. The taste has a nice orange flavor to is, not overpowering and the coriander and other spices come through really nice and subtle on the back of the tongue. the mouth feel is great, well carbonated and balanced. this is one of the better witbier i have had.

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Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.45 out of 5 based on 979 ratings.
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