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

decide to review another one of the beers from the spring seasonal pack from sam adams.poured from the bottle into a plisner glass. a hazy color thats reminds me of pear juice with a light head.aroma is a nice blend of citrus and honey. nice flavor of coriander and citrus.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, White Lantern is a hazy, peachy-wheat color with a thin, active white head. The nose is sweet and spicey, corriander is definitely noticable which complements the otherwise orangy-citrusy backdrop. The flavor is what you would expect based on the taste. Very similar to Blue Moon, but possibly a bit more tart and not quite as sweet. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with a mouthcoating carbonation. Overall, a good beer, nothing outrageous but definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color. Thin white head and slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, Citrus and pine and malt notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus(more orange than anything) hops and bitter pine notes.

Overall: This was a decent brew, I drank the whole 6 pack of it my wife got me, so I guess it was good!

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Photo of bigolbeerbelly
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy cloudy straw color. Thick off white head with nice lacing.

Orange citrus really pops out in the nose with a little bit of lemon rind in the back.

Taste is citrusy with a little bit of orange sweetness. Refreshing summertime beer very thirst quenching.

Medium bodied. perfect for this style of unfiltered wheat. Love that slightly creamy texture.

overall I like this beer. Honestly its pretty much a summer ale with slighty more of an orangey character. Actually , and I hate to say this, its a slightly less good Blue Moon. Coors made a better product than Sam? Is snow falling on Satan?

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

Another offering from the brewer that started it all - this one I've tried is White Lantern - and it was good.

From the bottle, just like they describe it, the beer comes out a hazy, but appealing yellow. The head is white, fluffy, and with good staying power and lacing. White Lantern has a citrusy scent to it, with no overpowering hop or malt odors. The mouthfeel was bold and just the right blend of thickness to watery roll across the tongue. I was most impress by the taste - some of the Sam Adams I've had end up disappointing me in this category but not this one. It was smooth and simply delicious. Overall, I gave it a good rating and will be enjoying more of these real soon.

If you drink, please don't drive, but if you drive, then do us all a favor and don't drink...stay safe...

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a very cloudy orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of wheat and orange, very inviting. Tastes of orange and a little wheat. Beer is carbonated correctly and goes down great, very drinkable light body. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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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 RickS95
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle

Sam Adams continues to do little for me. If you're a Bud drinker, this is probably not a bad looking beer. It's not entirely clear, just mostly. It's got the basics of a milky golden color, but it's too clear and it's not milky/cloudy/hazy enough. The head is a couple finges thick and retains well. The pieces are there, they're just not well put together.

Kudos for a decent selection of spices. I can pick up the coriander and orange peel, but I'm missing the tangerine. Score would be higher if the scents were a bit more pronounced.

Again, the pieces are there, they just don't cooperate. Wheat and coriander, but that's it. Muted tastes.

A good wit pops. This lands with a thud. Like smell and taste, everything is too muted and subtle. Medium bodied. It's tangy-ish, but needs more. There's a splash of acidity, but needs more. It needs more of just about everything.

Run of the mill wit. Not quite good enough to be average, not even as good as Blue Moon. Skip this one.

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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 curasowa
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, golden yellow color with one finger of head that fades quickly with little lacing.

Aroma: Wheat malt and some citrus, mostly lemon and orange peel and quite a potent phenolic and dish rag combo note.

Taste: Crisp wheat malt with more body then I was expecting, fading into a kinda-non-descript tart/citrus back end with some soapiness. Finish is lingering and fairly drying.

The Rest: This reminds me more of a German-style Hefewiesen then anything Belgian. It lacks that funkier Belgian yeast characteristic. Regardless, its pretty decent and easy drinking.

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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 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 brentk56
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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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 budgood1
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

pours out a cloudy and hazed dirty gold colour with an inch high bone white head. bits of chunky lace. strong fruity aroma...the orange/tangerine combo provides the bulk of the nose with coriander/GoP playing second fiddle. any wheat or belgian inspired smells are drowned out. the taste profile is somewhat unique...underneath it all there is a sour note that lingers and dominates the other layers. the fruitiness comes across as liquid cantelope...spicy GoP, which i love in the summer ale isn't hitting the right mark here. i get faux belgian type notes and the whole thing is a bit muddled and messy. if this is supposed to be a quencher/refresher, this also misses due to the overly sweet and fullishness of the body. the mouthfeel is also way too creamy and rich for a real spring time quaffer. drinkability suffers due to the "meal in a bottle" aspect.

overall, this experiment from Sam Adams just misses the target for me. i should like it, but i just don't and that's ok.

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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 orcsinspace
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love Witbier. This is a really decent offering, and I like how Sam Adams has been putting out quality white ales, and other unfiltered beers for the last few years. This beer really features the wheat, and the fruit notes are toned down just enough so they make it drinkable.

The color is awesome. I love hazy beers, and this one seems just right by appearance. The smell is a little mild, with some wheat presence. The taste is okay, but I was expecting something a little stronger flavor wise. The mouthfeel is watery, and needs improvement.

This is a great beer, and it just makes more of a statement for Sam Adams. I do not really consider Sam Adams "craft" beer in anyway, but most of their products are cheaper, and simply better tasting than some of the other "craft" beer on the market.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and Slight lacing. Smells of coriander, sweet malt, slight hops, hint of pine, slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of coriander, syrup-orange, sweet malt slight pale malt, slight hops, and a hint of pine. Overall, weak aroma, body has too much syrupy orange flavor, weak appearance, but feel is good.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack. 12 ounce bottle, with "Enjoy before" dating notched onto the label. (July 2013)

Hazed medium tangarine, lite khaki head, leaving respectable blobs of lace.

Muted pepper and some dull yeast on the nose.

Middle of the road wit, with typical light pepper, faint coriander and a yeasty presence. Not bad stuff, would work on a warm summer's day with some salads, cheese and crusty bread.

SA makes more craft beer with training wheels

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Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed golden/touch of orange on the pour into a pint glass from standard pry off bottle. Half an inch of white foam settles out to a thin film and drops light lace.

Aroma is rather subtle on this one, with a bit of citru and coriander spice. No real yeast presence though perhaps a bit of sour wheat twange at times. More spice with warming.

Flavor is sweet up front with a smack of citrus followed by a lengthy orange and coriander finish. Bit sweet and one sided at first but does garner a bit more depth with some warming, expressing more spice as it does so.

Feel is a bit rich for the style and excarbated by the under represented carbonation level in the pour. Easy drinking nonetheless in a sense as the light carbonation and lack of stops on the bus route of flavor allow for a quick trip to your destination, that being the bottom of the glass.

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

Appearance: Opaque creamsicle color with a super thin film of white head.

Aroma: Sweet mandarin orange, wheat, some spice. There's also something slightly artificial smelling about it that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: I'm not a big fan of the Belgian Ale styles but this one is very mellow and palatable. Probably due to the wheat that keeps makes it refreshing. The malt profile is pretty unremarkable besides the wheat though, but the additions of spices and orange peel help to jazz up the flavor. There is a very light bitterness that is somewhat accented by the carbonation bite in the finish. The tangerine flavor keeps things sweet and the grains of paradise linger a tad in the aftertaste but are otherwise easy to miss. At 5.5% ABV its one of Samuel Adam's only beers that seems to be right on par with the accepted style ABV range.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with aggressive carbonation. Slightly above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Of the six different beers in the spring sampler pack I was looking forward to White Lantern the least. However, it has turned out to be better than some of the others. If you like Blue Moon then this one will probably blow your mind. Would I drink it again? No.

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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 flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy yellow hue with a light effervescence and a finger of fizzy white head which dissipated rapidly. Kind of disappointing - it lacks the silvery haze and billowy head of the best of the style.

Smell: lightly fruity, citrusy and floral aroma; balanced and appropriate for the style. It's actually quite nice.

Taste: moderately wheaty with a bit of a citrus hint. There is a tartness here which is a bit distracting and unwelcome, but it's not a dealbreaker. A decent if not spectacular witbier.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a good, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely the best part of this beer.

Overall: this is not an outstanding witbier, but it works in a pinch. It's probably quite nice on a hot sunny day.

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