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

Samuel Adams White LanternSamuel Adams White Lantern
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Samuel Adams White LanternSamuel Adams White Lantern

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

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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 52ยบ 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

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Samuel Adams White Lantern

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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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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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Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 25.5% out of 100 with 980 ratings
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