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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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Samuel Adams White Lantern from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 25.5% out of 100 with 980 ratings
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