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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 RonfromJersey
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light golden orange body, topped by three fingers of just off-white very dense foam.

Nose features wheat, orange, tangerine, and spices. Pleasing, non-assertive.

Very light wheat slides across the tongue. Oranges. Spices. Clean finish.

Light tingly mouthfeel.

A well made wit, suitable for a warm afternoon.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says enjoy before June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp citrus driven aroma with lots of coriander spice. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Hints of citrus orange peel, pineapple, lemon zest, and tangerine. Lots of coriander hints. Some herbal and grassy hop hints as well. A pretty decent light wheat aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a crisp wheaty taste of citrus esters and coriander spice. Wheat cereal grains and pale malts with notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Citrus esters of orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big coriander taste and a slight touch of white pepper. Subtle herbal hops towards the finish. A decent wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and slightly tart.

Overall: A decent light wheat ale with some nice citrus and coriander notes.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, good head retention, light spotty lace.

S: Definite citrus/orange with notes of pineapple.

T: This beer gives off a ton of orange with a nice interplay of wheat and lemon in the finish. Citrus dominated and direct.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and clean with a citrus finish, biting carbonation.

O: This is a very good white ale that fans of the style who enjoy a lot of citrus will like. Well worth a try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing.

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Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Golden Yellowish colored body with some haze (hence being a witbier). Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral notes with grainy tones. Subtle hints of berries.
T) Grainy. Slightly nutty. Earthy floral. Not much in the finish, just falls out.
M) Crisp. Light body. Fizzy. Dry in the finish.
O) An OK beer. I'd drink another if the options were limited.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy gold. Bib bubble jumble white head is all bluster and quickly fizzles away. A wheat beer should never be without at least some foam at any point. Certainly no within the first few sips.

Smells like sharp sawdust and lemon zest.

Started out orange citrus with a wheaty twang but then devolved into Nestea lemon iced tea.

Eh. It's been too long for me to remember, is this any different than the old SA spring wheat. Spritzier maybe? SA sure does love those Grains of Paradise.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Spring Thaw Variety Pack, this wheat beer pours a dull, cloudy yellow, with notes of yeast, honey, orange and a crisp sweetness that reminds be of burnt cotton candy (?). Interesting. On the tongue, surprisingly delicious. I've had plenty of wheat beers in my time, but the sharp sweet attack, courtesy of the orange peel, coriander, and a spice called Grains Of Paradise, which is part of the ginger family, really give it character. The middle follows with a soothing creaminess, quickly followed by a clean yet gentle spicy finish.

This is certainly now my favorite wheat beer, flavorful, refreshing, and brief, a burst of complexity on the tongue that doesn't leave any unpleasant aftertaste. Food recommendations include quesadillas, enchiladas, or cheesesteak sandwiches if you crave something heavy, but I find it perfect just on it's own. Cheers!

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Photo of TeamMathis
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy orange.
Smell: Some citrus.
Taste: Some citrus, some spice.
Mouthfeel: Some carbonation. Crisp.

There is a light citrus and spice to the taste. The smell is that distinctive, wheat citrus. It is fairly lackluster for the type. Nothing spectacular stands out; or rather, nothing is distinctively great about it. I would not get this again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BB 8/13. Consumed 3/13.

A: A bright lemony peel coloring shows a medium rate of effervesce. An 1/2 inch foamy white head, though slight, holds its ground fairly well. Lacing is spacious, speckled, nothing to write home about.

S: Light hint of tart orange peel and wheat first come on the nose. Low key approach to aroma, some lemon peel hops.

T: Wheat and semi-dry oranges first arrive on the flavor. A hint of sour tropical fruitiness, and some grainy sweetness. There is some ginger, cola and a peppery aspect about but refrained and gentle in approach.

M: creamy, wheaty, frothy, the carbonation quiets down rather quickly, could use some tightening and crisp factor.

O: Overall the spicing and mouthful wasn't as sharp as i like or prefer by style (hoegarrden) is a very good example and measuring stick of both. The spicing was soft, and almost homogenized to the point it was hard to distinish individual quality. The sourness factor was turned down a bit. Overall i usually like sam adams approach to drinkability while maintaining a good level of flavor and respectability, though by style this is a hard one to do both. The flavor is a light and enjoyable one to throw back to, just dont expect a big wit style here.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bottle out of the winter 12 pack variety box. Pours the usual yellow cloudy haze that you want to see in a witbier, nice 3/4" white head on it. Sam Adams makes them some pretty beers to look at.

Aroma, wheat was foremost up there, a little bit of the witbier yeast cum hefe banana and ester profile going on. Mild, enjoyable, even if any amount of clove is almost always a negative for me.

Taste, pretty wheat and spices. Somewhere between lame and exciting, which I guess is mundane or predictable. Not bad. Not great. Coriander, lemon/orange/citric rind/peel going into it. On one hand, I liked the somewhat deft hand with the spicing, but on the other, it still comes off as just filler beer. Wheat has an interesting bitter twang to it for a wheat beer, not bad, just a little different. Carbonation was up there.

At only $1 a beer in the 12pack, this one is worthy enough.

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

A: Nice looking wheat beer. Poured into a hef glass it has a nice head but the hef glass isn't necessary to contain this head.

S: Not picking up a lot on the aroma.

T: It has a pretty refreshing taste with a slight hop presence. The spice and fruit don't make much of an impact - a positive for me.

M: a light to medium mouthfeel.

O: I enjoyed this one. Wheat beers aren't my favorite style but summer is on the way and this one will be a nice warm weather treat.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pulled this out of the spring thaw variety pack, served it in a chalice.

A: Was a cloudy golden color with a short white head with minimal retention and medium amounts of lacing.

S: Fresh smell, wheat, grains, grass, tinge of hops, malts

T: Bit lacking and undiscernible, but wheats, grains, grassy hints,

M: Over carbonated, when it goes overboard than that refreshing feel that is expected from a wheat beer is lost.

O: Meh, just another wheat beer, nothing special. Not horrible, its ok, probably wouldn't say no to another one although I wouldn't seek this out either. Try it if you like lighter beers.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Notch on label indicates Best By Aug 2013.

A- Pours a very hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch head that shows a lot of fizzing action as it soon disintegrates to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of smooth surface foam. Non-resilient puffy lacing.

S- Lots of coriander coming through in the nose, probably orange peel too. I get a bit of the tangerine they're referring to on the description but not grains of paradise. Smells mostly like a Blue Moon with a little less orange. Smells glassy. and soapy.

T- Taste is much of the same. Smooth, easygoing wheat flavor with some spice and orange to back. Balance is kinds nice but not overly enticing.

M- Kinda watery and limp with medium carbonation not really helping much. Light bodied.

O- Can't really say I care for this. Maybe I'd like it better if I were on a boat or something.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass and received the following.

A. Yellow, cloudy, with white fizzy head yet strangely appealing.

S. I smell pizza sauce and maybe oregano. By far the weirdest smelling beer I have ever had. Slight yeasty spiciness.

T. Tastes like a witbier with lots more delicious flavor. The taste is not related to the smell and I could have a few of these.

M. Light but slightly tangy and sweet aftertaste.

Overall a strong contender in the flavor category but not the aroma category.

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Photo of shand
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

White Lantern pours a cloudy light gold color. The aroma is an onslaught of citrus, with a hint of traditional witbier spicing. The citrus from the nose isn't nearly as strong on the tongue, providing a mellow orange with a low level of spices floating over it. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is good. White Lantern is easy-drinking and surely targeted at the Blue Moon/Shock Top crowd. I'll take it over either of them for sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a wine glass, chilled from the bottle purchased at Beer Garden & Eatery at Giant Linglestown location.

The color is light golden with mild haze and quick dropping white cap with average bead. The smell is slightly spicy with a mild yeast ester with subtle citrus and lemon notes. The feel is very spritzy and light with a gentle spice and sweetness level with semi-dry finish and gentle tangy yeast feel.

The flavor is decent with the appropriate level of spice without going overboard, more of a lemon zest flavor and slight wheat yeast tanginess is the dominant flavor with very mild malt and the carbonation level is scrubbing away a lot after the swallow so a kind of dry yeast flavor in the finish. Overall this is an ok beer, but not my first choice when it comes to the style, I basically drank it because luck of the draw in a sampler pack

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Photo of barnzy78
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a 12pack spring sampler. Pours a hazy greyish(?)- golden color with a fluffy, white head that sticks around for awhile. Aroma is somewhat sour with wheat, citrus,spice, orange zest, tangerine. Tastes are slightly sour and tart with soggy wheat, tangerine, mandarin orange, coriander, pepper. Thinner body with moderate carbonation. Overall, not the greatest witbier - disappointingly odd, to say the least.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer pours a light wheat color with a little cloudy haze, doesnt have much head to it but leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: A little bit of orange citrus and floral aromas like coriander or grains. The smell is a little faint but you can still get somethings here.

T: The taste starts off with a citrus tang, not a hop bitterness per say, but just a little tang to it. I can get some coriander and a peppery flavor after the initial tang. Finishes with a dry-wheat or grain feel. Tastes pretty good.

M: Sweet and fresh tasting is how I would describe it. The peppery taste kind of goes hand in hand with the earthly flavors.

O: Overall, I think this is a good Belgian-style White Ale and kind of reminds me of my first Sam Adams which was their White Ale. Not the best beer in their Spring Thaw, but a good sipper for the season.

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

White Lantern pours a lighter gold color. It’s a little hazy. Backlighting brightens things up a bit, giving it more of a straw look. A soft white head sits on top. It’s rather modest, rising to about half a finger in height. It’s very quick to recede. Lacing was light and very spotty. It’s not great, but it’s not bad.

The nose is alright. It’s a little weak. More strength would improve it. It is very earthy and grainy throughout. Spicy notes are apparent. Smells mostly like coriander and orange peel. It has a nice citrus lemon scent that lingers for a while. Yeast is rather strong in the mix, but doesn’t smell bad. Light, grassy hops are noted. Noble variety? Smells like it. Alcohol is pretty well buried. I’m not getting much at all. It’s alright. Just a little weak.

The flavor is a little better than expected. It kicks off with nice spicy flavors of coriander and orange peel. They blend well with the strong earthy and grainy notes that resonate throughout each sip. Fruit flavors of light orange and lemon are nice and refreshing. Yeast has a nice, strong presence. Grassy hops blend nicely and add a bit of a bitter kick. They’re stronger than anticipated and are a very nice surprise. Alcohol isn’t much a factor. It’s blended well and goes unnoticed for the most part. Finishes spicy, earthy, and grassy.

White Lantern has a lighter body. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing. It’s a little too thin to feel smooth, but it goes down super easy. I could probably handle a few these on a nice, hot day. Not bad at all.

White Lantern is alright in my book. If you’re looking for a pretty tasty beer that’s simple, straight forward, and drinkable, check it out. It’s not a great Witbier, but it’s pretty good. It could be improved with a stronger nose, bolder spices, and a tad more body. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of socon67
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pour is a hazy golden color with visible carbonation. Decent lacing on the glass. Good foam retention as a solid 1" fromt he pour held.

S - Smells of corriander, with a tangerine citrus scent. Very faint smell of fresh grains. Smells very similar to thier summer ale, with tangerine replacing the lemon scent.

T - Light flavors of orange and light grains. The spicy notes of ginger root and corrainder hold througout. Very light drinking beer.

M - Even though this is a one trick pony, it is a very sessionable beer. For the spring this is pretty much what you would want anyway.

O - Decent witbier that does what it was made to be. Light feeling, sessionable and with a decided spicy finish, this is a good beer to watch the temperature warm to summer with.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yet another beer that I picked up via the single bottle from Total Wine. I never had this before and given the recent run of improved offerings from Sam Adams that I had lately, I was hoping that this would continue the trend. It turned out to be extremely light in body and taste and given that the White Christmas beer was also available recently, I didn't see the point of another Witbier being on the shelf. There's so much lacking in this that only a die-hard of the style should even think of giving one of these a go.

Everything about this beer was light - the pour, appearance, mouthfeel, and taste. The hue was golden, cloudy, and there was a lot of head to this. It almost reminded me of champagne since the bubbles took a while to subside and the carbonation was so present as well. The flavors here weren't that memorable - pizza dough and soda with just a hint of wheat underneath everything to give this beer a hint of body. No need for an orange to cut through this, as the citrus wouldn't pick up anything in the beer and the acid would have gotten scrubbed away quickly by the effervescence of this beer.

I think that this was so light that it was able to completely hid the alcohol, as this didn't feel like beer at all. I'm sure it was there but I just never felt it and I could have had a few of these in a session, had my taste buds been watered-down a bit. This beer wasn't so much a disappointment as much as it just didn't feel like beer. This should have come with a cork on the bottle or "Brut" written on the side of it but I'll take it for what it is - the first new offering from Sam Adams in a while that just didn't measure up.

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Photo of deebo
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely a Belgian wit. Compared to some others this version from SA is real heavy on the orange-especially the peel. Spicy-lots of coriander. Plenty of malt body but it is overshadowed by the heavy dose of orange peel and coriander. Carbonation is appropriately medium/high. An ok wit-would prefer it a little more naked.

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Photo of Groomsy
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle from Spring Thaw pack poured into a weizen glass. "Best by" date of June.

White Lantern, which I'm guessing is Coastal Wheat re-labeled and/or modified from the original recipe, has a nice hazy golden body. The head, two fingers of bright white foam, recedes quickly to a cap and leaves loose rings of lacing that fade quickly. A nice, hazy body is about all I found nice about this beer. Meh. Not the big pillowy head I expect from a wit.

Like many other wheat-based beers by Sam Adams, White Lantern is heavy on the spices and alternate ingredients. When I first pour it, I can't get past the overwhelming orange peel - it's almost like I'm smelling orange juice. Some peppery spices emerge just below and grow as the beer warms. I don't pick up much of a yeast presence in this one, though there is maybe some clove. Primarily, I get smells of citrus and coriander, as well as some various other spices and a dash of malted wheat sweetness. It's okay. I'm reminded of a slightly spicier Blue Moon. Not enough complexity here for me.

The taste is smooth in itself but doesn't capitalize on what it could be. I think that this beer doesn't hold up on its own underneath all the spices and orange peel, which are the two dominating flavors. There's a hint of wheat sweetness in the finish, but the spices and orange peel seem to dominate everything else. There's also this weird soapy flavor lingering in the background over all the palate - I don't know if this is intended or not, but it wasn't really that enjoyable. While refreshing and crisp, this beer doesn't have a good enough wit foundation to hold its own, I think.

White Lantern's mouthfeel is about its only redeeming quality. With a creamy, medium body and crisp carbonation, this beer is refreshing if nothing else. Its slightly dry and tart finish is perfect for the spring season and for quenching thirst.

This is by far the weakest of the Spring Thaw pack. If I want a good and familiar wit, I'll go after Hoeegaarden or even Blue Moon. To me, this beer just doesn't have a very strong foundation. Meh.

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Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that receded slowly, down to a medium cap which lasted throughout and produced fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, light floral hops and a moldy yeast with notes of citrus (orange peel and tangerine), banana and coriander.

The taste was lightly sweet and rather yeasty with a touch of tangerine from the beginning, becoming a tad spicy with a hint of banana and a mild citrus peel bitterness towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with a spicy yeast taste fading quickly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this brew was OK in taste and drinkability, but nothing overly special...


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Photo of alexgash
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by June 2013.

Slight haze. Deep golden body. Small, somewhat fizzy, off-white head. Nose is heavy on the spice rack. Grains of paradise, coriander, allspice, orange peel, and maybe cloves. Wheaty, yeasty malt underneath it all.

Spices and wheaty nuttiness up front. Grains of paradise and coriander are plenty strong here. Grainy wheat malt partners up with banana mid-palate. Citrus peel (orange mostly) zests up the finish. Lingering spice and banana-ish malt. Medium bodied, with a nice creamy feel. A bit of a spice bomb, but a nicely-made one at that.

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