Samuel Adams Little White Rye | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Little White RyeSamuel Adams Little White Rye

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a dark golden colored witbier with a very thin white head and an abundance of carbonation. The scent is not at all typical of a Belgian beer and is overwhelmingly of sage, something I can’t say I’ve ever smelled this strongly in any beer. Sage is also very strong in the taste along with rye, coriander, clove, pepper, and light hints of fruit. It has a somewhat dry finish and leaves a mildly spicy taste in the mouth. This is a very odd beer, not at all like Sam Adam’s more classic witbier, White Lantern. In fact it is hardly recognizable as a Belgian beer, let alone a witbier at all. This beer makes me feel like I am drinking a deli sandwich, which I strangely kind of dig. This would definitely not be for everyone, and I wouldn’t want to drink it all the time, but for me it’s kind of interesting and I applaud Sam Adam’s creativity here.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Vibrant medium orange gold color with a moderate amount of large carbonation bubbles.

S - Lemon, ginger, pepper spice, sage.

T - Sage, lemon, pepper. Overall flavor is subdued.

M - Nice medium body with some prickly carbonation.

O - This beer is better than it's current overall score.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had a bottle of this sitting in the back of my fridge for a long time nos, so I figured tonight was as good of a time as many to finally pop the cap and drink this. Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a slightly cloudy, hazy medium golden color with a bit of an orange club. has a nice white head that is about 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice film surface coating of foam on the surface of the beer and pretty decent lacing. Aromas of some spices, citrus, and a hint of hops. Has a mildly malty sweet taste upfront that gives way to some spices such as coriander, sage, and rye and is rounded out with a mild hop presence. I like the fact that this beer is more on the subtle end with all its flavors, especially the spices, and no one flavor tends to dominate. the balance of flavors makes this more enjoyable than i have a feeling it would likely be otherwise. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, medium to fill bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A good beer all around. Not Sam Adam's best offering by any means but I found this to be enjoyable enough that I could see myself drinking a pint or so of this on occasion. The flavor profile is unique even though it is not really bombastic.


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Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried this one after the Revolutionary Rye and guess what? Just as bad as that one. I guess this was a second attempt at this beer with a new name, but it sure didn't improve.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of maximum12
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reaching into the back of the fridge for a bottle sent me as an extra by browniewithnuts during a rather epic trade, & I feel the rye demon whispering in my ear. I let it win. A lot. 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is clear, filtered, light orange, carbonation is fairly low. Smells like a winter warmer: spices from your grandma's rack, orange, & a lovely but appealing note that I'm imagining is the sage. I should watch more Food Network. Nah. My wife watches enough for both of us. And most of the rest of the block.

Little Spicey Rye, er, Little White Rye is a beer without a base. The addition of the spices, rye, orange, all team & made me go back thinking "what style is this? Wit? Huh." Spices fade to a gentle sweetness. Big & thick for a modest, low ABV wit, that's for sure. Couldn't drink much of this, but what's in my cup is going down.

Interesting? A beer that's overwhelmed by the spices. Not bad, but nothing I'd go out of my way for again. Decent enough.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a large white head that left some lace on the glass, light yellow color.
Smells of spices, orange peel, lemon, some hops.
Citus, bread, yeast, and spice in the taste.
Medium light body feel.
Overall nice tasting beer to start off your day!!

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Photo of IndigoMacaw
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As it stands right now, this is my favorite beer. Came home to my parents house after months away and found one in the refrigerator, haven't seen another one since. Wonderfully balanced and the flavor is near perfect. Good for any time of the year, summer especially good.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.09/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

"Innocent yet beguiling, this hazy golden brew appears to e a classic witbier with its bright notes of orange citrus & coriander but there's a bit more mischief up its sleeve. Behind its sweet exterior lies an intriguing blend of white sage and rye for an earthy, spicy, and thoroughly refreshing brew." Brewed in the style of a Witbier with rye added. Available as a one-off beer in the summer variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothed white head over a pale golden amber body. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious, high clarity despite some mild haze. Retention is below average with no lacing. 3

(Smell) Coriander, wheat malts and some clean, biscuity, syrupy rye. Mild citrus peel employs some subtle bitterness. Potency is mild. 3.25

(Taste) Pale malts with a shallow coriander spiciness and a pinch of citrus peel. Thin, syrupy rye adds a touch of biscuit to an otherwise simple, thin witbier. Like most of Samuel Adams' witbiers, this is lacking in wheat malt presence which makes for a disappointingly shallow and uninteresting body that the rye doesn't really justify. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is thin, chewy, peppery. Carbonation adds some crispness. Body is light/medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium. 3.25

(Overall) As much as I try to enjoy Samuel Adams' Witbier creations, I find them bizarrely lacking in flavor and body, and the mild recipe tweaking doesn't hardly make up for the shortcomings. Little White Rye generates a bit of creativity in the largely enjoyable, well-done use of rye, but against a simple, uninteresting pale malt profile, it is less enjoyable than it should be. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Little White Rye

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours bright clear gold color with bleached white head of 1 cm that fades to nothing very rapidly after the pour.
Aroma is spicy with coriander and a little grainy malt, and a little bit of rye note buried in the nose.
First sip reveals a light to average body with very fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is sweet and malty with grain and a little coriander, rolls to some spicy rye, but the coriander and citrus notes stick around and linger after each sip.
The beer is amazingly easy to drink and not overly complex but enjoyable as I work through the bottle.
Something to session or introduce with and probably better on a hot day, but not a flawed beer, just not super interesting.

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Photo of KajII
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a cloudy golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white pillowy head that lasted throughout and had excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of light bread and straw malts, grassy hops and an earthy yeast with notes of citrus (orange), coriander, rye and mild spiciness and a hint of a cardboard odor.

The taste was lightly acidic with a decent citrus presence and a touch rye in the beginning, becoming a tad yeasty with a substantial spicy ending. The flavor lasted a good long while proceeding the swallow, with a spicy citrus taste lingering on for a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery, yet slightly dry texture and an almost lively carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to border on somewhat tasty and OK. It did posses a nice bold spiciness, but was lacking a decent wheat presence for a truly good Witbier...

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear honey orange. Spices very prominent on the nose, particularly the sage. Pleasant but a bit strong. Coriander more noticeable on first sip, as well as a little spice bite from the rye. Light pale ale bitterness (not that this is a PA). Light-side-of-medium body. Carbonation is very active and more than a touch prickly.

Interesting. Not the kind of thing I could see myself having more than one of in a sitting, and all of the flavoring makes me eager to try cooking with it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of coriander and sage is quite dominant with light sweet wheat malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by sage with quite a bit of coriander, light orange peel and light wheat malt with some light residual sugar notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Quite enjoyed the spice mix but a fuller malt profile would have also been beneficial.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy medium golden color, with small streams of carbonation, which drift lazily to the surface. The snow-white head is small, persistent, and leaves sheets of unbroken lacing on the glass walls.

Aroma: Quite spicy, with coriander, orange rind, and lightly toasted wheat malt, and grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Opens with a wave of bready malt, with spicy flavors soon after. The coriander and orange rind present well.Towards the end of the taste, a moderate herbal bitterness manifests. Finishes with a slight flush of citric sweetness and a moderate herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, with a bit of carbonation sting.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting rendition of a Witbier, with the more aggressive hop profile, one could consider it an "American Wit".

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 rlee1390
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Hazy yellow/orange. One finger head with nice carbonation

S-Very heavy on the sage, corriander and orange peel. Like orange scented grass.

T-Very very very sweet. Too sweet. Very strong corriander and sage notes. Good deal of orange as well. Not getting any rye whatsoever.

M-Lighter, dry, tad watery, slight carbonation.

O-As it warms the balance gets worse and worse.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For the style, i do not think this beer delivers anything spectacular. pours a pale golden color with a thin, white head that disappears quickly. initial pour provided an intriguing blast of sage, with citrus notes and some grain mixed in as well. across the palate i get less of the rounded wheat characteristics from other examples of this style, but it isn't substantially off. corriander spice and citurs are the primary flavors wafting across the palate as the beer goes down; would not have guessed there is rye in the mash. easy drinking and inoffensive, this beer would refresh on a summer afternoon, but won't cause revelation.

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Photo of LeRose
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, pint glass.

Appearance - a somewhat hazy orange/goldish color. Brief but good size white foamy head, not too much lacing.

Smell - faint spiciness of corainder/clove, light citrus/lemony zest aroma, maybe some wheat characteristics, not much else. Fairly uninspiring, but not unpleasant. Seemed weaker compared to other witbiers.

Taste - the taste was an improvement. A little more depth to the taste with the rye and earthy characteristics kicking in as I drank more. Wasn't really showing much on the first sip though. Improved as it warmed and after multiple sips. The spices are not too prevalent but they are there. The wheat character is also playing a bit role here. There was a very slight sourness as well.

Mouthfeel - not highly carbonated, but a little fizzy. MEdium body, a little smoothness.

Overall - worth trying, but not something I need to have again. It was OK, refreshing enough, and good enough beer to drink. A couple was enough, though.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for $2

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander/rosemary, honey

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some clove/coriander and floral notes. There is also some honey and a bit of rosemary. It ends with a herbal spiced aftertaste.

Overall - Interesting enough to warrant trying once. Not something I'd buy a six pack of though.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large weizen glass.

A: The beer is a hazy deep orange with a good sized off white head that doesn't last very long.

S: Lots going on here. A rye and bready malt backbone with lots of spices dancing on top. Citrus is a definite presence, big on orange and lemony zest notes.

T: Definite wit taste up front with plenty of orange/citrus zest. Held together just barely with some bread. Big time spice all the way through this, and finishes spicy with a hit of rye and some yeast.

This beer has a lot going on and feels kind of like a bunch of ingredients thrown together rather than one cohesive taste. Drinkable and a bit refreshing even but not something I will seek out again. The 2 in the summer sampler pack were enough.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Pours a hazy orange color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is full of orange peel and coriander flavors, and what I assume to be the sage, though I can't say I know what sage smells like otherwise.

First sip is a sweet, spicy, disjointed beer. the orange peer leaves a distinct, bitter, finish. Too much residual sweetness for my preference. I don't detect any spiciness signature of most rye beers.

Bottom line, I really don't enjoy this beer much. Too sweet and too many competing flavor profiles take away from this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Samuel Adams Beers of Summer Variety 12-pack - $13.99 at Publix in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light golden body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Subtly sweet-scented aroma with faintly toasted bready malts. Sweetish citrus peel, lightly spicy hops, minor earthiness from the coriander, and, of course, the singular sage.

Taste: Lightly bready pale maltiness with a little honeyed sweetness sliding into the juicy orange peel character. Mild, spicy hop character, low bitterness given some aid from the carbonation and additional spicing. Coriander mingled in amongst the welcome white sage flavor. The sage lingers into the aftertaste beyond the crispish, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyed more than I had anticipated. What can I say, I like a little sage from time to time.

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Photo of mooseo
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Murky golden brown with a small white head.

S - Faint aroma of toasted grain, spicy rye, citrus, coriander.

T - A blend of a sweet grain, wheat, orange peel, rye, and citrus zest. Nothing really stands out, although the rye and spice is definitely present. Finishes somewhat earthy with lots of herbal spice.

M - Light-medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation.

O - Not bad, not great. The witbier element is too subtle. It's more of a spiced beer than anything else. With that said, it is easy to drink and refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of arizcards
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a summer seasonal case at Costco at the end of June for $22.99.

Beer poured golden orange with a small head upon the pour.

Nose is medicinal sage.

Taste has a base wheat backing with some hints of citrus and coriander. The sage finish is a nice twist.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated for a refreshing finish.

Overall this is a nice little pool side brew. I like the sage addition - it plays pretty well in this brew. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale orange hue with a 1 finger white fizzy head. Adequate lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: Smells of sage, and grapefruit with a hint of rye spice. A little hint of buttery bread in there as well.

T: Light grapefruit taste with a spicy rye finish. The sage helps blend in with the smoothness of the grapefruit. There is a slight earthy rye aftertaste.

M: Thin fizzy mouthfeel. Nothing spectacular there.

O: A decent beer. A good entry into the spiciness of rye malt without being overpowering. Good summer beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.07/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

A- not even close to "white".. Hazed amber with a thin white head. No Belgian rockiness, some wispy lace. Rye obviously discoloration the beer.

S- aroma is dominated by sage. Like green walnuts. Some lemon and crackery wheat and a touch of the spiciness.

T- wtf sage overload. It just doesn't work for me. The sage has a medicinal bitterness of its own and leaves a green resinous, bruised walnut husk aftertaste. Some rye spiciness is appreciated but the sage ruins it.

MF- thin body with no structure but ample numbing carbonation.

D- I don't know what the hell is going on with this one. Way too heavy handed with the sage. Maybe if the formula was actually a witbier with just a hint of the herb then MAYBE. This one is all out of whack.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color, not much of a white head, fades quickly, leaves no lacing.

Smell has a touch of citrus along with the sweet malt, not picking up the typical orange or coriander so that addition is pretty mute, so spicy rye character either as the name would have indicated.

Taste starts out with a light citrusy presence, rye is a bit more noticeable in the taste but isn't really a strong presence nor adds enough spiciness to be a twist on a witbier, carbonation is nice and high, bit of an odd bitterness in the aftertaste (the kind from eating the rind of an orange peel).

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