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

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Samuel Adams Little White RyeSamuel Adams Little White Rye

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Brad007 on 03-28-2013

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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 101
Reviews by Beric:
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3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 7 June 2013

Appearance: I drank this from the bottle, so it's much harder to comment about the overall appearance. However, when swirled in the bottle, it did generate a nice head that stuck around for a little while. Can't comment on color for obvious reasons.

Smell: The smell is the most off-putting part of this beer. It says that it is made with orange peel, coriander, sage, and rye (of course). The orange peel and coriander is fine for a wit, but I'm a little turned off by the sage smell. Sage is something that belongs in food, not drink.

Taste: The sage you can smell in the nose is a little more muted in the actual taste, though you can taste it on the back end after a sip. If anything, the dry finish and sage taste makes you want to drink more, since the orange and coriander comes out more on the tip of the tongue than in the throat. Not the worst herbed wit I've had (that goes to Blue Moon Spiced Amber), but definitely not something I'd want to drink all the time.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, to style.

Overall: People on this site slam Sam Adams for not being 'craft', but I fail to see how throwing orange, coriander, and sage into a beer fails to make it 'craft'. It's a unique beer, good for a one-time drink but I'm not sure I would want to drink again. A decent beer, but the sage is too off putting.

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3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -54%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +45.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -31%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Straw amber color, slight haze. Thin white head.

Smell: Mostly malts and some hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Heavy grain taste and malts.

Overall: Ok brew. Not my first choice.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

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

Smell: A pretty spice forward aroma with wheat hints and citrus in the background. The sage and rye spice scent is pretty prominent upfront. Wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. Coriander spicing and some citrus hop hints of orange. Light hint of honey. Again the sage scent is prominent giving a spiced bread like aroma. Interesting and decent.

Taste: Like it smells, a very spice forward wheat beer taste with prominent notes of sage and rye spice. Upfront sage and spicy rye followed by wheat and pale malt. Notes of grains, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. Coriander spice along with citrus notes of orange and lemon. Slight taste of honey sweetness. The spices linger through the aftertaste and kind of hide the other wheat ale flavors in the background. Quite an interesting twist.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A unique twist on the wheat ale style. The spices kind of overpower everything but the taste is decent overall.

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale copper hue with a bright white head forming fine speckled lacing with a hazed finish, the nose is full of sage and coriander. Spicy rye upfront in the nares with the sage/coriander combo not a bad beer. Flavor it's seeping through with all of those, let's put into perspective. Harsh spicy flavor full of a wave of coriander and sage with mixed vegetable green notes. Full bodied slick mouthfeel can't wish or wait for much more. Overall this beer is a job and somebody has got to do it.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 511 ratings
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