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 catmanben
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I poured this beer I instantly received a nice scent of citrus and a nice lite colored beer. The first sip was very refreshing and tasteful, with a nice fruity aftertaste. The flaver of this beer stayed with me for a long time before I took my next sip, I look for summer time and hot weather to try this again.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.43/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for September 2013.

Light citrusy aroma, pleasing. Pours a hazy yellow with thick bright white head. Head has good retention. Taste is mildly sweet and citrusy, notes of spice that are not overpowering. Nicely carbonated refreshing mouthfeel. Definitely a "pour me another!"

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Photo of mattkoon
4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i wasnt sure what to expect from this little white rye. it pours a gold color with a tinge of cloudiness. there is sage in this beer and i comes hard to the nose. the taste is clean, not too bitter and the sage creeps in at the back... and its not too over powering. i think it makes for a really interesting beer. the over all taste is light enough to go into a "summer collection box" (which is where i got it). i do have to give them props for the sage flavor i have had some other herbal beers in the past that made me feel like i was drinking soup. but little white rye has enough sage to be interesting with out the over all beer being off putting. i was pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of their spring mixed 12 pack.

Brewed with "Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend", rye, orange peal, coriander and white sage. Hopped with "Tettnang Tettnanger and Saaz Noble Hops"

7 SRM, 5.3% ABV, 18 IBU, 191 kcal/12oz.
Relases a heavy Psssht when uncapped. Brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs. Pours out to a clear pale golden, forming a voluminous tall whipped bone white head with great retention and solid thick meringue like lacing. The aroma is really nice...Tons of coriander and orange peel with minimal Belgian phenolics or funk. I don't really pick up on the sage...perhaps a mild herbal spiciness. The mouthfeel is soft, lightly acidic with a medium-light body. The taste is really full of orange peel and coriander and it goes down easy. Nicely balanced with the malts and a very mild bitterness makes this exceptionally drinkable, but because of it's very strong coriander and orange presence it might wear thin after a few. Crisp and clean.

A nice beer. I would buy it again.

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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 Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear golden color with a decent white head on top there is a decent scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is strong with sage, there is a nice amount of orange peel on the nose also. The taste of the beer is herbal, some subtle citrus, there is a spice note in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, nicely carbonated and drinkable. Overall it's a decent beer. More of a Gruit than a Wit to me.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Summer variety pack.

Pours orange tinted gold. Low to no foam. Bready rye nose. Orange rind/coriander pokes through. Starts witbier and then takes a right turn with the sage/rye blend. Earthy. Chalky hefe close. Just hints of all the spices. Comes together well. Reviewers here seem to be more down than up, but I thought it was decent.

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Photo of Zorro
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with a tall puffy white head.

Smells strongly of sage and lavender. Orange and coriander this is quite spicy and smells lovely.

Starts out dry and slightly sour with a strong sage and coriander taste. Mildly sweet and quite a nice spice flavor. Bitter orange and a little ginger to go with the coriander and sage. The sage taste is what really makes this beer, mildly minty and spicy in a bright sunny way.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a damn nice beer, probably the best one in the whole summer variety 12 pack.

Addendum: Re-sampled today. Yes this is a good beer; sell in six packs please.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler. Label is marked with a "best by" date of September 2013.

Appearance - Pours the color of apricot and tangerine flesh, with the light shifting through to display highlights of lemony yellow. Body is hazy and wears a half-finger head of golden-white. Foam dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a spotty film of bubbles.

Smell - Dominated by the round, wheaty base with the coriander coming through along with some mild floral hoppiness and faint phenols. I wish it was a bit stronger, but it's pleasant nonetheless.

Taste - Fresh bread with some faint rye spiciness, the coriander again comes through along with orange peel and citrus. The sage is pleasantly detectable and adds a depth to the flavor without making it too complex/overbearing. Not a flavor I've thought about with beer, but it works. Hops provide a bitterness that isn't typical of the style, but it's subtle and it works.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight bit of chewiness. Aftertaste doesn't linger.

Overall, now that I've tasted this beer, I'm shocked by how low it's rated. To me, it was balanced, interesting and well-made. Sort of an American take on a classic Belgian style, and it performs well.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
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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Photo of scratch69
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Hazy, golden color with a fingers worth of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Aromas of sage and coriander with a hint of orange peel.

Taste- Strong sage and rye flavor with subtle notes of oranges and coriander.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very crisp.

Overall- A pretty good beer. Sam Adams needs to release this in 6-packs.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for the summer variety 12-pack
Purchased: March 25, 2013
Consumed: April 8, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 2013

Poured a golden amber hazy color with 1-2 fingers of bubbly white head that ceded for about two minutes. Surprisingly decent amount of uneven lacing on the sides. Average retention on the way down.

Smelled orange peel, orange zest and coriander, but as sort of spruce hops. Also got a whiff of some kind of spice, mainly a minty plant. Light floral notes as well.

Tasted a little less potent than the smell. Got orange peel, orange zest, coriander and finally some rye hops. Still got that minty plant (bottle says sage). Heavy, earthy and grainy, but still refreshing.

Light body. Thin texture. Lively (above average carbonation). Surprisingly longer finish. Also clean, crisp and refreshing, perfect for the summer.

I have to say this was better than I anticipated. Better than the average summer brew.

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Photo of Daktah
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy amber/orange with a fluffy white head. Smell was wheat, spice, some citrus. Taste was more of the same, in a very good way. Mouthfeel was medium, which is pretty much the standard for Sam Adams - rarely more, rarely less.

Overall, a very good beer. Not sure why this beer has such mediocre reviews. For a summer beer in a taster pack, this is really solid. I'd definitely buy a six pack of this for hot summer sipping.

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Photo of acevenom
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. The beer pours hazy golden with a thick white head and lots of visible rising bubbles. The nose is full of orange, coriander, and sage. I also get some peppery rye, which adds more spiciness to the bright aromas. The taste follows the nose with the wheat and barley adding some nice backbone to this beer. The citrus does meld well with the rye, coriander, and sage. There's that spiciness and earthy quality that balances out the citrus pretty well. There's also a bit of tartness in the flavor. The body is light with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The beer drinks pretty well. This is a good beer that hits the right notes and works as a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Any morw when I get these mixed cases from Sammy, I now buy them for the value, pretty sure this offering won't dissabuse me from that line of thought...

Pours bronze with a sliver if beige head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Coriander, white grape, orange peel

T: Follows the nose, grains of paradise & white pepper & orange peel. A kiss of honey dryness, orange peel & more grains of paradise as this warms. Finishes dry with some sweet tangerine notes & a touch of peppery spice, plus golden delcious apples & wheat tartness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, skews a tad sweet for the style

Drinks very easy, could do a few on a hot summer's day, I'd easily put it above Hooegarten Wit in it present state. This one exceeded my expectations

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The usual attractive Sam Adams foam. Mouthfeel, carbonation, and retention are all exemplary. Slightly cloudy bonde amber color in the narrow tulip. A hint of citrus in the aroma and a touch of pencil shaving.

It does taste exactly like a Wit, but it's just different enough to be interesting. Spices are well moderated and nothing stands out by itself. I wouldn't have identified the rye either, but overall there is a pleasant malty smoothness with some sharper notes. A faint bitterness at the end along with that rye back of the throat scratch. Well made, sudsy, and fairly rich for a Witbier.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this Witbier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy orange color, produced a thick head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain, spicy rye and sage. Medium bodied, there is a base of spicy rye, sage, and white pepper. Crisp, easy to drink- the use of sage and rye gives a spicy twist to a classic beer style.

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Photo of Vixie
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head that doesn't stay around long.

Has what I describe as an earthy smell. Reminds me a bit of the smell of an herb garden, I am guessing that is mainly due to the presence of the sage.

Has citrus and orange peel in it, also a bit of rye. I am picking up another flavor which I assume is sage, as I don't really know what sage tastes like.

Nice smooth feel to this one.

Kind of an interesting beer here. Has an unusual flavor, kind of a nice change of pace. One of the better beers in the summer pack, wouldn't mind another bottle or two of it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the little white rye...its getting more and more difficult to separate the "white" ales and lagers from Sammy A. While the little white rye is slightly different than the still follows the same path. The beer pours a semi-hazy yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The smell has a spice and rye flare. The taste carries a orange peel coriander spice that clear the pallet quickly and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is ok....but not enough for me to go crazy and by a 6...12...or 24. The revolutionary rye was much better.

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Photo of mjurney
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, hazy. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Orange peel, coriander, pepper, lemony, grainy.

Orange peel, herbal and coriander up front. Spicy rye, grainy, bready. Finish is tart and crisp. Body is medium, well carbonated, semi-dry, refreshing.

It's a good beer.

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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 lwillitz
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into wheat beer glass

A - 4-finger white head over a hazy body of yellow/gold with a small amount of rising carbonation; head sticks around a while, lacing the glass nicely

S - orange peel, lemon, coriander, grassy notes, touch of wheat bread

T - oranges, lemons, coriander, peppery spice, wheat bread, banana and clove, rye, balanced finish

M - smooth medium body, high carbonation, quite refreshing

O - a fairly decent wheat beer; tasty and refreshing

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Photo of budgood1
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy brass colour with a rather large and foamy off white head with staying power. plentiful lace. orange peel evident in the nose..coriander spice and a candy sugar sweetness fills the nostrils. big aroma on this one. the flavour profile is rather large for a wit. more orange peel, coriander spice, wheat and herbal rye spice all fight for attention. for all the perceived sweetness, it does finish rather dry and quenching with a herbal hop bitterness. the sage provides a bottom end roughness that seems appropriate spice profile. what detracts in the unique concoction is the body and mouthfeel. the body has a hard time standing up to the loud, tongue lashing spice bomb that is this beer. rough, coarse mouthfeel...lingering sage. drinkability is ok, i could see this as a hot summer day thirst quencher paired with a cheese or even fruit. i could even see this as a beer you would want an orange or lemon slice dunked in.

overall a bit too spicy for many, but it barely crosses the line for me. i might revisit this if the rest of the samplers are tasty enough.

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Photo of justincolts
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head. Bottle states it is an ale brewed with orange peel and coriander with sage added. It has a nice smell, smells like summer, with a tad bit of citrus smell. Definitely has a slight citrus flavor, a small amount of activity when poured. Not a lot of texture, but that suits its summer billing. Would certainly be a good summer grilling out beer to accompany some backyard food.

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