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 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 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 mlichens
2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, oh wow. Poured into a pint glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Appearance is a hazy, amber colour with the typical carbonation you would expect from the Boston folks.

Taste is quite nasty. It's like butterscotch candy wrapped around hops and moldy bread. It's their most disappointing beer ever since they used to make us buy the Cranberry Lambic in the Christmas box just so I could get the Ebenezer. I couldn't detect any rye or the lemon peel the bottle promised me.

I wouldn't get it again, but I'm sure it's still better than other beers out there.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

LOOK: Hazed yellow with a soapy, well retaining white froth.

SMELL: Wheat, lemon peel, malts and an overall graininess.

TASTE: Lemony and wheaty, mild if any rye flavor. Some chlorophyll induced leafy flavor is strong from the white sage. A touch of bitterness and earthy spice. Bitterness is mild, and there is a lot of citrus to it. Overly citrusy, could be confused with many similar products by macro brewers. Almost has a cleaning product flavor, assuming they taste like they smell.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp, creamy malt body and decent feel.

OVERALL: This has too much citrus peel and herbs. BOSTON BEER CO, listen!! Not every beer you make needs citrus peel or coriander!! Not to mention spice rack herbs. Bleh. Over spiced and the flavors just don't work. Pass on this one.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Ale brewed with orange peel and coriander with sage added." Best befote September. 5.3% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of okay cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a fairly vibrant clear translucent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing.

Sm: Lemon, straw, cilantro, pale malts, light cream, clove, and light orange peel. A mild strength aroma. No real yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pretty crap across the board. Artificial lemon dominates atop a body of pale malts and straw. Light orange peel. Artificial and imbalanced. Very poorly done for a witbier. I'm not a fan. Simple, boring, and bland. Doesn't deliver.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Artificial body. Overcarbonated. Too thick for the style. Doesn't suit the flavour profile. Poor presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable I guess, but forgettable. I definitely wouldn't get this again. Lacks flavour. Poorly executed for the style. A bad beer from Sam Adams. Low quality. Should not have made it to market.

Low C-

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had ths poured into a pilsener glass. I'm usually pretty excited to try the Sam seasonal pack every few months to sample the couple of new ones that they put out. This guy...was pretty disappointing. This is the third different wheat rye beer I've tried, and I haven't really liked any of them, so it's possible that I just don't like the genre. The citrus and lighter flavors of the wheat just make for a weird mix with the earthy, spicy flavors of the sage and rye. The smell mirrors the flavor is golden with just a bit of haziness to it, which to me shows that this beer is really just a mix of two styles trying to be something different. Not sure it works so well.

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Photo of hreb
2.66/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle best before December. Served in imperial pint glass. Beer is pale yellow and just slightly cloudy, with a very thin white head. Aroma is of lemon and orange peel, with a hint of coriander in the back, but nothing to blow away your senses. Ooh, very fizzy. And once I get through the intense carbonation the coriander flavor is really dominant. And past that the beer is way sweet. I find the herbaceousness is the harshest part of this beer, and along with the intense carbonation it makes for an outright unpleasant drink. I find myself wanting either higher more hops to up the raw IBUs of this beer, or simply higher attenuation to dry it out. Oh, and the label promised a rye beer, but there's only the most subtle rye flavor hiding behind all this sweetness and flavoring nonsense. I guess the idea of a rye wit was novel but I'll pass next time.

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Photo of GregBlatz
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Light Gold in color. White thin head with tight bubbles. Hazy.

S - Lemon meringue pie. Very sweet smelling. I also get another spice. According to their website it is white sage. Smells like lavender to me.

T - Tastes like lemon meringue pie mixed with lavendar. It is very sweet. The crisp rye finish along with a little hop bitterness helps dry out the finish. The complexity is definitely there but I'm not really appreciating it. After a few sips the dry bitter finish turns kind of chalky but in a flowery kind of way. Very odd.

M - Full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Kind of slick.

O - Well, sometimes Sam Adams makes really good seasonals, and other times you wonder what they were thinking. They just got a little to clever for their own good with this one. Why do they make so many of their summer/spring beers so sweet?

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a Samuel Adams mixed 12 pack. We shared the box 6 ways. Tick tick tick.

The beer appears light golden with a small head. The aroma offers bready malts, spice, particularly coriander. Chemicals and oddness. A rye beer with coriander sounded pretty nice, but this one misses the mark entirely for me. Soapy and grainy. No fun.

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Photo of larryarms847
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy amber gold.

Rye spice, toast, bread, floral hops.

Floral and earthy hop bitterness, slight rye spiciness on top.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, spiced.

Overall, pretty bad.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
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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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 stella77artois
2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not an awful beer by any means, but one of my least favorite Sam Adams. Loved it's appearance, nice medium color and good top. However, it smelled a little dank (which I've almost never experienced w/ Sam Adams). Tasted kinda dank too. Sour and rather bland for a Sam Adams. Not all that impressed w/ this year's SUmmer Variety Pack.

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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 TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I had no idea sage came in various colors, much less white, but, yet again, beer has taught me something about the world at large. Gotta love it. This stuff pours a mostly clear light brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, spicy greenery (which I assume is the sage peeking through), black pepper, light coriander, and a pinch of what seems like banana peel. The taste throws some sweetness on the orange and ratchets that citrus a couple notches, but, don't you fret none, darlin', the spices, particularly that damn sage, shine through in the finish, lingering their momentarily, making sure my tastebuds fucking SAVOR their very existence. It's not a pleasurable encounter, sadly... The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, what may or may not have been a decent wit is torpedoed by the addition of the sage. I kinda wanna know reasoning what led to that particular conclusion, 'cause it musta been in a fairly purple haze...

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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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Photo of Chiefy770
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Hazy golden color. Pours with a thick fluffy head. Nice finish.

S: The smell hit me as I was pouring the beer into the glass. An herb-like aroma dominates the scent. The hops stick out a little bit but the coriander and spices really stand out.

T: Much like the smell, the herbs dominate. I picked up mild bitterness from the hops. The herb taste for me was a bit overwhelming. The label said this contained orange peel but I did not taste any notes of orange.

M: Relatively dry finish. Low carbonation, moderate to full-body.

Overall: This was part of the Sam Adams Summer Sampler I picked up. The other beers were pretty good but this one was not my favorite, in fact I could not even finish this beer. Fans of herbal beer would like to check this one out. Fans of the Witbier variety may be caught off guard with this brew.

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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 Treyliff
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy golden color with with a pretty good size white foamy head with decent retention.

S- spicy and peppery, coriander and orange peel, hay, sage, herbal. Interesting but not necessarily appealing

T- spicy rye definitely noticeable up front, dried sage and lemon notes, coriander, mostly malty.

M- medium body with crisp carbonation, foamy mouthfe with a crisp-yet-smooth finish

O- I just wasn't feeling this one, the sage notes left a funny aftertaste, not my favorite Sam Adams

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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 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 StoutHunter
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Little White Rye in their summer variety pack last week for $13.29 at Meijers. Not really sure what to expect with this one, but I think it might be similar to Witbier and I believe this is the first time I have had a beer brewed with sage, so lets see how it goes. Notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and is typical for most of their beers, it looks ok. It poured a hazy bright yellow color that took on some golden hues when held to the light with a finger and half worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but i wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some spices with sage and coriander really coming through and the sage seems to stick out the most. Up next i get some orange rind and some yeast aromas that are very Belgian Witbier like. I don't really pick up any rye, but that might be because it blends in with the other spices, but it didn't stick out for me. The aroma was ok, but I thought the sage was a little too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a high amount of spice with coriander and sage really showing up and the sage stuck out the most and was a little overpowering. Up next comes a real slight earthy spice flavor that may be from the rye, but I can't tell for sure and it's followed by some orange rind and typical Witbier yeast flavors. On the finish there's a little more orange rind with a lower amount of bitterness with a very sage and coriander like aftertaste with a little bit of orange rind in the background. The taste was ok, but I thought the sage was too overpowering and it didn't let the rye show up enough, it was pretty average tasting.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly sticky, medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little fizzy. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, the sage seemed interesting when I read about it on the label, but when I got to the taste and aroma of this beer the sage seemed to be too overpowering which didn't give this beer the best balance. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was a little tough to finish the bottle, it was a little smooth, but the overpowering sage did not hold my attention and one would be enough for me, no way would I want to session this beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both nice and turned out to be the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was how overpowering the sage was, It would have been a lot nicer if the sage was toned down and the rye shined through a little more. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not what I look for in the style, and I wouldn't recommend this beer unless you really like sage. All in all I wasn't a fan of this one, Samuel Adams generally knows what their doing, but they got a little out of hand with the sage this time and the beer suffered because of it, better luck next time guys. Blueberry Hill Lager was my favorite of this years summer pack, the rest of the beers were average at best, I think last years summer pack was much better, I don't think I will get another one this season.

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Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass. from the beers of summer variety pack

A: pale golden color. half a finger of thin, quickly dispersing head. lots of beautiful little bubbles rising to the top. hazy.

S: lemon or orange peel. citrusy. clean. rye with hints of herbs and spices. floral notes.

T: clean and crisp from the rye. spicy notes, coriander. very mild citrusy/floral character. not too sweet, but refreshing.

M: beautifully carbonated. light body. dry, crisp finish.

O: very pleasant. i enjoyed this beer with a pork chop dinner. a very understated brew, but very refreshing. not the most creative witbier. reminds me of a lighter, spicier blue moon.

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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 Jeffreysan
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden yellow, with a finger of off-white head that dissolved into a thin cloud of wispy foam that formed a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a cloud of lacy foam that collected in the center of the beer. Doesn’t look exactly like a Budweiser, but it’s close.

Aroma: Lots of hops, yeasts and citrus, and some spice. Specifically, I get orange, lemon, banana, coriander, sage and clove. Actually, it smells pretty nice.

Taste: Ok, very Belgian whit-style flavors. Yeasty, but there’s the bubble gum and clove and banana that’s so prevalent in whitbiers and weissbiers that I’m not a fan of. This beer also has a very long finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with some good carbonation to cleanse the palate and tickle the tastebuds.

Overall: I’m not a fan of this beer, mainly because I don’t like Belgian whitbiers and German weissbiers. That being said, the flavors are interesting and I’m assuming that it’s a pretty good example of what a Belgian-style whitbier is supposed to taste like.

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