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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Brad007 on 03-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,514
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
511
pDev:
15.64%
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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and strong sage aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and sage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a sage presence that is fairly dominant over any other aromas or flavors.

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -21.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a small, head of white foam. It smelled of pepper, spice and wheat. Tasted too peppery with lemon and coriander. Some sweet caramel and wheat.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy brass orange color.

Flavors of orange peel, zest, coriander and rye. Pretty much everything advertised. A lot of spice flavors. The sage shows in the finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp and spiced. Lighter body. Ends dry.

Overall, an okay wit. Too much spice for me, however. I'd only want one of these.

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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemon, orange, a lot of spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and strong coriander up front. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer seems like a lighter version of their Summer Ale with a stronger spice flavor, so if those two things are what you like in the Summer Ale, you’ll like this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
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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3/5  rDev -8%

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2.25/5  rDev -31%

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
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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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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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3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I must say, I am becoming more and more enamored of the Sam. Adams lineup of beers and am increasingly willing to try the single bottle when the opportunity arises. I believe that it arose at Mari's Six Pax 'N' Mor on my most recent visit.

From the bottle: "Innocent yet beguiling, this hazy golden brew appears to be 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. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".; "Ale brewed with orange peel and coriander with sage added."

My pour created a finger of eggshell-white head with moderate retention. That was of no matter as it was the nose that really got my attention - the kitchen began to smell like potpourri! Color was a hazy deep-gold with a cloudy core, as though I should have better agitated it in the bottle before pouring. Leaning in, I caught a good whiff of lemon zest, orange peel, black pepper and a general spiciness. Oh my. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was quite citrusy, initially, then the spiciness took over on the tongue. Finish was quite dry and refreshing, thanks to the interplay of the spices. I am not sure that I got the rye, unless that was the source of the black pepper. No matter. This was tasty and a welcome addition to a hazy, humid day in mid-Spring. One more that I hope makes it into CANs for the summer. Just sayin' ...

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
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 others...it 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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Samuel Adams Little White Rye from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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