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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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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 101
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.43/5  rDev +35.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of woodychandler
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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4.75/5  rDev +45.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of budgood1
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color, bright when held up to light. The head was pure white and short. It quickly dissipated into a light ring.

The aroma is fragrant. Noticeable coriander and orange peel. Not too much coriander where it smells like celery. There is also a fairly strong lemon and pepper aroma. Overall it has a bright scent.

The taste is of a bready wheat and rye malt. Not sure the rye adds any flavor but seems to add some body. The coriander is a bit aggressive and borders on old celery. The orange peel adds some fruitiness. Peppery and grassy notes as well.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the palate with enough of a grassy bitterness. A shade or two heftier than a traditional witbier.

A decent wit. The rye seems to mellow the coriander a bit but the beer still drinks bright

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden with a creamy white head that leaves ample lacing.

The smell is of orange peel, coriander and sage.

The taste is of orange peel and coriander. The sage is quite heavy, giving it a leafy character. Rye is barely noticeable - just a touch of mint in the finish.

It is light-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish lingers a bit.

Well, it's interesting. A bit too leafy/herbal for my taste, but it works well enough overall to be drinkable. I had no trouble drinking both in the variety pack, but wouldn't seek it out.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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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