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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Added by Brad007 on 03-28-2013

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Photo of mactrail
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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Photo of zaptone
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Vixie
3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
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 TurboBrew
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of gpogo
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Yellow golden hazey body with a constant stream of bubbles. Small white foam cap. No lacing.

A- Sweet spicy herbaly aroma. Somewhat tart lemony aroma.

T- Grainy herbal flavor. Light coriander in the finish. Spicy rye throughout.

M- Medium light body and moderate carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not my favorite. It's worth a try and is quite sessionable. I just find Sam Adams attempt at styles like this to be a bit on the weak side.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -9.8%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Chevelle66
4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy. Light honey color. Surging bubbles. Supports a solid cap of white. Lovely etches of lace all in my glass. Not a bad look.

Aroma is unexpectedly overblown with tangy orange peel and coriander, like so many Sam Adams summer seasonals. I pick up whiffs of sage in the midst of dense fogs of twangy wheat malts, faux-Belgian yeastiness, and weird sweetness. Not what I was gunning for.

Sage comes through big time upon tasting it. Taking more of a backseat is coriander and then notes of citrus and citrusy hops. Wheat malts are not the right touch here, but that's what they intended for the clever name. Rye spiciness is not accentuated, except in the finish. Love the sage, however.

Drinks light. Lots of burp. Not thin. Decent.

Another Sam seasonal that I can pass on.

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Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of Raime
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of PortLargo
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -31%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that reduces to a cap for a couple minutes

S: Typical wit spices and fruitiness, with a slightly spicy rye in the back

T: Starts off with the typical spices combined with sage and rye. Doesn't really mix well with the fruitiness/orange peel. Finishes with more sage and coriander

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely not your typical wit. The combo of sage, coriander, and rye don't really mix all that well, especially once the orange peel comes into play. Gets better as it warms, but it really isn't anything more than average

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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