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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Straw amber color, slight haze. Thin white head.

Smell: Mostly malts and some hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Heavy grain taste and malts.

Overall: Ok brew. Not my first choice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color is a bright hazy yellow with a solid full inch of sticky white head.
S - Smell is of typical wheat, some coriander, and very dry rye aspect. Man I hope its balanced.
T - Well it's far from great the Witbier aspect is very watery with very little wheat favor, hardly any lemon peel, and maybe some rye in the finish but it's far from balanced it comes off earthy. Boring I guess.
M - Light in fact too lite for the style. Disappointed.

Overall I agree with everyone else this is a very bland, boring addition to the summer variety pack even more so than the Summer ale. Sucks.

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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 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 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 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 woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
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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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 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 Gmann
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
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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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 Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazed orange yellow color with a two finger white head. The head is on the slightly rockier side, fading slowly over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of citrus (orange and lemon) and yeast as would be expected for a wit. There are the classic notes of banana and spice of coriander, pepper and clove as well as some light rye grainy smell along with a somewhat more potent herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins rather wit like with a somewhat wheaty and orange citrus taste. Quickly flavors of yeast and spice of a coriander and pepper come to the tongue along with a little bit of a rye flavor creeping onto the scene. The rye gets a bit stronger more toward the end competing with the wheat flavor in intensity. At the finale of the taste a light floral and herbal hop flavor comes into the flavor profile leaving a rather smooth taste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather average in thickness with a carbonation level that was slightly on the higher side. Both the body and the carbonation were rather fitting for the style, complimenting the citrus and rye/wheat flavors well as well as making for a very easy drinker.

Overall – An easy drinking wit with a bit of rye and some other lighter flavors incorporated within. While nothing of extraordinary regard, it was tasty and makes for a nice summer style brew.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, but the label is notched at best before August 2013. My third new beer from the Samuel Adams summer sampler pack.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours one finger of white head that dies away quickly. Body is a murky golden orange, unfiltered, with sediment suspended in the glass.

S - Can definitely smell the white sage in this one up front, which is actually very pleasant smelling. Lemon / orange citrus zest, coriander & some additional floral notes, and some black pepper from the rye presence.

T - Crisp & smooth. The tart citrus melds with the herbal spicy sage & rye very nicely, which is actually surprising. Sweet and citric, yet grassy and earthy at the same time. Bubblegum malts make themselves known in the finish.

M - Feel ends dry, with some minor tartness hanging on in the background, along with some herbal earthy notes from the presence of the sage and the rye.

Overall, a surprisingly impressive endeavor from the Samuel Adams crew. Probably not a beer I would be interested in having often, but it is definitely nice to see these guys bring something new and exciting to the table. So far, this has probably been my favorite beer from the summer sampler 12 pack. I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

Samuel Adams Little White Rye ---3.5/5

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, orangey gold with a quick to die head. That fast my beer is naked.

Smells like orange zest, sun dried wheat and a "leafiness" that I love. Not sure if the leafiness comes from the hops or the sage but I like it.

Crisp with a Sam Adams amount of rye spice. Mild, herbal lump in back.

Between White Christmas, White Lantern, Blackberry Wit, Imperial Wit and now LWR, Sam is really pumping out the witbeers. This is the best of them all says I.

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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 HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another witbier from the folks at Sam Adams. 12 oz. bottle poured into a globe glass shows a hazed lemon amber with a half inch white cap. So so retention for the style.

Aroma of noble hops it seemed initially though an artificial lemon/flowery nature becomes more prominent as the cap settles. Sage comes across more as rosemary on the nose while the coriander and rye escape me when cold especially. Hop aroma adds a pine character with exposure. Rye texture is quite prominent in the taste while the lemon notes return on the finish. Rye gives the feel a fullish body while the citrus keeps it in check, though it does get a bit harsh for the style with warming. Overall pretty decent brew and a bit of a different tack.

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Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big corriander impression on the aroma and the taste. A little zestiness from the rye addition but it is pretty subltle...almost a little black pepper in there as well. Reminds more of a saison/wit hybrid.

It' interesting enough but a little overspiced for my tastes. If you like corriander laden brews this is for you.

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Photo of wedge
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed yellow color under a quickly dissipating off-white head. Smells quite sage-y with a coriander and bright citrus backdrop. Herbal, peppery, and floral. A much more prominent grainy wheat element shows up mid-sip and less sage all around. Orange peel and coriander sweetness transition to a lavender-like floral note and faint ginger. An interesting take on the style for sure. I really like the fresh grain in the finish. Medium bodied and perhaps a touch undercarbonated, but a solid, refreshing beer overall.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the summer mixpack.. hazed golden.. short lasting white head with little lacing.

The nose is sage heavy, I thought at first it was cardamom.. peppery and light sweet citrus zest..

Despite all the weird spices and herbs, I think this is pretty tasty..

Light body and medium carbonation make for a burpy brew, but it is still drinkable... would work well with authentic Thai.


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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 scarfacecrowe
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served up in a growler, the beer poured a hazey golden color with a thick short lived white head. aroma was malty with clove, honey and citrus. The beer was light on the palate with a slight hops finish and tasted like it smelled, of cloves and citrus. I have never had a rye beer so I really am unable to make a comparison but, overall I thought the beer was very nice. I will give the mouthfeel a little bit better than average rating as I enjoy the yeasty aftertaste. The brew seems to get better as it warms.

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