Thursday, November 18, 2010

Samuel Adams - White Ale

Samuel Adams - White Ale
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug
Samuel Adams White Ale is the Boston Beer Company’s take on a traditional Belgian witbier. It pours the requisite light yellow body, but comes with plenty of orange tones and a moderate haze. This one doesn’t cloud quite as well as Hoegaarden or Allagash White. The medium head is slightly creamy and carries a medium retention. The slightly astringent malt nose also packs an orangey citrus aroma and mild hops, clove and white pepper.
Unlike some other Belgian-style ales, the foam doesn’t impart a ton of flavor here. Wheat malts are vibrant and very citrusy. The sweetness is pleasant and clean. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel and the finish are both a tad too watery for my taste. The spices come through in the end, to the rescue of this beer. The salvation is a bit short-lived as the spices meet a blandish aftertaste.
Final Verdict: B-

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