I picked up another Sam Adams sampler and this time along with the usual suspects, this case included the White Ale. From the Sam Adams site:
“Full Spicy yet smooth. Samuel Adams® White Ale is brewed with 10 exotic spices: orange and lemon peel, dried plum, Grains of Paradise, coriander, anise, hibiscus, rose hips, tamarind, and vanilla. As an unfiltered wheat ale, Samuel Adams White Ale has a crisp and refreshing taste profile with the added unique character and complexity of our special blend of spices.”
I found the White Ale to have the following characteristics.
- Appearance: Cloudy & Golden with good foam and lacing.
- Aroma: Sweet, spicy with a hint of malt.
- Taste: Very mild with a subtle sweetness and a nice finish.
- ABV: 5.2%
This was a good beer, but not a great one. If you are looking for a traditional Belgian Ale, this is far too mild to satisfy that taste. However, if you are looking for a American spin that is more mild and not too citrusy, the White Ale might be for you.
Categories: Brew Review, Sam Adams
Good to know. If I see it on sale, I may buy some. Otherwise, nope. I’m not huge on Sam Adams anyway, but like I said, I can (try anyway) keep an open mind!
This isn’t a bad beer – but obviously doesn’t hold a candle to something like Hoegaarden. With that being said, Sam Adams is the beer for the masses – so I think it’s great that they try out different styles and introduce the amateur beer drinker to something new!
I agree. It’s an ok beer, but not something that I would go out of my way for. Avery White Rascal and Allagash White are infinitely more interesting.