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Sam Adams Imperial White pushes the boundaries of a witbier. While the brew delivers orange and coriander notes typical of a witbier, it has a bigger mouthfeel and body. It is truly a unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours a mostly clear, orangey-cooper color with a moderately full, off-white, creamy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal frothy lace. Nose is sweet for the style with lots of honeyed sweet breads and clove, light banana peel yeast esters, faint wheat notes, and only hints at orange peel. Flavor is unquestionably sweet, especially for the style; lots of sweet caramel, clove, some honeyed wheat bread, banana estery yeast, candi sugar, and hints at muscat grapes and orange peel. Palate is thick, creamy, slightly warming, lively, and medium. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth still there, mostly sweet, but a small floral bitterness also; other notes of clove, white grapes, and coriander. To me, this is more like a wit-inspired, weizen dopplebock; lots if residual sweetness, a malt emphasis, and at 10+%. Only a small orange and coriander presence underneath so much clove and caramel sweet notes. Overall, it is a decent beer but not really like an imperial wit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Poured a amberish color. Smelled spicey and yeast. Taste of a big big wit lots of spice, too much spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Thanks be to thee, dm9831, Oh munificent one. Pours a tad hazy amber with white head. Nose is yeasty, alcoholic and possesses a spicy reek and big banana...or was that dm9831? Flavors of coriander and orange peel, caramel/toffee, grassiness, and banana. Big, obvious, over-the-top alcohol as well. I really liked this effort from SA, and would definitely seek this brew out again and again, despite it’s having nothing to do with a "wit" beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Amber colored pour that looks really hazy with a nice white head. Turns out it’s actually a clear brew, just pours with a ton of tiny little bubbles that settled out as the beer warmed up. Pleasant aroma of dough, scotch, and spices. Really unusual taste....cloves, doughy yeast, alcohol, spices. There’s some sour notes left in the mouth as it finishes, kinda like a strong lager. I like the outside-the-box attempt, and it’s unusual, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
12oz bottle 3/18/09 (Sam’s Wine & Liquor-Downers Grove)-Pours a hazy amberish orange with a nice small off white head. Aroma of coriander, Belgian yeast, sugars, and citrus. Taste of coriander, wheat, sweetness, and slight alcohol. This medium to full bodied brew is definitely high octane but still quite tasty and well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Poured a hazed amber with a good sized off-white head. Aroma of spice and citrus. Orange, lemon, coriander, yeast, and a sweet malt. Orange and wheaty malt. Clove yeast taste. Warming on a medium but short body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Pours a dark, hazy amber color with a hazy with a lacing white head. Malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Hint of spices, yeast, and light orange. A dense wheat and yeast flavor with a sense of the alcohol it contains. Some light caramel as well. Medium body. Not bad from Sam Adams, but they could have put a little more work into it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle from the inevitable dm9831 - Interesting that this is listed as a Wit. It pours a fairly clear amber body with a respectable head that doesn’t like to hang around too long. The aroma is caramelly and has a touch of banana along with a wheaty tartness, some coriander, and floral scents. The flavor starts with a caramel coated banana sweetness followed by a jolt of alcohol. Then the spiciness along with touches of citrus fruit join in. The finish is sweet and spicy with a low alcohol burn. Not a bad drink, but if you’re in the mood for a Witbier, this is not what you want.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma of wheat, spices, flowers, pollen, coriander, slight orange zest, light alcohol, and artificial sweetener. Poured amber in color with a tiny, off-white head. Slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of wheat, coriander, alcohol, and yeast. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Cloying alcohol and coriander finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BOLTZ7555 – thanks Jason! Pours a cloudy light amber with a huge 3 finger dense beige head that leaves really nice lacing. The nose is spicy yeast, celery salt and ripe fruits. The taste is sweet fruits, coriander, yeast and malt with an alcohol bite in the finish. Lighter prickly mouthfeel. Another decent effort by Sam Adams. Thanks again J!

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