goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
haddon90 (1441) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
shigadeyo (2980) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/17/2009: There is simply no way that Sam Adams Imperial White can be considered a Wit. It is just so far outside the accepted Witbier style guidelines, even for me! That’s not to say that it’s a bad beer though. Actually, I quite like it. It is definitely big in all regards. The aroma and flavor are both massively sweet and malty. The alcohol is warming, yet well-hiden, but I don’t think that hiding it is difficult to do with the heaps of pale and caramel malt flavor. There is just an ever so slight hint of something spicy swimming around in there as well. It might be corriander, but it is so difficult to say. Actually, banana and clove become evident as the beer warms up. I really like those attributes in a big wheat beer like this one. The beer looks thick on the pour and in the glass and IS thick, viscous, sticky, and syrupy in the mouth. Despite that it is still dangerously quaffable. I definitely think that Sam Adams hit whatever high marks that they had set for this beer. It is just big all the way around. I guess if one is going to go big and Imperial, one should really go BIG and not hold back!
12 fl. oz. bottle (10.3% alc./vol.) from Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio. Rating #94 for this beer.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour was Slightly darker than I was expecting. Aroma was nice with yeast, light orange, and a lot of sweet malt. This is basically a tripel. Flavor was real smooth and clean with light notes of coriander against the malt body. Could use a little more carbonation but overall, I am impressed. Good brew.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy bright orange pour with a frothy white head and nice drippy lace. Alcoholic orange-sicle flavor. Full bodied however the alcohol is a little in the face. Honey, orange, coriander, and lemon. Decent beer, for a style my palate just doesn’t seem to enjoy
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Super hazy copper tinted golden coloured body with some orange highlights when held up to a light. Nice thick dense tan head tops the beer with some VERY slow moving bubbles creeping up the glass - check that out!!! Aroma of potent alcohol, curacao, coriander seed, oak, vanilla and more alcohol - you can tell this is going to be strong from the first smell. Full-bodied; Chewy mouthful with a lot of alcohol and malt up front tapped up by curacao and citrus notes. Aftertaste shows a lot of honey, coriander seed, yeast and a bunch of oak and vanilla. A bit too chewy and chunky for me. Overall, a good but rather large and strong beer - especially for the style. I’m not sure when the best time to drink this beer would be, but I definitely wouldn’t say summer- more of a cold weather/dreary spring day that you wish was more like summer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, D.C. on 07-March-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 16-March-2009.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden tangerine pour with a small creamy eggshell head. Aroma is honey, orange zest, and spice. Flavor is light citrus, caramel, and vine-ripened grapes. A little syrupy but again, they did a good job masking the alcohol. Enjoyed it.