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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Surprisingly dark orange color with a thick white head. Very perfumey aroma. Some honey, some citrus and lots of banana. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a touch of spice at the end and a good bit of honey. This is an odd one but I sort of like it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Light copper bronze colored body with a light khaki colored head. The aroma has some strong bananas and a little bit of orange peels. Then I started to notice the clove and alcohol. The taste has some strong banana peels and nasty clove. There is barely a hint of the orange peels. This is good if you like lots of clove. A sickly sweet mess.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottled. Dark orange colored ale, with a large, creamy white head. Nose is strange, very sweet, fruity, coconut, ginger-ale like, just awful. Flavor is sweet, strong & fruity, with out a lot of body or finesse. Just awful in every way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottled from K&B. Medium amberish in color. Sweet nose. Quite sweet and yeasty with a good amount of fruitiness and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet. Good spiciness. Some tropical fruits and yeast. Harsh alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1812) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Hazy honey orange with a cm of white head. Aroma is floral and sweet with some citrus notes. Taste is spicy and sweet with salty gingerbread, light mango, and disconcerting urea in the finish. Very viscous mouthfeel, but not an easy drinker. $2.50/12oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Single from Archer Liquors. Pours hazy orange with a white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is of spice, fruit, alcohol, and malt. Not a very powerful aroma. Taste is of spice, alcohol, malt, and caramel. Lots of caramel and sugar in this one. The booze is overbearing at first, but a sweet orange taste evens it out. Mouthfeel is very malty and sticky, not much like a wit at all. Very drinkable given the alcohol content.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4095) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Location: Picked up a pack of 12 oz. bottles at Gilly’s 3/5/09

Aroma: Spicy breadiness, orange/citrus
Appearance: Nice very cloudy, hazy dark orange color, medium off-white head
Flavor: Fruity, sweet...Can’t hide 10.3% at all in a white apparently
Palate: Lively, medium body, alcoholic finish
Overall Impression: Bought all 3 of these new SA Imperials, and this is the first I’m trying. Interesting beer, very different from typical American beer fare or most any beer fare for that matter. Certainly worth trying...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
I liked this the best of the three Imperials I tried the other night. It’s flavor was consistent with what I’d expect from a witbier. Had a nice orange/spice flavor with a complex palate. I’d have this one again. I still think the Imperial Pilsner was the best if the bunch though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
A hazy brown with a thin white head. Very heavy, sweet malt aroma with a floral note. Flavor is full on sweet. Almost overpoweringly so. Fruity with a slight heather ale taste. Clean and crisp but a little too heavy to be refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Pours a hazy amber with a thin wihte head. Smells of sugar, citrus, coriander. Tastes sweet and citrussy. Not bad.

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