SBor02 (67) - Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ale is a hazy orange with a medium white head. Orange aroma dominates with a soft malt scent. There are subtle notes of alcohol as well. The taste is a sweet citrus that is very well balance with no bitterness. The carobnation is middle of the road and there is medium body to this beer. Overall, I think this a great beer with a smooth taste that is just right. I did not think that I would take to SA, but it appears to be happening.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange that settles quickly with a medium to light white head. Aroma is a bit of hops, and some sweet, resiny characters. Taste is a bit bitter that is overpowered by the sweet, carmely malt. Alcohol is upfront and on the nose. Some honey and coriander come through a little.
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light amber pour with weak head. Sweet coriander and sour cherry nose, lots of biscuity yeast. Creamy mouthfeel, really coats the tongue. Lightly malted finish. Witbeir on steroids. For the 10.3 alcohol, you really canít taste the alcohol at all. As the brew warms the orange notes really pop. Iíd be very interested in trying this one on tap.
generallee08 (64) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: From the pour I got a bright orange body with lighter yellow hues at the sides of the glass. (This is much darker than a standard White or Witt beer.) On top was tall creamy off white head with fairly good staying power for a 10+% beer. It slowly fades to a wisp thin layer that makes some slick lacing.
Smell: The aroma has notes of spicy yeast, coriander, and orange peel back up by a mild boozy maltiness.
Taste/Palate: It has a warm and sweet overall character. There is a solid bready and wheat malt base with hints of spice, yeast, and bitter orange peel. Hops are light and blend into the background and the big abv adds warmth. The palate is full, smooth and slightly slick.
Notes: Itís much heavier and less drinkable than a normal Witt beer. This is interesting but way out of style.
leo2x4us (63) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy light brown appearance. The beer has a floral sweet aroma. High alcohol taste with a sweet taste of orange.
brewmaster55 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber with minimal head. Hints of orange in both aroma and tastes. Can taste the alcohol in a pleasant way. First Imperial Series from Samuel Adams that I have tried, picked up several others, hope that they are like this one, recommend.
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a rather dark copperish color for any type of wit (imperial or otherwise). Smell is of more obnoxious sweetness and a bit of oxidation. I mean seriously, this is bad. I almost drain poured this garbage. Very little in the spice notes, where is any sort of esters of the Belgian yeast or orange / coriander. Where is the the tart fruit notes, where really is anything. This is awful. Iím going to rate this low just because this is so far off style is isnít even funny. what the hell is this beer?
Bella68 (42) - Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitely not white in color, very cloudy with a thin head. Citrusy aroma. Full bodied to the point it reminded me of a sweetened syrup. Not a fav of mine.
Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with lacy head that is tenacious. Fruitcake and alcohol on the nose. Starts hoppy fading into characteristic Belgian taste. Average carbonation, incredibly full body.
trancecyclist (41) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-oz draft in a tulip at Flaniganís Boathouse in Conshohocken. I didnít order this in order to beat on the Sam Adams Brewing Corp. But.... The end result is a beer that in no way resembles a wit, EVEN if does have wheat grains, coriander, and orange peel. It arrives as a dark orange, with a decent head. The taste is essentially as if someone blended a Belgian golden ale with a dubbel. If it was made with a similar proportion of wheat and barley that wits are, well, the wheat characteristics of the flavor of a 10.5% alcohol "wit" are long gone. The sweetness is very pronounced. Again, "Imperial White", even if factually true in its brewing, is misleading in the end. Not a bad beer as such, but it doesnít put one in the mind of a wit by any stretch of the imagination.