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RATINGS: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haast (37) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Dark, hazy copper color with minimal head. Unique in that it retains some hefeweizen-like properties (banana, orange, coriander falvors) while having the thick body and mouthfeel of a doppelbock or strong ale. Slightly sour flavor with a distinct alcohol taste. A good "winterized" version of hefeweizen.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours dark tan, looks like a barleywine, not a witbeer; I was initially concerned I got a mislabeled bottle. But the aroma smells like a sweet wit, fruity and almost bubble gum. Taste is amazing, very sweet for a wit with a strong coconut flavor. If you told me this was a coconut beer, I’d believe you. Very thick, which I am looking for in these "imperial" versions of regular styles. Not hot at all, the alcohol is barely there. There is a bit of wit beer still in this beer, but I’m glad to see Sam Adams take this over the top and make something that defies classification. Though I am giving it the slightest deduction in points for not really tatsing like a wit...I loved it.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Yatesed (37) - Blacklick, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Poured golden haze, one finger head, taste of carmel hits right away with several other flavors overwhelming the palate. Too busty for my taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dekeq (36) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Poured into the glass it produced a very nice, opaque, golden-hued beer. It had a nice film around the edge after the head settled. The aroma consisted of a lot of hops. It was also pretty sweet - reminded me a little of traditional Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Aside from this, it was a pretty complex scent and I couldn’t pick everything out. As for the taste, there wasn’t much to say at the start of it but at the end there was a hit of everything. There was a nice combination of barley and spices and a slight bite from the aforementioned barley and alcohol content. This was a pretty smooth beer but it was a little unbalanced in terms of taste-flow. It started with not much of anything, kicks you with a spice and it ends bitter. It reminded me a little of Chimay White in terms of overall flow.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2010
I was not anticipating how smooth, velvety, and strong this beer would taste. Pours an orange amber and thicker than most Wits. Does not go down as light as a true Wit. Contains a strange blend of the lighter Wit with the heavier stronger Imperial taste. Did not work for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TungstenGT (34) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2009
poured a murky copper color with short-lived 2 finger white head. aroma of orange, lemon, coriander, bread. medium mouth feel, spices, rock candy, fruit, yeast, banana. warm going down and very low carbonation. a witbier that’s a bit over the top, but that’s what the brewer was going for! very interesting to try.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyAvalanche (32) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2011
I found this beer to be very interesting. Looked pretty good, slight haze, had an off white yellowish/orangey colored head to it that fades away pretty quickly. Had some slight lacing to it, not very much. The smell was kind of all over the place. Had a strong citrusy/spicy. The taste was good to, but there was just so much flavor to it. It had one particular taste that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Almost seemed like a orangey type jam flavor. You can taste the alcohol a bit in the aftertaste but not very strong. The mouthfeel and drinkablility were good. No carbonation bite and despite the high alcohol content you couldn’t really taste it. I don’t regret trying this at all, not normally my cup of tea, but pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pudds (29) - Brandon, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
Aged roughly 5 months. Color of caramel, no head to speak of. Nose is brandy and alcohol sweetness. Mellow alcohol taste, less intense than I expected from the aroma. Very sweet. The light carbonation leaves a sweet coating on the tongue. I think this would age very nicely.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Very good belgian from a brewer that doesn’t stop reinventing itself. Nice to see a beer with such high gravity and obscure style mass marketed. Beer was sweet, and farly neutral with respect to the effect of the yeast.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ndel40 (22) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Surprisingly, under whelming aroma with an amber and cloudy appearance. The flavor is mildly fruity that lingers on the pallet. Overall, slightly above average and I will likely drink it again.


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