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.
leo2x4us (65) - 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.
trancecyclist (49) - 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.
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.
OTownKnight (38) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass. Pours an amber/copper color with a white foamy head. Thick lacing though the finish. Alcohol is definitely the strongest first impression, it takes awhile to get used to it. If you donít consume high abv beers frequently it will take awhile to be able to enjoy this beer without being overwhelmed by the high alcohol content. Has a champagne-like taste, I personally could not detect any citrus/orange flavor, although certain fruits can be slightly detected in the aroma and taste. 10.3% ABV is nothing to mess around with, one of these beers can give you a buzz. Only one of these is equivalent to three light beers in terms of abv.
Although the alcohol is overpowering at first, halfway through it becomes enjoyable and it does live up to its description as an interesting brew. Very tasty and memorable. I am now anxious to try the rest of the Sam Adams imperial series after this white ale.
Only problem I have with this beer is that it does not taste anything like a witbier. Just had my last Hoegaarden yesterday and the two donít even compare. They may be brewed in the same fashion with the same hops, wheat, etc. but taste is not similar at all. Donít expect a typical white beer taste from this one (note the copper color in the first place). Final score: 16/20
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