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RATINGS: 778   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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
trancecyclist (46) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arkurzynski (1676) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Hazy, deep amber. Caramel bomb aroma with some Belgian candy and mango. Mostly sweet, sweet caramel malt, sugar candy, light fruity mango/apricot. Alcohol heat. Mostly a malt disaster, but not a drain pour.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a cloudy lemon copper with frothy white head. Aroma is earthy. Notes of cereal, almond, oatmeal and grass. Flavor is cereal and sugar with notes of almonds. Body is light yet creamy with medium carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy yellowish brown. Nice off white head. Looks highly carbonated. Wheat, yeast, orange and spice in the nose. The carbonation isnít as aggressive as I thought it might be. It has a creamy mouthfeel. Tastes of gingerbread, alcohol, and some candy sweetness. Some lemon/coriander is lurking in there too. Sticky mouthfeel in the finish with the candy lingering a bit too long. Too sweet and not in very good balance.

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jake65 (2846) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle: A hazy orange pour with a modest sand colored head. Smells rich with coriander, orange peel, citrus fruits, and malt. Even a bit of bubblegum. Damn. After the initial aroma I thought this had serious potential. I canít get past the cloying and dark fruity trainwreck of a taste. Somewhat medicinal too. Blah. It sucks even more when something smells so nice then tastes so bad.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
12oz bottle. Orange with a lacy white head. Alcoholic, citric, sugary, and spicy aroma. The flavor is hot and alcoholic with plenty of orange sweetness and a bit of spicy balance. Pretty heavy and sticky. Very similar in profile to their already too sweet white ale but with even more sweetness and a ton more alcohol, which doesnít work at all here. I couldnít even finish this.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7265) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottled. Poured medium ambery-orange with a short, uniform cap of white head. The aroma was large and in charge with warm bananas, sticky cloves, and some sort of strong cleanser over a pale malt and honey base.. hot, hot, hot. The flavor had sticky caramel and banana sugars with some peppery and clovey spices around.. hot finish with residual sugars and alcohol.. didnít come together well. Thick, cloying, and messy on the palate with sticky sweetness laced with intense alcohol all over the place.. any semblance of subtlety was promptly defenestrated, and this was hard to drink.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bonster (180) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 Draft at my local. Pours a hazy orange. I am unaware of the aroma due to the old guy next to me smelling of campfire and mildew, rambling on about NASCAR. I tried to down this one as quick as possible, which may not be a bad thing because the taste was sweet (a bleeh kind of sweet) and uninspiring. Heavy on the vanilla and filling. Syrupy, alcohol is distinct. I wanted to like you, I really did....

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams Imperial White--Wheat Ale Brewed With Spices--Imperial Series--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 10.30% ABV--10 IBUís? (2.25 / 5.0) Wit--Imperial. Thick pour. No sediment. Mild lacy white head. Cloudy hint bright rich amber color. Faint coriander orange hop front. Thick sweet spicy Quad caramel fruit body. Hot EtOH end. Very sharp--Needs Aging. Sweet malt overwhelms every other nuance. Sampled 3/12/2010. 4 @ $2.89 Each--2 Remaining For Aging.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2010
I was surprised at this..tastes..looks and feels more like a barleywine than a wit or white beer..yes the orange and spice notes are present but so is that saccharine-like sweetness that sam adams products sometimes seem to favor..cloudy appearance fruity aroma thick and sticky on the palate..not bad with a capital b but a difficult brew to drink,.cant help thinking sams take on an imperial ipa might be better


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