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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.


2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Elwood (3223) - 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 isn’t 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 (2637) - 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 can’t 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 doesn’t work at all here. I couldn’t even finish this.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7147) - 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.. didn’t 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 IBU’s? (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

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RobertDale (3477) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a fairly clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, coriander and citrus. Sweet Aroma. Tastes very sweet. Thick with some alcohol. Just too sweet for me.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2010
I never understand "imperial" session beer styles but here we go. Citrus nose, very floral with hints of spice and alcohol. Pours an orange amber with a white head that dissipates quickly. Strong malty flavor, caramel with hints of wheat bread and sweet coriander and hints of cinnamon. Not horrible, but its more of a spiced wheat wine. Not for me.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Let’s take a quick look at the commercial description:
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.

I agree with the ’truly a unique brew’ part. I can detect a bit of coriander after my taste buds plow through a mountain of residual sugar. And after I finished the glass I do get some residual orange. So I guess that qualifies as sort of like a witbier. Or it could just be a malt liquor with a lot of residual sugar and some spice.


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