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RATINGS: 774   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jake65 (2725) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7181) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a light amber color with a big white head. Aroma was of lots of clove and some orange. Taste was strong alcohol with some clove and corriander mixed in. Way too much for it to be drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Thanks to rustychiles for giving me some of this. Pours a luminescent deep pils color with considerable wheat haze. Aroma is of cotton candy, and distinctly of mystery fruit, which really weirded me out. Taste at first was pure raspberries, then cotton candy, then of some gummi bears I once had as a kid that made me sick (you never forget those). This turned me off in almost every way, and I worry my palate was way out of whack. I’ll have to try this again another time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2009
courtesy of Laurent Mousson (WBA) - cloudy reddish-amber colour with a persistent slightly beige foam; aroma of matured bananas and solvant; full-bodied and sticky, very sweet, heavy mouthfeel, tons of cinnamon in an heavy banana finish with notes of alcohol - quite cloying

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
zizzybalubba (1497) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine. Pours dark orange with a white head. Much darker than a normal Witbier. Aroma of yeast, orange and honey. Taste is way too sweet, and almost syrupy in mouthfeel. Even if you throw the idea of a Witbier out the window this doesn’t translate well as any style Belgian. I do get some of the orange and coriander notes but this is just too damn sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Hazy butterscotch in color with a very thin layer of froth. Malty brown sugar aroma. Syrupy mouthfeel. over the top sweetness, candy sugar and not much else. They really missed the mark on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2009
I am not a big fan of Belgium WItbier. This one was very thick, sweet, and had a strong citrus flavor. The alcohol can not be tasted, which is a shock considering the percentage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Dark golden pour with thick white head, sweet malt aroma with orange peel background, sweet bomb of a flavor with orange extract like pop, lingering sweet citrus syrup, no hop bitters noted, more barley wine instead of witbier, couldn’t finish 100%

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