Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. The best before date was notched at September.
Appearance: Hazy dark gold hue, but pale yellow depending on the light. Forms a large, white, foamy head which mostly evaporates but still leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Strong aroma of sage herbs, a hint of citrus and black pepper. Garden-like and fresh.
Taste: Iím not usually a fan of arbitrarily adding herbs and spices to beers just to make them different, but in the case of Samuel Adams Little White Rye it actually works out well. Itís mostly a standard (but tasty) witbier at the core with plenty of the usual orangepeel and coriander. The sage and rye gives it some herbal character and a subtle spiciness that wakes up the palate.
The zesty character makes itself known right away. Thereís a citrusy potpourri of lemon and orange as well as pale maltiness. A quick burst of peppery bitterness through the middle (due to the rye Iím assuming), followed by a sweet finish of a honey/lemon candy with a coating of sage or parsley. It reminds me of a cough drop, but without any medicinal character. Slight bit of dry spice on the finish and a mostly clean aftertaste. Iím actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. This is quite experimental for the Samuel Adams brand.
Drinkability: This is a remarkably easy beer to drink. The body is perfectly medium, with a fine amount of carbonation and smooth finish. Thereís a slightly dry aftertaste, but the beer is actually quite refreshing while in the mouth and would be ideal for summer. At 5.3% ABV itís got a lot of flavor for its size and would be quite tempting to session (if only you could get more than two bottles at a time).
crazyvin (1796) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a nice slightly cloudy amber hue with a white head that had good retention and lace. Aroma had nice wheat notes and a mix of sage and coriander. No real citrus note. Flavor had a good blended of wheat and spice notes. Rye and citrus seemed hidden. Finish was smooth and mouth-feel was moderate. Still a nice beer.
nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy orange-tan body. Thin, steady creamy mini head. Interesting zesty sage in the aroma. Not really much rye to speak of, but I guess the huge perfumey herbal tones kind of cover it up. Lemony soulless herbs. Another beer that would have been better without the gimmicky adjuncts.
BrewBoxer (1523) - New York, New York, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a semi cloudy orange lee on color. Taste is the same as those druits. A little lighter then your average wheat beer but very good and summery
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Aurelius (3717) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells like suntan lotion - oily, lemony, tangy, chemical, a little floral/soapy. OK label; very slightly misty pale gold beer with a fine-grained white head. A little salty/buttery, lemon zest, moderate hopping, very light astringency. The flavor of the beer is all up-front, and afterwards the brew levels off. Medium body, goes a bit flat, short, light lemon-chemical finish. Not my favorite Sam. Walmart, part of the 2013 Beers of Summer mixpack.
mike67 (687) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with white, long lasting head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of wheat malt, ripe fruit and spices. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of spices, sweet malt, citrus and cotton candy. Finish is earthy, spicy and sweet as well. Nice summer brew.
beaz1591 (214) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lager glass. A complex smelling beer, hints of wheat, orange, and rye among others. Pours a cloudy gold, some lacing. Tasty, Iím picking up on the rye, bits of orange. Finishes crisp like a soda.
MadIndian (2215) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Craft. Thin bottle. Notes of Rye, coriander and caramel malt. Some other hints of spice. Itís okay.
Lightrider (221) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle into a goblet. Pour is light orange haze with a nice head. Aroma is a nice earthy malt and orange. Taste is a warm spiced malt. Finish is rich. A very good ale.
ironprog (41) - - APR 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a light golden-orange with a tall, white head. Aromas of orange, lemon, and coriander. Taste is smooth and slightly sweet. Flavors of orange, lemon, and sage. Has a smooth texture with a medium body.