Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Rating #66. Hazy gold/yellow pour with a white head. Spicy coriander aroma, a little earthy. Bitter orange peel flavor and a spicy rye thing going on. Interesting. (2719)
burg326 (5202) - Florida, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle poured a cloudy yellow color with aromas of sage, corriander, light rye and some earth. Flavors are light wheat with some sage and corriander, decent beer overall, but not the best of their lineup.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Got with the seasonal 12-pack at Krogers on Broadway in Knoxville, TN.
Cloudy yellow. Fast, small white head. Aroma: Sage, citris, coriander. Flavor: Sage dominates other spices, bread. Sage finish.
Itís not a bad beer by any means but I think Mr. Koch got a tad happy with the sage and forgot the Rye.
demitriustown (1177) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice banana notes, yeast, maybe a little bit of orange. Appearance is a cloudy orangish golden with a thick white head that diminishes slowly. Taste is rather suble a can taste to rye in there with an overtone of the witbeir, banana, light orange, and clove. Palate is medium carbonation and an aftertaste of lingering rye notes. Overall, Decent stuff easy drinking. Nothing that will blow your socks off. Cheers!
redpooba (403) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A white head and a light off-amber beer. The beer has a medium body and that distinctive hot rye flavoring, but it is well balanced and clean. The aftertaste is crisp and sharp. A decent beer.
tnkw01 (1683) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Cloudy gold. Really big head. Slow to go. Small lace. Taste is kind of soapy. Aroma is weak.
Patrickctenchi (5712) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy yellow-gold with a tall, dense, off-white head.
Aroma is sage, orange...malt.
Taste is not exactly sweet, but not exactly bitter either....a litttle rye, sage mild leather, spice.
Nicely different and tasty.
Chad9976 (1604) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 (2026) - 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 (5606) - 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.