Butters (3928) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Is it just me? or is sam adams actually getting markedly better at their special releases? Clearish golden pour with decent ring of white head. Nose is a little muddled, mainly orange peel. Flavor is more of a blend of coriander, and orange, and even a little banana hint. Spiciness is hiding in the background. Very smooth and big chewy creamy body. Iíd pick this over a blue moon, but not over an authentic belgian witbeir. tasty though.
Bulk_Carrier (2498) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours a hazy golden orange into my nonic. Foamy, clingy lacing spider webs around the glass. A thick one inch white foamy head appears and lasts a good minute. Some slowly moving carbonation is seen rising. The smell is soap, orange, and lemon coming through in a spicy way. Hops are there but very subdued. No yeast is smelled. The taste takes the citrusy smells and adds a bit of a subdued wheat flavoring. No yeast is tasted. The mouthfeel is medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It has a watery aftertaste and finish. This is very sessionable. Overall, a bit different for a real witbier ("whereís the yeast?), but I liked it for me. Iíd have it again.
ChainGangGuy (4482) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of the 2013 Spring Thaw Variety Pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazy, darkish golden body with a smallish, receding, white head.
Smell: Bright, cheery orangey citrus note atop the wheat malt and redolent spice mix.
Taste: Malted wheat with a touch of breadiness and sugared sweetness. Spritzy citrus character as the carbonation crackles across the tongue, fast followed by the spices, the Grains of Paradise with its characteristic peppery bite. Very minor hop character, bitterness, letting the citrus additions and spices take on that role.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Minus the GoP, itís not particularly distinguishable from a Blue Moon, and, after Summer and Coastal Wheat, Iím really not sure they needed another light, wheat-based, Grains of Paradise-dosed anything.
ironprog (46) - - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden straw color with a frothy white head that lasts a long time. Aromas of sweet lemon and tangerine with floral undertones. Taste is lightly sweet with flavors of tangerine and maybe banana. Has a medium-body with a creamy texture. Finish is very abrupt. Carbonation is lively.
I was pleasantly surprised by this brew because I didnít think I would like it. In the end, I found it very refreshing. Would I consider it a finely-crafted ale? No. Would I happily consider it on a hot day? Absolutely.
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bread and citrus flavors meld with clove like aromas. Hazy yellow golden with a large white head. Balanced with dominating citrus flavors. Light refreshing crispness.
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma the best part...nice combo of clove citrus and honey; pour appears this; taste is a little sweet with slightly thick mouthfeel.
BillHick420 (438) - North Dakota, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2013
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours hazy yellow, with a tight white head. Bland, hints of citrus, fresh. Virtually no aroma detectable.
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a merky golden color with a huge, white foamy head. Aroma is fruity. Taste is crisp. Has a hint of orange and spice. The commercial description is acurate.
jb (2398) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yippee, a wit. Hazy, pale orange with a glow, actually kinda interesting looking. Orange peel nose. Boring palate is uninspiring but might be kind of decent if I had just mowed the lawn. But no I just fixed a toilet and it didnít work well with that.
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Nose is peaches, straw, bread. Palate is very stingy, tongue lashing, with a light felt finish. Lightly sweet with flavors of peaches, pepper, light spiciness and bread. Dry finish with just a touch of umami. Like it.