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RATINGS: 778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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.

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3.7
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pours a cloudy orangeish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is spices, coriander, wheat, bananas, malt. Flavor is coriander, malt sweetness, spices, banana, cloves, a little alcohol burn. Nice warming fruity banana wheat finish. I liked this one.

3.6
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 12oz from Sam’s, Durham. Cloudy dark orange pour, with less of a head than I was expecting. Nose is pleasantly pungent, a mix of intense yeast and ripe fruits. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, which is nice, and the flavors don’t wash out too quickly, as is often the case with this style (in both its regular and its imperial variety). Not much spice to me, but a nicely warming and pleasantly fruity rendition.

3.4
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12oz bottle, sample out of a plastic cup at work. Pours a semi hazy golden orange. Aromas of sweet malt, spice, coriander, light tropical fruits(pear, tangerine). Flavors bring a sweet fruity entry with more tropical fruits, pear, citrus, and some light hops. Finish is spicy and light hops.

3
thegreenrooster (4406) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Pour is a cloudy orange with a large white head. Aroma is nice with some corriander and clove then comes the alcohol. Flavor is candi sugar and a big alcohol punch. A little bit of dark fruit is left on the tounge after the swallow but the alcohol is still there. It looks and smells good but its just too boozy. Does the world really need an 10% witbier?

3.1
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2009
To me this bad boy was boozey. Had a nice aroma to it and the pour was clear and orange though i was expecting a cloudy white color. Flavor was dominated by alcohol, but as it warmed i could pick out the orange and coriander. Not a bad beer.

3.6
jredmond (8288) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2011 Bottle split with Pwn3d. Pours hazy dark amber. Cherry aroma - reminiscent of DFH Red and White. Flavor is cherry, slight slight alc in the aftertaste.

3.5
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Good stuff. Lots of orange/coriander in the aroma. Malty sweet belgian aromas, alcohol. Taste follows suit. Lots of coriander. The alcohol doesn’t hide itself, but it doesn’t distract either. Finishes spicy with moderate dryness, orange, and Belgian candy. Very decent.

3.4
wxman (1820) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Pours a pale amber with a minimal but lasting white head. Faint aroma of dry white wine. Sweet malt taste, along with buttery toffee and maple. Not to be negative, but there are some slight malt liquor characteristics in the aftertaste. Smooth and pleasant for the hefty ABV.

3.9
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a radiant yet cloudy orange color with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma is citrus, clove, coriander, malt sweetness, and a slight detection of the alcohol (last time you really notice this is a high-alcohol beer). Aroma is coriander, spice, citrus, clove, dark fruits, and a bit of a wheat characteristic in here. I didn’t detect the alcohol within the taste, at least not as much as you generally should for 10.3%. It’s sweeter than most witbiers, but it worked for me. I think it’s fantastic - Sam Adams was always known for good, solid, yet unspectacular beers. They’re upping their game.

3.3
Lowe1983 (1595) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Pours a cloudy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of coriander, citrus, dark fruits, toffee, and some alcohol. Thick on the palate with coriander, dark fruits, spices, wheat, and some alcohol warming to finish it up. Too much sweetness for my liking on this one.


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