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RATINGS: 778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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.

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2.9
mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle at tasting, pours a cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma of wheat, coriander and citrus peel. Flavour of citrus, wheat, coriander and other indiscernible spices (ginger?) and some oranges. Pretty full-bodied for a wheat, but nothing extraordinary.

1.7
Oakes (17684) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
The dull opaque amber livens up when it is held up to light. Sugary, phenolic, flowery and boozy aroma. Very thick, sweet beer with light flowery-fruity notes. Ultra thick, cloying. Slight boozy finish. A bit of a mess.

2.8
TBone (17544) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2012
Bottled 355ml (Hilpeä Hauki)
Hazy orange-amber color, small steady off-white head. Aroma is banana and alcohol sweetness. Full-bodied. Sweet banana, alcohol, light spiceyness but can’t trace coriander. Too heavy. Unbalanced.

3
jtclockwork (16597) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours cloudy caramel amber. White head. Nose/taste of orange truffle, coriander, orange rind, toffee and alcohol. Taste is a bit to "hot" for a wit. Lots of alcohol in the finish. Medium body.

3.9
bhensonb (15195) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours burnished copper with an ok off-white head. Aroma is mostly caramel with underlying spice notes. I’d call this full bodied. Carbonation is almost creamy. Some heat follows quickly upon sipping, but it’s at an acceptable level. Flavor is kind of citrus like a hefeweizen, but there’s a lot of malt here. Spice, citrus and coriander are present. Rather astringent. Lots of medium dark stone fruit. Or ripe light stone fruit. This is fantastic stuff. I’d put this high on my goto list. The Belgians should be writhing in envy.

3.4
Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle poured a lightly hazy amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of coriander, wheat, orange zest and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, coriander, wheat and light orange with a smooth spiced finish.

2.6
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 16, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 Re-rate 8/8/10: Bottle. Bottle. Hazy orange color with a white head. Spicy aroma with fruits (some citrus), coriander, caramel malt and alcohol. Very sweet flavor with malt, caramel, honey, a bit of wheat, yeasty notes and big spiciness, getting bigger and harder on the tongue towards the drier, hot alcoholic finish. Full-bodied, syrupy and sticky. Drinkabilty slightly increases as the beer gets warmer. Too sweet, too spicy, too alcoholic, too much. The previous rating was very rushed, I’m glad I tried it again and gave it a more proper rating. 6/3/5/2/10=2.6

Bottle sample during Beerfest in Tel Aviv. Amber color. Aroma of oranges, malt, a bit of alcohol, some more fruits and light spiciness. Sweetish fruity and spicy flavor with some yeasty hints and caramelly and bready malt. Medium-bodied. Not too wheaty overall. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2

3.8
djd07 (14521) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper golden with a medium frothy off white head that diminshes quickly. The aroma is a light malt with lemon honey and banana. Decent spotty lacing on the glass. The taste is very sweet with banana and citrus and alcohol is very present. a unique wit from Sam Adams.

3.5
Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from S&V, Fort Wayne. Poured hazy orange color with a medium creamy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate yeasty citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol burn as it warmed. My expectations where met.

1.9
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2009
(12oz bottle) Creamy medium off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, melon, bubblegum. Taste is moderately sweet, boozy, orange, some bubblegum. Sticky full body, alcohol burn. Improves a little as it warms, but still way too much alcohol.


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