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RATINGS: 779   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (13652) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
A hazed dark dirty amber with floaties and thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with peaches, and butter, a bit off. In mouth, a sweet candy sugar with loads of alcohol, caramel, treacle, veering on barley wine, with smooth British hops. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13488) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slight hazy (very slight) orange copper color. Medium head with fair head retention and small flecks of lacing. Aroma is a fruit basket.... pineapple, peach, banana, grape and pear. Also some bready and caramel notes. Taste is pineapple, orange and banana juice. Seriously fruity. Also some bread, anise, coriander and caramel. Full bodied. Very interesting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (13048) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a spare, fizzy, white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, straw), average hop (perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of pear, honey, and powdered sugar. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a spicy finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
(12oz. bottle, courtesy of travita) Pours a hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of banana, clove, orange, grass, coriander, and rubbing alcohol. Flavor of clove, wheat, banana, coriander, and bread.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (12735) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Sample at AleFest Columbus (06/27/09): This beer is a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium thin white head that dissipates steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, citrus and malt. Light to medium body with flavors of grainy malt, brown sugar and citrus. Spices in the background too. The finish is coriander and yeast with a fruity aftertaste. Above average overall.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bov (12606) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2009
courtesy of Laurent Mousson (WBA) - cloudy reddish-amber colour with a persistent slightly beige foam; aroma of matured bananas and solvant; full-bodied and sticky, very sweet, heavy mouthfeel, tons of cinnamon in an heavy banana finish with notes of alcohol - quite cloying

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12385) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2009
12oz bottlepours a foamy to rich off white head and amber/orange color. Aroma is light mat/bready, secondary orange, spice. Taste is sweet/sticky light/medium malt-bready, spice-coriander/pepper, orange, alcohol. Interesting. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured a medium orange/amber color with a smaller sized off whtie head. Aromas of citrus (mainly oranges), coriander, some wheat, and caramel. Tastes of citrus (the same oranges), wheat, sugary sweet, and caramel. Sweet with some alcohol in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11945) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2010
Better than your verage wheat beer. Sweetish aromas. Pours creamy head, and creamy above-average thick mouthfeel. Carbonation greater than average. Satisfying and drinkable. Some orange, spices.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (11600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"first off, the previous reviews, or the sum at least, seem a little harsh to me. while this brew has its flaws, i enjoyed it, even though i wont buy it again at $9-10 a 4-pack. again, the question is why. why take a style that is based on the delicacy of its aroma and flavors and imperialize it? must be an american thing. anyway, i had and enjoyed the inperial stout well enough, so i gave the double bock and white a shot as well. i am not a fan of sam adams white, but right on the pour i knew this would be another animal alltogether. right of the bat, this white ale poured a hazy full orange, more resembling an imperial ipa than a wit. obviously, everything from the aroma, the body, to the flavor and finish were amped up citrus, yeast, and maybe coriander in there under the sticky sweet sugar. i enjoyed the aroma, and the flavor wasnt bad either, but the big sticky, and slightly too sweet body didnt work, and the alcohol became too prevelant by the end. not as bad as its average, but definitely not worth the coin."


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