RATINGS: 779   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Pours a murky amber with a 1/4" highly carbonated white head that dissipates in a few seconds. Aroma is sweet malts, with some orange and spice. Quite a bit of alcohol. The taste is sweet malty caramel with lots of coriander and some bready notes. The finish has a lingering bitter orange antiseptic booziness. My mouth actually feels a bit numb. For the amount of carbonation in the pour, the mouthfeel is a flat. Pretty heavy and syrupy sweet that makes my lips sticky. The prevalence of alcohol definitely makes this one a sipper and would be much more enjoyable on a cool fall/winter night as opposed to a hot summer night. Special thanks to the Durkes for sharing this with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
A hazy brown with a thin white head. Very heavy, sweet malt aroma with a floral note. Flavor is full on sweet. Almost overpoweringly so. Fruity with a slight heather ale taste. Clean and crisp but a little too heavy to be refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Hazy, dark, orange, amber pour, with medium viscosity. The off-white-to-tan creamy head settled in at about 2 inches. The nose provides ample evidence of wheat, with citrus, and spicy notes. The nose leans toward power and I expect a hefty brew. There is almost a medicinal note? The palate is rich, enveloping, warm, and lingering. The alcohol is evident. This is not a summer session wheat ale! The Belgian lace is well-developed, leaving clear rings as I sip, although after a few minutes the head is gone. Malty, fruity, less citrus than expected and more coriander with hints of mace and vanilla on the palate. Long, pleasant lingering. I’ll try this again as the weather cools.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UriahHeep (105) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Murky orange in appearance. Minimal head. Aroma of Hallertau hops and spices. Taste is very malty and sweet with a big full-bodied mouthfeel. Syrupy texture and a long, tart finish. Bitterness is derived from spices more than the Hallertau Mittelfreuh hops. Flavors of orange peel and coriander are able to shine through the overwhelming malt sweetness and alcohol heaviness. More flavors are lemon zest, banana, ginger and honey. Grains of paradise and a lot of wheaty undertones. A satisfying and quaffable drink for what it is, but overly sweet. The upside is a potent beverage with a veritable avalanche of malt. It might just be the strongest witbier youll ever try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Poured orange and slightly hazy. Smelled slightly sour and sweet with spice. Flavor was spicey with orange and sweet and smooth. I really liked it regardless of its lower rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Not that great...Taste like old oranges and spices. I have had better belgian whites

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
alassio (96) - USA - MAR 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Gosh - - I cant remember having had this before, but apparently rated it 3.0 back in 2009, and mentioned apricots. This time, there are no apricots. It is kinda syrupy and kinda fizzy. The flavor is all metal pipe and CO2, with a touch of sickly caramel. This beer tastes terrible. I am drawn to high ABV beers like a moth to a flame; that seems to be the point of this beer (the point was definitely not flavor).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Pours a cloudy amber, leaving no head and practically no lacing. Aroma a bit restrained, but citrus, hops, and yeast are noticeable. Flavor of alcohol is overwhelming, with a citrus sourness dominant. Some hop bitterness is discernible. Mouthfeel is incredibly robust and thick. In sum, this really isnt much of a white ale and hardly complex. But its "imperial" nature makes it an interesting beer in its own right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tulip. Aroma has malt notes with an apple tinge. Decent clarity and no lacing. Apple flavors intially followed by spices that almost cover up the alcohol notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mouse725 (83) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
12 ox bottle. Wasnt sure what to expect from an imperial white, but I really enjoyed this beer! Definite orange, coriander and banana, with alcohol blended nicely in and maybe contributing to the sweetness. Bought another bottle the following week. Mmm! Serving note: think this does best from a tulip glass because of that great sweetness typically reserved for Belgian beers.

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