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RATINGS: 759   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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2.1
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 Not sure how old this bottle is, bought it off a breakage shelf. That said, this was awful and a unfortunately a drain pour. Pours an orange bordering on amber (where’s the white ale?) A small white foam quickly dissipates. Smells sweet with some spice in the background. Flavor-wise I get a lot of sweet caramel up front, and maybe a little spice. A big syrupy sweet mess. Low carbonation makes this a chore to get through. Overall this is a definite avoid beer. I am hoping it was just an old bottle.

3.6
ludhaber (127) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Not too much citrus. Pretty smooth. The strength of this beer is covered by good maltiness.

3.4
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 4, 2010
12-oz bottle Marcello’s, Lafayette, LA - Aroma: orange, corriander; Appearance: almost opaque, deep orange color, white head, lots of laces; Flavor: malty, spicy, honey, orange zest; Mouthfeel: full bodied, smooth and creamy texture, lively carbonation; Overall: interesting malty, fruity, spicy beer with slight dry finish.

3.6
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2009
massive rich creamy head on top of an orange/amber translucent brew. nose has that wheat tang, with orange and coriander notes. body is nice and thick for a wheat beer. creamy with a decent balance of wheat, orange and coriander, and hops, finished with a slight alcohol burn down the back of the throat. strong aftertaste. decent brew, and the highest alc % Imp Wit i’ve seen out there.

2.8
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 Durke’s for sharing this with me.

3.4
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.

3.6
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.


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