hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle. Light amber pour with weak head. Sweet coriander and sour cherry nose, lots of biscuity yeast. Creamy mouthfeel, really coats the tongue. Lightly malted finish. Witbeir on steroids. For the 10.3 alcohol, you really can’t taste the alcohol at all. As the brew warms the orange notes really pop. I’d be very interested in trying this one on tap. leo2x4us (65) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Cloudy light brown appearance. The beer has a floral sweet aroma. High alcohol taste with a sweet taste of orange. trancecyclist (50) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
12-oz draft in a tulip at Flanigan’s Boathouse in Conshohocken. I didn’t order this in order to beat on the Sam Adams Brewing Corp. But.... The end result is a beer that in no way resembles a wit, EVEN if does have wheat grains, coriander, and orange peel. It arrives as a dark orange, with a decent head. The taste is essentially as if someone blended a Belgian golden ale with a dubbel. If it was made with a similar proportion of wheat and barley that wits are, well, the wheat characteristics of the flavor of a 10.5% alcohol "wit" are long gone. The sweetness is very pronounced. Again, "Imperial White", even if factually true in its brewing, is misleading in the end. Not a bad beer as such, but it doesn’t put one in the mind of a wit by any stretch of the imagination. brewmaster55 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2009
Pours a cloudy amber with minimal head. Hints of orange in both aroma and tastes. Can taste the alcohol in a pleasant way. First Imperial Series from Samuel Adams that I have tried, picked up several others, hope that they are like this one, recommend. FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Pours a rather dark copperish color for any type of wit (imperial or otherwise). Smell is of more obnoxious sweetness and a bit of oxidation. I mean seriously, this is bad. I almost drain poured this garbage. Very little in the spice notes, where is any sort of esters of the Belgian yeast or orange / coriander. Where is the the tart fruit notes, where really is anything. This is awful. I’m going to rate this low just because this is so far off style is isn’t even funny. what the hell is this beer?
Bella68 (42) - Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Definitely not white in color, very cloudy with a thin head. Citrusy aroma. Full bodied to the point it reminded me of a sweetened syrup. Not a fav of mine. Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Light brown with lacy head that is tenacious. Fruitcake and alcohol on the nose. Starts hoppy fading into characteristic Belgian taste. Average carbonation, incredibly full body. OTownKnight (38) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2010
12oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass. Pours an amber/copper color with a white foamy head. Thick lacing though the finish. Alcohol is definitely the strongest first impression, it takes awhile to get used to it. If you don’t consume high abv beers frequently it will take awhile to be able to enjoy this beer without being overwhelmed by the high alcohol content. Has a champagne-like taste, I personally could not detect any citrus/orange flavor, although certain fruits can be slightly detected in the aroma and taste. 10.3% ABV is nothing to mess around with, one of these beers can give you a buzz. Only one of these is equivalent to three light beers in terms of abv.
Although the alcohol is overpowering at first, halfway through it becomes enjoyable and it does live up to its description as an interesting brew. Very tasty and memorable. I am now anxious to try the rest of the Sam Adams imperial series after this white ale.
Only problem I have with this beer is that it does not taste anything like a witbier. Just had my last Hoegaarden yesterday and the two don’t even compare. They may be brewed in the same fashion with the same hops, wheat, etc. but taste is not similar at all. Don’t expect a typical white beer taste from this one (note the copper color in the first place). Final score: 16/20
For fans of: Champagne
High ABV beers beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours dark tan, looks like a barleywine, not a witbeer; I was initially concerned I got a mislabeled bottle. But the aroma smells like a sweet wit, fruity and almost bubble gum. Taste is amazing, very sweet for a wit with a strong coconut flavor. If you told me this was a coconut beer, I’d believe you. Very thick, which I am looking for in these "imperial" versions of regular styles. Not hot at all, the alcohol is barely there. There is a bit of wit beer still in this beer, but I’m glad to see Sam Adams take this over the top and make something that defies classification. Though I am giving it the slightest deduction in points for not really tatsing like a wit...I loved it. User69782 (37) - - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Dark, hazy copper color with minimal head. Unique in that it retains some hefeweizen-like properties (banana, orange, coriander falvors) while having the thick body and mouthfeel of a doppelbock or strong ale. Slightly sour flavor with a distinct alcohol taste. A good "winterized" version of hefeweizen.