SBor02 (67) - Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2011
This ale is a hazy orange with a medium white head. Orange aroma dominates with a soft malt scent. There are subtle notes of alcohol as well. The taste is a sweet citrus that is very well balance with no bitterness. The carobnation is middle of the road and there is medium body to this beer. Overall, I think this a great beer with a smooth taste that is just right. I did not think that I would take to SA, but it appears to be happening. kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy orange that settles quickly with a medium to light white head. Aroma is a bit of hops, and some sweet, resiny characters. Taste is a bit bitter that is overpowered by the sweet, carmely malt. Alcohol is upfront and on the nose. Some honey and coriander come through a little. 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 (66) - 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.
FirmButtstone (49) - 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? 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.