Samuel Adams James Madison Dark Wheat Ale

Serve in Stein, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Unfiltered and hazy, this deep mahogany brew pours with a dense creamy head. The slight tartness of malted rye is balanced with sweeter roasted malted barley notes of cocoa and toffee. Malted barley, hand roasted by our brewers, adds a subtle smoky finish reminiscent of colonial brewing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 Bottle. Pours very murky, like the color of butterscotch syrup, with a nice thick white head. Faint aroma of esters and wheat malt. Yeasty, bready, and wheat flavor, that are very uninteresting. Finish is slightly sour with some very buried hints of wood or smoke. This tastes like a mediocre homebrew, which I guess would be historically acurate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbomb (225) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Pours cloudy brown with dense white head. Aroma is wheaty yeasty and caramelly. Flavor is wheaty with the mildest hint of smokiness, bready, and sweet. Not too much of an aftertaste, whats left is sweet and bland. This is still a solid, historical brew but could use a lot more body and a lower price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Bottle sampled with the Mad Indian. Pours brown\orange with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma of wheat, yeast, citrus, no smoke what so ever. Flavor is wheat, sweet malts, citrus, with a watery finish. Thin body. Good brew, lacks any finish what so ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Smells sweet, grainy, and somewhat malty. Muddy brown body with thin but existent head. Tastes sweet and relatively well-ballanced, though a bit more watered down than I expected. Nonetheless, this is a tasty ale that goes down easy... Not sure why its called a smoked, because I dont smell or taste smoke (not that Im complaining). Im fairly impressed. This is definitely the best of the four in the Brewer Patriot 4-pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1519) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
I actually like this pretty well... its got some nice swetness, good body and balance, its refreshing but and has a niec smooth taste. Im not sure if I would say it is a good SMOKED, most that I have tried are almost offensive in how much smoke flavour there is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2803) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Initial hints of light smoke and a little minty wheat. A very cloudy brown and an extra large foaming head. Flavor somewhat tart, with a note of citrus and chocolate (almost clashing, except the chocolate comes later). Smoke is ever present and contributes to a sourish green olive character. A bit weird. Light palate, surprising undercarbonated in the mouth, despite all the effervescence in the glass. This beer feels rather primitive, and perhaps thats what they were going for. Perhaps it is authentic, but one could never be sure. I could almost imagine colonial pubs serving something like this: rough, raw, muddy (better serve it in a ceramic mug) and a touch soured.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Very muddy, rather unattractive brown color...maybe you know where I am going with the visual description... brown, muddy, oh well. Lots of citrus(?) and spicy notes in the aroma with some dry chocolate in the background. Highly carbonated body (often a bonus for style) with some nice, spicy, rye-like notes in the finish and some chocolate milk and lemon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
After drinking the entire 4 pack, I feel that basically I paid 10 dollars for 2 beers, that are Sam Adams beers, not Rochefort 10s. Pours cloudy brown colored, sweet and fruity. Pretty refreshing. Not picking up any smoke flavor here, dunno why its listed as one. If you can find this one in a single, buy it, but buying the 4 pack is a complete waste of money.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pours brown with an off white head. Smells nutty, smoky, and roasty. Tastes nutty with mellow smokiness and a nice tarte malt profile. Full mouthfeel with a slight peppery finish and more smoke in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2006
12oz bottle pours a cloudy dark amber color with a full creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of roasted barley, many earthy qualties, some coffee, and a little smoke. Flavor is some toffee, a touch of caramel, some smoke, and much roasted malt flavor. Palate is good medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Definitely the best one in the box of 4 in my opinion. I think this should be a dunkel weizen and not a smoked though... Reminded me a lot of Bells wheat 8.

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