Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2013Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Not a huge fan of Sam Adams or spiced beers so I wasn’t planning on enjoying this brew. I was wrong. Pours a hazy pale straw with a quickly fizzling head. Not a good start. Aroma is where it turns around, citrus (orange) and spice (coriander) jump right out. Malt is difficult to find but citrus and herbal hops are prevalent. Earthy yeast. Some alcohol, clove, cooked vegetables, leaves, super complex. I believe this is my highest rated aroma. Taste is very balanced. Nods a little towards sweet/sour at first but then balances right back with salt/bitter. Palate is fairly clean, slight oiliness is a distraction. Overall a very pleasant surprise. Will drink again.
Slightly Hazy Orange Color, Small White Head That Lingers, Decent Strings Of Lacing. Fruity Aroma With Sage. Taste of Sage, Orange, Coriander, Wheat, Spices. Highly Carbonated. Rather Nice. Decent. Worth A Try. GarrettB (1581) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2015
July 7th, 2013 - It’s early July, and Sam Adams has their seasonal cube of beer out for sale at stores like Costco for the thirsty drinker. I find these great buys for weekend drinks, or as something to pair with pipe tobacco or food. And the Little White Rye fits nicely in that role. The brew’s soup is heavy with particles, pushing a thin white head on a stormy looking blonde brew. Spices and herbs fill the aroma, including parsley, clove and a little cinnamon. Each sip brings makes me think this tastes more and more like a pumpkin beer. The flavor is a little bland, though sudsy. Light tastes of sweet potato are decorated with sharp corners of cinnamon and clove, which once again mimics a dry pumpkin ale flavor profile. Despite being a bit thin, I like the taste more than the aroma, though I should add that rye can’t be found in either place. LuckyDog (615) - - DEC 28, 2014
Not a combination I’ve had before. I taste the coriander and orange, but against a rye background. Interesting. slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Loving the sage in here - makes it seem a lot like some locally brewed saisons I’ve been enjoying lately. The feel is nicer than the average wit. Aroma of sage with undercurrents of citrus. Flavor mainly those things plus light coriander and spicy rye. Glad I got the mixer." Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-16-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a hazed orange yellow color with a two finger white head. The head is on the slightly rockier side, fading slowly over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heavy of citrus (orange and lemon) and yeast as would be expected for a wit. There are the classic notes of banana and spice of coriander, pepper and clove as well as some light rye grainy smell along with a somewhat more potent herbal smell.
Taste – The taste begins rather wit like with a somewhat wheaty and orange citrus taste. Quickly flavors of yeast and spice of a coriander and pepper come to the tongue along with a little bit of a rye flavor creeping onto the scene. The rye gets a bit stronger more toward the end competing with the wheat flavor in intensity. At the finale of the taste a light floral and herbal hop flavor comes into the flavor profile leaving a rather smooth taste to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather average in thickness with a carbonation level that was slightly on the higher side. Both the body and the carbonation were rather fitting for the style, complimenting the citrus and rye/wheat flavors well as well as making for a very easy drinker.
Overall – An easy drinking wit with a bit of rye and some other lighter flavors incorporated within. While nothing of extraordinary regard, it was tasty and makes for a nice summer style brew.
MetalNHopHead (1887) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2014 Samuel Adams has taken their brews to some strange places over the years. This one is quite weird, indeed. Very spicy. The sage and citrus character is especially strong. Those elements are okay. However, the rest of the spices just don’t seem to fit. Kudos to Sam Adams for the effort but it’s sure not a runaway success. jgb9348 (6194) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Golden and orange-tinted body with a thinnish, two centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of fake sugars, apples, pears, oranges, curacao, candy and some other interestingly strong smells. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavours at first with rye and yeast noticeable and a lighter sweetness coupled with fruit and sugars. Aftertaste shows some very good wheat notes mixed up fairly nicely with fruity sugars, candy sweetness and a lot of residual yeast flavours. Overall, a good and interesting beer with a nice profile and strong complexity. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Corner Store (Bait & Tackle) in West Palm Beach, Florida earlier today on 30-December-2013 for US$2.39 sampled in my hotel room here in Jupiter, Florida on 30-December-2013. Borup (14332) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle. Hazy orange colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of citrus, oranges, spice, malt, yeast and grassy notes. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle:   Pale orange, a touch hazy, moderate to large foamy white head,
nice lacing.   Bright fragrant nose, lots of sage going on.   I hope that the
other spices come through on the tongue.   Ugh... barely.   Strong sage up
front, a bit more corriander and orange peel towards the back.   Does have a slight
urinal cake property to it.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Yeah, more sage
and urinal cake on the finish.   Not too strong, thankfully.   Glad there was
enough Sage to override what would otherwise feel like a bathroom experience.   Not
their best Wit, that’s for sure! BillWyce (1074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
from notes: Poured hazy golden-amber with a 1-finger white head. Aroma is grassy with a touch of citrus, and a strong note of sage underneath. Body is light and slightly oily. Light citrus flavor mixed with a distinct note of sage and a mild peppery bite from the rye at the back.