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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sam Adams - White Ale

Beer: Sam Adams - Whte Ale


Style Description from our friends at BeerAdvocate.com: A Belgian Style ale that's very pale and cloudy in appearance due it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat, and sometimes oats, that's used in the mash. Always spiced, generally with coriander, orange peel and other odd ball spices or herbs in the back ground. The crispness and slight twang comes from the wheat and the lively level of carbonation. This is one style that many brewers in the US have taken a liking to and have done a very good job of staying to style. Sometimes served with a lemon, but if you truly want to enjoy the untainted subtleties of this style you'll ask for yours without one.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%

How was it served? From a bottle Glass: Standard pint glass

Location of tasting: "BigDog" Mike's house

Reviewers: Bryon & guest reviewer - "BigDog" Mike

Bryon's Review

1. Appearance -
Sam's White Ale had a very pleasant dark golden color, with a cloudy or hazy quality typical of the style. Pouring the beer from the bottle into a nice clean pint glass produced a moderate head, which didn't last long. More head would have been better. (Insert your own inappropriate head joke here...) Sam's White Ale had a fair amount of carbonation and an over all inviting appearance.

2. Smell - Sam's White Ale had a pleaseant sweet and fruity smell, not in the least overbearing. I also detected a slightly roasted or toasty quality mingling with the smell of the variety of spices that came through. Could that have been the famous "grains of paradise" I detected? (A note on smell - I have a very limited sense of smell, that comes and goes, so my opinions on beer smells should be taken with a grain of salt...)

3. Taste - A very refreshing and satisfyling sweet flavor. A pleaseant and distinct taste that reminded me of butter. The beer goes from smooth to a light and toasty taste, featuring crisp citrus highlights and a slight twang in flavor.

4. Mouthfeel - A medium bodied beer that is light enough for a warm Spring day, but satisfying enough for any time of year. The level of carbonation gives the beer additional substance, yet remains light enough to refresh the drinker as it moves from a gentle creamy start to a crisp ending.

5. Drinkability - This is a very drinkable beer. Satisfying, but won't leave you bloated. The perfect treat for a hot Sping or Summer day in the back yard.

Drinkability Scale from 1- 10: A solid 7!

And for a second opinion...

"BigDog" Mike's Review

1. Appearance -
Sam's White Ale was robust, cloudy, alive and inviting.

2. Smell - Sweet and roasty with both herbal and fruity elements.

3. Taste - A good flavor, although, slightly bitter.

4. Mouthfeel - Not flat nor over carbonated, goes down like water.

5. Drinkability - Yes, I would have another, it's drinkable.

Drinkability Scale from 1- 10: 7

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