Samuel Adams Little White Rye: Beers of Summer Variety (1 of 5)

Samuel Adams Little White Rye

Brewed by: The Boston Beer Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Belgian
  • Variation: Witbier
  • Seasonal: April-August
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • IBU: 16

Notes: Part 1/5 in Beers of Summer variety pack tasting flight.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Innocent yet beguiling, this hazy golden brew appears to be a classic witbier with its bright notes of orange citrus & coriander, but there’s a bit more mischief up its sleeve. Behind its sweet exterior lies an intriguing blend of white sage and rye for an earthy, spicy, and thoroughly refreshing brew.

Hops: Tettnang Tettnanger, Saaz Noble Hops

Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, rye

Additional: Orange Peel, Corriander, White Sage

First Impressions

Artwork: Sam Adams brand label template.

Color: Golden, slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Gentle spice, citrus.

The Tasting

Arrived in: Bottle

Served in: Tasting Glass

I liked Samuel Adams Little White Rye quite a bit at first, but less the more I drank it.

Orange peel, coriander, and sage are three herbs/spices used in the brewing process, and they definitely helped create an appealing spice blend in the beer.

My problem was that those flavors really jumped out at me in the first drink, but then kinda disappeared. Maybe my taste buds got used to the spices, but the liquid seasonings did not keep a consistent level.

I did not detect any rye characteristics either, and would not have known it was an active ingredient in the beer, if not for the title.

I know fall seasonals tend to be darker, but the blend of spices used in Little White Rye reminded me more of what you would use to season a holiday meal, and might have been better served as a lighter fall release.

Final Score: 2.5/5


Samuel Adams Little White Rye started off strong, but started to lose its appeal as the spices leveled off. Sam Adams’ choice to use spice ingredients like sage and coriander was unique, but the rye was completely missing.

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