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Samuel Adams Nitro White Ale

February, 2016
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
29 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

This beer poured clear and pale gold with a very thick white head, which was present throughout the taste (as expected of a beer with nitrogenation). The nose was relatively mild, featuring wheat malt primarily. The double-edged sword of serving lighter beer styles on nitrogen is in some ways the hallmark of this beer – the aromas and flavors (both good and bad) are subdued in favor of the creamy mouthfeel and distinctive head that nitrogenation provides. The flavors that do fight through the gas are mild wheat and hop bitterness, appropriate for the style but only blandly so.  The net result is unimpressive, though this beer should appeal to drinkers who want a light, low-alcohol tipple on a warm day without resorting to American Light Lagers.