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Screen shot 2014-05-08 at 5.10.20 PMBeing it a hot spring day, I felt the need to do my yearly ritual of picking up the Sam Adams summer variety pack. A few years ago, I feel like they changed the recipe for the summer ale. It used to be my favorite. Now it seems a little heavier and I replace it with Hoegaarden or Blue Moon. Dark beers just are not my thing and I am just not a fan of overly hoppy beers.

Sam Adams White Lantern is a beer featured in this variety pack.

The website says it is available all year round but I am sure it is a little harder to find. The bottle states:

Belgian-style white ales have a long history of unique ingredients as brewers experimented with spices discovered during the spice trade. For our hazy brew we found a refreshing combination of crisp wheat, tangy sweetness of tangerine & orange peel, and the subtle spiciness of coriander & Grains of Paradise. Cheers!

Interesting seems right down my alley.

Color – Hazy golden with hints of orange. A tad darker than Blue Moon

Taste – Crisp and you definitely get that orange peel and those Grains of Paradise I remember from their other summer beers. This is kind of the bridge between the old Spring release White Ale and the Summer Ale.

Body – A little heavier than a Blue Moon or a Hoegaarden but it is still pretty easy drinking.

Overall, really good beer by Sam Adams. If they made it a tad lighter it might have replaced one of my favorite Belgian-style beers. But since it isn’t quite there and it really isn’t as easy to get when the variety pack goes away, it will not.

Rating: A-

~Justin