Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Andy on 05-24-2002

An American Wheat Ale with a hint of lemon. Refreshing, light & ready for the beach.

Availability: Mar - Aug
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 62
Photo of waughbrew
4.42/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear pale yellow with a small creamy head - decent retention and lacing. Smell is sweet lemon peel, bananas, white pepper, clove, and some golden delicious apple. Flavor is simpler, a light light citrus brightness that bubbles up and away quickly leaving a small sweet sugar coating on the teeth. Effervescent in a wonderful way, dry but smooth - this beer has to have one of the best feels ever. I beg for another sip.

Although very light in flavor, this is one hell of a brew. Between this and their IPA, Wachusett deserves more props than I tend to give them.

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The warm weather is here in Boston ... time for some summer beer to start off with.

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label, good head retention and a shimmering pale golden color.

Shortbread biscuit aroma with some hints of lemon zest, clean yet fragrant.

Moderate body and fluffy palate, crisp wheat with a mild bubble gum undertone up front. Touch of lemon peel and hop bitterness are the quencher here. Nice clean and drying finish.

This is one light yet tasty summer brew, I could see getting it by the case and serve it up nice and cold.

Photo of auxiliary
4.12/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Straw yellow color with a small head and no lace.

smell - Has a sweet smell to it. Includes lemons, wheat, and hops.

taste - Has a sweet taste to it, nice balance od wheat, lemons, and malt.

mouthfeel - Light body, and a sweet feel in the mouth.

drinkability - Very nice summer beer, enjoyed it. Tap please.

Photo of Hibernator
4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wachusett Summer Breeze
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date notched for October
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
* Directly from the brewery in Westminster, MA

Pours a golden and slightly cloudy yellow with a bone white head on top. The head vanishes into a thin lace leaving trails of sticky lacings along the side of the glass.

The nose is chalky and grainy. Faint whiffs of citrus in the background.

This beer tastes very crisp and clean. Refreshing wheat dryness up front with a lemon bite on the finish that compliments the beer as a whole. Grains and wheat make this a refreshing beverage on a 90 degree Sunday afternoon like today. Great drinkability level.

Photo of powoo19
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real good summer brew. Nice light color and bright white head that only last a short time after the pour. The cirtus smell is real summer like and the taste is crisp and citrusy, a great tasting and refreshing beer for the season. If you are a fan of seasonal brews this one certainly does summer ales justice. I just discovered the Wachusett brewing company and I cannot say enough about their products. They make a fine beer. keep it up.

Photo of Truh
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Played a little wiffle ball with this one on 7/3/2005. 16-oz. pint in a shaker glass at Bison County in Waltham, because Watch City was closed for the holiday weekend.

Wood shavings of loose, spotty head. Extremely light yellow hue, almost to the point of being completely washed out, and as a result, the plentiful action is putting on a nice display. Very light malt mixed with a wheat/yeast flood on the nose; some definite lemon peel, maybe some coriander, though tough to tell. Wheaty huskiness on mouth, with a lemon zest zing that settle easily on the mouth and dissipates quickly.

Real nice summer time brew; could quaff many of these.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored this one from L Knife and Son in Kingston MA. Special thanks to Michael Brophy.

Holy guacamole! A very light beer...straw colored and transparent. I hope it doesn't taste like Busch Light!

It's deceptive! Awesome hop aroma of German noble hops. Smells like Tettnanger to me...

Pleasant, dry and crisp character. Well-attenuated and slightly high carbonation. Minimal fruit and esters. Decent hop bitterness and flavor.

Medium bodied and highly drinkable...this was my first exposure to Wachusett, and definitely won't be my last...

Photo of mschofield
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow-gold, well carbonated and topped with a two finger white head. Leaves just small bits of thin lacing.
Fruity wheat aroma, with a floral bouquet.
Slightly tart taste, citrus zest, wheat, light malt, and a honey-like note.
Light body, with a slightly coating mouthfeel.
Good unflavored American wheat, not as good as a weizen, but it's light and crisp, goes down very easily, and hits the style.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

These Wachusetts beers all seem to have the same lines, great taste but not much complexity underneath that taste. In a way it seems like that should be the way all things should seem. This beer follows that pattern. Very light tasteing beer, and pale yellow color characteristics. Poured as a craft beer should, but nothing special, brew master took care in making this one. Very little to offer other than its tastes, but that characteristic is special.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pawtucket Red Sox games.

A: Bright and clear golden yellow with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Lemony and grassy throughout.

T: Biscutiy malt with a notable flavor of lemon zest from start to finish. Flavors are complimentary and very distinct.

M: Fizzy and light, but not watery. Even a little resiny, in fact.

O: I like me some wheat ales and they seem to become more popular in the summer. I definitely prefer this over Sam Summer, which tastes kind of muddled to me. Think this has knocked Narragansett Summer off as my favorite June-to-August brew,

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger white foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell feature a solid wheat malt doughyness with a nice lemon zest and smattering of flowery hop.

The taste was light and wheaty with a very refreshing lemon tartness. Good biscuity and slight blueberry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light and very crisp. Excellent carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking summer beer. Nice light wheat body was very refreshing.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, bold yellow with a thin, bubbly head and no lacing. The aroma is of lemons with dough and a hint of hay. The flavor leads off with lemons with notes of wheat and cake. There's a good balance between the wheat malt and the hops. As it warms the cake fades and the lemon stands on it's own. The mouthfeel is light-medium, thicker than most wheat beers. Wachusett Summer is a real good brew, light, balanced, and refreshing. Perfect for warm weather. Recommended!

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a super clean pale yellow with minimal head
S- sweet citrus mixed along with wheat
T- I would say this meets the style perfectly, its light with some lemon laced sweetness along with wheat.
M and D- Really crisp and clean. The perfect summer beer, best of the summer ales I've tasted this year.

Photo of BigPapaLager
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up for the first time today, up at Yankee sturbridge, along with the IPA. Freshness notch'd twice, once on sep, and once on the upc. Poured a light wheat, with a light foamy head. It smelled of "clean". It tasted of the same. The most fantastic beer experience? No. But I can not think of another beer to have on the deck in 90 degree heat this afternoon. Great drinkability.

Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 11, 2013.

It has a foggy pale yellow to nearly white colored pour not unlike a witbier. The carbonation is excitable and builds up to a lingering fizzy white head.

The nose exclaims "summer is here" with mellow pale malts, wheat, and a twist of fresh lemon on the backside.

The body is summery light which is just right for the style.

The taste echoes the esters of the nose on my palate with an upfront but pleasant wheat note, biscuit, pale malts, mild sweetness, and a hint of lemon. Slight dryness at the end. It is great for a humid, hot New England day like today.

Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with a frothy one finger head. Slight retention on this guy, but only on the sides.
S: Sweet bubblegummy aroma with a subtle malt background. Also a bit of orange peel and lemon zest.
T/M: Sweet blueberry taste up front with a wheaty malt background. Sweetness of the blueberries comes through again in the aftertaste. Crisp with a slighly below medium body--not light. A tad chalky and gritty after you take a sip and rest for a minute or so. Not a bad tasting pale wheat ale. Dryness to finish on this one.
D: Drinkable. Worth a shot on a summers day. I'd have this again.

Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to have to assume this is the same as Wachusett Summer. The aroma is a touch spicy with sweet cereal note thats like honey nut cherrios. The flavor profile is light and clean with a touch of lemon over the wheat. The mouthfeel is effervescent and very quenching. It doesn't quite stand up to Brooklyn or Sam Adam's summer ales, but its still a nice, lighter beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon and wheat along with a little bite of pale hops.

T: The taste is light but bready with strong flavors of wheat and lemon. There isn’t a lot of sweetness which is a good thing in this case and the malt character is thin as it should be. There’s a decent hops presence for the style but not too strong, overall. The after-taste is fruity and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while and definitely fits into the “lawnmower beer” category. I could certainly drink several of these but I would probably look for something more flavorful with a stronger kick after a while.

Photo of williamherbert
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is quite see-through, a bright sunny yellow. It does look like a regular macro pale lager, but much brighter. Head is short-lived. It looks like a brighter-than-normal wheat beer.

The smell is a slight wheaty aroma, but with almost a bitter malt to it as well. The smell is actually very slight. There is a slight twist of lemon, and some orange. Sweet, light, flowery.

Wheat taste comes in with a strong fruit (orange peel) flavor. Sharp wheat punch. The fruit is really merely an accent to the typical wheat taste.

Feels a bit dry, but also refreshing. The wheat comes through not only in the flavor, but also as a dry feel. Not ashy as I had worried. It's not got a lot of character, but it's quite drinkable. Sweet, summery, dry, wheaty.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Straw yellow with good clarity. Effervescent carbonation, two inch white head settles shortly.

S: Bread, wheat, lemon zest, straw, and grassy hops.

T: Malt sweetness followed by twang of wheat and some freshly baked bread. Quick hit of lemon zest comes out mid-palate. Grassy hops provide balance, but remain muted otherwise. Finishes with bready tastes and a hint of lemon and hay.

M: Light in body, smooth, and a tad creamy. Very lively carbonation helps to make this a crisp and refreshing brew.

O: I like it. It's a very simple beer, but I find it to be quite charming in its simplicity. In my opinion, one of the best lawn mower beers out there. Extremely drinkable. I'd take it over a Sam Summer any day.

Notes: I would really like to see Wachusett fool around with this recipe a little bit, maybe use this beer as a base and get creative with it. Hoppy wheat ales are what everyone seems to be clamoring for these days. Something along the lines of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' might be nice.

Photo of Andy
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, smallish white head. Strong corn aroma. Clean flavor and fresh tasting. Flavor is slightly nutty. Nothing special but quaffable

Photo of bignick
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an adequate summer beer. I enjoyed at on a hot summer night at a cookout, and I found this beer to be a good refreshing compliment. It has a clear, straw-like color, with a mediocre head. The mild smell is earthy. The beer has a sweet citrusy taste, with a hint of hops. This is an enjoyable enough seasonal beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of xXTequila
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is much lighter than most summer seasonals. It pours a very big thick white head that quickly fades to a light ring. Clear golden body.
Fruit and lemon with a light breadiness.
Very clean tasting.
This isn't my favourite summer ale, (I prefer alittle more body and alittle less lemon) but during the heat wave this week this was the perfect beer to try.

Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy golden. Thin white head. Not much retention, with just a bit of lace. Smell is light. Fruit and spice. Nice, but wish it was stronger. Body is light, and carbonated. Taste, like the smell good, but light. Pale wheat flavor, with some spice,and lemon.Very drinkable summer beer.

Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a perfect pint, it has a nice straw gold color body with a small foamy head that hangs out for a while. The aroma is of wheat with some lemon to it. The taste is mostly wheat with some lemon coming through, as it warms up so does the lemon flavor. The mouth feel is really good, smooth and defently an a easy summer beer.

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Wachusett Summer from Wachusett Brewing Company
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