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Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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62 Reviews

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 144
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 23.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 144
Photo of khoff5
2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing. Smell was encouraging but first taste was suprisingly lacking any real flavor or feel. Extremely watery, faint lemon hint, definitely won't buy again.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fairly decent beer by Wachusett Brewing. Very light and a good taste. I am more for the IPA's so this is fairly light to me. Definitely one to try.....

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Photo of dd43
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another summer ale. Another yawner. Lemon flavorings may be the genuine article but they come off feeling somewhat artificial. Summer ales are far inferior to pilsners in my opinion, if hot weather refreshment is the goal.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8/27...pours light pale gold, a little dirty, light white foam. Heavy wheat nose, light yeast, light citrus. Taste is a wheaty blend - dry finish. Some citrus in the aftertaste. Plain but refreshing.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Shock Top glass.

The color is a hast yellow/orange with a finger or two foamy white head that stats for a short while but dissolves without a trace on the glass.

The smell has some touches of coriander and lemongrass with a wheaty aroma that takes center stage. There is a light malt presence that contributes to the lightness of the nose and gives a small twang.

The taste is Wheaty at first before giving up some of that smooth fruit flavor that slides into the margins of this beer bordering the outside edge and keeping things together as things slide into slight punchy end where the hops hide till the very end.

This beer is light bodied and is really drinkable with its low ABV and easy drinking feel. The crisp feel adds to dry lip smacking wheat flavor and makes for a great summer drinker.

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Photo of mnrider
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz. Brown Bottle

A: Pours pale, clear, straw yellow. Small white head dies to nothing within seconds. No lacing.

S: Wheat and lemon. Some spicy notes.

T/M: Lemon. Wheat. Light malt sweetness. Cereal grains. Hop flavor is almost nonexistent. Light bodies with a nice carbonation tingle. Watery. The finish is mostly clean.

O: An okay summer brew. Almost a wheat ale, but is lacking in flavor. I would consider this a shandy. There are much better "summer" beers around to enjoy.


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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Bicyclette
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A light, refreshing, citrusy brew.

Was served very cold, in an Imperial pint. Light, golden yellow hue in the glass with a small, white head that didn't last long.

Flavor is light and bright at first: citrusy, lemony hops. It mellows with a hay-like note at the midrange. End is crisp and clean. While the citrus/lemon existed throughout, it was more noticeable at beginning & end of each taste.

Mouthfeel is quite light, but moderated by the balanced hay middle taste. The light mouthfeel is noticeble again at the end, reinforcing the clean finish.

Fragrance is very light and bright.

Overall: a nice, refreshing beer for a hot day.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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,

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

very bright and somewhat hazy bright yellow appeared before me. Nice three inch high head of frothy white hung around for a good few moments before finally settling down into a thin pillow across the top, nice carbonation.

Light floral yeast, a touch of honey, maybe and that's a stretch and the typical touch of lemon and grass. Very light smell overall flavor was just as light and bland as the smell was/ Light grassy and wheat with a touch of lemon and honey. Not much in the finish as it was clean, and quick.

Super light bodied and ultra carbonated. If that's the style they were going for they sure nailed it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a golden straw hue with a frothy white thin head that leaves a spot or two of lace. aroma is relatively non-existent... straw and pale malt as it warms, with hints of chemicals and earth. taste is pale and weak. hints of wheat, hints of straw. a bit grassy. not really getting the lemon except in a funky citric finish. mouth is light with an overbearing offensive carbonation that kind of burns and kills any light enjoyable flavor that might be hiding in there. wanted to like this one, but it just falls short of being anything impressive.

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Photo of bld81
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
Very clear pale straw yellow appearance with thin and foamy, soapy head. Smell is very faint, not very aromatic, metallic, lemon and clove; leads to a similar taste profile, pale malts linger with lemon and yeast. Very light on the tongue and bubbly, but not memorable. Too many other good summer choices available with more flavor and balance.

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Photo of BennyL1
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Enjoy by date of July 2011 on the label.

A - This beer pours a clear straw color. A very thin foamy white head forms as well.

S - Mostly wheat and a hint of lemon. A bit of pale malt in there as well.

T - Bready with some lemon zest. Lots of grain in there too. I'm trying to like this but there isn't much flavor to be honest.

M - Light bodied with a low/medium carbonation level.

O - I'm a fan of Wachusett, but this beer is just a disappointment. Just because its a summer beer doesn't mean it has to be devoid of flavor. I would drink one at a BBQ if offered but only if the option was this or BMC.

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Photo of DrJay
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow/gold colour with a tight cap of fine white bubbles. Decent head retention, some streaky lacing. Mild aroma, some wheat, crackery malt, citrus, lemon. Light bitterness, lemon throughout, crackery wheat really took over in the finish. Lingering metallic flavour. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit dry. The body fell away towards the end of the sip, leaving it on the thin side.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a completely clear pale light straw color with bubbles rising to the top. the head is thin and bubbly, eggshell white in color.

S-lots of metallic phenols, notes of spicey clove and hints of wheat. Pale malts and a touch of earth in the middle. Very faint notes of lemon and herbal grassy hops in the back.

T-metallic and slightly bitter in the back, hints of wheat and yeast with notes of lemon. The pale malts are towards the back and it is a little earthy. Grassy herbal hops in the finish.

M-this is very crisp and highly carbonated. rough on the palate with a lighter body.

D-this is light in taste but not very good. would not recommend.

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Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, straw yellow in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: lemon and straw

Taste: leamon and straw

Mouthfeel: light body, slightly bitter, and medium/light carbonation

Drinkability: Another light and not overly memorable summer time beer. Wachusett has way better beers in their line up than this. Not bad, but nothing I would pick up again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Clear, pale amber color. Nose is light lemon. Flavor is light sweet lemon and yeast. Good session ale. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Amalak
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a 12 oz. bottle of the Summer Wheat.
A- Straw yellow in color. Very bubbly. Foamy with a slight head and no lace.
S- Slight lemon, wheat scent to it.
T- This is a very crisp beer, bubbly. There's an applish-lemon taste to it. Not sure what the taste is.

Too dull of a beer to be considered very good. But solid.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden and yellow with a nice head and good lacing.
The aroma of citrus and grains.
The taste of a macro beer. Grains,citrus and light hops.

The feel was light and refreshing with a hint of bitterness and a watery,grainy finish.

Notes: On a hot day I will accept one,but I will not pay for this unless I have to. Just did not make a high grade due to lack of balance and flavor.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew is a pale straw yellow, but also semi-hazy. Minor lacing.

Smell: No strong aromas :( Just notes of lemon, biscuit and grain/wheat.

Taste: It almost tastes organic, even though it isn't - although it does use "natural" lemon. The lemon is very faint, which is fine, as other summer brews get too heavy on the lemon (I'm looking at you Leinenkugel). Lastly, there's a fairly unpleasant bitter aftertaste, not in a hoppy way, but from something that shouldn't be there.

Mouthfeel: Too thin, and almost a bit flat. Thin is ok, it doesn't have to be heavier. Thinner beers just need more carbonation to make them livelier and not so dull. But the carbonation here is low. I was hoping it would have more bite.

Drinkability: This is its one saving grace. Although that's Bud Light's only positive claim, too. So, it's not like I can give too many brownie points for drinkabilty if the taste isn't attractive

I like Wachusett's brews. The 2 or 3 I had previously were very good (Octoberfest and something else I forget). So I was eager to try their summer offering. But this one falls flat in too many ways. Stay clear of it!

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Photo of JMD
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale golden color with small white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Mild aroma of wheat and lemon zest. Some spice.

T: Lemon grass, wheat, some cereal. Hints of citrusy hops on the backend.

M: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

D: This brew is your run of mill summer seasonal. Somewhat bland, but goes down very easy. I had a few while eating a fried seafood platter on the beach in Rhode Island, and they definitely hit the spot.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a clear, yellow gold color, plenty of good carboantion and a thin, lacy-white head that dissipates pretty quick.

The aroma is of husky wheat 'n corn, herbal with a thin and light malt scent way down deep.

The flavor is exactly the same with slighly more citric edge, light lemmons but mostly earthy wheat and corn flavor in a very light and crisp feeling malt. The crispness seems to die a bit as time goes on.

not too bad in the hot summer sun.

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Wachusett Summer from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.