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Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
An American Wheat Ale with a hint of lemon. Refreshing, light & ready for the beach.

Availability: Mar - Aug

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2007)
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John

New York

1.15/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Yeech! I certainly hope this beer was spoiled because I can't imagine a brewer producing a beer that tastes like this intentionally. Pale straw, American wheat beer like appearance. Thin bright white head. Wicked musty off aroma and flavor and that's about all that can be detected. This is either gone bad or the brewery is using some funky overpowering yeast for this beer. I will try again and update my review if I find it elsewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2003 14:51:11 | More by John
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Todd

Colorado

2.1/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle. Freshness marked as "enjoy by Aug."

Pours a very pale, straw-ish yellow colored beer, touch of haze, with scattered slow moving carbonation bubbles. Quick white foam heads dies to a translucent wispy lacing of almost nothingness.

Neutral aroma.

Light bodied with a bland feel on the palate and touch of carbonation tingle. Malt flavors are also bland, with some sweetness. Wheatiness comes through a bit, a bit cereal-like, but this too is bland. Though a touch of breadiness mingles in with some tannins as the beer warms, giving the beer some much needed character. Little hop flavor or bitterness, expect for a very watery melon / rind flavor. Touch of fruity something in there too. Hint of an herbal offering and a honey-ish note. Drying lackluster finish.

Hmm ... I guess if you wanted a beer that you didn't really have to think about and wanted to suck down your neck in the hot summer ... this could be your beer. And I get it, that's the point of this beer, but it still offers little and I hate seasonal stereotypes that lack on purpose, so I'll leave it at that.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 21:59:05 | More by Todd
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goz

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Super clear pale straw color, medium rocky white head, quickly diminishes to minimal lacing. Almost non-existent aroma, but what is there is slightly bready and some raw graininess. Flavor is sweat, grainy, some breadiness. Body is thin & watery, but crisp and clean.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 01:25:00 | More by goz
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Came to me a pale golden color with a thin white lace. Smell was buttery sort of ringwood aroma (do they use ringwood?) and some rotten lemon. Not terribly appealing.

Taste had a buttery toffee ringwood flavor (again, do they use ringwood? sure seems like it), some lemon that just wasn't right (like I said in the smell, like it was rotten, who knows), and a soggy wheat sort of flavor. I did not enjoy it at all. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, adequately carbonated.

I really disliked this brew. This is very rare for me, but I actually could not finish the pint.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2008 23:18:43 | More by number1bum
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Where's the head? Not sure what happened, but wheat beers should never pour this flat. Straw yellow in color and extremely clear (no haze!).

Slight skunk to the smell--I am tasting this in March, but I purchased it yesterday. Malt aromas are hindered by a small amount of metal.

Flavor is a slight improvement in that it doesn't taste skunky. Still, this is a mild brew. Strongest flavor is of raw grain, slightly grassy. Low level hops can be detected in the swallow. This is a light bodied beer with low carbonation. The flavors remind me of the first attempts at non-alcoholic beer.

Sorry, but this is going into tonights dinner rather than finish the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 18:43:30 | More by smcolw
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:29:48 | More by jbertsch
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

07-20-2014 05:09:06 | More by ygtbsm94
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mnrider

Connecticut

2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 17:32:35 | More by mnrider
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 01:28:00 | More by BennyL1
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 20:55:25 | More by cpetrone84
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

05-28-2012 01:43:54 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Jersh67

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

01-06-2014 13:38:42 | More by Jersh67
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Lexluthor33

New York

2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 23:29:37 | More by Lexluthor33
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured with a crystal clear gold appearance with thin lacing on the sides and a thin head on the top. Aromas had slight spice and wheat to it with slight citrus. Taste-wise was not spectacular. Nagging, dry grassy aftertaste lingers a bit too long but a nice sweet lemon taste hits your tongue at every sip. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp: very light and refreshing. Overall, an ok summer drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 06:08:14 | More by fitzy84
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 07:26:52 | More by djeucalyptus
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Naes

New York

2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very pale golden colored wheat beer with a small white head that disappeared quickly.
The aroma is very mild for a wheat beer. It is just a bit grainy.
The flavor also seems a bit mild for a wheat beer. It is mostly just grainy malts with hints of wheat and lemon.
The mouth feel is light in body and a bit under carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 01:15:58 | More by Naes
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a weizen glass.

Pale straw with a hazy, whitish hue. Fizzy, white head that evaporates instantly leaving a light layer of film. No lasting lace present.

Diacetyl touched wheat, corn, and rice that gives a bit of sweetness. Astringent-like lemon with other faint fruity-esters: raspberry, strawberry.

Biscuit-flavored toasted malts cut by a solvent citrus flavor that is pretty waxy. Bland corn and rice prior to an overwhelming burst of carbonation. Musty wheat and notes of diacetyl mark an annoying aftertaste.

Light bodied; gritty and musty mouthfeel. Over-carbonated, even for an American Pale Wheat.

An adjunctory-filled Pale Wheat that won't be pleasantly remembered. This is one summer offering I won't be returning to.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 13:16:29 | More by NEhophead
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heather625

Oregon

3/5  rDev -10.2%

07-21-2013 20:43:11 | More by heather625
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.2%

06-25-2012 17:02:06 | More by Larrydoherty
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:45:28 | More by mikesgroove
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.2%

08-16-2013 23:22:53 | More by kjfinnerty
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phingdong

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -10.2%

10-01-2012 00:23:11 | More by phingdong
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.2%

08-28-2012 14:26:21 | More by Davepoolesque
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rorjets

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-13-2013 16:36:11 | More by rorjets
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Chris_Carraher

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.2%

06-29-2014 00:00:05 | More by Chris_Carraher
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Wachusett Summer from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.