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Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
2.17/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with a nice lemon zest. The taste is average. It has a bland wheat malt flavor with an artificial lemony taste. It goes down real easy and finishes a bit dry. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good drinker, although I'm not sure I'd buy it again. I like having the option to not put the lemon in my wheat beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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

MM # 5 from Uncle Jimbo.
Comes in a 12 oz brown bottle with a nice bucolic scene on the label.
Well poured into the glass this looks disconcertingly like a pilsner..except its a slightly darker yellow..small pure white head.
smell is pretty fresh and brisk..mostly malts but some small wheatiness.
Nice enough taste pretty neutral..but I can get a taste of wheat at the nd..its sort of creamy.
Little thin on the tongue but not too bad.
For all its faults this is one extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz longneck bottle, with best before month notch on label.

This wheat ale poured a clear, yellow color with creamy, bright white foam that clung to the glass. The smell was clean with wheat, malt, and a hint of hops in the aroma. The taste was a clean, wheat flavor (no fruit). There was some malt and a bit of a sweet grainy taste. The modest hop flavors came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was light: light body with good carbonation. This was a fairly refreshing, light bodied american wheat ale.

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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 sulldaddy
3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a cold bottle of this the other nite. Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear gold very clear. A small bleached white fizzy head foams up 1 cm and fades quickly to a thin edge layer.
Aroma is very lite with some husky grain and white grape with general fruitiness. Very mild
First sip reveals a lite crisp body with small fizzy/prickly carbonation.
Flavor is lite but starts with a sweet caramel and wheat mix a faint twang in teh middle and finishes with a bit of drying but mostly grainy malt.
Very crisp and refreshing on a hot day. Not super complex but not what I was looking for in this bottle.

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Photo of Todd
2.1/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

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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 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 NEhophead
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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

The ABV of this beer is 4.2% as listed on the label. The beer pours a pretty pale yellow with plenty of carbonation, a smallish white head that dissipates to just a thin covering. Lacing ... forget it. The smell is crisp, very lemony, some cooked veggie, and a definite wheaty aroma. The taste is pretty mediocre. This is a fairly average wheat beer with an artificial infusion of some lemon. There is a bland, fairly dry, cardboard like taste in the finish. The mid section is refreshing, wheaty, slightly sourish lemon, carbonated, and I'm getting some spiciness mixed in as well. The mouthfeel is quite light, although the sourish lemon is not scoring points. The aftertaste lingers on a bit long with the sourish lemon, cardboard, and wheat tastes. This is a one and done for me.

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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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Photo of Sixpoint
3.94/5  rDev +19%
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...

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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 number1bum
2.19/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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