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Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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77
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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
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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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 03:39:08 | More by sulldaddy
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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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Truh

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2005 01:37:31 | More by Truh
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BigPapaLager

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 02:35:14 | More by BigPapaLager
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 16:45:09 | More by Hibernator
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 00:43:29 | More by Jason
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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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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 18:36:37 | More by mschofield
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bignick

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 00:03:56 | More by bignick
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 23:23:36 | More by waughbrew
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 08:01:28 | More by UncleJimbo
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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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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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Reidrover

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 03:26:39 | More by Reidrover
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powoo19

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 07:18:36 | More by powoo19
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xXTequila

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 12:41:04 | More by xXTequila
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Andy

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 20:47:19 | More by Andy
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Wachusett Summer from Wachusett Brewing Company
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