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Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A straw color, very transparent with a thin bubbly head. The head didn't last long at all. Smell reminded me slightly or burnt toast. Not bad, but not terribly pleasant either, Taste was wheaty, very slighty sweet, but with a hint of lemon that lingered in the mouth. Felt ok in the mouth. Stuck just enough to remind of beer, but the carbonation detracted a bit. Very easy to drink, esp during the summer.

Assuming this is the current Wachusett Summer.

mountdew1, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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.

tempest, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

auxiliary, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

WeymouthMike, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a pale yellow with tints of olive green. Half a finger of dense head that lingers for a minute and leaves no lacing.

S- Pale sweet wheat malt flavors come out, without much spice. There are also some sweet lemony hops smell in the nose.

T- Sweetness throughout with wheat malt, just lightly spiced, hitting the front of my mouth and lemony/ manderin orange hops taking on the back. There is some slight unrefined alcohol tastes in the aftertaste and perhaps the sides of the mouth as well.

M- A very sweet offering. I could stand some more bitterness out of the hops. The alcohol was an interesting addition, not at all expected out of this beer but not a terrible feel.

D- A slightly different summer beer, without much spice, and more lemon flavors along with that weird alcohol. If I was drinking a lot of wheat beers this would be a welcome change.

zdk9, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

NEhophead, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Sixpoint
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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...

Sixpoint, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

bjohnson, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

plaid75, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of kelticblood
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy bubbling straw yellow in color and appearance. Crazy amount of bubbling carbonation. Yielded a small foamy white head.
Wasnt really any aroma except a slight malt sweetness. Great creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Subtle hints of wheat with a medium bitterness. Medium bodied malt texture. Would like to see more of a wheat taste to match the maltiness. A drinkable beer that doesnt offend but doesnt impress either.

kelticblood, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

riversider76, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of Naes
2.83/5  rDev -15%
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.

Naes, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.93/5  rDev +18%
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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  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.

sulldaddy, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of Todd
2.1/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Todd, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev +21%
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.

Truh, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of BigPapaLager
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

BigPapaLager, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Hibernator, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Jason, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of smcolw
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

smcolw, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of mschofield
3.93/5  rDev +18%
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.

mschofield, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of bignick
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

bignick, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

waughbrew, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

UncleJimbo, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of goz
2.17/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

goz, Sep 10, 2003
Wachusett Summer from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.