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Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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bld81

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -6%

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.

07-31-2011 14:54:34 | More by bld81
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

06-06-2010 01:00:23 | More by DrJay
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

05-11-2010 20:55:25 | More by cpetrone84
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

04-17-2010 17:05:36 | More by tigg924
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

04-13-2010 22:20:49 | More by jdhilt
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Amalak

New York

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

07-13-2009 21:37:52 | More by Amalak
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Lexluthor33

New York

2.78/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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

Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -25.5%

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!

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

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

06-19-2009 20:27:41 | More by JMD
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

08-28-2008 14:39:40 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

07-27-2008 06:08:14 | More by fitzy84
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mbrandon2w

Maine

3.43/5  rDev +3%

12 oz
This one is an easy-drinking summer beer that I buy at least once or twice every year.
Pours a nice light gold. Nice lemon aroma. Taste is crisp, light and with a enough lemon at the end to be pleasing without being overpowering. Not a bad gateway beer, and good on a hot day.

07-24-2008 02:44:47 | More by mbrandon2w
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albern

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -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.

06-26-2008 22:32:54 | More by albern
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

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

New York

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

very pale with a decent white head that fades quickly but then lingers around the edges of the glass. The scent is a pretty decent crisp smell, the taste that follows is also fairly good, but not remarkable, the mouthfeel is pretty nice quite refreshing, and I'd deffinitly take it over a coors light.

06-08-2008 01:13:26 | More by almychristopher
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WesWes

New York

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

05-15-2008 01:22:56 | More by WesWes
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-30-2007 01:42:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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williamherbert

New York

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

The look is quite see-through, a bright sunny yellow. It does look like a regular macro pale lager, but much brighter. Head is short-lived. It looks like a brighter-than-normal wheat beer.

The smell is a slight wheaty aroma, but with almost a bitter malt to it as well. The smell is actually very slight. There is a slight twist of lemon, and some orange. Sweet, light, flowery.

Wheat taste comes in with a strong fruit (orange peel) flavor. Sharp wheat punch. The fruit is really merely an accent to the typical wheat taste.

Feels a bit dry, but also refreshing. The wheat comes through not only in the flavor, but also as a dry feel. Not ashy as I had worried. It's not got a lot of character, but it's quite drinkable. Sweet, summery, dry, wheaty.

08-17-2007 03:21:46 | More by williamherbert
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-29-2007 22:32:14 | More by mountdew1
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9%

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.

07-24-2007 02:09:12 | More by tempest
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

07-05-2007 17:30:12 | More by auxiliary
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

06-28-2007 00:53:08 | More by WeymouthMike
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zdk9

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

06-14-2007 21:51:33 | More by zdk9
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

06-04-2007 13:16:29 | More by NEhophead
Wachusett Summer from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.