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Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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mbrandon2w

Maine

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -35.2%
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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almychristopher

New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 21:04:30 | More by Sixpoint
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 21:58:01 | More by bjohnson
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plaid75

New York

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 02:25:02 | More by plaid75
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 19:38:48 | More by kelticblood
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riversider76

New York

3.55/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 00:58:02 | More by riversider76
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Naes

New York

2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 23:39:19 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -37.3%
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 +20.3%
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 +13.4%
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 +21.8%
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
Wachusett Summer from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.