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Wachusett Summer - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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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 Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Gregwa, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of nate1357
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

nate1357, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Camby
5/5  rDev +50.2%

Camby, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

ryan1788a5, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a golden straw hue with a frothy white thin head that leaves a spot or two of lace. aroma is relatively non-existent... straw and pale malt as it warms, with hints of chemicals and earth. taste is pale and weak. hints of wheat, hints of straw. a bit grassy. not really getting the lemon except in a funky citric finish. mouth is light with an overbearing offensive carbonation that kind of burns and kills any light enjoyable flavor that might be hiding in there. wanted to like this one, but it just falls short of being anything impressive.

djeucalyptus, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of bld81
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bld81, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

BennyL1, May 06, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

DrJay, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

cpetrone84, May 11, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

tigg924, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Amalak
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Amalak, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Lexluthor33, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
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!

jbertsch, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of JMD
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JMD, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

fitzy84, Jul 27, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

mbrandon2w, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of albern
3.23/5  rDev -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.

albern, Jun 26, 2008
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2.17/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

number1bum, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

almychristopher, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

WesWes, May 15, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

williamherbert, Aug 17, 2007
Wachusett Summer from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.