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Samuel Adams Summer Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
76
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4,849 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 4,849
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 49
Gots: 733 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

An American Wheat, brewed with malted wheat, lemon zest and grains of paradise - a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th Century to create a crisp and spicy flavor and body.
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Ratings: 4,849 | Reviews: 1,575
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4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I loved this seasonal beer.

Photo of Pumpkin-Head
2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had on draft numerous times but this particular instance was a 22oz pilsner glass. Poured a cloudy orangy/yellow with a thick dense head with decent lacing. Smell is very citrusy with what I would say as "dish liquid" undertones. Taste is exactly like the nose which is unfortunate because I get a finishing of dish liquid. Mouth feel is decent but overall taste is lacking.

Photo of Oreland_PA
1/5  rDev -70%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Repulsive and shamelessly over priced

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer but never as good as the winter.

Photo of Taylor_335
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, just not my thing.

Photo of Ashed27
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad summer brew. It's light, with notes of lemon, heavy on the wheat. On a hot day, with a slice of lemon, it usually hits the spot.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on draft, poured into a Sam Adams glass at Red Lobster:

Appearance: A slightly cloudy, golden dusky coloration with a decent off-white head and lacing.

Aroma: Slightly citrus with wheatiness in the nostrils.

Taste: Light citrus meets wheat.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, light carbonation.

Overall: I don't go rushing out to drink this, but served seasonally at a chain restaurant, it's the better choice.

Photo of Bestinyourgirl
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It taste exactly like a more subtle version of White Christmas, I believe it is called, but without leaving your palate extremely dry afterwards. Excellent!

Photo of dukeandduke
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

4/3/15 (Draft - Finley Dunnes Chicago IL) Light brown, murky appearance, minimal carbonation and head. Minimal aroma and taste, malt and fruit present and balanced. Smooth taste. Standard beer.

Photo of GMan310
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

okay. taste is kinda sour for me idk.

Photo of Vashie
4.71/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It is sweet and smooth drink.

Photo of TopherBreski
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has to be one of my fav American beers. In-between Hefeweizen, Belgian, and Summer Ale and done perfectly. A Lite BBQ beer That has the heaviness to make it worth it.

Photo of TBCE
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very solid, crisp summertime brew. Notes of citrus are prominent. Very refreshing.

Photo of leantom
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An OK beer. Suppose it would've tasted better on a hot summer day. Here goes:

A: No head and very little lacing. Hazy gold color. Carbonation is somewhat lacking, especially considering the style. Not good.

S: OK. Peppery notes complimented by lemon, orange and banana.

T: Follows the nose, which is a good thing. Very refreshing.

F: Good. Very refreshing.

O: Decent beer.

Photo of chefpaul08
4.89/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All time Best summer beer

Photo of carney710
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Loved this when I first turned 21, maybe it was because it was summertime and always around me. Hasn't really been the same since though

Photo of Stjimmy10_1
2.69/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I kind of like the peppery notes from that spice they used. It's a unique and fruity flavor but its not for me.... Nick Websters review totally ruined it for me by comparing it to the smell of band aids... I can see where he's coming from. I'd drink this any day over a Bud Light but Sam Adams needs to up their game.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 11/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a nice spiced pale wheat ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of jpdubb
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite summer time beers. Picked one up 2 days ago in Massachusetts....I guess Sammy forgot to buy that one back bc it was definitely expired, but good enough to hold me over until this year's release

Photo of maxson924
4.39/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer that got me into pale wheat ales. Great representation of the style: wonderful golden color and the smell and taste you'd expect from a pale wheat.

Photo of Wheatoholic
4.94/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful lawnmower and beach beer.

Photo of waltc21
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not the best from Sam, but decent flavor and look.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the keystone Pub in Bethlehem, Pa. Way too much lemon. Not a fan.

Photo of brewqueno
2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Aweful. Maybe it deserves a better rating.... This is not my style of beer, but sometimes even styles one doesn't care for end up being somewhat enjoyable. Not this.

Photo of NickWebster87
2.56/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Used to love this beer, but recently it hasn't been doing it for me. As strange as this may sound, the taste reminds me of how band aids smell...

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,849 ratings.