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

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BA SCORE
76
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4,875 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 4,875
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 49
Gots: 755 | 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: 4,875 | Reviews: 1,583
Photo of Decker
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another lackluster beer by Sam Adams that offers nothing. It tastes like a droning college lecture.

Photo of Antc2382
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I like most Sam products but this has a weird plastic character to it. It's ok, not close to their best

Photo of Gajo74
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent refreshing summer beer to quench the thirst. Pours an orange cloudy color. Aroma smells of burnt wheat; a little off putting which is my only criticism. Nice citric and wheats taste; almost no hop presence and bitterness but not cloying. Very drinkable.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer has kinda of an okay look to it. The head has a very nice creamy look to it while the beer itself is a dull clear medium gold color. Honestly, the head looks way more exciting than the beer itself.

The beer smell is pretty good. The grains of paradise overwhelm the other notes that are barely detectable but that isn't a huge detriment. The smell still has that lemony zest to it and can still be detected.

The beer taste is the same. The grains are strong but the lemon is also noticeable. IT isn't very complex and actually comes off as a creamy orange Popsicle taste.

The mouthfeel is very good. The beer is very creamy and very smooth; perfect for a summer day. The body is unusually heavy for this kind of beer but it's more that it has weight rather than burdensome.

Overall, a decent brew from sam adams. It isn't unusual or strong but definitely worth your while on a summer's day after walking your dog.

Photo of IPAlmighty
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, real bad. It makes me think of a neighbor's home brew that I pretend to like. How does this get out of the brewery? Some of their stuff is good. Is it a "that's good enough culture?

Photo of Techiecub
4.56/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth with hints of orange

Photo of OKbrew89
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Hazy golden color with small head. Minimal lacing. Wheat malt and orange aroma. Smooth wheat ale with citrus undertones and a slight hop finish. A little bit boozy, but not disturbingly so. Medium body with medium carbonation.
It's a fine summer wheat.

Photo of Jeff_ODell
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great summer beer. Good price as well.

Photo of cobunist
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.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,875 ratings.