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

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Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

4,501 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 4,501
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 410 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

On tap... Don't really remember where, but my guess would be some place without a thriving craft beer selection. Pours a golden-yellow color with an apparent, unfiltered haze that blocks a good amount of sunlight through the body. Big, chunky head settles on top, leaving behind a few good morsels of measurable lacing.

It takes a while for the beer to warm and reveal a decent nose... it's mostly a combination of earthy and musty hops with a hint of wheat and some very faint citrus zest. Kind of a standard "pale wheat ale" smell. While not bad or off-putting, it's quite muzzled and doesn't really obtain high levels of interest or integrity. It's just "there" and fairly "meh" all around.

The taste is similarly acceptable - following the whole "not bad but not great" persona. The palate opens up some brighter citrus notes like lemon rinds and orange flesh with the earthy, musky hops still heavy in the background. Again, there isn't much else to say about this one because it comes off as pretty neutral all around.

Perhaps the best thing about the beer, or at least the most stand out quality is the mouth feel. Pretty crisp and refreshing while maintaining a nice softness, most likely from the wheat. Carbonation from the tap was at a nice level as well, making this light flavored beer go down even better, especially with a nice sirloin.

All in all, nothing gross about this one, just nothing exciting, either. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up again, but I wouldn't be offended or go all "Beer Advocate" on someone if they offered me one. I can see this being a good way to convert non-craft beer people into the craft world... but given the seasonal release and style, I would recommend Oberon much more than this.

08-19-2013 21:23:22 | More by tectactoe
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zachlink720


3.04/5  rDev -8.7%

09-02-2014 23:56:17 | More by zachlink720
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gkamel


4.8/5  rDev +44.1%

09-02-2014 16:43:50 | More by gkamel
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tjtjd

Korea (South)

3/5  rDev -9.9%

09-02-2014 04:23:50 | More by tjtjd
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nowhere_native

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

09-02-2014 03:08:56 | More by nowhere_native
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ssdarius

New York

3.96/5  rDev +18.9%

09-02-2014 02:54:33 | More by ssdarius
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kurtispopp

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

09-02-2014 00:51:03 | More by kurtispopp
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Northtexan

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.9%

09-01-2014 23:19:36 | More by Northtexan
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beerhast

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

09-01-2014 20:40:52 | More by beerhast
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ckr1451

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

09-01-2014 20:16:47 | More by ckr1451
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-01-2014 19:55:45 | More by Hellpop65
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Doostain

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

09-01-2014 16:20:36 | More by Doostain
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amanforallsaisons

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-01-2014 14:40:30 | More by amanforallsaisons
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LutherBrau

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.9%

09-01-2014 14:29:31 | More by LutherBrau
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a cloudy golden-orange, with substantial fine white head. Little lace at all, though, oddly.

Aroma is spicy wheat with some citrus. Not bad.

Taste is light and citrus-oriented, with plenty of wheat and spice malt notes. A decent and drinkable Summer ale — not all that unique nor complex, but tasty enough to enjoy.

09-01-2014 14:16:56 | More by secondtooth
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Jon_Hendricks

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

APPEARANCE: hazy, straw color. Golden Color.

OVERALL: this is a good beer. A good middle of the road summertime ale. If you like seasonals during the season and still like beer to taste like beer... This is a good summer ale for you.

09-01-2014 01:14:59 | More by Jon_Hendricks
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poohbearzeccola

New York

3.56/5  rDev +6.9%

08-31-2014 23:54:09 | More by poohbearzeccola
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aquazr1

California

3.52/5  rDev +5.7%

08-31-2014 21:17:39 | More by aquazr1
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adamlou


3.64/5  rDev +9.3%

08-31-2014 03:14:43 | More by adamlou
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RichIron883

New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

08-31-2014 03:05:06 | More by RichIron883
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llscotto

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Rich gold color. Good taste to it with a nice finish. A little bolder than I expected for a summer ale, but no complaints.

08-31-2014 02:38:22 | More by llscotto
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hoppaddict-barleypatch


2.68/5  rDev -19.5%

08-30-2014 23:11:43 | More by hoppaddict-barleypatch
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beoirific

New York

3.52/5  rDev +5.7%

08-30-2014 22:11:24 | More by beoirific
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lanechaffin

Texas

5/5  rDev +50.2%

good stuff

08-30-2014 00:40:53 | More by lanechaffin
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Python6586

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

08-29-2014 23:27:25 | More by Python6586
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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,501 ratings.