Samuel Adams Summer Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.2/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a clear, yellow-straw color with lots of carbonation and a 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Very little cling as it goes down the glass. The bouquet is pleasing, comprised of sour yeast, wheat cracker, and lemon peel. Wheat cracker and lemon zest are present at first taste--fairly mellow in character--and these give way to what seems to be hop bitterness, spice, and much more pronounced bitterness from the lemon peel. It drinks like a Czech pilsener, but the lemon becomes more distracting than enjoyable after the first few sips. The light, effervescent mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, but that seems to be in keeping with the approach.
I can't help but feel that this would be a much better beer without the inclusion of the lemon peel. As it is, I'm left with more of a lemon pledge sensation in my mouth than summer refreshment. Not a bad beer beer, but certainly not one of my favorite seasonal offerings from Sam Adams.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2011 07:00:31 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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