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

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Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale
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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of tectactoe
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of a six pack so it works out to about $2.30 CDN for a bottle. Advertised as 5.5% ABV and fresh until June 2016.

Appearance - hazy and slightly orange in color. Nice finger plus of fluffy white head, some lacing to go along with good retention.

Smell - plenty of wheat, light citrus although there's also a sulphur aroma in there which is a bit strange. Not a big nose either.

Taste - wheat, apricot and maybe some peach. Mild bitterness as the sulphuric smell doesn't really show up on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Am easy drinking brew.

Overall - not a wow beer, but solid, drinkable and pretty light. A bit pricey for what you get, but it's not half bad either. Worth a shot.

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2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a standard hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate.

A: Pours a one finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and terrible retention (maybe 15 seconds at best). Colour is a transparent gold.

Sm: Light wheat, stale lemon, and light hops - maybe cascade? A mild strength scent overall.

T: Lemon grass, light wheat, and bad citrus ester hops. Light spice is present, which doesn't help the already poor balance. It's built strangely and poorly. I don't really care for it. Simple and a bit bland, if not slightly watery. The finish is poor.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and a bit too thick for the relative lack of flavour. Doesn't really suit the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but low quality. The price is high considering the poor quality.

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03.16.15: Brief impressions below.

Pours a 6 finger wide head of off-white colour. Retention is great - easily ~7-8 minutes. Body colour is a hazy bright copper of average vibrance.

Aroma: Vague citrus, including lemon zest. Wheat. Some spice. Grassiness. I find Grains of Paradise when I search for them. Floral notes.

A muted aroma of average intensity. No yeast, alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

Taste: An unbalanced mixture of vague notes of lemon, grains of paradise, grassy and faintly floral hops, and wheat. Not gestalt, not particularly cohesive, and not complex or subtle.

Duration and intensity of flavour are average.

Texture: Unrefreshing. Smooth, wet, overcarbonated. Medium-bodied where it should be light-bodied. Overcarbonated.

Overall: A drinkable forgettable wheat ale with no redeeming characteristics. It'll get you drunk. Why hasn't Sam Adams retired this?

Low C

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Photo of puck1225
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draught at a steakhouse. Cloudy yellow with thin head and no lacing. Good floral smell. Light pleasant taste of lemon and grass. It went well with the steak and ribs.

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3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good solid beer but nothing incredible.

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Photo of Decker
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I seem to like this brew more than many others,its on tap at alot of local places,so I get it alot.Pours a hazy orange/yellow color usually with a pretty decent head.The a roma is lightly spicey and of wheat malt pretty appetizing.Taste is very wheaty slightly fruity,I think its a pleasant highly drinkable ale,I think a bit underrated.

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is one gorgeous-looking ale. The body is a deep, slightly darkened yellow with a tinge of orange and quite hazy. The head is monstrous, roaring up into a beautiful puffy column and descending slowly, leaving some nice, thick, shaving cream lacing on the way down.

Smell – This is American grain with a dollop of fruity yeast. Ugh!

Taste – This doesn’t taste as bad as it smelled, but it’s still not very good. The course grain is blunted somewhat by some tangy citrus hops and a fuzzy type of wheat.

Mouthfeel – Surprisingly big for the style, almost medium-bodied, with some good summertime carbonation and even a bit of dryness at the finish.

Drinkability – With both the temperature and humidity hovering in the mid-90s, I was looking forward to a refreshing summer ale. This one just did do the trick.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served in weizen glass.

Look (3.5/5) - pours a light gold in colour, about 5-6* SRM. Clarity is very good, which I found a touch surprising for a wheat beer like this. Head is good. It rises to about 3 fingers and falls slowly to a 1 finger cap that lasts a while. Not a lot of lacing. Very good swirling carbonation.

Smell (3/5) - I really get ginger (like a ginger-ale pop) on this one. No other flavours really come out too strong. I get a hint of malts (Vienna/Munich?) which seem a bit out of place. Not a lot of yeast or hops in there.

Flavour (2.5) - The flavour was pretty weak and watery. The malt flavor isn't that light graininess I'd expect from a wheat brew; instead you get a slight hint of melanoidin in there. As with the smell, there's a good hit of ginger in here. Medium bitterness which goes a bit metallic and little or no hop flavor (some lemony hops would have gone well I think). No real yeast flavor.

Feel (3/5) - Lighter body and medium carbonation. A bit lighter than most wheat brews (like hefe, wit, etc).

Drink (3/5) - Pretty drinkable owing to the light body and somewhat watery flavours. But it was far from delicious or tasty. Not a real great example of what a wheat brew can be; I really like the flavours that would ideally be at play (ginger, wheat, etc), but the execution seems a bit poor to me.

it gets a meh.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StoutHearted
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aptly named, this beer is perfect for summer drinking. It poured a light corn color and the smell of citris storms up one's nose at first whiff. Drinking, it's heavy on the lemon and orange peel. It's tart, but not overly sweet. Its very easy to drink, but the tart may get annoying after a while if the beer warms up. I found myself getting tired of the lemony taste after a while. Not the best summer seasonal out there, but as a Sam Adams beer, it does have the advantage of popping up in the majority of bars during the hotter months.

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2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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