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

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77
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4,706 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,706
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 521 | 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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Reviews by TSchnellNJ:
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

TSchnellNJ, Feb 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

tectactoe, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

oberon, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -9.9%

mojohawk21, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 11, 2004
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +20.1%

beerhunter13, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Turbo, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Hoppin_mad
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

Rijtjeshuis, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +20.1%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of StoutHearted
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

StoutHearted, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of ccapurso
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

ccapurso, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

tbryan5, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

SkiBum22, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

sicilian, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a straw yellow in color, clear, with about an inch of soapy white head. The head fades to a nice uneven layer of bubbles with a thick heavy ring. Moderate lacing.

S: An interesting mix of very light malt and a hint of lemon. I'm not sure if the lemon is masking any hops or not but the aromas are pleasant overall.

T&M: Taste and body are very light. This brew is a bit on the dry side but still rather refreshing. There is a lemony twang to this but it works well with the hop bittering and blends right in nicely. This is not another typical "beer with fruit", but rather the lemon seems to act more like an herb or other adjunct. Textures are relatively creamy with light carbonation. Finishes a bit dry with, at first a lemony taste going to a light bitter linger.

D: I found this brew to be light, refreshing, and easy to drink. Overall it's pretty good.

SIRIUS2, May 12, 2008
Photo of cbgVT
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Funny how one's palate can change so dramatically. This used to be one of my favorite beer and was one of the first 'better beers' I liked. I have since moved on to real better beers lol, German Hefe's lately. It is kinda funny how SA Summer Ale claims to be a wheat ale. Far from it.

Appearance - decent, slightly hazy golden straw color. Little head at pour and a slight trace of lacing. Disappointed in that.

Smell - not too much of a smell, slightly lemony

Taste - Tastes like what I would imagine lemon scented pine sol to taste like. I really don't like the lemon zest, it tastes like lemon extract was added to the bottle. It is overpowering.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, not too much not too little. I prefer a thicker bodied beer, especially if it claims to be a 'wheat ale'

Drinkability - for all my complaints, it isn't the worst thing in the world, but certainly no better than 'Okay'. I am glad it has a decent ABV though, if not I would probably let it stay in the fridge for desperate times.

cbgVT, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

This seasonal is seeing its 12th summer. It's a sort of like a twist on the Belgian White Ale (being a spiced wheat ale) that sports lemon zest and grains of paradise--if you didn't know already.

Very cloudy--let's say murky--orange-ish color. Ample froth after a quick pour, with bubbly and very sticky lacing: a sign of good retention. Aromas of lemon and sweet malted wheat come forth with underlying suggestions of vanilla, white pepper and cherries. Smooth and creamy with a slick, medium body. Malty for starters, with both wheat and barley battling it out. Lemon and spicy flavors try and push through, with hints of pepper and vanilla in the back. A kiss of hop bitterness goes against a flash of fruitiness, as well as hints of cherries and pears. Earthy, almost woody semisweet finish.

This beer is more complex than a summer seasonal needs to be. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it's a pretty bold move to put out a murky, com- plex ale for a summer seasonal while everyone else is lobbing their crystal clear Blonde Ales into the market. Maple-glazed jalapeño turkey burgers with potato salad stood up to this very well.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Dmann
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And average beer at best. This one poured a nice orange color with a small white head that faded quickly. It smelled of grain and spice and not much else. The taste was decent but there was just too much of the citrus bitterness there to enjoy thoroughly. If it is on sale get it, if not do not pay full price for this one.

Dmann, Sep 05, 2004
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

SuomiHobbit, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 4,706 ratings.