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

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4,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,147
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 24
Gots: 239 | 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 chickenflea:
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chickenflea

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle. Lemon Jolly Rancher color. Poured into a standard pint glass. Two finger head the dissipates quickly. Not much lacing. A tiny bit of haziness.

Some floral hops in the nose. Spicy, but overwhelming smell is lemon. (Hey, the label warned me.) A tiny amount of banana-clove-yeast aroma as well.

The taste follows the nose, lemon and spicy. Well balanced. It reminds me of some of the lighter Belgian ales. The taste does not fall evenly into any single category. The finish is clean and refreshing.

Body is thin. Has a lager texture.

Definitely drinkable, I bought a twelve-pack because it went so well with my chicken and pasta. I like what Sam Adams is trying to do here. Sam Adams is getting so big, however, that there seems to be an unwarranted bias against their offerings. This is a good beer. Different and not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 23:29:53 | More by chickenflea
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I do enjoy sam adams as whole, and this beer is no exception, while the citrus can border on to much, I don't think it crosses the line into to overpowering. Overall a good staple beer, which is what i have come to expect from the sam adams line. I have had both cans and bottles, and i prefer the bottles, but that is almost always true of any beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought it in a liquor store in Wyoming, for the first time I try a beer with paradise grains:

A: straw, with a small head and moderate retention with thin lacing

S: grains, citrus and spices

T: wheat and spices (clove) not bitter and some zest.

AT: clean, dry

O: Good light beer for a hot day

Serving type: bottle

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Appearance is a hazy yellow golden color with a two finger white fluffy head.
Aroma is wheat, hops, malt, bread.
Taste is bready and wheat with a sweet malt and slight citrus.
Mouthfeel is super carbonated and thin.
I had this with food which probably made it much more enjoyable.
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Delightful beer that you can find almost anywhere during the summer months. There must be a reason for its popularity, right?

I first had this beer at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. It was decent, but I didn't freak out over it (the Black and Gold, however, was AMAZING!).

Poured on draft at Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina, into a standard ball glass.

A: Thick and cloudy, slightly golden yellow with a nice thick head that laces properly. It's a pretty beer for a wheat ale, I just don't like the look of a wheat ale. This one is more yellow than orange and it's a bit bright and girly. It looks like a Blue Moon. Big negative man points there, right?

S: Wheat, citrus, hops. Clean and crisp. Nothing to see here.

T: This is where the beer comes into its own... Summer Ale has a really strong sweet flavor that is quite addictive. I had two of them with dinner and took them out with the quickness. I guess that's why it's good in the summer? Anyway, lots of wheat flavors supported by a faint citrus and hops. It's clean and smooth, easy to drink, sweet but hoppy, wheaty but not grainy and just enough lemony citrus twang to fight off the ya'lls.

M: Thick and rich, very light carbonation, very soft hops bite. Easy to pour down the gullet.

O: I can see why it's popular. I'm sure I'll drink it again on a hot day because it has a really good taste, better than most other wheats, but not something I'd order over a good, malty, rich lager, strong IPA or bitter.

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12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Bright straw. Two finger head that keeps a foamy film throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Wheat and faint citrus.

T - Lemon, citrus, and noble hops ably support the wheat flavor.

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Serving type: bottle

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