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

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Ratings: 5,023
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 54
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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.
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Photo of Lauthaha
4.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a cloudy golden/straw color, with lots of bubbles. Head is nice and foamy with good consistency.

Smell: Nice and crisp; fresh. Moderate lemon vibe layered within a rich, semi-sweet malty base. A good dose of wheat without being too bready, maybe a touch of biscuit to the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rich and flavorful, the carbonation makes this one moderately- to pretty-heavy on the tongue. Grassy hops only sparsely populate the beverage, the real focus here is on the malt (very rich) and citrus additions (mild to moderate). Beautiful finish, chewy, nicely yeasty.

Overall: I have found that for my personal taste, ales are tastier than lagers. I'm not a huge fan of the Witbier, but if SASA is a good representation of the American Pale Wheat Ale style, I'm going to strongly consider looking for them as opposed to straight Witbiers. VERY, very tasty.

Photo of chiccabeer
4.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the quintessential summer beer. The ale has a very smooth ale feeling to it, and does not leave your mouth dry. The flavor has a nice fruit taste without over powering you with too much sweetness. Some places garnish this one with fruit, but I like it as it is. Cheers.

Photo of cobunist
4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I loved this seasonal beer.

Photo of philibum13
4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After numerous different beers tasted over the years, I have to remove my hat for Summer Ale. It has to be my all-time favorite. A fan of Sam to begin with, I could not help but easily enjoy Summer Ale. I miss it when it's off the shelves and I buy out the store when it's in season.

Photo of Poppypitbull
4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice and light wtih a little kick for an after taste.
had it with my wife over a plate of wings and she loved it (and she is not a big beer chick). Went down smooth and is vastly superior to the regular Sam Adams brand (it's a taste thing for me, sorry!)

update: 8/11/06
if you can get it on tap it is vastly superior to the bottle and the bottle is damn good.
I don't understand how Sam gets it so wrong with their main brand but rocks the world with their seasonals?!

Photo of matracy68
4.42/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Sam Adams beer because they have have such a wide variety of different beers to suit everyone's taste buds. I first sampled this beer on tap at the 2nd annual Blews n' Brews Festival in Fayetteville, NC. This easily became my favorite beer of the fest. This is a great session beer since it is sort of light. I really enjoyed the tase of the beer. The other great thing is that I can get this beer in a keg (Raleigh, NC) if I want to make the hour drive up there. I stock up on this beer every summer now and since it is semi easy to find here in the south, I drink this when I don't have my favorites on hand.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.42/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Good foamy head, nice golden-straw appearance. Very nice lacing throughout.

S: Wheat and malt with hints of citrus make for a very pleasant scent.

T: Incredibly refreshing. The wheat is clearly present throughout, with great hints of the lemon zest and a bit of a spice note from the Grains of Paradise.

M: Light to mouthfeel, very crisp. Goes down very smooth

D: Great drinkability. The ideal beer for the days of summer - whether it be at the beach, backyard BBQ, or just lounging around outside, this is the beer to have.

Summer is always better with Samuel Adams Summer Ale.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.42/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12 ounce bottle freshness dated November 2011

A hazy lemon yellow in color,no head to speak of with light lacing of the glass. Soft lemon citrus taste with a hint of spice. Very refreshing with a pleasant aftertaste, as you would expect for a summer seasonal!

Photo of Popkorn615
4.42/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a 1cm thick marshmallowy head that slowly dissipates to a surface glaze.

S - Citrusy, (probably from the lemon zest added to the beer).

T - Lemony, orangey, citrusy, zesty, and malty.

M - Very light and smooth. A touch watery and could probably use a little thickness in its body, but it is by no means a distasteful lack of thickness. Personally, I thought the mouthfeel was great, but I could understand how others might think that it is a little thin.

D - A fabulous summer ale that is very light and refreshing, and possesses a great balance of each element. I could easily have countless numbers of these in one go, especially on a sweltering hot summer day.

Photo of leffebrown84th
4.41/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Like a blue moon but with mOre flavor. Better than a blue moon in my opinion.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks good and has a summer appearance label on the bottle. Smells of lemon and spices. Has little head. Taste is above average but not the best. The lemony flavor makes this beer taste great, so mouthful has the same rating as taste. Drinkability is excellent not the best, but very close. This is a beer one could drink all day. Goes down smooth and refreshing.

Photo of maxson924
4.39/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer that got me into pale wheat ales. Great representation of the style: wonderful golden color and the smell and taste you'd expect from a pale wheat.

Photo of comingbackdown
4.39/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The Pour:
Dead perfect pour on my hand. My best yet. :)
Very foamy, with a slight hiss as the head builds up.

The Head:
One finger head right out of the bottle, warm and aromatic, long lasting. Perfection. Lacing to the horizon and back.

Consistency and viscosity:
Slightly watery, somewhat oily to me. Pleasant to look at though.

The Nose:
Strong aromas of wheat, lemon, fresh bread or biscuits, smells warm and peppery. The aromas don't blend perfectly, but it's hard to get them all.

The Taste:
Sweet Wheat and Lemon, strong, bold Wheat taste all over, no sour taste anywhere.

Warm, wheaty, bittersweet with a strong lemon bite at the finish. A rather dry finish, but nice.

The Mouthfeel:
Creamy, warm, lightly carbonated, smooth all across the palette.

The Aftertaste:
Wheat and lemon. A perfect aftertaste. I'll be looking forward to this all year until next summer hits. :)

Aside from the dry finish, I could drink a damn keg of this brew. Very appreciable. Now, to work off the carbs from it.

As the brothers say, respect beer.

Happy drinking to all.

Photo of xtremejammn
4.36/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down my favorite Sam Adams so far hands down.

A: Pours a light brown with a remarkably long lasting head,

S: Very strong wheat smell, smell is also very hoppy, with a hint of yeast.

T: A very citrus-ish beer, I get a sense of orange spice and lemony taste.

M: Perfect, not too bubbly although it packs a punch, makes it very smooth to drink.

D: Very smooth, not too bubbly, finishes pretty well.

Bottom Line: I'd highly reccomend this to anyone, a very well done ale and gets my two thumbs way up. ta ta

Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold with a tint of orange, the liquid is a little bit hazy. The two finger white head is airy; it sinks slowly down, leaving no lacing.

The smell is fruity with notes of citric and honey. There is some sourness paired with yeast and a fine bitter hoppy flavour.

The taste is fresh and refreshing. There is fine wheat-y sourness, some sweet malt. Fruity notes of lemons and blueberries(!). The aftertaste got a good amount of bitterness, some sweetness and a hint of yeast.

The carbonation is powerful; medium sized bubbles. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

A summer ale that really suits summer days.

Photo of steinlifter
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured a hazy bright yellow/almost gold..tall sudsy, 2 fingered head, that reduced to a thin collar.
aroma was very citrusy and pleasant..grapefruit and mild hop whiff.
Tangy, citrusy, and mild...
mouthfeel was light and watery.
Drinkability is very high here, these go down very smooth and easy..great summer brew!

Photo of Big-Dog
4.34/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a 12oz bottle into my glass mug, I saw a great amount of foam. This beer stays well carbonated.

The initial taste is great! It has a strong, but not overbearing beer-y flavor. Since I'm a slow drinker, my beer starts to get warm after leaving it out for so long. This beer starts to taste funky after about 20 minutes of it sitting. The last inch of beer is, well, yuck. It leaves a bad impression.

The color is great, the initial feel is great. Overall, I would buy buy this beer again.

Photo of thecarster1
4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, freshness date of august, hazy golden brown color, half inch head that faded quickly leaving ring around glass (when i had this on tap out at the bar the head was stronger)

s- smell is slightly citrusy, little notes of yeasty bread.

t- nice wheat taste, some yeast, and a kick of lemony hops, and a peppery lingering from those mysterious grains of paradise.

m- nice filling mouthfeel, good carbonation, nice and smooth.

d- very drinkable, delicious wheat ale for spring and summer, need to be sitting outside to fully enjoy this one, mmm.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden/yellow color with a large frothy head, great retention with a good amount of patchy lacing.

Smell is rather yeasty with a slight citric aroma, bit of lemon, quite sweet.

Taste is light and crisp, carbonation amount is just right, lemon zest hits the mouth first with a slight tartness, very smooth and easy drinking, has some subtle spices and can even make out some banana aftertaste, perfect session beer for the summertime BBQ-ing.

Photo of flipshevanel
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! Started with an average sized, frothy, white, and mostly diminishing head. The body hue was medium yellow/light orange with tiny particles averagely dispersed. The aroma was a nice heavy dough with moderate malts and light hops. The flavor was definately sweet that calms down until a nice average bready finish. The body was medium to full, dry, and softly carbonated. I really love this beer and is in my top 5 of favorite beers right now.

Photo of jayrod20
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a two finger off white head that fades to a ring on the glass and a small amount of lacing. smell of wheat and yeast and spice. wheat malts up front then some lemon comes through then the spice hits making for a great taste. mouthfeel light to medium, crisp and good carbonation make for a nice summer beer that can be drank in succession.

Photo of weizenbob
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before August 2011. I poured the bottle into a weizen glass, swirling the last bit in the bottle before pouring for maximum yeastiness in the glass. The pour yields 3 fingers of fluffy tan head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is pretty much non-existent. Carbonation is active as seen through the glass. The brew is hazy and golden. It looks about perfectly to style.

The aroma is packed with wheat, wheat and more wheat. Crisp spicy grains jump into the nostrils and dominate this brew. In the background a nice yeasty character can be found. A sweet and light lemony essence is detectable. There is also a faint amount of alcohol that can be found in the nose. All in all, it smells nice.

As with the nose, the taste is dominantly grainy; though I must say that this is one of the most complex wheat beers I've consumed. Wheat is the alpha flavor and carries throughout the brew. Mellow citrus is tucked behind, adding a light sweetness. It is heavily hopped for a wheat beer, though the hoppiness is not a bit overbearing and remains well balanced with the other flavors of this unique wheat ale. The finish displays the pleasantly unexpected flavor of peppercorn. It's a little watery on the back end, but that is not noticed for long due to the nice bready aftertaste.

In the mouth, this beer feels a little light, especially considering the hazy look and complexity of flavor. It is undercarbonated for my taste, and a bit watery. I will say though that it is refreshing and easy drinking as a result.

As with nearly all of Samuel Adams' brews, Summer Ale is easily taken for granted. It is never one of the summer seasonals that I look forward to with great anticipation, yet I always end up drinking a bunch of it in the summer months. That may have as much to do with its relatively low price and high availability as anything else. But that should not take away from the fact that this is a very well brewed wheat ale, and one that I should look forward to each year.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about Samuel Adams Summer Ale.

Photo of thelagerheads
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's make it country simple: summer is a nasty little wench. You sweat, the dogs get fleas, the grass burns up and your woman makes merry behind the bush with a man with muscles and tattoos and a goatee. Summer isn't for you. But being as misery is man's constant companion he needs something to knock back his head like a soft little hammer and bring on subtle displays of fireworks and enjoyment. Here's where Samuel Adams comes into play. You see, they make the best beer in America. I know all of these brew-gurus blast off little soliliquoys expounding upon foreign yeasts by companies with intricate brew talents and clever little brand names but these guys are the microbrew with the big company expertise in consistency and quality. Snap the top off this thing like one of those wax bottles of sugar juice you used to get as a kid and sop it up with your hot swollen tongue. It's like drinking nectar from a sponge with subtle hints of mushrooms? Yeast, fungii, rock candy. Stand back with your piss-pucker salute ye drinkers of Budweiser while I explode like a rocket over Damascus.

Photo of tainohawk
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

samuel adams summer ale is cool.

Photo of wsoxfan0010
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good ale. One of my favorites.

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