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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

4,473 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 4,473
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 394 | 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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tectactoe

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

08-19-2013 21:23:22 | More by tectactoe
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Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev -11.1%

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Mississippi

2.2/5  rDev -33.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Manitoba (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

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Texas

2/5  rDev -39.9%

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Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%

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California

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -9.9%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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2.96/5  rDev -11.1%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Texas

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New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%

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Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev +0.6%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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New York

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,473 ratings.