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

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5,023 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,023
Reviews: 1,623
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 54
Gots: 871 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 5,023 | Reviews: 1,623
Photo of PA-hunter
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 5.3% abv

Appearance- Pours a very hazy apricot orange with moderate head.

Smell- Fresh wheat malt with hints of lemon and spices.

Taste- A noticeable wheaty malt that is quite grainy to the taste. This blends quickly into a citric lemony character. Some orange in there as well. Spices arrive later, most obvious being pepper taken right to the finish. Hop character is present as well with a bitter finish that blends well with the peppery kick.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with good carbonation.

Overall- A great summer brew that is refreshing and flavorful. Very easy drinking and good for getting the non craft beer people into the scene. A go to in the Summer months. I do not see how this beer could dissappoint.

Photo of GrinkoN
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Foggy orangish, very thin head,

S: Malty, citrus (lemon), some wheat

T/F: Get the lemon here, sweet with a little bitter at the back end. Mid to light bodied feel, meh.

O: It is a decent summer beer, not Sammy Adams best but good.

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.

Photo of Carrier4
2.31/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not Sam Adams best, there lodgers are better

Photo of xboxhueg
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty good m8 i r8 4/8

Photo of bgillespie
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy cloudy golden orange with a super thin white head.

Smell: Lot of lemon and malt. Some wheat.

Taste: Again lemon. Sweet with a hint of bitterness at the end. Also some wheat.

Mouthfeel: Dull, flat almost.

Overall: A good summer beer, easy to drink. I would like more pop. Better than a lot of big names out there.

Photo of Myotus
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mikasa ale glass. Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates to a half finger's worth within 10 seconds then after a minute, dissipates into a line. Pale golden/yellow in color and very murky. Bubbles are barely present. Very strong wheat malt aromas that combine with strong pepper aromas and mild lemon peel and pale malt aromas. Initial taste is strange (not in a bad way) as all the detected aromas are detected by the palate, but hit simultaneously with none overpowering the other. There is no symphony of flavors, just a one note explosion. A very boring experience for my palate, but the actual taste is pretty good. Light-bodied, very crisp and refreshing, quenches any thirst that I previously had. I can see why Sam Adams call this a summer ale as it is a perfect beer to enjoy on a hot, sunny day, especially in the great country of Texas.
NOTE: As beer warms, malt flavors become more detectable. If you aren't a malt lover, drink reasonably fast.

Photo of kevitivity
2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is not for me.

Photo of Scarycarrie1
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An okay wheat ale but unremarkable. Would drink again but not my first choice.

Photo of ThisChucksDrinksBeer
1.12/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer smells like male cat urine. I had a male cat that used to urinate behind the TV and the aroma from this beer smells almost exactly like it. Sorry Sam, but this beer doesn't bode well in the summer heat especially when it smells like I am drinking male cat PP.

Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a remarkably average beer! Drink this if there's nothing else around and you don't want to risk drinking something you know will taste like feet. But otherwise, pass this up.

Photo of wayoo
1.8/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Muy afrutada para mi gusto

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drinkable, but the lemon peel is overwhelming. Then again, it's been a cold June here and maybe I should give it a fair shot on a warmer day.

Photo of abastias
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, bright golden orange-yellow. Foam is light, white, and short duration.
S: Soapy, lemony.
T: Cherry, woody, spices, white grape, peppery finish. Aftertaste sits on middle to front of tongue.
M: Smooth and slightly viscus to watery. Sharp.
O: Delightfully complex and yet refreshing. The aftertaste overstays it's welcome, but overall the spices and flavors.

Photo of lapsoo
4.79/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Refreshing summer beer. Great for reset taste after hoppy and stout beer drinking in winter. Should have less alcohol, arround 4%.

Photo of DCP
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

It isn't as easy to drink a bunch of these as it should be.
It's a bright, opaque beer, but it rests too heavy in the belly for the style, almost like eating a slice of bread every beer you drink. It finishes with that classic summer wheaty-lemon. It's alright, but I'd more likely grab a Heff or a heavier American Wheat Ale.

Photo of beerrat
4.85/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great outstanding easy drinking summer ale.

Photo of jdrankin
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tastes a lot like cough medicine

Photo of NCMatt
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I had a small, 3-4 oz pour from a 12oz bottle during a bottle share. This beer is nothing special. To me, it's one of those "only enjoyable after doing yardwork on a hot summer day" sort of beers.

It's very "refreshing" but lacks any real flavor.

With all the other "summer" beers on the market, this is not one I could really recommend, or see myself purchase. I would go for a Summer Shandy or Curious Traveler over this any day if I was in the mood for a lighter refreshing beer.

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer, has a mild lemon flavor with a weak ale taste.

Photo of Beric
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 28 May 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, as it was primarily used to bathe grilling brats rather than drinking. Standard normal Sam Adams packaging- boring and overdone. Got a new cap out of it though.

Smell: It says on the side "brewed with grains of paradise" and you can definitely tell. There is a spice in the nose that is absent from many other pale wheat ales. Other than that, you can pick up faintly on the lemon peel, but the weird spiciness is really what stands out.

Taste: Pleasantly surprised. There is that weird spiciness from the grains of paradise, but it's much more muted than in the nose. On the palate, the lemon zest really rings forth. Almost shandy like at times, without being artificial.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, exactly what you want in the summer.

Overall: Not a terrible beer but not good either. Great for the brats though.

Photo of MikeMcCl
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this more than SA lager

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Refreshingly light floral aroma, with a bit of a haze in its golden appearance. A decent wheat beer, with little other than the basic breadiness, apart from a mild hops flavor.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I haven't had this one yet.

Appearance : Pours a hazy golden glow with light sediment floating around. The head initially is very tall and porous, but tightens up and descends to about 1 finger. The lace is delicate but leaves light rings.

Aroma : Lightly toasted grains, mixed with a stiff wood cabin smell, some light orange slice, and a bit of carbonated lime. Upon deeper smell the woodiness turns to a formaldehyde-like stench, perhaps with a faint hint of rubber cement or chemical.

Flavor : Initial flavor is lacking, light, and unimpressive, but as it flows through to the swallow some really rich flavors come out - namely peach or peach schnapps, an alcohol flavor-burn that accompanies that, some woody pine flavors, as well as more of that chemical (but somehow it works here).

Feel : Buzzing at the front with a washed out iced tea-like presence, ends on the lighter side of semi-dry and somehow leaves an alcohol burn on the palate.

Overall : Just stumped about this alcohol burn I'm getting in the taste and feel. If it's only 5.3%, how come it's so present? This ale was okay, I'd have it again, but there are better Pale Wheat Ales out there.

Photo of FrostyStephen15
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at a chain restaurant. In a word, it's fine. Looks very yellow with a thin white head that never really goes away. Smells like yeast and a bit of citrus. The taste is dominated by yeast, and the aftertaste is almost entirely banana, for some reason. It's not bad, but I prefer their Cold Snap to this.

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