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

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Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale

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4,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,162
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 25
Gots: 244 | 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.

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Photo of pressman57


1.68/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a cracked jelly-jar from a 12 oz. bottle. Medium head and lacing.

Couldn't get any smell from it. Would have been nice to get a little warning.

I thought I'd had bad beer before- Colt 45, Pearl that had "turned"- but this one beat them all. Imagine a glass of goat urine with a lemon-rind pitched in. It's baaad.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:02:47 | More by pressman57
Photo of gunther1205


1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

01-22-2014 04:09:18 | More by gunther1205
Photo of EgadBananas


1.75/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Looks pretty good. Hazy golden color, with a nice little pronounced white head.

Theres a bit of citrus, and a slight bit of breadiness.

Slightly malty, with a bit of lemon zing, not much though. There is a hint of pepper as well. Average is the best descriptor I could use here. But I don't like it.

Upper light in body, light carbonation, fairly smooth.

It's not hard to drink, per say, but the taste is funky to me and I didn't care for it.

EDIT: After having this prior to anything else today, as opposed to after a few others previously, The true awfulness came through! Nearly couldn't finish it. Looks ok, and tastes awful, average body, undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:53:50 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of streetcommander


1.75/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A. Very nice. Looks refreshing. Mild haze.

S. Average. Nothing standout. Smells well balanced.

T. Terrible. I'm a big SA fan, and this is very swillish. Tastes like generic stale wheat bread, fried chicken, and cheap cologne, with a lemon scented Pledge finish.

Webster defines the word "Heinous" as; surprisingly or shockingly evil.

Heinous is well suited to this beers description.

M. Average.

D. Do you like drinking urine?

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 19:03:20 | More by streetcommander
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

04-01-2013 18:19:46 | More by zaptone
Photo of Shineonsolar

1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

06-26-2012 16:30:24 | More by Shineonsolar
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

06-19-2012 04:31:20 | More by Tron
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

06-07-2012 17:42:48 | More by Heretic42
Photo of elgiacomo


1.75/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle.

Pours cloudy yellow with a tiny white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is lemon Pledge.

Flavor is a lemon gumdrop sprayed with lemon Pledge. Very artificial smelling and tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

Did not enjoy this at all. Most went down the drain. The aroma in particular is just repulsive....

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 19:39:37 | More by elgiacomo
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New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

05-02-2012 20:42:20 | More by olympicgatorade
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

06-20-2014 21:56:17 | More by Lucular
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

03-18-2012 05:11:31 | More by deonreds
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

06-01-2012 14:39:49 | More by baconman91
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

03-18-2012 00:44:20 | More by ardy007
Photo of bobhits


1.75/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I once saw someone reference 312 as one of the best American wheat beers. That is a barely drinkable (only can be done because it is mostly water) beer on a good day. Clearly the bar is low enough for sam adams to at least be interesting by style even if the style is shooting for a C+ when done to perfection. Mind you I don't understand the need for all these different styles.

Pours an impressive amount of head, tall and white, with no lacing and lasts about 45 seconds. There is something amazingly disappointing about a well filtered wheat beer. Really, isn't half the fun of a wheat to see some yeast cloudiness? If the beer has some color I'm fine with clarity, and it is even impressive in say a barely wine, but a wheat?

The aroma is of lemon zest, grains, and a hint of alcohol/spice (yes the two are mingled together).

Oddly the problem here for me are the spices. This beer is almost attempting to get into the Belgian world of spices and it isn't called for. The lemon flavors work well enough, but that is in large part because they are backed by paper thin malt flavors. The malt is rather dry and has grain flavors, but it is mostly over powered by the spices and the lemon flavors. A touch more malt a hair less spices and you'd have a pretty respectable American wheat ale. The mix we have here though fails and again we're talking about a style that lends itself to being just darn bad. Why is it the Germans create wonderful wheats and Americans brew this?

The beer has too much carbonation and the spice bite isnt' really refreshing which I assume was the goal here. It is dry enough to be nice on a really hot day, but there are countless beers that do this better.

I bought the summer mix pack because it was hot and I felt like a summer beer. Sadly I'm reminded why I avoid Sam Adams's attempts at summer beers. They really don't have enough character, depth, and being flawless in execution of a bad beer isn't really something to hang your hat on.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:30:53 | More by bobhits
Photo of kingcrowing


1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat color with a Jin white head. No lacing but light carb bubbles. Nose is gross, it's sharp an medicinal.

Taste isn't much better than the nose. It's also medicinal and all sorths of weird flavors I'm not Shure what's going on here but it isn't good.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:56:14 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of vividox


1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The appearance was pretty typical of a summer brew, poured with a little bit of head that faded quickly. Smell was average for a similar beers. The taste was something I wasn't expecting at all, it was very tangy and was almost a chore to swallow after awhile. The mouthfeel was usual, but the tanginess was very undesirable and made the drinkability score pretty low too. I will definitely not be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 04:13:55 | More by vividox
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1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What a difference between the tap and bottle.
This poured a light golden body with a thin film that was supposed to be the head. Is this the same beer as from the bottle?
Smell? Nothing, maybe a hint of citrus, maybe. Gave it 2.5 cuz the smell isn't bad, just isn't really noticeable.
Taste is awful. Stale hops, malt, citrus. Nothing fresh or refreshing. Too sweet if anything. this must have been a keg from last year. It ain't good. Blah

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2007 05:18:20 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of bboven


1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light straw color, high carbonation but no head.

Lemon and medicine. I rally can't elaborate any more.

I had to force my throat to accept this beer.

Respectable mouthfeel; the carbonation helps a lot in this aspect.

I didn't like this beer, but this is only the second time I've been disappointed with a Sam Adams offering, so I really hate to give Jim a bad grade.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 03:20:00 | More by bboven
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1.85/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Updated from 2006. The quality of this brew has dropped significantly. When I reviewed in 0
'06, the taste was light - definitely not a hoppy brew, but nice on a warm night. Not sure what the brewer did, but the taste has changed (or I've moved to a higher beer awareness). Would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 19:16:21 | More by Taibiz
Photo of righthereisay


1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very dissappointed. Not sure what Sam Adams was doing with this one.

I thought the "grains of paradise" were way too overwhelming on this one. Couldn't really taste the "wheat malt and lemon zest" as advertised.

Definitely will never buy this again. Couldn't wait to finish the case (my dog said no)

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 18:05:26 | More by righthereisay
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1.9/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm afraid this one just does not agree with me. Maybe it's just me, but the lemon/citrus taste is gnarly.Gave me a rotten case of heartburn, which I've never gotten from any other beer, even from adding real lemon or lime to Mexican beers. To me, doesn't compare well to the other Sam Adams brews I've sampled. Would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 23:40:58 | More by Auroraboy
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1.9/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had this beer every summer for the past several years. The one thing I must remark on before getting to the actual review is the consistency. There is none. I don't mean the recipe changes each year, but it seems like it changes several times a season. If that isn't the case, then this beer just radically changes with time, or environment. Usually one can tell when a recipe is changed or they can at least notice the taste difference in draft/bottle, but it still is identifiable as the same beer. In my honest opinion, with the most recent batch I've tasted (four or five separate bottles), I wouldn't even be able to say it's the same beer.

This beer is a wheat beer, but looks nothing like a wheat beer, it is extremely clear (for even an American Wheat) it pours a pale-yellow body with a decent head.

The smell is very zesty, not a bad smell, I just don't particularly care for it. I find it a bit overpowering.

The taste is hard to comment on for the aforementioned reasons. Overall it has a spicy lemon taste with a bit of wheat malt mixed in.

The beer is light in feel, but it burns because of the spice and carbonation.

Overall this is a decent beer at times. I would recommend working through a six-pack to decide if you like it or not.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 21:49:30 | More by vrushing88
Photo of engagechad


1.93/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Purchased on draft at Starlite in Richmond, VA - pint glass

Pours a very watery yellow with almost no head initially or upon agitation. Smells herbal. Tastes very medicinal and very difficult to drink. I haven't had many beers that I didn't want to finish but this was one of them. Mouthfeel was menacing and burning.

Overall I would never purchase this beer again and would almost prefer a bmc.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 01:31:40 | More by engagechad
Photo of Jesse13713


1.95/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz into a De Koninck chalice

Appearance - A murky orange. Very citrusy and orange looking. Decent lacing with a light, thin froth at the top. Appears very watery.

Smell - A bit of foul malt. Light citrus. Faint lemon. Nothing too special here.

Taste - Reminds me of funky belgian brew. Lightly sour with a pinch of lemon. Malt is non-existent. Light grain and clove spice.

Mouthfeel - Not very refreshing for a summer brew. The wheat does not collide well with the citrus, creating the funky belgian yeast quality I am referring to. Light bodied, bland, and very watery.

Overall - Nothing special here. I'll probably finish my glass, but I'm not sure if I'll finish the second half of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 00:09:35 | More by Jesse13713
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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