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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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1,606 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,606
Hads: 5,181
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 29.08%
Wants: 58
Gots: 1,038 | 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:
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 Tripel_Threat
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Decent summer ale, typical of what you would expect when you hear "summer citrus wheat." A step above Blue Moon but not quite as nice as an Oberon. I don't usually seek this one out, somehow it finds me at backyard parties and restaurants that would otherwise only have BMC. A fine enough ale to scratch an itch.

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Photo of MFS_71
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found it to be somewhere between medium and light bodied. Refreshing but slightly tart and dry. The citrus smell & taste is mild and could be stronger (I got mostly lemons). Carbonation should be kicked up a notch. Overall, a decent (but not great) summer ale. Not a terrible choice for a hot summer night.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I always hear craft beer enthusiasts shit on this (and other Samuel Adams products), but this really isn't the "terrible" summer beer that people make it out to be. Like all beers, it's way better if you can get it on tap, but it's still a solid brew in the bottle. Nice wheat backbone, a good punch of sweet lemon, a little bit of spice on the way down, and it mellows out to a very mildly bitter wheat aftertaste. Super drinkable and refreshing. It's not going to have the flavor complexity of a double IPA or a stout, but if you go into all beers expecting that, you're going to be constantly disappointed, and you're going to be pigeonholing yourself into only drinking stronger beers. Different beers for different jobs. Great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Myotus
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of ThisChucksDrinksBeer
1.12/5  rDev -66.8%
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.

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Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

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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.

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Photo of DCP
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of NCMatt
2.66/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer, drank from the bottle so I can't comment on looks.
Decent carbonation with a smell that wasn't special, maybe slight citrus, but more beer smelling to me.
It had a mild lemon flavor and a weak ale taste/aftertaste.

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Photo of Beric
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of malt-ofthe-earth
4.79/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sam Summer. So I’m reviewing it as such. An ale for the heat. So what may not be appreciated year-round is much appreciated on a summer eve. The color is sunshine. The taste is crisp with a lemony wash, which I actually enhance, with a slice of lemon. Like I said, this is a summer thing, and not something I’d be doing with a brown ale, or any other ale, for that matter. It’s best on tap, served as cold as can be. Best drunk outside. With the sea in the foreground and summer music iin the background. Maybe Isley Brothers. Summer Breeze. Ah, just right. Not too hoppy and not dark at all. Honestly, I haven’t found a better summer beer. And I’ve tried.

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Photo of dabone
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap. Lemon yellow and cloudy with a thin white head. Citrus and wheaty aroma. Flavor is mainly grains with a cool finish of spice. Very mellow. Average texture. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Golden somewhat hazy.
Smell: Grain, a little citrus and not much else.
Taste: Balanced intake, very slight bitterness aftertaste in a good way.
Feel: A little gritty, what you would expect by the look.
Overall: A very drinkable beer. Not great but no big negatives.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent refreshing summer beer to quench the thirst. Pours an orange cloudy color. Aroma smells of burnt wheat; a little off putting which is my only criticism. Nice citric and wheats taste; almost no hop presence and bitterness but not cloying. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer has kinda of an okay look to it. The head has a very nice creamy look to it while the beer itself is a dull clear medium gold color. Honestly, the head looks way more exciting than the beer itself.

The beer smell is pretty good. The grains of paradise overwhelm the other notes that are barely detectable but that isn't a huge detriment. The smell still has that lemony zest to it and can still be detected.

The beer taste is the same. The grains are strong but the lemon is also noticeable. IT isn't very complex and actually comes off as a creamy orange Popsicle taste.

The mouthfeel is very good. The beer is very creamy and very smooth; perfect for a summer day. The body is unusually heavy for this kind of beer but it's more that it has weight rather than burdensome.

Overall, a decent brew from sam adams. It isn't unusual or strong but definitely worth your while on a summer's day after walking your dog.

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Photo of IPAlmighty
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, real bad. It makes me think of a neighbor's home brew that I pretend to like. How does this get out of the brewery? Some of their stuff is good. Is it a "that's good enough culture?

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Hazy golden color with small head. Minimal lacing. Wheat malt and orange aroma. Smooth wheat ale with citrus undertones and a slight hop finish. A little bit boozy, but not disturbingly so. Medium body with medium carbonation.
It's a fine summer wheat.

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Photo of Pumpkin-Head
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had on draft numerous times but this particular instance was a 22oz pilsner glass. Poured a cloudy orangy/yellow with a thick dense head with decent lacing. Smell is very citrusy with what I would say as "dish liquid" undertones. Taste is exactly like the nose which is unfortunate because I get a finishing of dish liquid. Mouth feel is decent but overall taste is lacking.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.