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

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BA SCORE
76
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4,569 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 4,569
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 439 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A smooth and even creamy drink for a summer afternoon. A bit of spice but otherwise nothing above ordinary in taste. Nice wheaty head, with beige colour. Muted citrus taste and aroma. Quite consistent creaminess which may be popular, but for me worth saving to add to hamburger.

Sammy, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

t0rin0, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a big 2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Random splotches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of wheat, citrus zest, and spices. Taste of of wheat and spices with a slightly bitter citrus zest finish. Mild hop bitterness quickly fades between sips. This beer has a lower carbonation level with a crisp but slightly thick mouthfeeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Summer beer. My wife really liked this one so I bet this is going to be a staple in our fridge this season.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden color with a decent amount of haze and a several finger white head, although this doesn't leave behind much lacing. Nose is a large dose of lemon and a lighter amount of spice. Taste is lemon, light spice, and a bit of wheat. Light body with moderate carbonation, although the spice takes over a bit. Not too much going on with this, and I would prefer it without the extra additions.

Thorpe429, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -9.9%

zestar, May 20, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.9%

nmann08, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down, consistently leaving a thick coating of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has faint aromas of wheat and yeast along with some hints of spices. As the beer warms up, the spices become a bit more prominent.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat and subdued notes of spices from the grains of paradise.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and can be considered a bit refreshing but the taste is not that interesting, except that the grains of paradise prevent it from being bland.

metter98, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice head that displays good retention and deposits gobs of foam around the pint glass

Smell: Smells like a bowl of Wheaties with a spritz of lemon

Taste: Starts with a definite light American wheat character that is quite bready, with a touch of lemon; after the swallow the flavor doesn't change much until the very end when the interesting peppery grains of paradise flavor kicks in

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the peppery finish adds an interesting twist, this beer just doesn't have enough other attributes to make me want to have another

brentk56, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly murky goldenrod with sunshine yellow accents. The cream-colored head is large, finely pitting and hangs around a while. Unimpressive lace. The aroma is not what I had expected or hoped for. Summer Ale smells like a macro lager that's trying to dress itself up and pass itself off as a summer beer by adding a grating or two of lemon zest. The grain-like undertow is too pronounced to be completely covered up. It isn't a total loss, but I see definite room for improvement.

While the flavor is a bit better, it doesn't knock my socks off. Pale malt and wheat malt are dominant, but that same macro lager graininess is annoying the hell out of me. Citrus zest is now minimal and the spice load has been ramped up to moderate. The grains of paradise, used in both this beer and BBC's White Ale, don't seem to work as well here. The medium length finish gives a nod toward bitter, but is otherwise nondescript, and the light-medium body is just about right for a summer quaffer.

In terms of quality and enjoyability, Sam Adams beer covers a fairly wide range for me. While far from bad, this one is solidly in the bottom half. I'm not sure how often they change recipes, but Summer Ale is long overdue.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a light foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light wheat with some grain of paradise. Taste is a mix between some grains of paradise with some very light wheat. Taste is very dry with the spices also coming through. Light body with average carbonation. Malt base is just too light for this beer to be truly interesting.

Phyl21ca, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A basic and fundimental summertime refresher. Similar to a standard blonde ale (with a grain and pilsner flavor under a light, carbonated body). This beer has an added citrus (lemons) with a mild peppery, spicy flavor. A mild haze illudes to a very pale wheat addition that helps with a breadiness and sweetness that disquise the grain flavors. Still, the body fades into a watery brew fairly quickly, but adds to the drinkability. A mild grain, citrus, and hop character persists into the finish. It's ok beer, but I prefer many other Sam Adams' beer more.

BEERchitect, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just finished polishing this one off at the inlaws tonight. I actually was suprised I had never tried this one in all of my tastings so when I saw it in the fridge I went for it. The pour was nice with a rich golden yellow coming forward right away. A nice tswo inch high head of white foam then rose over the top and settled down to a thin crown that covered the sides and the top. A nice side glass presentation and copious carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was rather bland. Just the slightest hint of lemon on top of bready malts. Some light grain as well. The flavor was more of the same, with nothing really standing out to me. A nice light body with ample carbonation and a low abv amde it totally sessionable, but the light grain, and a kiss of citrus in the flavor just really did not do it for me.

Overall it was not terrible and i have had much worse, I just thought it was far too libght and really just a touch too bland for my tastes. A nice beer for tailgating through and in the more popular establishments, if this was all that was on tap, you could do far worse.

mikesgroove, May 27, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a golden-yellow color with perhaps just a touch of haze to it and a fluffy white head.

S: A strong citrus aroma to the beer is immediately noticeable. The lemon zest shines through and there is maybe a light spice character as well.

T: The wheat provides some nice sweet flavors which goes along nicely with the lemon zest quality. Again, a hint of spice to go along with a mild breadiness.

M: The body is light, which you would expect from a summer beer with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish.

D: A real easy drinking beer that does work quite well for the warm weather. I wouldn't mind having one of these on a hot day outside.

womencantsail, May 13, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

ygtbsm94, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -9.9%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy and golden with straw hues. Single finger head.

S: Lemony and sweet. Some bread/wheat.

T: More of the same from the smell except less lemon and citrus and more bread. Spice notes

M: Refreshing and smooth. Mild to moderate carbonation. Light bodied.

Overall: One of the better summer ales. If you rate this for overall appeal, it falls in line with many of the others out there but for a summer ale, it is one of the better ones.

kylehay2004, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with a full, though collapsing, off-white head.

Smell: Caramel-coated malted wheat aroma with a redolent peppery scent from the Grains of Paradise and an apparent note of lemons.

Taste: Slightly bready wheat malt with a with caramel sweetness present. Tastes of oily lemon peels and a coarse black pepper. A whirl of sweetened tropical fruit juices accompany a slight bitterness which, along with the peppery character, help to temper the sweetness. Drying, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, refreshing summertime offering, Samuel Adams Summer Ale walks the fine line between delivering the goods on flavor and being super easy to gulp down.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot of people I know really don't like this beer at all, they claim it's "too perfumey". I don't really feel that this beer is a bad summer brew at all. The beer pours out as a hazy yellow color with decent sized white head that leaves a pretty nice lacing. The smell of the beer is bright and fresh, it's got some lemon in there and perhaps a few spices on the nose. The taste is a citrusy and grainy blast of freshness. It's a little sweet and it's got a good balance of fruit and beer. The mouthfeel is very easy going. lightly carbonated and soft. This beer is a great for a hot day in the summer to kill off the heat. I wouldn't drink a lot of these in a sitting but one here and there is usually enough.

Knapp85, May 24, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I seem to like this brew more than many others,its on tap at alot of local places,so I get it alot.Pours a hazy orange/yellow color usually with a pretty decent head.The a roma is lightly spicey and of wheat malt pretty appetizing.Taste is very wheaty slightly fruity,I think its a pleasant highly drinkable ale,I think a bit underrated.

oberon, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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