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

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5,035 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,035
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 54
Gots: 892 | 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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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of IanOsea
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An okay summer seasonal from Samuel Adams. It's a bit too sweet/citrusey for my liking.

Photo of tlema1
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Full body for a summer brew, cloudy & spicy

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of death2brutus
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better than one would expect in a large scale sudo micro brewery.

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.

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