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

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Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale

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5,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,036
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 54
Gots: 893 | 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 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.

Photo of malt-ofthe-earth
4.79/5  rDev +43.8%
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.

Photo of bryce40588
4.65/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this summer brew! Perfect taste! Boston Brewing Co. never lets an advocate down.

Photo of dabone
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.03/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This beer is nothing special, it is alright.

Photo of leffebrown84th
4.41/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Like a blue moon but with mOre flavor. Better than a blue moon in my opinion.

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

Just ok! Not very light for a summer beer. Very wheaty!m tasted a lot like blue moon!

Photo of tainohawk
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

samuel adams summer ale is cool.

Photo of Hramosfor
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best summer beer

Photo of Tjansen84
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good solid beer but nothing incredible.

Photo of cowboy1962
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of antman27
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On of my Go To summer beers for sure

Photo of ferracal
4.65/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, refreshing, great taste, Very drinkable

Photo of Tucquan
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2915-05-11 in Gallatin, TN. At Longhorns on tap.

Photo of 50marathons
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer wheat beer. Perfect balance.

Photo of Decker
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another lackluster beer by Sam Adams that offers nothing. It tastes like a droning college lecture.

Photo of Antc2382
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I like most Sam products but this has a weird plastic character to it. It's ok, not close to their best

Photo of Gajo74
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of IPAlmighty
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
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?

Photo of Techiecub
4.56/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth with hints of orange

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