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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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4,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,768
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 35
Gots: 595 | 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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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a piss yellow with some orange flame towards the middle of the glass and thin frothy Styrofoam white that bubbles like nothing, and dissipates pretty quickly leaving edged up light lacing that really doesn’t last either and fades away to a clean glass edge. The smell is light and wheat-like with some nice spicy notes that almost remind of oregano, but must be the grains of paradise. The citrus layers-in throughout the smell as well. The beer tastes similar to the smell. It’s a little thicker with its wheat taste, but the spices play nicely on the sides of the tongue, again drawing to mind the grains of a paradise flavor and some citrusy sides. There are definitely some other spicy notes present that suggest that the yeast did some nice things to the flavor, but they are faint beside the citrus, wheat, and grains of paradise. This beer is very smooth on the tongue, but a little thin and watery over all. Carbonation is a little coarse and bubbly on the tongue, but overall quite nice. There is also a slight jelly-like feel that is left on the tongue after the beer washes through. The after feel of the mouth is actually quite nicely refreshed and wetted, which is very nice. Overall this is a decent summer wheat ale. I definitely like it more than Smuttynose’s Summer Weizen, which is the only other summer wheat ale I have really had this summer. Not my favorite beer, but not terrible either. I would have it again. A great cheaper price for decent beer.

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3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle left over by my bro-in-law after he built our new deck...

Pours a bright golden-yellow, with a little cloudiness present (without even swirling in the sediment still remaining in the bottle). Carbo is plentiful, swirling around and kicking up a storm. The head is fine, thin and white, with ok lacing. The aroma is crisp and wheaty, with hints of lemon. The body is near-medium, and it is quite light and airy on the tongue.

This bier is light and dry, with the lemon peel quite evident and refreshing. The Aframomum melegueta is found in the lightly spicy and peppery finish, and lingers slightly on the palate. I don't usually go for these summery type biers, but this one hit the spot, especially on a hot July day... Prosit!

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A-pours a slightly hazy pale orange color with a white head with average retention
S-spice, hint of citrus
T-spice and wheat up front, met with some bitterness and lemon flavor in the finish. Has a bit of a funk throughout the profile, almost yeasty
M-Medium bodied
O-drinkable but not the best that I have had

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2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for the tick, Brian.

A: Pours a hazy light pumpkin with a couple fingers of dense white head that slowly faded into a soft film that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: Wheat fills the nose with hints of citrus and light spices. A bit yeasty as well, in a good way. Sweet.
T: Follows the nose with sweet notes of citrus and wheat with a few notes of ambiguous spice. There is something minerally near the finish, and the citrus tastes a little syrupy and synthetic in the aftertaste.
M: Thick mouthfeel, heavy body, dnse carbonation. This is a bit greasy feeling. Not the most refreshing.
O: Not a bad taste but it’s a bit too greasy and synthetic for me to love.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,768 ratings.