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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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4,706 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,706
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 520 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Drk93TT, Jun 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

CSFerrier, Jun 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

MyMagicalPants, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

reyna311, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of estlinska
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pilsner glass on tap. Hazy pale golden color. Small head with no lacing. Flowery and sweet nose. Sweet and fruit flavor. Flower notes. Almost slightly buttery. Thick and fizzy on the palate with a long cloying finish. Overall a little too sweet for me.

estlinska, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

bluedelta32, Jun 19, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

Tron, Jun 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

lmz3000, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Jesse13713
1.95/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz into a De Koninck chalice

Appearance - A murky orange. Very citrusy and orange looking. Decent lacing with a light, thin froth at the top. Appears very watery.

Smell - A bit of foul malt. Light citrus. Faint lemon. Nothing too special here.

Taste - Reminds me of funky belgian brew. Lightly sour with a pinch of lemon. Malt is non-existent. Light grain and clove spice.

Mouthfeel - Not very refreshing for a summer brew. The wheat does not collide well with the citrus, creating the funky belgian yeast quality I am referring to. Light bodied, bland, and very watery.

Overall - Nothing special here. I'll probably finish my glass, but I'm not sure if I'll finish the second half of the bottle.

Jesse13713, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

kakelso, Jun 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

DaveOB, Jun 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Brewfocker, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

MikeConklin, Jun 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

tpm767, Jun 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

RaleighHayes, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Jweethee, Jun 17, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70%

gk4984, Jun 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

elec, Jun 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into plastic cup...it was a fish restaurant on the water so nice and summer-like feeling.
Pours a hazy brown with an orangey hue. Wheaty, peppery citrus aroma. Taste was a bit overly malted for me, but crisp and refreshing. Nice summer session brew, and widely available from Applebees to mom and pop places. You cant really go to wrong with it.

DrinkSlurm, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of cadizkyguy
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After all the TV exposure for this Samuel Adams seasonal, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about... So here it goes, the first of two bottles of Summer Ale purchased in a variety 12 pack.

My favorites for this style are Bell's Oberon and Three Floyds Gumballhead.

This one seems a bit off category, though.. The appearance and smell remind me more of a tamed hefeweizen than an american pale wheat ale.

Blind folded and told to sample this beer, and I'd swear you'd put a hefeweizen in front of me... but there is no wrong in that statement, as some would categorize Gumballhead as a pale ale or ipa with the latter's hoppy nose.

Back to the review of Samuel Adams Summer Ale, this one just grows on you. This would be a great gateway beer into craft.

Cheers !!

cadizkyguy, Jun 16, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, one finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Slightly artificial lemon, some wheat with spice as well.

T-Very similar to the nose, follows almost exactly. The lemon is still slightly artificial, no bitterness to speak of either.

M-Light, some carbonation, refreshing.

O-A boring summer beer whose lemon is almost artificial.

rlee1390, Jun 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

LittleBrownBird, Jun 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

ChrisElpers, Jun 16, 2012
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 4,706 ratings.