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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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4,567 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,567
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 438 | 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.

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Photo of Garlicjosh
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass

Gold color and a little hazy. Head fades out super fast

In the smell, I get a lot of citric zest but all in all, had to focus pretty hard to get anything out of it.

After the smell, the taste wasn't to surprising, citrus, bready, and slighty pepper. But wasn't a "take the glass back in shock" sort of moment.

Mouthfeel is about what I would figure as well, travels across pretty easy. Didn't come off as watery which is always nice. The peppery notes stand out as the beer warms up which adds a nice tingle to my palate.

over all it's a nice beer. I'm not about to run out for a six pack of it, but when as a bar offer when selection is few, I'm not opposed to it.
It is what it is, Sam Adams is kind of a non craft beer guys beer, I appreciate that and see this beer as a good offering of that, I'd drink it with family while out fishing or grilling.

Garlicjosh, Apr 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

JCF3, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

rjknyy, Apr 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Zaphog, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Brennen, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Novanglus
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Novanglus, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of KevieJames
3/5  rDev -9.9%

KevieJames, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of FreshZ
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

FreshZ, Apr 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

RWLawman, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Short and short lasting head, cloudy golden colored body.

Smells of muted lemon and fruit punch.

Sweet tasting, moves into rougher wheat flavor and slight banana, and ends with a blunt bitterness.

Bubbly, light and crisp body.

Average overall. The taste profile was disjointed.

Fatehunter, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Localdrinklax, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

beerhunter13, Apr 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

alwaysintense, Apr 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

shoul29, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of brureview
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Red Parrot in Newport, RI.
The beer poured a pale yellow color with some lacing.
Faint smell of hops. Fairly carbonated.

After tasting this, I thought- where have I tasted this before?
The finish is familiar, and not novel. A slightly hoppy aftertaste- not bad, relatively smooth. My frame of mind- not a bad restaurant beer for a warm day, especially when the micro offerings are slim.

However, things changed as the beer warmed. Restaurants tend to serve beer too cold. After 15 minutes, I smelled light apricot, and the finish was very smooth with some fruit.

The same experience happened to me with the SA winter ale in a restaurant.
At first, not too distinctive, then after 15 minutes- quite good in the finish.

Restaurant rule number 1: if it's served too cold, take your time and wait for the taste to come out. Restaurant rule number 2: they don't generally pour beers well in busy restaurants, so make due.

Overall, a decent summer ale( although it's only April here in global warming land).

brureview, Apr 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Lob, Apr 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

abrodsky, Apr 15, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Rozyravens, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

NoProblem, Apr 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

B14, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

stouty5, Apr 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this before (old) but never reviewed fresh. Best by date notched at August.

A - Looks of a deep amber brown, hazy in color with a nice 1/4 inch of head and lacing is better than expected.

S - Smells of light hops, malts, lemon and grains. All present and accounted for.

T - At first the lemon really was the first thing that I could taste. Tart and unforgiving but as I tread on it balances with the grains to produce a nice crisp bodied ale. Nice level of hops in this years batch also.

M - Light to medium but not sure of it's session ability.

Overall it's not a bad beer but the clash of lemon tartness really tears me away from drinking it again.

DrDemento456, Apr 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

KnightRider, Apr 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Rich540, Apr 14, 2012
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,567 ratings.