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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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4,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,650
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 491 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

MightiestBeard, May 11, 2012
Photo of jonathaniler
5/5  rDev +50.2%

jonathaniler, May 10, 2012
Photo of Peter
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Peter, May 09, 2012
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, golden yellow, with a small head of white foam, quickly dissipating to a meager lace.

S: Faint overall -- it took a few deep whiffs to really get a sense of it: Bread-like malt notes, and some fresh-cut grass aromas, with just a hint of citrus.

T: Malt was slightly sweet, but mostly bready. Wheat flavors fill out the middle. A slightly tart, then bitter hops flavor finishes it. Overall, it just tastes watered down.

M: Moist, with below-average carbonation.

O: Typical fare from an American macro-brewery. Not terrible, but not very good. Passable as a thirst quencher with a meal, but certainly not good enough to enjoy on its own.

TappaKeggaBrew, May 09, 2012
Photo of kgeijer
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

kgeijer, May 09, 2012
Photo of Franticc
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Franticc, May 09, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

MacStinson, May 07, 2012
Photo of brealbg
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

brealbg, May 07, 2012
Photo of odbjs735
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

odbjs735, May 07, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a big white head. The head fades over about a 5 min time frame to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – A nice wheat and lemon aroma are the base of the smell. These are mixed with a lighter orange and spicy smell as well.

Taste – A wheat bread taste is nice and heavy up front. This nice wheat flavor is the base of the beer and lasts throughout the taste. At the start the taste is on the sweeter side with flavors of orange and some sugar sweetness. These flavors give way a bit to some more sour/bitter lemon flavors and a mild spice toward the middle and the end. Very full flavored overall.

Mouthfeel – The body is quite heavy for the abv of the beer, with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. All in al, the two combined to match the characteristics of the beer well. The carbonation creates a refreshing experience while the body accentuates the nice citrus and wheat flavors.

Overall –A great tasting and refreshing beer great for sitting outside.

Darkmagus82, May 07, 2012
Photo of jski
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

jski, May 07, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Magic Hat pint glass. Tasting with mini-Saltines.

Pours a tangerine lemonade color with moderate hazy and a finger plus of bleachy white head. Good retention and a nice cap the head makes. 4.0

BIscuity malt aromas of wheat. Unique spice character in the nose. Light lemon and herb sprigs and a hint of mustiness. Light alcohol note is underwhelming. 3.5

Hearty and seedy spice notes mesh with light citrus bursts that are not from hops. A slightly fermented citrus full of peel and degradation. Tangy wheat finish that is only subtly sweet. A little salty upfront. A showing of wheat, lemon peel, spice, and yeast mustiness. 3.5

Medium body, medium carbonation (with some liveliness). A little tart in the stomach. Lingering in the mouth. Not coating. Quite the opposite. Almost greasy, like dishwater. 3.0

A beer that I drink because everyone else is drinking it. One of my least favorite styles and not a favorite of that style, to boot. Just another Summer Ale. 3.5

thecheapies, May 06, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A-it looks lika an American lager, pale yellow with a lot of bubbles. It is slightly hazy, minimal head, a bit of lacing.

S- dry wheat and a hint of lemon and floral notes.

T- better than I expected. The hint of lemon/citrus carries the flavor for me.

M- medium body and good carbonation. The citrus zest lingers.

O-Ok,I guess. Nothing special.

NiceTaps, May 06, 2012
Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

MouthfulOfchris, May 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

mcouillard, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

prisdefer, May 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

GTB, May 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70%

trioxin, May 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

markmiller, May 05, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Chili's in Hattiesburg, MS. Served in a frosted mug on two for one hour. .

A: Opaque burnt orange color with a white half finger head that settled quickly. Some lacing.

S: A pleasant collaboration of malt and citrus

T: Follows nose. Smooth, sweet, light. A fine malt tango with orange and lemon peels.

M: light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A decent session beer. Perfect for warm weather.

brewskifan55, May 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Thurman1, May 04, 2012
Photo of Luigi
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tall Weizen glass. Pours out a pale hazy orange with a huger fluffy white head. Goes over the glass with out pouring down the sides. The head retention settles down to a thin blanket of foam on the top with some sticky lacing. The carbonation bubbles race to the top.

The lemon zest hits the nose first. Soft wheat, and a hint of yeast. Giving the ale a hint of bread. Along with the tart spiciness some hop bitterness can be detected as well.

The first flavor to hit the palate is zesty lemon peel and even some orange flavor. There is a soft bread malt with a bit of sweetness. Now I do not know what Grains of paradise is, but it seems to make the finish semi-dry and spicy. The hops are not prevalent until the finish, giving this ale a little bitterness matched with lemon peel.

Light and carbonated in body and semi dry bitterness. Plenty of carbonation making this ale refreshing.

To be honest, this Summer ale would be perfect if they left out that grain of paradise. Just keep it simple and refreshing. But overall this wheat ale is decent.

Luigi, May 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

brendaniel, May 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Wertzwoman, May 04, 2012
Photo of bwolmarans
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank after a pint of 7 hills p.a. summer can't get here soon enough this beer tastes of summer .. strong favours
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bwolmarans, May 04, 2012
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 4,650 ratings.