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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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4,753 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,753
Reviews: 1,548
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 536 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was discovered and pilfered form my father in laws fridge at a Memorial Day gathering. Just drank it a few hours ago at the house. Side poured standard speed from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance – Has a cloudy yellow color with no head, obviously no retention, and no lacing. No real carbonation or bubbles activity.

Smell – I picked up some grains, a hint of citrus and lemon, a bit of malt, and not much else. There is not much going on in the nose, and what is going on doesn’t smell very good.

Taste – The taste of this brew, while I didn’t hold high hopes, is actually much worse than I imagined. Grains and a little wheatness are acceptable, but the lemony/citrusy flavoring just ruins it. I couldn’t get past the artificial fruit flavoring and how bad it was.

Mouthfeel – Sticky sweet, like I just drank a Dew on a hot day or something. Moderate body with a little carbonation, not too much. The stickiness from the fruit flavoring ruined this as well.

Overall – Absolutely not a beer I would drink again or recommend. I had a feeling this was going to be similar to the way people described Summer Shandy to me, and that didn’t sound like my bag, and this beer certainly is not my type. The artificial fruit flavoring, just like that in almost any beer, really ruins any flavoring or drinkability. Maybe this is beer is right up some’s alley, but not mine. I have done my best to write an objective review, but I couldn’t help but for a little bit of opinion to seep in.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a patch of extremely thin film covering a portion of the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat + lemon/citrus along with much lighter aromas of banana, clove, and some very light grassy hops.

T: There is a slight hint of "paste" flavor to this beer - the beer has a pretty good amount of wheat flavor to the body of the beer. There are lighter notes of spice/pepper and citrus in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink - this is easily a beer that you could have many times in a session. The lightness of the aroma and smell make this a great seasonal beer for the summer.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 4,753 ratings.