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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.

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

Summer Ale opens with a malty, yeasty, lemon-pepper spice aroma that reminds me very slightly of Lemon Pledge--a comment I intend not as negative criticism, but merely example. The malt portion of the nose reminds me of fresh French baguettes dusted in flour, with just a touch of honey and molasses on the side. The aromas are fairly light and effervescent, barely making it out of the bottle.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a peppery grain base, the grains of paradise coming through strongly to create a black pepper tinge to what is otherwise good bread crust and Grape Nuts cereal grain flavors. Lemons come in soon afterward, setting off the pepper with a light, but present citrus tang that nicely complements the brew. Other fruit flavors encroach at roughly the same time, bringing orange and apricot. A slight buzz on the tongue, with perhaps just a touch of grapefruit flavor, signals the presence of hops. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the beer begins to taste more and more like fresh wet wheat stalks, though touches of lemon and pepper still remain. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, the wet wheat stalk sensation increasing in potency, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good fare, nicely fitting the "summer ale" moniker as a light, refreshing beer good for hot summer months when heavy flavors and high ABVs might not be so appealing. The flavors are nice--though I found the pepper profile slightly overpowering--and leave a clean citrus feeling in the mouth. I could see this being a nice mid-day beer as a break from the August honey-do list.

jondeelee, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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

I had this on draft at the the tour in Boston and later had it in the bottle.

A: The beer pours a very cloudy orange with a thick white head.

S: The beer has some lemon, citrus and some wheat. Nothing special, but not bad.

T: The beer was a lot like the taste. Had a good amount of lemon and wheat.

M: The beer is is very smooth and easy to drink.

O: This is a decent summer beer. It fits good for the season.

gtermi, Nov 17, 2011
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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 4,706 ratings.