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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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4,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,242
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 28
Gots: 275 | FT: 0
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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 irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Has a hazy golden color.

Smells of citrus, pale malt and wheat. Very light on the nose but still enjoyable.

Tastes of wheat, some spice and lemons. One of those drinkable and refreshing hot summers day kind of beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 03:49:35 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of pinotboy007


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap in a clear, 12-oz plastic cup at Lime Kiln Theater, Lexington, VA.

Appearance - cloudy yellow/gold-amber with precious little head and no lacing (not surprising given the pour).

Scent/nose - simple, straight forward citrus with a bit of spice.

Taste - light summer quencher; nothing exceptional.

This ale is certainly drinkable but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2008 21:08:31 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of kurtissellen


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass, looked a rich golden yellow with just under two fingers of white head which faded and did leave some lacing on glass. Didn't get too much as far as the smell goes but did have a slightly sweet odor. Tastes of refreshing wheat and had a kind of crisp taste to it, if lemon zest is in there it's hard to tell as I didn't detect it. Nice refreshing easy drinking summer beer, but I wish some of the other flavors in it were more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 20:39:55 | More by kurtissellen
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden/yellow color with a large frothy head, great retention with a good amount of patchy lacing.

Smell is rather yeasty with a slight citric aroma, bit of lemon, quite sweet.

Taste is light and crisp, carbonation amount is just right, lemon zest hits the mouth first with a slight tartness, very smooth and easy drinking, has some subtle spices and can even make out some banana aftertaste, perfect session beer for the summertime BBQ-ing.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 00:20:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-bronze, white head, a little retention, not much lace.

S: Quite fruity (bubblegum fruity esters & a little banana), with a pleasant spicing.

T: There's a little more tropical fruit than most American versions (using British yeast); the spicing is certainly unique. Slight bready-caramel. Not as thirst-quenching as some, but plenty of flavour.

M: Smooth, slightly heavier than moderate body, modest carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 00:01:31 | More by Derek
Photo of donteatpoop


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

An amber ale with a nice white head that formed a ring at the surface, left very little lacing behind.

Smelled grainy with some underlying spice and citrus.

Tasted of citrus and spice and everything nice. Great wheat beer with a nice mellow lemon taste backing up the grain and spice.

Very smooth in the mouth, almost creamy; low carbonation level.

A great summer session ale, perect for a nice day on the back porch while the wife mows the lawn and does all the yard work for you while you just relax. It's great for when you're not dreaming too!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 06:02:53 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of Traquairlover


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Slightly hazy deep golden color with a great looking white head made up of all different size bubbles, decent retention, medium lacing left on glass.

S = The smell is very disappointing, mostly because there barely is one at all. I get a very, very light scent of white pepper and very, very light scents of some citrus fruit, more lemony than anything else, but not exactly what I generally think of lemons smelling like either, more like a cross between a lemon and a tangerine but with the lemons sourness. As I said though, I could barely smell anything at all, so even though the light smells I did detect were pleasant, I cannot give this even an average score.

T = The taste is very light, but unlike the smell which was almost non-existent, it works great in the taste -- this is a refreshing Summer ale after all. In the front of the tongue I detect some slight pepperiness but also some other spices almost like a mulling spice blend but geared to the Summer rather than the Winter. Immediately at mid-palate some strong malt tones come on. As I said, this is a lightly flavored beer but the flavor is there of uncooked white bread dough, lemonade and even a salty margarita.

M = The mouthfeel doesn't really do it for me on this one, the carbonation foams into my mouth and I feel like I have a mouthful of cool whip, cool whip with a pleasant beer flavor, it is true, but still cool whip. Mouthcoating is quite good though and the body is light, so I cannot completely mark them down on this element, but still disappointing.

D = Nowhere near my favorite Summer ale, but eminently drinkable. Good and refreshing, and complex for such a light brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 18:20:56 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Slynger


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sammy's Summer Ale pours a bright, clear, slightly pale, goldy orange color with a large lid of fizzy cream.

Quite light nose of citrus, wheat, and coriander spice.

Flavor is better. Light orange lemony citrus with mellow wheaty and toasted grains, and light earthy-peppery spiciness. The light-medium body slides down smooth with a solid amount of moderately fuzzy carbonation.

A pretty flavorful and supremely sessionable summer offering from BBC that most will enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 02:02:06 | More by Slynger
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at JP Looney's here in Greensboro.

A - Golden, slightly hazy with one finger or less of head. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

S - Wheat malt, coriander, and citrus. A bit of a hodgepodge of aromas.

T - Coriander hits initially, followed by wheat malt a little graininess. Pepper and citrus peel are present near the finish. Well balanced.

M - Moderately carbonated and medium to light bodied. Would've prefered more cripstness in this brew.

D - I had a few pints so it wasn't too bad, but uninspiring and forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2008 08:23:36 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of rdub


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Coke glass which somewhat resembles the Sam Glass. Little bit of lacing, color not quite as dark as I thought it would be. I like the lack of hops and the citrus taste. Not too crazy about the smell. Good lawnmower beer. Walk behind of course, no drinking and mowing...

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 03:00:17 | More by rdub
Photo of fishtownhxc


2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i really don't know what it is about this beer, but i don't like it at all. from the tap it had a decent head and interesting aroma, but i didn't think it tasted good at all. i couldn't really put my finger on it, but honestly, i can't get into this beer. maybe i got a bad pint or something, but there was nothing remotely close to making me feel like this is a beer i'd want to drink during the summer. the spices almost made me not want to finish my beer, with an almost overbearing taste that detracted from the beer a lot and i had no desire to get another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 22:08:29 | More by fishtownhxc
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours lemony orange with some white head that dissipates quite quickly. Nose is some metallic slight wheat and a bit of spice. Taste is very kolsch like with some wheat flavors and noticeable spice but lacking in both. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and very undercarbonated. Drinkability is good for hot days, and clearly a summer beer. Not the best of summer ales, but certainly one that is sessionable and much better than your average macro lawnmower beer. Another ok one from america's macro-micro brewing co.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 23:54:20 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of AZTEX


3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a glass. It had a cloudy light yellow color with a small foam that disappeared quickly. I would like to have seen a little more foam on this one. The aroma was very sweet with a strong citrus smell. The taste was very good. It tasted much like a typical American hefeweizen. Mildly sweet with a strong citrus flavor and a hint of banana. The mouthfeel was somewhat chewy (more so than Widmer hefeweizen), but not too thick. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 00:12:55 | More by AZTEX
Photo of DIM


3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the team goes out for beers after our baseball games, this is what saves me from Coors Light.

a: Cloudy orange/yellow color, thin white head.

s: Spicy citrus, wheat, and some floral hops.

t: More spices that I'm used to, but the citrus and faint wheat flavors cut it nicely.

m: Crisp and well carbonated.

d: These are great on a hot evening after a game. Not a darn thing wrong with these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 22:28:08 | More by DIM
Photo of nasty15108

New York

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a cloudy golden color with a head of white foam and decent lacing throughout.

S - Malty aroma with a good amount of citrus pushing through in the back.

T - Malty flavor upfront followed by citrus and a hint of hops in the finish.

MF&D - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. A decent summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 21:06:50 | More by nasty15108
Photo of Yesac


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I must admit, this isn't my favorite style of beer, so this is a somewhat biased review.

Smell is lemon and bread.

Thin even off white head, sticks nicely to the glass

taste is thin/watery crisp with nice wheat and malt balance on the finish.

drinkability is pretty average, not much sticking to the palate to leave a craving for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 20:53:36 | More by Yesac
Photo of NCSUdo


3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a pale golden yellow under a small white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Smells of wheat, sweet and some citrus fruit. Some tropical fruit as well.

T: Wheat and some tropical fruit. Bit of bitterness in the end is slightly off.

M/D: Carbonation is a bit prickly. Nothing spectacular on the tongue. Above average drinkability. Easy to go down but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:50:23 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of Tbn2

New York

2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap, served in pint glass.

A-Golden yellow with a slight haze to it. No head present at all.

S-A blast of lemon smacks you in the face. Maybe too overwhelming. A hint of pale malts and no hops present.

T-A blast of lemon again that just overpowers everything. I could taste the malts and a slight hop presence, but lemon overpowered everything. The label says the put grains of paradise in it, but I can't taste it.

M-Light for the most part, but feels over-carbonated to me.

Overall I was disappointed in this one. I love Sam Adams and everyone of their beers hasn't let me down. This is the first Sam I have had that I just flat out didn't like it. The lemon was too much. I'm sure others out there will enjoy this beer.


Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 17:48:11 | More by Tbn2
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just finished polishing this one off at the inlaws tonight. I actually was suprised I had never tried this one in all of my tastings so when I saw it in the fridge I went for it. The pour was nice with a rich golden yellow coming forward right away. A nice tswo inch high head of white foam then rose over the top and settled down to a thin crown that covered the sides and the top. A nice side glass presentation and copious carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was rather bland. Just the slightest hint of lemon on top of bready malts. Some light grain as well. The flavor was more of the same, with nothing really standing out to me. A nice light body with ample carbonation and a low abv amde it totally sessionable, but the light grain, and a kiss of citrus in the flavor just really did not do it for me.

Overall it was not terrible and i have had much worse, I just thought it was far too libght and really just a touch too bland for my tastes. A nice beer for tailgating through and in the more popular establishments, if this was all that was on tap, you could do far worse.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 00:58:07 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of KeefD


3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice and good lacing.

Smells and tastes like sweet citrus flavors, plenty of malted wheat, light no background, but hardly noticeable.

Has ok carbonation, but it's slightly thick. I personally prefer a more bubbly brew in the summer time.

Yes, a good summer beer. I wouldn't purchase this individually, but it was a nice variety in the Sam Adam's Summer Pack, which has a little bit for everyone. These are good beers for people just starting to get into craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 20:11:34 | More by KeefD
Photo of chileman13

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy straw yellow pour with off white head that laces out.
A-I smelled citrus hops,wheat with a lttle yeast.
T- Light citrus hops with subtle sweetness. Good mouthfeel.
D- Lawn mowing, gardening, boat sailing hot weather, thirst quenching brew. Not my favorite Sam Adams but I wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 16:58:04 | More by chileman13
Photo of johnnyirishman


3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Semi cloudy golden yellow color with a good fluffy head and good retention.

Smell- Grainy yeast, lemon and wheat.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Slight Lemoney, wheaty, grainy taste here, medium carb and body.

Drinkablilty- An ok summer session beer. Not overpowering but not underclassed.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 15:07:32 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of Seanibus


3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking pour, hazy golden with a decent head. The aroma is slightly malty with a good whiff of lemon. The flavor is lemony, a bit of malt. When cold, there is no hops complexity at all, though some gentle hopiness comes out as it warms. There isn't a hint of bitterness, however. I realize this is no place for a hop bomb, but a little bitterness, however slight, would have improved this beer considerably. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but not unacceptably given that this is intended to be a summer beer. This is an inoffensive, forgettable entry into the summer seasonal genre.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 17:59:16 | More by Seanibus
Photo of mhewes


3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : Pours a real light hazy gold with good head.

S : Lemon, wheat, and some yeasty aromas

T : A strong wheat flavor with a little bit of lemon. Not much else going on.

M : Light bodied with good carbonation

D : On a hot summer day, it's a great beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 13:23:30 | More by mhewes
Photo of morebeergood


3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one on tap last night. Had my first pint of the season when it first hit the market in 2008, and thought it tasted a bit off. But the few times I've had it since, I've enjoyed it. Pours with a cloudy hazy yellow, mostly opaque, and with a fluffy head. Smells a bit spicy. The taste is what you'd want from a summer beer, with citrus and spice intertwined. Very light in the body, which makes it easy to drink. No one wants a heavy summer beer, right? Overall, a good choice to have on a warm night, or before a softball game, in my case.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 01:06:45 | More by morebeergood
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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