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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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4,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,259
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 29
Gots: 283 | 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 dfried


3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw in color with a slight orange hue, 1cm foamy white head. Malty aroma with some wheat, peppery and citrusy lemon. The taste is much the same as the aroma, sweet wheaty malt, peppery grains of paradise, and tangy lemon rind. Tangy, spicy mouthfeel, pretty easy to drink.

Overall: a quick read of the bottle sums this beer up quite well, wheat, grains of paradise, lemon. All the flavors are easy to pick out and strait forward. Simple beer that some may say leans a little too heavily on the lemon rind. Though I can no longer find much about this beer to inspire me to drink it, I do credit it as one of, if not the first beer I ever liked other than an American domestic pils, way back my sophmore year of college. Thanks for that SA.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 20:18:40 | More by dfried
Photo of MrMcGibblets


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

served on tap, this was straw in color with a bit of haze to it. smell was dominated by spice (which i thought was coriander until reading the blurb here), bread dough, and zesty citrus-not the usual sweet grapefruity citrus i am used to. taste was a light sweetness balanced by the spiciness that dominated this beer...very interesting, i did not expect this out of a "summer ale." mouthfeel was light and a bit puckering. decent drinkability, the spiciness makes it kind of snappy, if that means anything.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2007 04:10:24 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of bboven


1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light straw color, high carbonation but no head.

Lemon and medicine. I rally can't elaborate any more.

I had to force my throat to accept this beer.

Respectable mouthfeel; the carbonation helps a lot in this aspect.

I didn't like this beer, but this is only the second time I've been disappointed with a Sam Adams offering, so I really hate to give Jim a bad grade.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 03:20:00 | More by bboven
Photo of biggmike


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-yellow color. Minimal head. Light citrusy flavor. Not bad, but nothing special. Poured with decent head that did not stay around for long. Minimal lacing on glass. Fruity taste with tangy bite. I thought this was ok but not great. Sam Adams best efforts are with their dark beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2007 16:24:54 | More by biggmike
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a small white head that went away quickly. In the nose was a European pilsner hop, yet very small, and some sweetness. In the taste, I get a sweet lemon presence, and a dry finish. It is kind of sticky yet refreshing. Easy to drink, a decent summer ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2007 19:49:35 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of mentor


3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger light yellowish head over a cloudy blech yellow liquid. I swirled the sediment and poured it in. The beer has almost a hint of a greenish tinge. Belch. Smells yeasty, wheat and a very gentle tropical zing. Flat noble hops.

Tastes mildly sweet with a thick non-flavor umami (ie, protein) character. Flavor of a mealy orange could be from the hops. Strong fine carbonation fights flavors from being detected by the tongue and keeps the sweet from hanging. During the swallow, the flavor is fruity and a little bit floral from the hops. Aftertaste comes across as musky wheat (like rye without the zing). Md thick body seems less because of the strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 00:37:57 | More by mentor
Photo of bluemoonswoon


2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally finishing off the summer mixed pack, took a while to track this one down for some reason. 12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Hazy orange with a cratery off-white head that starts off an inch or two of head then bubbles down to a thin cap. Mildly active carbonation, but really too cloudly to tell.

S: The yeast is what is most present here. But it sort of lingers there, climbing up your nose not very strong but still there. Apart from a bit of bready sweetness and a faint, faint citrus smell this one seems a bit flat on the nose.

T/MF: Feels sort of bored on the tongue, the carbonation does little else but tickle the tip and back of my tongue and leaves a sort of dried out senstion on the tongue after the swallow, sort of like eating a piece of bread with nothing to drink. The lemon in this brew is quite prominent almost enough to give the beer a sour taste but the yeast seems to pull back on this a little bit and hold it all together with a light buttery and apple finish.

D: After drinking these I think the only one I'd ever want to pick up again is the Boston Lager, the rest are nice but don't seem as finished to me, all good or average but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 20:53:16 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of McStagger


1.95/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with 1.25 inches of head that is white with layers of nutmeg and curacao.

S: Roasty toasty notes with very mild layers of banana. Quite reminds me of an over oaked Cabernet or Merlot. (Minus the red fruit, of course).

T: Oakey notes are followed by clove and allspice. These then quickly evolve into notes of astringency and black pepper. NOT enjoyable.

M: Good body. Well balanced with the oak overtones actually making their way into the mouthfeel of this beer, which smooths out its character. Too bad this couldn't be said for the taste.

D: When a beer tastes this bad, it's not possible to be very drinkable at all.

I'll need to try this beer again. It may be possible that I got a bad bottle. I have a hard time believing that Sam could do such a poor job with such an appealing style of brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 10:25:15 | More by McStagger
Photo of arguemaniac


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with an orange tinge and creamy, very well-sustained white head. Sweet honey with a light citrus zest. The palate features nice clovey wheat grain maltiness with a crisp but mellow but slightly peppery spice profile and some pleasantly fruity yeast character. Mildly bitter orange peel in the finish.

Drinkable and inoffensive, but still pleasantly tasty and fairly interesting.


Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 03:50:38 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a little bland compared to other Sam Adams beers, but that may be the point since its supposed to be an easy to drink summer ale. I smell some citrusy hops, but don't detect them too much in flavor. I taste some good bittering hops. It pours a golden color with a little hazing probably due to the wheat. It has a small diminishing head that holds tight and is a nice white causing some lacing. It has a little sourness, and a good aftertaste, making you want to drink some more.
Great crossover beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 23:54:03 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of giblet


3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a good wheat beer. i had 2 of these last night. they pour nice with a nice head, carbonation and some lace.

the smell was a pleasant citrus and wheat. the taste was nice citrus and wheat as well. a pretty good light beer which goes well in the summer. keep it cold though. i was a little slower drinking the second one and did not care for it as is warmed a bit.

definately a beer to try during the dog daze of summer. should be easy to find and very affordable.

suckem up and movem out!


Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 12:25:39 | More by giblet
Photo of wcdoyle


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold that's actually a bit translucent--but not cloudy. Head dies quickly to a thin film. Decent lacing. Smell brings a touch of citrus hops. taste is quite nice and fresh. Lemon/citrus in up front but not overpowering and the malts are underneath with a solid backing sweetness: not too much not too little. Nice, crisp mouth feel with medium carbonation, but it's actually the sweetness that seems to linger. A tad more crispness might make this a more drinkable summer beer, but a good choice for a few with friends after work. In baseball terms this is a solid base hit, bordering on a double.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 20:26:04 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of letsgopens


3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pale wheat ale pours a semi-translucent amber gold with a pearl white head and good retention. Leaves slight amounts of lace.

The aroma is a bit weak with some lemony citrus and a hint of wheat. Apart from that, little else is detectable.

Its taste is sweet and citrus with some nice hints of light honey, a bit of hops, and a faint acidic white wine type quality.

The mouthfeel is smooth and clean with moderate carbonation. A good cookout beer. Fairly uneventful but of high quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 01:19:19 | More by letsgopens
Photo of KevinB

New York

2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a conicle. Decent looking beer, nice hazy golden body, with a foamy one finger white head. Head quickly dissipates, little to no lacing.
Pleasant lemon scent, balanced with a nice wheaty redolence.
A crispy , somewhat sweet beer with a lemony,mild malted wheat flavor with a very faint spicinesses.
Mouthfeel is a crisp, watery light body with a decent amount of carbonation.
Due to it's wateryness is drinkable out of default, but after a couple you may want to switch over to something more interesting.
Overall a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 00:57:06 | More by KevinB
Photo of WaveRebel51


3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first impression of this beer was that this was a terrific, lemon-zesty refreshing beer that should be a part of any summer seasonal rotation.

Upon further review (second bottle) i conclude that this is simply a better alternative to mass-produced light beers when you're in the mood for something lighter.

The beer is very drinkable and on my first bottle, the lemon zest really came through. But as I continued drinking, the taste faded. This beer is drinkable but not something I'll reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 19:47:17 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

This is an old favorite I've finally gotten around to reviewing. Looks impressive, with a healthy finger of head on top of a mellow orange body. Lace already evident and looking good. Nose is plainly wheat and a touch of bubblegum but overall sweet and fresh.

Nice fresh wheaty base with surpisingly dry but still refreshing mouthfeel and finish. Slight hoppiness to the aftertaste. Not overly special but still a decent summer selection. Light, airy texture that isn't too carbonated. A good choice for beach or barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 03:35:50 | More by daliandragon
Photo of hylton44


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly complex beer among the crisp & clean smorgasboard of your standard summer brews.

Very slightly hazy with a spritely white, two-finger head. Aroma slighly tangy, reminding me of witbier. Lemon & oats is my first impression of taste, before a very slightly grainy mouthfeel rolls a round, blunt flavor over and around the sides of my tongue. Finish is maybe a little more sticky than I'd wish for; like an aged, squashed citrus fruit peel.

Overall summary: Pretty hearty for a summer beer, but pretty refreshing, too.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 20:09:58 | More by hylton44
Photo of StargherKing


4.72/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After my initial experiences with the bottled version, I was quite pleased to find out my local Red Robin had this on tap. The server brought it out in a 22oz mug, color was clear yellow, with a strong (if somewhat small) head that somehow managed to last the entire beer. Scent was yeasty, citric, and slightly hoppy, with just a hint of spiciness underneath. Taste was very yeasty, much more so than the bottled version, with a bit of hops, just a hint of the grains of paradise, and a nice lemony zest serving to balance everything out. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp, very refreshing. Drinkability was very good, almost deceptively so. It would seem that I need to start trying summer ales now, having this one on tap sealed the deal for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2007 10:19:22 | More by StargherKing
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South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A light yellow slightly hazy pour. A pretty good-sized head forms and reduces to a thin ring of a white coloring. A mild to slight carbonation remains.

Smell - Sweet citrus aroma with a wheat body as well. Somewhat low-keyed in presence.

Taste - crisp initial offering with a slightly sweet yet biting body. Big wheat taste that would work well for a "grass-cutting" beer.

Mouthfeel - Thin and light as would be expected with a pale wheat. A bit of a carbonation bite with a bit of a yeasty after-burn.

Drinkability - I wanted to give this 2007 offering a try as a possible summer beer. I've been partial to hefe's and wanted to see if this one would fit the bill. I'm not sure. So far I'm having to go with the Harpoon Raspberry UFO for this year.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 23:41:30 | More by Nesued
Photo of bunnyhustle


3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter orange color with good head but little retention, slightly cloudy appearance to it. Hops are present in the smell along with some sour citrus to it as well. Tastes pretty good, I didnt have high expectations but its not bad. Just like the smell a slight hops kick to it and the citrus is definitely present in the taste, almost slightly sour with a sweet aftertaste if thats possible. High carbonation and a very crisp taste leaves the mouthfeel light and a pretty drinkable beer. I would recommend this much more than there hefe for a Sam Adams summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 04:42:54 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of KarlHungus


3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is large and fluffy. it recedes slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is of wheat, lemons, and sweet grass. The taste is of tangy wheat, with the lemon and sweet grass coming in for the aftertaste, and sticking around for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this beer reminds me of a wheat beer after it has been sodomized by a lemon, and I don't like wheat beers to be served with lemons. I will not drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 22:51:37 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of pmcadamis


4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this on tap at Buffalo Wildwings after work, and I had a couple of these in the big 23oz glass...what else?

Pretty similar to the bottled version, but with a much fruitier and much more tart nose. Tastes a bit more fresh than the bottled version, but this is still the same wonderfully drinkable summer brew that I know and love. Seems to be fruitier and fresher on tap.

Oh, and I "accidentally" had to much of this wonderful brew...so I had to leave my car at B-Dubs. Thankfully my fiance met me there after work...so I had a ride home. Damn those big 23 oz glasses!

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2007 06:34:49 | More by pmcadamis
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3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Failry cloudy orange/apricot with a an impressive off-white head. The head has a lot of staying power and a nice lacing.

Aroma- A nice citrusy, slightly wheaty aroma. Just enough bittering hops to remind you of beer..

Taste- Nice blend of a light maltiness and a piney/citrusy slight hoppiness..

Mouthfeel- Medium body. CO2 level compliments the taste very nicely.

Drinkability- Nice, easydrinking beer. Good for daytime drinking.
quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 06:40:05 | More by theopholis
Photo of JoKo


3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent summer brew that for me personally has that typical Sam Adams character. I poured it into my Weizen glass and it was a cloudy yellow color typical of many wheat beers. It had a mild hop smell with a stronger lemon/citrus smell. The taste was really smooth and the citrus flavor was pronounced. Overall, a good refreshing beer to drink on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 21:10:37 | More by JoKo
Photo of BBM

New York

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't know what it is about this beer, but I can drink it all day. It's got a fairly unique and refreshing flavor, but it is a bit unbalanced. The wheat flavor is pronounced but not overwhelming. There are grassy and pine hops as well as a decent amount of citrusy sweetness. It's not the tastiest beer in the world, but once I get going on this one, they just keep going down the hatch. A great summer sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 16:19:37 | More by BBM
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