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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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Ratings: 4,299
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 307 | 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 cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel brings forth a puffy 1.5 finger white head atop a hazy gold body. The head reduces to a fine sheet that leaves a little lacing behind.

Smell is lightly lemony and a little grainy.

Flavor is politely tangy with a rich wheat component and a nice buttery mouthfeel highlighted by a mild peppery heat from the featured spices (Grains of Paradise). A little carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 17:41:43 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

April 9th and it's already on tap! So much for"summer ale"

A - Poured a hazy straw yellow into a "Sam Adams Summer Ale" glass. Very little white head with decent carbonation.

S - Wheat and lemon, just like the glass said.

T - Pale malt up front, an empty unfulfilled lemon zest in the finish. Although the taste did grow on me and became more appealing as I consumed it with my lunch (chicken fajitas).

M - Light and refreshing, however it could have been a bit more refreshing if it were a bit more closer to the season.

D - This went down very easy, and reminded me of how much I used to enjoy these in summers past. Great session beer for the hot days ahead.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2008 11:48:04 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of babaracas


3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with fast fading head and minimal lacing. Smell: wheat, lemon, hint of spicy hops. Taste: sweet malt, wheat, lemon, crisp graininess, very mild floral hop presence. Finally got around to trying this one, pretty decent. Light bodied, tangy, crisp, and fairly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:26:40 | More by babaracas
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

12 ounce, single bottle just recently purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.59... New seasonal release from Sam Adams... "Wheat ale brewed with lemon and grains of paradise" on the front logo sticker...
Most Sam Adams seasonals are pretty good, so I figured this one was worth a try...
A steady pour resulted in a hazy, cloudy, murky, straw-colored appearance with minimal carbonation and a slight head that left hardly any lacing around the glass...
Dusty, earthy aroma with notes of citrus and florals...
Whatever grains of paradise tastes like, I could definitely notice something peculiar and differet in the flavor... a typical wheat beer with a little spice added to it, along with essences of citrus, lemon, and coriander... Crispy, clear, refreshing mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability due to the low ABV and refreshing, crisp factor associated with this brew... Definitely something a little different...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 18:15:00 | More by dsa7783
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is golden with a touch of clouds. The head lasts the duration of the beer. The smell is lemon,grains and yeast which is as advertised. The taste is yeast,spice and a bit of lemon. The feel is smooth,clean and light with malts for balance. This beer is indeed a summer beer. It can quench a thirst. It is good for sessions and I like that the lemon is not too strong. The beer is light as it should be for summer.

Notes: I would buy this again and I intend to have more for summer. Not the best,but worthy. I do not think it is Sam Adams best beer-they can do better.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 03:34:52 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Sam Adams brewery in Boston.

A: Poured a pale golden yellow with a bit of a hazy chill and a thin head of pure white foam.

S: Smells of lemon zest and grainy wheat. There's less of an aroma here than what I've had out of the bottle.

T: Taste is malty and sweet with a definitive lemon zing and a pale wheat finish.

M: Mouthfeel is light-to medium bodied with a clean refreshing citrus zest.

D: The manageable ABV, smooth body and good flavor make this a sessionable beer, but is geared more towards the summer months.

This batch was a test batch and reportedly first of the season at Sam, so it wasn;t quite the same as stores will get in the spring. This is a great summer beer to have, as it's sweet, crisp and light, while offering a complexity that other American Pale Wheats of summer can't compare to. It's definitely got a time and a place.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 21:50:12 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light hazy gold pour with a smallish head in a weizen glass. Smell is lightly wheaty, a bit metallic. Taste is a nice light wheat, with a good finish. Wheaty taste up front is milder than it is in the aftertaste. A smooth, nice example of an American wheat beer that I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:40:48 | More by JDV
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District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle drank a few months after best buy notch on label and poured into a weizen glass

A: A nice murky, straw-golden color with a lot of tiny bubbles and a large white head that slowly dissipates down to a steady thin layer. Leaves moderate lacing in glass. Also some particles of sediment floating in the glass, not sure if I remember them from when I had this fresh.
S: Nothing remarkable, nothing bad. Some citrus, yeast and a little soapiness
T: Maltier than expected, strong citrus flavors, lemony. An adequate wheat ale, not overpowering.
M: Only part of beer that something seems off with. Somehow seems thick and watery at the same time.
D: While nothing about this beer was incredibly good or bad, I do enjoy drinking this (well, in the summer) and is a reliable beer at a chain restaurant in the summer and worth picking up a 6 pack for an outdoor afternoon

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 20:57:23 | More by yourefragile
Photo of MerkinMan


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured from the bottle was a nice straw color. I rated it as average, since that is what I would expect from this style if it were not white. There were no real distinctive smells -- very clean. The lemon and spice are certainly not overdone as with other summers, grand crus, and the like. Mouthfeel is light like a summer beer should be.

Very drinkable, especially at a ball game, or after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 20:52:56 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of mltobin


3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In some states, summer time does not have much of a meaning. Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, etc. However, when summer time finally comes in New England, it is a special time. After dealing with a brutal winter, we finally get 85 degree weather, baseball, and summer beer.

Sam does a great job of a summer ale. A light golden color and a small but attractive top. Upon first taste, a nice light and refreshing flavor. From the first taste, you must continue and have a few of these. Grab a burger and fries with Sam Summer and you will be living the good life.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 00:48:23 | More by mltobin
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3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is deep yellowish orange with a light white head on top. The lemon zest used in the beer is evident on the nose, and accompanies a general malty aroma.

The taste starts out with that sweet citrus aspect, not in a hoppy way, but the zesty way. About midway through a strong malty tone asserts itself, along with some peppery notes behind that. Interesting aftertaste that I want to say is the paradise, but I have only Batch 8000 to compare it against for that particular ingredient, and I can't recall. For a summer style wheat beer I think this is interesting, depthy yet drinkable.

The mouthfeel on this is decent, not overly remarkable. Drinkability is solid...it's an easy drinking beer with depth at an affordable price, and is easy to find because of Boston Beer Co's distribution range. I will likely have this again.

The bottom line: A fine summer offering by the Sam Adams folks. Assertively malty with some interesting spice depth. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:24:18 | More by CortexBomb
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2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to swear by this beer when I was much younger. I used to order pint after pint of this when I first turned 21. Now 6 years have passed and I don't feel the same for this beer. There is something about it that is unappealing. It could be the grains of paradise. It gives a nasty aftertaste. Maybe it was the lemon wedge that killed that bad aftertaste. I no longer put fruit in my beer, because truly great beers only need an appropriate glass.

Very murky, medium bodied ale. citrus/ spicy smell. Not my bag anymore.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 16:25:24 | More by madjr80
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4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm never sure what I'm going to get with a few brewers of which Sam Adams is one. "On style" sometimes seems more of a rough guideline than anything else.

Slightly cloudy, no hazy, orange with yellowtinge. Big fluffy white head that drops slowly & leaves zero lace.
Smells malty, yeasty, orange, lemon, spice (clove, pepper & others). Good balance.
Taste is the same as the smell with hops added to the mix. Really good balance.
Medium body, medium effervescence with a degree of crispness. Taste becomes aftertaste and just slowly fades away with an excellent balance. I would definitely recommend this one, one of Sam's finest brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 01:55:30 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of JamesS


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

Pours out a nice light, slightly orange color, a very nice summer hue. Has an excellent crisp and light smell, with a nice wheat aroma and hints of orange. A very nice summery taste, a light and crisp feel with a good wheat flavor, with excellent hints of orange and some slight spiciness. Goes down fairly smooth and is a nice drink on the porch at the end of a summer (or even fall) day.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 00:27:08 | More by JamesS
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3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz brown bottle with freshness month notched. Taken from a friend's wedding. Nice hazy amber color with a creamy head. Lacing stuck quite well, leaving rings.

Smelled citrusy with hints of grain. Nice and light.

Tastes of lemon with hints of wheat. Very light in both taste and mouthfeel. A little on the thin side, but I can see enjoying these in the blazing summer months. A little too late in the year for this, but still quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 23:52:15 | More by atrus138
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3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Eye: The beer pours a lemon golden yellow in color and is surprisingly clear for a wheat brew, I really kinda want something more cloudy as a wheat should be. Head is of a fair size and has good retention and lacing. Only real fault I find is the clarity of the brew, and if the head were just a bit thicker it would be quite a bit sexier.

Nose: Pretty potent aroma..before the bottle is done pouring I can easily smell a lemon and citrus type aroma from the glass. As my nose gets closer to the glass....more lemon type aroma and a spicy, almost peppery type of aroma-very hard to describe it, this has got to be the grains of paradise that I'm smelling here. Also perhaps a bit of coriander. The overall impression of this aroma that I get is heavy, I've never really smelled something that was quite like this, the smell from the glass is heavy, just as the air is very heavy on a hot humid day. Very unique and great nose here.

Tongue: Pretty thin flavor in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, there is a good spicy aftertaste where the grains of paradise are quite apparent, however, the rest of it seems to suffer. Right up front it is spicy/pepper-like, it then moves to a sweet malty and lemony taste, and ends with some more of the spicy/pepper-like notes from the grains of paradise, except drier this time. As with most of the Sam Adams brews I find a metallic tang in this as well though it is much better hidden here thanks to the grains of paradise. All in all this is the best beer I've had so far from Sam Adams.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: The beer is far to thin on the palate. Sure pale wheats are supposed to be thinner, but this is too much so, and its got carbonation which I find is just a bit too much, making the thin body more apparent. The brew has a fairly dry finish. This is a beer that I won't buy again. To me there is nothing about it that makes it superb, that makes it really stand out....sure the grains of paradise are neat, but the body is lacking, and there are many that are much better and there are also those that are much better that are just as uniquely different too. Really nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 23:25:32 | More by becktone
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2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass... Had a fairly good head. Had the appearance of an orange drink to me. Citrus tones covered the smell. The taste has a slight lemon aftertaste and a piney taste as well. Might be a tiny hint of malt. Overall prett good lacing in the glass. Not too heavy and not too light on the mouth makes this offering from Sam Adams very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 23:08:19 | More by PorterLover83
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Had a clear straw color to it with a thin white head.

Smell - Smelled of pine, citrus and hint of malts.

Taste - Again with the citrus. Has a slight dry finish which was nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 19:50:55 | More by Beerbuddha
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3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Summer Ale pours a big creamy head over a cloudy tea
colored brew. There are a few identifiable particulates in evidence. The
carbonation isn't a brisk as I expected, but it is steady, and the nose is
pretty much your standard American Wheat Ale smell- wheat and yeast.
The flavor is tangy wheat malt and citrus up front with notes of whatever
the "Grains of Paradise", the secret ingredient is. I suspect it's pepper, and
it does add a little something to the flavor. There's a certain earthiness to
the finish as well, and a tiny bit of a wheat aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp,
refreshing, and dry. There's nothing too bad here, and there is a bit more
here than your usual wheat ale, but it's still not a proper hefe or wit. By all
means try it, it's a competent brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 06:53:20 | More by shadow1961
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3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured it into a goblet ... It was to me ..."homebrewie". Apricot on the nose. Fruity sweetness followed by grainy bitterness. A bigger body then needed for a summer beer. However the grainy sharpness WOULD cut thru a grilled burger and I would drink it if offered.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 06:00:50 | More by HombreWing
Photo of Floydster


3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint from Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo

Pour was a golden brown with a thick silky white head

Smell was full of oranges and wheat

Nice citrus taste to go along with a little malt and a whole lot of oats

Can drink several of these if you wanted to

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2007 02:29:01 | More by Floydster
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New York

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

A- Cloudy, golden yellow, 1 finger thick white head

S- Flowery, spices, citrus

T- Grassy, lemons, wheat, slight hops

M- Smooth, watery but light carbonated feel

D- Decent summer beer

Nothing too special about this beer. Just your typical summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 21:16:31 | More by iceball585
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3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very light blonde ale with plenty of carbonation and a nice thin head that doesn’t fade away too quick and has a good citrusy aroma to it. It has some good spicy flavors in it, nothing too strong; it has a light lemony crispness throughout and has a bit of bitterness in its aftertaste, but nothing too overwhelming. Not bad over all.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 04:10:47 | More by vickersspitfire
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Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Summer Ale pours a cloudy gold with a thin but lingering head. Aroma is mostly spices, with a light malty sweetness. Flavor is crisp not sweet but not dry, the spices come through but not overpowering. There is a light bitterness, but no real hop flavor to speak of. I gotta give Sam Adams credit for brewing a cloudy wheat beer with some flavor for their Summer beer, a decent change from a lot of other pale wheat beer Summer beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 00:53:15 | More by ericj551
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North Carolina

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

Hazy yellow gold. Smells of grainy wheat, lemon, some sweetness, and that Sam Adams aroma. You know what I'm talking about. Tangy wheat flavor, zesty and almost berry-like. Much better than I remembered actually. Lightish body - pretty clean and crisp. Its not going to blow anybody away, but its a solid choice for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 20:51:06 | More by wedge
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