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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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4,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,473
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 394 | 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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Photo of Jyubei

New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +24%

A. Pale yellow/gold body with a white one finger head very visually appealing.

S. A delicate floral bouquet with hops. Nothing incredible but still pleasant.

T. Bitter wheat at the front of the mouth leading to a Honey and nuts taste as it slides across the tongue.

M. Slightly rough carbonation feel at first but becomes smooth and silky, with a floral and citrus after taste.

D. Very good brew to enjoy with friends and a summer evening. I could go for another. Right now in fact.

08-22-2008 23:07:03 | More by Jyubei
Photo of Kraken


3.33/5  rDev 0%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a stardard pint glass. Pours a golden amber with one finger of white head, and lace to speak of.

Nose- Interesting, earthy, yeasty grain. Hints of pepper.

Taste- Nuttyness, faint sweetness from malts, Lemon zest, peppery finish. Nice beer.

Mouthfeel- Very Balanced, nice finish, perhaps a little thin.

Drinkability- Very Good, highly drinkable. This would be perfect for a BBQ, cutting the grass or just because.

08-22-2008 12:23:29 | More by Kraken
Photo of Turnerp561


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

I'm a fan of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat so I decided to try this one. Got it from ABC. The description on the bottle sounded interesting.

Appearance: A very lovely rich gold color with shades of brown and a slight haze, very inviting, attractive.

Smell: Aromas seemed very subtle, you really have to take your time because the smell does not jump out, I found it to be hoppy, malty, citrusy

Taste: Wheaty, a mild spice runs through this beer, it has a soft peppery aftertaste, and there is also some sweetness from the malts also,

Mouthfeel: Smooth, not exactly crisp but certainly refreshing, it's light but it's not empty, very easy on the platte, it's thin but not flimsy, easily drinkable at a BBQ

Drinkability: Everything about this beer says SUBTLE but definitely not simple, everything in this beer is very well balanced no one ingredient really stands out but together they make the beer as a whole stand out.

08-22-2008 02:58:51 | More by Turnerp561
Photo of beerkittycat


2.2/5  rDev -33.9%

Appearance is cloudy yellow-gold with an off-white head. Decent lacing. Hmm, I definately see some floaties about the size of pepper grains. There are some weird aromas going on here, too. I smell some faint lemon, floral hops and cereal grains (all OK) but there's an odd aroma of like saran wrap or something "artificial" that doesn't belong there. Flavor is similar to aroma including the weird saran wrap thing. Medium to medium low hop bitterness and flavor. Strong flavors of lemon abound that renders this a rather tart if not almost sour brew. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for an American wheat. I like Sam Adams but this beer had some issues.

08-21-2008 01:26:44 | More by beerkittycat
Photo of kzoobrew


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a hazy yellow-orange very foamy white head. Decent retention with minimal lacing.

Aroma is slightly spicy and grainy. Little citric in the nose.

Taste is large spicy and citric up front. Lemon zest and peppery. Some malty sweetness is noticed underneath the initial flavor. wheat and grain flavors in the back end.

Medium mouth feel maybe more creamy than crisp. Carbonation not lively enough to be crisp. Very smooth drinker. Good summer ale.

08-19-2008 21:12:14 | More by kzoobrew
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Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -20.4%

12oz bottle from LCBO at $13.45 for a six-pack. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a head that fades quickly. Light metallic aroma. Initial taste has a gentle yeast spiciness (is that those "grains of paradise"?), but the taste ends on a watery note. Any wheatness falls squarely into the "American Wheat" category as opposed to Belgian or German. Light mouthfeel. I'll give this a pass if it comes back to the LCBO next summer.

08-18-2008 03:58:55 | More by sstackho
Photo of scottyshades


2.63/5  rDev -21%

Eh, this is one of a handful of BBco. beers that I do not care for
A: Pours a transparent amber/straw color that produces a decent head and a nice lace....so far so good

S: The nose is one primarily of citrus and bitter/tangy notes. At this point I am a little nervous because I tend not to like bitter/tangy beers with a strong citrus bite

T: First, citrus and tanginess dominate the palate, followed by a change of pace that produces a hoppy note, which seems to transition the beer from tangy to bitter...not my cup

MF: Leaves the mouth feeling a little sour, aftertaste is bad, and stays with you

D: Low, a little too bitter and tangy to be considered a session beer

I rated this beer the way I did because compared to other Summer Ales, this one is not balanced enough...it is not refreshing, clean, and really does not have any summer aspects in it

08-16-2008 20:46:12 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Beerislife652854


4.1/5  rDev +23.1%

A very different style of brew from the other BBC products.

A - Pours a clear, light amber body crowned with a tightly packed whitish, almost a very light yellow head. There is a good amount of lacing inside the glass.

S - Very mild spices hide any overwhelming hop element.

T - Very light, faint spices and citrus, some sweet malts.

M - Carbonation is not overpowering at all. Very smooth.

D - I could drink these all day long, especially on a hot day.

08-16-2008 20:03:58 | More by Beerislife652854
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +20.1%

Appearance: Cloudy orange with decent head. Just what you would expect from a wheat ale.

Smell: Nice citrus at first combined with sweetness from the malts and spice.

Taste: citrus and spice are the standout tastes. with slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Bold, dry and refreshing. Finishes with yeast.

Drinkability: I love this beer in the summer very drinkable and refreshing but bold and flavorful.

08-14-2008 14:18:34 | More by mbenthall
Photo of BDIMike


3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a somewhat hazy golden stray color. There is a thin white head that leaves a thin lacing as you drink.
Smell has a good wheat smell with hints of lemon and coriander.
Taste is a very nice clean wheat taste. The wheat taste is immediately kicked up with a good zest of lemon and coriander.
Mouthfeel has a good thickness to it for a wheat ale. Also, incredibly smooth on the way down.
Drinkability is the best part of this beer. There is a reason this beer is so popular in the summertime. It may not have the great taste profile of some wheat beers, but it has a strong taste and is drinkable enough to drink all day long in the heat. Great summer beer.

08-14-2008 02:00:56 | More by BDIMike
Photo of IBUnit63


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Clean, hazy honey pineapple with thin head but decent lacing.

Fragrant with a little coriander and orange zest. Quite clean and pleasant.

Crisp with a slight piney hop bite and an orange zest & malt backbone.

Light and fresh mouthfeel - crisp and clean, no caffeine. Even and balanced.

Solid drinkability for setting (Uno's) - wouldn't seek this out but given this as only choice is a decent option.

08-11-2008 11:46:24 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of BeerSox


3.18/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Hazy golden-orange hue with a thin white head that slowly fades to a fizzy cap.

Light grainy malt with some sharp citrus flavors, including a little bit of lemon.

Lightly tart grains with the sharp citrus repeating in the flavor. In the end the lemon kicks in and slowly fades. There is also a little hoppy bitterness in the end. Medium bodied with high carbonation, feels lightly fizzy.

This is an okay American Pale Wheat Ale, but I feel it isn't as refreshing as the other ones out there, which makes it a not-so-great summer beer. The flavor just seems a little tart and harsh.

08-10-2008 17:23:16 | More by BeerSox
Photo of botham

New York

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

on tap into a tumbler at the Galway Arms in Lincoln Park, Chicago. pours a light golden color with a one finger of tight white, frothy head that has decent retention and nice, rocky lacings.

aroma is a good mixture of rich, grainy malts and a light fruityness that blends nicely with a subtle citrusy hop quality. well balanced in the nose.

taste is of light and grainy malt up front with a smooth citrusy hop quality. the brew has a very complete feel, without any one flavor or aroma that is overdone or underdone. the brew is lightly sweet overall.

mouthfeel is light bodied in weight, with a medium body and a very smooth and somewhat creamy texture. a lightly sweet finish with residual citrusy hops make it a solid summer brew with a refreshing quality.

drinkability is good. this is a good brew for a hot summer day, with good proportioning and flavors that compliment eachother well. cheers!

08-10-2008 16:25:25 | More by botham
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3.83/5  rDev +15%

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow and slightly cloudy. There is a nice thin layer of white head.

S - Fresh, clean, sweet and fruity.

T - Light and clean. Crisp wheat flavor and sweet fruit.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great light crisp beer. Easy to drink for any occasion.

08-09-2008 01:47:16 | More by jeffmonarch
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

I've had Sam Summer many times in the past, but I don't recall it being as good as it was on my most recent time to have it. While most summer beers seem to be brewed for little sissies that don't like the taste of beer and want the lowest of ABVs in order to not risk getting any alcohol poisoning, Sam still packs a bit of a punch. In fact, I kept asking my buddy, "Are we sure this is Sam Summer? Is it possible the tap was screwed up?!" It's darker than most all pisswater yellow summer beers and actually has a nice, complex taste. No idea what grains of paradise are, but they must be tasty. I don't know if this is "how" you make a summer beer, per se, but it's how you make a tasty, flavorable beer. Very nice wheat and malt body with a good lemon hint that nails you. Thus, based on an exceedingly small sample size and one single plastic cup draught at a ballgame, I will declare Sam Summer the best quote unquote summer beer in the bid'ness.


08-07-2008 01:51:36 | More by TheViceBlog
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3.58/5  rDev +7.5%

I had this one on tap, served in a standard pint glass.

A= This ale arrived a cloudy deep yellow almost orange color. The white head was only 1/2 inch or so and quickly dropped to a skim. Moderate carbonation release.

S= This ale smelled of sweet wheat malt and citrus fruit. That was about it in the aroma department.

T= The flavors of this ale were mostly malty sweetness and a bit of lemon to orange citrus in the middle. I did not find any noticeable hop flavors.

MF= Like any typical wheat beer, this ale had a medium body but also a slightly grainier palate than I would have liked.

D= This isn't the best summer wheat ale out there, but sometimes in restaurants you have to pick the beer that is the least bad. All in all, a fine beer for summer swilling.

08-06-2008 06:36:26 | More by spointon
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

The Summer Ale pours a hazy orange yellow with a good 2 finger foam head with minimal retention. The aroma is unique with the stated Grains of Paradise used. It has a good wheat smell to it. The taste is clean and the malt slathers the tongue and the second half is the lemony spice flavor. It is highly carbonated as the massive amounts of little bubbles rush to the top. It is a pretty darn good summer time session beer.

08-06-2008 00:38:32 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of MDekker


3.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Oft enjoyed, yet never reviewed.

A: Pours out a hazy gold orange with a thick white head that soon dissipates. No lacing.

S: Notes of wheat, orange, and some pine.

T: Loads of citrus flavors, some wheaty bread, and banana toward the end. The finish is pretty mild and a tad thin, but overall satisfying.

M: Solid carbonation, a little watery.

D: Scores well here. This is typical mass-produced Sam Adams offering - solid and consistent, but not great. I'm always happy to get a sixer of this on sale and enjoy it without thinking too hard about it.

08-05-2008 12:45:11 | More by MDekker
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.23/5  rDev -3%

Served a pale orange with a decent white head that left nice lacing down the glass.

Smells of grain and some citrus.

Taste has a group of flavors, including a tangy citrus, a musty grain, a little hop, and something else -- that obvious difference. And I'm not sure if I like it.

Decent carbonation, a bit of a tart aftertaste. I know that this is the drinkable summer beer, but I'm not digging it that much. For body, you could knock these back on a hot day. I just don't like the taste enough.

08-04-2008 23:09:49 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of PatronWizard


3.93/5  rDev +18%

Sammy Summer Ale from a twelver into a glass....

Poured an opaque golden orange with a pure white head that didn't hang out for too long.

Citrus scent, I can't help but like wheat beer, what can I say?

Tastes just like it should : a summer ale. Light refreshing, it reminds of sittin in the pool with a floating beer cooler.

May not be a thick beer lover's beer but I think it does exactly what it's supposed to do. I would love to leisurely sit back and have this whole twelve back over the course of an entire day. And I probably will.

08-04-2008 20:55:03 | More by PatronWizard
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4.33/5  rDev +30%

I love the summertime, partly because of this beer. Tasted from both bottles and on tap; on tap is definitley better.

Appearance- Poured into a weizen glass it looks very sexy. The color fits perfectly with the beer, it has a light apperance which invites you to take a big swig after some summer bbq food, but it also has a nice amber color that shows flavor

Smell- Citrus aromas are very strong. Invites you to take a big sip.

Taste- The lemon clearly comes through in the taste. Not much bitterness, but there is some that seems like the perfect amount for what the beer is.

Mouthfeel- Good amount of carbonation, goes down incredibly smooth

Drinkability- Wow these are easy to drink. Not very filling, has a good taste but isn't too full bodied to make you want to not have another.

08-04-2008 05:41:44 | More by jeffthecheff
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North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%

I have never really been a big Sam Adams fan. And I will never forgive them for the bullet aimed at all humanity known as "cherry wheat." This beer isn't nearly that bad, but it does remind me a bit of ACC football--hovering somewhere around mediocrity, never really breaking out of it, but not quite sinking below it either. The beer pours a fairly light golden color with a heat about the size of Ally McBeal, and retains nothing while the bubbles lethargically fondle themselves in the corner. The beer tastes to me like a lager with some wheat and lemon thrown in, and I'm pretty sure that's about all there is. You can quaff it on a summer day, sure, but any wheat beer in hot temperatures probably isn't the best idea in the first place, and I would rather spend less money on Coronas and lime. Still, its not a disaster if you've already grabbed a sixer, just surreptitiously pawn it off to your peripheral friends and hope to get something better from them at a later time.

08-04-2008 01:01:08 | More by andrewm190
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4.3/5  rDev +29.1%

I love this beer! Started with an average sized, frothy, white, and mostly diminishing head. The body hue was medium yellow/light orange with tiny particles averagely dispersed. The aroma was a nice heavy dough with moderate malts and light hops. The flavor was definately sweet that calms down until a nice average bready finish. The body was medium to full, dry, and softly carbonated. I really love this beer and is in my top 5 of favorite beers right now.

08-03-2008 04:55:32 | More by flipshevanel
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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Golden straw color... Slight thin fizzy head... Carbonation clings to the glass... Mild lacing

S - Malt, lemon zest, wheat... Perhaps some melon and some all spice...

T - Citrus fruit, biscuit, and all spice... Mild malt and smooth hops on the finish... Well balanced...

M - Light bodied w/ biting carbonation... Smooth, light, creamy, and oily...

D - Solid but forgettable summer ale...

08-02-2008 03:43:51 | More by philbe311
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3.85/5  rDev +15.6%

I really liked this beer. I should also mention that it hit something like 106 degrees today in Dallas, so if there ever was a perfect day for a beer like this, today is it. It came as part of a mixed case from Sam's Club, so you never know how fresh it is. Didn't think to check for a born on date before tossing the bottle. It poured a light golden. Nice head that stood up for a few minutes before dissipating. Took a big sniff. Very pleasant fruitiness. Lemon. Big expectations for a beer that will fight off this oppressive heat. No bitterness at all, but wasn't expecting any and true to style. Very refreshing. Despite the very light quality to it, there is a discernable maltiness. Well balanced for its type. I had mine with a lightly seasoned grilled chicken and it was a very nice companion. I recommend this beer for hot days or for a session beer (although my case only came with four). Cheers!

08-02-2008 01:28:53 | More by dpkpr
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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