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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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4,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,292
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 304 | 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 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
Photo of Nesued

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
Photo of theopholis


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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West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz draft serving. Arrived a bit too cold so I let it warm for several minutes. This beer is a hazy orange color with a decent white head.

Aroma is pleasant, with light hints of citrus and spice, and a bit of wheat malt to back it up. Taste is really pretty mainstream for the style, but what can we expect? Decent malty character with the hints of citrus and spice. Not at all a bad summer ale.

Light bodied and carbonation was just about right. It's easy to drink 2 or 3 of the big ones at the local bar and grill.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2007 15:21:12 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of TheDragonTony


3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a wonderful long lasting three finger head that leaves a beautiful lace as I drink the beer.

Smell: Very grainy with some citrus as well.

Taste: Malty, and spicy. The hops make for a nice balance. This beer is tasty but I think not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. Heavier than I would expect from this type of beer, and not as much carbonation as I would expect from the appearance.

Drinkability: This is a very easy beer to drink.

This isn't a bad beer, I wouldn't mind drinking one, but I don't think that it is something that I will seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 01:25:18 | More by TheDragonTony
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New Hampshire

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

From my notes 5/25/07 - Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Faint wheat nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is light citrusy wheat. Clean finish. $5.50 on-tap 14oz at Houlihan's Logan airport Boston, Ma.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2007 14:12:11 | More by jdhilt
Photo of leechungsr


3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours golden yellow with a little haze. poured into a weizen glass for about 1 finger of thick white head with good retention.

S: this may be the best part. smells like a hefeweizen without the cloves. yummy wheat and lemony citrus.

T: starts mildly sweet and wheaty with a hint of spice (much of which may be due to the high carbonation) and ends with a medium hop bitterness with hints of citrus. Maybe a little bitter for me, but still pretty good.

M: loads of carbonation. Very crisp, but maintains a medium-light body. Maybe too much carbonation as I couldn't help but belch like a child.

D: medium-light body with lots of carbonation feels right for summer. Would go over well at a barbeque.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 18:26:26 | More by leechungsr
Photo of jayfarley3


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

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, it poured a very cloudy amber color that you cant really see through with a nice white head that retained fairly well. smell is citrisy and spicy. the flavor is very lemony with a nice balance of bitterness. has a nice medium bodied crisp mouthfeel to it. this beer is very drinkable, i bought a case not too long ago and it is almost gone, i will probaly wait until next summer to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 11:03:23 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of 1fastz28


3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy dark orange color, has a slight head on it with a minimal amount of lacing. not too much going on in the smell department, some slight citrus notes but thats all i can pick up. Taste is pretty darn good, it doesn't hurt that i just got off work :), but has a nice unique taste to it, not like other summer beers i've had, it doesn't have the boring wheat taste. mouthfeel is full and right now i feel like i can drink a hundred of these. great deal as usual from sam adams

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 03:55:13 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy orange color. Nice head forms when you pour it, but settles.

smell - Wheat, malt, honey.

taste - Sweet taste, wheat, citrusy.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated.

drinkability - Nice summer beer. I always enjoy the seasonal brews from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 15:33:12 | More by auxiliary
Photo of halfwaytoheaven


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

On tap at the AMF bowling alley on Lamar in Arlington, Texas. Poured into a lightly frosted mug and accompanied by some nachos.

The beer pours a warm yellow, slightly cloudy, with a sizable, fluffy white head. There was slight carbonation, and sparse lacing most of the way down.

The beer smells, well, like a wheat beer - wheaty, with a trace of lemon and something else ... coriander, maybe.

It has a warm mouthfeel, in spite of the cold serving temperature, as well as a slightly tingly feeling. Smooth, yet hearty. It was "chewy," but in a good way.

Tastes like it smells: wheat and citrus. Yummy.

This is an extremely drinkable beer; I'd put away a couple of glasses before I knew it, and I easily could have knocked back a few more. I would definitely order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2007 19:41:16 | More by halfwaytoheaven
Photo of ekempey

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, the beer leaves a one finger head with lacing down the glass. The aroma of the beer is quite underwhelming, as barely a hint of spice is noticed. The taste is crisp and has nice hints of spice and malt, leading to a dry peanuty aftertaste. The beer has a nice level of carbonation, and is drinkable, perfectly suited for this time of the year. Is it the best I've ever had, no, the worst, no. I find that this beer is in the middle of the spectrum for me, I would buy it again but only if in an outdoor setting where it would really shine.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 03:28:37 | More by ekempey
Photo of CharlieMopps


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

A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange hue topped by a few fingers of dense head when poured into a weizen glass. Looks rather appealing, with good retention and lacing.

S: A very grainy and wheaty aroma, light lemony citrus and the smell of spices are present in the bouquet. A different wheat-style beer from the scent, we'll see if the flavor stacks up.

T: A pale malt and wheat intro with a spice-laden tinge gives way to a smooth transition into a slight hop bitterness that hints at citrus and a fruity flavor. Goes down smooth, leaving a lingering, yet minimal, hop aftertaste. Not bad, considering.

M: Generous carbonation, which goes alright with this beer. A crisp, yet light bodied mouthfeel.

D: The light body, which is somewhat watery, makes for a good summer beer. This seems like it'd hit the spot at an outside BBQ party, as it's not too over the top, and is quite the thirst quencher. Its composition makes it very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 20:03:17 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of Mumps


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

This is an interesting beer. Beautiful color when poured in a glass, with a adequate head. Smell is spicy and somewhat fruity. Taste takes some getting used to, due to the spicy and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not unbearable so.

Once the taste for the brew is acquired, this beer is very refreshing and perfect for a warm summer afternoon in the yard.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 10:03:26 | More by Mumps
Photo of Padron4KM


2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best before Sept notched on the label.

Hazy golden with a tall off white head.

Aroma is wheat, light lemon and spice.

Flavor is mildly wheaty, a little tart, a little pepper.
Body is thin and a touch watery.
Easily drinkable but kind of boring

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 08:00:27 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of boelker62


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

A - poured a hazy deep straw to light amber hue with a fully diminishing white head and no lacing.

S - better than expected, from Sam, but a light malty nose with hints of grain and hay. A hoppy note is picked up, and is mostly floral and spicy. Slight coriander, as described.

T - all of the above in scent, especially the grain, but falls on an acetic, sour note towards the end. While I like many other offereings from Sam, I leave feeling that this was an attempt at a Weiss or Wit that fell short, call it Weiss Light.

M - actually, for the seasonal that it is, the watery and full carbonation seems appropriate for it's intended use, maybe not the style, but nevertheless, one of the good attributes to this brew, lending greatly to its drinkability.

A good summer backup, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 01:59:18 | More by boelker62
Photo of Hammarby


3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with white "soapy" foam. Big bubbles.
S: Red berries, phenols, hint of sweetness.
T: Hops, some bitterness, hint of alcoholic sting a little phenolic. Honey in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, good carboration. Oily aftertaste.

Taste and aroma very nice, but a bit fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 22:51:51 | More by Hammarby
Photo of Hautacam


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

Cloudy gold with a small white head that drops to a film.
Smell is wheaty and a bit citrusy.
Taste matches the smell pretty much...slightly sweet , very wheaty , doughy ....prominent lemon...little bite of hops at the finish.
Medium mouthfeel...medium carbonation.
A decent sumer brew...went well with a grilled tuna dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2007 13:25:54 | More by Hautacam
Photo of beeragent


3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is part of the Sam Adams summer pack. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a light slighlty hazy gold, forming a very thin head, that dissipated quickly. Very light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is a very interesting mix of wheat malt, hops, and spices. The aroma reminds me alot of the holiday releases by Sam Adams. The taste is a nice combination of wheat, followed by a slight lemon flavor, and finishing with the spices. Medium mouthfeel. A good abv. and smooth finish make this a very drinkable beer. Overall, this was a suprise. Most "summertime" beers tend to be weak and very lacking in the flavoring, but this beer proved that wrong. I think I'll be having several of these throughout the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 22:46:11 | More by beeragent
Photo of JDK


4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second review of this beer, which is a first for me. The more I drink it the better I like it.
Temp is 91 outside, lost power and sat on the patio having my own personal session, waiting on the AEP to get the air back on, but in the meantime it really doesn't get much better!
This is another SA that I really enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 01:32:18 | More by JDK
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