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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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4,635 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,635
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 485 | 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 WakeandBake
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a touch of cloudy haze,big lasting fluffy white head The aroma is zesty,malty, wheaty, and has a little spice (a hint of pepper, from the grains of paradise I guess). The flavor is delightful and quenching. It starts with tasty, bready/biscuit malts with a distinct note of wheat malt. There is a refreshing touch of citrus from the lemon zest there is a balancing level of hop bitterness, but the beer is not particularly bitter. It finishes a little dry, refreshing, and spicy from noble hops and grains of paradise. There is a subtle touch of lemon zest lingering in the finish, too. The mouthfeel is rich and full for such a refreshing, light-feeling beer.Lots of carbonation that seems to make it just a little lighter. A very nice beer

WakeandBake, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange with about 2 fingers of white head. Very radiant in color.

Smell: Overall strong yeast smell with hints of lemon and other citrus fruits.

Taste: Wheat flavor is definitely present, along with yeasts and an overall lemon zest. Solid, but nothing special. As far as the "Grain of Paradise" spice that they advertise on the label, I don't detect any hint of paradise in there.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation with nothing that sticks out. A bit boring.

Drinkability: A bit of a plebeian brew from "America's first craft brewery"... drinkable, of course, but which typical Sam Adams brew really isn't? Nothing stands out though, and I think this might actually suffer from blandness. (Other beers, it's their badness that gives them character). In their attempt to appeal to the masses, Sam Adams has made their beers TOO generic-tasting.

thekanna, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of stoutman
2.42/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nahh.. the run of good Samuel Adams brews ended with this one.. Golden yellow pour into a medium, white frothy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of yeasty malts, wheat bread, lemon and citrus with hints of peppery spices. Initial flavor of malty citrus with a dry lightly hopped finish. Too citrusy for my taste buds.

stoutman, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of tconboy
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange yellow pour with fading white head. Smells some light spices very lemon. More body than expected, hops, orange, lots of lemon again and citrus taste, medium carbonation. I like this relative to similar beers, but I prefer most other Sam Adams products over this. I could drink a few of these sitting by the lake in the summertime with friends.

tconboy, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Summer Ale is a sparkling golden ale with the slightest bit of haze and a large creamy white head that mostly diminishes but leaves good lacing. The aroma is of grain, straw, flowers, dough, pineapple, ginger and, most of all, lemon. It the mouth, it's light bodied and creamy. The carbonation is a bit sharp and there is just a wee bit of a metallic, gritty feeling here. The flavor starts lightly acidic and is joined by a hint of sweetness and bitterness toward the end. It's light, lemony, and wheaty. It made for easy drinking during a summer storm.
(rated Jul 11, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Citrus aroma. The beer could benefit from being a bit stronger on the nose. Golden yellow hue that fits the seasonal beverage. Flavor is a little bit weak- I remember enjoying this brew a lot more a few years past than I do now- but still satisfying on a hot summer day. Strong lemon/citrus presence throughout the aroma, hue, and flavor of this beer. Mouthfeel is pretty average, nothing to write home about. This beer was one of my favorites a few years ago. I still enjoy it, but have since discovered other beers- namely certain Hefeweizens such as Franziskaner- that I prefer over Samuel Adam's Summer Ale as my summer drink.

Vendetta, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was cloudy with a one finger head. The pleasing aromas of lemons, malt and wheat together got my taste buds watering. The malt and lemons and wheat was palate pleasing. but the finish was slightly askew. The finished tasted like a very sour lemon, but overall it was refreshing.

colts9016, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smooth, citrusy wheat beer. Pours murky orange, almost like a watered-down orange juice. Lots of lemons in the aroma, with a mellower wheat background. Infinitely simple and refreshing, yet also very average. It looks better than it tastes, making it a slightly above average American Wheat.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5/16/08. Bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with white head. Aroma and flavor of wheat, spices, and a finish of butter that doesn't mesh with the rest of the beer. Meh. Without the butter taste, it would be ok, but with it, I just don't care for this beer.
5/4/4/3/11 (2.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of gabe23
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice beer provided you don't expect too much of it. A solid summer brew that I'd choose over a Corona & lime any day of the week.

A - It pours a slightly cloudy, light honey color. The off-white fluffy head left scattered lacing on my pint glass.

S - Mild aroma with clear wheat and citrus highlights.

T - Very crisp and light, but still a fairly complex combination of flavors. Citrus and wheat are at the forefront, and there is a nice mix of bitter and sweet.

M - Smooth mouthfeel without too much carbonation. Just the right amount of bite to refresh you on a hot day.

D - Highly drinkable, refreshing, and flavorful. I've spent many a great evening by the grill with a Summer Ale in my hand, and I look forward to many more.

gabe23, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a real faint aroma. There are some bean and malt tones. The body was nice. There was an off white nice two and half fingers of head. The body is a golden honey like amber. It has a great citrus and mildly spicy taste. A little hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is average a little bite but not much at all.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of ifixufly
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crisp, clean beer with very little, if any aftertaste. Sometimes the beer would have an excellent light and crisp citrusy note and sometimes it would not. Very minimal lace around the glass as I drank this beer. Overall i would consider this a beer that would be very palatable on hot summer days.

ifixufly, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellowish/golden...not too cloudy, not too clear. Small amount of foam/head.

Aroma: Citrus, wheat, lemon..typical for the style.

Taste: Wheat and lemons mainly. Some amount of citrus in the background, and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is minimal, but there is some crispness coming from it. Otherwise light to medium bodied

Drinkability: Crisp, refreshing, light to medium...so good for this. Could go through these fairly easily. Not the best of the style, but a solid performer nonetheless.

kshankar, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The new American King of Beers!

This is the best value on the american market for beer. Although this is not my favorite wheat beer, it's up there and it's always a trusty option when a bar doesn't have a good selection of beer. You can never go wrong with a Sam Adams product.

I'd take this over a Blue Moon any day

CampusCrew, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright golden color with no head or lacing.

Hops on first aroma with slight citrus undertones.

Mild hop flavor with a citrus backbone.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

Another fine Sam Adams session beer. Nothing thats going to take your breath away but a very drinkable and refreshing summer beer.

Zadok, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of likethetaste
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not the best beer that Sam Adams has done but it is a beer I do enjoy in the summer months. It has a nice taste with just a bit of citric to it. Not a beer that will blow you away, but a good go to beer for the summer days. Refreshing and very drinkable.

likethetaste, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Berticus
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite seasonal by Sam Adam's. It has a subtle fruity flavor. The look of the beer is a light amber and the drinkability is as smooth as it looks.
I would take this over the spring white ale any day.
Its a refreshing ale and goes good with a hamburger right off the grill.

Berticus, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of rbennett0
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i picked up a case this week (1st week of Oct 2008), the season is just about over for this beer and the store i go to was reducing the prices on it.

A - Cloudy, darker shade of yellow. light white head.

S - Wheat and lemon stand out.

T - strong wheat taste with just slightly tangy lemon in the background. All Sam Adams beer have something simular in there background taste (the water they use maybe??) and this one is no different. Slightly more bitter to me than other wheat beers.

A refeshing beer. Labeling it "summertime" brew is right on ther money to me.

i would recommend this one, but don't go out of your way to find it. Good but somewhat average.

rbennett0, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing beats a nice Sam Adams Summer Ale on a hot day in June/July. So damn refreshing and crisp it is super drinkable. Has just enough of that lemon/citrusy kick at the end ot make it interesting but not too much. I look forward to every May when this begins to start rolling out.

oriolesfan4, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of schanker21
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Frothy, two-finger head last a while before dissipating into lacing. The beer is unfiltered and orange in color. Small bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Wheat, lemons, another citrusy flavor that I assume to be the grains of paradise that they talk about on the label.

T- Wheat malt, lemons, again I assume grains of paradise, leaves a very citrusy taste on the tongue after it goes dow.

M- Higher in carbonation, crisp. Makes for a refreshing ale on a hot day (and I consider 80 degrees in mid-September to be pretty hot).

D- A good, drinkable beer. I wouldn't mind having a few of these in the summer after a day outside.

schanker21, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 22oz at Outback.
Poured a hazed orange/red color with a thin stable white head. Did not smell good, I think it was a little old, smelled a little skunked, didnt taste that way though. Lots of wheat flavors with a slight ctirus taste, decent hops, didnt go perfectly with the citrus but it was decent. One was enough, not too crazy about it, but try it if you havent had it..

nrpellegrini, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tall old-fashioned/tumbler. No freshness date.

A: Pleasant straw yellow with medium-thick foamy nearly white head with a few threads of lace.

S: Sweet and lightly toasted grain with more tanginess, probably because of some malted wheat in the mash. A light herbal hops note is present. The nose overall is fairly light.

T: A good hot-day brew with sweet cereal grain flavors cut with some tangy wheat and crisp herbal hops to match the nose. The flavor is not overly clean but more lush in character.

M: Light-to medium bodied with a slight astringency and fresh, thick aftertaste of sweet grain.

D: A nice summer cooler from SA. The tanginess is a touch that increases the quench factor.

argock, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slighty hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of fluffy white head

S - Wheat, lemon/orange smell, a little malty

T - clean lemon taste with a little wheat, some spice that I can't place

M - Light body with light carbonation

D - Not to bad, easy to knock back a few

midaszero, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of bushbeer75
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a mug - best before date of Sept. '08

Sam Adams Summer Ale poured a clear light yellow color with a creamy white head that held well and left behind some light lacing. The aroma and taste is of light lemon and wheat backing it up. Mouth feel is light, dry and crisp with zesty carbonation that bounces around in the mouth. Was hoping for just a bit more flavor.

As the name implies, Sam Adams Summer Ale is made for a hot summer day or night- a thirst quencher.

bushbeer75, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A small head forms and leaves little lace.
S: Citrus fruits. Grainy malt. Not that complexe, but nice.
T: Same as the nose. Citrus fruits up front that give way to a cereal grainy flavor. A mettallic aftertaste.
M/D: Light and crisp in the mouth. A little over cabonated for my tastes. An easy to drink beer that is just right for the season.

Not a bad beer, but nothing all that exciting. A fall back for me if there is nothing better.

champ103, Sep 09, 2008
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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