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Samuel Adams Summer Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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4,569 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,569
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 439 | 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 buffettfan
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A nice golden color, not a lot of head, fair lacing.

Smell, sweet, and lemony. Tasted very crisp, slightly spicing and slight hop taste. Very smooth, and a very drinalble summer beer. A nice one to have in the fridge on those 110+ degree Arizona summer afternoons!

buffettfan, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap at TGI Fridays poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A cloudy straw yellow color with a minimal white tight laced head, minimal glass lacing.

S: Sweet malt with hints of spice, grains and some citrus.

T: Wheat, grainy yeast, lemon and a hint of spice (description says pepper) with a hefty malty sweetness. Minimal if any hops flavors.

M: Light mouthfeel that disipates quickly. No bitterness and no hint of alcohol.

D: Medium. If you like this style, then you can easily drink a few of these.

Overall an ok beer, but nothing special. I prefer the Southern Tier AWA or Bells AWA over this one for sure, they both carry more hops. Still, an easy drinking beer that is refreshing in the summer.

Kadonny, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of drxandy
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz to flare pint, pours a slight hazy golden, good carbonation, light white head fades

smells of lemon, strange adjuncty, spices

tastes of crisp maltiness, bitter, very interesting flavor most likely due to the grains of paradise, sweet, not much easy to pick out right now, but a unique summer ale for sure, lots of flavor and drinkable for even the macro drinker

mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good amount of flavor.. not much else to say - there are way better offerings from boston brewing, a refreshing and interesting summer take for sure

drxandy, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with a small head and a little lacing.

Aromas of lemon and wheat, not much else.

Tastes pretty much like it smells, I didn't really get the spices the bottle talks about.

I guess it's a fair summer ale, nothing special and a little too light with very little flavor.

MOShepp, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours pretty clear with a nice head. Smells of lemon, a tad bit of malts and hops as well; not too much going on. Tastes kind of bland. A little citrus, followed by some hop bitterness, and finally a huge hit of wheat. Overall, this was a decent summer beer. I prefer something with a tad bit more taste and balance, but this was very drinkable and extremely refreshing. Great summer beer.

birchstick, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with a full, though collapsing, off-white head.

Smell: Caramel-coated malted wheat aroma with a redolent peppery scent from the Grains of Paradise and an apparent note of lemons.

Taste: Slightly bready wheat malt with a with caramel sweetness present. Tastes of oily lemon peels and a coarse black pepper. A whirl of sweetened tropical fruit juices accompany a slight bitterness which, along with the peppery character, help to temper the sweetness. Drying, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, refreshing summertime offering, Samuel Adams Summer Ale walks the fine line between delivering the goods on flavor and being super easy to gulp down.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Foxman
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a relatively hazy straw yellow with ample carbonation. Two fingers of white head sustain for a bit then drop to surface swirls of froth. Grins of lacing smile along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, pale, lightly sweet malt is joined by a waft of mildly tangy wheat. Lemon is fruity and aromatic and is sprinkled by spicy pepper.

Upon tasting, the grains swirl together into a distantly sweet blend of tart earthiness and mellow berry. Citrus is more vague here, and more zesty, with an edge that's buttressed by the spice of pepper. A rounded, yeasty dough note is in front of a brisk crispness that dries and lingers for a time in the finish. It's not great, not bad, and not memorable.

Light bodied, not even the carbonation can seem to slow down the rapid, watery flow, lending a thin presence on the palate.

I see it, the yellow label grabs me and says, drink me, it's summer, but I just can't be very excited once I've tried it. It's mainstream, which isn't in itself a bad thing, but it could be more. Still it drinks quite easily. The issue is, with so many things out there, will I grab another one? So I've tried it, and I'll finish the six, but that's likely the end of this little tryst.

Foxman, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My brother in law stopped by with a sixer last night. After having a Brooklyn Summer as a English Pale Ale, i was intrigued to see what Sam's American Wheat Ale would be like as well. I have tried this in previous years and wanted to find out if the receipe has remained the same.

Bottle pour into pint glass gave off a 1 finger white head with a clear apple juice color. Fair amount of lacing and retention. Quite clear and keeping ip with it's namesake.

A: The nose was difficult to find. Minor tints of citrus, spices in the distant background. I guess this is what they were looking for out of a summer ale, subtle and relexed.

T: A Mellow yellow were my first thoughts after downing the first of 3 of these. I tasted lots of grass, hops, pepper, and very weak wheat. Lemon zest provides tang and some refreshing aspect but not much.

M: Very light and weakening as you move through the glass. Citrus provides some bitterness along with the spices to mix with the somewhat smooth finish.

D: Nothing special at all. If your looking to put down a fair amount and not know it, much less taste, this is your backyard hot beer. A great session beer because I could down a sixer and go back to work and not even know I drank that much. One of the mildest Sam creations I have quaffed.

Brianmerrilyn, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey what a delight! I finally tried this summer brew not knowing anything about it and was pleasantly surprised indeed. I was happy to find that Sam Adams strayed from the common banana or orange-infused summer wheats. The lemon zest and grains of paradise do a great job relaying that summer feel in an original way. Smelled good, tasted good, and was very drinkable, not to mention affordable.

jeremyd365, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- on tap at Red Lobster...from notes.

A-arrives with a massive head and overflows my pint. slightly hazy straw hay color. a nice lacing is left behind.

S- lemon citrus and i think i get some sort of spice...pepper maybe.

T- lemon zest and sourness. Not bad but a lil too tart. Some breaded yeast as well.

M-cool and crisp and kind of wheaty. reminds me of munching on hay.

D- easy to put these down and a nice beer from sam adams. I had a troegs hop back right after it. Not a good idea. the flavors really collided.

Dodo2step, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of tdawgydog
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been working my way through various summer beers. Most of them being some variation of an American lager (which is not my favorite) I usually end up disappointed. Not the case with Sam's Summer. It pours a hazy yellow, not as cloudy as the Spring White (if your familiar with Sam's Spring offering) There was a two finger head that quickly dissipated into a thin lace. The taste is refreshing especially on a hot summer day. This is one beer that I would definitely drink again. There is a taste (possibly the lemon zest) that I can quite place but makes the beer very appealing.

tdawgydog, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of ewright
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden straw color with a thin layer of head that quickly vanishes leaving little lacing.

S: Hints of lemon and peppery spice are obvious up front. Some sour raw wheat shows up in the background.

T: Sourness from the wheat shows up quickly. This is joined by hints of lemon zest, mild pepper and lightly toasted bread.

M: Just a bit too much "tongue twanging" late in the swallow. Medium-light body with decent carbonation.

D: Better on a hot summer afternoon than a night slaving in front of the computer, but it was here and it was cold!

ewright, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of tjkurz
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into tall narrow glass - tappered at top and bottom. Hazy body creamy head. Smells of lemony zest citrus and spice. Tastes as it smells but was expecting a little more substantial flavor - finishes quickly and dry. Nicely carbed with a creamy/grainy sensation. Drinkable enough - not very strong - but the spice seemed to tickle my noise (I might be allergic to their grains of paradise or it could have been something I ate) and I was left wanting more - just not necessarily another one of these.

tjkurz, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of julian
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love this beer, finally getting around to reviewing it!

A: pours a somewhat hazy golden straw color with slight citrus hues with a creamy 1+ finger white head from a vigorous pour! Nice lacing all around as well! Beautiful!

S: funky sour lemon aroma with sweet malt and yeast to the nose on the finish.

T&M: clean, crisp, very refreshing, nicely carbonated...very light bodied. goes down very easily. taste is of sweet wheat malt, lemon zest, and grains of paradise (read it from the bottle) also detecting some orange/tangerine lingering on the palate near the end. Very interesting use of lemon and ancient spices. Nice job BBC!

D: sessionable for sure, this is a light bodied, refreshing and uniquely flavorful brew that deviates from the norm in their use of ingredients. Nice job, and excellent execution!

julian, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was listed and advertised as a Pale Wheat Summer Beer. I was expecting more wheat and unconventional flavors (pepper was advertised). In reality it was more lagerish in quality with a little kick.

Now dont get me wrong it was a great taste, just not what I was expecting. Actually the smell of banana in the taste was more Wheatish than the taste for me.

Again a great beer that I like to drink but I consider this way out of style.

Baileyuk, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch bright white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Aroma is weak, but citrus, spice, and pale malt can all be found.

Taste is ok, a good burst of orange/citrus and a pale pils like malt finish.

Mouthis medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavor and low alcohol make the beer sessionable. However, it is a bit boring.

Goliath, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy gold body. thin white head with wisps of lace. sediment floats down throughout the body.

s: lemon, spice and wheat

t: very grainy upfront, then lemon, honey, and spice.

m: light, refreshing, crisp with a dry finish.

d: great beer for the summer. nice balance, not too sweet. what a summer seasonal should be.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from Sam Adams.

This brew has a mezmorizing golden color that mimicks sunshine. The foam is almost pure white and thick but short lived. The aroma contains a bit of citrus. Taste-wise the cirtus is there too, and the very mild tartness makes for a smooth drink.

If you want a nice drink that is light at flavorfull, Sam Adams Summer Ale is just what you need.

DesMoinesMike, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of whiplash3825
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the typical cloudy wheat color with a smallish one-finger head... minimal retention and no lacing.

I get that dusty wheat smell of a hefe but with more detectable hops aroma. Surprisingly strong fusels also, and sweet malts become more apparent as it warms.

The first sip leaves me with a feeling of "WTF", with several flavors that don't seem bad but just don't seem to go together. Almost like mixing a hefe and a lager, with a few more flavors thrown in for good measure. Luckily it gets better after several swallows, or at least tolerable, but still something just doesn't seem right.

Mouthfeel seems about right for a wheat beer. Maybe a tad thin.

On this very hot and muggy July day in Georgia they seem to slide down pretty easy once you get past the initial taste surprise. Still, I won't go out of my way to get more.

whiplash3825, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium foam head on an only slightly cloudy body. Smell of citrus was immediate, with "wheatness" a distinct second. Something else in there too, something not so good, which came through in the taste: dusty, or moldy, maybe. May have gotten a bad bottle or something, but that taste was certainly unappealing. The citrus flavor was just about right, but the wheat was lost amid the lemon and dust. Also not as thick as other wheat's. Not too special, and certainly not among the best.

ibashmuck, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first good summer ale this year. since the temerature hasn't really been that bad I haven't been in the summer-seasonal mood.
A: pale orangish yellow. thin head
S: smells of grassy hops and lemon, a very strange wheat smell. lingers in the back.
T: tastes of lemony wheat, I still get a grassy taste in the body that is making me indifferent to this beer. I think it's a good pale wheat though.
M: lightly carbonated and light body.
D: nice and refreshing with a light body. I just got in from working outside for about three hours and felt that this was the best choice. definitely a good lawnmower beer. I might find myself kicking back a few on a hot summer night outside. nicely balanced and clean

naterock, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of SMADMS
4.72/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at T-Bones Roadhouse in Plymouth
22oz is the standard at T-Bones Roadhouse

Poured from tap (decline the lemon garnish)
pours a beautiful hazy golden color. no head here they fill the mug to the rim...
Smells of citrus and spice ..not overpowering
Lemon zest and a crisp bite taste as it washes the palette full body.
very smooth beer, can drink endless amounts on a hot summer day/evening.

This is one of my summer favorites and it goes well with a bbq

I wish bartenders would stop putting lemon on the rim when this is ordered. ASK first

SMADMS, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of DubBrewer
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color. It had some head when I poured it, but it quickly disappeared. You can smell some spices and a subtle hop aroma. It tastes very smooth and light on the palate, with a soft bitterness in the end. I could also taste a slight citrus flavor. Its a good summer beer, very drinkable, as my roommate and I finished a six pack very quickly.

DubBrewer, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of thisisshsas
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is colored in a hazed golden hew. Smell shows hops, but also a little spice as well. The Taste is smooth, with lite hops and easily drinkable. Goes down easy, with a very littly bitter aftertaste. Summer ale is a staple of summer drinking, and for good reason. Its light hop aroma and simple mouthfeel make it a good session beer for the summer.

thisisshsas, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Lepley
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Sam Adams Summer variety pack. This beer pours deep gold in color with light head. It smells of citrus, lemon, and I got honey as well. The taste is crisp with hints of lemon and orange and a sweet after taste. Its a smooth beer and very drinkable, especially on a warm evening.

Lepley, Jul 08, 2008
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