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

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4,298 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,298
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 306 | 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 psinderson


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings...served in a tall glass.

Appearance: Pale golden color with a sticky white head.

Smell: Not much here, perhaps a mild citrusy aroma with some malt.

Taste: This is a typical summer ale which means it lacks complexity, but is easy to drink. However, it's not unpleasant and leaves a good citrusy twang and some hop bitterness, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Easy flowing thinness. High carbonation feels good.

Drinkability: These can be consumed almost like water.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2006 03:46:11 | More by psinderson
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A smooth and even creamy drink for a summer afternoon. A bit of spice but otherwise nothing above ordinary in taste. Nice wheaty head, with beige colour. Muted citrus taste and aroma. Quite consistent creaminess which may be popular, but for me worth saving to add to hamburger.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 02:04:57 | More by Sammy
Photo of manofmanners


4.95/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is buy far the best summer beer ever made. It has a dark golden color, a shade or two lighter than an amber color. It has a wonderful feel as it touches your tongue. Not to much carbon in there to give it a soda like feel some american beers will have. I like the slight hint of lemon. You should have this at a cook out, goes very well with burgers and dogs. Or have it just loafing around the house on a hot day.

If you like Bass Ale, you will like this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 23:48:05 | More by manofmanners
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

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

Poured at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A - Hazy, light honey golden color with a puffy off white head that diminishes to a thin mat after a minute or so. Lacing is spotty.

S - Sweet honey and interesting graininess that borders on floral. Some spice notes and minor yeastiness.

T - Fresh and crisp going in, with an airy breadiness and a very slightly spiced sweetness. Citrusy in the middle. The swallow is tart and somewhat drying. Aftertaste is very bready.

M - Watery and light, expanding slightly in the mouth but remaining very fluid. Finish is fast and drying.

D - This beer is quite nice for a warmer day, and is a pretty easy drinker. Pretty solid across the line.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 01:45:18 | More by EPseja
Photo of rohrbachsfan

New York

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

I enjoyed drinking this beer this summer. It was crisp and light wheat beer. The flavors of lemon and spice were well balanced. Great for serving at a summer cook out. This beer was closer in taste to a true weisse beer from Germany than the Samuel Adams Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 01:18:18 | More by rohrbachsfan
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Thin white head. Not much retention, with a bit of lacing. Smell is weak,some yeast and spice. Body is light to medium, and carbonated. Taste is spiced with a pepper finish.This a refreshing, beer. Average in most ways, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 23:50:30 | More by riversider76
Photo of ghostmech007


3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a cool label on it. Much better then last years.

Appearance: Light tan with a haze. A bubbly snow white lace stay up top.

Smell: Wheat twinge with lemony traces. Spices as well.

Taste: Cripsy but chewy but the lemon hits you with a hoppiness that just bites. Kinda on the light side of medium body. The fruitness of the drink was in there but you had to find it in the malt. Very clean finish as the spices work there way in. Good after taste, made me want to drink more.

Kinda weird to put this Pale Wheat Ale as a summer brew. It is good after a long hot day but the lightier body isn't a good thing in my opinion. I just thought that was the only thing really lacking.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 03:25:48 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of BigRedN


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

Appearance: Had on tap at Brewsky's Haymarket location. The beer was poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a yellowish orange. Poured with a slim head (about 1/4 inch) that faded quickly.

Smell: Touch grainy (wheaty) with citrousy aromas. Some lemon and a touch orangy. Aromas are rather weak though.

Taste: A touch sweet with citrous flavor (noticed lemon mostly). Touch tangy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively with good carbonation. Nice for summer.

Drinkability: An easy drinker, a decent beer and a nice one to have outside on a summer evening, but nothing here makes me take notice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 22:10:50 | More by BigRedN
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3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper in color with a surprisingly long lasting off-white head. Smells of wheat, hops, lemon, and slightly of yeast. Tastes a bit grainy, with hops and lemon dominant. Great mouthfeel, moderate amount of carbonation with good body. Good drinkability, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 23:53:47 | More by mnj21655
Photo of beveritt


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

Had this beer on tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Light yellow with a decent level of chill haze. Cream off white head that remained for the majority of the beer.

Smell: Smells of wheat and citrus, maybe lemon. Very little to no noticeable hop aroma.

Taste: Tangy, metallic (not in a bad way) flavor, typical of many wheat beers. No detectable off flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special, good or bad. The carbonation level is good, and I like the fact that the head stays with you through the drink.

Drinkability: As mentioned, a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2006 00:20:53 | More by beveritt
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Chelo's in Providence, RI, served in a large Weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with an average-sized off-white head that fades normally and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, spice, caramelized malt & a little bit of hops, but overall isn't very strong.

T: A malty flavor with hints of lemon & spice hit you up front. Some hops are mixed in and there's the constant background of wheat. I've had this beer many times before, but not for a while and remember it being a little bit more bitter and a little less malty.

M: Very smooth & crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily and is quite refreshing & tasty, well-worth staying with, especially in places where Sam Adams & Sam Adams Seasonal are your only choices aside from macros.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2006 15:37:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pint of Summer Ale served at a beachfront restaurant in Long Branch, NJ in a standard glass. The ale is cold.

A: The ale is a straw color with little, if any, head.

S: The lemon zest provides a pleasant citrus kick.

T: The spices (lemon zest and grains of paradise) provide a pleasant tangy flavors that melds well with the light wheat body.

M: The carbonation seems a little over the top, giving the beer a hot, harsh feel.

D: Very drinkable, a perfect beer for a lazy hazy beach day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2006 04:00:19 | More by akorsak
Photo of aluskungs


2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head on this beer stays long, maybe because of the wheat malt. It is a pale straw color with bubbles rising in the colored liquid.

The smell is the best part of this beer. Citrus, lemon, and a grapenut smell to it.

Taste is lacking. I can taste the sourness of the lemon zest. I don't know what grains of paradise are, so I don't know if I taste them but there is a slight nutty flavor. The beer does go down smooth with good carbonation and puckerness, but kind of watered down with an unpleasent bitter/sourness. This beer is lacking something.

Summer's almost over and so is this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 02:18:31 | More by aluskungs
Photo of bort11


3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Color is a hazy orange. Solid white head, about 2 fingers width. Pulls back to a sticky lace cap. MSells like a standard wheat, grainy and slightly sour. A lemon flavor comes through strong, as if the un-asked for lemon wedge was laready added. Finishes with a dry wheat flavor. Mouthfeel is what it is. For being a very average wheat, this is pretty drinkable. Definately a good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 02:44:33 | More by bort11
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New Hampshire

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

This beer pours a hazy golden without much of a head to speak of, perhaps the pourer's mistake. The smell is of citrus and wheat beer, a delicious combination. The beer is fairly balanced, but I couldn't have more than say, two before the lemon taste started to get to me. A great offering from the Boston Beer Company, and one I'll have on any hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 16:42:31 | More by Alexmc2
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New York

3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into stange (only glass handy) on 8/12/06

A: Hazy light yellowish-amber. One finger of head with good lacing. Lively carbonation.

S: Spicy lemon dominates up front, malty sweetness behind with a lightly bready hint.

T: Lemon up front, bready in the middle, lightly bitter finish with tart lemon juice and a peppery spiciness. It's not black pepper, though, but more like...cardamom? It's interesting. Pretty lemony overall, but the spiciness is neat.

M: Light-bodied, a bit over-carbonated. Finish isn't as crisp so much as it's fizzy, soda-like.

D: Not a bad refresher, but there are better brews for summer. I wonder if it's this fizzy on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 15:31:07 | More by rarevos
Photo of Atlas1


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange. Slightly opaque, but not dense. Nice lemony, citrus aroma; not overpowering - nothing special, but nice nonetheless. Head dissipated rather quickly. It tasted nice as well. A hint of citrus again, lemon and maybe some tangerine? Maybe a malted tangerine, whatever that tastes like. Malts were nice too. Not too much for a summer ale, but noticeably present. Solid mouthfeel. This is a great summer brew. Good for hot days after working in the yard, and just as comforting after a long day at the office. I think a lot of Sam Adams beers are unjustly criticized, but the fact remains that the brewery makes some quality beers. Their Black Lager is another example of an overlooked gem. Sam Adams Summer Ale is a brew that I'll revisit again next summer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 19:47:11 | More by Atlas1
Photo of Poser


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

I was really impressed with this brew. Pours with a thick, hazy gold and a thick foamy head. Looks unfiltered. Aroma has strong wheat characteristics. Taste is malty and smooth with some lemon up front. One of the better wheat beers I've had.

I am, however, drinkig this in the heat wave of 2006 in Ala-freaking-bama, so perhaps I am just drinking this at the right time.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 04:46:21 | More by Poser
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle of the 12 pack, finally got around to reviewing it. Freshness date is November, so I'm plenty ahead of the game. Poured into a Weizen glass.

It pours a hazy, hazy yellow with a great big, moderatly thick head. Looks good, very good.
The smell is intersting, half wheat half lemon zest. To be honest, it kind of smells like a watered down PineSol. However, this is not a bad thing, it's just the only thing I"ve smelled close to this.
I appreciate Sam going out on the limb with the grains of paradise. They add a nice peppery complexion to this beer. It drinks very smooth, and you go from tastes zest of lemon, to pepper, to a nice malty wheat texture.
Mouthfeel is very light, lots of carbonation and I personally love the peppery flavors that come out, but I can see how this would drive people away.
Drinkability? High during the summer. In any other season forget about it. But, since Sam is marketing this as a seasonal, that's all I'm going to score it on. It's a great summer drink, bar none. It goes phenomenolly well with lemon lime chicken, and I implore you to try that. All critiquing aside, I just really like this beer and while not the best summer beer I've drank, it's probably the most drinkable...if you don't mind the peppery grains of paradise.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 21:36:11 | More by TheFeintingGoat
Photo of dansm


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

A-Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a forthy white head that quickly fades.

S-Aroma comes off as a faint wheaty lemon smell with some spice in the background.

T-Starts with the sweet wheat and lemon followed by a little spice and just the slightest hop bite.

M-Nice and light, with a fair amount of carbonation.

D-The nice blend of flavors, and the fact that it goes down nice and smooth make this a pretty good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 00:53:31 | More by dansm
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3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A basic and fundimental summertime refresher. Similar to a standard blonde ale (with a grain and pilsner flavor under a light, carbonated body). This beer has an added citrus (lemons) with a mild peppery, spicy flavor. A mild haze illudes to a very pale wheat addition that helps with a breadiness and sweetness that disquise the grain flavors. Still, the body fades into a watery brew fairly quickly, but adds to the drinkability. A mild grain, citrus, and hop character persists into the finish. It's ok beer, but I prefer many other Sam Adams' beer more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2006 14:16:43 | More by BEERchitect
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3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-cloudy, tannish-straw yellow with a small, fizzy head.

Aroma was fragrant. Orange peel, corriander and spices were apparent.

Taste was quite weak however. Mild hoppiness with faint lemon zest. As the beer settled, it somehow seemed to lose its flavor completely.

Mouthfeel was thin and the carbonation was a bit overdone.

This was an easy drinking and refreshing beer, yet it lack of flavor and disappointing mouthfeel made it rather undesirable.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 04:37:15 | More by Damian
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a slightly hazy amber, small white head forms, settles to a thin ring, some lacing. Smell is sweet, some lemon and spice, caramel and yeast. Taste is sweet up front, citrus and caramel, some spice in the finish, pretty dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Really not too bad, complexity is not its forte, but a pretty refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 00:19:47 | More by Viggo
Photo of goschool


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

The bottle in that picture is gorgeous. Mine is generic Sam Adams.

The nose has wheat, lemon, grains, and grass. The flavor profile starts out with wheat, followed by grains, which I think are grains of paradise, but I'm not exactly sure what they taste. The finish has lemon zest and grassy hops.

I've had this before on tap and I remember it boring me, but this isn't so bad. It's certainly better than their hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 07:01:08 | More by goschool
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3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale, golden orange. A small white head fades and leaves a hint of lace.
Has a nice wheat aroma with what seems to be some slight fruit notes.
Quite refreshing sweet wheat flavor. A touch of fruit... maybe citrus and some hops on the back end.
Light and refreshing as something called a summer ale should be. The flavor distributes evenly over the palate. Good carbonation and a nice traction about it.
As far as drinkability goes... uh, yeah give me another on a hot summer day like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 03:59:44 | More by BeerRun13
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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