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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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4,636 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,636
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 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
Photo of dexcool707
4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = A slightly cloudy honey color, with only a slight head.

S = Fresh, crisp, and lightly fruity.

T = Very refreshing

M = Same as smell and taste. This is a very
refreshing and light beer.

D = Sam definitely labeled this one correctly.
This is a perfect thirst quenching, refreshing
summer brew. Not too much fruit but just enough
to ad a slight zing. I like this SA style very much.

dexcool707, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

3 A leaves ring and some slight lacing
2 S mild and fruity, mixed fruit cup artificial colored cherries fruity
2 T sweetness is first sensation, no bitterness, something has been added, tastes like sprite mixed with weak beer
2.5 M too much like water
1.5 D yuck. doesn't seem worthy of "beer" label. dumped last couple inches.

brewmudgeon, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not impressed with this beer. It has almost no taste! It is certainly better than a Bud Light or Coors or junk like that, but I expect more flavor than this. It has a smell, average, but present, and the feel is also average. Depending on your standards, the drinkability will vary - I like to be interested with every sip, and since this beer doesn't have much taste, I wouldn't drink another one. Not recommended, but if you're not looking for much in a beer, and you don't like Bud or Coors, I guess check it out.

prsguitarsr4me, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of odietrying
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap in a Weizen glass.

A: Clear and honey-colored. Sam Adams claims this is an unfiltered beer, but it appeared to be pretty clear, which I don't like to see in wheat beers. It robs the beer of the complexity from the wheat and yeast. However, this may have added to the drinkability. Served with a lemon wedge which killed the head, and was unnecessary since it already contains lemon zest.

S: Smells of lemon and spice.

T: Crisp, refreshing taste. Malts and hops add moderate flavors, but nothing too strong. Perfect for the summer season. Lemon and spice.

M: Not over-carbonated, not too sweet or bitter from malt and hops.

D: Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day.

odietrying, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of dananabanana
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-- Golden yellow, almost amber, but not quite. The glass came with a lemon wedge floating in it, that I immediately removed. More transparent than many other summer ales.

S-- A sweet, lemony scent.

T-- The honey hits you immediately. It is peppery in the back of the mouth, which I really like (I guess it's true what they say about the "Grains of Paradise" in the commercials). After a few sips, I can detect citrus on the tip of the tongue.

M-- Light and refreshing.

D-- It is a definite summer beer. It is already cooling off where I live, so it felt a bit out of place. Definitely a good daytime barbecue or picnic beer.

dananabanana, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of biggred1
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice light honey color with a lot of suspended yeast. Foamy white head that leaves fine lace. Smells of citrusy lemon zest and spice (Grains of paradise ?). Taste is lemony and fairly refreshing, squeaky clean on the finish. Drinkability is decent. I think this beer, like most summer beers is good on a hot day but unremarkable.

biggred1, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's summer and I've enjoued a few of these already this year, so I figured an offical review was appropriate before summer's end.

a - pours a translucent, peachy amber with a rich, golden head

s - unmistakeable citrus zest with a slight floral bouquet

t - excellent blend of hops and earthy spices with a mildly tangy finish

m - medium carbonation and medium bodied

d - very easy beer to enjoy, one after another, outside on a warm summer evening

I poured a cold bottle into a tall, cyclindrical glass for this tasting. This seasonal brew is a fine summer compliment to the other Sam Adams offerings. I need to research this "grain of paradise" in more depth!

akronzipfan, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber with a nice head.

S - Nice spicy aroma, a fragrant pepper.

T - Underrated. Smooth, creamy and peppery all at once. You can tell that the spicy flavors are from the addition of spices rather than contributed by a Belgian or German-style yeast, but no matter, it's still tasty. I love lemon, pepper, and grains of paradise.

F - Deft and light feel, soft bubbles, creamy.

D - Seriously, how can you not like this beer? I don't understand the B- rating at all.

Patrick999, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

Clear, light amber color. Very slight haze. Three finger head that leaves good retention and lacing.

Lemongrass. Lightly hoppy undertones. Slight spicey notes.

Lemony wheat flavor. Light and crisp. Malty notes mingle with the light hoppiness. Good balance.

Nice and creamy. Good body for the style.

This would be very refreshing on a nice, hot day.

coldmeat23, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a cloudy yellow with a creamy white head.

S - Faint citrus aroma, with some spice.

T - Sweet wheat flavor, with hints of citrus, and spice notes in the finish.

M - Nice body

D - extremely drinkable. On e of my favorite Sam Adams beers.

hiikeeba, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light, cloudy gold color with a vibrate white head.

S: nose was light, fresh citrus, lemongrass and a pleasantly soft herbal hopping.

T: For flavor there was a touch of sour citrus (oranges), pale malt and lemon peel as well some slight grassy hints. There was a slight hint of peppery nature in the finish.

M: crisp with a soothing sourness of lemonpeel and slight tartness.

D: Drinkability is light, refreshing, and crisp, good enjoyability on a hot summer day.

beerthulhu, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dirty golden color with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma is rather fresh with some citrus zing to it. This has a lemon, citrusy wheaty flavor with mild spices. Nice and refreshing. Nothing too complex but this really does work for the summer. Good patio beer and a nice seasonal offering from Sam Adams.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Jyubei
4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jyubei, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Kraken, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Turnerp561
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Turnerp561, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

beerkittycat, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kzoobrew, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of sstackho
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

sstackho, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

scottyshades, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Beerislife652854
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Beerislife652854, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of mbenthall
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mbenthall, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BDIMike, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

IBUnit63, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BeerSox, Aug 10, 2008
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,636 ratings.