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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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4,577 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,577
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 442 | 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 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
Photo of johannasclimacus
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice hazy golden color, and as noted on the label, this is because it is unfiltered. Because it is unfiltered, however, it also has more of a body than you would expect in a "summer beer." This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but I would only have a handful in one sitting.

The beer smells faintly of lemon, and I picked up a little bit of grainy/hops smell as well. The taste follows about as you would expect. To me, it was like a run of the mill pale ale with a hint of wheat and lemon. Interesting, but the beer didn't seem to work together as much as I would have liked.

I would enjoy this again, although next time I would like it in the middle of the afternoon on a hot day instead of the evening. Overall, a decently drinkable pale ale with a bit of a twist.

johannasclimacus, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this in American Canyon, Ca. while doing (god forbid) a wine tour as I have to give the wife a break for putting up with me for 40 years (anniversary).
Poured with sufficient head with pretty good retention.
Hops and lemon citrus are what come first and foremost in aroma.
This is the first time that I found a tolerate a beer that idntifies itself as a wheat. So only a hint of wheat was noticable and (for me) that is a positive.
Can see why this is a summer ale brand because this beer tasts like it has some lemonade in it.
I liked it and I have never before liked a wheat beer.

jadpsu, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of peacesignmoose
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have mercy on me for this is my first beer review...

Bought a 12 pack from Liquor Land (now at it's new, wondrous location in Boston) fresh out of the fridge, got home and loved every sip of it. Poured a beautiful hazy golden/orange color with about a 2 finger head. Dissipates fairly quickly but some decent lacing.

Smell was truly delightful. Fresh and crisp with a hint of lemony goodness. I suppose that's what heaven smells like. If I never write another review, it's because God has struck me down for such blasphemy.

Raised the pint glass to my lips and ::gasp::. does this year's Sam Summer taste more lemony than last years or is it just me? Egad, it still tastes great but don't ramp up the lemony sweetness up anymore, Boston Beer Co!

Fantastically drinkable. This is one of my favorite beers, especially on a hot summer day whilst barbecuing massive amounts of food. Certainly not a complaint, but if you're looking for a beer that will get you hammered, this isn't it. Sits too heavy on the stomach (for me at least) to drink massive quantities.

peacesignmoose, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of burnstar
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a medium sized head, maybe a bit small for a wheat beer. Nice lacing though. A bit hazy but mostly clear. Very light aroma. Somewhat yeasty. Perhaps some light fruit notes. Taste is sweet but not too much so with a bit of wheat tang and lemon notes. Some spiciness in the finish. Little to no bitterness. Medium bodied. Not as much carbonation as some wheat beers but enough. Very drinkable on a summer day. Maybe a little subdued, but pleasant overall.

burnstar, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

buddy brought some of these over and left one. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. hazy straw yellow with a two finger white head. not much lacing.

citrus on the nose. a little grain and wheat presence.

citrusy taste with some wheat tang. good crispness. not much hop bitterness. balanced for style. clean aftertaste.

light to mid body. good carbonation. drinks nice. i could drink many laying in the sun. good summer beer.

ajmoody76, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Auroraboy
1.9/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm afraid this one just does not agree with me. Maybe it's just me, but the lemon/citrus taste is gnarly.Gave me a rotten case of heartburn, which I've never gotten from any other beer, even from adding real lemon or lime to Mexican beers. To me, doesn't compare well to the other Sam Adams brews I've sampled. Would not buy again.

Auroraboy, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice hazy golden colour with a fluffy white head with good lacing..

Smells delicious, lemony, grassy and some floral hops.

Tastes lemony upfront, finishes bitter and sour -maybe too sour in the aftertaste, but very refreshing and nice and drinkable!!

GodOfBeer, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Light golden, two fingers of head that left light lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Definitely a hint of lemon, grassy tones as well.

T & M: Best word I can describe this beer with is zesty. The lemon is there but does not overwhelm either. Mouthfeel is nice with the carbonation, leaves a bite on the aftertaste as well.

D: Definitely drinkable, great beer for the summer. I could definitely put back a few of these on a hot summer day!

elniko, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of cdrogers
4.72/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the standard Samuel Adams bottle. Poured to a goblet. Medium-golden color and minimal head. Extreme aroma of lemon. The lemon smell really came through with this beer and it was exceptional. It felt wonderful around the mouth and went down extremely smooth. It was extremely light-bodied and reminded me of a good pinot grigio. Definitely something I could drink regularly and something I would recommend to anyone wanting something easy to find, cheap, and very good.

cdrogers, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lighty clouded pale wheat with a slight golden orange hint, has a white creamy head, left small amounts of lacing down the glass.

S - Light a sweet wheats, citrus a mix of orange and lemon, light bitter hops.

T - Mild flavors of wheat and lemon peel, has a slight earthy taste of oats and a sweet creamy vanilla hint.

M - Light and refreshing on the palate, with a crisp clean finish.

D - Nice on a hot day and easy to drink.

trackstar1043, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of scottg
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a one finer white head that dissipates quickly leaving spidery lacing. Aromas of lemon, wheat, and some tropical fruit. Up front flavor of tropical fruit and wheat with some lemon rind bitterness and a slightly skunky aftertaste. Light body, medium carbonation with a dry finish.

scottg, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz as part of the summer mix pack.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1" head dies leaving no lacing atop a milky golden straw brew.

Aroma is husky pale malts and wheat with a slight but present lemon zest note.

Flavor is better than the aroma.. but not a whole lot. Pale malts and wheat.. with above lemon and a background spice that reminds me of earthy hops... but not really hops if that make sense. Body is creamy lite medium and carbonation is fairly soft. Drinkablity is fairly high.. but I probably won't ever buy it again.

JohnGalt1, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Judie's restaurant in Amherst. Good appearance: murky yellow with some lacing and a decent sized head. Its aromas were strong with lemon and citrus. Also a noticeable grainy aspect to the smells. Taste included those hinted flavors but lacked the sort of breadyness I thought it would have. Still pretty sour and sweet. Mouthfeel was average, giving it a medium crispness that is not too harsh for summer days. Overall, it was pretty good.

fitzy84, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy yellowish-orange color. Thick frothy white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet grains and a hint of lemon. Some odd spice aroma in it as well.

T - Zesty lemon and grain taste. The spice taste is there also, very similar to the aroma. Not bad tasting, just not great.

M/D - Chewy and a touch astringetnt. A decent summer wheat, but not my first choice.

ckeegan04, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a good size head and plenty of lacings. Aroma is mild earthy hops.
Taste is sweet malts with a fair balance of citrus and mild hops. A mild breadiness on the palate.
Mouthfeel is better than average for the style.
Overall a nice, light, refreshing summer beer.

Spikester, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft in Milwaukee

Appearance is a slightly murky orange/yellow hue, thin white foam sustains, watery lacing quickly falls

Smell is a range of spices (nutmeg, vanilla, paradise seeds), light malts, yeast, wheat, and grassy hops

Taste is spicey throughout, the wheat yeast dominates, bread and pale malts enter midway, slight chalk, finishes very dry

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy smooth texture, ample carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, great spice and flavor profile, unique, can be a bit biting for drinking in larger quantities, refreshing ale that surprised me as i am not a huge fan of the style

Stoneman78, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of ShrLSU
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an imperial pint lass

A: Yellowish orange color with a slight fizzy white head..

S: Some slight citrus malt. Very faint hop smell.

T: Malty and lemon flavor. Not to strong on either end. A slight bitter hop aftertaste.

M: Very carbonated. Kind of oily finish. Somewhat refreshing. I expected more of a refreshing feel from a "summer" beer.

D: Good for a one time try, but I doubt I'd purchase again.

ShrLSU, Jun 24, 2008
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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