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

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Ratings: 4,753
Reviews: 1,548
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 543 | 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 froghop
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear orange-yellow with a thin white head, and not much lacing.

smell is faint, light orange, sweet, wheat.

taste is somewhat watery, malt, light orange, grain, a touch of citrus, tangy, and some wheat.

an okay wheat beer for the summer.

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

A -- Hazy gold with a long-lasting, creamy white head that leaves good lacing behind.

S -- If a bit light, some nice phenols and spicy noble hop and peppery character present well, a slight bit of vanilla back too.

T -- Grainy wheat character that starts vaguely sweet, but finishes refreshingly dry. Spicy hops and some coriander in the finish and aftertaste and an underlying citric fruitiness that adds a ton of character to a lighter beer. There's a wheat graininess that also balances well to the hops and citrus in the aftertaste.

M -- Body is medium light and the mouthfeel starts soft and finishes slightly tangy and dry.

D -- I may have to change this to a 5 after another, but this beer takes the American Wheat style up a couple steps from the usual expectations. As is its title, this is a great Summer thirst-quencher.

Photo of demuzik
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am a home brewer with much respect for the folks at Sam Adams, however, I find this brew far too sweet to really enjoy. There is a decent blow of honey tone to this brew - and remember, this is a wheat brew - so the Honey hits you even harder and sweeter.

Its drinkable, and enjoyable, but I'd go for a 1/2 bottle, and then move onto something more balanced and hoppy.

Not exactly the kind of beer I'd crave on a hot summer day. But definitely not bad.

Photo of kbeals
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a dark straw color with about two fingers of creamy, off-white head. Decent head retention and lacing, along with lots of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S- Not much to this one, somewhat grainy and malty, with a bit of a citrus smell at the end.

T- Same as the smell pretty much, grainy, somewhat citrusy as the beer warmed up, but the lemon didn't come into play as much as I thought.

M- Light-bodied and well-carbonated, a definite plus for a summer beer.

D- Easily drinkable, if only it tasted a little better.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 5.20 %
12oz bottle>pint glass 6/20/09

A 4.0 - Lightly toasted golden straw in color with orange-ish tint. Respectable head, retention, and lace.
S 3.5 - subtle/mellow spice aroma, unique aromam maybe some lemon, clove, or pepper (possibly due to the paradise spice?)
T 3.0 - The taste is not bad, it's just not "GREAT". This is one of the least standout offerings I have had to date from BBC. Sublte malt and hop tastes, some spice on finish. Maybe a hint of lemon/citrus?
MF 3.5 - Semi medium thin in body. More body than a typicla macro, but less than most crafts.
D 3.5 - goes down easy, this brew is my least favorite seasonal from BBC to date, not bad, just not "great".

Photo of porterwoobie
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: light gold color. little cloudy, translucent. one finger white head, no lacing

S: wheat along with some lemon, slight spice aroma

T: heavy on the wheat. little bit of lemon flavor and hop bitterness.

MF: medium bodied, moderately high carbonation, crispy

Drinkability: the name says it all, cause i wouldn't be drinking this any other time than the summer, nor would i ask for this at a bar/restaurant. definitely an average beer.

Photo of mutd8710
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the six beers that same in the Summer Styles Variety pack I purchased last week.

This ale has a crisp and sweet smell that consist of lemon and malts. The taste of the ale is tangy at first due to the lemon and spices it is brewed with. The tangy feeling goes away quickly and the flavor of the malts pokes through quickly. Highly carbonated. The flavor is pretty good and definitely has a summer feel to it, but it is kind of boring and tastes bland after a bit.

A good beer to have with a steak or burger because it will not be too filling and would complement food made on the grill pretty well

Photo of hoplover82
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thin white bubbbly head that leaves no lacing.

S-Just some wheaty and a little spices in the nose. I like the grains of paradice in the nose.

T-Now the taste is impressive. It is slightly bitter, making it crisp and refreshing. There is a very nicely balanced flavor of wheat and a little yeast and wonderful spicy notes from the grains of paradise and lemon zest. Very complex. And I also get some hop flavor in the after taste. Don't get that much in a wheat beer. It's a very nice suprise.

M-Medium bodied and crisp. Slightly effervecent which is good for a summer ale.

D-This crisp summer ale is a very good beer to have on a hot day.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at a restaurant at Dallas Fort Worth airport during a nearly infinite layover. The beer was clear golden color with a standard foam cap. Not much in the aroma, very muted spice maybe but more likely just the smell of malt and hope (not hops). The taste is not spiced, nor hopped, more just a bland American wheat ale. Meh, this is nothing to write home about, I should have gone for the Boston Lager. Not recommended.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a decent amount of foamy head. Nothing much too look at, to be honest I rarely drink this one from a glass...

Smells sour malt followed by some sweetness and lemony citrusy scent. Also has a bit of a honey smell to it.

Taste is a sweet and sour mix of both malt and citrus. Some spiciness is present but the citrus finish really is reminiscent of a refreshing lemonade or something. Personally I find this to be an extremely drinkable summertime beer.

This is my favorite of all the Sam Adams beers...say what you will. I really only buy this one consistently and only during the summer obviously. I've yet to find an American brewery producing a "Summer Ale" that is as good or better than this. Is it the best beer in the world? No. Of course not. Is it crisp and refreshing and great on a hot summer day outside? Yes.

Photo of lstokes
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is very much a lawnmower-beer--it tasted really good and refreshing after a long day of walking, but wasn't particularly complex, and there was a graininess to the taste I didn't love. I didn't like the smell much at all--the tang was sort of metallic and soapy, much too lemony overall.

It's basically an average wheat beer with a tangy lemon taste and a peppery bite at the end--not a very dry finish, and overly carbonated for my likes. The lemon also gets old after a while, or did for me anyway. I drank one with some pretzels and liked that one better, probably because it cut the lemon.

It's an okay beer but I can't imagine seeking it out.

Photo of vividox
1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The appearance was pretty typical of a summer brew, poured with a little bit of head that faded quickly. Smell was average for a similar beers. The taste was something I wasn't expecting at all, it was very tangy and was almost a chore to swallow after awhile. The mouthfeel was usual, but the tanginess was very undesirable and made the drinkability score pretty low too. I will definitely not be picking this one up again.

Photo of dasenebler
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw orange. Nice head when well-poured, but dissipates to a ring quickly. Somewhat tart, fruity aroma. Slightly phenolic.

Taste is fruity, but tart and a bit yeasty. Slightly off-tasting, not terribly clean. Ever so bitter aftertaste. Sweet spice, touch of coriander perhaps. Mouthfeel was decent, carbonation was acceptable. Goes down easily, no struggle. Overall not a bad Sam Adams offering, but nothing special either.

Photo of epicness
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Hazy orange color. Nice foamy white head.

S - Citrus smell is the first smell I detected which is normal for a wheat beer. Seems like there was a small aroma of spice.

T - Taste was very blah and honey like. It was sweet. I didn't taste any lemon or any other citrus which is how the brew is supposed to taste. I'm not sure if it was a problem with where I got it from. But I was definitely disappointed in the taste.

M - Pretty light bodied with medium carbonation

D - I'm not too sure about the drinkability based on the first impression. I'm going to have to go out and buy a six pack of this to rate it correctly. Based on the body and how the beer is supposed to taste I'd imagine it would be pretty drinkable.

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

Pours a hazy gold with a thick, somewhat rocky white head that displays nice retention and leaves behind some patchy lace on the glass.

Aromatics are quite nice and inviting, with plenty of citrusy lemon zest and an underlying spiciness. Smells like... summer. Obviously appropriate.

Quite light in body, with a nice zing of effervescent carbonation. Citric notes dominate the foreground, with lemon zest and a touch of sweet honeyed malt moving into a grainy middle imparted by the wheat in the grain bill, sliding once again into zesty citrus notes as things finish dry with a lingering mix of spice, lemon peel, and faintly astringent grain.

Wonderfully drinkable and one of the better American-style wheat ales dominating the seasonal summer releases. Easy-downing yet interesting, well-balanced, and very refreshing.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass.

Appearance: A nice golden color that is a little bit cloudy. A good one finger head that lasted a while and fizzled out with some nice lacing.

Smell: Wheat, of course, but with a bit of a hoppy aroma.

Taste: A sweet wheat flavor with a hint of citrus. Slightly bitter with a smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Has a little bit of character, but somewhat thin. Can feel the carbonation.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoy this beer. It's great on a hot day; and for me, it would be great just about any other time.

Photo of beerman207
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I tried this a few months ago I was very let down because out of 2 six packs I believe I got a bad batch. I was worried that my favorite summer beer was no more. This bottle renewed my faith again in Sam.

A - Almost looks like apple juice with some little head in the glass

S - smell is of apricot, sugars, malt, and wheat

T - Taste is citrus, sugar, a littl sour, malt, and the wheat coming through again.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect for summer - very mild

D - High. This is my go to beer for summer. The grains of paradise in this must be the ticket. It just goes very well with hot weather.

Photo of teejay76
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark gold with visable carbonation rising to the surface. Snow white head with little retention.

Smell - Aroma of malty grass with hints of yeast.

Taste - Pretty unique beer. Medium bodied with some kind of spice with a mixture of citrus, wheat and hops.

Mouthfeel - I didn't expect this to be as smooth and refreshing as it was. Decent aftertaste and fair balance of carbonation.

Drinkability - I'll use the word "unique" again. I liked it and recommend it. Heavier than most summer brews but that's probably why I liked it.

Photo of smibroncos
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a cloudy corn color with a 2 finger lingering head, and ample lacing on the glass

S. Citrus, hops, corriander

T. Lemongrass, wheat malt, slightly spicy, bitter finish

M. Light bodied, Lightly carbonated, Slightly watery

D. I could drink this brew on a warm summer day, quenching and refreshing brew

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid hazy orange color with some bleached fizzy head.
Definite notes of citrus in the aroma and maybe some clove.
Taste has a good blend of wheatiness with a citrusy spiciness throughout.
Finish is crisp with a citrus after-tone that is there, but dissipates quickly.
Drinks very well and is incredibly refreshing.

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

Sam Adams Summer Ale pours a hazy gold with a small white head and decent lacing. The smell was very interesting, hints of sea shore, and lemon. The taste was of sea salt, with hints of lemon and bread. Mouthfeel was a little heavy. The drinkability was nice, spot on for a summer wheat beer. Overall this beer was ok. Nothing really challenging here, but this serves its purpose. Its a nice easy drinker, good for summer drinking in the sun.

Photo of thryn
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty decent. Golden, hazy straw -- about a finger of bright white head, but it doesn't last.

Smells like flowers, straw, and spice -- grains of paradise, cardamom -- and that's about all I'm getting out of the nose.

Taste is a little better - some slight banana and clove, bit of grassy hops and slight bready malt, but it's a bit overspiced and weirdly medicinal.

Mouthfeel's pretty spot-on, definitely this beer's best quality. Nice light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

Drinkability's pretty decent, mostly because the flavor profile, while IMO not ideal, is pretty tame, so it's still quite refreshing.

Not Sam Adams' best offering, but still might be a decent choice in a bar with limited selection or as a refreshing brew on a hot day.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow. Smells fairly "bright." Citrus (dunno if its from actual citrus or the yeast) is dominant on the nose. I can also smell some floral hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, I feel like it should be a bit more carbonated for a wheat. A little sweet, and bready. Spices run throughout it, I taste a lot of coriander. It certainly isn't as boring as a lot of other American Wheats are.

Photo of Monsteruss
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured into the glass, it carried a small amount of foam, very light wheat in color, almost white and dissapated quickly. The color was a rich, hazy golden honey. The smell had a lemony/orange zest with an equal balance of hops and wheat and a hint of honey. The taste was an exact mirror of the smell. Drinkability - easy on the palate and easy going down witha dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel - light to medium bodied with a very subtle graininess.

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

The excessive amounts of carbonation are evident as the beer fills my glass. A creamy head forms quickly (~2 fingers) and slowly settles but does not completely dissipate. Lacing is good, but not excellent. The beer itself is a lovely, psuedo-translucent shade of yellow-orange; carbonation and tiny yeast particles are also visible.

In descending order of relative intensity, the aroma consists of lemon, spice, and hops. As stated on the bottle itself, this beer smells quite "zesty." It's a strong, but not overpowering.

The taste matches the nose pretty well, but there seems to be a bit more malt on the palate. Sam Adams' distinct hop taste is definately present, but it isn't nearly as strong as it is in other varieties. The maltiness is well-defined by the wheat and citrus tones; the spices compliment the finished product nicely. Mild yeast flavor is present in the aftertaste.

I will rate the body as medium-light. The beer sits nicely in the mouth while the spices and carbonation tingle the tongue. The balanced flavors help augment this section's rating.

This beer goes down quite easily. I would recommend against "slamming" these, but you could probably do so if you choose. The citrus burst is quite appetizing and leaves you wanting more.

Like almost all of the other beers from the Boston Beer Company, this one does not disappoint. I would rate this as an excellent summer beer. It's a well-balanced beer because each element of flavor remains distinct without being too overpowering. This beer would be as great of a companion on a grilling oddesy as it would be after doing yardwork all day. Enjoy it while it's out!

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