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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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4,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,627
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 476 | 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 vickersspitfire
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very light blonde ale with plenty of carbonation and a nice thin head that doesn’t fade away too quick and has a good citrusy aroma to it. It has some good spicy flavors in it, nothing too strong; it has a light lemony crispness throughout and has a bit of bitterness in its aftertaste, but nothing too overwhelming. Not bad over all.

vickersspitfire, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of ericj551
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Summer Ale pours a cloudy gold with a thin but lingering head. Aroma is mostly spices, with a light malty sweetness. Flavor is crisp not sweet but not dry, the spices come through but not overpowering. There is a light bitterness, but no real hop flavor to speak of. I gotta give Sam Adams credit for brewing a cloudy wheat beer with some flavor for their Summer beer, a decent change from a lot of other pale wheat beer Summer beers.

ericj551, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow gold. Smells of grainy wheat, lemon, some sweetness, and that Sam Adams aroma. You know what I'm talking about. Tangy wheat flavor, zesty and almost berry-like. Much better than I remembered actually. Lightish body - pretty clean and crisp. Its not going to blow anybody away, but its a solid choice for a hot day.

wedge, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light in color with a medium head.

Smell- Like all sam adams products it has a hoppy nose but with floral and fruity hints.

Taste- Fruit is the first taste with the hops only emerging as an aftertaste, quite crisp and pleasant.

Mouthfeel- Light on the tongue with no unpleasant covering.

Drinkability- A very light, drinkable summer beer.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of meechum
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at dinner tonight. I'm going to blame the lack of head on the bartender and I don't think I got the best pour possible, little bit of lace but not much. Nose on this was a little grassy and had a hint of toast with malts but not very strong at all. Taste was very good with the malty/toasty backbone cut by the hops but it was very balanced. The beer was carbonated to the right level. Overall I thought it was very good and it went well with dinner. I ordered a Guinness after this one...I should've stuck with this as it was much better than the Guinness

meechum, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff definitely tasted a lot better out of the bottle than on-tap.

A: Poured a deep gold body with a small white head. No significant retention, but reduced to a nice lacing that stayed until the finish.

S: The smell was that of sweet malts with hints of a citrus, lemon flavor.

T: Similar to the smell. Sweet malts evident in the taste with a slightly citrus aftertaste due to the lemon zest.

M: A good summer ale. Nice, light, and refreshing.

D: A pretty easy drinking brew. Light and refreshing body as well as a good taste makes it go down easy.

maddogruss, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of slyke
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Summer Ale pours a lovely golden color with a pillowy white head starts just above the stripes on my Samuel Adams glass and ends in a dome above the lip of the glass. The head falls and fades to a thin cap after about 4 minutes.

The aroma has a note of grass in it. The taste is subtlely grassy with a hoppy citrus note.

Mouthfeel is light as you'd probably want in a summer beer. Drinkability is good on this one. Several of these could be entertained on a hot day.

slyke, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Procrastinator
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from six-pack with "Enjoy before Sep 07" notched on bottle label. This was the first beer poured into my new SA pint glass.

Appearance: light, golden straw colored body with slightly off-white head and particles of suspended yeast in a cloudy hue. Head is soft and pillowy after a vigorous pour.

Smell: very clean fresh smelling, wheat husks and citrus.

Taste: light and mild wheat breadiness, lemon zest, little or no hop presence with only mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: generally well-balanced, but on the watery side with pleasant carbonation and slight tanginess.

Drinkability: good summer heat thirst quencher. Fresh taste without too much body goes down easily.

Procrastinator, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

dude what the hell happened this year. The tannins were out of control on my beer. I wrote this review earlier today. I was disgusted with this beer. Last year I loved it. Last year I bought a case of it. This year has to have had bad ingredients or maybe i got a bad batch, but god damn. Theree is a nasty bitterness from out of control tannins and a horrible finish. I gagged on this beer.

Did I get a bad six, cause GOD DAMN! This has the ingredients of the beer i had last year, but the tannins were out of control and I gagged very very hard on this beer.

jasonjlewis, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on-tap last night when my girlfriend and I went to The Boneyard for dinner and to play some games. Served to me in a frosted pint glass. I hate it when bars do that! You'd think maybe that people who run such establishments could do a little research and learn that serving beers other than BMC piss in frosted glasses is a no no! Shit like that really irritates me! This beer is a cloudy orange-golden color. I warmed up the glass by rubbing it with my hands and then let it sit awhile to warm up some more before drinking it. When the beer was brought to our table it had almost zero head, just some white foam floating on the beer's surface. I don't recall it having much lacing either. No doubt the frosted head helped kill the head very quickly. Malty aromas of citrus, wheat, and spice were present. Tasted pretty much like it smelled, malty sweet with some wheat and citrus zest along some spice that reminded me of clove or maybe a hint of cinnamon. Also a hint of banana was present. The aromas and flavors and aromas definitely came out more as the beer warmed, but I have definitely enjoyed this beer more the times when I poured out of the bottle into a non frosted mug or pint glass. Had a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. It became more drinkable as it warmed. A good beer and I would have enjoyed it more this time had the idiots not served it to me in a frosted pint glass.


neenerzig, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A yellow golden color brew with a thin but stubborn head and moderate lacing. The aroma is pretty weak yet hints at a biscuit-malt blend. The taste reveals a bready and kind of woody flavor. Sort of dull but with a subtle complexity. A little tart from tongue to throat with a bitter finish. Pretty thin stuff, not much body. It's OK. Fairly drinkable, however, I wouldn't be too interested in more than one or two of these given some choice.

Durge, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

why are summer ales always pale wheat ales?

A- pours a slightly hazy sparkly golden color with 2in fluffy white foam that settled slowly to about 1/8in with nice sticky lacing.

S- lemony citrus, wheat, faint malt, grass, and ocean air with little or no hops. ok maybe a little bit of herbal spice, then again maybe they're the mysterious grains of paradise.

T- definite lemon zest but it's mild. there's some fruity yeast going on but the malt seems wayyy in the background. the grains of paradise really come through, and i know exactly what they taste like because i had a small jar of em before. kinda black peppery, kinda fruity like coriander, kinda spicy like cardamom but not leaning in either direction. look em up on wikipedia or something for a better description.

MF- smooth and slick goes down real nice, good carb but nothing outstanding.

D- good for a hot summer day but once the leaves start a changin this will probably get pushed to the back of the fridge. even now i'd like an ale of this style which emphasizes something besides CITRUS!!!

hustlesworth, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy light golden yellow with a light creamy head. Lacing was light.

Very citrusy aroma with a bit of spice as well.

The taste is a wheat beer that was strong of lemon and a lesser amount of wheat.

Light mouthfeel, crisp, and an abundance of carbonation.

As the label says, this is definitely a summer beer. Not a ton of personality to it but I guess I really didn't expect it.

Monkeyknife, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raise a glass to the spirit of JG tonight. . . Can't believe it's been twelve years -- "all the years combine/they melt into a dream/a broken angel sings/from a guitar. . . ." OK, on to the beer. . ..

A: Poured into a Spirit Haus pint glass. The result -- a slightly murky pale golden body with lots of slow-rising bubbles and a 1.5 finger bright white meringue-like head that settles slowly. Some foamy lacing left behind.

S: Wet straw, grass and something mildly spicy -- must be the grains of paradise. Smells remarkably similar to an American Macro Lager, actually.

T: Cereal grains -- mainly wheat -- and something sweet on the front of the sip early on in the glass. Just a hint of lemon -- is it peel or zest? Finishes clean early on, but as it warms a sweetness lingers that's not really all that pleasant. I originally scored the taste a 3.5, but as it warms this sweetness forces me to knock it down to 3.

M: Light in body, moderate carbonation and pretty creamy.

D: OK for summer -- light in body, low in ABV and pretty creamy makes it pretty quaffable.

Kendo, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of Lagaffe74
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition.

The beer poured a golden yellow with a thick, nice white head. Quite nice. Aromas of citrus, and bread - later. The taste was pretty much the same with citrus flavors, tangerine, and a slight apple in the finish. All this was wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Quite nice.

Lagaffe74, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of Taipans
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Very light straw colored yellow, large 2-3 finger head, strong retention
S- Citrus, possibly a hint of spice
T- Citrus up front, very light almost water, not much here
M- watery body and mild carbonation
D- Very light, goes down easy when hot outside, which is what its intended

Easy session beer but is very lackluster overall, I have heard good things about this beer but wasn't impressed.

Taipans, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, enjoy before November. SLightly hazy yellow/gold color. Thick creamy white head. Very good head retention, and a few spots of lace.

Citrusy, zesty, and earthy spices in the nose, along with a grainy component.

A bit of tartness up frotn and bready. Soft earthy spices and a bit grainy. Maybe too grainy for me. Maybe husky is a better term. Fades into tropical fruit at the end. Not much bitterness.

Decent body and carbonation. Mouth seems a bit creamy. The husky element hurts the drinkability, and the refreshing character of the beer.

Bierguy5, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's 95 degrees I drank a gal of water and had an ice pop. Time for a tasting.

A: golden with an orange hue, hazy. two finger foamy head- slow to disipate

S: citrusy, Lemon fresh Joy

T: lemony( not in a bad way), dry with wheat presence. odd spiciness- presumably grains of paradise

M: med. carbonation, crisp and tart

D: Certainly drinkable during the hot summer. Good cookout brew.

Poured with vigor into SA glass

Rainintheface, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of dfried
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw in color with a slight orange hue, 1cm foamy white head. Malty aroma with some wheat, peppery and citrusy lemon. The taste is much the same as the aroma, sweet wheaty malt, peppery grains of paradise, and tangy lemon rind. Tangy, spicy mouthfeel, pretty easy to drink.

Overall: a quick read of the bottle sums this beer up quite well, wheat, grains of paradise, lemon. All the flavors are easy to pick out and strait forward. Simple beer that some may say leans a little too heavily on the lemon rind. Though I can no longer find much about this beer to inspire me to drink it, I do credit it as one of, if not the first beer I ever liked other than an American domestic pils, way back my sophmore year of college. Thanks for that SA.

dfried, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on tap, this was straw in color with a bit of haze to it. smell was dominated by spice (which i thought was coriander until reading the blurb here), bread dough, and zesty citrus-not the usual sweet grapefruity citrus i am used to. taste was a light sweetness balanced by the spiciness that dominated this beer...very interesting, i did not expect this out of a "summer ale." mouthfeel was light and a bit puckering. decent drinkability, the spiciness makes it kind of snappy, if that means anything.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of bboven
1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light straw color, high carbonation but no head.

Lemon and medicine. I rally can't elaborate any more.

I had to force my throat to accept this beer.

Respectable mouthfeel; the carbonation helps a lot in this aspect.

I didn't like this beer, but this is only the second time I've been disappointed with a Sam Adams offering, so I really hate to give Jim a bad grade.

bboven, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-yellow color. Minimal head. Light citrusy flavor. Not bad, but nothing special. Poured with decent head that did not stay around for long. Minimal lacing on glass. Fruity taste with tangy bite. I thought this was ok but not great. Sam Adams best efforts are with their dark beers.

biggmike, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a small white head that went away quickly. In the nose was a European pilsner hop, yet very small, and some sweetness. In the taste, I get a sweet lemon presence, and a dry finish. It is kind of sticky yet refreshing. Easy to drink, a decent summer ale.

OWSLEY069, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger light yellowish head over a cloudy blech yellow liquid. I swirled the sediment and poured it in. The beer has almost a hint of a greenish tinge. Belch. Smells yeasty, wheat and a very gentle tropical zing. Flat noble hops.

Tastes mildly sweet with a thick non-flavor umami (ie, protein) character. Flavor of a mealy orange could be from the hops. Strong fine carbonation fights flavors from being detected by the tongue and keeps the sweet from hanging. During the swallow, the flavor is fruity and a little bit floral from the hops. Aftertaste comes across as musky wheat (like rye without the zing). Md thick body seems less because of the strong carbonation.

mentor, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally finishing off the summer mixed pack, took a while to track this one down for some reason. 12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Hazy orange with a cratery off-white head that starts off an inch or two of head then bubbles down to a thin cap. Mildly active carbonation, but really too cloudly to tell.

S: The yeast is what is most present here. But it sort of lingers there, climbing up your nose not very strong but still there. Apart from a bit of bready sweetness and a faint, faint citrus smell this one seems a bit flat on the nose.

T/MF: Feels sort of bored on the tongue, the carbonation does little else but tickle the tip and back of my tongue and leaves a sort of dried out senstion on the tongue after the swallow, sort of like eating a piece of bread with nothing to drink. The lemon in this brew is quite prominent almost enough to give the beer a sour taste but the yeast seems to pull back on this a little bit and hold it all together with a light buttery and apple finish.

D: After drinking these I think the only one I'd ever want to pick up again is the Boston Lager, the rest are nice but don't seem as finished to me, all good or average but not great.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 25, 2007
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,627 ratings.