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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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4,566 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,566
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 438 | 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 khiasmus
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange with four fingers of frothy white head that settles to a layer in a few minutes. No lacing or legs to speak of.

S- Orange, yeast, some faint pine, and a hint of honey and malt. After a good swirl, the nose is much sweeter, of heavy malt and honey... enjoyable.

T- Slightly sweet up front, with some strong citrus coming in, and then some yeast... a lingering finish of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and yeast. ... and that's about all. Fairly one-dimensional, but a good summer beer, after a hot day of disc golf.

M- Smooth and clean, with medium body and carbonation, and a slightly dry but fairly clean finish.

D- Very drinkable, of course. Made to enjoy several cold ones on a dog day here in South Carolina. I'll reach for this one when the heat index hits 115.

khiasmus, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of bark
4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold with a tint of orange, the liquid is a little bit hazy. The two finger white head is airy; it sinks slowly down, leaving no lacing.

The smell is fruity with notes of citric and honey. There is some sourness paired with yeast and a fine bitter hoppy flavour.

The taste is fresh and refreshing. There is fine wheat-y sourness, some sweet malt. Fruity notes of lemons and blueberries(!). The aftertaste got a good amount of bitterness, some sweetness and a hint of yeast.

The carbonation is powerful; medium sized bubbles. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

A summer ale that really suits summer days.

bark, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Clockwork420
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass stein.

The pour was a very yellowish light paler color. Had a decent head light lace. Dissipated slowly. Nice bubbles like a champagne.

Smell was a fruity type. Sweet and fresh. Notched for OCT. lol

Wow. The taste is clean and refreshing. IDK what is exactly in it but its great. I do enjoy the feel.

Thinner but a good thin. Not a beer you would want any different viscosity.

Covers the palate, carbonation tickles. And the immediate aftertaste is a great beer flavor. Not real sweet like the smell.

I could drink this all the time I think, possibly one of the best ales I have tried. And im turning into more of an ale fan after the last reviews.

Great buy, and this one deserves the score I gave it.
Great ale. Sam you did it again.

Clockwork420, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of bashiba
2.08/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy orangish yellow with a light white head.

Smell had a light bit of wheat and grain.

Flavor is very one dimensional with just a bit malty grain flavor with a bit of copper in the strange finish.

Mouthfeel was very dry with a medium body, leaves an awful dry residual in your mouth that makes you need something else to drink.

Not at all a good summer beer. Will avoid.

bashiba, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of sacfly
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Enjoy before AUG notched on side. (so save the methionine for after this beer… I’m such a dork…)
Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head. Lemon and lightly grassy aroma. Taste is a mellow lemon/herbal flavor with a clean bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, and a little something different. Enjoyed after mowing the lawn on a 90F afternoon.

sacfly, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from th 12 oz bottle into my pint glass and immediately produced a thick foamy, off white 1.5" head. The head settled down to 1/2". The liquid was a hazy light amber.

Nice nose! good aroma.... light malt and a banana/citrus smell are most prevalant.

The taste is nice and light. Perfect for a summer time beer. Hints of citrusy flavor are most noticable along with a light malty taste. Hops are way in the background. A hint of spice, like a hint of nutmeg is apparent.

Mouthfeel is very thin as would be expected. About right on the carbonation. The best thing about this beer is that it is VERY REFRESHING.

Drinkability - Perfect for a nice light beer that won't slow you down. Also GREAT as an introductory beer to offer the BMC Crowd to entice them away from tasteless beers that are full of fillers.

TheBierBand, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 edition. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma features malt and citrus. The taste is more malt and fruity citrus flavors. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew to down in the hot outdoors, but it is does not possess enough character to enjoy on a regular basis.

cjgator3, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of dickieb
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good summer beer, and i have notices it is extreamly unoffensive to a non beer drinker. Poors a hazy straw color, with a deacent head that dosent stick around to long. Smells malty with a hint of spice. Taste starts malty and turns citrus witha good clean mouthfeel and finish. A good sesion beer for a warm summer night

dickieb, May 31, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy bright golden color with a small foamy white head that quickly dissapears. Aromas are of very sweet citrus and some malts. Taste is a big dose of orange, some wheat, and some unwanted metallic elements. The mouthfeel is very watery with a good amount of carbonation. If I was in the mood for a wheat beer, this would not be on the top of my list. Average at best.

mdm46410, May 28, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on the Sam Adams brewery tour in Boston. Needless to say, it was very fresh.

It came from the pitcher a hazy pale orange color with a creamy top and good lacing. The aroma is light with some coriander, pepper and spicey wheat malt notes. The taste is a little watery, with a dulled wheat flavor, some peppery notes and just a wisp of citrus. Yeast flavors seem a bit off, or maybe there is even slight oxidation. The finish is short and more spicey than bitter.

This beer is decent, but its a little too subdued.

CAMRAhardliner, May 28, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle scored best by August. Into my new crystal mug, it’s a clear pale amber color with a few tiny bubbles. It’s capped with a thick, creamy white head that fades slowly leaving behind lots of lace. Good looking beer. Sweet malt on the nose with hints of honey and floral hops, though the malt dominates. Tastes of sweet malt and honey with a faint bitter finish, not bad, but not great. Mouth is good, gently carbonated and smooth overall. Drinkability is good overall, probably a good session brew though I’m not sure of ABV—probably not terribly high. Good drinking brew, anyway.

Overall: Another good one from Sam Adams, nothing that will set the world on fire, but an enjoyable beer nevertheless. Worth a try.

jettjon, May 27, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Roscoe's Deli last night, on to the beer:

It hazy orange in color with a pretty good head. It glows in the rather dark surroundings of Roscoe's. Not much to smell but yeast, perhaps being too cold. The first half of the beer was boring because it was too cold. But as it warmed up, it got better. Some mango, apricot, yeast, pepper, and spice become noticable. Smooth and creamy from draft. It must be more refeshing when it's warm, because I consumed this after midnight, when it's, you know, cool.

DoubleJ, May 27, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.83/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What a difference between the tap and bottle.
This poured a light golden body with a thin film that was supposed to be the head. Is this the same beer as from the bottle?
Smell? Nothing, maybe a hint of citrus, maybe. Gave it 2.5 cuz the smell isn't bad, just isn't really noticeable.
Taste is awful. Stale hops, malt, citrus. Nothing fresh or refreshing. Too sweet if anything. this must have been a keg from last year. It ain't good. Blah

Mebuzzard, May 26, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 ounce bottle bought from Trader Joe's, bottle says best before August 2007. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy yellow/orange color with an inch white head. It smells like lemon, grain and some peppery spicyness. The taste is pretty much the same as it smells, except that there's a slight tangy finish. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer is smooth. Drinkability is OK, it's easy to drink. It's a good choice as a summer beer, I think it could be very sessionable on a hot day. Not a bad choice at all, overall I think it's a decent, non-offensive brew.

bluejacket74, May 26, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

yellowish orange and slightly cloudy. quick fading white head.

lemon and wheat scent with a little spice

crsip lemon, and citrus rind. some clove and other spices, and a great wheat taste too.

easy-going mouthfeel, not too light but just enough to keep drinking, carbonation is refreshing and not overbearing, with a clean finish.

exceptional drinkability. Not impressive, but it's not suposed to be, just simple and good.

pittvkyle7, May 25, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a color similar to apple juice. Bright white foamy head settles fairly quickly. moderate carbonation. Smells very similar to a witbier, but without the coriander. A little citrusy odor as well. Tastes faintly sweet, with a lemony bitterness and a faint malty sweet taste as well. Mouthfeel to me seems a bit syrupy, but other than that is very smooth. Very well balanced, very drinkable, easily more enjoyable than the other Sam Adams' I can remember trying.

BigJTrucker, May 25, 2007
Photo of sammy44
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. It is my favorite of the Sam Adams line that I have had so far. A great summer beer. If ever a beer has been better matched to a season I wouldn't know what it would be.

Pours a cloudy yellowish-orange with a white head that sticks to the glass. Smell was of fresh grain, lemon, and some spiciness. Taste was great, some of the wheat phenols and a burst of citrus and spiciness again. Mouthfeel was fairly standard for a witbier, a little creaminess and a drying at the end. Very drinkable on a hot day when it is served chilled.

sammy44, May 25, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich tiger’s eye color / mild head

Sweet – Belgian sweet / exotic fruit

Light Belgian vibe / bitter tart creamy wheaty edge / finishes fairly clean

Decent carbonation / feels okay / less than medium bodied body

Light and refreshing, Summer Ale is best an inoffensive all-night kick-backer – yeah!

MrHungryMonkey, May 24, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the hefeish flavors of this summer ale.

A- Pours a a dark gold, borderline copper with a finger of light eggwhite head. Not really any lacing.

S- Smells wheaty, like freshly baked bread, at first whiff, then with a second sniff comes some citrus notes, and later I notice the spiced characteristics. There's a fair amount going on in the nose, though I wish it were a little stronger. The head didn't last long so perhaps that's the real problem.

T- Same flavors as the smell- wheat, citrus, spice. The citrus is a sweet lemon. I don't really know what grains of paradise tastes like, but the spice in this beer is reminiscent of cloves, hot cinnimon, and slightly peppery. There's much hops and the bitterness is toned down, which I like but I imagine others wouldn't.

M- A touch syrupy though after drinking a macro the sweetness on this one is way underaprecciated.

D- A great beer for your tongue to traverse and discover interesting and well blended flavors. Certainly one I would enjoy again on a hot summer day (or even a cool spring day).

zdk9, May 23, 2007
Photo of MisterDeeds
4.58/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grains of Paradise? What are they? I don't know. Put them in a beer and the results are amazing. Each and every year I wait for this brew. Each and every year it is somewhat different and somehow better. Great in the bottle, better on draft. Excellent choice for mowing the lawn, or just being lazy on the porch.

MisterDeeds, May 23, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a lovely, cloudy honey-golden with a nice thick head. Aroma is somewhat scanty but nice and malty, with lemony hints. Taste is smooth and malty with citrus overtones, as well as hints of hops and wheat. Laid-back and refreshing, this is a great warm-weather beer.

Cyberkedi, May 20, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a transparent golden color. Not near as hazy as a number of other wheat ales. Head is a modest, foamy one finger. Short retention and light lacing.

Smell: It's got some light citrus scents (mostly lemon). It's a bit earthy and grainy. Very light hops and malt.

Taste: It is grainy and definitely has a wheat taste to it. Light citrusy lemon taste is present. Perhaps a faint orange taste as well. It is slightly malty. Hops are very light. Doesn't have a bitter taste to it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Very smooth and easy to drink. Definitely nice on a hot day. Very drinkable. Pretty good session beer. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

prototypic, May 19, 2007
Photo of jdg204
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to review one of my gateway brews, SA Summer Ale. I can still remember the first time I had this in the Summer of '04 and how it clearly put me on the path to better beer. I'm sure the ratings will be a bit jaded due to sentimentality, but I'm cool w/ that.

Appearance - Very nice semi-clear cloudy look that you expect from this type of brew, poured a very nice white head too though it quickly disipated.

Smell - Nothing comes out too strong, but some nice citrus tones mixed with some nice summer spices give the beer a pleasant odor.

Taste - Tangy citrus tones come out first but are a bit overwhelmed by a healthy amount of coriander which gives the brew a nice cripsness. Not as great as I remember after having so many great beers the past few months, but still has a great comfort taste.

Mouthfeel - Flavor leaves a very nice, dry aftertaste, the coriander definetly sits very well leaving the drinker with a very comforting feeling.

Drinkability - This definetly jumps to the top of my list of comfort brews (even above SA and Yunegling Lagers) and will always have a place in my fridge. Makes for a great summer outdoor/grilling brew and is extremely findable, this is a classic brew which also doubles as a great gateaway brew.

jdg204, May 19, 2007
Photo of ttu94
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a clear gold with a slight head that fades fast. Smell has a citurs aroma to it with something weird? I don't know what it is but I think it is strange. The strange smell is in the taste but so is a good wheat flavor. Also some orange or lemmon flavor. Maybe this beer would be better if it was really hot out. All in all ok but not one of my favorite SA offerings.

ttu94, May 15, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy straw color with a nice white head. Looks like a summer ale. Nose is slight hops and slight lemon with cereal grains. Taste is mild corn, even milder hops, a slightly sweet toffee finish and hints of metal. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both average. Overall, a pleasant but forgetable beer.

shivtim, May 15, 2007
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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