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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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4,438 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,438
Reviews: 1,535
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 375 | 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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3.63/5  rDev +9%

Poured a golden blonde leaving a thick white lace that stayed with the entire glass. The smell is sweetly laced, upfront is honey, wheat, and grass. The taste starts with a tart wheat twang that is pleasantly balanced by a honey, bready mouthfeel, that finishes with a fruit rind bitterness on the palate. Overall this is a great session, summer brew, not complicated it tastes great on a hot day not flavorless but nothing exciting as well.

06-23-2006 17:35:51 | More by Franchise
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3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

While I haven't tried a whole lot from the Sam Adams line, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

It poured out of a bottle into a regular pint glass with a nice golden color with about an inch of head at the top, a pretty good appearance. The scent had hints of citrus to it, possibly orange or lemon?? My first impression of the taste was that it was fairly crisp and went down very smooth...definitely something I could sit down and enjoy on occasion. I would say that the overall drinkability is good for this beer. On the whole, I really liked the beer. Killing a 6er of this would be an enjoyable task for an evening.

06-21-2006 13:42:33 | More by mherring
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3.13/5  rDev -6%

The beer was purchased at a Krogers. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a slightly hazy apricot coloration. The head was off white. The head was short lived. Rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a lemony citrus and wheat malty smell.

Taste: The beer has an unmelded lemon and orange juice combo. There is a sharpness to the wheat malts.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer has an odd buttery mouthfeel. The beer is drinkable and isnt bad. The beer doesnt rise to above average.

06-16-2006 13:17:49 | More by nlmartin
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +26.1%

Poured a hazy amber with little head. This beer was served very very cold. I know that wheat beers should be about the coldest of them, but this was almost numbingly cold. The first few sips were refreshing though. Because of the temp, it was hard to pick up on much in the nose beyond the typical wheat and slightly hopped smell. As the beer got to a normal drinking temp, I was able to pick up on more of the citrus feel and more of the hop florals. As far as the drinkability goes, this beer can be sessioned as easily as anything. I started and finished a session off with this beer and really enjoyed it at both ends. For what this beer is, it's quite refreshing and does the job as good as any.

06-15-2006 12:59:56 | More by rtratzlaff
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3.73/5  rDev +12%

A- not too much going on here, straw yellow, a bit cloudy, decent lacing
S- not a real lot going on here either, some malt and lemony smell
T- Decent flavor, some citrusy flavor, lemon and orange
M- not a real lot of creaminess or carbonation, but some good weight to it
D- goes down pretty easy

06-15-2006 04:14:44 | More by supercolter
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4.33/5  rDev +30%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, BBD of October notched on the label.

Appearance: Poured a hazy gold color with a small head that faded quickly into lacing.

Aroma: Wheat malt with lemon and spices, pleasant.

Taste: Wheat malts up front but that gradually gives way to the lemon flavors and something else I can't place (maybe the paradise grains mentioned on the label). The finish is lemony with a hint of some hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, kind of light though. Carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: This is a great beer to have on a hot day. I spent a year living in the Persian Gulf the base liquor store sold this stuff during the summer months. I ended many a day on my balcony sipping one of these as the sun set. Maybe it's those memories but I really enjoy this one.

06-15-2006 01:31:02 | More by FenwaySquid
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New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -21.9%

My wife loves the stuff, so I figured I'd steal one of hers and try it out. Overall the lemony flavor just didn't seem to work for me.

A: surprisingly nice color, a deep buttery orange. Looks darker than it tastes though.

S: Crisp and "summery" - nothing to complain about.

T: Ah, here we go. Lemonade is a nice summer drink. Tea with lemon equally so. But to a beer traditionalist, beer with lemon is downright sacrilege. The lemon overwhelmed any of the other flavors, to the point that I had trouble finishing the bottle. Pour a black and tan with lemonade instead of the "black" and you're on the right track. Seems like a gimmicky beer to me; Sam Adams does some questionable things with fruit, and here's another beer to add to that list.

M: Pretty standard ale. Light and fizzy, not too heavy.

D: I'm adding a point because some people (e.g. my wife, who doesn't normally drink beer) seem to like this. But this didn't do it at all for me. If you like some of the weirder fruity beers (Magic Hat's #9 comes to mind) this might be right up your alley. But if you like your beer to taste like, well, beer, then drink with caution.

06-14-2006 00:43:16 | More by polyester
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3.95/5  rDev +18.6%

I think mine was a bit too cold, which affected the mouthfeel and taste at first. I let it warm up in my hand and it became much more pleasant. The color is a fuzzy orange. The lemon is very prevalent in the smell and taste. The lemon flavor makes it refreshing, which is nice for a summer beer, even though I feel the whole "summer beer" thing is a bit of a scam. Enjoy.

06-13-2006 21:02:43 | More by AChamberlain
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

A: It pours a great cloudy orange, with big tan head. In some parts it changes color to yellow. It has lots of lacing on the glass. It is truly a sight to behold.

S: There are some sour, refreshing, cleaner, citrus notes. These are all faint, however.

T: It starts out with some herb burn and citrus. In the middle it has a bitter taste to it. It finishes with a big unfiltered wheat aftertaste. But, don't let it get too warm otherwise, it gets really sour you will just want to pour it out.

M: The mouthfeel is good, not acidic like I have found in some Wheats.

D: At first it as a big sour bite too it. If you let it warm a little you will do just fine.

06-12-2006 05:44:51 | More by nicksta
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4.33/5  rDev +30%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy orange color with a light, fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Aroma is sweet with wheat, orange, and a bit of banana. Also noticable is a slight aroma of malt and hops.

Taste: This ale has a fairly bold taste of wheat and oranges, with hops and a bit of malt. A bit surprising at first taste, but it really grows.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is the first thing noticed; it's very tingly, but not too much. Light- to medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Alcohol content is not bothersome and the beer goes down very nicely. Could easilly drink a number of these, I'm sure.

Overall, it's a really great beer but nothing about it particularly catches the drinker's attention. For some beers, however, that's a good thing. This would be great to drink on a warm summer evening outdoors. Very relaxing and refreshing.

06-12-2006 03:48:02 | More by mithrascruor
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4.28/5  rDev +28.5%

A nice summer brew -- just the right balance of lemon and a brief hoppiness - presents with a two finger head and a cloudy appearance.

Enjoyable -refreshing --

I had two pints with an order of buffalo wings and it was a nice pairing.

I drink the blue moon beer in the summer time and this is an interesting alternative -

06-12-2006 01:08:47 | More by Walsar
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New York

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

What the hell is grains of paradise? Anwyay this brew pours a nice frothy orange head, smell is of fruit and grains, mild alcohol, taste is stronger than i expected, very grainy, mildly sour, some alcohol again. Goes down fine, drinkability is ok although its not the light summer brew everyone expects.

Overall its a decent summer beer though more powerful than most other "summer" beers.

06-11-2006 21:08:45 | More by TheDeuce
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4.03/5  rDev +21%

One of my original gateway beers from macro to micro. Hazy, golden yellow color with a white head that quickly vanishes. Great aroma; very citrusy. Taste is refreshing, dominated by citrus and yeasty. Fairly tart, this beer is delicious, especially on a hot summer day in New England.

06-10-2006 05:18:29 | More by medic25
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3.98/5  rDev +19.5%

Had this on-tap while waiting for my flight back from Detroit. This beer poured a cloudy golden-orange color. Nice head that left some lacing. The smell wasn't very strong but wheat and lemon were noticeable. Taste was very refreshing. Wheat, citrusy lemon and a touch of spice all balanced nicely. Goes down smooth with just the right carbonation for a warm summer day. I'm sure I will be having more of these as the weather warms.

06-07-2006 14:03:49 | More by Imstillthegman
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3.83/5  rDev +15%

This on my top ten list for hot weather beers with flavor. These flavors include a sort of lemon-buttery character (that rather oddly reminds me of some lemon poppy seed bread I had the other day), along with a pleasant wheat maltiness. This beer requires a really strong pour in order to really get a good dose of its aroma, which as indicated on the bottle, is spiked with lemons. The carbonation is quite good and produces a large rocky head. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and adds to the incredible drinkability. Again, one of my favorite hot weather beers.

06-07-2006 02:25:41 | More by marcobrau
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2.93/5  rDev -12%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date. Was a nice cloudy, golden honey color with good head - looked like a good wheat. Smell was very average, on the weaker side. The taste was also really weak even for an APWA. Mouthfeel was OK. Think I'll stick to New Belgium Sunshine Wheat in this category. (2.5,RB,ML,O)

06-07-2006 00:17:43 | More by TexIndy
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2.42/5  rDev -27.3%

Appearance - Very cloudy yellow, good deal of carbonation. Not too appealing.

Smell - Grainy smell, pretty faint for the most part.

Taste - Wheaty, with an odd aftertaste. Perhaps this is the acidic lemon thats supposed to be in this. Not impressed by this Sam Adams brew--definetely better ones out there.

Drinkability - I don't see many positives about this beer and the lemony aftertaste ruins it for me. This tastes more like lemonade and beer.

06-05-2006 01:24:31 | More by palffyfan
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%

a - perhaps the best aspect of this beer, nice golden color with a huge huge that had good retention, nice lacing, slightly cloudy

s - wheat dominates but some citrus also evident

t - different from other wheat beers I've had, and not necessarily in a good way, wheat is overpowering, there's some lemon in there too

m - light-bodied with lots of carbonation

d - drinkable beer, but I would rather move on to something else

Not a terrible beer for a hot summer day, but not one I'd pick from a decent selection either.

06-05-2006 01:01:39 | More by WeisGuy
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2.38/5  rDev -28.5%

Samuel Adams Summer Ale pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma seems to be dominated by wheat and a bit of citrus. Wheat makes up a big part of the taste, some citrus is present too. Some funky tastes too, not really off, just not what I would expect. This beer just doesn't do it for me. Your mileage may vary.

06-04-2006 02:34:55 | More by Drew966
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New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -14.4%

Beer poured light amber , cloudy ,small head , dissipated within one minute to a layer of bubbles , no lacing.

smell of fruit , light hop aroma, slight spiciness .

Taste apricots , some hop flavor , nothing harsh or objectionable , low balanced bitterness . Smooth mouthfeel , carbonation , okay .
nothing spectacular . though I' d drink it before any thing with "lite " in the name in your cooler .

05-30-2006 17:38:53 | More by yeastpuppet
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South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%

This one remided me more of a Wheat Ale than American Pale. I associate hoppier beers with the American Pale style, which this one didn't have very much on the hop side. It definately had the unfiltered body to it, much like the Wheat Ales, so this seemed more of a Wheat Ale than anything to me. The taste was nice and crisp, something you'd want after mowing the lawn or any type of manual labor during the hot summer months. Seeing that I am leaving the Educational field for the summer and going to the Manual Labor field, I'll be drinking this one more often than not.

05-30-2006 02:40:03 | More by JISurfer
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

Yellowy gold look with a small white head. Little bit of a citrusy scent. Very crisp wheaty taste. I don't like adding lemons to my beers, but it wouldn't hurt this one. For a Sam Adams it's pretty smooth, but still too carbonated for me, like most of their stuff I've had. Overall though, their Summer Ale is quite a drinkable beer. Great for an afternoon in the sun.

05-30-2006 02:15:27 | More by JayTheFinn
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4.33/5  rDev +30%

Appearance - golden yellow in color. little white head atop.

Smell - fruity with some malts present - as if a pale ale.

Taste - citrusy in flavor - lemony and malty.

Mouthfeel - very good in summer heat. love it.

Drinkability - will be good to have a few of these at an evening ball game.

05-29-2006 16:57:19 | More by DuqTroops
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3.13/5  rDev -6%

Beer pours a somewhat cloudy Amber color and has a nice think head. Not the best of smells, but if you can try you might be able to make out a citrus smell. lemon maybe? Its tastes kinda thick (not in a bad way) and has a very citrus taste. Not so strong that you can;t taste the hops, but citrus is no doubt the main taste you get. Very easy to drink and you can defiantly drink several of these in a row, especially after work on a hot day.

05-29-2006 04:42:25 | More by pibbxtrasucks
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3.33/5  rDev 0%

I've had this brew the past couple years and always enjoyed it. It showed up in a pint glass with a small head that faded into a bit of lacing pretty quick. The beer is a hazy light gold that is semitransparent.

The aroma is a little spicey with hints of citrus Great wheat taste punctionated with lemon zest and earthy tones.

This does and excellent session on those hot summer nights where you want something to quench your thirst.

05-28-2006 06:41:39 | More by custardcb
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