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

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4,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,767
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 35
Gots: 593 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of shroompod
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rocky head, some lacing. Cloudy orange color.

Smell is slightly bready , not getting any of the spices on the nose.

Some tartness on tasting , a little grainy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light , carbonation in high.

Overall an easy drinking wheat without alot of character is a great thirst quencher.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams pint glass

A-Cloudy yellow/orange color with a 2 finger head that goes away very fast pretty good lacing.

S-Lemon hints of some sweeter malts not alot to comment on here its pretty subtle

T&M-Not alot of quatlities of a wheat here more of just a general ale, subtle like the nose lemon as well as a note of hops. It a little overly carbonated for the style goes down smooth i could see where this might taste alot better if you were out in the yard working all day.

D-Easy to drink but lacks a little flavor.

Photo of KI9A
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: On tap, came out yellow/orange, fizzy head.

S: Not much going on there. Citrus, malt ( ? )

T: about the same as smell. Dull, lemon pledge flavor. Some sweet malt. I guess I'm not a big fan of the grain of paradise.

M: Very high carbonation. Too much for this style. Left an oily taste in my mouth. Not refreshing at all.

D: I'll pass on this again.

Photo of ryrust5301
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Latest of the Sam Adams seasonals, so lets see how this does on a hot summer night. Color is a hazy gold with a ever so slight orange tint to it. Head did foam up to a nice puffy white two finger length. Smells kind of grainy with a lemon tang to it. Can smell some hops and malt floating around as well. Taste is of a bitter lemon hop with a fading malt in the back to attempt to even it out. It doesn't work so well. Some sort of funk in the smell and taste that just turns me off on this brew.

Photo of Schmidts
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a hazy bright yellow with 3/4 Inch head. Smell is good of sweet Citrus and Lemon & Spice. Very Refreshing flavor that says have more! Mouth Feel is great. This is a mild Flavorful summer Ale that you can drink one after another and enjoy it, would be great with bugers at a cookout! This is a very Good Ale for the summer I recomend you give this one a try!
"Beer Its not Just A Beverage Its Food"

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Light foggy golden color, with an avg head.

Great outdoor spicy citrus smell.

Smooth and crisp, grassy, and citrusy flavor with a complex spicy, but easy finish.

Great beer to drink with spicy food or at your backyard BBQ.

Very drinkable. But the carbonation may get to you.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Full two finger head, bright hazy yellow.

S- Crisp citrus with spicy yeast notes.

T- Very clean and balanced. The lemon comes through but is not overpowering.

M- Pretty decent for the style.

D- Quite refreshing.

This is a great summer beer ( duh, it says so right on the label ) and it would also serve as a good crossover as well.

Photo of bcgoldtoe
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Apple juice-like with little head.

S: Best part, with subtle lemongrass scent

T: Grains of paradise are overrated.

M: Excessively carbonated for this type of brew; but this is good because it would otherwise be too watery.

D: Not sessionable.

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

Very pleasant and unoffensive summer brew. It's not going to knock your socks off, whatever that means, but it will chill your feet on a warm summer day.

Has a grainy, orange peel aroma. Smooth orange flavors throughout, with a slightly spicy wheat and grain.

Feels smooth, crisp, and full, without feeling like a burden. Perfect feel for a summer brew, and combined with it's good, crisp flavor, it will make plenty of visits to my fridge.

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'Summer Ale' is a befitting name for this beaming golden brew; although plenty of light is allowed to pass through, fine dusty particles blur clarity enough that only shadows are visible on the other side. Its linty white head is very responsive to swirling but always tapers off to just the one thick outside ring of foam. Hardly any lacing is left.

Like most American wheat ales, this is rather agreeable but has an additional, uncustomary savoriness that is definitely notable even while not being overpowering. The beer's 'aww chucks' appeal, however, quickly grows old as the lemon zest and grains of paradise notes go stale at the expense of tiresome malts and an overly complaisant spiciness.

The mouthfeel has both gritty bitterness and fruity tang, albeit each in compromised roles. The spices are again quite agreeable, and fitting for a beer meant to be light and refreshing, although a peppery texture definitely coats the palate long before anything earthy or sweet sets in. The finish is dry and croaky like steamed pak choy or other Asian greens.

Flavours of dry grass and grapes, raw wheat, and floral hops compliment the grains of paradise, which are actually quite mild in taste. The Asian greens flavour continues as a steamed bok choy plays right into a lemon zested chickpeas, with added mandarin slices and pomegranate molasses. It tastes like a healthy dinner, with as much bitterness as sweetness.

I got no qualms with this one. Sure, there are better summertime patio beers, but in a crunch this will do just fine. In fact, I can see this being enjoyed by the more casual crowd of beer drinkers as well as the more demanding aficionados. Indeed, come summer, this is exactly the kind of refreshing, endlessly quaffable ale one wishes were more widely available.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,767 ratings.