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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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4,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,595
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 454 | 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 WaveRebel51
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first impression of this beer was that this was a terrific, lemon-zesty refreshing beer that should be a part of any summer seasonal rotation.

Upon further review (second bottle) i conclude that this is simply a better alternative to mass-produced light beers when you're in the mood for something lighter.

The beer is very drinkable and on my first bottle, the lemon zest really came through. But as I continued drinking, the taste faded. This beer is drinkable but not something I'll reach for again.

WaveRebel51, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an old favorite I've finally gotten around to reviewing. Looks impressive, with a healthy finger of head on top of a mellow orange body. Lace already evident and looking good. Nose is plainly wheat and a touch of bubblegum but overall sweet and fresh.

Nice fresh wheaty base with surpisingly dry but still refreshing mouthfeel and finish. Slight hoppiness to the aftertaste. Not overly special but still a decent summer selection. Light, airy texture that isn't too carbonated. A good choice for beach or barbecue.

daliandragon, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of hylton44
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly complex beer among the crisp & clean smorgasboard of your standard summer brews.

Very slightly hazy with a spritely white, two-finger head. Aroma slighly tangy, reminding me of witbier. Lemon & oats is my first impression of taste, before a very slightly grainy mouthfeel rolls a round, blunt flavor over and around the sides of my tongue. Finish is maybe a little more sticky than I'd wish for; like an aged, squashed citrus fruit peel.

Overall summary: Pretty hearty for a summer beer, but pretty refreshing, too.

hylton44, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of StargherKing
4.72/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After my initial experiences with the bottled version, I was quite pleased to find out my local Red Robin had this on tap. The server brought it out in a 22oz mug, color was clear yellow, with a strong (if somewhat small) head that somehow managed to last the entire beer. Scent was yeasty, citric, and slightly hoppy, with just a hint of spiciness underneath. Taste was very yeasty, much more so than the bottled version, with a bit of hops, just a hint of the grains of paradise, and a nice lemony zest serving to balance everything out. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp, very refreshing. Drinkability was very good, almost deceptively so. It would seem that I need to start trying summer ales now, having this one on tap sealed the deal for me.

StargherKing, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Nesued
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A light yellow slightly hazy pour. A pretty good-sized head forms and reduces to a thin ring of a white coloring. A mild to slight carbonation remains.

Smell - Sweet citrus aroma with a wheat body as well. Somewhat low-keyed in presence.

Taste - crisp initial offering with a slightly sweet yet biting body. Big wheat taste that would work well for a "grass-cutting" beer.

Mouthfeel - Thin and light as would be expected with a pale wheat. A bit of a carbonation bite with a bit of a yeasty after-burn.

Drinkability - I wanted to give this 2007 offering a try as a possible summer beer. I've been partial to hefe's and wanted to see if this one would fit the bill. I'm not sure. So far I'm having to go with the Harpoon Raspberry UFO for this year.

Nesued, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter orange color with good head but little retention, slightly cloudy appearance to it. Hops are present in the smell along with some sour citrus to it as well. Tastes pretty good, I didnt have high expectations but its not bad. Just like the smell a slight hops kick to it and the citrus is definitely present in the taste, almost slightly sour with a sweet aftertaste if thats possible. High carbonation and a very crisp taste leaves the mouthfeel light and a pretty drinkable beer. I would recommend this much more than there hefe for a Sam Adams summer beer.

bunnyhustle, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is large and fluffy. it recedes slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is of wheat, lemons, and sweet grass. The taste is of tangy wheat, with the lemon and sweet grass coming in for the aftertaste, and sticking around for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this beer reminds me of a wheat beer after it has been sodomized by a lemon, and I don't like wheat beers to be served with lemons. I will not drink this again.

KarlHungus, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this on tap at Buffalo Wildwings after work, and I had a couple of these in the big 23oz glass...what else?

Pretty similar to the bottled version, but with a much fruitier and much more tart nose. Tastes a bit more fresh than the bottled version, but this is still the same wonderfully drinkable summer brew that I know and love. Seems to be fruitier and fresher on tap.

Oh, and I "accidentally" had to much of this wonderful brew...so I had to leave my car at B-Dubs. Thankfully my fiance met me there after work...so I had a ride home. Damn those big 23 oz glasses!

pmcadamis, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Failry cloudy orange/apricot with a an impressive off-white head. The head has a lot of staying power and a nice lacing.

Aroma- A nice citrusy, slightly wheaty aroma. Just enough bittering hops to remind you of beer..

Taste- Nice blend of a light maltiness and a piney/citrusy slight hoppiness..

Mouthfeel- Medium body. CO2 level compliments the taste very nicely.

Drinkability- Nice, easydrinking beer. Good for daytime drinking.
quite sessionable.

theopholis, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of JoKo
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent summer brew that for me personally has that typical Sam Adams character. I poured it into my Weizen glass and it was a cloudy yellow color typical of many wheat beers. It had a mild hop smell with a stronger lemon/citrus smell. The taste was really smooth and the citrus flavor was pronounced. Overall, a good refreshing beer to drink on a hot day.

JoKo, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't know what it is about this beer, but I can drink it all day. It's got a fairly unique and refreshing flavor, but it is a bit unbalanced. The wheat flavor is pronounced but not overwhelming. There are grassy and pine hops as well as a decent amount of citrusy sweetness. It's not the tastiest beer in the world, but once I get going on this one, they just keep going down the hatch. A great summer sessioner.

BBM, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz draft serving. Arrived a bit too cold so I let it warm for several minutes. This beer is a hazy orange color with a decent white head.

Aroma is pleasant, with light hints of citrus and spice, and a bit of wheat malt to back it up. Taste is really pretty mainstream for the style, but what can we expect? Decent malty character with the hints of citrus and spice. Not at all a bad summer ale.

Light bodied and carbonation was just about right. It's easy to drink 2 or 3 of the big ones at the local bar and grill.

ZimZamZoom, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of TheDragonTony
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a wonderful long lasting three finger head that leaves a beautiful lace as I drink the beer.

Smell: Very grainy with some citrus as well.

Taste: Malty, and spicy. The hops make for a nice balance. This beer is tasty but I think not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. Heavier than I would expect from this type of beer, and not as much carbonation as I would expect from the appearance.

Drinkability: This is a very easy beer to drink.

This isn't a bad beer, I wouldn't mind drinking one, but I don't think that it is something that I will seek out in the future.

TheDragonTony, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes 5/25/07 - Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Faint wheat nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is light citrusy wheat. Clean finish. $5.50 on-tap 14oz at Houlihan's Logan airport Boston, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of leechungsr
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours golden yellow with a little haze. poured into a weizen glass for about 1 finger of thick white head with good retention.

S: this may be the best part. smells like a hefeweizen without the cloves. yummy wheat and lemony citrus.

T: starts mildly sweet and wheaty with a hint of spice (much of which may be due to the high carbonation) and ends with a medium hop bitterness with hints of citrus. Maybe a little bitter for me, but still pretty good.

M: loads of carbonation. Very crisp, but maintains a medium-light body. Maybe too much carbonation as I couldn't help but belch like a child.

D: medium-light body with lots of carbonation feels right for summer. Would go over well at a barbeque.

leechungsr, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, it poured a very cloudy amber color that you cant really see through with a nice white head that retained fairly well. smell is citrisy and spicy. the flavor is very lemony with a nice balance of bitterness. has a nice medium bodied crisp mouthfeel to it. this beer is very drinkable, i bought a case not too long ago and it is almost gone, i will probaly wait until next summer to try it again.

jayfarley3, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy dark orange color, has a slight head on it with a minimal amount of lacing. not too much going on in the smell department, some slight citrus notes but thats all i can pick up. Taste is pretty darn good, it doesn't hurt that i just got off work :), but has a nice unique taste to it, not like other summer beers i've had, it doesn't have the boring wheat taste. mouthfeel is full and right now i feel like i can drink a hundred of these. great deal as usual from sam adams

1fastz28, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy orange color. Nice head forms when you pour it, but settles.

smell - Wheat, malt, honey.

taste - Sweet taste, wheat, citrusy.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated.

drinkability - Nice summer beer. I always enjoy the seasonal brews from Sam Adams.

auxiliary, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of halfwaytoheaven
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the AMF bowling alley on Lamar in Arlington, Texas. Poured into a lightly frosted mug and accompanied by some nachos.

The beer pours a warm yellow, slightly cloudy, with a sizable, fluffy white head. There was slight carbonation, and sparse lacing most of the way down.

The beer smells, well, like a wheat beer - wheaty, with a trace of lemon and something else ... coriander, maybe.

It has a warm mouthfeel, in spite of the cold serving temperature, as well as a slightly tingly feeling. Smooth, yet hearty. It was "chewy," but in a good way.

Tastes like it smells: wheat and citrus. Yummy.

This is an extremely drinkable beer; I'd put away a couple of glasses before I knew it, and I easily could have knocked back a few more. I would definitely order this again.

halfwaytoheaven, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of ekempey
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, the beer leaves a one finger head with lacing down the glass. The aroma of the beer is quite underwhelming, as barely a hint of spice is noticed. The taste is crisp and has nice hints of spice and malt, leading to a dry peanuty aftertaste. The beer has a nice level of carbonation, and is drinkable, perfectly suited for this time of the year. Is it the best I've ever had, no, the worst, no. I find that this beer is in the middle of the spectrum for me, I would buy it again but only if in an outdoor setting where it would really shine.

ekempey, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange hue topped by a few fingers of dense head when poured into a weizen glass. Looks rather appealing, with good retention and lacing.

S: A very grainy and wheaty aroma, light lemony citrus and the smell of spices are present in the bouquet. A different wheat-style beer from the scent, we'll see if the flavor stacks up.

T: A pale malt and wheat intro with a spice-laden tinge gives way to a smooth transition into a slight hop bitterness that hints at citrus and a fruity flavor. Goes down smooth, leaving a lingering, yet minimal, hop aftertaste. Not bad, considering.

M: Generous carbonation, which goes alright with this beer. A crisp, yet light bodied mouthfeel.

D: The light body, which is somewhat watery, makes for a good summer beer. This seems like it'd hit the spot at an outside BBQ party, as it's not too over the top, and is quite the thirst quencher. Its composition makes it very easy to drink.

CharlieMopps, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Mumps
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer. Beautiful color when poured in a glass, with a adequate head. Smell is spicy and somewhat fruity. Taste takes some getting used to, due to the spicy and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not unbearable so.

Once the taste for the brew is acquired, this beer is very refreshing and perfect for a warm summer afternoon in the yard.

Mumps, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best before Sept notched on the label.

Hazy golden with a tall off white head.

Aroma is wheat, light lemon and spice.

Flavor is mildly wheaty, a little tart, a little pepper.
Body is thin and a touch watery.
Easily drinkable but kind of boring

Padron4KM, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of boelker62
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy deep straw to light amber hue with a fully diminishing white head and no lacing.

S - better than expected, from Sam, but a light malty nose with hints of grain and hay. A hoppy note is picked up, and is mostly floral and spicy. Slight coriander, as described.

T - all of the above in scent, especially the grain, but falls on an acetic, sour note towards the end. While I like many other offereings from Sam, I leave feeling that this was an attempt at a Weiss or Wit that fell short, call it Weiss Light.

M - actually, for the seasonal that it is, the watery and full carbonation seems appropriate for it's intended use, maybe not the style, but nevertheless, one of the good attributes to this brew, lending greatly to its drinkability.

A good summer backup, no doubt.

boelker62, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with white "soapy" foam. Big bubbles.
S: Red berries, phenols, hint of sweetness.
T: Hops, some bitterness, hint of alcoholic sting a little phenolic. Honey in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, good carboration. Oily aftertaste.

Taste and aroma very nice, but a bit fizzy.

Hammarby, Jun 09, 2007
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,595 ratings.