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

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Reviews: 1,603
Hads: 5,162
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 29.08%
Wants: 55
Gots: 1,012 | FT: 0
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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 TopherBreski
4.17/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has to be one of my fav American beers. In-between Hefeweizen, Belgian, and Summer Ale and done perfectly. A Lite BBQ beer That has the heaviness to make it worth it.

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Photo of leantom
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An OK beer. Suppose it would've tasted better on a hot summer day. Here goes:

A: No head and very little lacing. Hazy gold color. Carbonation is somewhat lacking, especially considering the style. Not good.

S: OK. Peppery notes complimented by lemon, orange and banana.

T: Follows the nose, which is a good thing. Very refreshing.

F: Good. Very refreshing.

O: Decent beer.

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Photo of Stjimmy10_1
2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I kind of like the peppery notes from that spice they used. It's a unique and fruity flavor but its not for me.... Nick Websters review totally ruined it for me by comparing it to the smell of band aids... I can see where he's coming from. I'd drink this any day over a Bud Light but Sam Adams needs to up their game.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 11/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a nice spiced pale wheat ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jpdubb
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite summer time beers. Picked one up 2 days ago in Massachusetts....I guess Sammy forgot to buy that one back bc it was definitely expired, but good enough to hold me over until this year's release

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Photo of maxson924
4.39/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer that got me into pale wheat ales. Great representation of the style: wonderful golden color and the smell and taste you'd expect from a pale wheat.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Keystone Pub in Bethlehem, Pa. Way too much lemon. Not a fan. Tried again from 12 oz bottle on 07/27/15. No flavor and bad aftertaste. Awful offering.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Aweful. Maybe it deserves a better rating.... This is not my style of beer, but sometimes even styles one doesn't care for end up being somewhat enjoyable. Not this.

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Photo of Alestorm4069
5/5  rDev +48.4%

I really enjoyed this one. Ever since i was 18, i was like, when i drink, i want to try SA summer ale. I did on my 21st birthday. Not gonna go into lacing or anything of the sort as i don't really know how to review in that way. I drank this ale straight from the bottle. Has some hoppy and citrusy flavor. medium/ light body. Great for what its meant to be. A beer for the summer. All i know is when i worked unloading trucks, on the weekend, and going to the lake, having these was so refreshing and its just a great easy drinking ale. I rate it a 5 out of 5. Considering this was my first beer, it will always be special to me.

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Photo of Patbrown2
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Rating based on recollection of this as mainstay summer brew for several years, before I discovered BA (and thus better choices). Had it again this summer, and all I tasted was the lemon zest.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice summer ale with more flavor than some out there. Not the top of the pack, but a strong contender. Wheat, lemon, mild hint of hops. You can't go wrong here.

Would drink again.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice wheat beer, a tiny bit sweet, nothing remarkable as others have said, but perfectly drinkable and satisfying. Good with food, it wouldn't overwhelm the taste of whatever you're eating. I rated this a year ago, I'm liking it better now. Just... nice.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a cloudy golden-orange, with substantial fine white head. Little lace at all, though, oddly.

Aroma is spicy wheat with some citrus. Not bad.

Taste is light and citrus-oriented, with plenty of wheat and spice malt notes. A decent and drinkable Summer ale — not all that unique nor complex, but tasty enough to enjoy.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

APPEARANCE: hazy, straw color. Golden Color.

OVERALL: this is a good beer. A good middle of the road summertime ale. If you like seasonals during the season and still like beer to taste like beer... This is a good summer ale for you.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love summer ale,usually buy a case each and every spring,doesn't transfer well to a late summer beer for me,at that point I'm reaching for a true hefe, but the lemon zest is completely natura and refreshing

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Photo of McAfee85
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams misses the mark with this one...very average tasting ale, not a refreshing beer. For summer beers there are many better choices even within Boston Brewery.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%

Single bottle poured into a weizen glass. A honey yellow amber with a small amount of fizzy white effervescence that does retain its form fairly well. Smells like sweet boiled grains, lemon zest, maybe a little candied ginger, dried apple pomace and musty, hay-like noble hops. Actually a rather nice vessel for that dry wheat spice that many of us have been trained to appreciate in the summer months, quenching and a little tart. Someone at this brewery has an infatuation with grains of paradise and these do work here, adding a dusty, almost leathery spice note to the zesty lemon and orange (vitamin C tablet?) citrus rind. More dried grass and white pepper notes in the crisp finish. There is a yeasty sweetness in the background that I am not wild about. Although I prefer this to certain local wheat beer offerings, the classic Sam Adams noble hop flavor does not come off as well here as is typically the case and the background sweetness clashes with the tart spice elements. The grains are a tad coarse and the finish leaves a vaguely metallic aftereffect in its wake.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy before date" October 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with one finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin broken layer of small bubbles, lighter carbonation, there was a small amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread and citrus.

TASTE: initially sweet lemon citrus, then a mild hop profile.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: this is a good beer but there are better wheat beers to be had so I will probably not seek this one out again.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a 1inch white head that leaves minimal lacing as it dissipates on a weizen glass.

Smell is great. Great wheat smell with a good bit of orange.

Taste is really nice. Has a sweetness up front with the maltiness kicking in during the middle of the taste then a ever so slight bit of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty good with a nice carbonation to it.

Overall a really good brew in my opinion. I bought a six pack at publix and the first one was great but the last one was even better. This beer really grew on me with each one that I drank. I really like wheat beer and I also like sweet beer and this beer is both. Really great unfiltered wheat taste and character with the sweetness and taste from the orange.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Summer Ale brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), with an ABV of 5.3% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a thick white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it . The smell is fruity with a hit of grains. Summer Ale has a different smell to it. It's not bad it is just different . The taste is light and crisp you pick on some fruits in the taste. The mouthfeel is light and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Samuel Adams did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of nbarriga
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden color. Small head, decent retention.
S: Citrus, grains.
T: Spicy, bland, a bit bitter for an american wheat. Slight metallic afterstate.
MF: Light body.
O: Decent light summer beer. I would have preferred a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of JaredMarvel
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I do enjoy sam adams as whole, and this beer is no exception, while the citrus can border on to much, I don't think it crosses the line into to overpowering. Overall a good staple beer, which is what i have come to expect from the sam adams line. I have had both cans and bottles, and i prefer the bottles, but that is almost always true of any beer.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought it in a liquor store in Wyoming, for the first time I try a beer with paradise grains:

A: straw, with a small head and moderate retention with thin lacing

S: grains, citrus and spices

T: wheat and spices (clove) not bitter and some zest.

AT: clean, dry

O: Good light beer for a hot day

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Photo of zookerman182
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy yellow golden color with a two finger white fluffy head.
Aroma is wheat, hops, malt, bread.
Taste is bready and wheat with a sweet malt and slight citrus.
Mouthfeel is super carbonated and thin.
I had this with food which probably made it much more enjoyable.
It's your typical Sam Adams. Nothing special but its worth trying.

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Photo of jsausley
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Delightful beer that you can find almost anywhere during the summer months. There must be a reason for its popularity, right?

I first had this beer at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. It was decent, but I didn't freak out over it (the Black and Gold, however, was AMAZING!).

Poured on draft at Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina, into a standard ball glass.

A: Thick and cloudy, slightly golden yellow with a nice thick head that laces properly. It's a pretty beer for a wheat ale, I just don't like the look of a wheat ale. This one is more yellow than orange and it's a bit bright and girly. It looks like a Blue Moon. Big negative man points there, right?

S: Wheat, citrus, hops. Clean and crisp. Nothing to see here.

T: This is where the beer comes into its own... Summer Ale has a really strong sweet flavor that is quite addictive. I had two of them with dinner and took them out with the quickness. I guess that's why it's good in the summer? Anyway, lots of wheat flavors supported by a faint citrus and hops. It's clean and smooth, easy to drink, sweet but hoppy, wheaty but not grainy and just enough lemony citrus twang to fight off the ya'lls.

M: Thick and rich, very light carbonation, very soft hops bite. Easy to pour down the gullet.

O: I can see why it's popular. I'm sure I'll drink it again on a hot day because it has a really good taste, better than most other wheats, but not something I'd order over a good, malty, rich lager, strong IPA or bitter.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 1,603 ratings.