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

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Reviews: 1,588
Hads: 5,088
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 55
Gots: 938 | 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 misternebbie
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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 (208 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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. (548 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of nbarriga
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of JaredMarvel
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of jcbogantes
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (300 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of jsausley
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,496 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Light gold. Two finger head that keeps a foamy film throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Wheat and faint citrus.

T - Lemon, citrus, malt, and noble hops support the wheat flavor quite well.

M - Medium/light

O - Very good summer session beer. Finishes clean. (298 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy burnt cantaloupe body. White head with minimal retention. No lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, oatmeal, grains, spices.

Taste: A salty, grainy start. Citrus peel coats the body with a subtle spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Not bad. I had this on July 4 and it tasted great with firewerks. (343 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Fore Play in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold with a minimal white head that is gone in a hurry. Pretty minimal lacing.

Aroma: Smells of wheat, citrus, lemon, a little orange, some spices, a faint note of clover, and some grassy hops.

Taste: The taste follows the nose pretty spot-on. The whole is kind of less than the sum of the parts here. It's refreshing and pleasant, but kind of average and inoffensive. I can see its broad appeal. I wouldn't describe it as exciting, and there are better sessionable wheat beers out there, but it's pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: This beer has the consistency you'd expect out of a summery wheat beer. It's easy on the palate and refreshing.

Overall: This beer has been around forever and is wildly popular and figures to stay on the scene for as long as Sam Adams keeps brewing. It's a fine option when you're somewhere that otherwise has only BMC slop on tap, or when you're at a picnic/BBQ with people who tend to lean towards same. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am only going to write this review in a quick manner do to time and not like my other reviews.
My opinion on this Samuel Adams product is its okay. It has a golden color and a decent taste of wheat grain and some citrus and has a decent poor with light head when poured in a16oz Pilsner glass. However I found the taste to be a tad bland and the carbonation to be slightly lacking compared to other summer type ales and brews from Samuel Adams Brewery.
Its a decent ale for summer time and is light in flavor in my opinion. It is a good startup ale for those wanting to get into trying ales other then that its not so impressive and is a standard brew for the basic market or drinker (686 characters)

Photo of Fiddlersgreen7
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Boring. (273 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local quick marts.

A: Golden and cloudy with decent head and good retention.

S: Lemon, wheat and slight hop characteristics.

T: Forward on the citrus. Wheat is there. Too much lemon.

M: Moderate with some bite due to the carbonation.

O: I used too love this beer. I now only like it. Way too citrus forward. Still has the wheat going for it as well as it's refreshment quality. (408 characters)

Photo of Ugarte_CP
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams is one of my favorite everyday beers and I was happy to give this a try with a burrito at a Tijuana Flats. It was okay, worked fine on a summer day with a casual meal. citrusy flavor, obviously, I would drink it again, but won't await it's release like I do for the Octoberfest. (291 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of lemon, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hop, grass, slight yeast, earthy malt, and a hint of pepper. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, strong wheat, hint of hop, and slight lemon. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, and average body. (411 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a fairly decent looking slightly hazed over orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute.
There was some light lacing here and there.
The smell had some light sweet lemon to orange fruitiness over top of a light sweet honey hoppiness.
The taste was mainly the same.
The mouthfeel had a fairly decent creamy sort of smooth sweetness rolling over my tongue and mouth.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good beer that I would have again. (535 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale stange.
5.3% ABV, Enjoy by Sept notched.

A - Hazy golden yellow with a lace-leaving tall white head, Summer Ale glows with the aura of refreshment!

S - Additions of grains of paradise bring forth peppery notes and hints of citrus that perfectly combine with mild lemon peel to add zest to the soft wheat beer aroma.

T - Grains of paradise continue the nuance of peppery notes in flavor, a wonderful combination with the simplistic and delicious base of malted wheat but it's the lemon peel that leaves the lasting impression. The twang of citrus lingers on the tongue and with just a kiss of malt sweetness, finishes like lemonade.

M - There's plenty of carbonation in Summer Ale - it's most definitely not flat but, the incredible velvety smoothness of this beer almost makes it feel too full bodied, just not spritzy enough.

O - Samuel Adams Summer Ale steps slightly away from the usual coriander and orange peel-type of combination usually found in these beers, opting instead for peppery grains of paradise and lemon peel that gives the beer an almost lemonade feel to it. The flavor is quite refreshing but this beer could use a little more dryness and carbonation on the finish to up the summer time drinkability. (1,276 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a hazy gold with a billowy white head that only stays for a bit. Not much of an aroma beyond a hint of hay and bread. Tastes of lemon with a touch of malt. Light mouth that's cool and crisp. It's not bad, but fairly unremarkable. There are much better wheat beers to be had. (306 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Cloudy yellow.

Smell: Wheat and faint lemon

Taste: Like it tastes. Wheat and lemon are the main flavors, with a little yeasty and malty hint. Some spice and hops at the end add a little sharpness. Aftertaste fades quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: It does exactly what it is supposed to: refresh and relax you on a hot summer day. It's definitely not hoppy for a APWA (not even close to Lagunitas Sumpin' Sumpin'). Still, enough flavor to keep it interesting. (505 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had this brew before but it was way ahead of joining Beer Advocate. Now, what seems years later, I've had the opportunity to try this beer again.

Out of the bottle the beer pours a nice orange tinged hue, haw ever it does have a weak head with little staying power or lacing. The scent was appealing though, definite smell of oranges and coriander. The mouthfeel is what u remember the most - crisp, refreshing and very smooth. It just felt like a sessionable beer. It's taste was nothing out of the ordinary. But the simple flavor mixed well with the hops. Overall, it was another great offering from SA. (612 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer I had already tried, but tried again for the review. The appearance is very light yellow with a white head with a very light smell as well, although I was able to pick up hints of citrus. The taste was pretty good with a lot of citrus coming through. The beer itself was a little thin for my taste but I thought it was a decent beer. Not bad, but not great either. (374 characters)

Photo of Brewsome
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(A) Thick white foamy head with fairly aggressive pour. Hazy golden color. Nice looking beer, and the can is cool looking too. Good job by SA putting this beer in a can. Better for the beer, better for the environment.

(S) Lemon citrusy, some malts.

(T) Lemon citrus and some ("grains of paradise") peppery notes. Lemon vs hop battling it out and no winner. This strange combination of flavors just does not work for me. Some oxidation. Any Ale yeast (insert strain?) fruity notes are a no show. The lemon flavoring overwhelms any yeast profile.

(M) Light but the nice foamy head lingers and helps overall body.

(O) This beer is OK and I prefer to drink it paired with some seafood(clams). The overall lemon theme is a bit too much for me on its own. Should there be a lemon law for lemon flavored beers? (810 characters)

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 1,588 ratings.