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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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1,609 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,609
Hads: 5,208
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 59
Gots: 1,066 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 IPAlmighty
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, real bad. It makes me think of a neighbor's home brew that I pretend to like. How does this get out of the brewery? Some of their stuff is good. Is it a "that's good enough culture?

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Hazy golden color with small head. Minimal lacing. Wheat malt and orange aroma. Smooth wheat ale with citrus undertones and a slight hop finish. A little bit boozy, but not disturbingly so. Medium body with medium carbonation.
It's a fine summer wheat.

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Photo of Pumpkin-Head
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had on draft numerous times but this particular instance was a 22oz pilsner glass. Poured a cloudy orangy/yellow with a thick dense head with decent lacing. Smell is very citrusy with what I would say as "dish liquid" undertones. Taste is exactly like the nose which is unfortunate because I get a finishing of dish liquid. Mouth feel is decent but overall taste is lacking.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on draft, poured into a Sam Adams glass at Red Lobster:

Appearance: A slightly cloudy, golden dusky coloration with a decent off-white head and lacing.

Aroma: Slightly citrus with wheatiness in the nostrils.

Taste: Light citrus meets wheat.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, light carbonation.

Overall: I don't go rushing out to drink this, but served seasonally at a chain restaurant, it's the better choice.

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Photo of Bestinyourgirl
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It taste exactly like a more subtle version of White Christmas, I believe it is called, but without leaving your palate extremely dry afterwards. Excellent!

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

4/3/15 (Draft - Finley Dunnes Chicago IL) Light brown, murky appearance, minimal carbonation and head. Minimal aroma and taste, malt and fruit present and balanced. Smooth taste. Standard beer.

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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: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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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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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.