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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

ILiveOffHops, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of bmoney
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

bmoney, May 14, 2013
Photo of jonathaniler
5/5  rDev +50.2%

jonathaniler, May 10, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, not a Sam Adams glass, but thats ok.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow. White head that lasted a couple minutes leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: lemons and citrus. Some hops and other grains.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, not as smooth as I would it too be. Lemons and mild hops. Different flavor, perhaps the grains of paradise?

Overall: Definatly one of my favorites and always will be.

Cavanaghty, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Eastside151
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Eastside151, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of BeerAngel
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly refreshing! Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a 3 finger head. It's aroma is slightly weaker, but consistent with it's taste. The taste is that of a mild wheat and a fairly nice balance of hops and with alcohol on the tip of the tail. The mouthfeel is quite nice for the hot summer days here in Texas. I enjoyed this brew and for the sale price of 3.99 per six, you can't beat it. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jul 06, 2002
Photo of Jmbbabson
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Jmbbabson, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of AKuehn47
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

AKuehn47, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Franchise
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden blonde leaving a thick white lace that stayed with the entire glass. The smell is sweetly laced, upfront is honey, wheat, and grass. The taste starts with a tart wheat twang that is pleasantly balanced by a honey, bready mouthfeel, that finishes with a fruit rind bitterness on the palate. Overall this is a great session, summer brew, not complicated it tastes great on a hot day not flavorless but nothing exciting as well.

Franchise, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of BDIMike
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazy golden stray color. There is a thin white head that leaves a thin lacing as you drink.
Smell has a good wheat smell with hints of lemon and coriander.
Taste is a very nice clean wheat taste. The wheat taste is immediately kicked up with a good zest of lemon and coriander.
Mouthfeel has a good thickness to it for a wheat ale. Also, incredibly smooth on the way down.
Drinkability is the best part of this beer. There is a reason this beer is so popular in the summertime. It may not have the great taste profile of some wheat beers, but it has a strong taste and is drinkable enough to drink all day long in the heat. Great summer beer.

BDIMike, Aug 14, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

kkmiller76, May 17, 2013
Photo of hreb
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cold 12oz bottle best before November. Pours yellow and quite hazy and produces a significant white head. Yeasty aroma suggests lemon and cut grass. Taste wise the bottled Summer Ale always feels muted in comparison to Sam's summer seasonal served on draught. Vaguely wheaty grain flavor, which is to say not particularly malty. More spicy than hoppy, and kind of a flat, neutral mouthfeel which is neither creamy nor crisp.

On tap this beer is a summer favorite. Not a great wheat beer, but at least tasty, refreshing, and interesting. Bottled it's merely drinkable.

hreb, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of KerryCummins1977
4/5  rDev +20.1%

KerryCummins1977, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of beertaster13
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the Memorial Day BBQ and it hit the spot, although wouldn't drink unless in the heat of summer. Poured a gold copper with a fog haze, head was decent, nothing spectacular, white lacing slopped around the glass with each gulp. The smell is of strong citrus with a robust malt, light and refreshing to the nose, very spring like, the taste is a average balance of malt and hop bitterness, the lemon notes are light, a strong wheat taste brings up the end, light and crisp in the mouth. A drinkable beer on a hot day but otherwise just lacks that smooth refreshing summer ale quality.

beertaster13, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of malty
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forced poured from a 22 oz. bottle (BB Sept. '10) into my stemmed Ayinger tulip-style glass. A semi-cloudy healthy glowing straw yellow liquid with a bright white very creamy 1" settled head. Playful visible uprising carbonation. Clean and (almost) unhindered walls of white lace all the way down.

Very zesty bright lemony aroma that's fresh and invigorating. A bit of sweet wheat malt is apparent with a zippy spicy edge reminiscent of white pepper from a good Belgian Triple.

From the scent, I was expecting a very bright and acidic taste, but what I got was a nicely balanced sweet (lighter) malt with a counterbalance of the lemon zest and quenching element that works well together. I kinda reminds me of Wittkerke (sp?) Belgian Wit but more flavor components (ie: the spiciness from the Grains of Paradise). There's a tad bit of chalky dryness on the walls of my cheeks from a little hop I'm guessing.

Mouthfeel is between light-medium and is very fluffy, soft and airy from a good amount of ultra fine and building carbonation. The ending is rather quick and refreshing with a tiny amount of dryness.

Drinkability is very good. Not much to deter even the craft beer novice from giving this a go on a hot summer day.

Overall the scent was more like a clean pils with lots of citrus and zip. The flavor is definitely that of a soft wheat ale that bathes the tongue is down feather-like softness. It all balances out into a nonintrusive, pleasant, easy to drink and enjoyable summer beer. A little bland, so it's more of a quencher than a 'ponderer'. I'll order it on tap on hot nights at pedestrian-type restaurants when I see this summer.

malty, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of jhartley
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

jhartley, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of tjsmith910
1.5/5  rDev -55%

tjsmith910, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Hardcore
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Hardcore, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

CorgiDad, Aug 11, 2014
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Summer Ale 12oz. poured into a pint glass. Label not notched with freshness date.

The beer poured out a hazy peach color with a 1/4" off white head that receded quickly to a cap. Some light lacing.

The nose was dominated by wheat with just a slight citrus zestiness.

The taste was first dull lemon followed by a sour wheat flavor. No detectable hops. Really not much to it and kind of bland. I have had this in the past and recall liking it more. I am curious if the brew has been changed. Really not enough witbier characteristics to be in this category in my humble opinion.

The beer is lightly carbonated and has a smooth mouthfeel.

Despite the relative blandness the Summer Ale rates high for me in drinkability. It is very refreshing and light and goes down very easy. Good for a summer session while stationed at the bbq pit.

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 WJVII
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass (from a Sam Adams variety pack) this brew has a pale orange color with a 1/2 inch head, leaving minimal lacing. I am not one for summer brews (seem to be marketed for the ladies) but this one was ok. The smell left something to be desired with mild wheat notes and some slight spice. The tasted was more than the aroma led to believe. It was a fresh brew with some clove and mild balance. The carbonation was more than I like, but this was a decent brew. On a hot summer day I could put a few back!

WJVII, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, freshness date of august, hazy golden brown color, half inch head that faded quickly leaving ring around glass (when i had this on tap out at the bar the head was stronger)

s- smell is slightly citrusy, little notes of yeasty bread.

t- nice wheat taste, some yeast, and a kick of lemony hops, and a peppery lingering from those mysterious grains of paradise.

m- nice filling mouthfeel, good carbonation, nice and smooth.

d- very drinkable, delicious wheat ale for spring and summer, need to be sitting outside to fully enjoy this one, mmm.

thecarster1, May 17, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

dextermcgurk, Jul 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

AlMarzo, Jun 03, 2014
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,595 ratings.