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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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4,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,552
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 429 | 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 thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%

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
Photo of AlMarzo
3/5  rDev -9.9%

AlMarzo, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of cubedbee
3.63/5  rDev +9%

Poured a dark hazy yellow with a thin half finger of head that faded quick. Just a little lacing. Smell is rather weak, but is mainly of lemons and spices with a faint maltiness detectable. Taste is spices, lemons, bananaas, cloves, and just a bit of bitterness. Pretty well balanced and a lot better tasting than the nose would indicate. The beer was a little thin bodied. Overall, this is a decent spicy witbier--not something I'd go out of my way to drink but nice to have a pint on a hot spring day.

cubedbee, May 21, 2005
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

ILiveOffHops, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of banger7
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

banger7, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of gfreed
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Served at (another) restaurant that filled the glass to the brim and left no room for a head. Grrr... A nice foggy yellow color in the glass and a pleasant aroma of lemons and oranges raised my hopes for a better-than-average beer from Sam Adams, but those hopes were quickly dashed by the taste: watery, thin and revealing no characteristics other a wee bit of lemon. Ah, well... Went well with the pizza because the pizza hid the taste of the beer.

Am I the only person who thinks that Sam Adams is, in general, over-rated?

gfreed, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 5.20 %
12oz bottle>pint glass 6/20/09

A 4.0 - Lightly toasted golden straw in color with orange-ish tint. Respectable head, retention, and lace.
S 3.5 - subtle/mellow spice aroma, unique aromam maybe some lemon, clove, or pepper (possibly due to the paradise spice?)
T 3.0 - The taste is not bad, it's just not "GREAT". This is one of the least standout offerings I have had to date from BBC. Sublte malt and hop tastes, some spice on finish. Maybe a hint of lemon/citrus?
MF 3.5 - Semi medium thin in body. More body than a typicla macro, but less than most crafts.
D 3.5 - goes down easy, this brew is my least favorite seasonal from BBC to date, not bad, just not "great".

unclejimbay, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of hreb
3.43/5  rDev +3%

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 Profchaos20
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Profchaos20, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of sabrills70
3.63/5  rDev +9%

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of August 06. Pours a cloudy gold/slight amber with a 2 finger head, good longevity and equally good lace. Smells of wheat malt with citrus and some spice. Not a big hop presence. Again good wheat malt with some citrus zing and twang. Hop presence is more detectable but still not a major factor. Spices are a bit odd but they do work in this beer. A bit thick but still very drinkable. Not a lawnmower beer but still a decent summertime ale.

sabrills70, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of dextermcgurk
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

dextermcgurk, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of scratch69
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance- Golden color, good head but it didn't stay long with almost no lace

Smell- Faint citrusy aroma

Taste- Wheat beer with a moderate amount of spice and a hint of lemon

Mouthfeel- Smooth, good carbonation, and refreshing. Slightly dry finish

A nice drinkable beer. Very satisfying and a hot summer day.

scratch69, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of rusty3335
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

rusty3335, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Lurkerson
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Lurkerson, May 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

blastoderm55, Jun 07, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55%

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

Kornoms, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Sampling right now on 5/15/14. Had this before on draught and it is fantastic. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Samuel Adam's" pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden-orange in color with a very thin white head. Some spotty lacing was seen. The aroma is of some citrus and hops. The taste isn't as good as on tap but is of malts, lemon and some spice. Perfect carbonation and goes down easy. On draught, it is at least a half a point higher if not a full point. :)

BeerWithMike, May 15, 2014
Photo of misternebbie
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%

misternebbie, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of SoCaliC8
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

SoCaliC8, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of jhartley
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

jhartley, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of dugly2ugly
3/5  rDev -9.9%

dugly2ugly, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of ngandhi
2.63/5  rDev -21%

It only went one round; hops over malts in two minutes, twelve seconds. Crystal didn't come to fight tonight and it's a shame. They said the hop contender, a real no-name, was an amateur, a real dirty fighter. And dirty always finds a way to win.

When they hit the ring, both looked haggard -- heads drooping, leaving barely a semblance of themselves on their chubby, sunburnt bodies.

It opened sweet, but went sour real fast. The ref missed a bitter shot below the belt and signaled an early end. No balance, no grace; a cockfight with that blithering idiot of a hop biting after the bell.

This beer has no authentic spice, finishes with light nutmeg and an otherwise pleasant and natural vanilla cake, a cheap hoppiness (Is it aromatic, flavoring, or bitter? What is this beer trying to do), and a medium malt that washes out fast.

There's no wit to this beer. No wit at all.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of UDbeernut
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: slightly hazy golden straw color, 1/4 foamy head

S: clean citrus scent, hint of wheat

T: clean taste, slight tart citrus balanced well with wheat

M&d: light and very drinkable. Good carbonation.

One of the better beers in this style I have sampled

UDbeernut, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of MSchae1017
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

This beer was tasted from the bottle in a weizen glass.

This beer pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that dissapaed to not much of a film and leaves a little lace. The smell is mildly of wheat with some citrusy aroma. The taste is also mild with some lemony flavors and slightly spiced. The mouthfeel is a little creamy with heavy carbonation. Overall highly drinkable summer beer.

MSchae1017, Jul 15, 2006
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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