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

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BA SCORE
76
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4,786 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,786
Reviews: 1,556
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 37
Gots: 635 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Summer Ale 1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.06% ABV. (3.0 / 5.0) Golden Ale--Slightly amber rich cloudy golden color. Nice mild spice front. Good malt body.

1999 12 oz. Big Sam Bottle. 5.06% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Golden Ale--Clear light golden color. Hints of spice in pour and aroma. Wheat spice flavor with a hint of lemon opens up unfiltered, but rich wheat body. Finishes with rich special spice overtaking wheat. Sampled 4/28/1999.

2000 Big Sam 12 oz. Bottle. 5.02% (3.75 / 5.0) Pilsner? Slightly hazy light amber golden color. Light refreshing wheat coriander spice front. Belgian White Ale with malty body. Hints of sediment flavor. Delicately tasty with nice flavor and clean maltiness. Sampled 8/10/2000.

2001 Big Sam--Signature Series 12 oz. Bottle. 5.06% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Spice--Clear golden color. Big head pour leaves good lace. Mild hop front with malty hint of lemon. Mild smooth body with light malty crisp sweetness and hint of wheat flavor. Light clean lemon hop wheat end. Sampled 10/15/2001.

2002 Big Sam--Signature Series 12 oz. Bottle. 4.75% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Slightly hazy rich golden color. Light lemon aroma finishes mild floral light malt front introducing crisp light malty wheat body. Mild sweetness. Refreshing flavorful taste. Clean light lemon wheat end. Sampled 7/23/2002.

2003 Big Sam--Signature Series 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale-- Light loose sediment .Hazy dark golden color. Medium lacy head. Floral citrus mild hop wheat spice front. Creamy malty wheat lemon citrus mild sweet fruit body. Clean lingering lemon mild hop end. Malty. Sampled 9/23/2003.

2004 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Lemon--Mild lace head. Hazy bright lemon orange color. Floral mild lemon wheat spice hop front. Zesty crisp mild wheat spice citrus butter "Paradise" body. Clean refreshing mild hop spicy citrus end. Nice. Sampled 7/27/2004.

2005 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--15 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Lemon--Foamy mild lace head. Bright cloudy dark lemon color. Tangy wheat spice coriander grains of paridise mild hop front. Crisp dry sweet malted wheat body. Refreshing tart citrus spice mild hop end. Nice. Sampled 8/17/2005.

2006 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--15 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Foamy lacy head. Bright cloudy lemon gold orange color. Mild heat ester hop front. Creamy crisp tart wheat malt body. Tangy clean lemon citrus spicy Grains of Paradise clean fresh tasty dry end. Sampled 6/16/2006. (4.25 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Mild lacy head. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Mild banana clove wheat front. Creamy tangy mild sweet citrus banana wheat malty body. Refreshing mild citrus tangy Grains of Paradise end. Nice Hefe! Sampled 6/18/2006.

2007 Summer Styles Sampler 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--15 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Foamy lacy head. Bright dark lemon color. Mild Grains of Paradise lemon hop front. Crisp mild sweet tangy wheat spice lemon ester body. Refreshing clean mild hop mellow end. Tasty but a little bland. Sampled 4/9/2007.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale Seasonal Brew--Ale Brewed with Lemon and Grains of Paradise--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--15 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Spiced--Foamy lacy tight white head. Clear bright rich yellow color. Floral Wheat Grains of Paradise mild lemon hop front. Crisp clean mild citrus tangy crusty hint wheat body. Refreshing easy mild hot pepper hop smooth clean quenching zesty end. Sampled 4/24/2008. 6-Pack $7.49.

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Samuel Adams Summer Ale Seasonal Brew--Wheat Ale Brewed With Lemon Zest And Grains Of Paradise--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 10 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Spiced. Thin fizzy light lace white head. Light tight sediment. Clear thin bright soft gold color. Tangy lemon pepper mild hop wheat ester front. Crisp zesty dry sweet light thin wheat lemon citrus body. Clean refreshing hot pepper hint mild hop clean citrus end. Aged fizzy. Sampled 1/6/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 5/3/2010.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into regular pint glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy amber color with medium head that dissipated very quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Mostly wheat and citrus with a hint of hops and spices.

T - Wheat with slight citrus flavor upfront with a hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Not bad overall but would not be having this one again in the future.

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3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Summer breeze makes me feel fine with this one on 6/4/2005. 16-oz. shaker pour at the Legends in Portsmouth, NH.

Soapy film struggling at start that suds to one side. Lemony yellow hue with a fair amount of haze present. Corriander hits the nose first, and apparently some grains of paradise(?), followed by some lemon rind and a touch of heather. Wheat and grassy essences really invade the tongue with some flocular hay that dissipates quickly. The mouth feel is almost too light, verging on wussidom.

Having just had a Moat Mountain Weiss, though different styles, I would choose the former for summer sippin’.

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

This was being served on tap at the House of Blues, Chicago. So, HoB won't be known as a "beer bar" anytime soon. Ten taps, the usual suspects, regular Sam and this seasonal. So…
A good choice in such a place. The nose is subdued, just a trace of weiss odor. Head is thin, becomes nice and lacy. Color is hazy yellow like a good wheat beer. Lemon taste is definitely there, some spiciness. Worth tasting in season, though not a "craft brew" type anymore.

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,786 ratings.