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

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BA SCORE
76
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4,247 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 4,247
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 29
Gots: 278 | 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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erha2

New York

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

05-19-2012 01:10:24 | More by erha2
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -9.9%

07-07-2014 09:34:39 | More by Satan70
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cjac

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-03-2012 06:41:39 | More by cjac
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 22oz glass.

This beer was golden yellow colored that had a brown hue to the edges. It was cloudy but carbonation bubbles were noticeable. It produced a fluffy white head that was thick and creamy, lasted fairly well, and produced a light lace on parts of the inside glass. The aromas that came from the glass were light, but I nosed lemon fruit, wheat grains, malt, and some spices. The flavors were slightly more pronounced then the aroma, tastes of light spices, lemon zest, bread, spices and malt were all present. It produced an aftertaste of mostly bread and wheat grains. It was light to medium bodied. Semi sweet and semi-dry on the pallet. Seems to me to be a simple wheat beer that has that something extra added to it. But it was a crisp, clean and fairly refreshing beer on the hot day, and that is what I needed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2003 14:09:02 | More by Jarod
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-15-2012 01:15:31 | More by ILiveOffHops
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate gold hue. Slightly opaque but pretty good clarity. Creamy white head dissipates quickly.

S: Coriander, lemon zest, and a grainy wheaty malt aroma are all evident.

T: Malt leads with no hoppy character. Balance is provided by lemon zest and coriander. Slight lactic sourness finishes off this beer helping to make it quite thirst quenching.

MF Full mouthfeel - very creamy and tart. Moderate carbonation.

D, notes: This is a fine beer to relax with on a nice summer day. I imagine a good beer for cooking with as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 19:44:00 | More by Nipitato
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -39.9%

07-02-2013 20:17:29 | More by MammothTarantula
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Punisher

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

02-23-2013 22:03:57 | More by Punisher
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brealbg

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-07-2012 12:58:18 | More by brealbg
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SHCC

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.9%

02-22-2012 02:21:39 | More by SHCC
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blastoderm55

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-07-2013 02:42:16 | More by blastoderm55
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -9.9%

08-27-2013 06:05:51 | More by 100200300
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Nordbier

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

12-24-2013 23:59:33 | More by Nordbier
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

12-25-2013 02:17:25 | More by aqualung23
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goschool

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle in that picture is gorgeous. Mine is generic Sam Adams.

The nose has wheat, lemon, grains, and grass. The flavor profile starts out with wheat, followed by grains, which I think are grains of paradise, but I'm not exactly sure what they taste. The finish has lemon zest and grassy hops.

I've had this before on tap and I remember it boring me, but this isn't so bad. It's certainly better than their hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 07:01:08 | More by goschool
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meehandennis

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-15-2014 20:11:12 | More by meehandennis
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A-it looks lika an American lager, pale yellow with a lot of bubbles. It is slightly hazy, minimal head, a bit of lacing.

S- dry wheat and a hint of lemon and floral notes.

T- better than I expected. The hint of lemon/citrus carries the flavor for me.

M- medium body and good carbonation. The citrus zest lingers.

O-Ok,I guess. Nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 23:23:03 | More by NiceTaps
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Lambocalrisien

New York

3/5  rDev -9.9%

01-12-2014 22:36:08 | More by Lambocalrisien
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

05-31-2013 18:12:24 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice big head. Gold body, very slightly hazy.

Aroma is pretty faint, slight wheat smell.

Taste is ho-hum. Odd after-taste and not much citric ing. (I've tasted ordinary heffeweizens that are more tart than this one without adding a lemon, yet this beer claims to be rewed with lemon in it). One positive is the faint spicy/peppery notes.

Better than most macro beers but compared to most spiced wheat beers, this one is a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 18:19:50 | More by jmbranum
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kinger

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a questionable establishment I'm tempted to pick up a sixer to compare yet I'm also cautious to not waste more money on this beer. The aroma was mild and pleasant. The beer poured a strange orange-peach color with minimal head. It just looked fake in the glass, not offensive just odd to put it best. As I sipped on this beer I was able to detect the wheat influence. There is a spicy taste that compliments the wheat, but I'm not sure if I like it. Other than those two aspects the overall flavor was borderline bland. Mouthfeel is somewhat pleasant and the finish is relatively smooth. Overall I'm hoping this beer is better than what was poured from the tap. Revisit (as promised) Well it's July and my friend brought over a 12 pack of this for dinner the other night. Having this fresh from the bottle and drunk from a nice clean glass my opinion has slightly changed for the better. Looks better, feels better, and tastes much better. Still a tad weak in my opinion but it is more crisp and inviting this time around. The flavor needs a boost to really let this one soar. Decent summer time beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2008 20:10:17 | More by kinger
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow body with a bubbly white head. No lacing.

S: Grains, honey, & a slight lemon zest.

T: Nothing impressing here as it just taste like a fancy BMC to me honestly. Slight wheat flavor with a honey malt backbone, followed by some hoppy bitterness and lemon zest. Kind of boring.

M: Light body; heavy carbonation; kind of a "dusty" texture if that makes any sense.

O: Didn't care for it. Probably would not get again. Not my favorite one of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:50:02 | More by BrewCrew2010
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Barnsley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-28-2013 18:55:54 | More by Barnsley
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Summer Ale is a pretty decent seasonal beer, even though it comes out during a season not usually reserved for seasonals. This is a pretty quaffable beverage, even though the mystique of this beer wears off pretty quickly.

Summer Ale pours a mostly clear light gold color. A 1 1/2 finger of white foam forms and disappears in around 30 seconds. The smell has some of that wheat beer smell to it and is slightly musty. A light malt crispness can be detected underneath that, with some light citric hop smell. All these elements still attribute to what amounts to be a rather light aroma. The mouthfeel is slightly watery and fizzy. The initial flavor has some light, crisp malt, and there is a light detectable sweetness. There are some wheaty/bready notes detectable. The taste of the lemon zest isn't all that noticable; there is a generic citric bite that goes along well with the rather mild hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is clean with just some grainy and wheaty notes. Finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

The "grains of paradise" in this beer weren't detectable by me, and the lemon was very lightly done. While this wasn't too spectacular in any area, this was a pretty drinkable beverage and it fits the summer well.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 06:54:19 | More by Beastdog75
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a small white head that drops to a film.
Smell is wheaty and a bit citrusy.
Taste matches the smell pretty much...slightly sweet , very wheaty , doughy ....prominent lemon...little bite of hops at the finish.
Medium mouthfeel...medium carbonation.
A decent sumer brew...went well with a grilled tuna dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2007 13:25:54 | More by Hautacam
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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