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

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4,300 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,300
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 307 | 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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PintOHops

California

3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a bright golden color, semi clouded but not enough that you can't see the very high carbonation. Steady pour produces half an inch of creamy head, and the retention was outstanding. Leaves some splashy, broken, soapy lacing, and a creamy ring holds throughout entire consumption. Smells of heavy yeast & wheat, followed by orange, and lemon zests, it's bit spicy with a semi bright citrus nose. Simple, yet has very fresh aroma!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of dominate bready, yeasty, wheat, followed by lemon & orange zests, and there's a touch of semi bright citrus notes on the finish, a little watery tasting on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is smooth with lots of active carbonation on the tongue, has a lite-medium body. Crisp & refreshing! Matches the flavor profile perfectly.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This beer was not surprisingly crisp, and very refreshing. Has an almost watered down taste to it on the finish, as well as a crisp mouthfeel, and that really makes this beer highly drinkable. You could easily throw back several of these on a scorching hot day, I really loved the way the mouthfeel compliments the flavor profile. Nothing was really lacking with this one, it's pretty well balanced & highly enjoyable. I say run out on the hottest day of the summer & pick up a case of this zesty and refreshing brew. You wont be disappointed. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 22:15:35 | More by PintOHops
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow straw color. Smelled of lemon zest, hops, and orange peels with peppers. Tasted quite spicy (which did not really do anything for me) hoppy, and all around kindy nasty. Mouthfeel was fairly average with some crisp carbonation to it. Fairly drinkable, not a bad summer choice -- far better than some I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 02:42:36 | More by TheKingofWichita
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jpaulsen

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-20-2013 06:04:48 | More by jpaulsen
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MightiestBeard

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-11-2012 12:58:24 | More by MightiestBeard
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Treb0R

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

12-13-2012 16:13:37 | More by Treb0R
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OB1

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-23-2013 04:01:29 | More by OB1
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cwd

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-28-2014 02:59:00 | More by cwd
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lauries444

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

05-19-2012 21:38:22 | More by lauries444
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-01-2012 10:44:13 | More by Snellgg5
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cantfindme

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

04-07-2012 05:23:12 | More by cantfindme
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appereance - Slight amber color with, a slight orangish tint. Slight head 3/4 inch with apprarant lacing, and strong carbonation.

Aroma - Strong and citrusy, smell is of lemons.

Taste - Slighty citrusy, with a bit of rich mouthfeel. Tastes a lot like it smells. Hops are present but not overwhelming, spice tones are there also. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Overall, this is a decent Wheat Beer, however not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 22:27:05 | More by HoustonTX
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a murky yellow orange body with a thin white head that has decent retention and lacing.
S. Lemon stands out in the nose, but also has hints of spices.
T. The taste starts out with lemon which is followed by a grainy taste with a mild hops taste in the back and finishes off with a peppery spice.
M./O. The mouthfeel is a light bodied slightly watery feel that is smooth and very easy to drink. This is a decent lemon flavored summer beer, even though I would prefer Leinie's Summer Shandy over this,

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 06:31:53 | More by DannyDan
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -39.9%

07-02-2013 20:17:29 | More by MammothTarantula
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -9.9%

07-07-2014 09:34:39 | More by Satan70
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-24-2013 02:17:25 | More by Azpittil57
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blastoderm55

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

04-12-2014 18:01:44 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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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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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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brealbg

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -9.9%

05-12-2012 16:09:10 | More by KornWallace
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SHCC

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.9%

02-22-2012 02:21:39 | More by SHCC
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -9.9%

08-27-2013 06:05:51 | More by 100200300
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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