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

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BA SCORE
76
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4,445 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,445
Reviews: 1,537
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 378 | 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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Mortarforker

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.9%

09-08-2012 20:30:11 | More by Mortarforker
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JHendu

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.9%

10-08-2012 18:44:15 | More by JHendu
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salinasa

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-29-2012 13:45:28 | More by salinasa
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -39.9%

07-02-2013 20:17:29 | More by MammothTarantula
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wingman14

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

(Bottle was different than shown in the picture above, mine was the normal sam adams cover with a summer ale logo with similar colors) Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Smell is mostly citrus, with yeasty characteristics and some wheat notes. Taste is very similar, mostly of lemon notes and yeast. The wheat lends itself to the infusion of flavors. It is a very light body with notable flavors that do not over power you but definitely show themselves. This is a great summer beer because it is light and very tasty when it is cold. The mouthfeel is normal with a bit of carbonation which doesn't take away from the overall balance of the beer. This is a great beer for a warm summer day, fits most occasions. I have enjoyed most sam adams selections and this one did not disappoint. I would suggest checking this one out especially if you are a fan of lighter wheat beers.

07-20-2006 05:35:21 | More by wingman14
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uziangis

Ohio

1/5  rDev -70%

01-13-2012 02:52:59 | More by uziangis
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fivetime

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-15-2013 06:58:52 | More by fivetime
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-16-2014 02:10:36 | More by GoHabsGo
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banger7

New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-07-2013 13:49:49 | More by banger7
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

On tap @ Outback Steakhouse, Springfield NJ. Pours a nice golden pale yellow hue with a nice lasting white head. A nice citrus and lemon aroma, with some wheat and light grassy notes. Taste is sweet citrus and lemon peel, wheat and grassiness with some light malt. Palate is light bodied, with a nice crisp mouthful and light carbonation. Finish light sweet malt, wheat, some citrus notes ending in a slight lingering nutty flavor. Overall a nice easy drinking and refreshing summer ale.

08-25-2011 15:54:08 | More by Samp01
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aquatonex

New York

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

A refreshing offering from Samuel Adams...

Pours light orange with a short creamy head, a little bit of lacing. Robust carbonation. Aromas of nutty wheats, whiffs of citrus. A little subdued nose. Taste is good, not too strong, not too weak. A good balance of wheats with minor citrusy notes. I don't taste any spice in it, though. Seems to be more of a summer wheat ale instead of a witbier. But, very drinkable nonetheless. I'd definitely have it again.

04-13-2005 17:47:03 | More by aquatonex
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TonyY

New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-02-2013 01:30:49 | More by TonyY
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%

Served in a tall Weizen glass. Pours out a pale hazy orange with a huger fluffy white head. Goes over the glass with out pouring down the sides. The head retention settles down to a thin blanket of foam on the top with some sticky lacing. The carbonation bubbles race to the top.

The lemon zest hits the nose first. Soft wheat, and a hint of yeast. Giving the ale a hint of bread. Along with the tart spiciness some hop bitterness can be detected as well.

The first flavor to hit the palate is zesty lemon peel and even some orange flavor. There is a soft bread malt with a bit of sweetness. Now I do not know what Grains of paradise is, but it seems to make the finish semi-dry and spicy. The hops are not prevalent until the finish, giving this ale a little bitterness matched with lemon peel.

Light and carbonated in body and semi dry bitterness. Plenty of carbonation making this ale refreshing.

To be honest, this Summer ale would be perfect if they left out that grain of paradise. Just keep it simple and refreshing. But overall this wheat ale is decent.

05-04-2012 16:45:53 | More by Luigi
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dowen44

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-21-2011 03:00:36 | More by dowen44
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TR0219

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-11-2013 03:39:27 | More by TR0219
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jkrich

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +6%

The ale arrived a cloudy golden-yellow color with a small white-head. Spicy aroma with some sweet malt - not much more. The flavor was refreshing and slightly sharp on the tongue due to the additional spices and orange added. The taste ended with a husky wheat flavor. The carbonation was adequate and the body was light but flavorful. It would be easy to have a few of these during the hot and humid summer months.

07-10-2010 19:43:03 | More by jkrich
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zdk9

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +18%

I enjoyed the hefeish flavors of this summer ale.

A- Pours a a dark gold, borderline copper with a finger of light eggwhite head. Not really any lacing.

S- Smells wheaty, like freshly baked bread, at first whiff, then with a second sniff comes some citrus notes, and later I notice the spiced characteristics. There's a fair amount going on in the nose, though I wish it were a little stronger. The head didn't last long so perhaps that's the real problem.

T- Same flavors as the smell- wheat, citrus, spice. The citrus is a sweet lemon. I don't really know what grains of paradise tastes like, but the spice in this beer is reminiscent of cloves, hot cinnimon, and slightly peppery. There's much hops and the bitterness is toned down, which I like but I imagine others wouldn't.

M- A touch syrupy though after drinking a macro the sweetness on this one is way underaprecciated.

D- A great beer for your tongue to traverse and discover interesting and well blended flavors. Certainly one I would enjoy again on a hot summer day (or even a cool spring day).

05-23-2007 22:02:09 | More by zdk9
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -20.4%

355ml bottle
5.6% ABV

I tried this beer on June 5, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. This beer poured a slightly hazy yellow with a generous white head. The aroma was slightly wheaty, with some hops and citrus notes. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. The flavour had a 'burnt' finish to it, and it was slightly tart on the sides of the tongue. I would not order this beer again.

06-06-2008 05:07:50 | More by cyrenaica
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

This pale wheat ale pours a semi-translucent amber gold with a pearl white head and good retention. Leaves slight amounts of lace.

The aroma is a bit weak with some lemony citrus and a hint of wheat. Apart from that, little else is detectable.

Its taste is sweet and citrus with some nice hints of light honey, a bit of hops, and a faint acidic white wine type quality.

The mouthfeel is smooth and clean with moderate carbonation. A good cookout beer. Fairly uneventful but of high quality.

07-11-2007 01:19:19 | More by letsgopens
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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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einman

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-12-2014 16:31:50 | More by einman
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Brownish golden color with an off-white head.
Aroma of grainy malt, lemon, and wheat.

Sweet grainy malt is the predominant flavor. Tart wheat plays a role as well. Some lemon and spice. Little hop balance keeps this beer too sweet and lacking in crispness.

Light body and fizzy mouthfeel.
Mellow and easy going, but the taste is lacking a bit and keeps the drinakbility from being higher.

Overall, a decent Wit, but nothing more.

08-06-2003 04:49:28 | More by PhantomVodoo
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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