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

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4,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,768
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 35
Gots: 600 | 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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Photo of Lurkerson
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Atlas1
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange. Slightly opaque, but not dense. Nice lemony, citrus aroma; not overpowering - nothing special, but nice nonetheless. Head dissipated rather quickly. It tasted nice as well. A hint of citrus again, lemon and maybe some tangerine? Maybe a malted tangerine, whatever that tastes like. Malts were nice too. Not too much for a summer ale, but noticeably present. Solid mouthfeel. This is a great summer brew. Good for hot days after working in the yard, and just as comforting after a long day at the office. I think a lot of Sam Adams beers are unjustly criticized, but the fact remains that the brewery makes some quality beers. Their Black Lager is another example of an overlooked gem. Sam Adams Summer Ale is a brew that I'll revisit again next summer.

Photo of JBogan
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a slightly hazy medium gold with a tiny white head which soon turned into a thin film and left moderate lacing. Nothing special going on here.

Nor is there anything special about the aroma. It's mostly a faint wheat scent along with an even fainter citric note.

The taste wasn't much of an improvement, and I struggled to give it even an "average" grade. It was similar to the smell, with wheat malt playing the main role with a very small lemon accompaniment. There was also a musty quality to the beer, but overall it was what I'd call weak tasting.

The mouthfeel was again, very average at best. Somewhat thin, but with just enough crispness to keep it from being too dull.

All said, this was simply a very mediocre beer. I live in a very hot climate, but I can't see myself purchasing this one again. There are far too many beers of it's style out there that are superior.

Photo of Corson
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of tjsmith910
1.5/5  rDev -55%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Murph
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is this actually supposed to be a wit??? Pours a perfectly clear? straw color with a nice whit head that sticks around nicely. Smell is very weak and almost completely of lemon, faint wheat and yeast aromas. There is so much lemon in this brew that it almost makes my mouth pucker when I drink it. There are some vague wheat flavors in the brew and no discernable yeast or spice flavors. Somewhat creamy but not nearly as it should be for the style. Somewhat drinkable. When Coors can make a better wit (Blue Moon) than Sam Adams something is very wrong. I more than likely won't purchase this again.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy golden orange hue with a dense 3 finger head. Excellent retention. Lemon and wheat nose with hint of malt. The taste is strong with lemons and spice..too strong. It boarders on astringent and a beer with thick consistency needs more carbonation than this to have a smooth mouthfeel. The lemonspice bite leaves an aftertaste in the finish. The unbalanced flavor; and the low carbonation defeat the purpose of the refreshing witbier.

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

Appearance - Had a clear straw color to it with a thin white head.

Smell - Smelled of pine, citrus and hint of malts.

Taste - Again with the citrus. Has a slight dry finish which was nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw color. Has a small, foamy white head that has good retention but leaves little in the way of lacing.

Smell: Has a strong lemony smell to it backed by a crisp yeastiness typical of most wheat beers.

Taste: Lemony with a citric bite up front. Develops into a yeasty, spicy flavor. No hop taste to speak of. Not bad, but this is pretty standard in terms of American wheat beers.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a nice carbonation bite.

Drinkability: This is a pretty average beer. Nothing really stands out about it. It's a good summer seasonal and is very refreshing on warm days but not something I'd seek out on a regular basis. There are many better wheat beers out there.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of washburnkid
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed in a proper perfect pint glass.

A: A bit over 1 finger of frothy white head. Barely a haze is visible in this golden straw body.
S: Aromas are faint, with a lemon zest bitterness and nice aromatic offering of spice and fresh wheat.
T: The flavors are pretty faint...underwhelming, actually. The grain flavors are fresh but are really the only prominent character in the beer's profile. Actually, it's really the only flavor...period. No citrus zest as promised by the aroma. A heavy bitterness lingers on the tongue, but it's nothing pleasant.
M/D: Medium body and lower carbonation. Tons of bitterness is clinging to the palate. With a summer beer, I'd expect fresh, diverse flavors and high drinkability. The intense and undefinable bitterness really kills the "summer" ease with which a beer like this should be enjoyed.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, not a Sam Adams glass, but thats ok.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow. White head that lasted a couple minutes leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: lemons and citrus. Some hops and other grains.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, not as smooth as I would it too be. Lemons and mild hops. Different flavor, perhaps the grains of paradise?

Overall: Definatly one of my favorites and always will be.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of cvfish
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a dull amber color that produced a foamy white head which faded away quickly and left no lacing on the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer was dominated by grains, but a little lemon did happen to slip by

T - The taste of this beer had a big grainy wheat flavor followed by some lemons and a spice that reminds me of a subtle peppercorn

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body followed by a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very good beer, the addition of the spice did make this quite as refreshing as Summer Ale should be in my opinion, but it was still good

Photo of MaxPowers
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 4,768 ratings.