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

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4,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,172
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 25
Gots: 246 | FT: 0
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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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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

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

A nice hazy golden colour with a fluffy white head with good lacing..

Smells delicious, lemony, grassy and some floral hops.

Tastes lemony upfront, finishes bitter and sour -maybe too sour in the aftertaste, but very refreshing and nice and drinkable!!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 20:51:40 | More by GodOfBeer
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from Sam Adams.

This brew has a mezmorizing golden color that mimicks sunshine. The foam is almost pure white and thick but short lived. The aroma contains a bit of citrus. Taste-wise the cirtus is there too, and the very mild tartness makes for a smooth drink.

If you want a nice drink that is light at flavorfull, Sam Adams Summer Ale is just what you need.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2008 20:28:44 | More by DesMoinesMike
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JHendu

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-14-2014 04:47:49 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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Jackal

West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

07-26-2013 04:25:02 | More by Jackal
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elniko

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Light golden, two fingers of head that left light lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Definitely a hint of lemon, grassy tones as well.

T & M: Best word I can describe this beer with is zesty. The lemon is there but does not overwhelm either. Mouthfeel is nice with the carbonation, leaves a bite on the aftertaste as well.

D: Definitely drinkable, great beer for the summer. I could definitely put back a few of these on a hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 18:05:04 | More by elniko
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is deep yellowish orange with a light white head on top. The lemon zest used in the beer is evident on the nose, and accompanies a general malty aroma.

The taste starts out with that sweet citrus aspect, not in a hoppy way, but the zesty way. About midway through a strong malty tone asserts itself, along with some peppery notes behind that. Interesting aftertaste that I want to say is the paradise, but I have only Batch 8000 to compare it against for that particular ingredient, and I can't recall. For a summer style wheat beer I think this is interesting, depthy yet drinkable.

The mouthfeel on this is decent, not overly remarkable. Drinkability is solid...it's an easy drinking beer with depth at an affordable price, and is easy to find because of Boston Beer Co's distribution range. I will likely have this again.

The bottom line: A fine summer offering by the Sam Adams folks. Assertively malty with some interesting spice depth. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:24:18 | More by CortexBomb
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dfried

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw in color with a slight orange hue, 1cm foamy white head. Malty aroma with some wheat, peppery and citrusy lemon. The taste is much the same as the aroma, sweet wheaty malt, peppery grains of paradise, and tangy lemon rind. Tangy, spicy mouthfeel, pretty easy to drink.

Overall: a quick read of the bottle sums this beer up quite well, wheat, grains of paradise, lemon. All the flavors are easy to pick out and strait forward. Simple beer that some may say leans a little too heavily on the lemon rind. Though I can no longer find much about this beer to inspire me to drink it, I do credit it as one of, if not the first beer I ever liked other than an American domestic pils, way back my sophmore year of college. Thanks for that SA.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 20:18:40 | More by dfried
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PatronWizard

California

3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sammy Summer Ale from a twelver into a glass....

Poured an opaque golden orange with a pure white head that didn't hang out for too long.

Citrus scent, I can't help but like wheat beer, what can I say?

Tastes just like it should : a summer ale. Light refreshing, it reminds of sittin in the pool with a floating beer cooler.

May not be a thick beer lover's beer but I think it does exactly what it's supposed to do. I would love to leisurely sit back and have this whole twelve back over the course of an entire day. And I probably will.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 20:55:03 | More by PatronWizard
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-29-2013 11:08:46 | More by jhartley
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silverking

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

07-07-2013 17:47:15 | More by silverking
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Bromine

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-15-2013 11:00:04 | More by Bromine
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 19:50:55 | More by Beerbuddha
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

07-23-2013 14:31:14 | More by sonofliberty2
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little_star

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

07-01-2014 23:42:16 | More by little_star
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benito

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beery college days back east have forever fused Sam Adams Summer Ale and the end of the school year in my mind. Long days in southern Connecticut were perfectly suited to downing pitchers of SA, watching the NBA playoffs, and enjoying the prospect of a few free months.

Wistful as I may be for things past, I think I'm sensible about Sam Adams Summer Ale now. It may not be a great beer, but it's certainly worth a shot. And it still has a great taste of summer.

It pours a cloudy mandarin with a big fluffy head. The bouquet has some phenolic character, but it's mostly plain jane. The taste has a distinct fruity-wheat character, with the sweetness of lemon and orange dominating the tongue. The sweetness rolls across the entire palate, almost to the point of being cloying, yet the mouthfeel is light enough to pardon this excess.

Overall this is a ho-hum wit (probably more accurate to call it a pale wheat), but what it lacks in subtlety or complexity of flavor, it makes up for in drinkability. I still could kick back and down a sixer of these without batting an eye. And if my Pistons make it to the NBA finals again, I might have to pick up a sixer of this as a good luck charm. For old time's sake.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 14:37:02 | More by benito
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vickersspitfire

Texas

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

This is a very light blonde ale with plenty of carbonation and a nice thin head that doesn’t fade away too quick and has a good citrusy aroma to it. It has some good spicy flavors in it, nothing too strong; it has a light lemony crispness throughout and has a bit of bitterness in its aftertaste, but nothing too overwhelming. Not bad over all.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 04:10:47 | More by vickersspitfire
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a hazy yellow with lots of carbonation and a half finger head.

S - Lemon, wheat. You know, like a pale wheat ale! Also a bit grainy and some kind of mild sweetness.

T - Right off some zesty lemon and a mellow wheat. Very bready in the middle, with a gross bitter finish. Leaves the mouth with a dirty lemon peel flavor. Not good.

M - Light body, refreshing. Good carbonation. Dry, grainy in the finish.

O - Not my bag, baby. The finish is almost unbearable. Everything else is fine, but I can't stand the way this leaves my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 21:44:25 | More by greenmonstah
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-27-2012 16:07:46 | More by NCbeerpirate
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-12-2013 19:08:08 | More by jngrizzaffi
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

07-19-2013 02:33:07 | More by ahommell
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a hazy orange appearance with thick white head that slowly settles down. Smell is mostly citrus, picked up orange and wheat as well.

Taste-wise, picked up lots of lemon as well as malt, wheat, some sweetness , variety of spices and bitter hops. The body is medium and creamy with moderate carbonation. After taste is bitter with a lingering lemon taste.

Overall, this indeed comes off as a good summer beer. To bad I got this off season. I'd say it's worth a try. Good to different varieties of Sam Adams coming to Canada (or at least Western Canada).

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 04:12:15 | More by CrazyMike
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grubefresh

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-06-2012 06:58:17 | More by grubefresh
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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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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellowy golden straw, clear with maybe just a hint of chill hazy. A small bright white cap of foam with plenty of active bubbles rising to join. Some fair lace.

S: A fairly clean, somewhat doughy wheat beer. Rounded zesty lemon – quite firm, but not too powerful. A spicey hint. No obvious hops detected, but there is a definite herbal note.

T: Lemon is done alright. It is a big part of the flavor, but not really cloying or overdone. It is zesty, yet rounded and it blends pretty well with other aspects. The spicey note takes on a soft earthy edge. Middle to end some strong herbal presence comes in. Could be hops as it is balanced by a reasonable bitterness, but it seems to be something else. Grains of paradise? Coriander?? Doughy wheat beer with just a touch of sweetness stays in the background and would be bland on its own. It does provide a good base for the lemon aspect as well as the spicey and herbal notes. Okay balance with some sweetness rather than tartness you might expect in a beer this lemon focused. Herbal note continues strong into the finish, especially as it warms.

M: About medium body, perhaps a hair under. Carbonation a touch over average. Good quenching feel, nice for summer. Clean neutral finish that gradually grows drying.

D: Sort of reminds you of a really clean and anodyne Wit. Muted wheat, minimal haze, no yeasty notes, mild spice, plentiful lemon. Approachable BBQ beer. Should be good for getting folks to think of something other than macro swill. Better with food than on its own.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:38:40 | More by SickGnar
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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