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

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4,477 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,477
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 397 | 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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

11-15-2011 00:58:47 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

12 oz bottle pours out an orange/gold color. It had a nice foamy head. The beer smelled of lemon and citrus. The lemon flavor was complimented by the wheat taste and a hint of malt. The mouthfeel was pretty good, slightly grainy. It is a nice light brew for summer and very drinkable.

06-30-2006 15:24:19 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

355ml bottle, kickin' back on my b-day off-day at the Metro. Only the second Sam Adams product to make it to the store shelves around here thus far, strange, that.

This beer pours a lightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which renders some droopy cloud lace around the glass in its short and sweet wake.

It smells of pale grainy and wheaty malt, lemon zest, orange Slurpee, a touch of spicy yeast, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet lemon-infused bready cake, pale wheat grain, a soft, earthy, kind of peppery spiciness, and plain as the day is long (and they're still pretty long, right now) leafy, musty hops.

The carbonation is average, just a wan frothiness for my trouble, the body far on the light side of medium weight, though soft, and somewhat airy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the wheat malt keepin' 'er between the lines, with a bit of weakening lemon rind for good measure.

A simple wheat ale, nothing particularly remarkable, in spite of the pseudo-exotic guest spice ingredient. However, given my 'predicament' right now, this came off as pretty thirst quenching, and a worthy kick-off to wandering back out into the pavement-enhanced sunshine.

07-24-2010 19:57:53 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

Clear golden body with yellow highlights. The short but creamy white head holds fairly well and leaves some minor lacing. The nose is interesting with a hint of lemon and some wheat. Medium bodied. Crisp. The flavor is similar to the aroma with clear notes of wheat and a lemony side. Some peppery spiciness helps to balance the malt, and a firm bitterness backs it. Well-made, enjoyable, and refreshing.

07-07-2006 17:44:13 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-01-2012 13:42:00 | More by SocalKicks
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +20.1%

On-tap at Chelo's in Providence, RI, served in a large Weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with an average-sized off-white head that fades normally and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, spice, caramelized malt & a little bit of hops, but overall isn't very strong.

T: A malty flavor with hints of lemon & spice hit you up front. Some hops are mixed in and there's the constant background of wheat. I've had this beer many times before, but not for a while and remember it being a little bit more bitter and a little less malty.

M: Very smooth & crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily and is quite refreshing & tasty, well-worth staying with, especially in places where Sam Adams & Sam Adams Seasonal are your only choices aside from macros.

08-25-2006 15:37:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Pours with two fingers of bone white head resting on a clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - Honey-like malt aromas with a little bit of lemon and some grassy hops.

T - Lemon and coriander flavors up front with a bit of spicy grain character. More citrus in the middle with a hint of orange and some peppery phenolic notes. The pepper becomes kind of medicinal in the finish with grassy hops and moderate bitterness. A lingering, burnt toast and phenol aftertaste.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - It starts out very promising with a nice, spicy and fruity character but things really fall apart in the finish. It gets really medicinal and almost burnt tasting with a stale spice character that lingers long after all of the pleasant aspects have faded away. Too bad really.

05-16-2011 04:15:20 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -19.5%

This beer pours with an orangish golden tone with a nice frothing orangish white head that left me relatively quickly. Another sorry attempt for Sam Adams to make a classic style, it's not horrible it's just Sammed out. Has the same background flavors as many of their beers, which I am not crazy about. The aroma is full of the lemon zest aroma that is nice but the beer shouldn't just have the bitter taste of lemon zest. It cancels out the pleasure of the smell when you taste the bitter offness of the lemon zest. Overall not very drinkable or enjoyable for me. I don't consider this a true witte bit if I did it would be on the bottom of the wittes I have tried. Will not go for this one again.

03-28-2003 17:58:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -9%

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date ... different label from before, no more sail boat. :-(

Super foamy with a dense white head. A cloudy haze of orange-straw color.

Slightly soapy aroma, malt sweetness, hops and some odd spicing going on. Hint of wheat and lemon in the nose as well.

Wheat is evident on the palate, fuller bodied than one would expect from a summer ale. Odd spicing and an all around orange-ish flavor in the middle. Mild hopping goes well with the maltiness.

I want to like this brew but the flavors just don't meld ... it just does not do it for me.

06-04-2005 22:22:43 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemon zest up front
& coriander

T: Follows the nose,, you get grains of paradise also & white pepper, slight white grape juice up front. Grainy & lemony notes plus all the spiceyness mentioned earlier as this warms. Grains of paradise really show in the finish, very crisp & peppery

Medium bodied & crisp

Presented well for the style, very drinkable

05-17-2011 00:34:44 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +15%

Appearance: hazy, pale orange color, clear yellow at bottom, with a lovely meringue-like, creamy white head, large & softly settling.
Aroma: delicate, with tingly spices, loads of citrus.
Taste: mild, smooth entry on the palate, but generous flavor, excellent wheat texture. Medium-bodied. All the parts, wheat, spice, (grains of paradise) & fruit (lemon zest) make a near-perfect blend. Certain aspects stand out from others from time to time, though, too lemony once, too thick another.
All in all, not a bad stab at the witbier style, a good interpretation from these guys, highly drinkable, nice job.

11-05-2003 09:36:32 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev 0%

Beer served in a Sam Adam Noble Pils glass and I spent the evening wishing this was Noble Pils. Beer is yellow with a mild haze to it, some lacing on the glass. Moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is grainy and unpleasant, sorry Sam Adams, this does not make me want to drink this.

Beer is medium to light in body, nothing up front with a mild sweetness on the finish. There is a grainy aftertaste that really takes me out of the beer. I had 500 ml of this (why was this served in 500 ml glasses?) and that was more than enough. I'd have it again if it were the only beer at the party and my alcoholism needed to be fed, otherwise I'd pass.

05-05-2011 03:38:37 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-16-2013 16:29:12 | More by Slatetank
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

underrated in my opinion. intriguing nose of fresh fruit juice, black pepper, and light malts. flavor is complex for a summer beer, some spice happening up front, followed by a lemongrassy citrus thing that isnt acidic but it is sharp. some hops in the finish, and the grains of paradise seasoning really adds some depth without being distracting. i like this beer a lot, always have. when its ice cold it is as good a summer beer as any, the malt profile is perfectly light, the body is light, the carbonation is right on, and its an easy 12pack on hot summer afternoon. i have very little to critique about this beer, maybe a bit of a funky aftertaste, but just keep sipping and its real good.

05-18-2012 19:03:40 | More by StonedTrippin
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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +12%

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful wheat scent accented with lemon zest; very nice. The taste is decent. It has a dry wheat flavor which is drenched with lemons; quite tart. It goes down slow and finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a unique seasonal. It has good wit qualities, but the lemon contribution is a bit much. Other than that, it's not a bad drinking brew.

06-13-2004 01:51:57 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -2.1%

First had: bottle from a friend's cooler

Pours a hazy golden with a nice white head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Light malty aroma, lemony, grainy. Typical wheat bite in the mouth, with obvious lemon and peppery spice; a little harshness to it, but for a major label, not a bad beer. Good balance of flavors. Light bodied and easily drinkable; best in summertime...obviously.

06-17-2011 20:59:39 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

08-07-2013 22:29:36 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Sharp, heavily spiced light beer.

This is very educational. I didn't realize there was a pale wheat category-- let's call it Denatured Wheat. Strange that it's like a Wit-- wheat malt and the usual spices-- but quite different in taste. Citrus peel is pleasant until the bitterness takes hold. Oddly bitter with such a modest amount of malt to hang onto. Lots of flavor, but I wish it had less!

Another well-made and very light beer from BBC, though one of my least favorites. I think it is much improved mixed with Rampage DIPA.

05-24-2011 06:11:20 | More by mactrail
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mdfb79

New York

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

From 09/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a nice golden color with an inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lemon, citrus, wheat, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, and lemon/citrus.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent, easy to drink beer by Sam Adams. Not my favorite seasonal from them, but a decent beer to get when out to eat. Would never seek out but will drink again at some point.

09-13-2010 22:51:07 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-23-2013 03:14:41 | More by mendvicdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

Poured a hazy, some-what cloudy gold. Almost like a witbier, but not quite. Above average, but something missing. The head was foamy, a bit thin, but it was fairly well-retained.
The smell was not bad, but a bit thin. Some hints of lemon, a touch of orange. I had to take deep breaths and swirl quite a bit to pick up on it.
The taste was not bad. Some citrus, especially lemon, with a bit of yeast background. It was refreshing. Virtually no aftertaste.
For a summer ale, it was thirst-quenching. It could be a good selection for a summer brew. I could drink this by the pool on a hot day.
There are better selections for a summer day, but if offered, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

05-11-2006 00:29:42 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-22-2011 18:26:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours cloudy; light amber. Thin head, decent lace

The smell is almost non-existent--too mild to evaluate well. I detect some wheat, little else.

A classic wheat beer taste. Some sourness and nice spice. Tight carbonation, moderate body.

Any easily quaffable brew. Think front porch, watching thirsty people walking by--here's the beer for that.

07-01-2006 20:16:41 | More by smcolw
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-22-2013 03:58:54 | More by XmnwildX12
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Halcyondays

California

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a medium white head, good retention.

S: Very light, wheat malt and lemon.

T: Bitter lemon comes to the forefront, cereal grains and peppery spice in there too.

M: Light and crisp, smooth, medium carbonation.

D: An interesting mix of flavours, but just wasn't into it at the end, I'd choose others for a summer refresher.

06-10-2008 17:03:51 | More by Halcyondays
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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