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

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Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale

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1,606 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,606
Hads: 5,180
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 29.08%
Wants: 57
Gots: 1,036 | 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 Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nice hazy orange-golden color. Strong, moderately thick head.

Smell- Wheat smell with strong citrus overtones.

Taste- About what you'd expect from this beer. Typical wheat taste with highly noticeable citrus presence.

Drinkability- Not a bad brew. I could drink it again, but I probably don't like it enough to go out of my way and buy it again. There are better wheats out there.

Note- This is a fairly mediocre beer by Samuel Adam's standards. Their similiarly styled White Ale is better than this.

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Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a fine cap of white foam, good head retention, a bit of sticky lace, mostly sheets. The initial aroma after the pour was very nice, but it lost some of its punch fairly quick. Nice orange blossom and spice up front, fading to a crackery malt aroma. More orange and lemon citrus in the flavour, light bitterness, faint spiciness with sort of a soapy character. Light bodied with some dryness, moderate carbonation, a bit crisp. Pretty refreshing and nicely balanced.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that expires August 2011. Sampled on April 9, 2011. The pour is a hazy pale yellow-orange combination with a short bursting fizzy white head the goes away quickly. The aroma highlights the lemon zest and grains far beyond anything wheat like. The taste is summer tart with a zing of lemon, black pepper, and a moderate hop note at the end. The wheat taste is downplayed too much.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

US$2.86 for the 1 Pint .6oz bottle.

It pours a straw gold colour, a good 1 finger head of foam and the usual good lacing I expect from Samuel Adams.

A good note of lemon zest and some light spice that must be the grains of paradise. A good smeller overall and quite inviting.

The taste is the same as the smell and that works for me. Good thirst quenching lemon zest, light spice, and the wheat backbone bring good tasty flavours and I'm digging it.

Nice close to medium body and a lightish amount of carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel.

Drinkability? A summer thirst quencher if there ever was one. I'll be picking up more of this beauty, no worries.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 edition. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma features malt and citrus. The taste is more malt and fruity citrus flavors. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew to down in the hot outdoors, but it is does not possess enough character to enjoy on a regular basis.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass May,10,2011

A clear golden yellow with loads of big bubbles that feed a fingers worth of head that quickly falls to a thin film that stays until the bottom of the glass leaving a few patches of lace

S spicy lemon with some dry cereal and maybe a little bubblegum

T not far from the smell but with even more spice that I can't quite place,some faint licorice of all things and aspects of a Wit but not a very good one

M light and fluffy in the mouth with a lingering finish

O somethings just a little off with this one, nothing bad or offensive but nothing worth bragging about or looking for

I could take it or leave it, you wouldn't need to look further then this brewery for a better "Summer Beer" that being said I had no issues finishing it or the one after it for that matter but I doubt I'll be buying another 6er when its on the shelf beside their Nobel Pils for the same price

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, slightly clouded yellow color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in light rings.

S: Lemony citrus aroma is dominent; light and refreshing. Musty, wet grains.

T: Lemon and citrus up front. Bready grains in the middle. Slight tartness lingers through the mild bitter finish.

M: Light body. Balanced carbonation keeps the finish clean and bright. Tasty without being heavy.

D: Very drinkable. Easy to know a few back.

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Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber, small white head forms, settles to a thin ring, some lacing. Smell is sweet, some lemon and spice, caramel and yeast. Taste is sweet up front, citrus and caramel, some spice in the finish, pretty dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Really not too bad, complexity is not its forte, but a pretty refreshing beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light golden with a sticky white head. Nice aroma of malted wheat and vanilla. Nice malty wheat backbone. Tangy taste. A bit of lemon. I do get somewhat of a bite in this one too. Similar to the nice hop bite you'll find in properly brewed European Pilseners, but not as harsh. A case of these would be a nice way to fill up the poolside cooler.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent little summer beer. A little darker than a BMC, lots of carbonation. Lemon in the nose.

Taste, lemon more nuanced, a good light wheat style. Good introductory thing goin' on. Wheat not heavy, but its there. Mouthfeel, goes from mild sour to mild sweet. Easy to drink. Save for hot days.

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Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold with a tint of orange, the liquid is a little bit hazy. The two finger white head is airy; it sinks slowly down, leaving no lacing.

The smell is fruity with notes of citric and honey. There is some sourness paired with yeast and a fine bitter hoppy flavour.

The taste is fresh and refreshing. There is fine wheat-y sourness, some sweet malt. Fruity notes of lemons and blueberries(!). The aftertaste got a good amount of bitterness, some sweetness and a hint of yeast.

The carbonation is powerful; medium sized bubbles. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

A summer ale that really suits summer days.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Mostly clear yellow with an average frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, lemons, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of lemon juice and zest. There are also some grains and a very light amount of hop flavour. It finishes with a lemony grainy aftertaste.

Overall – A decent summer refresher. Probably not something I'd go out of my way to seek out again, but still decent.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 ounce bottle bought from Trader Joe's, bottle says best before August 2007. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy yellow/orange color with an inch white head. It smells like lemon, grain and some peppery spicyness. The taste is pretty much the same as it smells, except that there's a slight tangy finish. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer is smooth. Drinkability is OK, it's easy to drink. It's a good choice as a summer beer, I think it could be very sessionable on a hot day. Not a bad choice at all, overall I think it's a decent, non-offensive brew.

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Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a tiny, white head. Poor head retention.

Robust spicy, lemon aroma with a touch of tart wheat. Nice and refreshing.

Malt, tart wheat, spritzy lemon, mild spice. A crisp, refreshing ale. There flavours get a little overbearing at times.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent, flavoursome wheat ale with nice flavours. It's a little over the top and I'd like a bit less of the lemon and spice.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer part of the Sam Summer Pack. The Summer Ale pours a light amber color with a decent, frothy head. Overcarbonation? Anyway, the aroma seems light and crisp with spiciness. The flavor starts out malty at first and then segues into what appears to be lemon zest and the spiciness makes itself known. Goes down very smoothly and seems quite drinkable for the style. I think it is definitely a good beer for those long, hot days of summer.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice dry, but zesty lemon/orange citrus component with a yeasty grainy background.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A zesty grain & yeast bit to it; slightly bitter with subtle lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A good balance too albeit, a slightly bitter, almost grainy mouthfeel.

(O)- You know what? For what this is, it is not that bad. I would drink this in the summer. While I would not actively seek it out, I would not turn it down if offered to me.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at a restaurant at Dallas Fort Worth airport during a nearly infinite layover. The beer was clear golden color with a standard foam cap. Not much in the aroma, very muted spice maybe but more likely just the smell of malt and hope (not hops). The taste is not spiced, nor hopped, more just a bland American wheat ale. Meh, this is nothing to write home about, I should have gone for the Boston Lager. Not recommended.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this before (old) but never reviewed fresh. Best by date notched at August.

A - Looks of a deep amber brown, hazy in color with a nice 1/4 inch of head and lacing is better than expected.

S - Smells of light hops, malts, lemon and grains. All present and accounted for.

T - At first the lemon really was the first thing that I could taste. Tart and unforgiving but as I tread on it balances with the grains to produce a nice crisp bodied ale. Nice level of hops in this years batch also.

M - Light to medium but not sure of it's session ability.

Overall it's not a bad beer but the clash of lemon tartness really tears me away from drinking it again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this last year and couldn't wait for this year's batch - I guess, as the Geto Boys once said, "my mind's playin' tricks on me".
I remembered trying this last year and it being a great pale wheat; that isn't the case this year. Pours a orangish body with a great one-finger head that was very creamy. Picked up some citric notes and clove, among other spices, in aroma but kinda weak. The beer threw me off. It was smooth, a little creamy, had a nice taste, but everything was kinda blase. Had some orangish, citric taste, and some spices, but overall was a little bland and watery. Not a bad beer, but I can think of other summer ales this season to try first.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When this one was poured from a tap to a pint glass, it had a slightly brownish-gold color and a somewhat thin consistency. Long-lasting head and some OK lacing.

S: The aroma wasn't particularly overstated. Detected some wheat and mild spices, but little else.

T: The flavor really wasn't that interesting. There was a muted wheat taste and some evidence of hops, but mainly it was pretty watery.

M: This one had a nice amount of carbonation a decently smooth finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: Overall, this one didn't really impress me. There are so many better wheat beers out there than this one.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pours a cloudless golden amber color, the head generous in it presence, bright white in color, and the lace nice sheets to cover the glass. Malt dominates, crisp and citrus fresh, quite nice nose, the start malt and lightly sweet, the top skinny in feel. Finish is tartly acidic, hops quite pleasant and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, another good everyday drinking beer, well at least during the summer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Light yellow with fizzy head.

S-Lemons, peppery spice. All quite light.

T-Taste is stronger than the nose. Lemon zest, more spiciness, wheat.

M-Thicker than I expected still pretty light bodied however.

D-Less drinkable than anticipated.

Not a bad seasonal.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance: cloudy golden color, thick white head that laces throughout

smell: heavy on the wheat malt, strong zesty lemons

taste: wheat up front, lemon lingers on the tongue, nice balance of malt and hops but nothing too special here

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very heavy on the wheat

drinkability: i would say its very drinkable but i dont really care to have another

this thing was free, i would never have the urge to spend money on a 6 pack of these things when much better alternatives exist

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Photo of tbeckett
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle poured into a tall Beck's pilsner glass.

A - Very thin cap of white head. Very carbonated. Golden yellow.

S - I definately pick up the lemon zest and some sweetness. Lemon zest dominates the aroma though.

T - Really zesty, citrusy and refreshing.

M - Really thin, almost watery.

D - I can see the carbonation holding the drinkability back a bit but this is really refreshing for a summer day. The lemon zest is a nice touch for a summer ale.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale stange.
5.3% ABV, Enjoy by Sept notched.

A - Hazy golden yellow with a lace-leaving tall white head, Summer Ale glows with the aura of refreshment!

S - Additions of grains of paradise bring forth peppery notes and hints of citrus that perfectly combine with mild lemon peel to add zest to the soft wheat beer aroma.

T - Grains of paradise continue the nuance of peppery notes in flavor, a wonderful combination with the simplistic and delicious base of malted wheat but it's the lemon peel that leaves the lasting impression. The twang of citrus lingers on the tongue and with just a kiss of malt sweetness, finishes like lemonade.

M - There's plenty of carbonation in Summer Ale - it's most definitely not flat but, the incredible velvety smoothness of this beer almost makes it feel too full bodied, just not spritzy enough.

O - Samuel Adams Summer Ale steps slightly away from the usual coriander and orange peel-type of combination usually found in these beers, opting instead for peppery grains of paradise and lemon peel that gives the beer an almost lemonade feel to it. The flavor is quite refreshing but this beer could use a little more dryness and carbonation on the finish to up the summer time drinkability.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.