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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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4,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,804
Reviews: 1,563
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 42
Gots: 674 | 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 weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit that I moaned at my wife for making me get this at such a price for guests.
Appears a hazy light gold with a thick, 2 finger creamy white head that never fully goes away. Excellent lacing for the style and a steady 1/8" creamy head floating with excellent carbonation pumping to the top.
Smell is of light orange peel, zesty wheat, bubble gum and white pepper.
Taste is actually pretty good. Good taste of sweet orange peel balanced by the wheat, spice, and a mild hop note.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and dry with a light gummy spiciness flowing through the palate.
This is actually a good beer and I was ready to be let down. Prepare to drink at a fast pace b/c they go down nice and smooth.

Finger licking good.

Photo of ShanePB
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times in the past, reviewed from a draft version last night, poured into a tall Weizen glass (odd?).

A: Pale yellow, fairly clear, could be a bit of chill haze with a nice and creamy white head. Retention was actually pretty damn good, as was the lacing. I'd like to think this is above average for a APWA.

S: Musky grassy notes, lemon zest, orange peel and a bit of wheat spice. The nose in and of itself is a bit muted, it doesn't have that bouquet of aromas like some other wheat beers do, but alas it's SA - so, for what it is, not too bad.

T: Grainy malt base, very earthy in nature, with a bit of peppery spice at first. Clean lemon comes through next followed by a distinct grassy finish. It's not bad at all, just very average for the style. The complexity of flavors really is non-existent, very one dimensional but still quite drinkable.

M: A bit over carbonated for me, but clean, crisp and pretty refreshing.

It's not one of their best beers by any means, nor is it one of their better seasonal releases but it's still a refreshing beer to have on occasion. Nothing worth buying a 6-pack of, but still enjoyable when it needs to be.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a yellow gold with one finger of head that fades quickly. Nose is of lemon zest and straw from the wheat. Taste is lemon and wheat at first with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; well carbonated and dry.

This has always been one of my favorite seasonals. It is sessionable and refreshing.

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What a difference between the tap and bottle.
This poured a light golden body with a thin film that was supposed to be the head. Is this the same beer as from the bottle?
Smell? Nothing, maybe a hint of citrus, maybe. Gave it 2.5 cuz the smell isn't bad, just isn't really noticeable.
Taste is awful. Stale hops, malt, citrus. Nothing fresh or refreshing. Too sweet if anything. this must have been a keg from last year. It ain't good. Blah

Photo of smakawhat
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, good till Sept 2011 let's see how this continuing Sam Adams fest goes...

A very large foamy even tight foamy head is made off the pour but seems to fall rather quickly. Sits on a very bright yellow lemon gold body with just a hint of cloudyness. Looking ok if not a little lifeless.

Bouquet is bitter, a little tea like herb and dried orange peel. Slightly musty and dank. Strangely earthy and dirt soil sense. Seems odd for a Pale Wheat Ale. Not too bad kind of average going on so far.

Tastes is rather well.. non existent really. Everything seems toned down that it comes off as just a weak malt. No big bread, hop character, crispness, crackle, not even much spice that seems to come from the nose. IT's quite easy drinking I'll give it that. There's a muted orange on the finish but it's completely buried.

Overall really middle of the road beer for me here. Not getting much out of this one.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy hazy yellow with a medium white head. Nose is floral hops, lemon,orange peel and a wheaty grain. Taste is smooth, hoppy a bit of malt but not much and a slight yeast aftertaste. Easily drinkable especially and I would think a great session beer. I really liked it.

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy golden brew.

Smell is a little sweet and a bit of wheat smell.

Taste is mostly a clean wheat taste. A cracker flavor is also present. A bit of lemon is present as well as a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Light drinkable brew, good but pass the German Weizen please.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass)

A- This beer pours a straw yellow with strands of microbubbles gliding up to a thick eggshell of foam that last for a good bit.

S- The aroma of natural lemon dish soap finishes with a soft green hop snap.

T- The dry lemon cleaner taste has a hint of soap to it with a peppery spice to the dry finish. As the beer warms the green hops and pepper finish really grow.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a bit of a flat texture and a crisp finish.

O- The dry crisp taste is refreshing but the soapy notes and lemon pepper flavor are to strong and don't have any support making this a bit rough to finish a glass. The flavors described on the bottle are all there but that is all that is there.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pint of Summer Ale served at a beachfront restaurant in Long Branch, NJ in a standard glass. The ale is cold.

A: The ale is a straw color with little, if any, head.

S: The lemon zest provides a pleasant citrus kick.

T: The spices (lemon zest and grains of paradise) provide a pleasant tangy flavors that melds well with the light wheat body.

M: The carbonation seems a little over the top, giving the beer a hot, harsh feel.

D: Very drinkable, a perfect beer for a lazy hazy beach day.

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes 5/25/07 - Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Faint wheat nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is light citrusy wheat. Clean finish. $5.50 on-tap 14oz at Houlihan's Logan airport Boston, Ma.

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

On tap at the Nashville airport. All things considered, I was pleasantly surprised to see a beer of "this quality" at the airport.

SASA poours a somewhat cloudy golden amber color with with fairly good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light sandlewood and nutmeg... maybe a hint of clove and lemon. The flavor profile is pretty "wheaty," with some underlying light bitternes, light honey and spice. There's sort of a lemony, fruit cocktail flavor as well to this beer that is attractive. Mouthfeel is light and fairly refreshing, with some noticeable light spice in the finish.

Mehhh... suitable for quenching one's thirst at an airport while waiting for one's flight during a storm delay, but not really much else. Can't imagine ordering this one again any time soon.

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

'Summer Ale' is a befitting name for this beaming golden brew; although plenty of light is allowed to pass through, fine dusty particles blur clarity enough that only shadows are visible on the other side. Its linty white head is very responsive to swirling but always tapers off to just the one thick outside ring of foam. Hardly any lacing is left.

Like most American wheat ales, this is rather agreeable but has an additional, uncustomary savoriness that is definitely notable even while not being overpowering. The beer's 'aww chucks' appeal, however, quickly grows old as the lemon zest and grains of paradise notes go stale at the expense of tiresome malts and an overly complaisant spiciness.

The mouthfeel has both gritty bitterness and fruity tang, albeit each in compromised roles. The spices are again quite agreeable, and fitting for a beer meant to be light and refreshing, although a peppery texture definitely coats the palate long before anything earthy or sweet sets in. The finish is dry and croaky like steamed pak choy or other Asian greens.

Flavours of dry grass and grapes, raw wheat, and floral hops compliment the grains of paradise, which are actually quite mild in taste. The Asian greens flavour continues as a steamed bok choy plays right into a lemon zested chickpeas, with added mandarin slices and pomegranate molasses. It tastes like a healthy dinner, with as much bitterness as sweetness.

I got no qualms with this one. Sure, there are better summertime patio beers, but in a crunch this will do just fine. In fact, I can see this being enjoyed by the more casual crowd of beer drinkers as well as the more demanding aficionados. Indeed, come summer, this is exactly the kind of refreshing, endlessly quaffable ale one wishes were more widely available.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Wasatch
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Age date was Aug 05. Poured a cloudly yellow with a very small head, with not much lacing. Bottle sez wheat ale brewed with lemon and grains of paradise. Has a grassy scent with a very nice taste. This is a very socialable brew, many can be had. Will I buy it again, probably not.

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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