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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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4,566 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,566
Reviews: 1,542
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 33
Gots: 438 | 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:
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 Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Hazy yellow with visable carbonation rising to the surface. Bone white head recedes to a small film.

S. Grassy wheat and hay are the dominant scents of this beer. Bready. As it warms theres a smell I cannot describe.

T. Spicy up front, fading to some citrus and wheat backing. Hops are there to add to the other spices. A unique American Wheat.

M. Interesting mouthfeel also. Literally, spicy on the palate which lingers on the tip of the tongue. On the light side of medium bodied.

D. Good brew here. Drinkable, you bet. Not as easy drinking as some summer brews, but great for what it is.

Stinkypuss, May 11, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at TGI Friday's, Millbury, MA, presented in a 23oz hefe-type glass.

Big fluffy slightly off-white head on a slightly cloudy orangy-gold hued brew. Bready, but citrus-y aroma, which the taste resembled. A bit thin body-wise, but certainly an acceptable offering from Boston Beer. Perfect sidekick for my late lunch with the family on a nice spring day.

ppoitras, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.83/5  rDev -45%
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

Mebuzzard, May 26, 2007
Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Poured a golden/yellow color, not perfectly clear, but not hazy either. A foamy, one finger head formed on top with moderate retention and wisps of lacing down the glass.

S: A good bit of lemon and lemon peel, light spices, and a hint of hops. Slight windex aroma.

T: The lemon comes through on the flavor profile with a heavy hand of wheat and just a touch of spice. A little bit of beady malt comes in on the backend.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Crisp and light, fitting for a summer beer.

O: Its ok, not bad, but I am not really a fan of it. Not bad on a hot day outside, which is where I had this one, but plenty of other beer out there I would prefer.

mdaschaf, May 29, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -9.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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.

biegaman, Jun 18, 2008
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.

John_M, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

LXIXME, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice clean wheat aroma with a strong yeast, coriander and lemon aroma. Mild cloviness as well.

The taste was nice and spicy. Good biscuity wheat body and and spicy notes. The lemon zest made for a nice dry finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium chewiness.

Overall a very quaffable summer wheat.

plaid75, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light, cloudy gold color with a vibrate white head.

S: nose was light, fresh citrus, lemongrass and a pleasantly soft herbal hopping.

T: For flavor there was a touch of sour citrus (oranges), pale malt and lemon peel as well some slight grassy hints. There was a slight hint of peppery nature in the finish.

M: crisp with a soothing sourness of lemonpeel and slight tartness.

D: Drinkability is light, refreshing, and crisp, good enjoyability on a hot summer day.

beerthulhu, Aug 24, 2008
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.

tdm168, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Kelp, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Viggo, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

sendbeer, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (BB date of August 2012 but stored chilled) served in a Sam Adams lager glass. A thin layer of sediment covers the bottom of the bottle.

Pours a hazy golden color with an ample white head that soon settles to a durable top coat. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is yeasty and fruity, with too much hint of wet bread but overall mildly appealing.
The flavor is similar, sans wet bread, and has a light, zesty lemon feature like the nose. As often happens with "summer" beers, it is light on both flavor and body. On the other hand, it has a nice peppery spice kick and enough flavor to create a lingering, mainly malty/wheaty, aftertaste. Medium+ carbonation is clearly visible in the glass and moderately soft in the mouth.

O: one of the weaker offerings from Boston Beer, yet still at or slightly above average. [3.25]

chinchill, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Bighuge, May 20, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

dmorgan310, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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.

DrJay, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Zaphog, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz as part of the summer mix pack.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1" head dies leaving no lacing atop a milky golden straw brew.

Aroma is husky pale malts and wheat with a slight but present lemon zest note.

Flavor is better than the aroma.. but not a whole lot. Pale malts and wheat.. with above lemon and a background spice that reminds me of earthy hops... but not really hops if that make sense. Body is creamy lite medium and carbonation is fairly soft. Drinkablity is fairly high.. but I probably won't ever buy it again.

JohnGalt1, Jun 30, 2008
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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