Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #603
Ranked #49,446
3.35 | pDev: 16.12%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale
Notes: 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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BroBobby70 from Texas

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into Imperial pint glass.
Look: Cloudy straw color, 1 finger creamy head, nice carbonation, some lacing
Smell: Malty, citrus is there but not overpowering
Taste: Medium bitterness, some hop flavor with a dry citrus finish
Feel: Good carbonation, medium body, coats the tongue well
Overall: Hits all the right notes for the style. While not necessary this would be good with a splash of lemon juice or a lemon wedge.
Pair with lighter foods, such as salads, sushi and vegetable dishes.

Aug 15, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of Sam's best. I always pick up at least one of these ever year. Easy drinking
American Wheat Ale with a hint of citrus. Excellent beer for the summer months. Beats any cheap beer if you are willing make due with the extra calories.

Jun 07, 2021
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Shelbs90 from Montana

3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very citrus smell. looks great. has a nice color. has a nice wheat taste with a kick of lemon. very nice summer beer. has the perfect citrus taste without being too overwhelming.

May 30, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2021 version adds lemon, lime, and orange peels alongside a slight name change to 'citrus' wheat ale. A pale SRM colour pours the same hue when swished and poured again. Lively head, steady presentation with an overall lighter than expected appearance as mentioned before.

Small citrus notes, mainly notes of the grains of paradise pepper in the scent. Similar to the scent the taste gives a lot of attention to the spicy pepper notes, alongside a bit of a citrus tang in the rears with a main presentation of the wheat malt; that's, a great thing thing btw. Very Americanized wheat beer, I believe it is more flavourful than 312 from Goose Island and more complex than Bell's Oberon, though the spicy notes might turn away some drinkers.

As expected high drinkability because of the wheat malt blends. Bit of a soapy mouthfeel from the oils, but nothing too unappealing.

May 29, 2021
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ejh679 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking these since they were released this year in 2021. It is a refreshing beer that has a nice accent point on citrus fruit and wheat. A great example of an American wheat beer with from the look, smell and taste. Seems like they went with a more neutral yeast not giving strong bananas or clove flavors leaving the flavor to be driven by the malts, adjuncts and the spices added.
The look is a hazy gold beer with lots of carbonation when poured into a glass from a bottle. The smell is fruity with the main scents of citrus based fruits. The mouthfeel is a low medium to medium and pleasant while also being refreshing. The taste is mostly general citrus and a hint of malt which quickly disappears after swallowed leaving you wanting another sip. Overall for a seasonal beer this one hits the spot for a spring beer transitioning to a summer beer with plenty of nice flavor and also being refreshing to down a few.

May 29, 2021
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Jeez from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had one from its own can and my housemates took the other 2. Punchy lemon and tangerine are at the forefront backed up by wheat. There is a spiciness to it that I assume comes from the grains of paradise that are described. The overall taste is more robust than the Porch Rocker, another Sam Adams summer "lawnmower beer" brewed with lemon. While the two serve the same purpose, the Summer Ale is the more memorable of the two. A light body with medium carbonation make it easy enough to drink, though it may be on the thin side.

May 22, 2021
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CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Weizen Glass

Pours hazy orange/straw color, with a small foamy head that recedes fairly quickly, no lacing.

Mild aroma, mainly lemon and wheat, with some mild orange/tangerine undertones. Mildly spicy

Nice mix of lemony citrus and moderate spiciness. Like the scent, very clean and fresh. mildly sweet with a dry finish

Easy to drink, light to medium/light in body. Not overly carbonated. Refreshing and very drinkable. Not my favorite , but not bad.

Apr 12, 2021
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kylecochran02 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an odd beer as I rate it differently based on the month. During the summer this is one of my top beers. The lemon is very apparent and it makes for one of the best grilling beers available. I’ve had this during colder days and it doesn’t give me nearly the satisfaction. I’d highly recommend for outdoor social events as this is essentially summer in a glass.

Apr 09, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.41/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, medium-deep orange color with a mild and crispy head that fades. SRM of 10. (4.00)

Aroma: Very unique aroma. Tangerine, lemon peel, and wheat. But then an overpowering spicy, aroma that I can't place, but reminds me of rye or Jasmine and cracked pepper. Maybe some mint and lime with hints of tomato or cumin. Unique and quite nice. (4.25)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with lemon and grains upfront that is followed by the strong spicy lemon & lime, white pepper and spice flavor from the African Grains of paradise. It ends with a nice grainy malts and yeast. A light noble hop grassiness on the back end too. The spice gives the citrus and drying flavor that is unique in that it is not bitter. Nice complex flavor profile. Tastes like a fancy tangerine spice soap. A little it of the lemon/lime Gatorade flavor here too. (4.50)

Feel: Mouthfeel is light, but not too light. Crispy, spicy, and peppery on the tongue, but finishes with a perfect amount of honey sweetness. Overall, finishes spicy and mildly sweet. It does the mouthfeel well. (4.5)

Compared to Sam Adams Boston Lager 8/2/20: Pours a lighter color. More citrus and wheat on the nose. Both have a nice spice component, but the Boston Lager is heaver and sweeter.

Compared to Castle Danger's Summer Crush 5/30/21: Pours a darker, clearer color. More orange, spice, mint, and wheat. Less lemon cream.

to Bells' Oberon 6/6/21: Pours similar. More citrus, lime, mint, pepper, and spice. Stronger wheat flavor. Less sweet orange malt. Finishes hoppier and less smooth.

to Stone Dayfall 7/3/21: Pours a similar color with the same amount of cloudiness. Milder aroma. More lemon citrus, pepper, spice, and grain malt. Less orange, flower, and bergamot.

to 3 Floyd's Gumballhead 7/25/21: Pours a slightly lighter color. More lemon citrus, white pepper, spice, and flowery notes. Less tangerine and gummy bear. Slightly less sweet.

to New Belgium Summer Bliss 8/1/21: Pours a darker and clearer color. More lemon/lime citrus and peppery spice. Less mango, guava, wheat, coconut, and overall fruitiness. A larger and more wheat body. Very similar though. Winner: Sam Adams

to Bahaus Lounge Wizard 9/15/21: Pours a darker, clearer color. More lemon/lime citrus and grain spice. Less melon, guava, berry. Winner: Sam Adams

Overall (4.5): Now this is a unique and well-crafted summer ale. The lemon and lime dance nicely with the spice pepper and grains. It even has a lemon/lime Gatorade flavor which is unique. The African Grains of Paradise create a perfect kick that a pale wheat needs. It's extremely well-rounded and not one aspect is overpowering. The spice is quite nice here. Difficult to characterize the African Grains of I think often the pale wheat style can be quite bland, and this is so much better than others I've had. This beer is really good and better than the ratings. (Final Rating 4.41)

Aug 02, 2020
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Imperatum15 from California

4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is a golden haze with moderate carbonation. Little lacing and a white head. In the smell, lemon is predominant with faint wheat malts. Little hop presence in the taste and notes of lemon and a bit of orange come through. Finishes with an adequate wheat malt backbone. Overall a solid beer for the summer that is very easy to drink. Pairs great with most summer foods, especially chicken.

Jul 27, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It’s been a hotly contested topic among the members of the page whether or not this beer is as good as we once remember it. While three summers ago it was just fantastic, the past few years it has been a little underwhelming. Nevertheless, as I sit here in the fading July sun bringing a cold can to my lips, Sam Summer has regained its glory. A magically smooth ale, with lemon lime notes that quenches your thirst and brings out the best on a summer night.

Jul 25, 2020
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Perfectly named beer. Smooth, pleasant in every category. Easy drinking, perfect for hot weather. Light juice aroma, flavor is mild, hint of dry finish, well balanced. Would buy again.

Jul 18, 2020
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw, 2-finger white head that settles quickly. Nose is hinted with lemon / citrus, honey, and something of a muted spring flower quality. Flavor has the bright lemon and honey combination with a cereal-like malt profile. Easy drinking, and appropriate for the season. Could stand a little more carbonation considering what it is, but still a good summer beer.

Jul 03, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a sixtel (not sure when kegged, opening the kegerator was too hard) into a pint glass

L: sixtel was transported this morning so am sure that’s a factor. Pours a very hazy lighter orange gold, with a very thick white head (think that’s transportation). Second pour not as foamy, slight white head that dissipates quickly with not much lacing

S: light aroma, get a ton of lemon and honey. Nothing much herbal/earthy/bitter about it. Makes me think of a hot toddy or hot water with lemon, like if I had a sore throat

T: 100% that hot toddy/hot water flavor. Also makes me think of (I believe this is what I’m thinking of) lemon Halls suckers. A lot of lemon, with that honey flavor as well. Some floral character toward the end, but that lemon and honey flavor dominates. A fairly straightforward taste, medium-long finish that again makes me think of hot water plus lemon and honey

F: light body, medium-high carbonation. Fine, easy drinking as it should be - would have liked it more crisp/refreshing

O: a beer that I can imagine downing a few glasses of while sitting out in the sun, i.e. the entire point of getting it. Wish the flavor was more refreshing/summery than throat-soothing, but that’s okay

Jul 03, 2020
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Hills1967 from New Mexico

4.93/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great session ale for a hot summer day. Complex and all the characteristics of a true ale. Much more sophisticated than your typical Mexican pale lager but retaining that refreshing dry finish. Only a master brewer could pull this off. Well done!

Jun 20, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a wheat glass

Pours medium-gold and only slightly chill-hazed. Limited head and lacing.

Pale clean grain and tart wheat aromas with faint white pepper and vinous notes.

Citrus flavors are more pronounced on the palate than they were present as aromas. Still skewed sweet.

The brew's feel is good for its purpose. Medium light and crisp.

Decent lawnmower APA/APWA. That's about it.

Jun 13, 2020
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lflotron from Florida

3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a amber and golden color. it has a wheaty taste with a slight hint of citrus and a bit of carbonation. Overall, I would say this is a very good beer. As usal, Sam Adams doesn't disappoint.

Jun 03, 2020
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CP7212 from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I could smell citrus, but after tasting, could not taste any. It almost tasted like a small hint of clove, which I don't like. For $9.50 per six-pack, I was left unimpressed.

May 29, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - poured into a 12 oz tulip glass. Hazy light orange color with a two finger head that dissipates , leaving behind little lacing.
Smell - citrus sweetness, with little to no presence of hops. smells like a sweet tropical beverage.
Taste - citrus forward in taste as well, fairly light with a slightly malty finish. no hop presence.
Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, and right on par for the style at around 5.3% ABV.
Overall - nothing to write home about, though nothing bad. its a simple and refreshing ale that is crushable and easy drinking all day for the summer.

May 17, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated best by September 2020.

Pours a light golden amber color with a little bit of murkiness. Head is white and fizzy - starts off about 1/2 in thick then dissipates quickly. No lacing. Not super interesting but not unappetizing to see.

Smell is citrusy (lots of lemon and a good bit of orange), almost to the point of being sour. The wheat and malt balance it out and keep it from being over the top.

Taste follows the nose. Pretty clear balance of lemon zest, orange peel, wheat, and malts. The interesting thing here is the peppers that show up in the finish, which isn’t super long but definitely is not short.

Feel - light, crisp, and refreshing, but without being watered down like you’ll find in “light” beers. Goes down smoothly, pleasantly high carbonation, and the peppers at the end actually cleanse your palate in between each drink, especially if you’re drinking water with it like I usually do with most beers.

Overall, refreshing and pleasant. Not amazing, but I would say Just North of what I expect is “average.” I wouldn’t go out of my way for it, but it’s nice to have occasionally in the warm weather.

Apr 19, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, best by Jul 2020; purchased off shelf at Total Wine... poured into a fat tulip)

L: clear amber liquid until small dose of sediment slid in last couple oz; fizzy white foam, leaving just a broken, spitty cap moments after pour; lace does not want to stick

S: dried apricot, white grapefruit, fruity yeast sediment... seems kind of on par with other light, fruity, candy-sugar sweetened beers I've had from them, unless I've had this a few times and don't remember

T: wheaty, lightly floral up front, with a swerve shift to a more dried grass/flower, earthy finish; fruitiness curiously subdued, at least from a sweetness standpoint, as a soft, dry, powdered fruit skin note rises in the aftertaste... bigger second sip, lightly biting, pithy bitterness starts to build; aftertaste shifts to a dry, grassy mango skin thing, emphasis on dryness

F: wheaty film enveloping its light body; subtle sizzle, but it might be tricked by a soft spicy warmth... overall, little chub or slickness; rather cottony soft, superbly dry

O: had left bottle out of fridge for an hour before swilling, seemingly allowing the underlying gnarly, vegetal notes to creep out... this is probably best slugged cold, as a palate-cleanser to chips n salsa, or some other party nosh... funny though, this has that quintessential, throwback SA (fermentation/water/etc) character that I'd tasted in most if not all of their ales way back 20 years ago - memory Monday? (1659)

Apr 06, 2020
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mid range golden-amber color. Slightly murky. Big, foamy white head. Pretty smooth drinker with just a slight bitterness. Not overly demanding in any particular direction, but also does not come off as being weak.

Mar 24, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Summer Ale pours a Slightly Orangeish-Yellow color, with a light haze just as the label appears. A thin head and bit of lace. This beer smells of lemon citrus and wheat and tastes just the same, with a taste of coriander. Crisp, refreshing and light, but not too light. Good and refreshing beer for a hot summer day.

Dec 23, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.44/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The beer pours a bright orange, this certainly looks the part of a summertime drink. There is a best before month as usual on all Samuel Adams bottled beer. The aroma is of lemon citrus zest. The taste is very citrusy with another element that is tasty & interesting, I reckon that is the grains of paradise showing itself. The citrus is showing itself more towards the finish & the grains of paradise is showing itself in the beginning. Furthermore, I think the grains of paradise is my favorite thing about this concoction. I recommend that you brew some more beers with these grains of paradise. I think it's a decent but the addition of the different types of citrus kind of throws it off. I agree, I don't like this beer either. Cheers! C-

Aug 30, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: lousy golden color with frothy head and lace
S: citrusy front end with wheat backend
T: follows taste with a tangy citrusy backend
F: tingly citrusy dance in the tongue with quite a bit of carbonation
O: refreshing with quite a tinge of the tropics

Aug 09, 2019
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