Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale
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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
American Pale Wheat Beer
Ranked #243
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
76
Ranked #29,440
Avg:
3.34 | pDev: 16.17%
Reviews:
1,760
Ratings:
4,133
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 31, 2022
Added:
May 09, 2001
Wants:
  75
Gots:
  1,474
SCORE
76
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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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Rated: 2.75 by bkwagie

Aug 31, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap at the Pour House on Market in Denver in a Sam Adam's "curvy glass".

On arrival a one finger fine head that dissipated to a decent covering pretty quickly. Body is a hazy golden yellow with fine but active carbonation. No lacing on this one.

Aroma is intensely lemony with a nice hit of wheat on the back.nowhere near a hefeweizen, but this is an "American wheat beer" so it's pretty good. Clean lemony wheat ale.

Taste follows the aroma but it is quite balanced and all the lemon flavor tastes gery natural like lemon juice. Behind that is a solid wheat malty backbone with just a hind of bitterness on the very back. The bitterness could be lemon zest or hops it's hard to tell but maybe they are working together.

The feel has an intense carbonation bite that is quickly followed by a soft and pleasant head. This is a pretty dry beer in terms of mouth feel, but the finish is medium long and quite smooth.

Overall this is a surprisingly nice wheat beer with lemon additions. The grains of paradise aren't particularly noticable but I have a hard time picking up coriander in belgian brews so maybe this is similar. Overall this is a nice summery lemony wheat beer that is nicely balanced in the malt to lemon rind, but hops are hard to specifically pick up.
Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by WYeates from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pretty light copper color, a flat wheat taste with barely a hint of citrus. Bland wheat and grass aroma without a distinct citrus scent. Not my favorite from Samuel Adams, but it is a good enough beer.
Aug 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.63 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Aug 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by joran from Kansas

Aug 06, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by Scotchboy from Idaho

Jul 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by jlmontague from Connecticut

Jul 20, 2022
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Reviewed by nickb2000

4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Nucleated Pilsner
Look: Slightly hazy yellow-gold pouring a 1.5 finger head which dissipated into a thin cap
Smell: Lemon and orange zest and lemon juice. Doughy wheat malt, and a hint of hops
Taste: Lime zest, lemon zest and wheat. Small amount of hops lingers in there. Tiny pinch of baking spice. Little to no perceivable bitterness.
Feel: Moderate carbonation and light body. Crisp and refreshing.
Overall: This is the beer that got me onto wheat beers and remains as one of my favorite beers. Really refreshing beer for hot days.
Jul 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpk2020 from Illinois

Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by KingLemuel from Washington

2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I had high hopes, but the beer is at best lack luster. I'm a home brewer and I recently tried, and liked, Blue Moon Belgian White. I made up a recipe to brew a wheat beer, inspired by Blue Moon Belgian White. So, I thought I would try other brands to see if they were less, equal, or better than the Blue Moon. The Samuel Adams beer is just OK, not close to being equal to the Blue Moon. As I type this, I am drinking a single 12 oz bottle of Shock Top Belgian White (bought to do side by side with Samuel Adams Summer Ale) and it could be a kissin' cousin to Samuel Adams Summer Ale. I do not think I could tell them apart in a blind test. I will not be buying either of these again, and will go with the light, tasty, and very refreshing Blue Moon Belgian White. Both of these beers command a premium as compared to Bud, Coors, Tecate, etc, but they don't deliver on the taste, so, why bother and pay more? They all are, after all, just beer, and are very drinkable. My first impression, when I drank the Samuel Adams Summer Ale was, "I'm glad I only bought the six pack of bottles and not paid twice as much for the 12 pack!"
Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.34 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.34 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Jun 03, 2022
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from tap into 16 oz pint glass at Red Robin in Saratoga Springs, NY. Pours golden yellow with two inch foam. Floral and citrus notes on the nose with slight albeit refreshing citrus tastes coupled with light hops. Good and refreshing.
Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by CobraChicken

3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Slight lemon zest smell mixed with some light malt. You can taste the typical wheat beer flavor on the front but then there is this strange lemony, sour, citrus finish. I make it sound bad- it’s not bad. It’s actually very refreshing on a hot day like it was today. The grains of paradise make a decent showing in this beer and add a nice depth to it overall. I will probably be buying some more before the season ends. At 5.3% ABV, it’s easy to enjoy a few of these while grilling or sitting outside with friends. It’s not my usual choice of beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. Try a 6-pack if you haven’t already.
May 23, 2022
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Rated by rbztek

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Good citrus wheat ale. Not bitter at all. Freshing but very mild tasting
May 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.39 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

May 19, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.19 by SpaethJam from New York

May 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by BTexpress from Georgia

Apr 29, 2022
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Reviewed by GABronco

3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This is an interesting citrus wheat beer. It's got more fruit flavor than something like a Blue Moon, but there's something odd about the smell. I think I just don't like beers that smell too fruity. Taste is better than the smell, but I'd like at least a little bit of bitterness and hop flavor. I also taste something slightly spicy, but I'm not sure what it is. Overall, just an average beer.
Apr 13, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Even with low expectations this still disappoints. Does not resemble any other wheat beer I've had, and other large-ditro one's get it done much better. Sam's just consistently brews below-avg beer.
Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by Spencer96 from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by smcel371 from New York

Dec 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.04 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Specialmick from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look...Pale brown with some haze
Smell...citrus wheat hint of honey, hops
Taste...juice bitter explosion into a pilsener not too bitter drying finish. A beer i wish i woulda found earlier in the year.
Feel...Prickly heff carbonation off of the wheat. small amount of lacing but still present. Perfect beer with food
Overall... I am always reticent to try new beers from the Boston Beer Company as I have not bought one in 20 years? Yikes it probably has been that long!!! And this beer was given to by a friend so i will maybe have to take off the 20 year hiatus off the Sam Adams, Anyway this beer is very nice example of heff pilsener mix.
Nov 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by Pat-George

Nov 01, 2021
 
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
 
Rated: 3.69 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Jul 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.72 by azwdz

Jul 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jul 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.51 by TheOtherSherm from Massachusetts

Jul 20, 2021
Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 5893 ratings