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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,289
Reviews:
1,706
Ratings:
5,685
pDev:
16.22%
 
 
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Photo of jguzman718
4.49/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eamartin88
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrisBlair
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luckydog91
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eluvah
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On draft at Fenway for $10.50. Nice head in plastic cup, fairly swill-tasting.

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Photo of jripley97
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PMakowski
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - somewhat clear for a wheat beer. Golden yellow color with just a small amount of foam and very minor lacing
Smell - You can really pick up the grains of paradise/wheat, as well as the lemon zest. Not too fake or sweet.
Taste - has some similarity to witbiers but the lemon makes a difference. Extremely drinkable without too much carbonation. The grains of paradise give it a nice kick almost like a mini hop bite. Some malt in finish.

Overall, i enjoy this beer in the summer heat. MUCH better than Porch Rocker because there is no fake lemon flavor.
I give this beer a solid grade of B

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Photo of mromagna
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BJB13
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

20 0z. draft pour.

The golden-orange body is capped with a thin creamy nitro like white head that lasted the duration. Looks good.

The nose is very weak only giving up a bit of zesty lemon.

Taste is light and lemony with a slight citrus hop character. I can also make out a bit of wheat. Clean and smooth. Not much flavor going on.

The body is on the low end of medium. Carbonation is light to medium giving only a touch on bite.

OK, but subpar for the style I think.

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Photo of jwrichmo
1.9/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

yuk. nothing to like about this "ale". duznt pair well with food, not very refreshing, no citrus notes to speak of, smells skunky. i bought a 6 pack - mistake. this is one sam adams brew i'll never drink again. yuk.

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Photo of Timeblade
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp Refreshing brew.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDrinker2020
1/5  rDev -70%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Like a flu shot that misses its mark, this one is just not good.

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Photo of wristshot0
2.04/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of peterpunk15
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cindiwindi1025
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Samlover55
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Perfect Pint
BB 10/2018
Clear gold with nice fluffy white head, good retention
Lemony, honeywheat pretzels
Starts off ok, with nice crisp toasted wheat, but goes downhill from there, tart lemon, with a watery yeasty doughy finish
Light-bodied, watery, crisp carbo, and that chewy doughy feel
Overall i just don't like this beer

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3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nooutlet
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was not a huge Samuel Adam's fan... but have grown to like their seasonal selections! I remember all of the fuss about Samuel Adam's beer when it first came on the national market! I maybe had 2 or 3 in my heyday of bar crawling in 1980's -1990's... Never caught on for me until this one and the Octoberfest... Too each his own...

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3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

nothing about this beer stands out as being particularly good, but theres nothing offensive either. some lemony and orange notes, wheaty sweetness. not a bad option for a cheaper easy drinking summer beer, but probably wouldnt want more than one of these.

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Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of glongo
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,685 ratings