Samuel Adams Summer Ale
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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #577
Ranked #47,466
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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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.

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CP7212 from Pennsylvania, Friday at 07:25 AM
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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.

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Profundobaso from New York, May 17, 2020
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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.

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jwp777 from Oklahoma, Apr 19, 2020
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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)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Apr 06, 2020
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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.

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Trailboss76 from Virginia, Mar 24, 2020
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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.

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Photo of Nass
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-

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Nass from Florida, Aug 30, 2019
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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

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Urtravel from Pennsylvania, Aug 09, 2019
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2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light haze typical of a mass-produced wheat ale. Trace of head. Contains citrus zest. I much prefer my citrus flavor to come from hops. Taste is light, crisp with a citrus zing that seems like someone poured lemon juice in there. Is that rice/corn adjuncts I taste? Mouthfeel is kind of watery.

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gbiello from Massachusetts, Aug 01, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice summertime citrus wheat ale. Can is dated Nov 2019 50. I think it came in a “Fenway” 12 pack (with 76 and NEIPA)
Pour is a hazy light amber, that quickly drops to a bubbly foam lacing. Moderate carbonation. Has a lemon cake bready aroma. Not overwhelming flavor but perfect for on the deck after cutting the back 40. 5.3% good for a session.
Plan to take another one with me for a quick kayak row. Hoping it will go good with blue claws

Very good summer beer

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Brongo from Connecticut, Jul 26, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A great citrus-y ale to sit by the pool with. I love the refreshing taste and amber look, but the feel could be a bit lighter for the beer's purpose. Anyway, can't go wrong with this for the price point.

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Photo of Mrbob558
4.16/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A smooth tasting wheat ale. The flavor is not strong and is not watery but closer to watery than strong. Its a good, not great summer ale.

I had it as part of a mixed 6 pack and may have been in the store for a while. As a result, it was not as fresh tasting as it probably was initially

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Mrbob558 from New York, Jul 24, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a 20oz. weizen glass. Slightly hazy, yellow orange, plenty of carbonation, and two fingers of pure white foam that settled to a thin layer and no lacing after a minute or so. Looks very nice!
At the nose we have a malty, yeasty aroma. Smells fresh!
The flavor is lemony, smooth, very little bitterness, a bit sweet,& crisp.
The feel is not watery but not very creamy.
This is an easy drinker, very refreshing, a good summer beer!

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German-Helles from Wisconsin, Jul 18, 2019
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3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice golden color with a thin head. Taste is a little different than I expected--a little citrus orange--maybe that is the grains of paradise--it's a part of the aftertaste also--reminiscent of a Blue Moon Belgian White in this regard.

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DFred from California, Jul 06, 2019
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3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bread is first taste. Banana. Stings the tongue a bit. Corriander does come across. Almost reminds you of a lager. Average dinner ale. Only tried it out of curiosity.From bottle at Olde New York. Day before picking up the boys from camp.

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Jul 05, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy deep orange color with a mild and crispy head that fades. (4.0)
Aroma: Very unique aroma. Lemon and wheat. But then an overpowering spicy, floral aroma that I can't place, but reminds me of rye or Jasmine and cracked pepper. (4.25)
Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with lemon and grains upfront that is followed by the strong spicy jasmine and pepper flavor from the African Grains of paradise. It ends with a nice malts of pale, honey whole wheat biscuit, some rye and maybe toffee/cinnamon.. A light noble hop grassiness on the back end too. Nice complex flavor profile. (4.5)
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)

Overall (4.5): Now this is a unique and well-crafted wheat. 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. Reminds me of a California Common. I think often the pale wheat style can be quite bland (thinking Boulevard's Wheat), and this is so much better than others I've had. (Final Rating 4.41)

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defunksta from Illinois, Jun 30, 2019
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3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16-oz draft at The Roast House in Blackstone Mass. A half finger of white fizzy foam with short retention and spots of lacing topped a cloudy golden-straw brew. The mild smell of cracker and toasted bread and spice follows to the taste. Semi-sweet with moderate bitterness, mildly spicy with some pepper. Honeydew melon adds sweetness to the middle with sour flavor from lemon. Wheaty malt is well noticed. The clean finish is a little drier with added bitterness, a mild spicy aftertaste lingers a while. Light body, average carb., the Grains of Paradise replace hops well. Almost sessionable, a good porch-rocker.

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Jun 25, 2019
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3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I personally dont care much for it. In a pick six I might grab one just to remind myself how they taste. It's a decent beer from a decent macro but there are certainly better ales and better summer beers than this. Its decent but I can get better for cheaper or the same price.

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Sgt_1991 from Georgia, Jun 16, 2019
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1/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I got this in a 24 pack as a "gift." I'm not a Samuel Adams fan.

Lightly chilled. Poured into a 12 ounce bar glass. Low carbonation. No lacing. Looks like dirty yellow water. Smells like something from a urinal! Eww! And it tastes even worse!

So far it's the worst beer I've had this year.

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dimwit_flathead from California, Jun 06, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely taste banana, not offensive but it is clearly there. Typical wheat beer, light profile, perfect for summer. Pours light gold, thin head, easy drinking!

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Photo of DaveyCream
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good beer especially if you are looking for a lemon wheat beer that is not incredibly heavy. I can eat a bit and put back a few of these and still not feel incredibly full, which is nice. Aroma is a malt wheat smell with lemons, obviously. The taste is about the same with a pretty light, smooth finish. Will almost always say yes to this if offered during the summer.

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Photo of TonyCaporaso805
4.53/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer from Samuel Adams next to cold snap. Great Great Great Wheat beer. Easy drinker and not as heavy as some premium craft wheat beers. Don't get such a full heavy feeling even after a few of these.

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TonyCaporaso805 from California, Feb 20, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Getting repetitive, another SA product, another beer I dig or should I say dug. Haven't had it in a few years, but I know that it was highly ranked my list of beers tried.

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Jan 22, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From notes 6/7/12: Pours a hazy and medium straw producing a single finger of beige, foamy, short-lived head that leaves little lace. Aroma is yeast and wheat, pale malt and floral with a thin lemony background that reminds me of lemon Pledge furniture polish. Taste is thin, mildly bready with only a hint of wheat and biscuit, it is lemony in the way a citrus soft drink is lemony. There is a peppery bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with low-moderate carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are better Summer Ales to be had. I didn't notice much from this, aside from the slight spice I expect in a summer ale. I had no real problems with it, so I'm curious about Union's experience. Was it that I drank mine from a beer mug? Strange indeed! 2010/07/15

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Drak-Nib from Nebraska, Nov 20, 2018
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