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
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#45,791
Reviews:
1,699
Ratings:
5,652
pDev:
16.22%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
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Photo of chitoryu12
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy gold with a thin white head.

Smell: Wheat, grass, lemon, and sweet malt.

Taste: Very bready, especially on the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Some spicy notes, like a winter beverage.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavetotheB
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WunderLlama
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a glass, golden yellow gold liquid , off white one finger foam cap, some lacings

Aroma is biscuity, wheat, whiff of lemon

Taste is lemons over wheat

Medium carnonation and mouthfeel, slight sweetness

Good beer

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emwilke
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is straw gold, head is off white with fine bubbles, head lasts and laces the glass sides.

Smell is starts quite pleasant with wheat, biscuit, light spice, it seems to soften and sweeten with warmth.

Taste does play well as a pale wheat ale - flavor is light wheat and biscuit, with some light spiciness (not from yeast). Flavor does sweeten some as it warms; hops are neutral and just in the background.

Mouthfeel is full on the tongue but moderately carbonated - wheat presence is notable; finish is crisp and lightly drying.

Overall a good full bodied american wheat ale, a little sweet in aroma and flavor as it warms.

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Photo of spectru
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy straw color with a big foamy white head. The nose is mild with a light hint of citrus zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated; Flavor is slightly malty, quite mild. This is a pleasant session beer, a little on the bland side, not bad but unremarkable.

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Photo of Strangewood
2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of LostPassion
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Matuhg
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GeorgeLopez6552
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is 1, finger, white and frothy. Minimal lacing, and the retention is good.
The nose is minimal. There's a slight orange aroma, and a slight sweetness to it.
Taste is fairly light like the nose. Slight orange flavor from the hops. Slight sweetness from the malt.
Body is light, and somewhat watery.
Easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of tjhuot
2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I found it to be somewhat tasteless. Keep in mind that I am normally an IPA drinker. This ale is actually pretty refreshing, but I doubt I will buy it again. Looks don't matter to me. Smell does matter and this beer has very little aroma, thus the extremely mild taste.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

I enjoyed this summer ale, though it's not the strongest flavor out there. Still a good choice though, and obviously widely available. Definitely a good session-style beer when it's hot outside. Tastes like your typical pale wheat, and one of the top comparisons for similar beers on this site is New Belgium's Snapshot, which makes sense to me. I'd say they're pretty equivalent, though I liked this one a bit more.

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Photo of Icka31
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jschott75
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sexmortus
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Terlyn
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zopiac
2.36/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jsnouffer
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,652 ratings