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

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Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale

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

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

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from the bottle ice cold.Not new to reviewing.
Smell is very citrusy and wheat like. It smells pretty good for a ale.
Look was only in the bottle. its hazy. From what i could see in the bottle it retains a head, for most of the drink.
Taste is what i like the most about this one. Very sweat. You can taste the grains of paradise, if you are attuned to pepper flavors. hast a spicy zest through the sip. I Had this and blue moon Belgian white, they are about the same with one definitive difference. Blue Moon has no spicy kick to it, and has very little after taste. This lingers around with a citrus taste and ends with a bitter finish. Very complex little seasonal beer. Would have again. Would be my summer drink.

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4.95/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is buy far the best summer beer ever made. It has a dark golden color, a shade or two lighter than an amber color. It has a wonderful feel as it touches your tongue. Not to much carbon in there to give it a soda like feel some american beers will have. I like the slight hint of lemon. You should have this at a cook out, goes very well with burgers and dogs. Or have it just loafing around the house on a hot day.

If you like Bass Ale, you will like this for sure.

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4.94/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful lawnmower and beach beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, well I've seen most reviews out and about giving this ale an average of a B-.. This is not acceptable! This ale achieves a great complexity of taste and yet such simplicity in drinkability that I do not understand why this ale is rated a somewhat above average B-! Summer Ales are meant to be drinkable, but with this much flavor?? Wow! Where to start? Ill Opt to not.. This is a great Ale! Enjoy the grains of paradise!!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All time Best summer beer

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great outstanding easy drinking summer ale.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- This beer is a magical gold, not yellow, thick, beautiful gold.

S- Exceptional, not too strong, with a nice hop smell with a slight hint of lemon and maybe a little floral? (hard to describe)

T- This is my favorite Summar Ale by far. I was expecting a good beer, but got a great beer. Nice. You can taste the hops and spices nicely. Full of flavor.

M- Once again, nice.

D- Goes soen easy, not a filling as adrks beers so drinking a lot of these would be pretty easy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

MMM, this is tasty out of the tap.

It's a cloudy, darker golden yellowish color with a pretty decent head on it, probably at least a finger, maybe close to two. Not super thick, but a bit of creaminess to it.

Smells great. Not very overpowering...but a light smell of citrusy beerness. Very appetizing. Makes me want to drink it even more.

Tastes as good as it smells. Has a light, smooth, maybe even slightly lemony taste to it. Very consistent throughout its taste. A good, yet not overpowering flavor. I love it.

Mouthfeel...nice and even...not super heavy, but not watery thin either. Considering it is a pretty easy drinking beer I think it feels fairly substantial on the palate. Enough carbonation, but not too much.

Drinkability...for me this bridges the gap between what I consider "good" beers (small craft stuff, although I guess Sam is kinda big compared to most crafters) and the Buds of the world. I like crafts because they are interesting....different...etc. and I like bud, miller, etc. when rocking out for long periods of a time...I can both enjoy the taste and drink this stuff for a long period of time. I think this stuff is aces.

Note-it's better on tap if you ask me. I've had it outta the bottle, and it is not as good.

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