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

Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale
BA SCORE
21.9%
Liked This Beer
3.33 w/ 5,571 ratings
Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale
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:
#42,474
Reviews:
1,682
Ratings:
5,571
Liked:
1,218
Avg:
3.33/5
pDev:
16.22%
Alströms:
3.42
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
1,347
Trade:
0
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Photo of Wit123
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really like the lemon addition to a wheat beer. This encourages me to try more American Pale Wheat Ales instead of just the Belgians. Smooth, consistent flavor. I'm looking forward to trying the multiple selections of Sam Adams White Beers out there -- if I can only find them in the stores!

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Photo of Papakeef
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jackgus12
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prost76
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heddar33
2.24/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Samuel Adam Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Light, translucent gold, with a great many fizzy bubbles. Produces a tenacious two fingers of head when poured.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with a hint of lemon.

Taste: An interesting, evolving flavor. Initially, you get a slightly dark flavor from the malts, with strong presence of honey. Then, the flavor becomes much lighter, and the mild hops and yeast come through, with lemon bread, a Hefeweizen-esque hint of banana, and a refreshing, smooth finish. Sweet honey remains on the palate after the beer is swallowed. Delicious, and indeed very summery.

Mouthfeel: Substantial for a wheat ale, with a soft, marshmallow thickness, likely due to the strong carbonation.

Overall: This is hands-down one of my favorite offering from Samuel Adams. It has complexity without being overbearing, and is tasty and quaffable. The next time I have a cookout, I'll be stocking this in the fridge.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this beer in well over 10 years but it was included in this year's American Summer Pack so of course, I had to finally review this. It was interesting to give this a go after having so many better beers in recent years but thankfully, the "lemon pledge" taste and mouthfeel was conspicuously absent from this beer.

This was poured out into a Sam Adams glass that had the bulb shape that they designed - with the intent that it would hold the head and aroma in longer while bringing out the carbonation better. Indeed, the foam was tall in this and the golden hue was pleasing for a summer beer without seeming watered-down or weak. Lots of lemon, grains of paradise, and wheat in the understated nose but thankfully, they were more present in the taste. Full bodied and not terribly tart, this was an easygoing beer with hints of lemon pepper, white bread, and pumpkin-like spice and aftertaste. It kept things light but relatively dull, even after the last sip went down.

Like any good summer beer, this was light in alcohol and nearly was a session brew when all was said and done. Not close to being the best seasonal from Boston Beer Company, this offering with a November notch on the label was not as bad as I remembered it. It just needed a bit more kick and flavor to it to stand above the proverbial seasonal pack. Worth a go once for a taste above the typical lawnmower beer.

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Photo of wmcgar01
1.7/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Benr96
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elminy
4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZombPumpkin
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of RodJBeerVentures
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JSG18
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good enough.

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

What can I say? It's a seasonal beer. 5/13/17

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Photo of Yeroc
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Not too sure about the "okay" rating on this one. It is not that bad in my opinion. I'd say it is a good summer session beer. The lemon is subtle, it's malty, and the use of Grains of Paradise make this a unique tasting ale...which is more like a lager in taste to me. Never had a Sam Adams I disliked.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by Oct 2017.
A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a half inch head with low retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of cloves, toast and pepper initially with a more sour citrus smell later.
T: Dry with cracker taste; acidity leads to a crisp refreshing finish. Light bitterness in balance.
M: Surprisingly full bodied with solid effervescence well into the pour.
O: I have had many "summer ales" too many of which are truly subpar. Some adulterate with too much lemon or fruit or try too hard to be "fun." Perhaps something like a Belgian wit with characteristics of a sour ale, this is a refreshing, subtly citrusy and drinkable. Would do well on a hot beach day.

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Photo of nelson88
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kayakguy
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of petrusek23
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Alemmer91
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZachT
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chadbweiner
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 21.9% out of 100 with 5,571 ratings
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