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

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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

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Photo of 10Crumra
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bdelonj13
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of gritz147
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Looneybiz
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass has a nice golden hue with a 2 finger frothy head that has nice retention and leaves decent lacing.

Amora is dominated by lemon. A little hard to pick up anything else since its such a strong scent to begin with.

The taste is very light and almost tastes adjunct with a little lemon. Has a little more flavor than your average adjunct but not much. Seems Sam Adams watered this beer down a little this year.

Overall it will still be a great beer to enjoy outside in the sun.

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hendrick24
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Nice Head, almost three fingers, with some lasting power. Good lacing that clings to the side of the glass like glue, good and thick. Not bad color for a light ale, a 6 on the SRM chart. Good trace of wheat, but not overpowering. More of a smell of wheat in the field, not the barn. Lots of carbonation that tingles the tongue as I retain it in my mouth, just a little more than I like. Very little after taste, but what there is...is pleasing. Much better than the other wheat ale's I have tasted. Still a little pricey, I would splurge for those who like wheat ale. I would not turn this beer down if someone gave me one.

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Photo of Mcstouffer
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sposter4
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of almostjay
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleJ
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Roscoe's Deli last night, on to the beer:

It hazy orange in color with a pretty good head. It glows in the rather dark surroundings of Roscoe's. Not much to smell but yeast, perhaps being too cold. The first half of the beer was boring because it was too cold. But as it warmed up, it got better. Some mango, apricot, yeast, pepper, and spice become noticable. Smooth and creamy from draft. It must be more refeshing when it's warm, because I consumed this after midnight, when it's, you know, cool.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. The color is a hazy, golden yellow with thin milk-white head and lacing. Sadly, not much of a nose. The taste features lemon, bready yeast, malt, and some sweet spice. I didn't taste the advertised pepper. For a light ale, it has a nice mouthfeel and is well-carbonated. Overall, it is a decent summer ale. I'd like to try it on draught. While I wouldn't seek this one out, it was refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw-gold with a one finger foamy white head. Good retention on the head and decent lacing, but not too sticky.

S - Citrus, lemon zest, and light wheat notes. Somewhat dry smelling and grassy, but not hoppy or malty. Has a bit of a funky "mothball" aroma that is somewhat offputting but not too strong.

T - Wheat and citrus for the most part, with a nice toasted bread taste in the finish. Oddly enough it reminds me of that classic Yuengling lager taste. The citrus could be kicked up a notch as could the hops, the brew is a bit bland.

M - Lightly bodied and lightly carbonated with a crisp mouthfeel.

O - Overall, not a bad summer beer for a hot day. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of jpwobbles
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nesfelle
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PGD120
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NStLincoln
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasantly cloudy straw colored beer with a white head the fizzles out within two minutes.

A strong hint of lemony citrus makes me nervous, I don't really do citrus unless we're talking orange juice. The lemon is mixed with some light wheat.

Sam Summer is crisp, refreshing and empty on the back end. The citrus is light and breezy.

Nothing complex or exciting here but this beer is a fine refresher on a summer's day. It's a toned down, drinkable version of all the lemon/lime abominations that are on the market now.

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

355ml bottle, kickin' back on my b-day off-day at the Metro. Only the second Sam Adams product to make it to the store shelves around here thus far, strange, that.

This beer pours a lightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which renders some droopy cloud lace around the glass in its short and sweet wake.

It smells of pale grainy and wheaty malt, lemon zest, orange Slurpee, a touch of spicy yeast, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet lemon-infused bready cake, pale wheat grain, a soft, earthy, kind of peppery spiciness, and plain as the day is long (and they're still pretty long, right now) leafy, musty hops.

The carbonation is average, just a wan frothiness for my trouble, the body far on the light side of medium weight, though soft, and somewhat airy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the wheat malt keepin' 'er between the lines, with a bit of weakening lemon rind for good measure.

A simple wheat ale, nothing particularly remarkable, despite the pseudo-exotic guest spice ingredient. However, given my 'predicament' right now, this came off as pretty thirst quenching, and a worthy kick-off to wandering back out into the pavement-enhanced sunshine.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice deep yellow color, but no lacing and hardly any head -- and what is there is gone quickly.

Smell: Distinctly Sam Adams to me -- is it the water? An amalgam of spice, lemon, and bread-like yeast aromas. I wish there was more zest and citrus to it, as it seems kind of bland.

Taste: A bit of lemon, a bit of spice, and a bit of yeast. Not much to savor, not much to go back to. And it's a bit watery, also. More spice and zest would add a lot to it, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation levels; for some reason the body feels a bit creamy and also somehow seems more medium than lighter, as I expected.

Drinkability: There are other summer beers that are better than this. I expected a bit more from Sam Adams.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

This was being served on tap at the House of Blues, Chicago. So, HoB won't be known as a "beer bar" anytime soon. Ten taps, the usual suspects, regular Sam and this seasonal. So…
A good choice in such a place. The nose is subdued, just a trace of weiss odor. Head is thin, becomes nice and lacy. Color is hazy yellow like a good wheat beer. Lemon taste is definitely there, some spiciness. Worth tasting in season, though not a "craft brew" type anymore.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lighty clouded pale wheat with a slight golden orange hint, has a white creamy head, left small amounts of lacing down the glass.

S - Light a sweet wheats, citrus a mix of orange and lemon, light bitter hops.

T - Mild flavors of wheat and lemon peel, has a slight earthy taste of oats and a sweet creamy vanilla hint.

M - Light and refreshing on the palate, with a crisp clean finish.

D - Nice on a hot day and easy to drink.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a bright white head. Orange rind and lemon zest on the nose. Bits of sweetened biscuits as well. Creamy mouthfeel with lower than average carbonation. Sweet fruitiness of citrus and orange. A bit grainy, some detectable wheatiness. Almost clove like finish with a very modest spicy hop profile on the back end. Big but slightly bland as well. I don't mind the taste it is unique but heavy for a summer seasonal. Would be really really good with breakfast though oddly enough haha. I guess its a good summer day started.

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