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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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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Photo of TAMU99
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good foray for the Boston Beer Co.
This light summer ale pours a deep yellow with a slight haze. The head is thin to nonexistent.
There is a soft lemon scent mixed with the hoppy smell off the top of the glass.
I was impressed with the bold hops flavor, without a lot of bitterness. It has a mild, semi-sweet malt.
The lemon is what makes this interesting. In my opinion, this one tastes best ice-cold with a wedge of lemon on the side. Although I also enjoyed it cool, straight up.
Interestingly, it was enjoyable both ways as each brings out different levels of the beer.

Certainly a refreshing addition to Sammy's line up. Not as good as the Vienna or Oktoberfest, but certainly a top 3 from this brewery.

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

Way too much fake lemon taste

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

The pours a cloudless golden amber color, the head generous in it presence, bright white in color, and the lace nice sheets to cover the glass. Malt dominates, crisp and citrus fresh, quite nice nose, the start malt and lightly sweet, the top skinny in feel. Finish is tartly acidic, hops quite pleasant and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, another good everyday drinking beer, well at least during the summer.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Pours hazy golden straw due to the vast amount of miniscule sediment floating around. One finger of china white head that quickly dissipates but leaves some decent patchy lacing.

Wet wheat, lemon zest, biscuit and a funky vegetal smell that I think can be attributed grains of paradise used. Very simple and somewhat bland.

Lemon zest upfront that helps cut the wheat, biscuit, wheat, corn and other vegetables with a quick and subtle floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth but not well balanced. Being their summer seasonal, this one was made to be a quaffer and a quaffer it is at that. The drinkability seemed to be the only highlight of this beer, but the funky bland taste didn't make we want to drink much more.

Quite disappointed with this Sam Adams offering. Being the same, premium price as the Boston Lager, I would go with that any day over this. Won't be buying this one again.

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "for brewery-fresh taste, purchase before month notched" warning; stray single ($1.29) purchased from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden amber; fat, rocky, off-white head; intricate, ring-style lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Primarily a medley of lemon, banana and grass; sugary; faintly spicy.

Taste: Upfront, largely of grain, wheat and toasted malt; well defined notes of lemon and banana throughout; piney, spicy hop bitterness in the finish; lightly tart; faint hints of sweetness. Medium bodied; crisp; nice, chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: Solid if unremarkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I wanted the Latitude 48, so I had to get the whole Summer Styles box. Oh well, I guess I'll suck it up and drink the extraneous bottles. Tee hee. This one pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises lemon zest and a very light bit o' wheat. Uncomplicated, yet still pretty nice. The taste holds quite a bit of cardamom, along with a bit o' coriander and some light grains. Too much spicy flavors, not enough of the grains. Something like that. The body is light, with with moderate carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish. Overall, a decent lemonade-style brew, but nothing great.

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Photo of Chuckeg15
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice presentation, but faltering delivery. Pours out to a hazed yellow color with a royal richness about it. Medium head of foam and medium low carbonation. No lace. Aromas of fresh citrus, grassy notes, and some wheat and grain. Taste was bland, and a definite let down; malt and weak peppery notes of citrus die quickly, and touches of hops and grain are noted in the mix. Way too weak on the flavors. Mouthfeel was like a b-rate movie. Doable, but boring. Drinkability is fair, but there are far better witbiers out there. Worth a try.

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Photo of Damian
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-cloudy, tannish-straw yellow with a small, fizzy head.

Aroma was fragrant. Orange peel, corriander and spices were apparent.

Taste was quite weak however. Mild hoppiness with faint lemon zest. As the beer settled, it somehow seemed to lose its flavor completely.

Mouthfeel was thin and the carbonation was a bit overdone.

This was an easy drinking and refreshing beer, yet it lack of flavor and disappointing mouthfeel made it rather undesirable.

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Photo of rjd722
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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