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 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

Photo of thain709
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright golden yellow...fluffy white head that settles rather quickly...some lacing

S - Lots of citrus...some spice as well

T - A little lacking here...grainy malts stand out in the front with some yeast mixed in...the spices and fruits (orange and lemon) round out the taste

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing

D - The drinkability would be there for me if there was a little more's a great summer beer...very refreshing

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Photo of beertaster13
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the Memorial Day BBQ and it hit the spot, although wouldn't drink unless in the heat of summer. Poured a gold copper with a fog haze, head was decent, nothing spectacular, white lacing slopped around the glass with each gulp. The smell is of strong citrus with a robust malt, light and refreshing to the nose, very spring like, the taste is a average balance of malt and hop bitterness, the lemon notes are light, a strong wheat taste brings up the end, light and crisp in the mouth. A drinkable beer on a hot day but otherwise just lacks that smooth refreshing summer ale quality.

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

This beer I had already tried, but tried again for the review. The appearance is very light yellow with a white head with a very light smell as well, although I was able to pick up hints of citrus. The taste was pretty good with a lot of citrus coming through. The beer itself was a little thin for my taste but I thought it was a decent beer. Not bad, but not great either.

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

Appearance: Had on tap at Brewsky's Haymarket location. The beer was poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a yellowish orange. Poured with a slim head (about 1/4 inch) that faded quickly.

Smell: Touch grainy (wheaty) with citrousy aromas. Some lemon and a touch orangy. Aromas are rather weak though.

Taste: A touch sweet with citrous flavor (noticed lemon mostly). Touch tangy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively with good carbonation. Nice for summer.

Drinkability: An easy drinker, a decent beer and a nice one to have outside on a summer evening, but nothing here makes me take notice.

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Photo of scottyb88
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on the Sam Adams tour last summer and it seemed to taste much better at that time than this release. Its been awhile, so its a little hard to remember for sure.

A-I poured it a bit cold, there was a tiny head that disappeared quickly; no lacing...i'll do another one and let it warm up to compare

S-bready malt and lemon, doesnt have a strong wheat presence

T-slight notch above the disappointing coastal wheat; faint lemon and faint wheat, has that odd sam adams aftertaste that tastes like adjunct grains, but I don't think it is

M-pretty solid, good carbonation that quenches a thirst during the hot months

D-when its really hot out and you just did some lawn work or w/e its pretty refreshing, but other than that it's kind of forgettable

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

*reviewing from notes*

Now Quaffing:
Samuel Adams ~ Summer Ale

This beer is aptly named. While I agree it is not the best example of the whit style, however it proves to be a very quaffable beer. Pours a pale gold, with some cloudiness. There is a good sized white head and consistent lacing down the glass. Aromas are sweet citrus (light). Taste is light with some grains, just a touch of lemony citrus, hops don't appear until the end. Finishes dry.

Brewed with "lemon zest and grains of paradise" as taken from the bottle, there is definitely unique taste to it. I had this beer at a BBQ on a hot florida 4th of July and it was perfect for the occasion.

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

A very clear light yellow pour with a pure white bubble 1 finger head of foam in a pint glass. The foam slowly works down throughout the drink and leaves a light lacing around the glass.

The aroma is very level. It is light and hints at the lemon taste but predominantly points to the wheat. There is a very slight spiciness at the end of each inhale.

The taste is clean and very bright with lemon zest. The wheat lets you know that it is indeed an ale despite some of its more lager qualities. There is a nice fade to subtle spices and the bitter and tart of the lemon rind lingers.

The mouthfeel is thinner than what I would like in most ales, but for a specifically summer beer and poured very cold, it will do. The carbonation is light and the thinness certainly adds to the thirst-quenching ability of the drink.

Overall it is less than I would expect for a summer ale, but well suited for a hot afternoon with the promise of many beer enjoying hours.

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

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium foam head on an only slightly cloudy body. Smell of citrus was immediate, with "wheatness" a distinct second. Something else in there too, something not so good, which came through in the taste: dusty, or moldy, maybe. May have gotten a bad bottle or something, but that taste was certainly unappealing. The citrus flavor was just about right, but the wheat was lost amid the lemon and dust. Also not as thick as other wheat's. Not too special, and certainly not among the best.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Decent summer ale, typical of what you would expect when you hear "summer citrus wheat." A step above Blue Moon but not quite as nice as an Oberon. I don't usually seek this one out, somehow it finds me at backyard parties and restaurants that would otherwise only have BMC. A fine enough ale to scratch an itch.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden amber, a bit cloudy

S- Malt sweetness with wheat and lemon spices

T/M- Creamy body with wheat and lemon spices taking turns from front to back

O- A good beer for a hot day and one I can have a few of without the taste becoming overpowering or bland.

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Photo of mountaincoffee
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brewers316
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of packbacker99
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Duffman79
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Yellow hue, clear close up but cloudy at a distance. Light lemony aroma with a decent head and strong carbonation. There is a clear second flavor above and beyond the classic wheat beer taste. If you can get through the idiosyncratic taste, you'll enjoy another.

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Photo of arr3388
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Today being the hottest since last year I decided to try Sam Adams Summer Ale, that and I didn't find my first choice. The beer came in a 12 Oz bottle labeled with a freshness date of September (this year presumably). I poured it into a tulip glass and notices it is a honey color with a bone white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

It smells like a light wheat beer with a hint of citrus and almost no hop presence.

Taste is grainy but not overly sweet and not bitter. It is tart but not sour and the finish is rather clean.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a slightly dry finish and high carbonation.

This beer is interesting and a drinkable departure from the ;lagers I have been enjoying thus far this spring. I look forward to the rest of the summer seasonals this year and toast this one as a pleasant introduction.


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

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light orange/yellow brew, white creamy head, nice lacing. Head stays a top the brew.

Smells of citrus/Lemon - slightly bready scent.

Pours a citrus/lemon flavored brew, smooth mouthfeel. A slight bready taste.

Very drinkable and very non offensive. This brew lacks alot of character but is still good for a session. Nice on a hot day.

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Photo of tiitomireles
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dogfishandi
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle notched best before OCT.

pours a cloudy yellowish golden color. a decent white head off the pour, settles to a thin layer. some decent lacing. a quick swirl revives some nice creamy head.

simple aroma. lemon zest, some bland cereal grains. thats about it, having a real hard time detecting any peppery spice from the grains of paradise.

about what i expected from the aroma. simple and easy drinking. some nice lemony citrus, lots of grains with hints of wheat, but again, no real pepper (grains of paradise) detectable. a slight hop bite.

light, finishes crisp and refreshing with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

a nice light summer beer, very easy drinking, but i was really looking forward to the peppery flavors from the grains of paradise used. unfortunately they were absent.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,595 ratings
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