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

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77
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5,559 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
5,559
Reviews:
1,680
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
1,338
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Yeroc
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Khaack
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +2.1%
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
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kayakguy
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of petrusek23
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Alemmer91
4.27/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZachT
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMH73
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium yellow color with a one and a half inch fluffy white head that left blotches of lacing. Smells of wheat and lemon. Taste follows the nose with a pepper finish. Well carbonated, light bodied, clean and crisp. Refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb Nov 2017 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 5.3% ABV 7 IBU. The beer pours a hazy honey color that turns straw colored in the light. The head is off white and fairly thick settling to a 1/4" cap. It leaves some lacing behind and finally recedes to a skim coat. Aroma is lemon and wheat malt, distinct but not heavy. Taste is wheat malt followed by a lemon taste and then the grains of paradise. No perceived bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied and prickly on the tongue. It's not heavily carbonated but the adjuncts must give the beer it's bite. Overall, ok. I wouldn't classify this as an American Pale Wheat Ale but that's just me. Very inoffensive to non craft folks which is why it was in my fridge in the first place.

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cruzgator
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nace4
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heerboth
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reebtaerG
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MinerBob
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: rating this after drinking a lot of dark beers. Pours a nice yellow color with a small head. Nice smooth citrus flavor a great summertime beer.

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Photo of bradlowman
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best summer seasonals available.

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Photo of Albertdidz
4.29/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.37 out of 5 based on 5,559 ratings.
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