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

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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:
5,482
Reviews:
1,662
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
1,289
For Trade:
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3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Redesigned 2017 bottling.
Normally I'm a little hesitant to try new offerings from Sam Adam's, but I saw this stuff being delivered off the truck at my local store today and since it was fresh, for $11.99 I decided to give a six pack a go.

Look: Pours a hazy gold color with a lackluster, 1/8th of an inch head of foam - even when poured aggressively straight down the centre of the glass.

Aroma: Very faint on the nose. Bland aroma of malted wheat, almost toast like. Some coriander and sensations of floral soapyness, a bit of green apple and lemon.

Taste: I'm not getting much of anything besides a vague floral coriander note and the subtle taste of malted wheat. Has sort of a spicy, black pepper note to it with just the slightest notion of lemon zest. Insipid and dull, however it doesn't offend the palate.

Feel: Medium body with mid-light carbonation. Moderately crisp, not to watery, slightly creamy. Aftertaste is dry from the pepper

Overall: For a wheat ale brewed with lemon and grains of paradise , I was expecting something with a bit more personality. There's nothing "wrong" with the flavor, but it just doesn't pop or leave you dying to take another sip. Another missed opportunity for SA in my opinion, because all the components of a good beer are here, but it falls short in execution. Sam Adam's has this terrible habit of making beers that look great on paper, but somehow the final result gets watered down and stifled in order to make the product more palatable for the average consumer. I'd give this a pass if you're expecting something unique and interesting. If you're just looking for a cheap wheat ale to drink without having to contemplate too much or to pair wit food, this might be worth a try, but I'd avoid if you're in the market for something that's going to amaze you.

Rating: [C+] Okay. 3.12/5

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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brolo75
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours semi-hazy orange color with a white head that quickly disappeared, looks thin.

A: Lemon zest, wheat, slight hay note, crackers, subtle aromas.

T: Up front, some wheat notes similar to the nose, touch of lemon zest, finish has more lemon zest, fairly straightforward, not subtle bitterness.

M: Light bodied, easy to drink, semi-dry finish.

O: Not much here, some lemon notes and wheat, slightly dry finish, very easy to drink, just not much flavor or aroma, I could definitely drink this on a hot summer southern CA day if offered but I would not purchase.

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3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Hazy orange body, with a bit of creamy white head, and a minimal lacing.

S - A strong malt hit, with a subtle lemony note.

T - Opens with a bit of lemon and zest, a middle full of cracker malts, and a close slightly bitter.

M - Brisk carbonation, mild drying.

O - Decent drinker, but not terribly inspiring.

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3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evostudios12
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CharlesK
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Satorn
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Paoloboston
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of caburdette51
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fthegiants
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VeganUndead
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jeffyboy65
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jmark747
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lot better this year!

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Photo of Curt3
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kelby777
4.61/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracking open this Samuel Adams Summer Ale.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy appearance. Just a really cloudy yellow-orange color: kind of resembles really really dehydrated urine, or looks like an orange juice drink. It has a very soapy lacing and virtually no head. It has an original appearance, that's partly why I'm giving it good points.

Smell - It basically has a good citrus smell with obvious notes of lemon and a slight orange. Pleasant smell.

Taste - This is pretty damn good. You almost can't tell that this is beer. So smooth.

Mouthfeel - Not spritzy, it feels watery. Tastes like a pleasant iced tea with a spirt of lemon in it. It doesn't have a fizzy composition, and it's not very carbonated. Very watery. Not characteristic to what a beer should feel like.

Overall - No wonder why they have this as "Summer Ale". Excellent easy-drinking ale. I strongly recommend this on a sunny day.

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