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

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5,585 Ratings
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I do enjoy sam adams as whole, and this beer is no exception, while the citrus can border on to much, I don't think it crosses the line into to overpowering. Overall a good staple beer, which is what i have come to expect from the sam adams line. I have had both cans and bottles, and i prefer the bottles, but that is almost always true of any beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought it in a liquor store in Wyoming, for the first time I try a beer with paradise grains:

A: straw, with a small head and moderate retention with thin lacing

S: grains, citrus and spices

T: wheat and spices (clove) not bitter and some zest.

AT: clean, dry

O: Good light beer for a hot day

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy yellow golden color with a two finger white fluffy head.
Aroma is wheat, hops, malt, bread.
Taste is bready and wheat with a sweet malt and slight citrus.
Mouthfeel is super carbonated and thin.
I had this with food which probably made it much more enjoyable.
It's your typical Sam Adams. Nothing special but its worth trying.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Delightful beer that you can find almost anywhere during the summer months. There must be a reason for its popularity, right?

I first had this beer at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. It was decent, but I didn't freak out over it (the Black and Gold, however, was AMAZING!).

Poured on draft at Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina, into a standard ball glass.

A: Thick and cloudy, slightly golden yellow with a nice thick head that laces properly. It's a pretty beer for a wheat ale, I just don't like the look of a wheat ale. This one is more yellow than orange and it's a bit bright and girly. It looks like a Blue Moon. Big negative man points there, right?

S: Wheat, citrus, hops. Clean and crisp. Nothing to see here.

T: This is where the beer comes into its own... Summer Ale has a really strong sweet flavor that is quite addictive. I had two of them with dinner and took them out with the quickness. I guess that's why it's good in the summer? Anyway, lots of wheat flavors supported by a faint citrus and hops. It's clean and smooth, easy to drink, sweet but hoppy, wheaty but not grainy and just enough lemony citrus twang to fight off the ya'lls.

M: Thick and rich, very light carbonation, very soft hops bite. Easy to pour down the gullet.

O: I can see why it's popular. I'm sure I'll drink it again on a hot day because it has a really good taste, better than most other wheats, but not something I'd order over a good, malty, rich lager, strong IPA or bitter.

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12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Light gold. Two finger head that keeps a foamy film throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Wheat and faint citrus.

T - Lemon, citrus, malt, and noble hops support the wheat flavor quite well.

M - Medium/light

O - Very good summer session beer. Finishes clean.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,585 ratings
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