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

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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
Ranking:
#45,791
Reviews:
1,699
Ratings:
5,652
pDev:
16.22%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
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Ratings: 5,652 |  Reviews: 1,699
Photo of Papapauly
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npdevil27
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gjdee33
1.79/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Blah.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark yellow color. About a medium body with a citrus fruit,cereal/grain, malt aroma with what seemed like a little bit of spice. Not an overpowering wheat but that seems to be what they were going for I guess. Enjoyable,could probably serve it to non craft beer drinkers and they would enjoy it

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Photo of jprudhomme7
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of earljones199
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDWAoT
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beersampler6
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I don’t usually drink wheat beers - this one was very light and crisp but probably much more subtle than other beers in this style. Nice golden hazy color with some foamy white head. Very mild lingering lacing. Smells faintly of sweet citrus and malt. Tastes faintly of citrus fruit - mainly orange and lemon - as well as malt, biscuit and bread. The wheat flavor is very muted. Clean crisp finish with nice carbonation but a little thin on the mouthfeel. I will have to try other wheat beers and see how they compare.

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Photo of jcarlosv
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of thebeers
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one from the bottle, but I'm guessing it's a very hazy yellow-brown color?

Aroma include wheat, stale citrus, stale hops and some wet white bread.

Very light taste: a little lemon, a very, very light touch of smoked pepper, and some wheat. More citrus and bread than any sweetness or bitterness here.

Between light and medium bodied feel, with strong carbonation.

It is summery and perfectly drinkable, but I'd prefer a Boston Lager.

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Photo of Chilmer
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ConnorMobs
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dpotter1991
2.08/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Goofster
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of teromous
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The left side of the label says "FOR BREWERY-FRESH TASTE, ENJOY BEFORE MONTH NOTCHED" with a mark over "AUG"

Appearance: The beer is hazy with a nice gold color. It has a thick, large, white head that has a smooth creamy surface.

Aroma: There is a lemon zest scent that is pretty soft but noticeable.

Taste: It opens with a slightly tart character which has a bit of an orange peel in tea flavor. There is a very light touch of wheat and lemon in the aftertaste. There isn't a lot of flavor to this beer. I found that I would drink more of the beer just to see if I was missing something. It doesn't taste bad but it just feels very average.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a nice light body with a smooth drinkable texture. Smoothness is the key point here.

Overall: While the beer does sport a pretty good aroma and flavor, it feels very "ho-hum" in that nothing tastes or smells especially fresh or well made. It is a wheat beer but it barely has any wheat flavor. There's just enough of this citrus lemon and orange peel character to let you know that something in the beer exists, but the beer is very much a wallflower.

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Photo of Nvrmind16
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fairly average ale, although not quite amber. Not sweet , small nuance.

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Photo of DFrisselll
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yeagerds
4.74/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mankowski
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good summer ale for something different. Has a bit more body than one would expect. It does go great on a hot summer day after cutting the grass. You do taste a bit of spice and the lemon but not as much lemon as in the Sam Adams Porch Rocker.

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Photo of dataslal
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Half-full
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matuto
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jbalintjr
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEER88
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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