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

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Ratings:
5,512
Reviews:
1,669
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a clear beer stein. A very translucent hazy and deep in golden color, and a very thin head.

The scent of lemon strikes the nose with its citrusy quality while the wheat heavily complements it as well, along with other subtleties like cracker or biscuit. Tastes wheaty and slightly sour from the lemon, while other floral tastes consume the mouth lightly.

I love Sam Adams but this wouldn't be my go-to beer for sure.

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Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of craigbelly
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbexphys
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueKurenai
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rbrandt22
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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 two finger head of off white foam that fizzles away quickly. Leaves no lacing.

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. There is a dirty, dishwater taste to it at times. Has sort of a spicy, black pepper note to it with just the slightest notion of lemon zest. Insipid and dull.

Feel: Medium body with mid-light carbonation. Moderately crisp, not too 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 aside from some dirty metallic and soapy notes, 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 with 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-] Unimpressive. 2.49/5

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

Photo of Bposch7
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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Photo of IBUBrew
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

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.37 out of 5 based on 5,512 ratings.
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