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

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

Its a tasty beer for what it is. Nothing worth really paying for. Drink it if you're offered one, I guess. There are quite a few better beers from the BBC but this one is much easier to find, quite to my dismay. This tastes of lemon peels and citrus fruits. Its good for people who dislike beer with any distinct flavor and enjoy the flavor of a sweet, rounded, juicy beer-like concoction instead.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with 2-row Harrington and Wheat malts, lemon zest, and grains of paradise. Hopped with Hallertauer, Spalt Hallertauer and "HHA" (Hallertauer-Hersbrucker?) hops, fermented with ale yeast.

OG=1.050, 5.2% ABV.

Pours out to a murky light amber, forming a soapy white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is of american macro twang with adjuncty corn notes (DMS), strong nose of cat urine, very light caramelized sugar and honey, faint white pepper, and if I close my eyes and I concentrate really hard, perhaps some lemon or orange. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a medium body. Taste begins with adjunct macro taste, a bit of bubblegum, then is followed by a very brief, but nice note of honey and pale malt complex sugars, then quickly replaced by cat pee, a herbal sourness, then DMS in the finish. I don't know what grains of paradise taste like, but it's not grains, and it's not paradise. Tastes more like coriander, but not a very good coriander.

Not very appealing..probably the worst brew Sam Adams is making right now. Stay away. I never look forward to this in the seasonal 12 packs.

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Served in a pint.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a short white head that dissipates quick leaving little lacing.

S: Light smell, like wheat, grains, grass, lemon peels

T: Tastes alright, mellow, wheat, grains, citrus tones to it, a bit lacking, very smooth though

M: Has a light body to it with medium carbonation, its smooth but not very interesting

O: Overall it's just another wheat beer to me. I guess it's got a summer thing going to it but I felt the lemon and other "summer" characteristics were a bit faint if not barely noticeable. Still, its an A-OK beer that I could see me consuming large quantities during a barbecue and I'd buy it again if there was nothing better, not to hate on it but Sam Adams has some much better beers you could drink.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,637 ratings