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.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - murky golden orange / yellow. Head quickly dissipates with no retention or stick.

S - lemon zest, wheat, orange peel, spices

T - Wheat, grains, lemon peel, citrus notes, spices, nicely balanced with a creamy mouth feel.

O - Solid summer ale that I could enjoy on a lazy summer day. I'd get this again.

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Photo of russwilliam
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mnrider
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can. The lip of the can is larger than most I've seen.

A: Pours cloudy orange. Large white head. Nice amount of carbonation bubbles.
Thin retention and almost no lacing is visible. Still the color is very nice.

S: Wheat, sweetness, lemon, grains and spices. Nothing special, kind of weak. Still

T/M: Medium bodied and creamy. Smooth with plenty of wheat and grains. Interesting
mixture of stronger spices and lemony citrus. A slight hop bitterness comes through,
but overall the beer has more of a grainy malt feel and taste. The finish is a little dry
and on the sweet side.

O: A good refreshing summer Ale. Has an interesting and distinct taste as the spices mix
well with the grains and lemon flavors.


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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +48.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.44/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of gr0g
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz pour, a one finger head with average retention. Lacing is minimal and all but nonexistent. Aroma is floral and just a bit citrusy. A faint wheaty twang. Nice but hardly inspiring.

Light, dry flavor profile with a lemon zest note. Not all that flavorful but light, refreshing, and quenching. This would certainly do the job on a hit summer day. Well carbonated and not too prickly. Dry finish with hardly any aftertaste.

While nothing I'd actively seek out, this is a nice light ale that balances decent flavor with great drinkability. Good when fresh and on tap. Big upgrade over a macro pale lager.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, but the label is notched on the side at best before July 2013. Another beer from the Samuel Adams summer sampler & another seasonal Samuel Adams beer that I wasn't aware existed. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours one finger of bone white froth that disappears within seconds. Body is a murky orange lemon color with some bubbles rushing to the surface, and some sediment floating down to the bottom. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Nose is boring and uninspired. Wheat, earth, grass, & some tart lemon peel, but not enough to keep me interested. A dusty, grainy smelling beer.

T - Taste is of pale grains, with a fair amount of crisp carbonation. Lemon taste is virtually nonexistent though, and I am not really detecting any peppery notes from the grains of paradise used. Pretty lacking in flavor, in my opinion.

M - Goes down smooth & clean, nothing really notable, no lingering flavors, no pervasive dryness.

Overall, a pretty generic and simple tasting beer, not very much unlike the Samuel Adams Porch Rocker, if I am remembering correctly. Inoffensive, and highly drinkable on a hot day, just not bringing anything really new to the table here. I won't have any trouble finishing this beer, but I would only get this as part of the summer sampler pack.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale ---3/5.

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Photo of delta490
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
A- Poured a nice slightly cloudy dark straw/light gold with a short-lived creamy white head that lingers around the circumference. Visible carbonation.
S-Has fruity and malty notes, with a small bit of spiciness.
T- Similar sweet fruit and malt notes, with just a little bit of spice underlying it all and some hops on the finish. The fruit is mostly citrusy.
M-The beer is thinner, as befits a summer ale. There is a good bit of carbonation
O- Another solid entry from Boston Beer. While most of their beers don't blow you away, they are all well-made and solid craft beers and I've never had a bad one. This year's Summer Ale is better than those I've had before (which were underwhelming and very bland), so kudos to them for that.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.37 out of 5 based on 5,486 ratings.
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