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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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright Orange cloudy color with a thing ring of white head with spotty lace. Smell wheat bread and lemon maybe a banana in there. The taste is wheat with a pepper bit up front and a tart bitter lemon on the end, a litte spicy. Mouthfeel is thin with a touch of medium but perfect for what a summer beer should be to me. Overall this beer gets called plan and boring but its awsome for summer and I love it for sitting out on the deck. I think it has nice flavor for a beer that needs to be thin and drinkable during a hot day.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of digitalflood
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sam's Summer Ale (2013) - Sam's Seasonal brews vary oh so slightly year to year as they continue to perfect and evolve the brew to keep things fresh. So it is with this fine Summer beer. Smells of wheat grass, lemons, and orange citrus. Bright cloudy yellow body reminiscent of a Heffenweizen or a thick fruit beer. Low lacing and small head on aggressive pour. Good mouth feel for warmer weather. Light. Crisp. Smooth and not too dry. Refreshing to say the least. Skunked hops lager like front taste. Hints of coriander, limes, and lemons throughout. Mid-palate it goes fruity and there is a mild spice. Almost cinnamon though they claim pepper from Grains of Paradise. I can see that. But it's not a hot pepper, it's a gentle bite transitioning the last taste where everything goes all copper hoppy as any true ale should thus revealing its real origin. Slight lemon and orange after taste. A little ale and alcohol. Very full and complex. Yet so drinkable despite all those flavors and transitions. The citrus and slow roll off of the hops to a mild malt works well. Creates a real Saison session feel to it. Good with poultry or on its own to refresh. Nice job Sam's. Definitely moved up a notch on my list-- no longer overbearing of citrus to the point of turning my stomach after more than 2 in an evening. I remember hating this beer a year ago. Clearly I was not alone and someone noticed; progress is sometimes a good thing! Cheers. 3.5 out of 5. Very good.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bar I was at didn't have a good selection, so I fell back to an old classic and felt I owed it a review.

Look - Pours a hazy yellow with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Fruity (lemon), tart, malty, and sour with a definite presence of spice.

Taste - Tart and sour malt, some sweet, slightly cloying.

Mouthfeel - Dry and slightly chewy, not at all boozy, good drinkability. Light bodied for sure.

Overall - A good brew, but not a great brew, almost more like a fruit beer category than a wheat ale, in my opinion. A drinking beer, not a tasting beer.

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2.3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light orange to yellow, almost unfiltered in appearance, there was a light, airy head that dissipated immediately.

The scent so very weak but soft, sweet malt and a tinge of fruitiness is present.

Nice simple taste and feel. Light summer, sessional like malt flavor with some orange, lemon and hoppiness.

No more no less than expected it's nice for a hot day on the porch but not for a tasting with friends.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,680 ratings