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: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (BB date of August 2012 but stored chilled) served in a Sam Adams lager glass. A thin layer of sediment covers the bottom of the bottle.

Pours a hazy golden color with an ample white head that soon settles to a durable top coat. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is yeasty and fruity, with too much hint of wet bread but overall mildly appealing.
The flavor is similar, sans wet bread, and has a light, zesty lemon feature like the nose. As often happens with "summer" beers, it is light on both flavor and body. On the other hand, it has a nice peppery spice kick and enough flavor to create a lingering, mainly malty/wheaty, aftertaste. Medium+ carbonation is clearly visible in the glass and moderately soft in the mouth.

O: one of the weaker offerings from Boston Beer, yet still at or slightly above average. [3.25]

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear gold with a thin, creamy white mousse that does not stick around all that long.

S: Very neutral on the nose with a hint of pepper, lemon, and wheat. Not much different from many American wheat ales in this respect.

T: Notes of cream, minerals, and wheat are carefully balanced by subtle lemon peel, grassy hop, straw, and pepper flavors. The finish is crisp and clipped with a nice blend of wheat, mineral, grass, and lemon.

M: Creamier and smoother than one would expect. Somewhat light in body, but not watery. Dryish with solid carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: This is a solid American wheat ale that I feel gets a bit of a bad rap. In all honesty, I can't see how it doesn't stack up favorably to most beers of this style, as it is more flavorful and interesting than most. Not a perfect beer, but definitely one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to fans of wheat beers in general.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,593 ratings
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