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

Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale
5,572 Ratings
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: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a piss yellow with some orange flame towards the middle of the glass and thin frothy Styrofoam white that bubbles like nothing, and dissipates pretty quickly leaving edged up light lacing that really doesn’t last either and fades away to a clean glass edge. The smell is light and wheat-like with some nice spicy notes that almost remind of oregano, but must be the grains of paradise. The citrus layers-in throughout the smell as well. The beer tastes similar to the smell. It’s a little thicker with its wheat taste, but the spices play nicely on the sides of the tongue, again drawing to mind the grains of a paradise flavor and some citrusy sides. There are definitely some other spicy notes present that suggest that the yeast did some nice things to the flavor, but they are faint beside the citrus, wheat, and grains of paradise. This beer is very smooth on the tongue, but a little thin and watery over all. Carbonation is a little coarse and bubbly on the tongue, but overall quite nice. There is also a slight jelly-like feel that is left on the tongue after the beer washes through. The after feel of the mouth is actually quite nicely refreshed and wetted, which is very nice. Overall this is a decent summer wheat ale. I definitely like it more than Smuttynose’s Summer Weizen, which is the only other summer wheat ale I have really had this summer. Not my favorite beer, but not terrible either. I would have it again. A great cheaper price for decent beer.

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From a bottle left over by my bro-in-law after he built our new deck...

Pours a bright golden-yellow, with a little cloudiness present (without even swirling in the sediment still remaining in the bottle). Carbo is plentiful, swirling around and kicking up a storm. The head is fine, thin and white, with ok lacing. The aroma is crisp and wheaty, with hints of lemon. The body is near-medium, and it is quite light and airy on the tongue.

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