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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Photo of aranheaney
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Moonwinks:

A-Hazy yellow, decent head

S-banana, spice, clove, typical

T-always nice and refreshing on a hot summer day

M-good carbonation, everything here is in balance and on point

O-good, typical Sammy, everything here is decent, but its not anything out of the ordinary

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BrewAskew
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rainforest Cafe, Grapevine, TX. Served in a "brewtus" style glass 23oz. Pours out to thin white head and hazy yellow color. Aroma is sharp wheat malt and muted lemon, grass and pepper. Flavor is a strong wheat graininess and tartness with a grassy dry finish. Mouthfeel is light but rough and a bit parching. Overall this tastes like a typical American wheat ale. The lemon peel and grains of paradise don't really stand out.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ThomGregory
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Blink and you miss it" head, smells way stronger than it tastes. Slightly bitter at the tip of the tongue then lemony all the way down. Not a fan of 'fruity' beers per se, but this is as fruity as I will go. Delightful beer to sip on while mowing the lawn in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down, consistently leaving a thick coating of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has faint aromas of wheat and yeast along with some hints of spices. As the beer warms up, the spices become a bit more prominent.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat and subdued notes of spices from the grains of paradise.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and can be considered a bit refreshing but the taste is not that interesting, except that the grains of paradise prevent it from being bland.

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JustinAniello
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a foggy gold-orange with a foamy two inch head. Dissipates to a decent cap and a nice sticky lacing you usually see on their beers.

S - Scent of yeast, citrus, and spice. The yeast is heavy at first, but the citrus and spice strengthens as the beer warms.

T - Wheat and citrus up in the front. Nice peppery notes that last into the aftertaste. Almost numb my tongue a little.

M - Medium body, a little too much carbonation.

O - A pretty interesting beer, the spice is a nice new flavor, though a little overpowering. Making the other flavors heavier and lightening the carbonation would add to it. Good beer for the summer time.

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1.75/5  rDev -48.1%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Dools9
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass...

A: This one is pretty cloudy and hazy, color is pale yellow golden orange. Served with a finger of white frothy head that recedes to a skim and leaves good lacing.

S: Bready, slight sour, wheaty funk. Lemon and citrus notes are there, but you gotta dig for them.

T: Lemon citrus zest up front, hops are a bit spicy. Notes of sweet, grainy wheat follow. Faint notes of spices, pepper.

M: Nice and crisp, a refreshing beer. Light medium body.

O: A bit boring imo but it gets the job done in the summertime playing horse shoes or grilling burgers. But there are much better summer options out there.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.37 out of 5 based on 5,558 ratings.
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