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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3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L - Cloudy pale gold color with a 1-finger white head. Not great retention and not much lacing. The lack of head may be due to the beer being too cold, so I can’t take off too many points.

S - The wheat malt is the most pronounced aroma, with notes of orange, lemon, and a little yeasty spiciness coming along for the ride. The spice may be those grains of paradise, too.

T - Again, the wheat malt is pretty dominant, but there’s lots of lemon, too. A little bit of peppery spice from yeast or grains of paradise comes in at the finish.

F - Light-to-medium bodied with lots of carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet and dry finish. The wheat malt flavor lingers for a bit. Refreshing.

O - This is an average American wheat ale. Nothing really stands out anywhere. The use of grains of paradise is unique, but it comes across just like peppery yeast that is commonly used in wheat beers. All this being said, it is very drinkable and refreshing beer that is fit for the summer. Also, it seems like this would be a good “gateway” beer - something for which Sam Adams is pretty famous.

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