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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3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Samuel Adams Summer Ale in their summer variety pack for 11.99 at Krogers. It's another warm night in Mid Michigan so a summer ale seems fitting, lets see how it goes. Best by October. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label on this beer is ok, but it seems plain compared to the labels on the other beers in the pack. It poured a nice slightly orange golden color that looked the same when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and left no lacing. This is an average looking beer, the color is ok but the head retention was disappointing.

S- The aroma starts out with a good amount of wheat malts that have a lower amount of sweetness to them and impart those typical malty, grassy, grainy,and wheaty, aromas. The wheat is quickly followed by some citrus aromas with orange rind and lemon showing up the most. Towards the end I get some yeasty spiciness with clove seeming to stick out the most. The aroma is good and typical for the style, slightly above average.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma, but overall it's much lighter. It starts off with a large amount of wheat malts that have a light amount of medium sweetness and impart some wheat, malt, grains, and a really light grassy flavor. Up next comes a light amount of spicy yeast that only imparts a light amount of cloves. Towards the end I get some orange rind and some tart lemon that gives this a beer a light amount of bitterness followed by a little more tartness, it had a wheat and orange rind like aftertaste. The taste as ok, but I could use a little more spicy yeast and a little less tart lemon, seems pretty average to me.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok and pretty close to style.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought that it was an average example of the style, nothing about this beer was bad, but there was also nothing that stuck out as being well done. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth, and a little refreshing, but the flavors don't hold my interest and one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't that bad and had most of the aspects that I look for in this style. What I like least about this beer was the flavor, it was a little lighter then it should be and the flavors didn't come together as well as some of the better beers in the style. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own, I would much rather have Oberon for a similar price, Oberon is much better all the way around, this is worth a try but don't expect it to be the new summer staple. This beer was ok as far as summer ales go, but Oberon is still my favorite of the style, this beer doesn't come close to being as good, and is pretty average all the way around, this is pretty much the perfect example if what an average APWA is like, this beer is going to need some work if they want it to be a great example of the style, but it is what is.

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3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy pale orange body with a bone white head.

S- Citrus aroma with lemon coming through. Wheat and grass come through as well.

T- Grain and wheat taste with a citrus flavor throughout. Earthy flavor with a spice note as well.

M- A grainy body, but easily drinkable.

O- Good flavor for an outdoor summer beer.

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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)
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