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: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught into shaker

Two finger head

Boring burnt orange color

Smells: Wheat

Taste: Sweet malt, nothing else... what grains of paradise?

Mouthfeel: watery

Overall, an unimpressive seasonal offering!! Just make Winter Lager year-round. Have Oberon instead!

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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not the best Sam Adams I've have but still enjoyable. Nice golden color with a decent foam. Refreshing and easy to drink. Wheat and citrus, what a great combination! Feels good and it's easy to find in the summer. You should try it.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was discovered and pilfered form my father in laws fridge at a Memorial Day gathering. Just drank it a few hours ago at the house. Side poured standard speed from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance – Has a cloudy yellow color with no head, obviously no retention, and no lacing. No real carbonation or bubbles activity.

Smell – I picked up some grains, a hint of citrus and lemon, a bit of malt, and not much else. There is not much going on in the nose, and what is going on doesn’t smell very good.

Taste – The taste of this brew, while I didn’t hold high hopes, is actually much worse than I imagined. Grains and a little wheatness are acceptable, but the lemony/citrusy flavoring just ruins it. I couldn’t get past the artificial fruit flavoring and how bad it was.

Mouthfeel – Sticky sweet, like I just drank a Dew on a hot day or something. Moderate body with a little carbonation, not too much. The stickiness from the fruit flavoring ruined this as well.

Overall – Absolutely not a beer I would drink again or recommend. I had a feeling this was going to be similar to the way people described Summer Shandy to me, and that didn’t sound like my bag, and this beer certainly is not my type. The artificial fruit flavoring, just like that in almost any beer, really ruins any flavoring or drinkability. Maybe this is beer is right up some’s alley, but not mine. I have done my best to write an objective review, but I couldn’t help but for a little bit of opinion to seep in.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,640 ratings