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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1.79/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a: Creamy white head that is fairly long lasting. Medium gold in color. Hazy

s: Strong wheat and tangerine smell. Earthy undertones. Sweet smell. No hop aroma. The tangerine was intense and not the most pleasant.

t: I'm picking up a good amount of diacetyl. Leaves a bit of puckering in the back on the tongue. The puckering tastes like lemon seeds.

m: Medium light body, low carbonation.

o: Diacetyl doesn't fit into this style, and the puckering taste is unpleasant. Don't like rating this beer so low, but there are some serious flaws with this.

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3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at my local Outback Steakhouse. 22 oz. pour in a frosty...and I mean frosty mug.

Pours a cloudy, hazy apricot color with a fluffy white head that disappears rather quickly.

The aroma is fresh lemon, light malt and tangerine rind.

Taste is more subdued lemon. Very light hops and not much else. Lacking in the flavor department.

Smooth yet dry mouthfeel.

Overall this is strictly a hot weather get-work-done-around-the-yard beer. Nothing special.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy and dark yellow with almost no head and absolutely no retention or lacing.

S: Very grainy smelling beer with just a slight bit of citrus in there. Not a very potent smelling beer, nor a particularly good or interesting smelling one.

T: The taste is slightly better than I was expecting, but not much. The beer is very heavy on the cereal grains, but the lemon peel is nice, and there is another interesting flavor that I can't pinpoint but never-the-less adds a nice layer.

M: moderately light body with a fair amount of carbonation, but also kind of sticky which cuts down on the refreshing nature of this brew.

O: Not a bad brew, but not a great one either. Too much of a grainy taste and not enough to cut through it. I wouldn't seek it out, but it's all right.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, golden yellow, with a small head of white foam, quickly dissipating to a meager lace.

S: Faint overall -- it took a few deep whiffs to really get a sense of it: Bread-like malt notes, and some fresh-cut grass aromas, with just a hint of citrus.

T: Malt was slightly sweet, but mostly bready. Wheat flavors fill out the middle. A slightly tart, then bitter hops flavor finishes it. Overall, it just tastes watered down.

M: Moist, with below-average carbonation.

O: Typical fare from an American macro-brewery. Not terrible, but not very good. Passable as a thirst quencher with a meal, but certainly not good enough to enjoy on its own.

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