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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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- hazy orange hue with a inch of white foam, with a thin lace trail left behind.

S- a good amount of lemon and citrus peel, although the aroma is kind of fake lemon rather than natural lemon juice. There is also a faint wheat aroma.

T- this is pretty much just lemon and wheat and it is bland and watery besides that. A bigger hop dosage would take this to another level.

O- an ok summer ale, but there are better options for the warm weather.

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy dark golden color with a thin frothy head. Leaves really nice lacing.

Smell - Very peppery, hints of lemon, citrus, and some other spices.

Taste - Caramel/toffee with a strong peppery flavor. Citrus and maybe some other spices too..

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This tastes ok... but it's very spicy. Not really my style of beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on tap at Olde Town Pub. From notes.

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden color with moderate yeast haze. The head is a one finger eggshell color with underwhelming retention/lacing.

S: There are hints of lemon esters and wheat, but there just isn't much here at all. What's there is solid, however.

T: The lemon esters on the front end are kept in check nicely by the wheat smoothness, but there needs to be more flavor in my opinion. Aside from the overly mild taste, there's a strange bitter aftertaste that ruins an otherwise boring beer.

M: This is too heavy, in my opinion. Both this and the strange finishing astringency hinder its drinkability factor greatly. I can't see this being refreshing in the summer heat. Strong carbonation, at least.

O: To quote Mr. Horse from Ren and Stimpy "No sir, I don't like it." It's drinkable, but there's nothing here to inspire drinking this easily. Next!

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Summer Ale has a thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head and a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, with splotchy lacing. The aroma is mild, but one does get lemon, spices, and white bread. Taste is of white wheat bread, lemon zest, some pepper, a bit of bitterness, and some other unusual and hard-to-pin-down vegetable flavors. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Samuel Adams Summer Ale finishes sort of wet and spongy. Drinkability is high. Overall, a good beer.


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3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass

Gold color and a little hazy. Head fades out super fast

In the smell, I get a lot of citric zest but all in all, had to focus pretty hard to get anything out of it.

After the smell, the taste wasn't to surprising, citrus, bready, and slighty pepper. But wasn't a "take the glass back in shock" sort of moment.

Mouthfeel is about what I would figure as well, travels across pretty easy. Didn't come off as watery which is always nice. The peppery notes stand out as the beer warms up which adds a nice tingle to my palate.

over all it's a nice beer. I'm not about to run out for a six pack of it, but when as a bar offer when selection is few, I'm not opposed to it.
It is what it is, Sam Adams is kind of a non craft beer guys beer, I appreciate that and see this beer as a good offering of that, I'd drink it with family while out fishing or grilling.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Short and short lasting head, cloudy golden colored body.

Smells of muted lemon and fruit punch.

Sweet tasting, moves into rougher wheat flavor and slight banana, and ends with a blunt bitterness.

Bubbly, light and crisp body.

Average overall. The taste profile was disjointed.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,605 ratings