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

Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale
5,573 Ratings
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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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of klaybie
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy golden yellow, nice two finger head with decent lacing.

S: Average in every sense of the word, nothing special, nothing adverse. Hints slight fruitiness with some astringency.

T: Very astringent, with a chemical taste that lingers. Some fruitiness, spice and yeast up front but that is quickly and brutally washed away by the harsh astringent flavor.

M: Fortunately the mouthfeel was medium-light in the body and not watery. Still, little comfort.

O: I could not finish this beer and the waitress was surprised I was leaving about 3/4 of the glass. I could not bring myself to choke this down even for the cost at the bar.


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2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Unos.... Poured a hazy yellow with a two finger hear, decent retention and minimal lacing.

Smell is average- typical wheat, citrus aromas. A little yeast.

Taste is comparable to smell- lots of mild wheat, not very complex. A little orange flavor, maybe a little pepper.

Mouthfeel is fine- very light body, light to moderate carbonation. I'll never get this again- boring, mildly offensive flavor and aroma.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. Review from notes taken 3/31/12

A: Honey colored with one finger fluffy white head that receded into a thin ring on the outside with no lacing.

S: Light roast malt, slight caramel, and citrus. Smells very clean.

T: Light malt with a very small hint of citrus, not as much as the nose at all. Disappointing lack of citrus on the palate. Hops are a touch grassy, like the taste in your mouth from walking by a fresh cut lawn. Tastes very fresh. Not sure what a grain of paradise tastes like so I can't quite pick it out.

M: Solid medium body very smooth. Typical Sam Adams, feels great, those guys GET mouthfeel.

O: Drinkable and refreshing. I enjoyed it.

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of acevenom
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy golden with an abundant white head that dissipates. Carbonation does not appear to be abundant. Aromas of wheat and citrus are present in the smell. There isn't much spice in the smell if it is detectable at all. The citrus flavor melds well with the flavors of the wheat. The peppery nature of the grains of paradise cuts in nicely to help balance the flavors of this beer. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's very refreshing now that temperatures have reached the 80's here in Louisiana. It will only become more refreshing as the temperatures climb. Overall, this is a good beer that is crisp and refreshing. It serves its purpose in many ways and I feel it does it well.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy body with a super thick white head.

Smell has some nice citrus notes, a bit of pepper, backed up by wheat tang. Sweet citrus.

Man the smell's check bounced on this one. Very light. but unbalanced. Slight hints of lemons balance out the wheat twang, and the grains of paradise (which I can only assume taste peppery) come through only very slightly.

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +50.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a bright white head. Orange rind and lemon zest on the nose. Bits of sweetened biscuits as well. Creamy mouthfeel with lower than average carbonation. Sweet fruitiness of citrus and orange. A bit grainy, some detectable wheatiness. Almost clove like finish with a very modest spicy hop profile on the back end. Big but slightly bland as well. I don't mind the taste it is unique but heavy for a summer seasonal. Would be really really good with breakfast though oddly enough haha. I guess its a good summer day started.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,573 ratings
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