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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,520
Reviews:
1,685
Ratings:
5,583
pDev:
16.22%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
1,355
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Ratings: 5,583 |  Reviews: 1,685
Photo of Morris729
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a tall foamy white head that settles into a creamy lace. Nose is grainy with notes of wheat and lemongrass. Light to medium in body and slightly chewy in texture. Taste is grassy grains and sweet malt followed by some mild spicy notes and citrusy hops that lead to an odd bitter twang and somewhat musty aftertaste. Seems to be a cross between an American wheat beer and a wit beer. Interesting and definitely worth a try on a hot summer day.

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Photo of vitesse
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

served on tap.
this is a wit? oh please. not that this is a horrible beer, but i had it on tap and didn't even realize it used wheat. this beer tasted to me just like a lightened and citrified (is that a word) regular sam adams boston lager. it still has that familiar sam adams yeast flavor in it (which isn't bad), but there is nothing wit-esque about this one. appearance is way to clear and straw-colored. there's no spiciness (but there is some lemon flavor coming through). it's a nice refreshing ale, but is way way toned down from the usual conception of a belgian-style wit.

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Photo of DESTRO
2.19/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

ok, i had this on tap at the espn sports bar one night and thought it was pretty good but i was also already intoxicated which may be the reason this was such a dissapointment the second time sround. pours a nice somewhat deep golden color with a small white head. it smells like lemons with a hint of spice. taste, ugh....it tastes like an average beer that someone squeezed a bunch of lemon juice into. its not horrible, but it is pretty crappy. it just has this weird off taste to it. the mouth feel is ok, light and with a nice amount of carbonation. i would drink one if it was the only thing around, 2 if a gun was pointed at me.

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

I don't want to knock this beer too badly because it is just not my style. I have been trying to enjoy wheat beers and so far no luck. My girlfriend likes this beer alot.

The appearance is golden foggy. A very lemony smell which is indicated on the label. I believe the lemon is added for refreshment quality. It is mildly carbonated. It leaves a lemony aftertaste with a sharp bite. I believe the taste is excellent if one likes a lemony wheat beer. I do not!

I am trying to be objective and I can understand that some people will enjoy this ale. I am sure much effort went in to creating it. Bleack! Just not my style of beer. Someone else review it.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep orange color, with very little head. Some very fine lacing can be seen. Aroma is citrus and malt. Taste is clean, with medium carbonation, and slightly tart. No detectable hops. This particular wheat is kind of thin and watery. There is also an acidic after taste that lingers on the tongue long after you finish. Not a great beer but not all that bad either.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this brew into my glass it poured a medium white creamy head with small bubbles. The body was cloudy, and the hue was orange. The lacing was excellent on all sides of my glass. It had a light malty and lemon aroma. The palate was light and creamy. This brew also had a sweet flavor to it.

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Photo of aracauna
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a slightly citric aroma. The flavors is faitn with a very light wheat flavor. It's a bit bland. It's very easy drinking which I guess is appropriate for the season, but I kind of like even my "summer" beers to have more flavor.

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Photo of TheDM
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a mostly diminishing fizzy medium sized head of small to medium sized white bubbles and a semi-transparent hazy thin light amber orange colored body. It had a moderate straw, bread, malt aroma with some hoppy and lemon notes to it. It begins somewhat bitter and acetic with a finish that's lightly acidic with an after taste that lingers around for a fair amount of time. Its palate was light and a bit dry while being softly tingling.

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great semi-hazy golden in color, decent size white head that leaves sheets of lace in the glass, has a musty stale aroma of wheat and hay, light wheaty grainy flavors, watery and thin, fizzy and crisp mouthfeel, finishes crisp, a very average light ale.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasing to the palate. This brew arrived a dark golden colour and extremly cloudy. Light carbonation and a limited crown.
Aroma of citrus.
The body is fuller than I anticipated.
The taste is a light bitter sweetness which finishes with a lemony punch that lingers appropriatly.
How sad for me that I only have the one.
Recomended.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I seem to like this brew more than many others,its on tap at alot of local places,so I get it alot.Pours a hazy orange/yellow color usually with a pretty decent head.The a roma is lightly spicey and of wheat malt pretty appetizing.Taste is very wheaty slightly fruity,I think its a pleasant highly drinkable ale,I think a bit underrated.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wheat ale had a cloudy orange appearance, with a very small head and little to no lacing. A fruity scent of citrus, faint spices and some traces of wheat was rather pleasant, but overall fairly average for the style. While the taste, too, was only average for a wheat beer, I rather enjoyed the fruity and citric characteristics. The malt and hop balance was nice, too. The mouthfeel was just right for the style, medium body with appropriate carbonation and feel. The Summer Ale was very refreshing on this summer evening. While I'd opt for a better wheat beer when in the mood for the style, this makes for a interesting and fruity substitute.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden with a nice pillowy off-white head, good carbonation, and sheets of lace. Prominant lemon zest aroma. Spicy and lemony flavor which dominates most anything else but allows a touch of lightmalt graininess. Light-medium bodied with a light creaminess and a spicy dry finish.

Not a great Wit and Not a great American Wheat... just is.

Label states "Wheat malt, lemon zest, and grains of paradise"

Puchase Before: 09/03
Tasted: 06/08/03

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Photo of AaronRed
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice cloudy ale with a white head, this does look a little different than your average summer ale. The aroma was nice- a lemony sweetness, with maybe some other citrus as well. Taste was fine, a little more on the malty side then I would have expected. Whatever slight bite this beer has, is gone by the third sip. Overall a good light summer ale, probably also a beer to serve to friends who do not have that much experience with wheat ales.

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Photo of Winter
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden in appearance with a thin and short-lived white head. Aroma consists of wheat with some hints of lemon. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Taste consists of a light wheat with a tangy lemon flavor that's quite noticable throughout. Somewhat dry and grainy finish. Has potential to be a pretty decent summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of Gump
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange / copper color, with a foamy head, and slightly cloudy.
This beer hinted at a citrus flavor but smelled like more of a typical wheat grain aroma.

Not overly carbonated. A good refreshing summer brew, and the price was $11 for a 12pk.

-edit 2004-
New label. Zesty lemon taste and acidic aroma.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a cloudy yellow color, with a white head that quickly diminishes. The aroma is grainy, spicy, with a slight citrusy, wheat aroma. The flavor is grainy, and spicy with the slight citrus hop flavor. It is light in body, not as smooth as I was expecting. This one just does not stand out in any area.

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Photo of Boto
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly thin on the aroma: not really anything too much to speak of. Taste has a little bit of malts to it, but no real hoppiness to it. Didn't really taste the citrus that they claim to be in it.It is a bit refreshing. Good, but a little thin on flavor. I expect something from 'Sam' to have a little more body. Best described as a "chick" beer.

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Photo of mjohn27603
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK, this was available at the local corner grocery store. I was looking for a filler beer to have a few without tapping into my special stuff. The bottle is marked as good until Sep '03. I didn't bother to do a full review except for the taste. I was hoping for more grain flavor or at least a little lemon. I got a very bland beer without much flavor at all. The mouthfeel was disappointing. It was overly carbonated. This combined with the dry flavor to not be very refreshing at all. My patience is wearing as thin as this beer with Sam Adams. Not sure why my sample was more carbonated than other reviews.

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Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a nice cloudy gold. I drank this offering a bit warm, so my review may change a bit when I try a cold one. The smell was a tad fruity, but a bit off on aroma. Taste was ok, but not as full-bodied and robust as I would have liked. Mothfeel also was ok, but a bit on the watery side. Average drinkability. Will evaluate once again under "colder" circumstances.

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

Pours a pale hazy golden color. Aroma is lemony and spicy. The taste is citrusy, but seems a little water-downed. Not much flavor here at all. It seems like they're trying to make a refreshing wheat beer, but are also trying to cater to the average drinker by making it a little bland. There are much better examples of the style.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance is a somewhat cloudy gold color. decent head dispersed rather quickly. the smell is sorty of grainy with a lemony citrus touch. the beer tastes quite good. the lemon is present and creates a refreshing tang, there is also a nice malty taste that balances the hops in this ale well. it's mouthfeel is ok, maybe a tad to thick i think it should have a little more carbonation and crispness.
this is a tasty beer, good for summer. this is one of my summer standbys, good drinakability in context of summer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a decent summer beer. Nothing truly fantastic about it, but good overall. Pours a pale golden color with a crisp white head. The aromas are light and citrusy, with a hint of malt. The taste is also very light, with a hint of yeatiness, but a strong lemon note. Mouthfeel is decent, sort of light and refreshing. Drinkability is very good, Serve this with some salmon or a nice summer salad, or just swig one down after mowing the lawn. A very enjoyable beer that is good for the summer months.

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Photo of powoo19
4.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. It has a lightly citrus smell and light appearence for Sams. The taste is outstanding and the aftertaste is good. It pours nicely with a light head. The hint of citrus is just enough to give that summer feel and not take away from the beer itself. Good job!
Happy Drinking!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

sam summer has lost alot of appeal to me the past few years thanks to bolder statements made by other summer micros. it's certainly not a bad beer, but nothing great. pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a surprisingly strong head. smells of citrus with a lemony taste to it. the problem here is that this brew isn't anything daring. at times it even tastes a bit watered down. thanks to its widespread availability, it is usually a summer staple, but it's nothing grand overall.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,583 ratings
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