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

It's murky yellow/burnt orange in color with a very large fluffy white head that forms a thick coating after a few minutes. Lemon, citrus, and wheat are all in the aroma, lemon being the strongest. This is a very crisp and refreshing beer....lemon flavor mixed with a pleasant maltiness and graininess. The finish and aftertaste have a spicy hop character with a slightly annoying lemon tartness. Overall, it's a very refreshing warm weather beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, refreshing beer from Sam. This came from the tap a cloudy, light amber with a decent white head. It held the head for a while and laced quite nicely. The beer smelled fresh and clean, and tasted the same. Mostly a bready sense with some nice light citrus overlay. The feel was fairly light bodied and crisp in the finish. This seems as if it could be a good beer for a long haul. Nice.

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Photo of Darkale
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not very fond of this one. Cloudy yellow with a decent head, but has a bitter, sour, lemony taste. Refreshing for a few sips, but then difficult to get past. Admittedly, I am not a fan of summer brews or tangy beers; still, it would have to be very hot in order for me to want another of these.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with an orangish golden tone with a nice frothing orangish white head that left me relatively quickly. Another sorry attempt for Sam Adams to make a classic style, it's not horrible it's just Sammed out. Has the same background flavors as many of their beers, which I am not crazy about. The aroma is full of the lemon zest aroma that is nice but the beer shouldn't just have the bitter taste of lemon zest. It cancels out the pleasure of the smell when you taste the bitter offness of the lemon zest. Overall not very drinkable or enjoyable for me. I don't consider this a true witte bit if I did it would be on the bottom of the wittes I have tried. Will not go for this one again.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours nice golden amber with a nice white head. The head doesn’t last too long but it left a bit of a lace along the glass.

The aroma is mostly wheat with hints of lemon.

Taste is wheat at first with a lemon at the end. A dry crisp finish at the end. This is a lite refreshing beer on a hot summer day. It seems like I can drink it forever. I enjoyed the bit of lemon zest in the flavor. Compared to the other beers that I have had in this category, this is a light bit above average.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pours a cloudless golden amber color, the head generous in it presence, bright white in color, and the lace nice sheets to cover the glass. Malt dominates, crisp and citrus fresh, quite nice nose, the start malt and lightly sweet, the top skinny in feel. Finish is tartly acidic, hops quite pleasant and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, another good everyday drinking beer, well at least during the summer.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good stab at the Belgian White style by Samuel Adams. Although this beer poured a wonderful colour it did not really have the head retention that White Style beers are generally known for. Also this beer did not have a very pungent aroma or strong taste, but what it did have was good. Still this is a very drinkable beer, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Overall a decent job by Sam Adams on this one...

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rather malty for a wit beer. The golden color is attractive but the head doesnt last anything like the head of hoegarrden does. I liked the lemon scent, was different and alluring. Of the barrel of wit beers ive tried this would be on the bottom, but it is still a solid beer, good just not great.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.47/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The yellow label says it all. This stuff is just plain bad. A copper hued beer, the citris just overpowers the hops and malts on my palate. If I wanted a Corona, I would just drink one. BBC should not just brew a beer to get into a niche market without any thought.

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Photo of hyuga
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2002 edition. Copper color and a big white head, which takes a while to go down and leaves some lace. Defined lemony aroma with wheat-like malt character supporting it. Lemon and spicy hop bitterness combine in the taste and overpower the wheat-like maltiness. I find the lemon in this a bit out of place and overpowering. It seems to kill the other characteristics of this brew. This is definitely not what I'd judge this company by, in fact I'm surprised, I usually love Sam Adams beers.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden-tan color. Decent zesty head when poured hard. Smell is fresh and lemony.

Taste is straight forward, sweet and sour lemon right off the bat. Slight grain backing it up but the lemon kick is the loudest voice in this beer. Overall it is a good, easy summer beer that has its place when the humidity is high and the BBQ is smoking.

I am not a huge fan of wheat style beers, but this one is OK. Personally, for a summer quencher I prefer a light lager like Yuengling Premium.

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

Samuel Adams Summer Ale pours a cloudy see through amber from a 12oz brown bottle. Head is a light shade of white with some staying power.

Nose is lemon zest and wheat malt with wiffs of grains of paradise. Palate is lemon zest with the wheat malt right behind followed by the peppery grains of paradise, for a nice aftertaste.

For a wheat Ale, while refreshing and very tasty, I find it is lacking in the characteristics of the same. Most of the taste is masked by the lemon zest which is ok for a nice summer beverage, though I would have preferred that at least some of the tart taste came from the wheat malt.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly busy aroma with aspects of wheat, malt, lemon and, other fruitiness, but also a characteristic Sam Adams quality. Head a little thin and not that persistent. Gold with mild cloudiness. Drink has a nice thirst quenching quality and a flavor that, while mild, holds many tastes, including the base of wheat, but also some citrus acidity and a little sourness. Fullness in the mouthfeel from richness and carbonation. Dryness to finish, but not bitter. I don't know that I would pick this all the time, but it's a nice offering and presents several interesting components.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad wheat/summer brew, but not a Sam Adams star. A slighty-orange golden colour with a haziness that let up some with time. Heavy wheat-nose with a spicey, fruited and lemony tones. Noble hops are sturdy as always with a wheated malt base. Fruity esters and lemon poke thier ways through. Light-medium body with a very coarse carbonation.

I am not a bg fan of many wheat beers and this is a solid, middle-road offering. Dig it if you like the wheat/summers, otherwise, not much to offer. Sam is still boss, regardless. Cheers

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy "wheaty" orange/brown color, much darker than I expected for a Wit. Creamy head that settles at 1/4 of an inch. Citric and straw aroma. Flavor has a deep character, an interesting ester-like quality combined with citron and a trace of nutmeg. Transforms to a twang of lemon/lime at the end, nice swap of flavors. I actually like this better than more accurate representatives for style. Thanks, Sammy, for a more interesting summer brew than most.

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Photo of cokes
2.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden orange body (much too dark for a witbier), thin white head retains fairly well. Slightly hazy.
Nose of powdery wheat, slight clovey spice and lemon.
Taste mirrors the scent. Wheat flavors are grainy and powery. Quite a bit of lemon sourness. Spice is more subtle than it should be. Lemon washes out the finish. The lemon taste coupled with the powdery flavors get obnoxious quickly. Aftertaste is not kind.
Body is on the thick side for a wit, but lacks any of the typical pizzazz. Smooth, but sort of clunky.
Wouldn't be bad to down quickly in the summer sun, but not something I would make a session of. I'll take a traditional wit, thank you.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Based on appearances, this would have been a great beer for me. Dark golden color with a nice thick white head looked very attractive. However I thought it had a very hoppy bitter aftertaste that didn't quite agree with me. Hint of lemon apparent in both smell and taste. I must note that I had this after another beer of a very different style, so I will definitely try again to see if anything changes.

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Photo of ThreePistols
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that deminished to a very thin head with lace. Malt, grain, spice and faint citrusy nose. Slight sweet, malty, grainy flavor with notes of lemon and spice. I've tried them everywhere from ice cold to practically room temperature, and the flavor seemed to be weak, washed-out. I liked the balanced lemon sourness and the hops bitterness. Nice longlasting aftertaste.

IMHO... for this beer to have been a better "Summer" beer, it needs to be crisper, lighter, more hops and more flavor.

It's easy to drink and it's a great thirst quenching beer on a hot and humid Florida summer day.


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Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This summer beer pours a lovely off-golden, light color with a sticky head.

A spicy lemon aroma encourages you to take a sip and you shouldn’t be disappointed with the flavor on your palate. A tangy lemon with malty sweetness & hoppy spice is rather good. Fairly complex flavor.

All in all, this is a wonderful summer brew. It is cool and refreshing, easy to drink. Something ideal to take on your next picnic or BBQ or even after you mowed your lawn.

Good Stuff!

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a great summer brew. it is second on my list to pete's. a kick of lemon. goes down very crisp clean and smooth. perfect for a barbeque on a hot day. very refreshing

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color, rocky, tight, sticky off white head. Aroma suggests lemons, peppery spiciness. Flavor delivers much of same with some prickly hops. Smooth, light/medium bodied mouthfeel. It also sort of defies catagorization...probably falls somewhere between a Belgian Wit and a hearty American wheat. This was a pleasant surprise as normally I find summer brews lacking flavor and substance. An excellent summertime thirst quencher. Interesting beer...cheers to SA for creating a unique and inspired summer brew.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical as this was not my usual style but I promised myself that I'd be objective. Wow, I didn't have to be simply objective, I loved it. This yellowish wheat has a slight orangish haze. Appearance is appropriate for the style. The head is thick and white, retention is good and head life is average. The smell is lemony but not overpowering. The taste starts lemony, crisp, clean, and refreshing. The wheat hop hits you but then finishes out crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of budgood1
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy deep golden color, almost copperish. nice rocky head that laces down the glass. definite lemony/peppery aroma. taste is ever so slightly complex, teasing me with citrus, wheat, malt and spice. it leaves me longing for more, but i shouldn't complain. a hop bite in the end that lingers in the mouth. a very refreshing brew that is light enough for the summer season. would be great with some spicy barbeque!

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly refreshing! Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a 3 finger head. It's aroma is slightly weaker, but consistent with it's taste. The taste is that of a mild wheat and a fairly nice balance of hops and with alcohol on the tip of the tail. The mouthfeel is quite nice for the hot summer days here in Texas. I enjoyed this brew and for the sale price of 3.99 per six, you can't beat it. Cheers!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had visions of lemon Pledge before trying this, but it actually worked well on this brew. Not a favorite but I can see it being refreshing after a lawn mowing. Nice golden color and a citrusy aroma.

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