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 WilliamPhilaPa
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an off-white cloudy color. On the nose there is aroma’s of wheat malt and lemon zest. The same two things lemon and wheat malt on the palate too. I’m not a big on wheat’s, but 2 or 3 on a nice warm day… served ice cold, does the trick. Nice summer quencher, I actually prefer to be eating something while drinking these types of beers, but overall not to shabby for a wheat brew…

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a decent and rather sticky white head and moderate lace. Strong aromas of wheat, lemon and spices. Upon tasting, malt notes assert themselves very briefly, followed by lemon and spices and a hoppy finish. A refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of marc77
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive and dense white head. Cloudy light orange in hue. Grainy, lemony, slightly phenolic aroma. Subtle coriander is present as well. Definitely more mild in aroma that most Wits. Surprisingly bland in flavor-- complexity added by the yeast is sorely lacking in this brew. Spice flavor is quite minimal, but a touch of bitter orange peel is there. The mouthfeel is fairly silky and the medium body is perhaps due to the use of oats. Finishes w/ wheat tartness w/ not much else. A bit dissapointing. It's a dumbened down version of a Wit. Hand me a Vuuve now!

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Photo of proc
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent offering from the Boston Beer Co. I'll pick up a sixer of this from time to time during the summer. There is just a touch too much lemon-taste on the finish, but it is a crisp, easy to drink brew.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The lemon and wheat work well against each other. This is a refreshing, thirst-quenching beer. Doesn't do much to advance the wit style, in fact I don't think it has much in common. Still a pleasant brew, not one that bears much scrutiny, but fine for simple quaffing. Doesn't stand up to much in the way of flavorful food, but could be enjoyed with very light fare like a salad or something.

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Photo of jackndan
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Summer Ale for 2002. Considering that we are about 10 days into spring around here, seems a little early to have this seasonal released. This is a wheat beer based on a Belgian White Ale (according to the label). Compared to last years, seems significantly darker, and I seem to recall that last years had more of a weiss haze. White, dense head. Very pronounced lemon aroma and taste. I'll enjoy this beer all Summer long.

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Photo of xXTequila
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmmmm...summer beers...nothing like watching a redsox game and knocking back a couple of 'em. I have two Summer ale favourites and this is definatley one of them.

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Photo of bk3nj
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good bbq beer

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Photo of Brent
2.36/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I probably would have liked this ale more if the label had not lead me to expect a spiced white ale. Overall, it seemed too restrained. What the heck are "Grains of Paradise" anyway?

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