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 SetarconeX
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark yellow color, with a good, fluffy white head. Give it a whiff and it smells a lot like lemons. Very light, citrus taste, and not much else. Surprisingly easy to drink. This is the sort of thing I might like a six pack of next to me on a beach, sitting in some sun. I'm not saying it's a lemonade flavored beer, it's clearly a fairly serious ale, but it's a lighter, more frivolous ale. Quite fun.

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

Brownish golden color with an off-white head.
Aroma of grainy malt, lemon, and wheat.

Sweet grainy malt is the predominant flavor. Tart wheat plays a role as well. Some lemon and spice. Little hop balance keeps this beer too sweet and lacking in crispness.

Light body and fizzy mouthfeel.
Mellow and easy going, but the taste is lacking a bit and keeps the drinakbility from being higher.

Overall, a decent Wit, but nothing more.

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

Served in a 22oz glass.

This beer was golden yellow colored that had a brown hue to the edges. It was cloudy but carbonation bubbles were noticeable. It produced a fluffy white head that was thick and creamy, lasted fairly well, and produced a light lace on parts of the inside glass. The aromas that came from the glass were light, but I nosed lemon fruit, wheat grains, malt, and some spices. The flavors were slightly more pronounced then the aroma, tastes of light spices, lemon zest, bread, spices and malt were all present. It produced an aftertaste of mostly bread and wheat grains. It was light to medium bodied. Semi sweet and semi-dry on the pallet. Seems to me to be a simple wheat beer that has that something extra added to it. But it was a crisp, clean and fairly refreshing beer on the hot day, and that is what I needed.

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Photo of thefireman
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured nicely enough with a nice white head that quickly vanished. Real lemon smell with a little hops thrown in. Taste was not bad, but could only smell lemon, or something like it. Not a session beer, but good once in a while. Not worth what they charge.

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Photo of beerbill
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Probally the best aspect was the mouth feel. A lot of pilsner beers have little to no body. This was totally diffrent. It had a pronounced presence, the way beer should. Other than that this is a fairly typical entry. However, I would recommend this to all the bud/coors drinkers I know.

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

Wasn't bad, wasn't great.

Dark cloudy straw color when poured. It had a bready aroma, not sweet, more like from a dark bread.

I didn't find this overly tasty. The only taste I got was a bit of lemony essence in the finish.

I didn't find a lot going on with this beer. I would call it inoffensive, ie. you could serve it to Mom or something, and no one would complain it was too strong. The only thing they might take objection to is the fact that does have some sharp carbonation.

Yes, it's light alright. Can't recommend, as there are so many better versions of this style out there. pat

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Photo of BierReise
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy with cream-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slighty yeasty and slightly citrusy. Flavor is a bit on the tart side and crisp but crispness doesn't hold up well. Hops don't come through very well. I'm sure this beer is better on draught than bottled. This is about as good as Bluemoons version.

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Photo of granger10
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high expectations for this one. This was a light bodied beer that looked nice. However it smelled real lemony, too lemony. The body was thicker than I had imagined it would be and also pretty creamy making it easy to drink. However the taste was not too good but also not too bad. It just seemed to be lacking in flavor. Slight hop bitterness in the finish, no real malt sweetness. A decent brew, but BBC has done better.

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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, 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.

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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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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,641 ratings