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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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Ratings: 5,680 |  Reviews: 1,706
Photo of Mark
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy gold and has decent head retention. Lacing is scattered. Has a strong wheat taste accentuated with some lemon and grains of paradise. I don't know that I can identify the latter, but the lemon is some what noticible. Something about the overall taste profile I just don't care for. O.K. once in a while but I would opt for a lager or Sierra Summerfest any time over this one.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to give this beer the best possible chance by pouring it into my "chalice" glass.
Well it worked, in the chalice its a pretty good looking beer dark hazy golden with a fair sized white head.
Smell is fresh and zesty..lemon rind and some other spices..possibly coriander..quite nice.
After being good on looks and aroma..the taste is very average..not much to it except a very dry and slightly acidic taste..tastes somewhat like lemon seeds.
mouthful is very dry and abrupt, no pleasure here.
I was dissapointed..though it could be drinkable after a hike in the hot summer sun or something.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Absolutely nothing special about this "witbier". It arrived in a pint glass with golden color and slightly cloudy appearance. There was a minimal head. The smell is very mild and of a citrus nature. Taste is rather bland-a slightly citrus taste. Really couldn't taste malts or hops, or anything else. This beer is really not worth purchasing.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a deep copper with little to no translucence. Strangely hazed with no noticible yeast chunks. 1/4" head with slight lace.

Wheaty aroma, yeast character of slight pseudo-banana and orange rind: slightly sour generically BBC characteristic wet-paper thing going on.

Interesting cacophony of flavors. Some bubblegum down in there, orange rind, husky grains, wee bit of clove. Slight spiciness.

Great mouthfeel: still refreshing in hot weather, but rich enough for cold temperatures. More than 95% of the glass is lace-ridden.

Not a bad brew. Sort of bridges the gap in between straight ahead weiss beers and the usually knock-off American descendents. Complexity of flavor, and strange fake-banana qualities knock down drinkability.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color, big fluffy white head, that leaves sticky lace on the side of the glass. Smells light and grassy, lots of malt, and a hint of lemon. Reminds me a lot of the scent of a euro lager. Taste is very light on the palate, yet somehow sharp. It's a humid, rainy spring day, and this beer goes down nicely.

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Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap had a thin white head. A bit of haze on this yellow to orange colored brew. Definite citrus to the nose but little in the flavor.

I did not pick up the peppery flavors others may have noted.
The body just walked away rather quietly. I guess this means it qualifies as quite drinkable- for a summer thirst quencher.

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

Had a few of these tonight for the first time. Very light beer with a citrusy/pepper taste. After a few I started getting sick of the lemon. Needless to say I wasn't blown away, but it's an average to decent beer that will probably be a lot better when it gets hot out.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy orange color. Decent sized head but little lacing. Lots of lemon scent with spicy pepper overtones. The guy at the Samuel Adams brewery said the "Grains of Paradise" are an actual spice that is has a slight pepper flavor (and yes, that is the real name of the spice). The taste is average, dominated by lemon and pepper again. Could do with a little less carbonation. Not a bad brew, but I have to say, it's perfect for a hot summer day. Man, I can't wait to break out the grill on the back porch.

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

On tap, presented in a mug.

Hazy golden amber colour & topped by a thin white head.

Lemony aromas leap out of the glass, along with some wheat & a spicy note to boot.

Sweet, wheat, lemony, somewhat fruity, & pepper. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Definitely someone's interpretation of a witbier. Strange stuff.

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Photo of necoadam
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Witbier? This is more of a Pale wheat beer if anything. Poured out a light gold color with a decent amount of carbonation. Smell was spicy. Some malts and wheat also detected. There was some citrus but very, very light. Wheat and malt set up the backbone of this brew. Some lemon mixes in the middle. Grains of paradise comes in the middle as well that lasts the entire way through. Some of that wheat stays through the aftertaste. Not a bad brew whatsoever. I don't know if I would call this a witbier, but not bad for the summer months.

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Photo of theo871
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by August '04

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/orange. Smells of lemon zest and grain. Taste is similar, but more watered down than one would expect from its initial appearance. Mouthfeel is smooth, although lacking of flavor, which knocks it down a point. Drinkability is high due to its flavorless, watery consistency. Could be a great lawnmower beer, but I much prefer the White Ale as a seasonal. Even though it was only 9.99 for a case, I feel cheated.

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

This dark orange ale has a modest head but an attractive hue. The aroma is citrusy and hints at coriander.

The flavors are dominated by sour lemon notes and a slight grain taste. It's not impressive.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, but seems more like a generic sam adams than a good wit.

As for drinkability: Eh. I wouldn't refuse it - but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of jvajda
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dull orange-yellow beer, with just a small head.
Smell: Fruity and inviting, just like a good white beer should smell like.
Taste: Very big difference between this and Sam Adams White. It's almost sour with lemon flavor that may be a little too much. The White is more subtle and balanced. Not too much of a wheat taste. Overall this beer is not well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Feels fine in the mouth, but nothing too special.
Drinkability: I could drink this pretty often, but why drink this if Sam Adams White is still available?

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Adam's Summer Ale.

Went to the Liquor lookinf for Harpoon Summer Ale but they were sold out. Needad a nice summer ale to help me mow the lawn!

Appearance- Yellow with a frothy white head. Nothing spectacular.
Smell- A light wheat with a slight zesty citrus aroma.
Taste- nice and light. Crisp with a hint os wheat and lemon rind.

Overall- a mediorce summer ale that goes nice on a nice warm day. Wish I had the Harpoon though.

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Photo of cptnjck101
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What the Hell did they do to this beer? It used to be one of my favorites, not anymore. The taste of lemon was overwhelming and I couldn't even finish the twelve pack. They need to get back to the old recipe (and label) because this new one really sucks.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This seems to have changed a bit from last year. It tastes more lemony, especially in the aftertaste. Not such a bad thing, but I think I liked it better last year. It smells pretty wretched though, not sure what's going on there. It kinda smells like some cheap malt liquor, maybe Steel Reserve. I still enjoy the taste, and it's a solid summer beer. Drinkable all day long or until your throat hurts from the lemon.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been one of my favorites for many years. It pours a slight gold in color with a thin head that dissipitates fairly quickly. The aroms is best described as bitter sweet. The taste is stroing in hops and the lemon flavor is more than just a hint. There is something else that adds to the sweetness. I want to say there is a little bit of honey, but I do not think that is correct. The beer goes down smooth with a quite pleasant aftertaste. This is a great beer for the summer.

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Photo of crackerpooch
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The presentation is in a brown 12oz bottle with the freshness date marked. It poured a foggy orange-ish pale honey color with a nice three finger foamy white head. The head has great retention and clings to the side of the glass nicely. It’s cloudy, but not as cloudy as many of the wheat beers that I’ve had.

The aroma is sweat and spicy. The label states that it is brewed with lemon zest and I guess I can find a hint of it in there. The first taste doesn’t really have much to it. Spicy and smooth. Finishes very clean. Very refreshing and great after my long day of playing pick-up basketball. The mouthfeel is thin, but suits the style well. Who wants a full bodied beer on a hot summer day? Very drinkable, but it leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of niknar
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical appearance for a wheat ale... amber with a cloudy hue. Smells slightly citrus, but also yeasty. The taste is light and a little fruity, with some yeast typical wheat beer flavors lingering. Overall I think it is a solid offering from a great brewery. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but then again it should be! This is a thinner, lighter beer for spring / summer enjoyment...not a beer that feels like eating as sandwhich... like you'd want in November or February. It is very drinkable, but not something I plan on stocking in the fridge as a regular drink. Good thing, since its only available for a few months of the year. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves Samuel Adams (me) and likes to change what they drink to fit the seasons.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at TGI Friday's, Millbury, MA, presented in a 23oz hefe-type glass.

Big fluffy slightly off-white head on a slightly cloudy orangy-gold hued brew. Bready, but citrus-y aroma, which the taste resembled. A bit thin body-wise, but certainly an acceptable offering from Boston Beer. Perfect sidekick for my late lunch with the family on a nice spring day.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with small white head. The head quickly turns into a fine sheet sitting atop the liquid, and leaves little lacing. Clean and crisp wheat aroma with a hint of citrus and spice. Malt sweetness and crisp, dry wheat flavors dominate this brew. Some lemon and spice are also present, along with the hops, all of which balance the malt. Finished with a dry graimy note. I did not find the lemon as overpowering as others. Medium in body and smooth on the tounge. Not as crisp as I expected it to be. Not bad, but nothing special. I'd rather a traditonal Wit.

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

Pours a mildly hazy golden brew.

Smell is a little sweet and a bit of wheat smell.

Taste is mostly a clean wheat taste. A cracker flavor is also present. A bit of lemon is present as well as a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Light drinkable brew, good but pass the German Weizen please.

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Photo of travolta
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle no ABV

Apperance: Hazy golden apricot, no head retention.

Nose: Apricot, lemon, peaches. nice fruits. The whole lemon hop thing is very nice.

Taste: Peaches, lemon, very crisp. The love the hops they used to make this beer. It was a perfect pick for the summer.

Notes: I had this last night. It was a batch from last summer. I am quite sure it has gone bad, so Im not going to rate against it, as this was my fault. This is a great crisp, lemon beer.

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Photo of mschofield
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy orange golden-yellow. 1 finger white head, dissipates to a small cap with lacing.
The aroma is lemon and a slight spicyness - must be the grains of paradise mentioned on the label, and some wheat.
The taste is lemon zest, an unripened plum flavor under the lemon, all resting atop the wheat flavor.
A nice light crisp feel on the tongue. Great for drinking on a hot day, I just finished off my last bottle and it still worked well in november.

With the Sam Adams seasonals, I'm always happy to see the new one out on tap, becuase I'm usually tired of the previous one.

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

This was being served on tap at the House of Blues, Chicago. So, HoB won't be known as a "beer bar" anytime soon. Ten taps, the usual suspects, regular Sam and this seasonal. So…
A good choice in such a place. The nose is subdued, just a trace of weiss odor. Head is thin, becomes nice and lacy. Color is hazy yellow like a good wheat beer. Lemon taste is definitely there, some spiciness. Worth tasting in season, though not a "craft brew" type anymore.

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