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 Gtreid
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-Tap at LeeRoy Selmon's in Sarasota. Great ribs by the way.

A: Cloudy, straw yellow color with about two fingers of white head. The head remains strong for the entire glass and the lacing is impressive.

A: Strong lemon smell, almost over the top. The spicy grains of paradise are apperant as well. Some earthy hops and biscuity malts round out the nose.

T: Very summery. Lemon, earthy hops, wheat, and spice. A little bitter and finishes sweet and dry.

M&D: Light bodied beer. The agressive carbonation makes it a bit sharp on the palate. I think there is too much lemon in this. But, this beer was one of the first to turn me on to the craft beer scene, so I search it out every year. I really enjoy Summer Ale, not the best of the style, but at 5.2% ABV this is very easy to drink out at the BBQ. Skal.

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Photo of jebrew
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of warpig372
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ericj551
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Summer Ale pours a cloudy gold with a thin but lingering head. Aroma is mostly spices, with a light malty sweetness. Flavor is crisp not sweet but not dry, the spices come through but not overpowering. There is a light bitterness, but no real hop flavor to speak of. I gotta give Sam Adams credit for brewing a cloudy wheat beer with some flavor for their Summer beer, a decent change from a lot of other pale wheat beer Summer beers.

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Photo of MattSharpless
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of reizorc
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of tzieser
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a glass from a 12 oz bottle.

I really enjoyed this beer. It had a nice golden color with a slight haze. The head slowly disapated to a small head that just covers the surface. It smells of wheat, with strong undertones of zesty lemon. The taste comes on smooth at first, then becomes a little more robust as soon as your lips come off the glass. I liked the flavors of citrus and wheat. The grains of paradise add a distict zest to the beer, which makes this one of my favorite summer beers around. Very easy to drink (and refreshing), especially in the warm weather.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a fluted glass by the bartender. A little darker yellow body than many wheats I've had. Still, it has the typical cloudy body and about one finger of white head. Just a little lacing around the top of the glass.

Not much in the aroma. Mostly grainy wheat and a very light note of lemon.

No big improvement in the flavor over the aroma. The wheat and the citrus flavors blend fairly well but both are underwhelming. The spices are also present but very muted.

Light mouthfeel that goes down very easy. Not the best effort from SA, but I could.see this being a decent hot weather beer when the choices are limited.

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Photo of lccrunchy
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Kadonny
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap at TGI Fridays poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A cloudy straw yellow color with a minimal white tight laced head, minimal glass lacing.

S: Sweet malt with hints of spice, grains and some citrus.

T: Wheat, grainy yeast, lemon and a hint of spice (description says pepper) with a hefty malty sweetness. Minimal if any hops flavors.

M: Light mouthfeel that disipates quickly. No bitterness and no hint of alcohol.

D: Medium. If you like this style, then you can easily drink a few of these.

Overall an ok beer, but nothing special. I prefer the Southern Tier AWA or Bells AWA over this one for sure, they both carry more hops. Still, an easy drinking beer that is refreshing in the summer.

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Photo of jk3
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of tbeer40
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mooseisloose
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have never been dissapointed in a Sam beer. This ale has a great bottle smell. Poured into a chalice and it formed a nice frthy head that held up well. Color is a translucent maize. Smell is very whole grain with hints of citrus and pepper. Mouthfeel is great, different flavors from tongue to cheek to back of throat. A very talented ale. Starts sweeter gets robust then finishes with a peppery sweetness though not really sweet. A unique concoction. I will be back for more.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow, like grapefruit juice. Bright and sunny. Minimal lace. Looks fruity.

Smell of a slightly bitter Bavarian ale with some musty malt. Hint of fruits (lemon and orange).

Tastes like a regular ale, slightly bitter but with a sweet aftertaste. Full of flavor actually, with a decent sweet/bitter balance. Surprisingly good.

Slightly fizzy feel in the Belgian way (though clearly not a Belgian). Medium body. It's a nice summer beer that isn't for weaklings. Has good body for being a blatant summer brew.

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Photo of kraticus41
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Shiloh
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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 mnj21655
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper in color with a surprisingly long lasting off-white head. Smells of wheat, hops, lemon, and slightly of yeast. Tastes a bit grainy, with hops and lemon dominant. Great mouthfeel, moderate amount of carbonation with good body. Good drinkability, very sessionable.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw gold color with a dense cap of foam that quickly disappeared. A light pale malt aroma. On the palate, slightly chewy perhaps from wheat. Mostly sweet malt flavors until it pivots into a nimble finish with little bitterness. Easily drinkable and a good session beer. Another solid brew from Sam Adams.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of entenduintransit
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Summer Ale pours a hazy orange yellow with a good 2 finger foam head with minimal retention. The aroma is unique with the stated Grains of Paradise used. It has a good wheat smell to it. The taste is clean and the malt slathers the tongue and the second half is the lemony spice flavor. It is highly carbonated as the massive amounts of little bubbles rush to the top. It is a pretty darn good summer time session beer.

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