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 mrosenfeld32
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of glass_house
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hero27
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ the Upper Deck in Waterloo, Iowa..

Pale straw color, small white frothy head. Smell is light orange peel with some yeast thrown in. The taste is a combination of dusty pale malts, spices, and zesty citrus. Light body makes it an easy drinker. Overall, it was a good thirstquencher and helped my burger slide down the hatch a little easier, but nothing too extraordinary here.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Summer Ale brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), with an ABV of 5.3% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a thick white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it . The smell is fruity with a hit of grains. Summer Ale has a different smell to it. It's not bad it is just different . The taste is light and crisp you pick on some fruits in the taste. The mouthfeel is light and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Samuel Adams did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of warpig372
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

Had this beer on tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Light yellow with a decent level of chill haze. Cream off white head that remained for the majority of the beer.

Smell: Smells of wheat and citrus, maybe lemon. Very little to no noticeable hop aroma.

Taste: Tangy, metallic (not in a bad way) flavor, typical of many wheat beers. No detectable off flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special, good or bad. The carbonation level is good, and I like the fact that the head stays with you through the drink.

Drinkability: As mentioned, a very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of tmryan21
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ericj551
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of lccrunchy
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of reizorc
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of mooseisloose
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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 SFNC
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FanofHefe
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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 ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of jk3
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of km02600
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of williamherbert
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 5,595 ratings
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