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

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Samuel Adams Summer AleSamuel Adams Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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:
5,560
Reviews:
1,680
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
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3.44/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a brewery freshness month of August into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Summer Ale appears a light golden yellow color with a slight touch of haze and a thin white cap of head supported by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. A spotty amount of lace clings to the glassware. The aroma is filled with a lemony scent on top of wheat and spices. Taste is pretty much dominated by wheat with an upfront flavor of lemon and a bit of spice and pepper on the backend. Light feel with a very lively amount of carbonation. Overall a pretty decent warm weather wheat beer. As it warms, there is a change in the flavor and the lemon flavor starts to get to me. The lemon character seems out of wack and doesn't really mesh well with the rest of the flavor of the beer. It's a good lawnmower beer to drink on a hot day but to sit down and enjoy it I am having a hard time getting through just one.

When I had this before, I distinctly remember the character of the grains of paradise being totally dominating in both the flavor and aroma. The lemon character was slim to none but it was there. I don't know if that was from a previous recipe or maybe that has to do with the freshness. Regardless it was an interesting example of the style.

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2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with an orangish golden tone with a nice frothing orangish white head that left me relatively quickly. Another sorry attempt for Sam Adams to make a classic style, it's not horrible it's just Sammed out. Has the same background flavors as many of their beers, which I am not crazy about. The aroma is full of the lemon zest aroma that is nice but the beer shouldn't just have the bitter taste of lemon zest. It cancels out the pleasure of the smell when you taste the bitter offness of the lemon zest. Overall not very drinkable or enjoyable for me. I don't consider this a true witte bit if I did it would be on the bottom of the wittes I have tried. Will not go for this one again.

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a yellow gold with one finger of head that fades quickly. Nose is of lemon zest and straw from the wheat. Taste is lemon and wheat at first with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; well carbonated and dry.

This has always been one of my favorite seasonals. It is sessionable and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, good till Sept 2011 let's see how this continuing Sam Adams fest goes...

A very large foamy even tight foamy head is made off the pour but seems to fall rather quickly. Sits on a very bright yellow lemon gold body with just a hint of cloudyness. Looking ok if not a little lifeless.

Bouquet is bitter, a little tea like herb and dried orange peel. Slightly musty and dank. Strangely earthy and dirt soil sense. Seems odd for a Pale Wheat Ale. Not too bad kind of average going on so far.

Tastes is rather well.. non existent really. Everything seems toned down that it comes off as just a weak malt. No big bread, hop character, crispness, crackle, not even much spice that seems to come from the nose. IT's quite easy drinking I'll give it that. There's a muted orange on the finish but it's completely buried.

Overall really middle of the road beer for me here. Not getting much out of this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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

12 ounce bottle, with new graphics and purchase before dating notched onto label. Pours a nice cloudy honey color, white head, tiny bubble film, some lacing left behind. Flowery nose. herbal notes, yeast present. Some resiny hops in finish. Sort of non descript wheat/wit brew. Crowd pleaser for sure, on a hot summer day, but not really too interesting for a BA palate

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, some-what cloudy gold. Almost like a witbier, but not quite. Above average, but something missing. The head was foamy, a bit thin, but it was fairly well-retained.
The smell was not bad, but a bit thin. Some hints of lemon, a touch of orange. I had to take deep breaths and swirl quite a bit to pick up on it.
The taste was not bad. Some citrus, especially lemon, with a bit of yeast background. It was refreshing. Virtually no aftertaste.
For a summer ale, it was thirst-quenching. It could be a good selection for a summer brew. I could drink this by the pool on a hot day.
There are better selections for a summer day, but if offered, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of lemon, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hop, grass, slight yeast, earthy malt, and a hint of pepper. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, strong wheat, hint of hop, hint of ginger, and slight lemon. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, and average body.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Duff27
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- two finger head atop clear golden beer. Nice effevescence.

S- clean lemon scent

T- slight lemon. leaves a weird grainy aftertaste.

M- typical BBC carbonation/mouthfeel. Somewhat thin in the mouth.

D/O- not my favorite style but their are some GREAT examples (Gumballhead, A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale) and this one doesn't even compare. Others may like this one (BMCers?) but I don't care for it much.

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3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Samuel Adams Summer Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.37 out of 5 based on 5,560 ratings.
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