Samuel Adams Wicked Easy
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Lager - American
Ranked #206
Ranked #43,895
3.64 | pDev: 14.29%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Wicked EasySamuel Adams Wicked Easy
Notes: Formerly Sam '76

Picture this - you’re not doing a damn thing. This is the beer that pairs with that. Easy drinking and bursting with citrus fruit, Wicked Easy is a refreshing, kick all the way back, crushable, sippable (is that a word? Is now) go-to when you need light beer big on flavor.

Hops: Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe.

IBU: 12
Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 759 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone already called this "a good lawn-mowing beer" and that is precisely what I was seeking when I came across this beer. Upon first trying it I was surprised that it did not announce fruit esters on the label. I believe it has something to provide the fruit notes besides a variety of hops. It is crisp, and has a dry finish. It also is quite refreshing (also previously noted) and not bad on a hot day (which this particular one is). I was looking for something in the 4.5-4.8 ABV category since I may want to drink a couple without the common "beer buzz" from a couple of a 5.5+ brews. I would not recommend this for cooler climates or temperatures and would not suggest it as a frequent accompaniment to finer meals. Otherwise I find it very drinkable. (The Reviewer is a Licensed BJCP judge)

Jun 04, 2021
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RichardLeahy from Australia

4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L. Pours hazy, golden yellow with a modest white head. Modest retention and slight webbing. S. Slight grain, a touch of fruit/citrus. T. Fruit up front, but not sweet, and finishes dry. F. Slight effervescence, smooth and light. O. I don't often add beers from outside Australia but this one impressed me. Not an outstanding beer, and no one single aspect is outstanding, but a great combination of aspects. The can says that "This beer is refreshing, with a smooth taste, light citrus aroma and clean lager finish." That is a perfect description.

May 29, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Best by May 2021, so just in time here.

Glassy, hazy, pale yellow body. Small bright white head shrinks to a ring and faint covering, no lacing.

Mild dull fruit aroma.

On tasting, it's pretty lively at first. This quickly washes away, and you're left with a clean nondescript lager taste.

Mouth close to medium, finish a little watery.

Overall, not a lot going on, nor is there meant to be. Clean, easy drinking inoffensive beer.

Apr 23, 2021
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tryptagon from Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Looks kinda like fizzy lemonade or Mountain Dew. Little to no head.

S: Sweet and sour. Hard to describe.

T: Zesty, earthy. A small amount of nut. Piney. Dry.

F: Hits with a pop and tapers down to the dryness.

O: Interesting for a lager. Many prominent notes.

Apr 22, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Light golden pour. Partially hazed... big fluffy white head leaves decent lacing.

S: Biscuity grains and lemon citrus hops.

T.F: Just like it smells. Lightly toasted malts/grains and lemon forward citrus hops. A bit of pepper and grass. Light bodied and well carbonated. A bit more citrus to finish.

O: Light and easy drinking, and goes down kind of like they accidentally hazed a hoppy pilsner. Decent flavor... not terribly memorable but crushable.

Mar 01, 2021
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NeutroMan from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (still labeled as Sam '76) with a best-used-by date of the end of February 2021, poured into a pilsner glass. Slightly hazy pale golden color with minimal head that was gone in a flash. Surprisingly strong orange citrus aroma but is much less pronounced on the palate, where the grassiness and yeast come out more. Mild bitterness and clean malt with a medium-light mouthfeel and nice carbonation will certainly makes this crushable, as advertised.

Feb 13, 2021
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MrGraybeard from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks a little hazy with very little head. Faint malt aroma with a touch of lemon. Citrus stands out in the taste with a peppery finish -- really quite good for a lawn-mower beer. And mouthfeel, again, exceeds expectations.

Feb 08, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2021 Review of Sam Wicked Easy

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, light pale yellow color. A soft white head. SRM of 5-6.

Aroma: Mild aromas of lemon & orange citrus, melon, and vinous grape

Flavor: Mild flavors of lemon citrus and some vinous notes before it turns into a dry and clean pale malt and yeast profile.

Feel: Light to medium bodied. Moderate to strong carbonation. Feels yeasty and clean on the palate.

2021 Review of Sam '76:

Appearance: Pours a moderately clear, light golden and yellow color with a mild, crisp, white head. SRM of 5.5 (3.75)

Aroma: Rather strong deep tropical and mandarain orange citrus aromas. Dense orange peel. Then some sweet vanilla and creamsicle on the nose. Some deep and sweet tropical fruit notes follow underneath. (3.75)

Flavor: Some yeast upfront. Followed by gummy orange citrus and a light, dank tropical melon and pineapple, then with a vanilla and orange creamsicle profile. Yeast allows it to finish balanced. Much cleaner on the flavor than the aroma. No alcohol detected. (4.00)

Feel: Lighter bodied. Lots of yeast on the palate. Mild to moderately carbonated, but the yeast makes up for it. Dry an clean on the palate. (3.75)

Compared to Firestone Walker Lager 1/1/20: Pours a darker orange color. More orange on the aroma. More orange/vanilla/tropical notes. Less honey and lemon citrus. Darker and sweeter. Less floral.

Compared to Bells Oberon 4/2/21: Pours a slightly lighter color. More mandarin orange on the aroma. Less lemon, citrus, and flower. Yet on the flavor finishes much more clean and dry.

Overall: A pretty good version of the style. Nice addition of hops give it some dense tropical orange and notes. Some vanilla creamsicle goes well underneath. Strong yeast completes the beer. Better than most macro American lagers, but ultimately the tropical notes are subtle and falls a bit flat on the tongue, rather than a hoppy or fruity beer. Compared to most American lagers, this is much better. (Final Rating: 3.75)

Comparison of Sam 76 and Wicked Easy 5/29/21:
Sam 76: Slightly more orange and tropical melon. Less yeast. Sweeter, smoother.
Wicked Easy: Slightly more lemon citrus and vinous grape.

Overall: Sam Wicked Easy has a nice and light lemon citrus, vinous grape, and yeast flavor. Drinks light and clean. Not a whole lot different from the Sam '76, but possibly slightly more lemon citrus and vinous flavors. Might be because the Sam '76

Jan 02, 2021
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ramseye4 from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light straw color with so so head. Aroma is of citrus with a little bit of malt. A lot of citrus fruitiness hits the palate first, and the mouthfeel helps the flavor pop. The malts typical of a lager can be tasted underneath the citrus, but the floral bouquet is what dominates.

A lot of people who are newer to the craft rabbit hole don’t realize how much good Sam Adams has done for beer as a whole. Don’t turn your nose up at them. They keep cranking out good beer and this is an absolutely solid choice.

Oct 05, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of a variety 24-pack $27.99 Costco
2 months before month notched on bottle
Light citrus smell
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light citrus flavor, light malt
Overall made for hot weather so it is a light refreshing beer. Better than a macrobrew, but Sam's makes better beers for the same price so probably won't buy again unless its in a mix pack and I haven't had the other beers in the pack.

Oct 04, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden with a white head. Head retention is medium.

Smell: It has a strong corn aroma up front with some grainy elements. There are hints of fruits as well.

Taste: It is a blend of corn and grainy sweetness with slight cracker. There are very low fruit elements in the background.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a fairly neutral aftertaste.

Overall, a refreshing beer, but not the most favorable.

Oct 03, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label used to say “Crushable Sam” and it’s not wrong. This is the evolution of the light beer. Just like when we pushed the Brit’s tea into harbor and signed the constitution to start the revolution, this beer has changed the game in the light beer category. Flavorful, but still highly drinkable. 3.34/5

2021 Revisited as Wicked Easy

Back when it was known as Sam 76, we loved the concept of a lager/IPA hybrid beer. Drinkability of a lager with the hoppy/tropical flavor of an IPA. Enter 2021, and I'm finally sitting at a full capacity Fenway Park with a bag of peanuts, watching my Red Sox rally to a walk-off win against the Blue Jays on a Friday night from the Green Monster. What better way to cap off this Summertime bliss than with a Wicked Easy. Paired with the ballpark peanuts is wonderful, the salty flavors clash wonderfully with the tropical sweet notes of the beer. A little bite back from the hops but not too much of a fight because it's a crushable Sam!

Jul 05, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle: Poured a light golden-straw color like most lagers. Very little to no head, zero lacing, but a decent amount of carbonation. The aroma is very fruity/citrusy and you get the smell of hops right off the bat. Notes of pineapple and grapefruit are sort are masked by the punget aroma of hops, but a drink quickly brings these elements forward, and makes for a well balanced, beer, which I was expecting to dislike based on how citrusy/hop agressive the aroma was. Overall, this is a great lager with a nice light feel, easy lager drinkability, and full body flavor. Would definitely recommend and will enjoy again.

Jun 12, 2020
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mynie from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I still enjoy Sam Adams' regular offerings even as I, like the rest of you, have been mostly underwhelmed by their forays into more contemporary styles (a trend made all the more infuriating from the fact that their earlier more extreme beers, like their old Harvest Imperial Pilsener, were quite good).

Anyhow, an American Lager seems like it'd actually be right up their alley, and since the mix Summer 12 pack was cheap I'll give this a try.

12 ounce can poured into an old schooner glass. The pour is a bright, pretty yellow with a nice haze and a lovely white head.

The hops are surprisingly in the foreground and a very nice mix of newer and older American styles: the profile leans lemony with some more generic citrus nodes, and while it's fruit-forward it never hits the level of cloying juiciness the kids these days seem to prefer. This is backed up surprisingly nicely by their trademark spicy yeast.

Tastes surprisingly good. Lemon and orange up front, a crisp grainbill and spicy yeast in the middle and back end. The only slightly off node is a citra juiciness on the finish that just seems a bit unnecessary and out of place; a dryer finish would have been more quenching and played more to the beer's strengths.

Jun 01, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Body is a golden-straw color with slight murkiness, finger-thick white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, some lacing left behind.

Aroma is mainly citrusy. Oranges and grapefruit dominate the nose, while there are other notes of biscuit malt, caramel, bubblegum, and orange peel. Altogether, fruity.

Flavor is grassy and slightly earthy, I don't taste hardly anything mentioned in the aroma. In essence, it just tastes like a typical lager, barley and with a tiny bit of everything else. Body is light.

Apr 29, 2020
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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid beer, does exactly what it’s supposed to. Nothing less, nothing more. Can go wrong with these anytime of the year, definitely an upgrade when comparing to adjunct lagers.

Apr 19, 2020
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Grounder from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw golden with a bit of cloudiness. Moderate head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is unmistakable grapefruit. Taste is dominated with grapefruit up front with some bitterness at the finish that feels citrusy rather than hoppy. Loved it.

Apr 04, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold with 1.5 finger head. The nose is moderate pineapple, grapefruit, a bit of cattiness, with caramel and a little more malt than expected. The flavor is light but rich malt, a little fruity. Light mouthfeel.

Mar 13, 2020
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EmilNoldSinclair from California

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can.
Clear light golden appearance. I can smell a light aroma of American hops and pale malt. The taste is pretty easy going with mild bitterness up front that doesn't linger - only clean taste of malt afterwards. I think this beer is very well carbonated - very smooth. This is what you would expect for a pale American Lager - nothing too exaggerated in terms of flavor, etc. Judging by style, I think this is a pretty consistent example of American lager that has more flavor and better aroma than the typical macros. Could it be better? Perhaps. But it serves its function fairly well.

Feb 13, 2020
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Bierliebhaber7 from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I probably liked this beer better than most. I've tried it a few times since it was introduced and recently decided to invest in a couple of 6'ers (bottles) and drink them from a glass for a change. That opened my eyes to just how surprisingly complex this beer is. It pours a pale, hazy yellow into the glass with a slick, soft foamy head that billows up quickly, attributable in part to the wheat. As the beer settles, it has a soft carbonation visible in a fairly clear yellow body. A hint of citrus in the nose; and that is also what hits you upon first taste, but only a bit. The hops stops short of becoming overwhelming and is very nicely balanced with the smooth mouthfeel and slickness of the malt (the wheat helps here again). At the end, the last thing you taste is a tiny bit of bready (not quite buttery) sweetness that renders the whole thing very enjoyable. Definitely a step up from even some of the better macros and not in the same league as other craft pale ales or IPAs, but it's very drinkable and something I'll keep around--particularly as summer approaches.

Feb 07, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aggressive pour in a 14 ounce glass. Big white foamy head. Sniff test reveals grapefruit, citrus, lemon, orange and lemon peel. Faint hop character. Taste is a subdued version of the nose. Mouthfeel is light. Good levels of carbonation. A perfect beer to session or to have with a meal, with a refill. On it's own, it's OK. If it was priced more like a cheap macro lager, I'd buy it regularly.

Jan 21, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours an amber golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight citrus flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated smooth beer
O-A good Lager

Jan 05, 2020
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EJPA_0425 from California

3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a very exciting beer but it gets the job done and won't waste you. Pours a fairly creamy head with pale golden color. Smells of hop, barley, and white bread. Tastes a bit fizzy and not much maltiness like the boston lager. Quite refreshing, not very inspirational though.

Dec 14, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale yellow, no real head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is faintly citrus.

Best by date: Jan 20. Very little flavor. It's similar to a light beer, bland and tasteless.

Thin bodied, very little carbonation. Dry finish.

While I like Sam Adams beers, this is not one of their better ones.

Dec 10, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first beer I really ever enjoyed. I don't drink much but I like this . its got a small hint of citrus very crisp and easy to drink. The after taste is very i guess you would say is very hoppy. I'm giving it a 4 because it really opened my eyes to what beer can be. Its not perfect but it excites me to try more beer.

Dec 06, 2019
Samuel Adams Wicked Easy from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 759 ratings