Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on August 1, 2014 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Boston Beer Company
- Origin: Boston, MA, USA
- Rated On: August 1, 2014
- Best Before: April 2015
- ABV: 5.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American Wheat Ale
- Rating: OKAY
This 355ml bottle pours a lightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which renders some droopy cloud lace around the glass in its short and sweet wake.
It smells of pale grainy and wheaty malt, overripe lemon rind, orange Slurpee, a touch of spicy yeast, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet lemon-infused bready cake, pale wheat grain, a soft, earthy, kind of peppery spiciness, and plain as the day is long (and they’re still pretty long, right now) leafy, musty hops. The carbonation is average, just a wan frothiness for my trouble, the body far on the light side of medium weight, though soft, and somewhat airy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the wheat malt keepin’ ‘er between the lines, with a bit of weakening lemon rind for good measure.
A simple wheat ale, nothing particularly remarkable, in spite of the pseudo-exotic guest spice ingredient. However, given our general heat and humidity ‘predicament’ right now, this comes off as pretty thirst quenching, and a worthy send-off to wandering out into the pavement-enhanced sunshine, in search of a place to happen.