Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Reviewed by on August 1, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • 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

The Review

The Boston Beer Company is the largest craft brewery in the United States, releasing many different products each year, the majority under the oh-so-patriotic Samuel Adams brand, such as this, their summer ale, which is a wheat beer, made with lemon zest and grains of paradise.

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.

Brady White



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