Samuel Adams Summer Ale: Beers of Summer Variety (5 of 5)

Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Brewed by: The Boston Beer Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Variation: American, Wheat
  • Seasonal: April-August
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • IBU: 7

Notes: Part 5/5 in Beers of Summer variety pack tasting flight.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Crisp and tangy with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise. Golden, hazy, & thirst quenching, this American wheat ale balances bright citrus, Noble hops & spice for a lively brew that’s perfect on any summer day.

Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh

Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, and malted wheat

Additional: Lemon peel, Grains of Paradise

First Impressions

Artwork: Sam Adams brand label template.

Color: Pale orange, deep golden.

Aroma: Subtle orange, citrus.

The Tasting

Arrived in: Bottle

Served in: Tasting Glass

Samuel Adams Summer Ale is one of the most popular summer seasonals in the United States. Therefore, I automatically assume this beer would be overrated.

I know I’ve had a few of these along the road, but never for review. Going into the tasting my mindset was Summer Ale couldn’t be that great if I had drank it before, and don’t make it a point to keep buying it.

This also serves as a valuable lesson for Untappd users — always rate your beers!

There was a decent size head after pouring, while the lemon peel created mild hints of citrus on the nose, and taste buds. There was also a dash of spice flavor, coming from the Grains of Paradise, when ground up offer “a pungent, peppery flavor with hints of citrus.”

I was not blown away by Summer Ale, but it did pass my “summer test” – can I see drinking at least 2-3 of these in warm weather, playing golf, fishing, or sitting at beach?


Final Score: 2.5/5


All in all, Samuel Adams Summer Ale was pretty close to what I was expecting. It was not a knockout beer, and I will stick with my contention that its overrated, even though it slightly surpassed my assumption on taste. Summer Ale was a serviceable beer, that becomes more drinkable during summer time.

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