Samuel Adams Summer Ale is an American Wheat Ale by the Boston Beer Company that blends bright citrus, wheat, and grains of paradise.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale is an American Wheat Ale brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Samuel Adams Summer Ale by Boston Beer Company

Packaging art for the Samuel Adams Summer Ale by Boston Beer Company

What You Need to Know

The Samuel Adams Summer Ale features citrus peel to complement the Noble hops while grains of paradise complement the brew’s wheat malt. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Wheat Ale pours a mostly hazy golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of dense, white foam that shows good retention. Effervescence is observed rising in the glass. A thin layer of fine bubbles crest atop the ale following the reduction.

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Aroma

The aroma wafts the nose with wheat bread and and bright citrus.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of wheat bread that transitions to a very mild bite of orange citrus. The finish is rounded out with sweet tropical fruit.

Label art for the Samuel Adams Summer Ale by Boston Beer Company

Label art for the Samuel Adams Summer Ale by Boston Beer Company

Mouthfeel

Its feel is soft and smooth with a medium body and matching carbonation. Finishes with moderate dryness.

Overall

The Wheat Ale looks quite nice in the glass. Its aroma isn’t particularly strong but it is pleasant. And the feel is just right. The palate is simple, which is fine. But if anything is amiss, the bitterness is slight, allowing the sweeter flavors a bigger space. It can be assumed this is to broaden the beer’s appeal. Regardless, this brew still tastes pretty darn good. The Samuel Adams Summer Ale doesn’t over do it and is an enjoyable brew for those endless sunny summer days.

Recommended Pairings

Samuel Adams recommends the following food pairings with their Summer Ale: small plates of mussels, sushi, and Caesar salad; mains of seafood, jerk chicken, and Thai food; sweets of key lime pie, peach sorbet, and lemon meringue pie.

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