This pale wheat ale from The Boston Beer Company in Massachusetts pours a clear pencil yellow colour with a fairly large head that burns off within minutes without leaving much in the way of lacing and lots of visible carbonation. Samuel Adams Summer Ale smells of lemon zest at first, but the aroma really gets muted after the head burns off. Fresh wheat and a familiar banana tone become more prevalent after that. A certain buttery soapiness pokes through as well, along with a peppery zing and a sweet honey note comes through after warming.
Samuel Adams Summer Ale really falls short in the taste department. I get a metallic tinge and a faint fresh wheat taste first, then an extremely tart lemon peel taste with a macro-style rotten corn adjunct tone. The beer is very light-bodied with a metallic bitterness on the tongue that goes tart without any significant sweetness behind it. It leaves a rather gross, household cleaner-like taste on the back of the tongue.
The packaging of Samuel Adams Summer Ale uses the familiar logo and features a pastel-coloured nautical scene with a few sailboats. A brief description of the beer that lists lemon zest and grains of paradise as ingredients is printed on the neck label. A freshness date is notched into the edge of the label.
After thoroughly enjoying the other seasonal offerings from The Boston Beer Company, I found Samuel Adams Summer Ale to be a huge letdown. It literally left a bad taste in my mouth and I doubt I’ll try it again. This seasonal release can be found at select LCBO outlets and most other places Samuel Adams products are distributed.
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Region: Massachusetts, Boston
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.5%