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.