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Friday, April 26th 2013

Samuel Adams Summer Ale
(Boston Beer Company)


Well, I never thought we'd see the day when we'd be able to get Samuel Adams Summer Ale in cans. This is actually one of the first summer ales that I can remember truly enjoying, back when there wasn't a million different summer ales available. It's also one of those beers that lots of people can agree on, especially on a hot day. Cans are starting to hit shelves this coming week all over the country so be on the look out. Just in time for the warmer weather!


the "Sam Can" from above

From the Samuel Adams site:

"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."

Here we go...

Pour - bright golden in appearance, like a glass of sunshine, with a stark white foamy head on top that slowly sinks away. A tad bit hazy as it settles. 

Aroma - a little malty with some hints of lemons and limes. A few more whiffs and the citrus really comes out. There is some graininess to this as well, almost biscuity or like cereal. 

Taste - slightly sweet on the lips followed by solid amount of lemon zest and other citrus. Light and efferevescent on the tongue and very smooth going down. A familiar beer to the palate and likely to many others out there. Finishes clean, crisp, and refreshing. 


Overall - you can't go wrong with this as a summer beer option. Its a great beer to stock a cooler for the beach or to bring to a backyard barbecue. Its very easy drinking and non-offensive to the masses, regardless of what they like to drink. Thirst-quenching and refreshing. Happy to finally be able to get this beer in cans!


Note - Samuel Adams first released their Summer Ale in 1995. According to the brewery:

"Our summer brew is a spiced American wheat ale with its roots in Belgian witbiers.  These “white beers” first appeared in the 14th century in a wheat growing region near Brussels. The style got its name from its lighter color and cloudiness, or veil - the result of suspended wheat proteins in the beer. Instead of using the traditional orange peel  and coriander, we use lemon peel and Grains of Paradise to create our distinctive and refreshing summer quencher."

Samuel Adams Summer Beer
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Boston Beer Company
Boston, Massachusetts  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, and malted wheat
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: 7
Date: April 26th, 2013

Posted by Russ

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