woodsboy (18) - Fairbanks, Alaska, USA - MAY 30, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I have never thought of a wheat beer as a summer beer, maybe its just me? I know Sam Adams claims to know how to make good beer but this the the third "newish" SA brew that has underwhelmed. Color is pale, little to no lingering head but has a decent fruity aroma that somewhat fools you into thinking its going to have flavor. There are very subtle citrus tones and what tasted to me like clove or nutmeg (Grains of Paradise I guess). After one and a half bottles I felt a little nausiated. I cant imagine drinking much more than I did, too many competing flavors but none that stand out, a mishmash if you will and not a good one. Wheat beers arent my favorite but this one finishes at the bottom the pack.
PartyFowle (140) - - FEB 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy pale yellow the color of pineapples. No head to speak of, just a very tiny ring of white bubbles. Smells of apples, floral hops, some bready fruitiness I can’t place. Maybe those are the grains of paradise? In the flavor, a heavy wheat flavor, with some subtle citrus and spicy notes. Very mild sweetness. Light body, no bitterness. Summer Ale isn’t fantastic by any means, but it is the taste of the season. What is it about wheat that’s so good during summer?
superspak (3012) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 11/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a nice spiced pale wheat ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Nekronos (3737) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting I thought I had it already rated. It was thin and easy to drink with that nice tickling sensation of Sam Adams’ beers.
Brandon1989 (390) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. The aroma is wheat and extremely citrusy. The taste is similar. I do not think this beer is very well balanced.
Florya (537) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
How: Bottle Appearance: hazy orange, white head. Aroma: floral, lemon peel, wheat, grass Palate : light body, average carbonation.
radiomgb (2438) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
355ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Clear golden in colour with a thin white head, light patchy lacing. Aroma is sweet, a little grainy, some apples, light wheat and citrus. Flavour is moderately sweet, some very light citrus hops, wheat, some metal. Sweet and a bit chemical mouthfeel, light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes quick, a bit watery.
johnnymusky (408) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drinkable but nothing special...perfect for out on the boat................. .....
NonOperational (53) - ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A dreaded American Wheat, going undercover as a ’Summer Ale’. Boring. Wheaty. A refreshing afterthought of a beer.
MarineOBeer (17) - - OCT 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Refreshing but overpowered by lemon taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice beer I drank all summer. Tinge of spiciness that offsets the mild qualities of this guy. Almost doughy yeast flavor that is in the background helps me come back to this guy over and over.