Thursday, June 15, 2017

Samuel Adams Summer Ale (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1793) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (base style: 1D American Wheat Beer)

AROMA: Bready/wheaty base malt is moderately strong along with a citrusy lemon garnish. Slight spicy scent as well. No hops or esters (none needed) 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark golden hue over a hazy, bubbly body. Moderate white foam mostly dissipates. Decent retention and lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: A bready/dough taste accounts for a strong portion of the palette; though a strong spicy flavor is almost as prominent. Interesting balance of lightly sweet wheat taste and mild tingling spice. Lemon flavor emerges as it finishes which complements the previous characteristics quite well. Some lingering malt and spice flavors, but otherwise clean. No hop presence to speak of; no esters either. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation; more smooth than crisp. Somewhat refreshing; though it’s a bit heavy at 5.3% ABV to work as a true session beer. A little less alcohol and body would be totally crushable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I used to dislike this, but now I appreciate it as a classic American Wheat Beer + spice. It’s what a summer beer should be. 8/10

NOTE: Read and watch my 2010 original review here: