seuinoz (148) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
the beer hits you with a nice jolt of bitterness.
Very refreshing ale.
Shocked that they call this a blond ale.
not a bad beer at all, very tasty (bitter and hoppy as all hell.)
the flavor had a hint of lemon peel in it.
the apperance was amazingly clear with lightning bolts of bubbles shooting for the top(or what they call lacing.)
Sat well on the palate, went from bitter to hoppy back to bitter.
This was a hard brew to come by, lucky i have a great liquor store in the out skirts of chicago that had it.
it was a great beer, that i will drink again.
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very Light.Great with a curry. Suprisingly good session beer.Reminiscent
of my Uncle Cliff's homebrew.
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - JUN 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangy nose, pale yellow gold color, spongy white head. Very light, citrusy malt body with a dainty pleasant hop touch at the very end. Quick profile, smooth texture. Harmless, goes with just about any pub grub or light fare. Refreshing.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried this on cask at My Place in Newtown, CT. Pours a beautiful pale amber, with a creamy white head. Aroma is british, with some goldings. Fairly hoppy, with a good malt backing. Flavor is straight up my alley. Creamy and rich, with terrific malt/hop balance. Lightly bready maltiness, sweet and lightly fruity. A touch of apricot. Body is medium, with nice low carbonation, giving it that cask creamy feel. Awesome.
YogiBeera (2540) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Lemon malt nose with sweet parfumy undertones. Straw golden, little head, soft carbonation. Hoppy, parfumy taste with a short bitter thin and light kick.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nothing like the description,nothing like a bottle conditioned ale. Looks like a pilsner as poured. White tightly compressed head with a clear light golden body. Aroma from bottled hinted at wheat but as poured smelled more like pils malts and a slight skunkiness. Flavor also like a pils or alt style ale. Poor bitter aftertaste left in my mouth. Big dissapointment. They certainly pulled a fast one here.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh, crisp hoppy aroma. Cloudy golden apppearance with a small amount of sediment. Malty taste with slightly toasted tinge. Fairly thin but a very refreshing summer pint.
fly (1427) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Have had a few of these and wonder just how it is that it built its fame. Not really bad at all, just not commanding. A decent hop bite, but rather thin in the body and short on the finish other than the tingling of the effervesence and bitterness.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a brewery which has won over 70 awards in sixteen years, I'd have expected better beer. My bottle-conditioned sample was akin to an English Bitter, but looked like a Blond Ale due to its extremely light color. It's pleasant enough to drink, and has considerable crispness, but there's little complexity to the malt character. Ho-hum.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I loved this beer, however I may be the only one on this site. This was exactly what I needed cutting lawn on this unbearably hot afternoon. My bottle had different labeling than shown on this site. This Summer Lightning is a blond Ale at first, but when you roll the remnants in the bottle and muddle up the sediment, then poor it into the glass, the beer becomes a light strawberry color. This beer is crisp, dry, and light tasting, with a fruity aroma. I will be drinking it again soon.