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RATINGS: 2108   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Samuel Adams® Summer Ale is an American wheat ale. This summer seasonal uses malted wheat, lemon zest and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century, to create a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body. The ale fermentation imparts a background tropical fruit note reminiscent of mangos and peaches. All of these flavors come together to create a thirst quenching, clean finishing beer perfect for those warm summer days.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Nate (3556) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Very little aroma. Some wheat and a bit of tang. Cloudy amber-orange with absolutely no head. Light medium carb and medium watery body. Taste was a mild sweet to start, with off-flavor and bit of alcohol. Mild astringent bitter finish and nutty after. Bit of a spicy after, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Cloudy yellow appearance you expect from a wheat beer with a nice sharp citrusy flavor with no aftertatse you expect as well. One of the better accessible American wheat beers out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2003 RE-RATE: I first tried this beer right after drinking an IPA, so this seemed particularly weak. Now that I've had this one alone, the refreshing citrus flavor comes out a whole lot more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2003 Cloudy golden orange color. Sweet fruit, citrus, and bitter hop finish. I found that there was a taste almost like apricot in addition to the lemon that everyone else writes about. More interesting than most of the Sam Adams family. // Rerated 2 July. Less complex and less interesting draft than in bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Light and crisp, way too much lemon going on for me though. Could be a nice thirst quenching pounding beer though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boomer (11) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2003
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. A faint lemon taste, like everyone else has mentioned. Goes down very smooth, light and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Can't say I enjoyed this just a whole lot but I didn't hate it either. I like the concept, a wheat beer with some lemon zest. A little hops would have been nice. fruity, slightly spicy, light. thirst-quenching.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), with a hint of lemon. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, very unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. That dirty Sam Adams aftertaste is on full display here. Poor yeast? Dunno, but they all leave a nasty coating on your (my) tongue, and this one's fairly extreme...drain pour bad. Otherwise, it's unpalatably sour, unbalanced, and lacks aroma. I don't think I'll ever understand the allure of this brewery's products.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2003 Mild citrus aroma. Cloudy, yellow appearance with little head. Some lemon flavor and maybe some spices. Light beer, while not the best, I think it wouldn't difficult to knock down a few of these on hot summer day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Great aroma with a light lemon hint. Lightly spiced flavor with mild, and enjoyable citrus notes, especially noticable as the beer warms a bit. Light bitter aftertaste, but nothing that's too unenjoyable, but that part could definately use a bit of improvement. Rich golden color. I had the bottles sitting sideways in the refrigerator, so you could see some of the good stuff; yeast, etc. So it's not too filtered. Definately an enjoyable beer, from a brewer that I normally consider to be over-rated. Very refreshing, crisp, and smooth, but seems to be missing something in the finish.

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