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RATINGS: 2219   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Samuel Adamsģ 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Crisp and refreshing, but otherwise slightly above average wheat. Pleasant fruity notes with spiciness. Clear gold in color, minor head.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2004
I would say that this yearís version is better than last yearís. Very nice blonde with a fine head. Spice sits in the background, and sets it up as a nice session beer, which I can say is not a typical response for me regarding a seasonal beer. And for that it does not suck, unlike the Yankees.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Bottled, local bodega, smells of lemon-hops good lookin head and look.too bitter for me. kinda sucks jus like the Red Sox

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Summer beers arenít my favorite, but this one - like Peteís - was decent. Poured a slightly hazy yellow/orange. Clean and light in taste, with a spicy citrus flavor. Smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2004
if by the term "a summer ale" you mean something that you arenít going to taste because youíre sunburnt crazy and already drunk from grilled burgers and other beers... then i suppose itís appropriate. eh.. itís not a bad beer. just not exceptional.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
A very mellow beer, nothing special but nothing unappetizing either. Very smooth taste with a slight tang and some spice and lemon. Poured pale yellow/orange with a bit of head , aroma was cinammon and some fruit.

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2004
I can’t beleive the high ratings on this beer. It tastes like someone dumped a pepper shaker and lemon wedges into a hop tea. The pour is a hazy light yellow with a cirtus aroma. The taste is powerful in pepper and lemon. It’s hard to choke down.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Bottle: This is definitely one of my favorite beers from Sam Adams. Pours with a small, frothy white head to a hazy marigold yellow/orange. Aroma: citrus, hops, wheat, lemon, some spice. Flavor: Lemon, wheat, pepper, very crisp, bitter hops. Very smooth and drinkable with an aftertaste of lemon and pleasant hops/spice. There certianly are better examples of this style of beer out there, but for a huge brewing company this is a great beer that you can find anywhere.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Cloudy orange with a decent, lasting head. Flavor is typical of the style with citrus/spice dominance. Finishes somewhat bland. Great hot weather beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1085) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2004
Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, specificially lemon, and a bit of wheat. Surprisingly agressive taste. Biting hops, more lemon, some spice... wheat towards the end with some lingering spice. Very smooth... with a not-quite crisp finish, but Iíll let that slide. Not a very ícomplexí beer, but who is worried about complexity while youíre pounding beer at a BBQ or pool party. The guys at Sam Adams did a good job with this one. A great seasonal, as advertised... now what exactly are the "Grains of Paradise"???


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