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RATINGS: 2338   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
A nice easy to drink beer. Lemon aroma and flavor present though wheat character is rather subdued. Good mouthfeel, clean finish but nothing like the hoe.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (6691) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled. Golden with grassy aroma. Soursweet. Rather dry with ok late bitterness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (34360) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2004
A hazy yellow beer with a small disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and with extreme notes of lemon, but also wheat is present. The flavor is very fresh with notes of wheat and lemon, but a thin body. A fresh summer beer, but too boring for me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deuce1978 (12) - USA - DEC 23, 2004
This beer is crisp and refreshing at first, but leaves a very unpleasant sour after taste in the mouth. It leaves the palate tasting "pukey".

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Refreshing, to say the least. Pours a semi-hazy lemon-orange hue with not much head. Very bright and citrusy - lemon notes dominating most of the flavor and smell. Faint traces of vanilla and other spices. Seems incomplete.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2004
Ligth golden, samll fizzy white head. Wheaty, vague aroma with notes of lemon and orange candy. Bland and boring flavour of wheat, lemon and water. Thin finish, hints of oranges and straw.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 One my favorite summer beers, Samuel Adams continues to impress me with their brilliant beer making and making it in such a mass quantity. This summer ale pours to a light yellow color with a thin white head and smells and taste of citrus (orangish lemon). Very light and refreshing and went down very smooth. I am biased thought to summer beers, for some reason they just hit the spot for me. This is a good overall beer and I would recommend trying it if you like lighter beers.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
This beer is ok. It has a citrus flavor that really doesn’t cut it in a beer for my taste. It was more like a carbonated fruit drink in my opinion. Sam Adams is normally a better company than this. Some of their beers are wonderful. But not this one.

1.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
July, 2003: Bottle. Yuck. Cloudy orange colour is OK - neither sufficiently attractive nor sufficiently unappealing to draw much attention to itself. Aroma is pleasing - soft citric notes plus some cloves. But the taste is initially quite bland, then stunningly foul. Mouldy oak - possible oxidisation, but best before date is May 2004 - 10 months away. ecrvich also notes a similar experience. I can’t get past that foul taste. And the after-taste is a long lingering peppery burn - no doubt from the grains of paradise. It’s now creeping up my nose. By god, this is one foul, foul beer. Drain pour.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear to lightly hazy golden orange with a small to average fizzy white head, medium to medium-short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, hay, cereal, meal), light hops (spicy), and light esters (fruity) with earth and cellar notes. Flavor is heavy malt (straw, hay, cereal, meal), light hops (spicy), and light esters (fruity) with earth and cellar notes. Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation with a dry and spicy finish.


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