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RATINGS: 2276   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1533) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Mediocre. I don’t really like wheat beers but this one is pretty good. the lemmon flavor is pretty obvious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 11, 2004
had a taste of this after doing the brewery tour. decent lemon cheesecake and coriander aroma. light and fluffy but with a light hint of clove in the finish. not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Appearance: hazy, pale orange color, clear yellow at bottom, with a lovely meringue-like, creamy white head, large & softly settling. Aroma: delicate, with tingly spices, loads of citrus. Taste: mild, smooth entry on the palate, but generous flavor, excellent wheat texture. Medium-bodied. All the parts, wheat, spice, (grains of paradise) & fruit (lemon zest) make a near-perfect blend. Certain aspects stand out from others from time to time, though, too lemony once, too thick another. All in all, not a bad stab at the witbier style, a good interpretation from these guys, highly drinkable, nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
nope! not what i was expecting. looked and smelled like a alright one. but taste was lacking in every possilbe category i could imagine for a wheat brew. enjoy almost all sam adams to a point, but this was a dissapointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Pretty tasty summer brew. Hint of lemon, yet not a fruity beer like a lot of summer ales are. Pleasantly surprised by how much more it tasted like a wheat beer than a lemon brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUL 4, 2004
I figured, "Hey, it’s July 3rd, smack dead here in the summer. Why not have a ’summer ale’?" A simple enough suggestion. So I tried old Sammy’s Summer Ale, having had OK luck with the Adams brews before. I was sadly disappointed. It smells a LOT like Fischer Tradition, the disgusting French lager from Heineken France. That alone disturbed me. It’s a sort of cat urine smell--like when your aunt would perm your mom’s hair back in the ’80s. Yeah...that smell. Anyway, this beer wasn’t as bad as it smelled or as bad as Fischer Tradition. It tasted OK, with a hint of artificial lemon and vanilla. Maybe some hops in there? It just wasn’t that amazing of a beer. It reeks of unoriginality and artificiality. The palate is a little sharp, too, which is no fun. I don’t be likin’ this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Cloudy Yellow Coloring. Small Head. Citrus, Wheat....odd flavor...the pepper? Goose Island’s over this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2004
hazy light yellow, thinnish head. typical american wheat aroma, and a strange tanginess which must be the lemon they claim they brew it with. rather sour finish, but overall a good drinkable beer for the summer season.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Very hazed yellow color with minimal head. Odd aroma: a little wheat, but something else I can’t quite place. Kind of musty tone. The flavor was tangy alright; the kind of tang that makes your face contort in odd shapes. A little citrus and wheat, but not something I’d be drinking on a regular basis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2004
I really enjoyed this seasonal from Sam Adams. Great flavor and aroma. A great beer to drink in the hot summer.

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