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RATINGS: 2301   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2004
7/11/04: Bottle.
Light lemon hop aroma. Medium lemon-brown body with a white head. Lemon and hops with some banana and clove.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 Pours goldish orange with no head. Smells fruity, maybe orange. I also tasted some orange with hints of flowers. Pretty smooth and good overall. Sometimes though I tasted metal and that threw me off a little.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Just a bit too bland for my taste. Pale color and slightly cloudy with white head that dissipates a little too quickly. Urinous aroma and some citrus flavor. Boring.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Thought this might be a wit, but it turned out a wheat. Oh well! Starts tangy, middle sweet and a litle thick, finishes mildly with a strong aftertaste of Saltines. Huh? This is a palatable American wheat. Decent golden color. Small white head. Not offensive. Not exciting either.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
this tasted like lemon water w/hints of alcohol...another beer not to ever drink again, reminded me of a corona...yuck!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
I didn’t really like this one, kinda of a lemon taste to it, semi sweet, and pretty smooth beer, I guess its ok to have this on a summer day.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
run20six2 (119) - USA - JUL 26, 2004
A light tasting beer with a semi-sweet flavor. Very smooth with barely any aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Well, I did not get too much out of this beer beyond a faint sweetness. The palate was average, at best. The flavor was a reasonable summer-style, but the sweetness from the lemon are just really nothing to make it worth going back for. Maybe its just the fact that I was drinking Guinness before this, but it was just a shy better than most beers, but still nothing I would look for again

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Better than expected and I think deserves more credit. Have sampled both the tap & bottled versions. Enough spice and lemon yet not over the top that it takes away from the under lying wheat basis - we don’t want a lemonade.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2004
I was excited to see this at the local supermarket. It’s not very often we get a Sam Adams variety, except of course for the Boston Lager. Although not the best summer ale ( that would have to go to Sierra Nevada Summerfest) its still decent. Fresh lemons and spice/grain aroma. Not as sharp and wheaty as I would have liked, but rather light carmel sweet flavors. Lemon and spicy notes. Not bad, but there are better.


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