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RATINGS: 2270   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2004
It looked good in the glass. Hazy golden color, thick white head. Citrus and grass aroma all wrapped around a bad taste. Too much lemon and grain of paradise, or whatever the hell that is. They shouldn’t have brewed it with the lemon. Let the drinker decide whether he or she wants it or not. Skunky finish. Would not recommend.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Pretty good, definitely a summer ale in the sense that you would drink this outside in the sun when you won’t really notice its not the greatest

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Yellow with a white head. Spicy aroma, a little citrussy. Refreshingly bland citrussy lawnmower beer flavor. I hate Summer beers.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Draught at Jack’s in S.F. 05.23.04 In need of a starter beer at lunchtime the day after a TOUGH night at the Toronado, I said, "why not" and ordered a glass of this beer that I figured I wouldn’t be sad about leaving behind if it sucked or I just couldn’t stomach a brew just yet. Pour was light gold, medium head, sporadic lacing. Plain, almost pilsenerish with sweet hops. Light flavor and crisp finish. So-so, whatever.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2004
On tap at the Crescent Moon Alehouse. Very smooooooth. A strong light malty flavor- isn’t that weird? Makes you wonder if this is higher alcohol than they admit. Appears a golden to light brown cloudy color. Unfiltered or chill haze? Subtle citrus flavors. Drinks very quick. Striking absence of any hop flavoring at all, but somehow this works.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Poured cloudy gold with a small head. Lots of grains with some citrus overtones. Easy drinking ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2004
very good wheat beer, cloudy unfliltered appearance w/just a tinge of lemon and spice. better than a lot of micro wheats I’ve had

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle - so called summer ales are not my favorite, here goes. Kinda hazy yellow in color with a pretty good white head. Very little aroma. Some citrus/lemon undertones with a dry finish. There, I did it...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2004
On tap. Nice unfiltered hazy amber appearance. Aroma of pears and white grapes. The flavor follows suit with a heavy citrus layer. Finishes moderately dry.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reid (2094) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Decided to give this beer the best possible chance by pouring it into my "chalice" glass. Well it worked, in the chalice its a pretty good looking beer dark hazy golden with a fair sized white head. Smell is fresh and zesty..lemon rind and some other spices..possibly coriander..quite nice. After being good on looks and aroma..the taste is very average..not much to it except a very dry and slightly acidic taste..tastes somewhat like lemon seeds. mouthful is very dry and abrupt, no pleasure here. I was dissapointed..though it could be drinkable after a hike in the hot summer sun or something.


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