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RATINGS: 2239   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Floral aroma with a bit of lemon. Cloudy orange color. Goes down easy without much taste. Not good and not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
On Tap: Color is a pale dark yellow-orange with a big creamy, heavy white froth about an inch high and leaves some light lacing. Smells mostly of lemon citrus and wheat grain malt notes. Taste is about the same as the smell with a soild lemony citrus flavor fairly smooth and a light and bright hop with some wheaty yeastness thats a little uneven, but still pretty good drinking for a summer soother. Feels medium body sort of grainy and bittering of lemon peels in the holding finish. Its pretty good and refreshing, I wouldn't pass it up on a hot day.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Well here I am in the neighborhood quicky mart on July 4th looking for something with some dignity and low and behold they have this little gem of a sixer on the shelf. So I reach in my wallet and reach for my last ten dollors til Saturday (its Friday the 4th you know and the banks are closed and I hate the ATM machines) and buy this one. It was good enough to be drank and it provides me with the final push to 100 different beers. Two more to go from this one. Anyways it was worth the 6.99 and maybe I'll try it again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Y'know, this beer is what it is. Is is worth the extra money over a BMC product? I happen to think so, but still, why buy it? In my opinion, I think a slightly too cold Pale Ale makes a much better "Summer Ale" than this. Nonetheless, Yellow, no head. Sourish smell. Citrus on first part of the flavor, and a clean, oh so slightly hoppy flavor. Oh, and a HUGE Grain of Paradise. flavor...(What is "Grain of Paradise", anyway?)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Smells citrusy! Cloudy, golden color. Above average American wheat, nothing wrong with it, but maybe a little thin and/or one dimensional. Perhaps that's how it was meant to be though...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Deep gold color and slightly hazy, decent head and light hoppy aroma. Kind of dryish, with some spice and citrus, not much. Slightly bitter in the finish. I like wheats and this one isn't bad.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
jezmez68 (403) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 So this is a wheat ale? I sorta thought it would be more of a saison. Oh well. Pours golden with a big white head, nice lacing all the way down. Smells sweet and malty. Taste is very sharp lemon zest with a peppery finish. I think that they could have eased up on the lemon zest. It’s almost like chewing on a lemon rind.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2003
...and then there was Summer..and there was much joy to be had throughout the lands! So whence popped from this bottle a rush of nectar and orangey yellow colored liquid with a brightly white and long lasting head. The aroma was full of banana, wheat and citrusy tang...i dont know where the hell they get pepper from. The flavor is very banana like as i would expect with a nice refreshing bite which leads into a mildly dry tangy and malty finish. Some semblence of grains, but more grapefruit than anything. A hint of lemon in the finish..something herbal and foresty. Not too bad in the long run...a bit too carbonated for my tastes. Bring on the summer ales!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Lemon, some citrus...a little watered down. Decent appearance. But its just Sam Adams once again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2003 Hazy yellow in color with an adequate frothy head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is pleasant with hints of citrus/lemon. Flavor is slighly sweet with a good measure of hop presence. Lemon pepper. Refreshing.


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