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RATINGS: 2301   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2004
What the hell are "grains of paradise?" Oh well, the third in my set of "summer" beers this week. This stands right behind the harpoon summer beer and in front of the sierra nevada summerfest to me. Drinkable, another decent brew from Sam Adams.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2004
Pours yellow with a decent head. My commercial description differs slightly. Mine mentions "Grains of Paradise" but not being familar with this "mysterious brewing spice" I could not say how it affected my tasting experience. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 Its a wheat beer. Not my favorite style, but this was good. I bet it would be really good served ice cold on a hot summer day. Guess thats why they call it summer ale. 7/2/6/3/14

RERATE: Pour from bottle is golden with only some traces of a white head that quickly diminishes to a white ring. Aroma is sweet and somewhat wheaty. A little too sweet. I’d prefer more citrus and less honey in the aroma. Flavor is again sweet with a decent wheat character but it is not the same as a unfiltered wheat. The body is sharp carbonation which is nice for a refreshing beer, but its a too sweet to be truly refreshing and the filtering does rob it of the authentic character of better wheats. Overall a good performance from Sam Adams. This beer definitely has a following and I’m sure it acts as a stepping stone for many would-be beer enthusiasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 16, 2004
This is another good Sam Adams. Has a nice taste and can really taste the citrus. I would rather drink this than most of Sam Adams other beers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 16, 2004
This beer was great. I actually liked this a little more than Samuel Adams Hefeweizen which was a surpise. You can definitely taste the wheat and it has a lemon aftertaste. Very smooth and very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
Good taste and nice aroma. The beer has some wheat floating. The after taste is refreshing and not at all pepper as advertised. Good beer on a hot day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2004
Draft. Hazier and darker than I last saw, bottom of an old keg? Sort of orange, little head. Aroma wheat, touch of orange. Rather heavy in the mouth with a definite bite of carbonation. Flavor had some wheat quality, but again, just too heavy. Some more orange and a bit of very faint coriander and spice flavors. Just kind of there really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2134) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2004
this was pretty good, lemony smell. this went down in about 5 gulps, very easy to drink, and very refreshing after outside work. wheat is almost non existant. not something i want to drink all the time, but it certainly does the job. good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2004
A good thirst quencher, easy to drink. Lemon aroma and flavor present though wheat character is rather subdued. Good mouthfeel, clean finish, good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2004
It's okay... gives a jumpy taste on your tounge that turns and turns again like a motor starting up. But the engine of this drink never gets you anywhere special. Kind of a disturbing light color that makes it look un-classy.

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