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RATINGS: 2338   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Cloudy brownish orange. Looks a little dirty. It has a sweet and spicy aroma with a possible hint of honey. Initially hit with spices, at a later point cinnamon is noticable. Sizable citrus presence but it doesn’t seem to come from any hops. Average.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SHD (17) - Palm Harbor, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Lemon flavor but lacking in the development that a beer like this should have. Dry flavor is a little bit harsh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
A lemony flavored beer. Very easy to drink on a hot day. Nonfiltered though but good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6738) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 For a light Summer ale this one is fairly pleasant.+++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a cloudy tan-orange color with a small white head that left decent lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus and perfume. The flavor is dry and lemony with a bit of vague spice. Dry spice flavor on the finish. The wheat is hard to detect. The mouthfeel shows definite overcarbonation. Pleasant but unassuming.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5686) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Slightly hazy amber/honey coloured body with a nice dense slightly off-white head. Aroma of corn, wheat, curacao, coriander seed and some spices. Light-bodied; Spicey wheatie taste with some light citrus fruit noticeable, but not much. Aftertaste clean and subtle-the larger tastes are up front. Overall, a decent beer to have readily available no matter where you are in the States! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle from a six-pack purchased by Phil (haddon90). Thanks again Phil! I sampled this on 25-May-2004.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle. Hazy golden color with a thin head and a ring of lace. Smells of musty citrus with a little malt in the background. Thin mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Tastes of wheat beer twang with citrus and a little spiciness. Not great on its own, but good with food. Decent summer beer for a barbeque, just not one for solitary swillin’.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2004
A pretty average beer. Poured a hazy gold color, thin head. Aroma is of a typical american/euro lager, with a hint of spice. Flavor is of cheap-tasting malts, a hint of spice and citrus. Ok for hot summer days, but hardly worth the price.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2004
I don’t know if this beer is just terrible or I have such a strong dislike for wheat beers that my opinion is biased. It looks pretty in the glass but that is the extent of the good qualities I can find.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 17, 2004
on tap: local bar just put this in last weekend so we gave it a whirl. golden tan beer with white head. nose of citrus and slight malt characteristics. down the hatch pretty much the same lemon hints with a snappy crispy taste some lingering hop flavor is in the background. somewhat like a filtered light wheat. not too bad, for a hot day.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1176) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Crisp and refreshing, but otherwise slightly above average wheat. Pleasant fruity notes with spiciness. Clear gold in color, minor head.


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