VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy light brown/yellow, with a small white head. Scent of lemon, malt, hops--all light. Flavor is light--malty, a little citrus. Light body. Sometimes I like this, sometimes it's not flavorful enough for me.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Perhaps lemon can taste good in beer. It doesn't in this one though. My friend liked it better than I did. The second time I tried it I had already had a couple of Asahi beers and I didn't care as much. I polished off more than a liter total. :) Sam Adams is very good, but Summer Ale is not for me. I much prefer Boston Lager.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow with small head and some lacing, thin to medium bodied. Lemony zest and hints of clove on nose. More yeasty on the palate, tangy and nutty balance, finshes pretty clean. Very drinkable.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I actually enjoyed this one, even though everyone else seems unimpressed. It is perfect for what it is- a summer ale. Very refreshing, zesty flavor. It really gets you up in the morning!
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Suprising nice head. Tasted the pepper initially, followed with a hint of lemon. A little tart and bitter in the aftertaste. Really didn't taste the hops, which I think is good. Not bad, a step above the spring ale.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
on tap- a mild malty taste with a lot of lemon flavoring. I couldn't taste any pepper in it. A slight hoppy finsih. Had almost no aroma too it.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Very little aroma. Some wheat and a bit of tang. Cloudy amber-orange with absolutely no head. Light medium carb and medium watery body. Taste was a mild sweet to start, with off-flavor and bit of alcohol. Mild astringent bitter finish and nutty after. Bit of a spicy after, too.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy yellow appearance you expect from a wheat beer with a nice sharp citrusy flavor with no aftertatse you expect as well. One of the better accessible American wheat beers out there.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2003 RE-RATE: I first tried this beer right after drinking an IPA, so this seemed particularly weak. Now that I've had this one alone, the refreshing citrus flavor comes out a whole lot more.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2003 Cloudy golden orange color. Sweet fruit, citrus, and bitter hop finish. I found that there was a taste almost like apricot in addition to the lemon that everyone else writes about. More interesting than most of the Sam Adams family. // Rerated 2 July. Less complex and less interesting draft than in bottle.