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RATINGS: 2265   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.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2003
Draft, Boulder CO: Served as a hazy honey colour with a small white head. Very faint honey floral and lighter citrus aroma. Medium to thin watery body. Mild shortish bitter start with hints of grassy and floral hops. Kinda fades significantly from there onwards with a bland grassy bitter hoppy finish and aftertaste. I'm not at all impressed by these American wheats.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (21273) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Bottled. Cloudy golden, creamy head. Lemony yeasty aroma. Traces of nutmeg and other spices. Rounded mouthfeel with some wheat character. Indistinct.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3665) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2003
Bottled. Hazy amber gold, good creamy white head and moderate condition. Faintly aromatic spicy wheat nose, thin and tangy in the mouth with a low banana wheaty note. Earthy and chalky finish with a slight lingering burn on the lips.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Draft, at House of Blues, Chicago. So, HoB won't be known as a "beer bar" anytime soon. Ten taps, the usual suspects, regular Sam and this seasonal. So…
A good choice in such a place. The nose is subdued, just a trace of weiss odor. Head is thin, becomes nice and lacy. Color is hazy yellow like a good wheat beer. Lemon taste is definitely there, some spiciness. Worth tasting in season, though not a "craft brew" type anymore. If you got a skunked bottle, try to find it in draft.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Wheaty, lemony/citric, refreshing Summer Brew, lots of laceing, making me drunk, I like, must drink more, “it’s Friday night and I’m feeling right; This is how we do it.”

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Kind of bland, but a nice summer refresher. Slightly lemoy, but I almost couldnt tell. More sour than lemon taste. Decent beer, but not as good as the normal sam adams stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2003
A nice lemony flavor that goes along with the citrus flavor. A little bitter for a summer ale but still not bad. Good with salty food.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobBestwick (665) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
citrusy/lemon aroma, cloudy bronze hue, wheaty and lemony taste, bitter, taste a little bit like "real" lemonade, dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 21, 2003
A straight forward american wheat. Citrus hoppy flavors. A nice american wheat but I prefer german wheats.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jek803 (41) - USA - JUL 21, 2003
Nice light amber color, not much else. Not terrible, OK lawnmowing beer...I wouldn't care if I ever had it again.


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