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RATINGS: 2269   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Poured orange-ish with thin white head. Has mild fruity notes with a little apple and lemon. A decent refreshing beer but nothing knocked my socks off.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Not very good. Very musty like Widmer hefe. They added some spice and lemon zest. Would never buy it. A waste of time and calories

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Pours a brownish to golden orange with a whitish head. The aroma has a slight hop hint along with malt and a citrusy splash. The beer seems too carbonated on the tongue. However the overall taste is not too bad - kind of a hefe-weizen "lite". Decent but not complex. Worth trying, though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2011 This is sort of an American wheat crossed w/ a wit or something or, you know, random spices thrown in a blonde ale. It has a cloudy nice appearance w/ a head of fine bubbles. The nose is decent, mildly fruity w/ pear being what I notice most. It’s sort of on the bland side but pretty innocuous. Bitterness in the finish is mild but enough to balance. I am not sure what the spices add that a well-selected yeast could not but, hey, it turned out pretty OK one way or the other. I don’t generally expect to raise my ratings of Sam Adams beers from what I have them eight years ago when the beer pickings were much slimmer but here I am doing so.

Original ratinge (2003, 2.9):Draft version. Pours a glowing orange with just a thin bit of head. Nose is very mild but lightly fruity with maybe a touch of honey. A sharp bit on the tongue up fron but, on the whole, this is a very mild beer. A refreshing and more-or-less standard American-style wheat beer but lacking the character of something like Oberon.

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 (21414) - 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 (3668) - 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 (2912) - 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.


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