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RATINGS: 2164   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Smells lemony-sweet, but the taste is anything but. A faint ting of lemon flavor, starts out malty with a tart after-taste. Milky-golden in color. A decent brew i don’t mind drinking, but too much coats the tongue and makes it hard to enjoy. Much better on tap in my opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
One of Sam Adams best in my opinion. Very drinkable, though there are better summer choices out there. Deep gold appearance with a medium to light body. Great coriander and lemon peel notes, even a little hoppy which was surprising. Probably a bit too spicy to really drink much of on a summer day.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2002
Decent summer brew. Nothing too really get terribly excited about, as it isn’t much different from other American wheat beers. Granted, I prefer adding the lemon flavor myself, not having it in there from the beginning. A good beer, but it could have been better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2002
Re-Rate 07/02/02: Clear amber color, generous white head and decent lace. Nose is malt, hints of citrus, clean and fresh. Front is malt and lightly sweet, the top is light, the finish has a nice hop presence, dry, acidic and quite thirst quenching, a decent beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2002
Nothing special. Tastes pretty much the same as every other summer brew I have had this year except not really as good. Not bad either. Could have used some more citrus or something. Nothing grabbed my attention.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUL 2, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 The aroma was beery and musty and long lasting. The hint of lemon was hard to pick up on in both the inital flavor and the aftertaste. On the bottle it says inspired by the traditional Belgian White ales... if you call this an American Wheat, then it is pretty typical for the style. However, if you are going to call it a Belgian White, then it is sub-par.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Golden color, starts with a big head but it disapears fast. Has some hop flavor. This is the best ’summer’ beer I have tried

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2002
I drank a very memorable case of this stuff after giving up beer for two months (for a teaching job in the wilderness). A bit soberer now, I find its active flavors headed in the right citrusandspice direction, but pressing, a tad artificial, and quick to fade. Still, that one night in the cabin by the lake - my first beer in months - have to give up some points for the memory.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2003 Put in the pasteurizer and cook until the beer taste like crap. Like all Sam A. bottled beers this one has suffered from being pasteurized.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SudsMaster (68) - Denville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2002
This beer has a lemony sweet taste and a spice blend in it that i found rather repulsive. Will probably never try this ever again.


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