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RATINGS: 2274   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - MAY 29, 2003
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2003
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brownaler (414) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2003
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.

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