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RATINGS: 2291   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Lemon, some citrus...a little watered down. Decent appearance. But its just Sam Adams once again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2003 Hazy yellow in color with an adequate frothy head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is pleasant with hints of citrus/lemon. Flavor is slighly sweet with a good measure of hop presence. Lemon pepper. Refreshing.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 On tap, light amber color. Citrus aroma and a little lemon flavor. Fairly bland, not much of a wheat beer to me either. Somewhat refreshing summer beer. Rerate: Avoid this beer. Unpleasant wheat flavor, not just bland, but mildly offensive. Note to Sam Adams: give up on these seasonal brews, and just offer a more fresh version of the lager, and you white ale, year 'round, and you're golden.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Loweeel (6) - USA - JUN 27, 2003 does not count
Very refreshing on a hot, humid day. Less overpoweringly lemony than other summer brews. Light, slightly bitter, perhaps a tad undercarbonated. Tastes wheaty, but not in quite the same way as the other non-Sam wheat beers I've had...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thejman454 (56) - cumming, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2003
A very refreshing summer beer, nice and crisp. Nice hoppy taste with the perfect hint of lemon.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2765) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Small white head. Hazey, orange/copper color. Wheat malt and the lemon coming through in the nose. Grainy, lemony flavors, light bodied, good carbonation. Some spiceyness, grains of paradise? Good mower brew.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Hazy appearance with foamy white head. Wheaty taste, typical of the summer ales in US. Slightly acrid bitterness as an aftertaste which lingers for a while. I imagine that the beer would taste better with a lemon. Kind of average.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3411) - Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
This is slightly citric aroma. The flavors is faitn with a very light wheat flavor. It's a bit bland. It's very easy drinking which I guess is appropriate for the season, but I kind of like even my "summer" beers to have more flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2003
When I poured this brew into my glass it poured a medium white creamy head with small bubbles. The body was cloudy, and the hue was orange. The lacing was excellent on all sides of my glass. It had a light malty and lemon aroma. The palate was light and creamy. This brew also had a sweet flavor to it.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (5438) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2003
This brew poured a mostly diminishing fizzy medium sized head of small to medium sized white bubbles and a semi-transparent hazy thin light amber orange colored body. It had a moderate straw, bread, malt aroma with some hoppy and lemon notes to it. It begins somewhat bitter and acetic with a finish that's lightly acidic with an after taste that lingers around for a fair amount of time. Its palate was light and a bit dry while being softly tingling.


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