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RATINGS: 2265   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2003
I definitely feel this is underrated at 38.4 percentile. I good summer ale, with citrus hints an a tangy taste. Seems like if there was just a something little more in the aftertaste, it would be great, but instead it is good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2003
A nice summer brew but nothing to write home about. Pours to a golden color with a slight haze with a bubbly white head that sits on top. Nice belgian lace. Taste is pretty straight forward lemony spice with a slight hop kick. I think that it's missing something though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2003 Creamy gold color suggests a complex taste. The head remains thick. Smell is fruity. Taste is pleasantly carbonated with a very fulfilling and long finish. Bitter aftertaste. Very good brew. Update: This was my first wheat beer, which has become one of my favorite styles. I was a little too enamored with it at the beginning, so I have lowered the rating to correspond with other wheats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2003
The aroma is light with hints of fruit lemon, hpos. The appearance is a lightly cloudy gold, with a thin white head. The flavor is crisp and clean, with hints of lemmon. The beer is crisp and easy to drink. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2003
Not my favorite Sam Adams product, but still pretty good nonetheless. Good color with a light, somewhat, fruity taste. A bit fizzy. would probably be better appreciated on a hot day than a week after the snow melted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 22, 2003
Nice light golden color. Light sweet and fruity flavor with strong spicy notes that I did not enjoy. Probably better than some others for sipping in the sun, but the spice ruined overall impression.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2003
Very nice!. Great flavor and aroma. The only flaw that I could find was that it had a cloudy appearance - but the taste more than makes up for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nshack (13) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2003
Good sweet malty and citrusy aroma. Smelled like a wit beer should. It was cloudy and light straw color. The flavor was wit but with a tarter citrus bitterness that seemed a bit out of place. It was like the pith in the orange peel. The taste stayed in my mouth beyond the beer and it wasn't the best part. Overall, it was refreshing, but I have had better wit beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 One of the few Sam Adams I liked...subtle spiciness with a light lemony flavor. Definately a good one for after a day of lawnmowing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2003
Aroma contains notes of wheat and lemon, foreshadowing a refreshing summer cooler. Cloudy, orange brown in body. Nice, creamy, rocky head. Looks like dishwater with orange food dye. Contains excellent lace. A hint of the signature Sam Adams flavor is evident, though less strong than the Boston Lager. Easy drinking, making for a good summer session beer.

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