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RATINGS: 2163   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Samuel Adamsģ 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.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olympian (107) - USA - JUN 12, 2002
Had two pints of this sitting out on the terrace of a beautiful restaurant on the shore of Lake Michigan. This was over lunch one pleasant July day. Donít recall what I had for lunch, but well remember the Sam! RE-RATE BEGINS HERE: Recently had this again - rating unchanged. One of the best American Wheat brews. The citrus note is there - but vague, exactly as it should be. Excellent summer beer - Iíd give it the nose over Bells Oberon.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
theFinatUofI (45) - Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2002
This beers main problem is that it doesnít know what it wants to be. I mean what the hell is American Wheat. Taste is very sweet with subtle hints of bitterness typical to Sam Adams. One way to describe this would be to call it a Mexican beer with a sweet body. Thumbs down...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2002
A beer drinkerís Corona, if you can call it that. I enjoy the lemon finish especially in this state of non-sobriety. Re-rate. I canít decide if i like the gritiness, however itís as refreshing as beverages (including sportsdrinks) get.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (985) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2014 Re-rate. Poured from bottle. Aroma of citrus, malt and other fruit. Cloudy gold with a bit of a head. I taste citrus, melon, malt, hops and spice. Coriander notes. Dry, with just enough carbonation. A good summer choice.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2002
Pretty lame and sticky, would appeal to a lot of people, but not us beer geeks. Its the type of beer that you could down easily and not think about it.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2002
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 Update: On tap, this thing was really really terrible. Sweet and thin and not a wheat, but more like a pathetic cola. Couldn't finish it. I am just waiting for a mass marketed brew to really wow me. Bass ale can come close; it has some class. This is weak in wheat and citrus flavoring; sure, it's there, but, y'know, so is the overly sweet lingering aftertaste common to so many of these big breweries. Is that corn -- or rice? Whatever. I'm going back to analyzing today's data with one of my summer students. And go Uruguay and Cameroon tomorrow! It's world cup time. YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - MAY 31, 2002
I was really excited to taste this beer, but a tad dissapointed. Iím a wheat fan, but it didnít exactlly meet my expectations. If you arenít quite as accustomed to drinking wheat beers though, your opinion might be different. I thought it tasted more like a bock than anything, but thats just me. Light, low malt, and little head, but lots of flavor. Flavor, however, wasnít my favorite part.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2002
Didnít really know what a white ale was last year and loved this. Know what a white ale is now and really canít say that this is one. Light in flavor, some maltiness, smooth, but not much spice (I remember grains of paradise being used last year, not sure if itís there now)or citrus. Refreshing but uninteresting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Crisp, clean beer. On the light side. Hint of lemon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2002
A nice, easy wheat. Not over weight, and just a little lemon ízestí as itís called on the label.


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