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RATINGS: 2163   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 26, 2002
What a great beer! Found this to be extremely enjoyable and refreshing. When I first read the label I thought it was going to be another reallysweet beer like the Cherry but (which isn’t bad just a little too sweet for my taste), but it had just the right mix of hops and lemon sweetner to make it a wonderful escape from the Florida heat. I also thought the label was really cool as well.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 26, 2002
Golden color, but the head was big, beautiful, foamy, and long-lasting. Small/initial taste of wheatiness, followed by a lemon taste (which is just a tad off-balance), and the wheat comes out again in the finish. Quite refreshing to drink on a still, hot Texas day.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAY 25, 2002
Thick foamy head. Aroma of a pencil sharpener with faint traces of lemon. Nice golden hue. Much more lemony of a flavor than the aroma would have you believe. This is a real tasty thirst quencher but a tad too much with the lemon. Has a nice finish though and yea as the description says, this is refreshing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2002
The acidity seemed to overwhelm this wheat beer, and distract from the other flavors. Good crispness, but not my favorite.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 18, 2002
This brew pours a hazy light honey. The titanic white super creamy head is very dense and tight, and on the edge of being rocky - pretty much what you would expect of a wheat. The head is fully lasting with good lacing. The subtle nose is mostly grain, toasted cereal, and earthy cheese . Some citrus, perfume and flower aroma is also present. The flavor is very sweet with a touch of tangy. The average finish is bready. The light smooth body is soft and creamy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2002
Hmm. Very much different from what I was expecting from Sam Adams. Citrusy, light hoppiness, lighter in body then the rest of the beers I have had from them. I must say that I thought it a welcome change from the norm.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Spiced with lemon, wit-ish, watery, good aroma. I quite like it!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
I’ve had different reaction to this,depending if it was on tap or in the bottle,prefer tap.Refreshing,with a zest of citrus and spice, yet it leaves you with feeling that you just paid $4.00 a cold herbal tea.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2002
I found the lemony flavor to be overwhelming.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aquadave99 (5) - Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2002 does not count
Excellent Summer time beer. Very refreshing when ’Ice Cold’. No distinct aroma. Can slightly detect lemmon in after taste, but not overbearing. Nice touch with the malaguita pepper to offset lemmon. It all blends together to make this one of the best Summer Brews I have tasted.


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