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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedTickBeer (39) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Refreshing, fruity, and a strange wheat taste. A very good hot weather beer. An average beer other times. The beer snobs might not but I like Sam Adams, and this isnt a bad offering from them.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Didn’t get the overtones of citrus zest that were mentioned on the label, but this is a very wheaty ale. Very refreshing hot weather brew and I can see where it gets its name.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Not bad, but not enough of the "Citrus notes" in my bottles. Also aroma was weak---all in all an average beer, and typical of Boston Beer Co.’s erratic quality.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Great summertime back porch beer. Very fruity, orange and lemon. Don’t taste the pepper though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6196) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2002
Cloudy maize. Hint of an orage aroma with a yeasty flavor. Light hop after.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Smells like bread and lemon, mostly yeast taste with faint lemon. Pretty golden/orange color with streams of bubbles.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Bready, lemon aroma with a similar taste. Very smooth feel on the tongue. Not much bitterness at all.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dins (266) - Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Bland wheat beer with a minor citrus note.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Very much a wit-style beer, with wheat and citrus at the fore of both flavor and taste. Simple and easy drinking beer, both of which I assume are in keeping with the goal.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Tangy, lemony, grainy. lingering sweet finish. Couldn’t taste those "grains of paradise" though. o.k.


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