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RATINGS: 2339   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Great aroma with a light lemon hint. Lightly spiced flavor with mild, and enjoyable citrus notes, especially noticable as the beer warms a bit. Light bitter aftertaste, but nothing that's too unenjoyable, but that part could definately use a bit of improvement. Rich golden color. I had the bottles sitting sideways in the refrigerator, so you could see some of the good stuff; yeast, etc. So it's not too filtered. Definately an enjoyable beer, from a brewer that I normally consider to be over-rated. Very refreshing, crisp, and smooth, but seems to be missing something in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2003
A good summer beer, thirst quenching and not overpowering on any front. Lemony finish with a mild hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2003
I think this is really under-rated, this is very enjoyable. Sweet inviting aroma, detecting lots of lemon taste, very refreshing and goes down way to smooth...this is a perfect summer choice...light refreshing and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (7420) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2011 Rerate Just not as crazy about wheat ales in general anymore - ddecent, similar flavor as before, does not look quite as nice Original 3.4 Beautiful creamy, thick white head sits on top of the cloudy golden pour. Aroma, while fresh, is not remarkable, faint grassy notes. Flavor is a bit off, the "grains of paradise" which is the spice in here according to the label, leaves a slight off taste in my opinion. Overall, not a bad wheat - just expected a bit more.

   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 (165) - 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 (744) - 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.

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