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RATINGS: 2206   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - Linköping, - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle. The colour is cloudy orange-yellow; the fine off white foam builds a two finger thick head with an inviting crater.

The smell is very fruity with a complex sour note of hops, wheat and some aroma hops.

The taste is an explosion of flavours; I noted lemon (peels and juice), some dry hoppy hops, sour wheat-beer notes, but also an odd chemical touch The long generous aftertaste got notes of malt and citric.

The carbonation is very potent (medium sized bubbles) and very refreshing.

I found this as a fine witbeer with a twist. Nice to see that “summer” isn’t equal with “lager sans flavour”!


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brandon1989 (335) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. The aroma is wheat and extremely citrusy. The taste is similar. I do not think this beer is very well balanced.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Florya (463) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: hazy orange, white head. Aroma: floral, lemon peel, wheat, grass Palate : light body, average carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
radiomgb (2425) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
355ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Clear golden in colour with a thin white head, light patchy lacing. Aroma is sweet, a little grainy, some apples, light wheat and citrus. Flavour is moderately sweet, some very light citrus hops, wheat, some metal. Sweet and a bit chemical mouthfeel, light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes quick, a bit watery.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnnymusky (375) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Drinkable but nothing special...perfect for out on the boat................. .....

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NonOperational (53) - ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
A dreaded American Wheat, going undercover as a ’Summer Ale’. Boring. Wheaty. A refreshing afterthought of a beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarineOBeer (17) - - OCT 12, 2014
Refreshing but overpowered by lemon taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Nice beer I drank all summer. Tinge of spiciness that offsets the mild qualities of this guy. Almost doughy yeast flavor that is in the background helps me come back to this guy over and over.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (161) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours a hazy orange color with a 1inch white head that leaves minimal lacing as it dissipates on a weizen glass. Smell is great. Great wheat smell with a good bit of orange. Taste is really nice. Has a sweetness up front with the maltiness kicking in during the middle of the taste then a ever so slight bit of hops at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a nice carbonation to it. Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as part of a Sam Adams 12 pack of Summer beers at a Publix in Savannah, GA. A great appearance and flavor for me. American Pale Wheat Ale is a style that I greatly enjoy and this was a real pleasure to try. A great beer for a multiple beer event in the summer time.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1269) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle found buried in back of fridge. Pour slight hazy lemon yellow. Nose light citrus, dank hop, and hint of pepper. Taste mix of tropical fruit and spice up front. Mid palate very sweet then mild grainy malt. All in all, a surprising mix of flavors. Perhaps the age helped or the fact that I’m starving.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Luvystypotables (841) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Not much of an aroma just a hint of pepper. Gold colour with a short lasting white head. Not much taste, slightly peppery with mineral undertones. Watery feel with a dry mineral finish


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