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RATINGS: 2224   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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.


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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”!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerKurve (515) - - MAY 3, 2015
Strong malted wheat notes upfront with some mild hoppiness and light berry sweetness. Not the best but certainly not the worst.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tricyclist (1002) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2015
I’m not in love. Large plastic cup pour of somewhat of a deeper honey golden with a thin white head that doesn’t hold and dissipates quickly. Aroma is wheat, grains, malty, a little fruit. I actually maybe get mango in there. Flavor follows, with malty sweetness and a little fruit notes, wheat and grain flavors again. It’s light and sorta refreshing but I don’t love it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arn8897 (107) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Poured out of a can. Hazy dark straw color with a white head. Aromas of orange and a little citrus and spices. Taste of a little citrus zest flavor and spicy taste. Light mouth feel. Nice lacing in the glass. Overall decent beer. But nothing to wow you.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElCapitan22 (211) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Pours a hazy gold color with no lacing or head retention. Smells of citrus hops and lemon. Tastes lemony with a slightly sweet finish, not too hoppy. A solid summer drink. Prob a session beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
shanir88 (2) - ISRAEL - MAY 1, 2015 does not count
Good beer but little bitter, very light and smooth nice beer for BBQ and grill meat food.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willisread (531) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 27, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Aromas like any other adjunct lager. On the palate some citrus is noticeable though. Clean, crisp and refreshing but boring.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggiebob (163) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle: Poured a orangeish yellow with a fair white head. The aroma was faintly citrus but the flavor was spicy and fruity. Easy to drink with no bitterness nor aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartzluke (124) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 10, 2015
12 pour from refrigerated bottle into wheat glass. Clear, deep yellow, small head, a bit of lacing. Nose is weak. Fruity. A little orange. Mouthfeel is weak-to-moderate. Taste is an alright wheat. Taste is wheaty, orange, maybe coriander. Alright drinking beer.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2015
I don’t get description. You gotta have a dogs nose to pick out any flavors described. Not a bad beer when it comes to process. But just ain’t nothing here.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sremed60 (15) - Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2015
I thought it was a nice, light, refreshing, easy drinking beer. It looked great and very inviting in the pilsner glass. Not much of a nose. The taste was a little watery. a nice overall beer, but nothing memorable about it.


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