Serve in Shaker, Weizen


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RATINGS: 2274   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Samuel Adamsģ 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - LinkŲping, - 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 ďsummerĒ isnít equal with ďlager sans flavourĒ!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
charule (1811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle from a friend? Poured yellow orange with white head. Aroma sweet orange musky malt. Light carb med bod. Tastes sweet grains some spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
theshaftyguy (8) - Gainesville, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2015 does not count
Decent beer. I gave it a 6 out of 10 bottles on my show: https://youtu.be/Ni_I6193JBo Check it out for my thoughts on the beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Some Vienna aroma. Slightly sweet no mouthfeel crystal clear yellow some wheat notes. Very watery conflicted with some sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_rookie (219) - USA - SEP 8, 2015
Pours a cloudy honey color. Thick white head. Some lacing. Pretty well carbonated.

Aroma is sour. Iím not sure what it is. Also, a little lemony.

Taste is a little spicy. That sourness in the aroma is finding itís way into the back of my throat. Itís a little odd. Itís got a little lemony zest flavor, and also some something. I donít know.

Mouthfeel while a little a bitter, is very refreshing. Itís more bitter than IBUs might suggest.Itís maybe a little heavier body that I would want in a "summer ale", I would want something a little lighter. But this is medium bodied.

Overall this is good. Itís not great. Thereís some tastes and stuff in here that Iím no familiar with, or are hard to taste. I guess I would have it again. Itís not amazing, but itís ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
klaing (155) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Cloudy yellow. Sweetness a little cloying with esters. Mild hopping. Some lemon. Ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Subliminal64 (62) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
Great drinking Wheat Ale. Goes down smooth with no aftertaste. Not nearly as good as Erdinger, but a hell of a showing. Will buy again. MB

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkoR (811) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
On tap at the Frog Pond, in Rochester, NY. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a small white head. Aroma is bread, banana. Taste is same and grainy malt. So so...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
scotchzombie (461) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Cloudy golden yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is banana and bready malts; some yeast. Taste brings some light citrus tang with notes of banana and bubblegum. Grainy malt backbone. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sjohnh (536) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bright yellow / orange colour, with a small white head. Medium body - you get a bit of the wheat texture. There is grain in the aroma and taste - I couldnít say whether or not it was "gram of paradise" - and a sweet lemon taste too. Pleasant enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewje41 (1737) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Draft pour pint at the dirty bird. This week on "I canít believe I havenít rated this" we have yet another Sam Adams beer. Pours an oily golden color with a thin fizz head. Soft grainy wheat aroma. Flavor is exactly what I expected. A mild wheat flavor, light body, and a decently refreshing cool finish. In a lineup of common competition, this is an obvious choice, though itís not my favorite "summer" beer. I have a different definition. Not bad.

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