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RATINGS: 2209   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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours a rich golden color. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is also malty, lemon, a tad sweet. Overall an easy drinking and refreshing beer.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PartyFowle (136) - - FEB 15, 2015
Pours a cloudy pale yellow the color of pineapples. No head to speak of, just a very tiny ring of white bubbles. Smells of apples, floral hops, some bready fruitiness I can’t place. Maybe those are the grains of paradise? In the flavor, a heavy wheat flavor, with some subtle citrus and spicy notes. Very mild sweetness. Light body, no bitterness. Summer Ale isn’t fantastic by any means, but it is the taste of the season. What is it about wheat that’s so good during summer?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 11/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a nice spiced pale wheat ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3737) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 8, 2015
Interesting I thought I had it already rated. It was thin and easy to drink with that nice tickling sensation of Sam Adams’ beers.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brandon1989 (383) - 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 (517) - 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 (2438) - 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 (401) - 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.


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