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RATINGS: 2163   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chickenflea (326) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2010
Ap - Lemon Jolly Rancher color. Poured into a standard pint glass. Two finger head the dissipates quickly. Not much lacing. A tiny bit of haziness. Ar - Some floral hops in the nose. Spicy, but overwhelming smell is lemon. (Hey, the label warned me.) A tiny amount of banana-clove-yeast aroma as well. T - The taste follows the nose, lemon and spicy. Well balanced. It reminds me of some of the lighter Belgian ales. The taste does not fall evenly into any single category. The finish is clean and refreshing. P - Body is thin. Has a lager texture. O - Definitely drinkable, I bought a twelve-pack because it went so well with my chicken and pasta. I like what Sam Adams is trying to do here. Sam Adams is getting so big, however, that there seems to be an unwarranted bias against their offerings. This is a good beer. Different and not overdone.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KatL80 (14) - Britton, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Good overall flavor. Light, not a lot of flavor, but good thirst quenching beer. Went well with my pizza.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
CpyNPrnT (300) - Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2014
tasting-light taste, not much flavor-wheat and maybe lemon, no alcohol present. no thanks

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jrwhitney6 (271) - - JUL 7, 2014
Drank out of bottle after long, hot summer day. Nose is of grain and a touch of citrus. Taste is simple - malt with a twist of lemon and maybe a drop of spice . Easy to drink . Decent summer beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2014
One of my favorite summer beers. Esp on draft with some seafood. Pours hazy orange with quickly dissolving head. Wheats and citrusy hop notes. Almost a peppery finish. A very good summer sipper

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JHeath99 (786) - - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle from a sampler. Pours a slightly hazy golden with thick cream colored head. Aroma of malts and grasses. Taste of mostly malts with s light hint of citrus.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Hmm... A wheat ale for the summer. Whoda thunk it? The body is a slightly hazy straw color and it is capped by a modest white head. Little lacework is present. The aroma is bready with a soft spiciness, presumably the grains of paradise. The flavor begins with a white bread dough taste followed quickly by said spices. A light citrus twist rounds it all out. It finishes on a lingering spicy note. This is certainly an easily drinkable brew and, although I doubt it will ever become a "go to" beer for me, I would not refuse another go at it.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnsofistaCat (234) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Tastes like tonic water with a stale lemon. Not horrible ice cold but damn...not that good either.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
njnut (200) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2014
At backyard party with only a red cup to use poured a pale yellow with a white head. Aroma was light and was lemon and wheat with a hint of spice but not impressive. The taste was pretty much the same. Pretty boring.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrinkinWell (225) - - JUN 29, 2014
Pretty mediocre. See citrus on the nose. Lemon, honey flavors. Not much body; slightly tangy bitter aftertaste. Pretty typical Sam Adams offering.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WillemsUrenkel (417) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2014
16 fl oz bottle, bought in Cambridge, MA. Unclear pale yellow in the glass, small white head. Dull wheaty with on the nose. Starts with dusty citrus, flat on the palate. Later thinner. Not really enjoyable.


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