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RATINGS: 2344   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Golden, slightly hazy beer with a nice, creamy head. Pronounced citrusy/orangey flavours. At first I didnt taste the wheat, but I dont suppose its added in big quantities. Contains the mystery spice "Grains of Paradise", whooo.... The American brewers are good storytellers too. A very able thirst quencher on a hot day.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Summer Ale pours a nice, semi-cloudy copper with a white head that lasts reasonably well. The nose is a bit dull. The flavors are light with only a slightly lemony presence up front, a bit of a macro washiness in the middle, and a lightly bitter apricot in the end. There is, perhaps, a bit of spice in there somewhere.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Pours golden with small lacy head, lemon, citrus and hoppy. Citrus lingers a bit long, not a bad seasonal

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pours deep golden color with smallish light whitish head. Nose is slightly citrusy with light spicyness. Not much hop presence here. Flavor is also on the citrusy side with a stale wheatlike straw character. Definitely better than your typical backyard lager, but not one Id look to buy again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
This appeared a very cloudy golden yellow color with a slight bubbling coating atop the body. Not much lace was left either as this was consumed. Smell is a rather weak lemony wheat scent that has a touch of spice that peaks out from time to time. Taste is that of a weak wheat beer that has been watered down. The spiciness was about as minimal as I have ever had in a wit beer. Mouthfeel was thin and watered down a bit. It was refreshing and went down easy but after a 23oz glass of this I had enough of it for the night and switched to something else. I wouldnt really recommend this for a wit beer but it would be a decent macro replacement.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Another interesting seasonal incarnation from Sam Adams. Like all their beers this one is quality. While I dont like it as much as the Oktoberfest it is still very good. The light citrus taste is very refreshing yet it does tend to linger a little longer than is welcome.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
A nice easy to drink beer. Lemon aroma and flavor present though wheat character is rather subdued. Good mouthfeel, clean finish but nothing like the hoe.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (6918) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled. Golden with grassy aroma. Soursweet. Rather dry with ok late bitterness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (36217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2004
A hazy yellow beer with a small disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and with extreme notes of lemon, but also wheat is present. The flavor is very fresh with notes of wheat and lemon, but a thin body. A fresh summer beer, but too boring for me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deuce1978 (12) - USA - DEC 23, 2004
This beer is crisp and refreshing at first, but leaves a very unpleasant sour after taste in the mouth. It leaves the palate tasting "pukey".


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