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RATINGS: 2284   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   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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2.2
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Refreshing, to say the least. Pours a semi-hazy lemon-orange hue with not much head. Very bright and citrusy - lemon notes dominating most of the flavor and smell. Faint traces of vanilla and other spices. Seems incomplete.

2.4
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2004
Ligth golden, samll fizzy white head. Wheaty, vague aroma with notes of lemon and orange candy. Bland and boring flavour of wheat, lemon and water. Thin finish, hints of oranges and straw.

3.1
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 One my favorite summer beers, Samuel Adams continues to impress me with their brilliant beer making and making it in such a mass quantity. This summer ale pours to a light yellow color with a thin white head and smells and taste of citrus (orangish lemon). Very light and refreshing and went down very smooth. I am biased thought to summer beers, for some reason they just hit the spot for me. This is a good overall beer and I would recommend trying it if you like lighter beers.

2.3
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
This beer is ok. It has a citrus flavor that really doesn’t cut it in a beer for my taste. It was more like a carbonated fruit drink in my opinion. Sam Adams is normally a better company than this. Some of their beers are wonderful. But not this one.

1.5
SilkTork (5752) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
July, 2003: Bottle. Yuck. Cloudy orange colour is OK - neither sufficiently attractive nor sufficiently unappealing to draw much attention to itself. Aroma is pleasing - soft citric notes plus some cloves. But the taste is initially quite bland, then stunningly foul. Mouldy oak - possible oxidisation, but best before date is May 2004 - 10 months away. ecrvich also notes a similar experience. I can’t get past that foul taste. And the after-taste is a long lingering peppery burn - no doubt from the grains of paradise. It’s now creeping up my nose. By god, this is one foul, foul beer. Drain pour.

2.9
BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear to lightly hazy golden orange with a small to average fizzy white head, medium to medium-short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, hay, cereal, meal), light hops (spicy), and light esters (fruity) with earth and cellar notes. Flavor is heavy malt (straw, hay, cereal, meal), light hops (spicy), and light esters (fruity) with earth and cellar notes. Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation with a dry and spicy finish.

2.8
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
spicy, a little too much of a lemon flavor. not one of samuel adams best beers, but not as aweful as some reviewers have made it out to be.

1.1
Maxwel (3) - millfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2004 does not count
This beer was discusting i couldn’t finish it, this is the only beer i ever through away after a swallow. i have no idea how sam adams made such an awful beer. anyone that thinks this beer is remotely decent should shove an o’douls up their ass.

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jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 I thought this was one of Samuel Adams worst beers ever. I can’t believe that this was brewed by the same company. Just terrible. However, an update. I do like this beer now. A very nice beer for the summertime, the hint of lemon is quite nice, I must rate this beer higher.

1.4
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
I was very dissapointed in this beer, I had it while ago (internet problems over the summer) But I do recall that I didn’t like it, never to be tried again.


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