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RATINGS: 2342   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2004
On tap. Nice unfiltered hazy amber appearance. Aroma of pears and white grapes. The flavor follows suit with a heavy citrus layer. Finishes moderately dry.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reid (2397) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Decided to give this beer the best possible chance by pouring it into my "chalice" glass. Well it worked, in the chalice its a pretty good looking beer dark hazy golden with a fair sized white head. Smell is fresh and zesty..lemon rind and some other spices..possibly coriander..quite nice. After being good on looks and aroma..the taste is very average..not much to it except a very dry and slightly acidic taste..tastes somewhat like lemon seeds. mouthful is very dry and abrupt, no pleasure here. I was dissapointed..though it could be drinkable after a hike in the hot summer sun or something.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours cloudy gold with a large foamy head. Aroma is malt with a hint of lemon and spice. Flavor is earthy, spicy with a nice citrus finish. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A nice light summer brew.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2004
On draft at Archie Moores in New Haven. Cloudy pint with minimal head. I instantly regretted my choice, should have stuck with Bass or the Boston Lager. Not much character to this beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Cloudy brownish orange. Looks a little dirty. It has a sweet and spicy aroma with a possible hint of honey. Initially hit with spices, at a later point cinnamon is noticable. Sizable citrus presence but it doesnt seem to come from any hops. Average.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SHD (17) - Palm Harbor, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Lemon flavor but lacking in the development that a beer like this should have. Dry flavor is a little bit harsh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
A lemony flavored beer. Very easy to drink on a hot day. Nonfiltered though but good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 For a light Summer ale this one is fairly pleasant.+++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a cloudy tan-orange color with a small white head that left decent lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus and perfume. The flavor is dry and lemony with a bit of vague spice. Dry spice flavor on the finish. The wheat is hard to detect. The mouthfeel shows definite overcarbonation. Pleasant but unassuming.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5915) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Slightly hazy amber/honey coloured body with a nice dense slightly off-white head. Aroma of corn, wheat, curacao, coriander seed and some spices. Light-bodied; Spicey wheatie taste with some light citrus fruit noticeable, but not much. Aftertaste clean and subtle-the larger tastes are up front. Overall, a decent beer to have readily available no matter where you are in the States! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle from a six-pack purchased by Phil (haddon90). Thanks again Phil! I sampled this on 25-May-2004.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottle. Hazy golden color with a thin head and a ring of lace. Smells of musty citrus with a little malt in the background. Thin mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Tastes of wheat beer twang with citrus and a little spiciness. Not great on its own, but good with food. Decent summer beer for a barbeque, just not one for solitary swillin.


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