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RATINGS: 2341   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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BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Not bad, pours a cloudy straw color. Has a nice creamy offwhite head. Nose has some wheaty citrussy buisness going on. Drinks smooth and easy. its best cold on a hot day (imagine that for a summer beer) Not too shaby.

3.3
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Bottle pours a hazy dark straw color, small creamy head, spotty lacing, with active carbonation.   Slight pepper and lemon peel on the nose.   Forwardly wheaty, slight pepper again, with a hint of citrus.   The flavor isn’t earth shattering, but I can see how this would be good on a hot summer day.   Overall, decent mouthfeel and body.   Luckily it didn’t have that baby fart aroma that lots of American wheats have.   Good BBQ beer.


2.5
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2004
I was initially put off because it looked like a hefeweizen. Creamy, citrus and wheat.

3.6
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2004
great mix of yeast and a hint of lemon in this summer ale. pale yellow color and a longlasting thick head.

2.8
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Cloudy yellow with a creamy head. Aroma is citrus and yeast. Flavour is tangy and wheaty.

2.7
TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2004
When there are so many great German Hefe’s out there, I wonder why some American brewers even bother. Oh well. Beer pours cloudy medium golden with a nicely retained white head. Very muted aroma. A whiff of wheat, perhaps. Flavor is lightly wheaty with a small taste of yeast. The finishing flavor is worty. Very forgettable.

2.5
gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2004
It looked good in the glass. Hazy golden color, thick white head. Citrus and grass aroma all wrapped around a bad taste. Too much lemon and grain of paradise, or whatever the hell that is. They shouldn’t have brewed it with the lemon. Let the drinker decide whether he or she wants it or not. Skunky finish. Would not recommend.

3
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Pretty good, definitely a summer ale in the sense that you would drink this outside in the sun when you won’t really notice its not the greatest

3
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Yellow with a white head. Spicy aroma, a little citrussy. Refreshingly bland citrussy lawnmower beer flavor. I hate Summer beers.

2.8
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Draught at Jack’s in S.F. 05.23.04 In need of a starter beer at lunchtime the day after a TOUGH night at the Toronado, I said, "why not" and ordered a glass of this beer that I figured I wouldn’t be sad about leaving behind if it sucked or I just couldn’t stomach a brew just yet. Pour was light gold, medium head, sporadic lacing. Plain, almost pilsenerish with sweet hops. Light flavor and crisp finish. So-so, whatever.


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