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RATINGS: 2344   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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2.5
shadey (2136) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 Its a wheat beer. Not my favorite style, but this was good. I bet it would be really good served ice cold on a hot summer day. Guess thats why they call it summer ale. 7/2/6/3/14

RERATE: Pour from bottle is golden with only some traces of a white head that quickly diminishes to a white ring. Aroma is sweet and somewhat wheaty. A little too sweet. I’d prefer more citrus and less honey in the aroma. Flavor is again sweet with a decent wheat character but it is not the same as a unfiltered wheat. The body is sharp carbonation which is nice for a refreshing beer, but its a too sweet to be truly refreshing and the filtering does rob it of the authentic character of better wheats. Overall a good performance from Sam Adams. This beer definitely has a following and I’m sure it acts as a stepping stone for many would-be beer enthusiasts.

3.8
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 16, 2004
This is another good Sam Adams. Has a nice taste and can really taste the citrus. I would rather drink this than most of Sam Adams other beers

4.4
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 16, 2004
This beer was great. I actually liked this a little more than Samuel Adams Hefeweizen which was a surpise. You can definitely taste the wheat and it has a lemon aftertaste. Very smooth and very refreshing.

3.5
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
Good taste and nice aroma. The beer has some wheat floating. The after taste is refreshing and not at all pepper as advertised. Good beer on a hot day.

2.8
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2004
Draft. Hazier and darker than I last saw, bottom of an old keg? Sort of orange, little head. Aroma wheat, touch of orange. Rather heavy in the mouth with a definite bite of carbonation. Flavor had some wheat quality, but again, just too heavy. Some more orange and a bit of very faint coriander and spice flavors. Just kind of there really.

3.3
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2004
this was pretty good, lemony smell. this went down in about 5 gulps, very easy to drink, and very refreshing after outside work. wheat is almost non existant. not something i want to drink all the time, but it certainly does the job. good.

3.4
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2004
A good thirst quencher, easy to drink. Lemon aroma and flavor present though wheat character is rather subdued. Good mouthfeel, clean finish, good beer.

2.2
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2004
It's okay... gives a jumpy taste on your tounge that turns and turns again like a motor starting up. But the engine of this drink never gets you anywhere special. Kind of a disturbing light color that makes it look un-classy.

3.4
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [draft - Airport Marriott - Greece, NY] Poured a cloudy yellowish color with a very thin white head that left good lacing the whole way down the glass. Strong wheaty aroma with a hint of lemon and pepper. Very crisp wheat taste mixed with the lemon I smelled and a good peppery finish that had just enough of a bite. I thought I could taste a cherry flavor on my lips from the glass.

3.4
DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Pours yellow, with a good head. Tastes of strong lemon, floral, and spicy...like ground white pepper. Finishes smooth and slight tangy and tart. Very nice on a 90 degree summer day.


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