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Sum'r Summer Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Sum'r Summer AleSum'r Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Citrusy and thirst-quenching, this refreshing golden ale is highlighted by the use of unique hops.

17 IBU

Added by Wasatch on 05-31-2009

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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 341
Photo of MaxBat
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2 12 oz. bottles poured into beer glass. Regular pour produced two fingers of pure white head. Nice lacing. Color is cloudy and light golden. Smell is faint to medium with a touch of citrus. Feel is smooth and light, maybe a bit watery. Taste is light and delicious. A slice of lime squeezed in is a really nice touch.

Sum'r is a light tasting, blonde summer ale. Don't expect a rich, heavy taste here with lots of texture. Serve cold on a hot summer day and you'll find it's refreshing and pretty damn easy to drink. Drink this after cutting the grass or while fixing the roof and you may never drink cheap yard beer again.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A true-blue summer blonde, excellently befitting the bottle's label-art: this is meant to quench and enlighten, hand over fist, as one quaffs suds in sweet recline, under the warm glow of an early-afternoon's estival orb. Buoyant, crystal-white head, that subsides quickly to tracings and lacings atop the golden puddle filling the twelve-ounce tulip. Really nice, if mild, lemon and herb-bush bouquet; sunny, sparkling flaxen glow. Easy-sipping, crisp, hint of pale-grainy sweetness; loads of herbaceousness from the hops, with only very mild bitter acids closing up the shop and cutting off any linger; very soft-bodied, clear mouth-feel; solid, though not especially powerful, effervescence.

Very session-minded; quite refreshing; great measured but thorough use of hops to create a blonde with just enough biting characteristics, but all around still subdued in all the right ways. Not the most exciting ale, but a nice six to throw in the cooler and chill on.

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from AJ's Beer Warehouse sometime in July 2015. Served in a pint glass. Clear lemon yellow, snow white head, nice lacing. Faint aroma of lemon zest Bready malts with some faint citric bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid and smooth. Kind of generic but tasty. Wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This pours a semi-cloudy yellow color with a thick, frothy head. The aroma is weaker with a hint of wheat and citrus. The flavor is on the weak side, not a whole lot going on. Very smooth and easy drinking though. I would have figured a craft beer like this would have more flavor.

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Photo of A_Pint_A_Day
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance – Poured a pale straw in color with the slightest amount of haze. Very little head with no lacing

Smell – Sweet hay and white bread are the predominate smells given off by this beer. A little funk given of by the hops, but very mellow.

Taste – Crisp, clean, and sweet. Very grainy throughout with hints of corn. There was a bit of citrus flavor (lime) throughout, though it is most noticeable in the finish.

Mouthfeel – Honestly it was very thin and the hops used gave the beer a bit of astringency. The beer was very carbonated adding to the thin texture.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; pale yellow in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: bready; a little DMS;

T: grainy all the way through; flavor fades quickly - no aftertaste; virtually no bitterness;

M: light bodied; low to moderate carbonation;

O: as easy drinking as they come; no complexity; not much flavor at all;

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bust out the sunglasses; summer is here! Sum'R from a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

Two finger's worth of head sits on top this light golden beer. Retention on top is satisfying. It smells clean, grassy, with a kiss of lemon and light grain. Living up to the conjured image of a summer beer, Sum'R is light, thirst quenching, and packs modest flavor. Flavors of citrus, honey, and grass hit the palate, and riding a light yet gently carbonated body, helps make Sum'R a beer that is made for warm weather.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow, clear with plenty of bubbles, and foamy, well-retaining, white head. Smells of light grains, grass, and lemon. Pure lemons, a bit sweet, a bit tart up front, with a mild rindy finish. Grassy throughout, a little bready or crackery as well. Fuller end of light-bodied, with low to medium carbonation, a little crisp.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A step above adjunct "lite" beers, but only slightly. I get what Uinta is trying to do and I like the idea, just came up short. It does taste somehow fresher? and has a faint honey/lemon flavor that is nice, but at twice the price of adjunct lite beer it's hard to justify.

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light minerally hop and crackery malt tones form the subtle aroma.

Flavor adds in a hint of lemon, and a lightly resiny, bready, dry bitter finish. A little more bitter than I'd prefer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a thin head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is faint to non-existent... a little grain.
The taste is mild grain and lemon bitterness. Watery.
The texture is crisp.
Super easy drinker 'cause it's like water.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet glass.

Look: A hazy straw colored body sits under a white head. Lovely amounts of patchy lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

Aroma: A good amount of bready, doughy malts come forth with a backdrop of citrus ... think faint orange if anything. I little bit of a piny hop note at the very end.

Taste: A very clean, refreshing opening where nothing really gets in the way. The body is mainly bready malts decorated with citrus zest. The more I drink this, the more hoppy it becomes, especially in the finish, which is to say it has a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Overall: Absolutely perfect for Summer drinking, I really like the balance between hops and malts in this with just a touch of citrus.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a nice one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a wheat and lemon smell along with a little bit of a grainy smell. There is a hint of a grassy and hay smell as well giving it a slightly funked summer wheat smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and slightly bready taste with a hint of fruity sweetness of a tangerine nature. Right from the start there is a bit of lemon and some grapefruit hop flavor which are later joined by some more grassy and hay like hop flavors. As the taste advances the sweeter tangerine fades, drying out the taste of the brew, with some grainy and more grassy hop flavors coming to the tongue. With a little bit of hay and yeast that come at the end of the taste, one is left with a rather crisp and wheaty, slightly funked, and more intense then would be expected for a 4.0 % abv brew., flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average for a normal strength brew, but for a 4 % abv it is rather thick, with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. The thicker body and moderate carbonation really accentuate the mix of wheat and funk rather well bringing these flavors to the forfront and really allowing them to be picked up.

Overall – A rather good summer style wheat/saison at only 4 % abv. For the light alcohol level this is a fantastically flavorful brew and makes for one fantastic session . Rather nice overall!!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of lemony citrus and caramel quickly follow. The hops presence is good for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: fluffy white head, hazy pale dark yellow with blonde highlights, creamy white lace on glass, creamy 2 finger head, excellent retention.

S:lemon zest, doughy, grainy malt, crackers, grass, and nothing else. Not much going on.

T: Decent. Lemon peel, zesty hops, some grass, some sunshine, light citrus, sweet malt, sweet fruit, day-old dry white bread; the aftertaste was so dry it left me with cottonmouth.

M: crisp, refreshing, light body, wet, creamy because of the fluffy cream head.

A good brew to drink in the summer as I look forward to its release every May; it isn't the best blonde ale, but it sure is refreshing when it's 100 degrees in the Salt Lake high desert sun! A solid summer seasonal by Uinta brewing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A frothy egg white head builds upon the clear goldenstraw colored liquid; excellent retention that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Not much aroma, but there is a vaguely floral, slightly grainy character

Taste: Doughy, up front, with a growing shortcake sweetness and a hint of lime in the middle; slightly vinous and grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and light with a bit more flavor than I was expecting; a nice summer quaffer

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Photo of utopiajane
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy and very pale yellow with a fat creamy head of white foam that lasts and leaves great lace. Nose is malty with only a touch of sweetness on it. No fruity esters, no hops to speak of on the nose really. A faint little floral does creep into the background. As it warms a touch of sweet grass also makes it's way into the nose. That floral is very uplifting in the nose. It's not a loud nose so you have to get right down in the glass.

Taste is excellent. Favors the malt and the hops are restrained. They offer balance, beauty and not too much bitterness to the drink. The herbal and the malt come together softly and sweetly in the dry finish. It's smooth and very easy to drink.

I think it's excellent and with an abv of only 4% this is a tasty little summer beer. Blonde ales are cousins to kolsch and this one sure reminds you of that. I would say that it's only flaw is that the bitterness becomes a bit much as it lingers.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Like the Wyld, this is another extremely pale beer, with excellent head retention and nice lacing. The nose, though, is extremely faint, just some distant hops. The flavor leans toward the sweet side, with a clean, though slightly grainy, malt profile. Some bitterness comes through at the end, drying things a little, but not much hop flavor exists.

Rather bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-06-15 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear yellow with a 2-finger white head that lasts quite awhile. Lots of bubbles. Good lace.

S - Grass, rising bread dough and some citrus.

T - Much like the smell with bread, yeast, grass and a touch of lemon. Finishes with a nice dollop of pepper and lingering bitterness. Very dry.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Pretty thin.

O - Plenty of flavor for 4% although day-to-day, I rather have a low ABV Pils like Troegs Sunshine Pils or Pilsner Urquell. I'd also take 21st Amendment Bitter American over this; keeping in mind, they all have about 10% more alcohol. Still; this is a good beer and I'll have it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The summer thirst quenches with a Western taste that carries the sensibility of lager but with the complexity of unmistakable American ale. Uinta reminds us that we don't have to rely on bland adjunct lagers to do this job anymore.

Sum'r leaps right out with sharp hop aromas and supporting malt sweetness. The essence of orange, lemon and grapefruit lay on the early palate with the taste of slightly under-ripened citrus peels. Its grainy-sweet, wafer-thin sweetness is modestly bready and just shy of caramel or faint honey.

Across the middle, the creamy sweetness begins to dissolve and leaves a spicy, peppery and pleasant grass property to link up with the established citrus flavors. A mild bread and powdered sugar support hangs on for dear life as the ale tries despirately to close dry and quick.

Yet, prevailing hops win out in finish, giving a spicy crispness of noble German hop spiciness along with the classic grapefruit and orange peel acidity that make American ales so irresistible. Outlasting its fast-fleeting malt dryness, the beer closes with an aftertaste of lemongrass and lemon pepper.

One thing's for sure- Uinta has done a fine job of capturing the taste of summer and the sun in a bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 07/28/2014

Appearance: Glugs from the can a lightly hazy, pale straw-hued body with a half-inch of white froth. Modest lacing.

Smell: A tad doughy, subtly grainy malts with a sliver of implied sweetness on the taste. Obliging citrus mixture from the hops, also subdued hints of leaf and spice.

Taste: Doughy, scantly grainy pale malts with a small pinch of table sugar. Pop of fruitiness, with a nice zesty, citrusy hop quality hinting of lime in addition to the typical lemon. Meager bit of spice. Lightly bitter. Clean, drying, crisp finish with just a bit of lingering citrus fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Just a bit above medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid, refreshing ale available in a can that delivers a fair amount of flavor in contrast to its low alcohol.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and an even thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts and grains with some hints of grassy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and grainy malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. There is a slightly stronger flavor of herbal and grassy hops that impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Light bodied with a just shy of moderate amount of carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and refreshing... A very enjoyable beer for a hot summer afternoon/evening.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, lemons, some floral notes. Taste is lemony, malts, a bit of floral hops, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall would be a fine session beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It warmed up today to the point that my backyard has thawed out and I even discovered a spent CAN that someone threw over the fence prior to the first snowfall! People everywhere know of The CANQuest (TM) and often leave me spent CANs for recycling or otherwise. It was not warm enough to remind me of Summer, but it beat the intense cold of late.

From the CAN: "Brewed with ORGANIC barley & hops"; "Earth, Wind and Beer Sunkissed by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City UT"; "Brewed with renewable power"; "Certified Organic by the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food".

I heard a nice, loud Crack so I celebrated with an inverted Glug, resulting in two-plus fingers of soft, bone-white head with good retention that resembled meringue. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow (SRM = 4). Nose had a lemony, grassy scent and lemongrass was certainly a possibility. Frankly, it reminded me more of a Pilsner than a Blonde. Mouthfeel was very soft, caressing my poor, bruised tongue and washing it with a lemony, biscuity flavor. I stand behind thinking of it as a German Pilsner. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing and a definite possibility for inclusion in the cooler in the Sum'r, I mean, Summer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear light yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head, nice patches of thick lacing.
S - Grainy, a little sweet malt, grains, citrus.
T - Lemongrass, grains, sugar water, citrus zest.
M - Light, refreshing, goes down easy.
O - Decent session Summer beer that can be drank in mass quantities.

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Sum'r Summer Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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