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Summer Stinger | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Brenden on 08-03-2011

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3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is gold-orange in the glass, clearly an unfiltered beer as not only attested to by the presence of so-called "floaties," but the fact that it's so thick that it's not remotely opaque, translucent, or the like; I can't even make out shapes trying to see through this beer. A small white head fades to foam that leaves little very thin lacing here and there.
The aroma offers citrus, lots of grains, a light spiciness, and some pale, dry malts.
Lemon peel is most evident under copious amounts of wheat and grains. Interestingly, honey isn't evident, but detectable as a flavor without sweetness, the way unsweetened baker's chocolate is. It's lightly soapy in the finish and lots of citrus rind pulls through.
This beer is nice and thick feeling with a crispness and a little smoothness. It somehow has a simultaneous thick and light feel to it.

This beer uses honey malts as well as pure honey from a local apiary and, while I applaud that it's not overdone as would be the tendency, this would be a better beer if it showed it's strength and depth a bit more. There's also organic lemon peel and what I assume are grains of paradise (accounting for the light spiciness), though they're listed as paradise seeds (?).

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Photo of glass_house
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub's cafe. Late lunch after Imagination Station.

A: The ale is cloudy, opaque, with a golden straw-brown color. A white head comes along for the ride.

S: The nose is spicy, grains of paradise and lemon zest driving the nose. Honey, and its inherent thickness, is apparent as well. The lighter body is well suited to the abundance of spice aromas.

T: More spices, the summer stinger hits the right spot for me. Pale wheat, light and mildly tart, acts as a conduit for the lemonzest's citric bite and the tropical grains of paradise. Honey is evident, both in the thicker mouthfeel and in residual sweetness. The lemonzest and grains of paradise stand out the most and deliver the strongest flavors. Plenty of carbonation also helps things out.

M: A sweet and wild mouthfeel, plenty of spices to keep me interested. I wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as it was, but I'm glad to be proven wrong.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had a 12 oz bottle of this sitting in my beer fridge since I picked up a bottle of this in a mixed 6 pack I got at the brewery when my wife and I went to Toledo on memorial day weekend. Poured into one of my weizen glasses, this beer pours a cloudy golden color with some yeast sediment chunks floating around inside the beer. Has a flurry head that is about 2 inches thick when poured that settles to a good solid 1/2 inch with nice lacing indeed. Spiced aromas along with a nice lemon zest and honey are certainly present with some wheat and a hint of caramel malts too. The taste is pretty much the same, with spice such as grains of paradise and a hint of clove that gives way to a nice citrusy lemon zest followed by a hint of caramel malt sweetness and wheat. Rounded out with a nice slight touch of hop bitterness. has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, frothy, creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A very nice beer on a hot and humid night here in the greater Cleveland area,


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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.36/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smconnor
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjwarren
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good not great. Little hop sting. Tasty. Plenty of orange note to it.

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Summer Stinger from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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