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Summer Swelter Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

Summer Swelter AleSummer Swelter Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.7%


Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our first unfiltered offering, Summer Swelter Ale is the perfect warm weather beer! Summer Swelter Ale is light and refreshing while still keeping your taste buds interested. The malt base features a hefty dose of wheat for a big, fluffy head and a soft, round body, yet keeps the beer drinkable even during the dog days. The light malt character is more than balanced by a blend of citrusy American hops, giving Swelter a crisp bitterness without being overpowering. The hoppy citrus aroma complements the ingredients that make this beer so unique: lemon and lime peel, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass provide an subtle yet unmistakeable floral nose and just a touch of bracing tartness, taking the refreshment of Swelter to the next level.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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Boto

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a clear golden color. There was a decent sized white head on it that left some lacing. It has a lighter nose. Nice, but not much to it. Maybe some wheat, lemon and spices. The taste is good, but a little light also. Floral and earthy notes. OK

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 14:53:23 | More by Boto
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Hazed yellow glow, good frothing

SMELL: Herbal, mineral, citrus rind, grassy, biscuits, lime juice

TASTE: Lighter body, smooth, macerated limes, herbal, lime leaves, lemon rind, fresh grass, grainy, bitter; slightly dry, bready finish

Not your typical summer brew—rather than just pushing out the usual citrus-infused Wheat or Blonde Ale, Baxter uses both lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves on top of the lemon and lime additions. Each sip smacks of all of this. Stays drinkable and keeps our palates in check. Baxter, making the summer interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 15:48:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.
A) Pours with a big white head that slowly settles leaving big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. Unfiltered hazy yellow gold body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Fruity notes of orange and lemon. Grainy. Not overly aromatic.
T) Definitely pick out the spice from the first sip - Lemongrass and Kaffir lime. Other citrus notes mix in well. Noticeable hops in the in finish.
M) Light bodied. Smooth and creamy. Slightly dry in the finish.
O) A delicious brew for a hot day. The spices are a pleasant addition.

Serving type: can

08-14-2013 00:26:29 | More by u2carew
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thick white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine and lemons for the most part, with some hints of other citrus fruits and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste bitter and sour from the lemons, with some grassy wheat notes as well.

Overall: Not bad, I have had it a couple times now, and I would drink this if it was offered to me again.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 13:49:28 | More by Cavanaghty
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was a decent offering and my first beer from Baxter. I had it on tap at the Tip Tap Room. It was surprisingly clear for an unfiltered offering. The golden color was still nice, with a big frothy head. The tartness of the citrus was a bit much...almost to the point of being sour. Not bad overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 23:59:00 | More by MarkQ617
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Tip Tap Room in Boston, MA

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fluffy white head that reduces to a couple of small thin patches, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and cereal grain malts along with moderate aromas of citrus/lemon hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of wheat and cereal grain malts that have just a touch of sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of citrus/lemon/lime hops and just a hint of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades after a short while.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting take on a summer beer, this one is not quite a light/thin as the others in that style...maybe that is a reflection of the slightly more temperate summers they experience in Maine. Low in ABV but not the easiest to drink and not sure I would call it sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 01:51:07 | More by dbrauneis
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/17/12 notes. Bought a can of this at the Publick House in Boston, MA. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow color with one finger of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, grains, light lemon, and light citrus. Not bad at all but lots of bread and not much lemon or lime; just a little weak.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grains, wheat, citrus hops, floral hops, fruity malts, lemon, and lime. Definitely a step up from the nose and a lot more going on here. This is pretty much what I was looking for.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth.

o - Overall a pretty nice low ABV summer beer. Brewed with lemongrass and lime, they don't come through a lot in the nose but do in the taste. A nice crisp beer worth checking out.

Serving type: can

08-22-2012 20:54:41 | More by mdfb79
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly, fluffy and off-white head into a pint glass that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a slightly hazy straw gold color.
s - lemongrass and lime dominate with some grassy hops underneath.
t - grassy hops, lemongrass with a hint of breadiness.
m - crisp bite.
o - really solid session beer for the summer in a can.

Serving type: can

07-23-2012 15:01:29 | More by GPHarris
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small head for wheat. Leaves some streaky lace. Surprisingly clear. Golden color.

Perfume smell of fresh picked flowers. Lavender? Light hop smell at the end. NO wheat to the nose. Complexly flavored.

More lavender on the tongue. Lightly sweet, but the finish is very dry with a peppery hop kick. More bitter than expected. The body is as expected with an elevated carbonation level.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 17:01:04 | More by smcolw
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 6/19/12.

A: Bright golden-yellow with lots of sediment floating around. A big, puffy, white head fades quickly into no lace or retention.

S: Big burst of hops and citrus from the initial pour. Some lightly roasted malt and wheat in there, as well.

T: Citrusy, hoppy, and malty. Well-balanced. All the stated ingredients are there. The kaffir lime leaves stand out, bringing a chalky, earthy, unique taste and feel to the beer. You can taste the wheat, too.

M: Refreshing, citrusy, and highly drinkable. In my opinion, more enjoyable cold as opposed to warm, where some flavors become cloying.

O: Another great beer from Baxter. Had this on-tap in Bar Harbor, as well, and it's just as good.

Serving type: can

07-12-2012 21:12:41 | More by Gatch
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 06/05/12

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of bubbly head that retains well

S: Very fragrant, with notes of lemon and lime. Almost like a lemon cream pie. Very summery

T: Follows the nose, with a bitterness throughout. Definitely get the lemon and lime peel, along with the lemongrass. Not too sure what kaffir lime leaves really impart in terms of taste, but I'm sure they're in there too. Don't really get a lot of flavor from the hops, but they certainly go into bittering this beer

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Bitter and dry. Slightly chalky

O: I think I'd like this more (don't get me wrong, I do like it) if it weren't so bitter throughout. It makes it a bit more difficult to really session, but it is possible to get around it. It is a summer ale, after all

Serving type: can

07-10-2012 18:10:31 | More by BEERMILER12
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dasenebler

Maine

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baxter Celsius Summer Ale
7/3/12
12oz can, packaged 6/27/12

Pours a hazy pale gold with a small frothy head. Average retention and lacing, though the color has a nice glow to it.

Aroma has a distinctive lime component, along with an earthy and lemony spice character. Pretty nice, actually.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter at first. Kind of a raw, citrus rind thing. This gives way to a hay-like, malt flavor that lingers over the dry finish. Not getting much tartness. The more I smell and drink this beer, the more I am reminded of key lime pie. It's a pleasant association, but not what I necessarily want in a beer. As the drink wears on, the bitterness seems a bit much for a mass-appeal summer beer-- did they not factor in the contributions of the spices and herbs? Mouthfeel is light and drying with medium carbonation.

This is the first Baxter beer I've actually thought to be well-executed. It is refreshing and free of defects, an as-advertised summer ale. Alas, it still does not do a whole lot for me personally.

Serving type: can

07-03-2012 21:21:54 | More by dasenebler
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a swampy apple juice color. Head is quite good looking. Head is bright white and frothy. Head retains when I thought it would pop away. Head also leaves fine lacing spiderwebs.

S-Lemons and limes. The limes are clearly distinguishable. Smells like a lime squished in your palm. Light Noble hop aroma. Also a bit minty. I found a lot of interesting surprises in the nose.

T-Wheaty and heavy on both lemon and lime. Limeade combined with wet-grass hops and spices. The flavor showcases some muscle. I always respect a Summer beer with some 'oomph'. High acidity. Very clean shaven.

M-The body matches a heavier beer. Sessionability isn't supremely high simply because it isn't just a watery Summer brew. I like the body. It has curves.

O/D-Almost reminds me of a gin and tonic with a lime wedge plugged onto the lid of the glass. Very acidic. Rarely do you get lime as a flavor in beer (Besides Bud Light Lime of course!). I find this to be Baxter's most well crafted beer, but it doesn't suit my beer needs. Nevertheless, this is a far beyond average Summer brew and it is worthy of purchase.

Serving type: can

07-03-2012 03:11:57 | More by VelvetExtract
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head with medium life. The body is a slightly hazed light yellow. It smells of malt, citrus, and spice. The taste mirrors the smell but also has a nice hops backbone and it's the hops that carry through in a medium long finish. Quite refresing. Good summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:52:14 | More by MoreThanWine
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Very bright yellow color with a nice fluffy head. I was turned off though by the copious amounts of floaties (lemon chunks) swirling in my glass. I guess it was meant to be drunk straight from the glass, as I didn't find it very visually appealing. Great citrus smell. Very fresh and fruity flavor. The huge amounts of lemons and limes come through. Mothfeel was not too tart, which was nice. I found this to be a flavorful summer ale that I'd drink again, straight from the can.

Serving type: can

07-01-2012 22:04:24 | More by morebeergood
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yay cans.

Pours a pasty white huge almost 3 finger head that forces me to stop pouring in the SA perfect pint glass, with lots of bubbles rising up from the etch at the bottom. The head fades semi slowly as it's reinforced, with bits of sticky lacing, over mostly clear semi hazy yellow pilsner color.

NOse has some interesting aromas, light lemony citrus, lemony hops, lemongrass, a light grassy noble hop aroma, lemon zest, hints of wheat, and almost an orange zest like citrus.

Taste tastes kinda spiced, almost autumn pumpkin like spiced but not quite there... light lemon zest and hint of orange even, lemongrass, and light grassy hops, with a hint of juicy lemonade, and slight lemon pledge like taste. Light malts and wheat underneath give it a mouthy feel slightly, but those spices just seem a bit weird. A hint of lime as well. Bitterness cuts through more from the citrus zest than grassy noble hops. Finish is fairly dry with long lingering citrus zest, lemon peel, grassy hops, and a decent rind bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, interesting citrus and rind spices, decent hops, malts and wheat flavors underneath add a nice touch, good carb, but the overall spices just seem, not where I want them to be, maybe, can't really label it more than that.

Serving type: can

06-30-2012 01:43:02 | More by jlindros
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy lemon yellow. Aggressive white head almost runs over my Baxter can-glass. Neat Fresca looking can.

Lemon lime and bright grassy hop aroma. Tastes like key lime Extra gum, lemon poppy muffin and grass. Prickly hop resin mouthfeel.

Hands down the best Summer beer I've had due to low abv, it's full of flavor despite that low abv, and it comes in a take everywhere can. My only qualm is that the aroma is so striking that you lose a lot in the can. Bring a Solo cup.

Serving type: can

06-14-2012 00:15:02 | More by donkeyrunner
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy yellow with a frothy two finger cap of white head.

Citrus hop notes in the aroma with hints of grass and toasted malts. Lots of tropical fruit characters like pineapples and oranges. A little bit mild on the pallet with hints of lemon grass and bitter hops on the finish. Orange flavors come through with a nice malt backbone.

The body is medium and somewhat sticky. Overall another solid offering from these guys. I'm sure this will be a summer staple for me.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 01:50:06 | More by Bendurgin
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Feile in Wells, ME.

The beer was a hazy yellow/gold color with a fairly good sized white head that left a lot of lace.

Strong citrus aroma. A little sweet malt, a little spice.

Strong citrus taste also. Mostly lemon, but a bit of lime too. Some coriander. A little bit of bread.

Nice, easy beer to drink. Very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 23:23:03 | More by lordofthewiens
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy yellow colored body with a light yet foamy lumpy white head. The head lasts about a good minute. There are a ton of bubbles up the sides of the pint glass. A decent amount of carbonation gently rises from the bottom.

S: hops up front with light citrus backing it up. Some malts come in as the beer warms.

T: tangy yet sweet sort of lemon combined very nicely with the malts, some coriander and lemongrass comes out as the beer warms.

M: light, smooth, crisp, drinkable

O: another good beer from Baxter's. Get to the head of the grill line - Summer Swelter (formerly named Celsius)! Well done!

Serving type: can

05-31-2012 18:10:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler, the beer is a bright, hazy, unfiltered, lemon-yellow coloring with a light, frothy, low profile white head. Aromas are light and crisp, with a toasted grain backbone and citrusy highlights. Flavors are toasted cereal, with a tangy, sweet, and slightly zesty lemon and lime blended highlight. Spiced overtones, with coriander, lemongrass, and a touch of nutmeg. Very well blended, and remains crisp and effervescent overall. Smooth bodied throughout, with a light feel despite the dynami palate. The aftertaste is roasty and sweet, with a grain/cereal profile. The finish is effervescent, light, and has a slight linger to it. Very easy to drink, and extremely sessionable. Great warm weather brew.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 23:02:40 | More by GarthDanielson
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ggilman

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Psyched to pick this up on the first day it's available statewide! 5/16 stamped on the bottom of the can. Fresh!

Thanks to Dave Nivus at The Good Food Store for ordering this!

Frothy white sticky head on a hazy lemon-straw body. Grassy, lemony nose. Smooth, crisp, and nicely bitter. Clean grainy finish. Super drinkable, fresh and delicious. Slight hoppiness, maybe some spicy, herbal notes, could be the lemon and lemongrass. ABV is nice and low so you can slug a few on hot summer days.

Another successful offering from Baxter! I think I found my summer session beer!

Edited to add: You'll probably finish it too fast to notice, but you get a nice hit of lemon as it warms!

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 00:50:30 | More by ggilman
Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
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