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Summer Swelter Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

155 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012

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.
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Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 34
Photo of sprat1960
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Straw-yellow in color; hazy and opaque. Pours with a 3 finger rich creamy head that dies down leaving a thin, uneven coating of foam on the surface of the beer. Some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Citrus, mild hoppy aroma with a noticeable lime scent. Interesting and refreshing.

Taste: Mild malt combined with tart lemon-lime flavor with a mild hoppy, somewhat bitter finish. Interesting.

Feel: Medium body, slight pucker from the lemon-lime and a mild dry finish.

Overall: This is a good for the style of beer it is - a summer ale. It is refreshing and would be good on a hot day. Summer ales are not my favorite type of beer; however this is one of the better ones that I have had.

Photo of David19457
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light, crisp, refreshing, and a little hoppy

Photo of d_brommer_nh
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has some particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and a coating of lacing around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of Kaffir lime leaves are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of Kaffir lime leaves and also has some hints of lemongrass. The taste of lime leaves linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but I wouldn’t consider it to be something that would be very refreshing or thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

Photo of mageek52
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart, citrusy summer refresher. Quite sessionable. I was surprised.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a light yellow with a fizzy white head. The smell was great with a lot of orange and lime scents coming through strong. The taste was nice enough with some of those lime and orange flavors, although it seemed more of a zest in the beginning than a major part of the beer. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Nice for summer, almost like a lime radler, but overall not as impressive as I had hoped.

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%

Received this as part of a variety pack. What a pleasant surprise! Very drinkable and refreshing. Great drinking, talking, summer beer

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler: color is straw, opaque and dense looking, nice bright white head that presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and light top.

Smell is light, fresh, floral, with some grassy and earthy hop undertones.

Taste is more towards the wheat malt base with biscuit, bread and toast intermingling; spice and additions create a floral flavor, light lemongrass and even some lavender.

Mouthfeel is pleasant at first with nice flavors then drying hops and carbonation overtake. I'd like the flavors to last a bit longer.

Overall, a very nice wheat beer with good wheat flavor presence and unique aromas from the additions.

Photo of newaquarius
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wasn't a big fan. It sounded impressive from the description and i was excited about the citrus tones which is what i look for in a summer beer and this one in particular sounded good. Unfortunately i was disappointed. The initial lemony/hoppy taste in great but then there's this lingering herbaly aftertaste that really bothers me. It kinda plays a trick on your mouth between a refreshing summer beer and a rugged ipa. and dont get me wrong i love rugged ipas but in this fashion it just doesn't really work. Anyway a little disappointed that i still have 2 of these in the pack but overall the beer is by no means terrible.

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped on the bottom with "Penguin-04-07-14-SSA5661. " Sampled on June 18, 2014

It has a cloudy, foggy pale yellow pour with a modest white fizzy head that eventually fades down.

The thing about the aroma is that it has a kind of olive oil or buttery sensation with those pale malts and crisp, clean hops. Sometimes that's bad but in this case it seems to balance out well.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste has a nice toasted biscuit malt character but unlike the aroma there is more of a citrus-like character kicking in. This works on a hot day like today.

Photo of illpass78
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, heavily carbonated yellow with a big white head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Some severe nose action here. Lemon and lime dominate, and there's also some leaves and hops. But there's also this weird off-putting note that kind of smells like a urinal cake or detergent. Thankfully it doesn't show up in the flavor profile.

Taste: Lots of lemon. It's quite bitter and seems reasonably hoppy. It's decent, but basically just a really lemony light ale. Some wheat is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Good summer-level depth.

Overall: Interesting summer offering. If you like lemons and weirdness, you'll probably big this. Not a revelation but not a drainpour either.

Photo of lou50rp
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow, unfiltered color with a white head and some .
Smell is citrusy with a bit of hoppiness
Starts with a lemony citrus and finishes with a definite hop bitterness
Medium mouth feel, good for a summer brew
Hard to describe this brew. Sort of a cross between a hefeweizen with a wedge of lemon and a medium strength IPA. Ok, but probably not a repeater.

Photo of Boto
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Photo of dasenebler
3.37/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.