1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Summer Swelter Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Summer Swelter AleSummer Swelter Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

107 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 107
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Summer Swelter Ale Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of donkeyrunner
donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
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
Photo of ggilman
ggilman

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
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
Photo of redfox405
redfox405

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

09-09-2012 22:06:55 | More by redfox405
Photo of soulkeeper1369
soulkeeper1369

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

05-17-2012 13:52:40 | More by soulkeeper1369
Photo of Larrydoherty
Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

06-04-2012 17:24:37 | More by Larrydoherty
Photo of mirish72
mirish72

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

01-27-2013 03:22:49 | More by mirish72
Photo of kaelingirl
kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

05-30-2012 15:02:11 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of heerboth
heerboth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

07-05-2013 04:05:45 | More by heerboth
Photo of Tidesox28
Tidesox28

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

05-27-2013 21:58:58 | More by Tidesox28
Photo of PatGreer
PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

08-03-2012 01:38:57 | More by PatGreer
Photo of BeerKangaroo
BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
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
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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
Photo of Craftonly23121
Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-25-2013 20:33:30 | More by Craftonly23121
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4/5  rDev +16.3%

08-02-2012 02:03:00 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Photo of bdoggboston
bdoggboston

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-27-2012 12:15:57 | More by bdoggboston
Photo of HEADYdb
HEADYdb

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-02-2012 04:06:47 | More by HEADYdb
Photo of Gatch
Gatch

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

07-12-2012 21:12:41 | More by Gatch
Photo of ILiveOffHops
ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +16.3%

08-17-2012 01:47:11 | More by ILiveOffHops
Photo of andrewschirmer
andrewschirmer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-02-2013 00:27:03 | More by andrewschirmer
Photo of meehandennis
meehandennis

Maine

4/5  rDev +16.3%

08-31-2012 23:43:46 | More by meehandennis
Photo of Craze38
Craze38

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%

07-22-2013 18:21:42 | More by Craze38
Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
TheMaineBeerGuy

Maine

4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-21-2014 00:01:41 | More by TheMaineBeerGuy
Photo of GPHarris
GPHarris

Alabama

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.

Serving type: can

07-23-2012 15:01:29 | More by GPHarris
Photo of BEERMILER12
BEERMILER12

Maine

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

Serving type: can

07-10-2012 18:10:31 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of jlindros
jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.