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Summer Swelter Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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)
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Photo of Aisha
2/5  rDev -42%

Aisha, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

TheMaineBeerGuy, May 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Mikeluzzjr, May 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

WhitmansNiece, May 17, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

illpass78, May 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

rderedin, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

apasternak, May 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

discharmingly, May 02, 2014
Photo of lou50rp
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

lou50rp, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Boto
3.48/5  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

Boto, Mar 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Satchboogie, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

Mikeypnh, Nov 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

jgammoniv, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Beermaine, Oct 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

StoutSeth, Sep 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

rusty3335, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bcm75, Aug 16, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

u2carew, Aug 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

DrinkingDrake, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Giantspace, Jul 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

tango22, Jul 23, 2013
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1/5  rDev -71%

SunDevilBeer, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Craze38, Jul 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.