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Summit Scandia Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Scandia AleSummit Scandia Ale

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 04-25-2006)
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Reviews by Rifrafboy:
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3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: medium amber, large white head.

S: Smell is very malty. Very sweet, like candy almost.

T: medium bodied, typical of the style. Very sweet, a bit too heavy for my taste.

M: Strong and sweet. Strong hoppiness, very crisp and refreshing.

D: Good, if you like this style. Decent example of the style. Quality all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 16:48:05 | More by Rifrafboy
More User Reviews:
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Orange, white fruits. This beer was spiced hard. You could say this is a pretty decent attempt at a Belgium wit. Lemony aftertaste.

Smell: Well above average here. Orange and spice are very dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium body (very good for a wit)

Notes/Drinkability: A spicy beer that lends itself to one or two glasses before having to take a break from it. I wish the other tasting notes were a little more pronounced but they seem to get dominated by the spice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2006 03:24:19

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 18:06:49 | More by Amish_Ambush
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-17-2012 22:30:39 | More by NilocRellim
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

06-11-2012 12:43:27 | More by smogfood
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-04-2012 03:35:42 | More by dmadsen
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-05-2012 17:53:45 | More by Kenai4
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-24-2011 19:17:08 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-03-2011 20:14:06 | More by FreshmanPour77
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North Dakota

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-15-2011 01:58:10 | More by dizztracted
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. This beer is only brewed in the summer and I am opening it in January, so I hope it holds up well. No freshness date to be found.

The beer poured a hazy light gold color and made a 2 finger white head that faded to just a rim in about a minute. There wasn't very much lacing to speak of.

The smell was spices and orange peel.

There were lots of flavors in here. Cardamom and coriander spices mix with wheat malt and bready yeast. Orange peel adds both fruitiness and some bitterness to the mix, and then the saaz hops add a touch more bitterness to the finish. At just 17 IBUs this
is not a hoppy beer, but I like the subtle hop presence that makes this beer stand out. It's a really good witbier.

Light to meduim body with meduim caebonation.

At 4.8% abv you can pound these down without feeling much. Wish now I had gotten a 6 pack instead of a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 09:43:14 | More by matjack85
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice beautiful golden color with a shining white head.

The smell is zesty, lots of citrus and spice, there is definitely a strong pear note.

The taste here is pretty damn good, maybe a little more on the spicier side of witbiers, but damn good. Tastes just like it smells, zesty and spicy. Lemon, pear, orange and delicious.

Good moutfeel, smooth and a little creamy. Very nice level of carbonation, not too much, not too little.

Overall this is a pretty damn good example of the style, IMO one of the better offerings from Summit.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:36:36 | More by pmccallum86
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slowly builds about a one finger, pretty white head with medium sized bubbles. The beer itself is sort of hazy with mild carbonation inside. The head fades fast. This beer is a little bit darker than I would want for a whit beer. And now the head is gone.

S: Spices, plenty of them. Maybe some honey as well, not very wheaty though. I detect maybe a little alcohol, but that could just be the spice. I also get some hops, but not a lot.

T: MM, quite spicey, maybe cloves, cardamom and a little orange peel? Hops, though which I'm not sure, compliment it. I would say it lacks maltiness, which is a shame, but pretty much to style I suppose.

M: Biting and a little carbed. Fairly light. great for a warm evening or in fact if you've been wrapped up tight in the winter as well.

D: Pretty drinkable, the spice sort of gets a bit much over time.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 17:54:06 | More by mdwalsh
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3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with some minor cloudiness. Light amount of prickle. Thick and frothy head. Light malt on the nose. Spicy attack and seemingly very sweet. There is something about the beer that almost reminds me of muffins. Seems like it should be a holiday beer out around thanksgiving rather than summer time. I swear that there is cinnamon in this beer. Clean finish with a fruity aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 16:54:28 | More by Ragingbull
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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, I tried to be fair to this beer even though I really have had nothing similar to compare it to, but I still am not a fan.
Poured it into a chilled pint glass.
To me this beer is better if you swill around the dregs on the bottom with the last half inch of the bottle and then add it.
It looks very cloudy and a pale yellow color with a nice little head that had decently chunky lacing.
It smells and tastes like they added (this is my problem which I couldn't get over) water that someone used to boil a bunch of hotdogs in. Yes, there was the coriander and pepper and spices, etc. but it is just over the top for me and if they had upped the orange and clove hues and sweetened it up a tad then maybe I could have disregarded the meatiness of this peculiar brew.
It feels alright in the mouth and is pretty smooth; however I won't be finishing the 12er that I picked up and will dole it out to my friends that are big witbier aficionados.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 02:27:26 | More by ThickestHead
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin becomes wispy.

The smell is of bubblegum/cotton candy, peppery spicing, orange peel, banana and wheat tang.

The taste is of bubblegum/cotton candy with orange peel and coriander/black pepper. It has a sweet and spicing, slightly tart, becoming dry, finish.

It is effervescent, light-bodied (but not thin)and crisp.

They did a fine interpretation of a traditional witbier. Rivals some I've had from Belgium, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 18:30:15 | More by jwc215
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4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with moderate head and nice lacing.

Smell: Orange, lemon, clove, coriander, pepper and maybe even other spices. More complex smell than many Wits but less sour notes.

Taste: Tastes very similar to the smell. Orange and coriander are noticeable, as expected for a Wit, but lemon and pepper play a major role as well, likely due to the addition of Cardamom. Just barely sour, and might even taste slight banana. For me, this is just so much better than Summit Hefeweizen, their other summer seasonal.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation, light to medium body, and fairly smooth for the style.

Drinkability: This is the most refreshing, easy to drink Wit I have had. Really commend Summit for making something so different than what they usually do. Plus the addition of Cardamom is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 22:04:01 | More by bsp77
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a nicely retained head and lacing.

Banana, clove and assorted other spices make for a perfect wit taste.

Very smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with fine carbonation.

Extremely drinkable and very smooth with a quality flavor that fits the style.

I wish this was more widely available in my area. One of the best American takes on the style, that I've had. Another impressive beer from Summit.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 21:53:07 | More by Mardukk
Photo of birchstick


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Kelleher's Pub in Peoria, IL

A - poured a hazy pale yellow with a fluffy white head

S - coriander and wheat dominated the nose.

T - The taste was dominated by coriander, spice, and clove. This was very true to its style.

M - very thin

D - very light, delicious, and refreshing. It this place didn't have so many great things on tap I would drink this all night. One of the better Wits I have tried and this is also my first from Summit.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 05:22:09 | More by birchstick
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a large white head that leaves lots of soapy lace on the glass. Banana peel runs wild in the nose, big clovey spice and an underlining toasty wheat backbone. Light, smooth and damn refreshing, a minor hop blast late on the finish balances and rounds out the quaff. No alcohol heat and extremely drinkable. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 01:09:15 | More by ATPete
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a Summit beer tasting at Mrs. Murphy's & Son's Irish Bistro in Chicago.

A: Lemony yellow, straw color. Slightly hazy. Fine bubbled finger off-white head.

S: Outstanding. Really strong coriander and punctuated with some tart orange peel. I found it to be a very uplifting and refreshing aroma. I didn't really catch cardamom but it could well have been present.

T: It's got all the characteristics of a wheat beer but the other elements are allowed to run freely. The coriander and general spiciness is very strong. I found it to be enjoyable in a small glass but I am not sure if I could drink much of it. This seems to go against the sessionable nature of a refreshing Wit.

M: Nice, clean and light body. Well carbonated.

D: This is well worth trying. A very distinctive aroma and flavor. Not your typical Wit but a good quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:42:37 | More by sgoodship
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Part of the Summer Sampler 12-pack. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Straw-golden brew with a slight haze, pale and glowing. Bright white head rose off the pour beautifully, which receded moderately to remain a nice, thin layer.

S-Orange-citrus, slight spiciness with a strong bready-yeasty presence.

T-The spices are quite apparent at the first instant of the first sip and are refreshingly enjoyable. Hints of a citrus element mingle in the spice. Yeast very prominent, perhaps adding an almost creaminess to the brew, alongside a bready-sweet malt backbone. Hop bitterness is virtually non-existent, but the spice provides a slight countering bitterness. Finshes dry.

M-High carbonation cleanses and refreshes my palate, while the medium-light body easily moves around my mouth, making sure not to weigh me down at all.

D-Quite good, and significantly tastier than I remember when I first tried it years ago. Perhaps my palate has developed since that time? Regardless, a wonderful summer-season brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 20:46:28 | More by CHSLBrew
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a hazy yellow color with a two inch head that's perfect white.
S= spicy as hell. Smooth candy orange taste with a clove odor.
T= very good. Nice candy orange and clove. Very interesting and yet not complex. The candy taste is a little off putting after a few sips.
M= smooth and very clean.
D= very good. Nice flavor and the most different beer summit has that I have tasted. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:00:56 | More by jjanega08
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this after the brewery tour at the Summit brewery in St. Paul

A - Nice pour with light gold body and decent lacing

S - Light citrus poking through

T - Begins nicely, again slightly citrus with a pleasing finish

M - Good carbonation but a little light

D - Overall very drinkable, another good beer from Summit

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 19:47:03 | More by yaegerje
Photo of Mistofminn


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz short brown bottle

A - Hazy gold, typical of a Witbier. Decent head.

S - Has a floral aroma, also orange peel and coriander. Citrus

T - Slightly bitter hops, orange citrus and spices. Finishes with a hop bitterness.

M - Light and watery, heavy carbonation.

D - The strong flavors and heavy carbonation hurt drinkability, however I could still easily drink a few of them in one sitting. I rather enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 03:42:08 | More by Mistofminn
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starting with a fresh palate, it took this beer a while to settle with me. Initially a modest haze with a medium straw color with some rusty hues. Head formation comes quickly with a loosly knit foamstand, but then fades even quicker.

Aromas of bready wheat malts, rich fruity esters and bold spices. Very yeasty and lightly phenolic.

Fruit flavors of appricots, light banannas, bruised apples, and citrusy orange peel and lemon zest. Spicy notes of corriander, clove, white pepper, and paradise seeds prove to be a bit distracting, but flavorful. Again, heavy bread, yeast flavors all around.

Low carbonation allows the beer to rest heavily on the toung, giving a lifeless weight that was problematic late. Moderate creaminess and fullness for the style.

Although the beer is big on flavor, the fruitiness, spiciness, and malt profile rests too heavily on the mouth for me and never really come together. Very rich, which hurts drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 14:30:40 | More by BEERchitect
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Summit Scandia Ale from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.