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Summit Scandia Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Scandia AleSummit Scandia Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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 grub:
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

cloudy pale yellow colour with a thin white head. the head lingers on the surface for a long time, but doesn't really leave any lacing.

aroma is very light and kind of fresh. tough to describe, but nice.

taste is good. fresh and slightly fruity. just a hint of tartness/sourness that i'm really enjoying.

mouthfeel is kind of thin, but expected and good for the style.

overal very nice and drinkable. a great summer beer.

05-14-2006 23:31:22 | More by grub
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sgoodship

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

06-10-2009 02:42:37 | More by sgoodship
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

07-20-2008 16:48:05 | More by Rifrafboy
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

07-15-2009 22:04:01 | More by bsp77
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-17-2012 22:30:39 | More by NilocRellim
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%

On tap at The Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN...

Bright, almost neon greenish yellow, murky. Attractive head, pale and frothy and leaving nice intricate laces. Lots of spiciness to the nose, almost too much, Summit seems to very much be taking the style seriously, but again -- maybe too seriously. Its aromatic at a yard away. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side, the carbonation is so fine and silky that it comes off as muted. Heavily spiced flavors like in the aroma, lots of coriander, red pepper flakes, and sweetened citrus, in combination with the yeast to give an almost mincemeat-like quality. Comes close to making you want to sneeze. This is one of my least favorite styles of beer, but Scandia certainly seems to have all the ingredients -- maybe too much so.

06-04-2006 00:04:40 | More by ADR
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a faint hazy orange body with a thin white film and a very slow carbonation.

S- The smell of soft pale malt with a faint biscuit note had a slightly sweet perfume note to it in the finish.

T- the pale malt had an orange finish almost like orange flavored hard candy. There was a dry spicy finish with a citrus hop note in the finish also.

M- This beer had a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texure.

D- This beer is light and tangy with the orange flavors becoming almost an orange juicy flavor. The dry spice note helped to balance the fruit flavors but a little more of the malt flavors would have helped keep the fruit in check. (Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a faint hazy orange body with a thin white film and a very slow carbonation.

S- The smell of soft pale malt with a faint biscuit note had a slightly sweet perfume note to it in the finish.

T- The pale malt had an orange finish almost like orange flavored hard candy. There was a dry spicy finish with a citrus hop note in the finish also.

M- This beer had a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture.

D- This beer is light and tangy with the orange flavors becoming almost an orange juicy flavor. The dry spice note helped to balance the fruit flavors but a little more of the malt flavors would have helped keep the fruit in check.

06-08-2006 18:11:56 | More by rhoadsrage
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IntriqKen

California

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours a beautifully cloudy pale, pale lemon with a nice full finger white head that melts slowly.
Aromas are lemons and fresh bread.
Taste follows the aroma...lots of bready notes, some spice, and a definite lemon finish.
Aftertaste remains clean.
Sure wish I had this available to me all of the time...it's a wonderful summer quencher.

06-22-2007 01:47:37 | More by IntriqKen
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: cloudy orange-gold body beneath a short but creamy head of white. Decent retention. Average lacing.

Smell: The aroma is spicy and bright. Maltiness lies beneath. No hops, as intended/expected.

Taste: Very spicy. Also woody. Peppery. I was thinking Juniper and twigs (Sahti?), but that's not it ... cardamom, coriander, citrus ... very bright and intertwined with moderate bitterness. Still earthy, or mineralish in a way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp and effervescent. Probably 2.65 volumes/Co2 liter.

Drinkability: Well, this beer is certainly not for everyone, but I loved it. It's different and unusual. And it's got character despite its drinkability. Worth trying.

05-23-2008 02:28:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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morimech

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head that has good retention. Sticky lacing is left on the glass surface.

Very aromatic. I smell cloves, ginger/cinnamon (I guess comes from the cardamon), and yeast.

Heavy spice flavors. I do not detect much for fruit or malt qualities. Most of the flavor must come from the yeast and added spices. A bit one dimensional and a little overpowering.

Nice light body with a well suited carbonation.

Would be a good session and refreshing beer if it wasn't so full of spice and lacking beer flavor qualities. Whatever that means. A couple of these and I have had enough and I quickly grow tired of this beer.

07-19-2008 22:31:37 | More by morimech
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

A-Light golden-straw hue. Formed one-finger head that slowly faded into a think cap. Even carbonation dispersed throughout, all of rising through the core, and none of it coming up the edges of the glass. Yeast at bottom of bottle. Left weak lacing.

S-Wheat malt, coriander, white pepper, cardamom, lemon zest, hint peppermint on first few gos, and bit of pine.

T-Wheat malt with spice and lemon backbone. Fruity lemon citrus and spice hit at first, followed by a smooth mid-palate of fine cardamom, pepper and pine that is coupled with light sweetness. Hops open up at the back, and linger on the finish with the spice.

M-Body is textured enough to carry the flavor, and crisply complements the flavors and carbonation. The drinks easy, and it's pleasant on all the senses.

D-Different than your run-of-the-mill American Witbiers. It's crisp, well-balanced, and interesting.

02-01-2008 03:14:19 | More by BoitSansSoif
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edbeered

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Pouring a cloudy yellow color with a frothy white head, this marks an interesting change for Summit. This is the first of their beers to have spices added-in this case, orange peel, coriander and cardoman(probably among others). The spices do not overwhelm the refreshing flavor, but add some zest to this attractive summer brew. It has a substantial body, but it still nicely quenches one's thirst. Well done!

06-19-2006 19:33:28 | More by edbeered
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matjack85

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9%

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.

01-01-2010 09:43:14 | More by matjack85
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

08-21-2009 16:54:28 | More by Ragingbull
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a bright hazy gold with modest head that dissipates quickly and displays nice carbonation.

Floral notes with citrus and coriander to the nose.

Taste shows off the citrus and coriander along with mild and pleasant hop notes.

Medium bodied, feels lighter due to active carbonation. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

Good drinkability, just a bit different than your usual wit.

08-30-2007 03:37:06 | More by techdiver
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umustdrink

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

A - Bright yellow opaque color. Bright white rocky head. Fair lacing.

S - Minty menthol like aroma dominates the smell. Not very pleasing. Some earthy wheat smells in the back.

T - Same kinda thing goin on here with the taste. I really don't like it.

M - Light consistency and elevated carbonation.

D - Very disappointing beer and even more disappointing is that Summit replaced the Hefeweizen with this (in MN). Bad choice, Summit.

05-30-2007 00:55:56 | More by umustdrink
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Ok...so appearance is very good, a slightly cloudy golden color with some good head and lacing.
Smell is good, more hoppy than I would have expected for a wit but I can definately smell the spice as well.
Taste is good. Again though more hoppy than expected and kinda light.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but decent.
Drinkability is great.

09-13-2006 04:37:30 | More by supercolter
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dizztracted

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-15-2011 01:58:10 | More by dizztracted
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

08-27-2009 17:54:06 | More by mdwalsh
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

a: a light golden straw color thats obviously filteredwith a half inch of head that does not diessapear fast and when it does leaves a little lacing
s: wheat malts joined corriander and orange, citrusy very nice
t: very citrusy, very enjoyable corriander, orange, deffinate wheat malts very nice
m: light bodied beer with sharp carbonation

overall this is a very nice refreshing beer a lot of flavor, im not a fan of this style because of the others ive had, but if this is a true Witbier i think ill look into the style more, i really enjoyed

06-27-2007 19:06:44 | More by happygnome
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

07-16-2009 18:30:15 | More by jwc215
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bucko

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Hot damn, what a nice witbier! This beer pours a nice, hazy pale color with a small, white head. The smell is nice... corriander, orange and cardamon come through along with the typical fruity yeast esthers. The flavor is very nice as well... fruity, yeasty and with a hint or spice and orange. Mouthfeel is nice... smooth, light, slightly slick (in a good way) perhaps a bit of oats in the mix? Overall really drinkable and enjoyable... actually more popular than I would have expected from our Hoogarden-loving crowd. Great beer. I'm hoping it reappears next summer!

11-05-2006 05:43:27 | More by bucko
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

This was brought to me with a huge, bone-white head that experienced only light retention. I got a really interesting sweet smokiness on the nose, like sweet Lebanon bologna. The color was a slightly cloudy, pale, lemon yellow. There was a distinct yeast-driven spiciness in the mouth and on the finish. It was somewhat peppery on the tongue, but I also noted a light smokiness. The sweet Lebanon bologna analogy was the best that I could muster.

01-02-2007 00:11:28 | More by woodychandler
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

On-Tap at Old Chicago.

Appearance:Hazed gold body, full white head, darker than a wit usually is, but that's not problem when the taste comes around.

Smell: Citrus and corriander, a little grainy and yeasty, but sharp.

Taste: Less sweet with a much more substantial malt presence that most wits, a good thing when compared with, say, Blue Moon. This beer trumps that Coors offering, the spices and wheat combine brilliantly, very good. I suggest that Summit keeps going on this experimental beer series, I like most of them very much.

Mouthfeel-Drinkability: After a big 25 oz. mug of this, I ordered a pint, why? It is a solidly made and very enjoyable beer, a wit that a chain restaurant doesn't serve fruit with/on, Recommended.

05-19-2006 04:50:21 | More by TastyTaste
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Summit Scandia Ale from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.