Summer Swelter Ale
Baxter Brewing Co.

Summer Swelter AleSummer Swelter Ale
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3.51 | pDev: 16.24%
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Summer Swelter AleSummer Swelter Ale
Notes: 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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digboy from New Hampshire

3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can - got from a buddy, don't usually go for fruit added beers

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a thick 3 finger head of large bubbles that settle down with large clumps sticking to the glass.

Aroma has the citrus as billed but also has a malty base that is less appealing to me. I prefer a solid hop smell but then this beer relies on lemon and lime rather than getting hops to simulate it, so that may be the difference I smell. Still not bad though - don't read it the wrong way.

Taste is fresh and citrus-fruity up front without any weird side tastes. Low malt helps establish the flavor and adds a touch of caramel to balance off the bitter. Mid-taste is when the bitter citrus peel flavor kicks in and by the finish you are left with a bitterness on the tongue. The lime definitely comes through more than the lemon/herb, which is nice. There is that malt grain taste creeping in but it is low key... yet present after the up front taste always.

Feel is light and seltzery and unsticky - typical Maine hazy feel.

This is a nice take on the hazy. My skepticism of fruit-added beer is unfounded with this one as the citrus flavors blend nicely with the caramel base. Not candied as it easily could have been - they are trying to go for the dry citrus peel side more. Well done but there are plenty other beers I will get before this one.

Jul 14, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes and had this when it was called Celsius. The appearance was 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. The smell has hops up front with light citrus backing it up. Some malts come in as the beer warms. The taste is tangy yet sweet sort of lemon combined very nicely with the malts, some coriander and lemongrass comes out as the beer warms. The palate is light, smooth, crisp, and drinkable. Overall this is another good beer from Baxter’s. Get to the head of the grill line!

Jun 15, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden copper body into a tulip from the can. The head is white, fluffy and rises to a half inch high. Good retention and several large blankets of lace.

S- Herbal and citrus driven aroma. The lemongrass definitely comes out strong and beyond that there are general zesty citrus hints and cooking herb notes. Just a touch of cereal grains.

T- Takes on more of a lime feel, actually big time, in the flavor as the bitter peel and some lime juice notes take hold. Balancing out the lime are notes of lemongrass, wood, earthy cooking herbs and general citrus pith. Cereal grains and yeast bread lay down a foundation.

MF- Light bodied overall but the texture builds up with a substantial creaminess and frothy feelings. High end carbonation leading into the bitter citrus peel finish.

Carries itself with plenty of herbal and citrus centered flavors. Best of all none of the ingredients dominate and it finds itself coming on smoothly with a light but creamy body. The lime ends up shining.

Aug 15, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours an interesting, opaque dark yellow color with a medium foamy white head. The smell is nice and summery with fairly strong notes of citrus. The flavor is quite pleasant and summery also. There are flavors of lemon, lime, and some bitter hops in the finish. For me the lemongrass is pretty much drowned out by the lemon and lime flavor, which is not too surprising because it’s a pretty subtle flavor, though those flavors aren’t overwhelming themselves and are complementary to the hops. The body is fairly light and refreshing. This is a very solid summer beer and I quite like it though I think that some would probably prefer something even lighter and crisper on a hot summer day.

Jul 07, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12oz can into a Sam Adam's perfect pint this beer comes out a hazy honey color with a dense white head.

Smell is pretty resinous with the hops, but also a big twinge of lemongrass and herbs, subtle sweetness in the back. At first sip it starts pretty citrusy, some lemon tang, but it's washed away by a blast of bitterness, some herbal flavors. While it's supposed to be hoppy, these appear to be more bittering hops than aroma or taste, and overall the beer is way to bitter for the flavors. I would have preferred this to be sweeter for the summer.

Body is medium, refreshing carb but I can't get past the bitterness.

Jun 08, 2016
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JNPIII127 from New York

4.85/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i got this one in a variety pack of craft beers and was pleasantly surprised. the flavor was very hop forward but finished less bitter than expected. overall a good beer.

Sep 27, 2015
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden yellow with some orange tint, a healthy white head and decent lacing. Lime, lemon and some biscuity malts on the nose. Pretty thin mouthfeel. Lemongrass up front in the taste, along with some of the same lime and biscuits from the aroma, but the bitter aftertaste is what stands out. It's okay.

Aug 18, 2015
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BostonBrewRu from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured half in a glass and the smell kinda overwhelmed me. A ton of lemon grass and lime. Drank the rest from a can and it really let you focus on the taste. Dry, bitter, a touch of citrus. Tasty.

Jul 30, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Firefly
Slightly hazy light golden color medium short lived head. Spicy earthy hop bite clashes a bit with the citrus and spice that at times are overbearing. One and done for this guy.

Jun 28, 2015
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

May 28, 2015
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presents a nice blend of a traditional pale ale with notes of lemon, wheat and fresh cut grass. Very drinkable with the lemon coming through to confront the heat of the summer sun. Drinks smooth throughout and finishes with a clean bitter taste. Good beer.

May 24, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/8/2015 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemon, wheat spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of lemon and spices come in. The hops presence is very mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are better choices if you’re looking for a lawnmower beer.

May 08, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Apr 27, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Aug 12, 2014
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

I always love the kind of beer that just goes down easy and makes your summer day a little bit brighter.

Aug 09, 2014
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Aug 08, 2014
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newaquarius from New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jun 19, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Jun 18, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

May 17, 2014
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lou50rp from Maine

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Apr 22, 2014
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Boto from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Mar 13, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Dec 12, 2013
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +8%
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.

Aug 14, 2013
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Jul 13, 2013
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

May 20, 2013
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