Summer Swelter Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

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Summer Swelter AleSummer Swelter Ale

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

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.

Added by Jason on 04-21-2012

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can, part of a sampler 12 pack.

An unattractive beer. Hazy yellow, with a nice size white head that left some lace. But a lot of particulate matter that sedimented on the bottom of the glass.

Strong citrus aroma, a little wheat.

Strong citrus taste, particularly lime. Not much else to taste

Metallic lime mouthfeel, harsh.

Not a beer to drink again. I poured two to see if the first can was an anomaly; it wasn't.

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +31.8%

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3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of digboy
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 222 ratings