Summer Swelter Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

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Summer Swelter AleSummer Swelter Ale

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced 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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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of Cory_nich
4.97/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not a fan of summer beers but Swelter is to notch

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4.85/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +32.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy lemon yellow. Aggressive white head almost runs over my Baxter can-glass. Neat Fresca looking can.

Lemon lime and bright grassy hop aroma. Tastes like key lime Extra gum, lemon poppy muffin and grass. Prickly hop resin mouthfeel.

Hands down the best Summer beer I've had due to low abv, it's full of flavor despite that low abv, and it comes in a take everywhere can. My only qualm is that the aroma is so striking that you lose a lot in the can. Bring a Solo cup.

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Photo of ggilman
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Psyched to pick this up on the first day it's available statewide! 5/16 stamped on the bottom of the can. Fresh!

Thanks to Dave Nivus at The Good Food Store for ordering this!

Frothy white sticky head on a hazy lemon-straw body. Grassy, lemony nose. Smooth, crisp, and nicely bitter. Clean grainy finish. Super drinkable, fresh and delicious. Slight hoppiness, maybe some spicy, herbal notes, could be the lemon and lemongrass. ABV is nice and low so you can slug a few on hot summer days.

Another successful offering from Baxter! I think I found my summer session beer!

Edited to add: You'll probably finish it too fast to notice, but you get a nice hit of lemon as it warms!

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light, crisp, refreshing, and a little hoppy

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a pint glass:

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.

S: hops up front with light citrus backing it up. Some malts come in as the beer warms.

T: tangy yet sweet sort of lemon combined very nicely with the malts, some coriander and lemongrass comes out as the beer warms.

M: light, smooth, crisp, drinkable

O: another good beer from Baxter's. Get to the head of the grill line - Summer Swelter (formerly named Celsius)! Well done!

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4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small head for wheat. Leaves some streaky lace. Surprisingly clear. Golden color.

Perfume smell of fresh picked flowers. Lavender? Light hop smell at the end. NO wheat to the nose. Complexly flavored.

More lavender on the tongue. Lightly sweet, but the finish is very dry with a peppery hop kick. More bitter than expected. The body is as expected with an elevated carbonation level.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 6/19/12.

A: Bright golden-yellow with lots of sediment floating around. A big, puffy, white head fades quickly into no lace or retention.

S: Big burst of hops and citrus from the initial pour. Some lightly roasted malt and wheat in there, as well.

T: Citrusy, hoppy, and malty. Well-balanced. All the stated ingredients are there. The kaffir lime leaves stand out, bringing a chalky, earthy, unique taste and feel to the beer. You can taste the wheat, too.

M: Refreshing, citrusy, and highly drinkable. In my opinion, more enjoyable cold as opposed to warm, where some flavors become cloying.

O: Another great beer from Baxter. Had this on-tap in Bar Harbor, as well, and it's just as good.

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Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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