Summer Beer | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Washington, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pre-pro Pils brewed with a small proportion of maize and Czech Saaz hops.

Added by jreitman on 07-18-2002

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of markh814
1.46/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Copper colored, not as clear as i like

S- Aroma similar to most but a musky back smell. almost as basement water

T- a little sour, musky and not very good at all

M- Light bodied, ok at first but a wet swampy finish

O - pretty much a drain pour. maybe if it was the only thing around and i was really thirsty i would hold my nose and finish it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of RickS95
2.62/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For the style, it's nice looking. I hate the style, but this is a good looking beer for it's particular style with a pale ale orangey color. The head is impressively thick. A pillow of white bubbles that retain very well. A thick lace is left behind.

It smells like Budweiser, at least until you give it a swirl. A new head forms and somehow, all scents disappear.

Pilsner malts, which I don't care for, and savory Noble hops, which I also don't care for. Tastes like dirty water with a butter, savory hop hit.

I don't care for this, likely a drain pour coming up. Very, extremely carbonated, which exacerbates the poor mouth feel. A bit of corny sweetness.

Not sure why a craft brewery would brew what is basically a Budweiser with Saaz hops. Makes no sense to me. Isn't that what craft brewers are supposed to avoid?

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Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Girlfriend's parents pick this us for me recently on their trip to Washington. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass. Bottle says it's a pilsner.

a - Pours a couldy bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass and a few whisps of white head remain throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of bready malts, grains, light floral notes, and light fruity malts. Pretty nice actually.

t - Tastes of grains, bready malts, wheat, and biscuit. A lot blander than the nose, and a step down, though not awful.

m - Medium mody and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer, though nothing special. Definitely more of an American Adjunct lager than a pilsner, and for that style, not too bad at all. No skunkiness and some nice floral and sweetness in the nose. Not something I'd seek out again, but could be a good local alternative for the BMC crowd.

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Photo of irishgreensoda
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Myboymi
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw color, although slightly darker than other beers of the style. Head is two fingers of pillowy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: slightly grainy malt aroma; slightly grassy as well. Hops are a little funky and floral; a pretty well-balanced combination, I'd say.

Taste: grainy and refreshing. The grain doesn't go as far into sourness as some other examples of this style. Bitterness comes in at the end and seems harsh. This beer isn't fantastic, but it's near the top for the style.

Mouthfeel: light to medium-light body; not a lot of character. Carbonation is there but it doesn't seem fizzy or creamy or anything; just plain.

Drinkability: well, this is a refreshing brew. I'm sure on a hot day I could guzzle this stuff. Still, there's a hair too much alcohol to make this a quenching session brew. It's alright, but not great.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of RJLarse
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a couple of bombers of Snoqualmie Summer Beer at the brewery while passing through the area. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright yellow/gold color and is slightly hazy. A foamy white head caps the brew and is quite resilient.

Smell is a little earthy and a little sour at the same time. There is a lager-like perfume scent, and a bit of a grain aroma along side.

The taste is bitter, and tastes a little like dandelion greens. Thdere is a bit of an acerbic bite to this one.

Mouthfeel is crisp, full-bodied and dry.

Not exactly what I was expecting in a golden summer ale. The dry bitterness gives it average drinkability. I'd have it again, but the style is a little unusual.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head.

S: Grains, some citrus and light hops

T: Grains, citrus, lemon and some toasted notes but very subtle

M: Nice, clean with light grains, hops but as crisp as I like from a pils.

D: Good. Worth a shot

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Photo of froghop
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy, golden orange with a medium size white head, good lacing.

smell is faint, citrus, grain, some yeast, some hops.

taste is nicely crisp, sour malt, grain, some citrus, somewhat nutty, grass, ends slightly bitter and dry, becomes more bitter as it warms.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clean golden color with a thick foamy white head. Head has good retention and lacing.

S - Faint aroma of grains and boiled corn. Very weak aroma. A light sweetness lingers in the nose as well.

T - Light grainy sweetness initailly. A very very faint spicy hoppiness comes through mid-drink but the taste is dominated by a grainy sweetness.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Well carbonated and very easy drinking.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedDiamond
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a pint of this “Summer Beer” with little thought as to what the beer’s actual identity was. I suppose I imagined it to be yet another of this season’s crop of golden ales – something light, easy, summery. But as I settled into the pint it occurred to me that I didn’t know the answer to a very fundamental question; was this an ale or a lager? The body felt too full for a lager and though not clouded, it was also not as clear as a lagered beer. Still, the taste kept saying lager.

Well, it turns out Snoqualmie’s Summer Beer is a little of both. It’s a pre-prohibition pils recipe brewed with corn and fermented with ale yeast at cold temperatures. A good old bastard beer – warm-yellow with a cap of “Snoqualmie snow” as I like to call the frothy head and eager-to-please lace that habitually appear on most Snoqualmie beers. The aroma is distant, dilute and earthy, and the taste accents early addition Saaz hops. A nice golden ale that stealthily assimilates into mainstream lager territory. Think of it as sort of a grassy cream ale, or simply Snoqualmie’s Summer Beer.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Asics
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of garthwaite
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled for a 22 oz bomber provided courtesy of skyhand. Gorgeous, delicate light golden with a perfectly formed creamy white head that laced beautifully. Crisp, herbal aroma of classic spicy czech hop varieties mixed with a slightly unexpected background of sweet fruit (apricot, pear). Flavor continues on this theme. Exceedingly fresh, crisp, & clean with generous amounts of herbal, peppery hops. Bready malts balance this brew out nicely, with more sweet pear and hints of orange rind. With the name "Summer Beer", I'm slightly confused as to which style this real fits into (not that it really matters). I'm not picking up any of the classic american hop varieties, actually it seems to display quite a few characteristics of a good fresh (and heavily hopped) pilsner. Of course, with the sweet fruit, I don't think pils is the right classification (though it does seem closer than American Pale Ale). Anyhow, this one is certainly an exceptionally drinkable, refreshing, & bright brew that is a treat on a hot day. Many thanks for this one.

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Photo of carln26
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally had this on tap at the brewery a few weeks ago. Recently had a chance to revisit out of the bottle. Bright gold to copper in color with a fluffy white head. A nice lace is left on the rim as the head settles into the glass. The nose has some light citrus, just a little grapefruit and orange. This is followed by caramel sweetness and just a touch of green apple. The flavor has the caramel up front, but is followed by a mild citrus hop flavor. This gives it just a slight bitterness. Nice light and smooth mouth feel. Great drinkability. Good summer beer. Not up there with Oberon or Skinny Dip, but a nice refreshing beer none the less.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Cloudy yellow body underneath a full, lingering head that laced the glass.

Smell – Light, rind-oriented, citrus-style hops make up the backbone of this nose.

Taste – The citrus hops that come out in the flavor are a bit more balanced by a short but sharp bitterness and a tinge of sweetness. Aptly named, this is indeed a light, citrusy summer pale ale.

Mouthfeel – A little under carbonated for the style, IMHO, but generally nice on the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability – This goes down well in the summer. I opened this bottle after cleaning out my garage on a 70+ degree day.

Comments – Well done for the style. It didn’t try to do too much, but got the job done.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours a clear straw color with little head. Mild aroma of bready yeast and floral hops. Light to medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has a pleasantly mild bread and butter grain taste followed by a hint of perfumy hop flavor. Has a slight spicy bitterness to finish. Highly refreshing, this brew is perfect for the warmer months.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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