Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

284 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 284
Hads: 1,088
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 27.25%
Wants: 90
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-11-2011

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Somersault Alström Bros
Reviews: 284 | Hads: 1,088
Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Fred Meyer, N.Salem store. $6.99 Clear deep golden beer..small yet persistent pure white head. Fruity lemon scents and nice malty hops..simple yet nice! Smmoth malty flavour with noticable apricot..the oats seem to help keep this from getting too sweet and thin. Actually a nice smooth palate..probably because the oats. Overall i liked this..yet another good summer "quaffer".

 389 characters

Photo of notchucknorris
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean an clear pale golden color with a thin white head.

S: Lemon, orange, apricot, and some lime with a spicy hop note, cracked white pepper and a touch of bready malt.

T: Lots of citrus upfront, mainly lemon with some crackery malt, peppery hops and a touch of tropical fruit. Apricot very present as well. Super easy to drink without sacrificing depth of flavor. Really impressed. Maybe the best summer beer I've come across.

 442 characters

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a chill hazed golden orange body with a two finger vanilla head. Good retention with some patchwork lacing.

Aroma is a bit tame but has vague fruity esters, yeast, a hint of caramel, and floral hops.

Light medium body is well carbonated.

Taste opens with fruity ripe pear and caramel sweetness, followed by a balancing floral and grassy hop bitterness. A hint of yeast all the way through but the finish is clean and even.

A well constructed and sessionable blonde or golden ale.

 496 characters

Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow-gold with a big, creamy white head that sticks around as a milky covering until the bottom of the glass. Leafy centennial aromatics - peppery citrus, light fruit, and flowery hops over some pale malt. Juicy citrus and apricot flavor. Very refreshing. Floral, slightly oily, green hops and lemon zest. Light bodied and easily drinkable. The fruitiness can wear on the palate after a couple, but not a bad summer seasonal.

 434 characters

Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather bright yellow. Smallish head on this one and minimal staying power.
Aroma was faint and light. Soft malt and soft hops.
Pretty complex flavor that seemed to pretty much match the description on the bottle. The malt was smooth but definitely an ale. Nice fruit flavors noted too. Mild bitterness.
Moderately light body.
Easy summer drinker. Flavors are mild and well blended.
Thanks Bry.

 393 characters

Photo of yemenmocha
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden hue with white head, thick at first, then retains a thin rim layer. Nice. Nose is on the light side, with some herbal notes & gentle funk in the background. Palate offers a pleasant spicy to herbal character, a little earthy/dirty, medium bodied (not too light!), and finishes herbal/spicy too. Enjoyable.

 330 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The seasonal in the welve mixer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear yellowish cloudy with 1/4 inch of white foam. Wheaty malt smell. Smooth taste, full of lemon with low carbonation. Strong lemon, very citrussy. Some oats at the finish round out the flavor. Very drinkable, good taste, likable.

 314 characters

Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New summer beer from NB--oh, man I hope they didn't ditch Loft/Skinny Dip which was my fave. This is a bright, light gold colored beer with a small head. The nose is very perfumy, with lemony, lightly hoppy, wheat malt notes. The taste is the same, but it's very nicely balanced between hops and malt, with both providing interest. Slightly fruity yeastiness is apparent at the finish, together with a touch of spiciness.

Very quaffable beer, quite appropriate for the summer. But I still love Skinny Dip.

 507 characters

Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing golden yellow color. Amazing clarity. Sports a bountiful, blinding white head, one that is firm, craggy and everlasting.

Aroma is flowery, honey-sweet and has a pils-like hop character. Bright and vibrant, but also pretty subtle.

Up front in the taste is a lemony tartness, almost reaching into citrus peel territory. Clean biscuit-like malt; something green-ish too, like sucking on the stem of a dandelion. Just the slightest bit of earth/soil, which could be the yeast peeking through. Light, bright herbal snap in the finish, along with that pervading lemon-ness.

The body is light and crisp, with healthy carbonation sizzle and a very light pucker at the end of the sip. If it were a lager, it would be drier, and it does edge toward dry, but it still has that more substantial linger of an ale...although overall Somersault totally drinks like a great pils.

This beer proves that fizzy, yellow beer doesn't always have to be the enemy (ya hear that, Koch?)...it so often is, of course, but this beer is my pick for Summer Beer 2011.

 1,059 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: A sharp aroma of wheat and yeast with a lot of fruit. Good amount of citrus centennial hops and apricot with a hint of ginger spices. One of the stronger smelling summer beers I've tried.

Taste: A fairly light and well balanced taste with wheat and bready malts followed by a good kick of citrus. Lemon and apricot with a touch of ginger spice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and zesty.

Overall: A very good summer brew. One of the more complex ones I've had.

 718 characters

Photo of micromaniac129
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden yellow color that has a hint of cloudiness. It produced just about an average head that fades quickly leaving a small ring.
Average carbonation.
Aroama has some malts tart lemons grass and apicots.
Tart and slightly hoppy with minimium malts. Some ginger and apricot can be tasted, so can citrus hops.
Thin in a lager style. Tends to water down or wash out as it warms. A/C required.
Works well as a thrist quencher, as a sipper like at a BBQ I think it won't work.

 479 characters

Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap this afternoon up at the brewery. Poured a clear golden color with a small lingering white head. Aromas of lime zest, wheat and yeast. On the palate, this one was fairly light bodied and very refreshing, with a flavors of wheat and light citrus.

 267 characters

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In honor of the Olympics? Nah, just good beer for the summer.

This poured a clear light golden yellow with a mountain of foam. Seriously!

There’s a delicate aroma of light orange and citrusy pollen that comes across, along with hints of lemon and lemon verbena. The aroma and the flavor are both very citrusy and very light. This is one easy drinker—the flavor has a defined, laid back citrus character with a rounded smoothness and some floral hints.

Enjoyable & easygoing.

 483 characters

Photo of bubseymour
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A -crystal clear pale orange with a perfect 3 finger head. Decent retention. Best looking beer for this style I've seen yet.

S - interesting combo of strong malt presence and some hops as well.

T - I think I've found a new summer drinker. This beer is perfect for the style. Easy to drink, incredibly flavorful with a smallest hint of lemon, strong malt body with a flavorful hop crispness to boot. Perfectly crafted.

M - perfectly fine

Oveall - There is a new summer beer champion and its name is New Belguim Somersault.

 525 characters

Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer drink!! looks good, clear gold color, nice bubbly white head with fairly good retention and an extensive, thin layer of lacing on the glass.

Smell is fairly mild, malty with a hint of fruitiness.

Tastes pretty good. Grassy hops bitterness in the finish, preceded by sweet fruitiness (apricots) and malts

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Nicely carbonated, very refreshing.

Overall pretty good - a good summer thirst quencher.

 437 characters

Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden rod yellow, 2 finger fluffy head, wonderful lacing

S: mild lemon, floral, hint of pine, malt

T: ginger, citrus (peach), malt, nice firm low subtle piney bitter finish

M: light/med body, good carbonation, dry finish

O: Very nice surprise! Usually Blondes are not my thing,
but this is a great summer/session/BBQ beer.
I would love to get more for next family food fest.


 405 characters

Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 7/8/2012: pours clear gold amber color with a fluffy white 2 finger head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon, caramel, grass and musky hay; soft overall with some fruity notes.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon, biscuit, caramel, grass, musky hay, yeast and some fruit like apple or pear; nice balance and combo of malts and hops, for an overall tasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with mild zesty carbonation that's refreshing and easy to drink with a medium/light body. A summer beer with flavor that goes down easy and was perfect on a hot summer night. Well done, another winner by New Belgium.

 735 characters

Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, darker than straw with a one and a half finger high popcorn colored head. Has decent retention and lacing.

Rather bready and biscuit malts with a noticable peach and dried apricot fruit note. Light nose, slightly flowery, malt and yeast profile is distinctly derived from Fat Tire.

Starts a bit heavy for a blonde with biscuit malts, a touch of honey and oats. Brightens up considerably near the end of the drink with citrus hops and light lemon zest. The finish is bright and slightly cherry tart with some coarse cereal grains.

Slightly heavier than what I'd like for a summer beer, a bit too malty. Well balanced though with enough heft to carry on into the later months. Carbonation is average and the aftertaste is coarse and grainy making the beer feel slightly heavier.

Another seasonal with that "signature" Fat Tire biscuit maltiness, I like balance but I really prefer my summer beer to be lighter and more uplifting. The sour flash at the end of the drink is a nice surprise, decent effort but I think I'll stick with a nice wheat beer.

 1,064 characters

Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear filtered with a slight orange tinge, over the top lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 2 fingers of creamy white head with great retention like a marshmallow.

S: Citrus hops, pine needles, sweet light floral, honeydew melon, a bit of children's aspirin.

T: Light, flat ginger ale, the citrus hops and pine needles come through, watered down lemonade.

M: Light body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Very light, very refreshing. Love the art on the label, great bottle from New Belgium as always, great name that suits the brew. Good refreshing summer beer. Got it in NC, drinking it in China.

 616 characters

Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good, solid pale ale.

Gold, big white head steadily shrinks to thin foamy top and foamy lace.

Aroma is nice, being grain, hay, lemon, light fruitiness ( mostly peach).

Taste is soft light sweetness with light herbal grassy bitterness, stronger at finish, peaches & hay up front, long grain-cracker-peach finish with hint of mineral water.

 356 characters

Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color, clear, short white head. Aroma is clean, with pale grain notes alongside a very fruity component. Apricot or peach.

Flavor relies on being smooth and light, but there's actually a decent hop kick here. Fruit component is mellower than the nose, which is welcome. Body is light, clean, and very drinkable. Interesting, slightly outside the box but pleasant.

 375 characters

Photo of jsprain1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, inch of foamy head, retention is decent, some lacing.
S- Bready, some fruityness (apricot and a touch lemony), light floral presence.
T- Starts bready, lemony and a bit of apricot. There is a snap of a gingerlike flavor in the finish.
M- Relatively light, crisp carbonation.
O- A decent summer beer. Light and clean with some pleasant flavors. A good effort.

 376 characters

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz spring seasonal

A- pours a clear golden/yellow color with minimal white head and some slim lacing

S- was malt and grain,bread some hops,with a slight lemon peel smell

T- follows nose.. grain with pale malts,slight hop flavor with a citrus lemon finish

M- medium carbonation with a somewhat crisp flavor

O- just an average ale for me,easy to drink..but not alot of intrest in this on

 394 characters

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored and crystal clear with a fluffy white head that lasted a bit, then subsided, leaving nice thick lacing. Small columns of bubbles were present.

Smell is strangely pungent-earth along with wet grains, a hint of florals, hint of fruit, and a hint of citrus.

Tastes better than it smells. A little fruity, I can finally obviously sense the apricots along with a nice hops presence, and a noticeable smooth carbonation. There's a mix of malts in there too.

Body is light, yet smooth from the silky carbonation. Fruit and malt aftertastes. Although the label says serve at 45F, I think this one is better when ice cold. It's a summer beer, and is quite likely to be pulled from a cooler. I can't see a reason to wait.

It's a tasty beer, but skinny dip and sunshine wheat are better in their summery type range of offerings.

 838 characters

Photo of Rayek
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lo Do's. Served in a shaker pint glass. The beer was drawn very close to the rim, so there was little room for a head. The small soapy head that was there quickly fell to a patchwork film. Little lace was left in the beer's wake.

A light citrus bitterness mingles with straw-like malts to create a beer that packs a bit more flavor than your average pale lager. The light body and relatively low ABV make it easy to down.

Overall, I found this to be OK. New Belgium has done better work, but this beer is good at being a summer quencher.

 549 characters

Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.