Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 67
Gots: 400 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010

Composition
Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

Flavor
With the sublime, earthy familiarity of noble European hops backed up by fresh, clean German malts, Summer Love Ale ends with a surprising burst of lemony refreshment from fistfuls of American whole flower hops. Love Summer, now.
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Ratings: 2,027 | Reviews: 422
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a slow flow of small carbonation bubbles present throughout and a thin ring of film around the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, slight buttery sweetness, and a light hopping. Flavors are a bit more hopped, with a slightly bitter forward flavor followed by a solid, smooth toasted grain backbone. The buttery notes catch the tail end leading into the bitter and spiced hoppy aftertaste. The finish is crisp, clean, and slightly dry. Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and slightly hoppier than most brews in this style...tasty beer.

Photo of magnj
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Light straw body has a bit of haze with a small but persistent head that leaves a bit of lacing on the way down.

S - Clean mild nose is vaguely herbal and floral and gets a bit malty and bready as it warms up.

T - Herbal with some lemon up front, turns to a clean and slightly bitter body. Ends a bit grainy and subtly fruity. A challenging beer, tasty but subtle.

M/D - Medium body may be a little low on carbonation. Nice beer, but I wish it ended a bit drier/crisper.

Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little less than a finger of clean white foam, mostly smaller to medium sized bubbles, above average retention for what head is there, in turn the lacing is wispy but lingers in thin lines across the glass sides. Bright golden colored liquid with loose bubbles percolating throughout, light metallic reflective sheen, no real hue change at the rims or glass bottom. The nose is full of pepper, rye, pumpernickel and then dried flowers, dried oranges, lemongrass and a forgiving overall herbal bite, hints of apricot or peach fruit, while there’s no clear malty sweet element it doesn’t seem one-sided. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has some serious churn to it and gives it more energy than creaminess. Lots of green matter, earth and twigs/bark while remaining quaffable and never bitter. Pepper and some cumin to coriander, the flowers and mixed white citrus too dry to soak in. Pear, peach, apricot fruit more skin and pit than juice. Unprocessed grains and wheat germ around. When it’s ice cold it is thirst slaking and has the scrubbing power to remind you it’s there with each sip.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Pale golden straw color with sterling clarity beneath a huge, frothy head of white foam which subsides to a thin bubbly coating, leaving behind a bit of lace.

S: Extremely grassy, spicy and floral with a citrusy twang, milled grain & slight metallic funk.

T: Bittersweet, clean and slightly creamy biscuit flavor up front with a potent, herbal, spicy and citrus flavor that leads out very dry with a metallic hop pull on the back of the throat before washing away clean and with residual bitterness.

M: Light bodied, clean, crisp and slightly creamy with a very dry and prickly finish.

O: If you're into light, authentic German style beers, this could be your go-to beer of the summer. The sessionable ABV and light, clean flavors make it inoffensive and enjoyable on many levels, for the summer that is. Victory even does light beer well, not shocking.

Photo of Clowerweb
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. No date on the bottle, but seeing how it's a summer seasonal and it's now late January, I'm going to assume that it is close to, if not past, it's freshness date.

A: Pale straw yellow, cloudy, almost looks like a cloudy macro adjunct at first glance. 1 finger of solid white head dissipates rather quickly, not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is skunky and citrusy. The citrus almost smells like maybe lemon or lime. Not off to a great start so far...

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, but it actually has some depth and interesting twisty turns. Starts off with skunk akin to Heineken or Corona, not to an unpleasant level, but skunky nonetheless. Mid palate is lemony, not lemonade lemony, but a hoppy lemony bitter/sour. It actually tastes pretty good, it seems a bit awkward at first, but it works well. Finishes dry, almost to a fault, with bitter hops and a sour citrus lemon and possibly orange peel aftertaste, but it's not pucker up sour/bitter. It tastes pretty nice, actually. It wouldn't sound like a good combination to me if I read this, but I'm not disappointed at all, it's pleasantly surprising.

M: It's a light bodied beer, but on the heavier side of light, not watery, I'd call it near medium (but still not quite medium). It's a little higher carbonation, probably a notch or two above medium carb, definitely has a higher amplitude of tongue tickle. Leaves the mouth very dry, bordering on unpleasantly dry.

O: I wouldn't seek this beer out, but that's of course subjective. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but it's still a very drinkable beer and will probably surprise you in some aspects. The flavor has lots of interesting twists and turns, and it definitely works well, but it's still not my thing. It's good for the style, and since I'm attempting to rate objectively, it still gets a decent score in my book.

Personal re-buy level: meh. Falls in the good beer category, but not in my personal great beer category. I like a lot of this brewery's beers (a lot), but doubt I'd buy this one again.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a clear straw color with a small white head, some of which lasts as a collar. There is also some light lacing. Good carbonation.

The smell is malty with floral hops mixed in. There appear to be some light peppery hops as well. The smell is crisp and clean, very lager like.

The taste follow the nose with strong malts and light hops mixed together; no particular taste stands out. I guess you could say it is well blended. There is a soapy, anti-stringent finish and yet there is also a crisp, clean lager like element.

Overall there is a lot going on here and I can't figure out exactly what it is. This is a very drinkable hot day, at the beach beer.

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves only a touch of lace.

S - Lots of spices, pepper, ginger, coriander, and lemon zest with some soft, beady malt in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some vanilla and perhaps a bit of wheat. Spices show up in the middle as pepper and ginger combine with the soft malt. It finishes with more grainy malt and moderate bitterness as well as a lingering coriander note in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - A pretty standard summer ale. The spice character is quite nice in the aroma but becomes dull and a bit stale tasting in the flavor profile. Still, there are some malt and hop characteristics to help make up for the shortcomings of the spice flavor and it is a reasonably drinkable beer, overall.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Straw yellow color with good clarity and a tall white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Grassy and citrusy hop aroma. Sweet malts come out a bit in the flavor. Heavily carbonated which gives it a spritzy quality. Light and drinkable. A good summertime quencher, but not much more than that.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a lovely wheat yellow crowned with a full one finer white head or snowy white. Lots and lots and lots of carbonation.

S: There’s some dry hay, fresh cut grass and then a nice aroma of hops pours in. Apple skins, grape, and a touch of lemon, too.

T: Lightly hoppy up front with some light pine notes that segue into apples, a touch of pear and lemon, and then ending a dry grassy note.

M: Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Nice and refreshing.

O: This may actually be the best lawnmower beer. Light, refreshing, and with a good hop dosage to give it some zest.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 5.2% abv

Appearance- Light yellow with a bubbly 2 finger head. Quite clear.

Smell- A blend of sweet malt along with lemon.

Taste- A sourbread-like malt flavor that has some soapiness quality about it. The hints of lemon citrus from the nose follow into the taste. The flavor ends with hop bitterness and some pepper like spice as well. The malt is strong as it even is there in the finish. Much more malty than hoppy but this is as it should be for the style.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium and dry. The carbonation makes this beer alive on the palate.

Overall- Not too much unlike a German pilsener but has qualities of an ale to it such a the hops on the back end of the taste. As being new to the blond ale style, I thought this was refeshing due to the thinner body and lemon zest it has to it. I thought the malt up front was a bit bland however, though that does not detract too much from it. Not a bad offering from Victory.

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly - served from firkin

Pours a bubbly, clear golden color with a huge, fluffy head. Slowly dissolves, leaving curtains and patches of lacing, nice retention too.

Scents of lemon peel and grassy hops. Some faint spice and straw with biscuit-like malt.

Touch of floral hops up front before a nice dosing of lemon peel. Zesty and refreshing, some grassy tones. Thinner malt backbone with some biscuit and bready tones. Finishes dry and a little bitter.

Lighter medium body, milder carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Crazy drinkable, decent flavor, and one of the better blonde ales I've had recently.

Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this is the #3 top American Blonde Ale on the beeradvocate best of lists. Purchased a 6 pack at D'vines in Washington DC, served in a DFH signature glass.

Beer is yellow and clear, soft white head of small and medium bubbles, steady moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks really nice.

Aroma is mildly grainy, a little sweet, a little hoppy, earthy, mild pine perhaps. Smells fine.

Beer is thin with a mild sweetness up front, pilsen type sweetness, I don't know what malts were used but they are present in the forward. It has a mild earthiness to it, not unpleasant but light overall, watery body with a back bitterness that isn't the best with the malt bill and a mild aftertaste of grain. It isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, just not my favorite.

This brings me close to one of the reviewing goals on beeradvocate. With the exception of kvas (KVAS!!!) I have reviewed a top 3 beer from 103/104 styles on beeradvocate. Hooray me.

Photo of jsulko
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Mostly clear light gold color. Small white head that does not last.

Slight lemon zest aroma with a little of a earthy tone.

Taste is slightly lemon with a slight hops background. A smooth beer with little aftertaste.

A decent summer brew. Not something I would seek out again but did enjoy what I had.

Photo of ctylinebeer
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

L - golden amber color with large-bubble foam dome. Bubbles trickling up the glass

S - Citrusy hops aroma with malts just coming through

T - Citrus grapefruit up front, malt in the middle, with a bitter finish

F - Carbonation buzz during and after the sip. Bit of a slow-sipper

O - Not quite familiar with blonde ales, but from my tasting it is a bit like a maltier pale ale. I do like the bitter-hop finish at the end because...hops. Very good Philly summer beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost a half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is bright grapefruit and lemon.
The taste has a sharp lime bitter beginning and then mellows to the finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It has great bitterness for a blond ale. Tasty.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Biscuity, with a hint of fruity, grassy, and floral hops. Dry finish, overall a solid example of the style and very fitting for the season.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden color with a good head of foam and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, floral hops, a hint of citrus.

Taste: Malt, floral hops, lemon zest, and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Basically a well-hopped lager. It’s tough to find Victory out here on the left coast, so naturally I had to snap it up. I miss their V12s and pale ales.

Photo of mnrider
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Brown Bottle. Enjoy By on Bottle.

A: Pours a clear bright gold. Medium creamy white head. Small to zero retention,
with little lacing.

S: Floral hops. Spices. Wheat. Grains. Tea. Honey.

T/M: Hops. Bitter and spicy. Malts are grainy. Light citrus, orange and grapefruit.
Starts sweet then turns bitter with hops and spices. Has a cream feel at first but
the spices and hops soon take over making the feel more dry and bitter.

O: This Blonde Ale is leaning towards an IPA. Needs a lighter body if it wants to be
considered more than an average summer ale. It's still easy enough to drink on
those hot summer days. Taste is good.

Cheers!

Photo of mattbk
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, light golden, not much carbonation - fairly boring looking actually.
S: Slight grapefruit, some sweetness there maybe, not bad aroma, again, not incredibly interesting.
T: Light and crisp, same light grapefruit flavor, maybe some lemon, maybe some orange, mild but certainly present bitterness, some biscuity flavors, honeyed sweetness. Refreshing and drinkable. I like this, not super interesting, but a solid hoppy beer that doesn't slam you with bitterness. The hop flavor is a bit on the pedestrian side though.
M: Dry, a bit more carbonated than I originally thought. It is what it should be.
O: I like this beer and wil enjoy drinking it in the summer - hence the love...

Photo of Smaxy
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great session beer for summer time.

Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a straw clear color with a decently sized head.

The aroma has a sweet corny grain aroma. It’s quite sweet. It’s a bit floral.

The flavor follows with that sweetness, but not cloying and quite crisp with its gentle pilsner malts. It’s very light on its body. Then there is a bit of a citrus and grapefruit bitterness at the end. The surprise is the citrus that comes in the finish that does not come through on the aroma.

I didn’t go crazy for it, but it’s quite a delicious and flavorful summer beer. Recommended.

Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap.

Earthy floral hop aroma with hints of grass, straw, hay and pale malt. Subtle spice along with some crisp, light and citrus fruit.

Medium bodied with a good balance of floral, bitter hops, pale malt, spice and fruit notes. Crisp hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness and compliments the earthy grass and straw notes. This is countered by the sweet malt and hints of apple, pear and lemon. Well balanced and easy to drink, especially during the warmer months. I was a little nervous by the initial appearance but this beer is pretty complex and flavorful. Pretty nice for this time of year.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a nice billowy white head. The head has a moderate amount of lacing and leave a medium level of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a lighter bready nature with some lemon citrus and a light pine hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins almost entirely malt based. Flavors of bread and biscuit are on the tongue. Hop flavors then start working their way into the taste. It begins with some citrus and then some pine begins working its way into the flavor. The taste overall is more on the dry side and makes for some easy drinking slightly bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the lighter to medium side with the carbonation level being just slightly above average. Both make it very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall – A good session brew that is easy to drink while hanging out and sitting around with friends or just watching the game on TV.

Photo of daniellebelle
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

While I'm enjoying it on my couch, I can imagine it'd be best enjoyed out in the sun. I loved the taste but I wasn't as keen on the way it felt in my mouth. a little dryer than I like. I loved the sweet and airy flavor, and it has a fun bottle! Definitely something I'd drink again.

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of crisp frothy virginal white colored head... Fairly decent retention gives way to a full veil of lace and a slight collar... A very light pale gold color... Minimal carbonation who's bubbles are been in size and have a pretty quick pace... Uber clean... I don't think that I've ever seen a more translucent brew...

S - Lemon... Orange zest... Some candied sugars... Honey... A mix of toasted and bready malts... Subtle grassy notes... A very minimal hop presence...

T - Lemon... Lots of grainy malts... Some subtle floral notes... A very subtle earthy hop presence on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Very light carbonation... Clean... Crisp... A slightly dry, slightly bitter finish...

D - Basic... Simple... Straight-forward... Not too shabby... No complaints, but I'm not sure I recommend nor seek out again in the future... Additionally, I love the label...

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,027 ratings.