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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Summer LoveSummer Love

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very good

411 Reviews
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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,142
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 30.16%
Wants: 80
Gots: 489 | 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

Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

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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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 2,142
Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the summer and while I may not be in love, I do not feel like drinking big beers.

From the bottle: " All of this talk about peanuts and Cracker Jacks can really make you thirsty. Especially in a town like Philadelphia where we flock to the ballpark like birds coming home from winter vacation. There's no better place to sip a Victory Summer Love, our refreshing ale brewed in Downingtown, just outside of Philadelphia, than in the warm summer sun, waiting to catch a glimpse of greatness (or a foul ball). Whether you're reading this label behind home plate or under a shady tree by the river, we hope that these pale malts and German hops help connect you to the magic that is Summer Love. With Love, [undersigned] The Brewmasters of Victory Bill, Ron & Philadelphia XOXO [heart]".

Even with a relatively gentle pour, I still wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, bone-white head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy lemon-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrus hoppiness and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were quite evident on the tongue. In fact, perhaps more than I would have preferred. If it is to be a summer blonde, I prefer a little more subtlety and yet recently I have been feeling more and more like Victory's beers are over the top, especially regarding their use of hops. And that from a hophead! I do not know whether it is on their end or mine, but as a consumer, I am not as pleased as in the past. The finish was quite dry and somewhat refreshing, but I just felt like it needed to be better offset with the malts that they mentioned. That, or tone down the hops ... Wait, did I really just type that?!?

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a bright golden straw color. clear, with white 1/2" head that fades. aroma of light hops and lemon zest. taste has got more of a hop bite than most summer seasonals, yet it is still easy drinking. the citrus is there in the finish. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

overall, one of the better summer beers I've had.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arrives in a liter mug, clear, bright, dark yellow with a creamy white head. Awesome lace, fabulous retention.
Smell is hops, malt, some grapefruit. Hops is strongest but not overpowering.
Taste is in line with the smell. Hops first followed by malt and a touch of wood. The same grapefruit note from the hops is here as well as a floral presence. Balance is good.
Medium plus body with a solid, tangy effervescence. Smoother than expected, and pleasantly so.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting at Krugels Georgetown Deli

A - clear golden straw color, bubbles rising gently in taster cup

S - hoppy, but not in an in-your-face ipa kinda way (which I happen to love) but still rather nice

T - follows the scent uniformly, extremely drinkable if you love hoppy session beers

M - thin-ish, but in a good way that you'd expect from this style

O - This is a great lawn mowing beer. Extremely sessionable. Well done Victory!

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Photo of socon67
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours straw yellow with a soapy white foam on top. decent lacing on the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation move to the top.

S - Some scent of fresh hops. Also a mild citrus flavor.

T - Very refreshing flavor from a beer that is great for the warm months. Subdued hop profile, and a mild citrus tartness in the finish.

M - Awesomely sesionable. Does not feel watery despite the relaxed flavors. Easily a beer you can sit back and watch the tide roll in with.

O - A solid seasonal from Victory. Perfect beach beer.

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Willybecher Glass

A: Golden straw colored brew that produces a thin white head with moderate retention and meager lacing, appearance suggests filtering. High level of clarity allowing the light to pass readily - Looks light and refreshing, inviting onlookers to sip at a certain speed.

S: Initially yeasty bringing twangs of hop and lemon citrus. Light fresh florals impart a clean earthiness that is reminiscent of a garden in springtime. The nose combines a flirtatious citrus zest with mellow grounded golden malt. Overall very pleasing.

T: Opens softy with an all malt presentation, its clean and the carbonation is well suited. Ever so bitter hops elevate themselves on the palate showcasing wild flowers, citrus peel, and hints of coriander. The opening is pleasant, but has a hindered transition into the middle mouth. Mid mouth is slightly bland, dominated by the German malt and underwhelming hop presence. Arid notes of dry grass, clean ginger, juniper, bits of honey and yeast. Muted sweetness finishes off the flavors and departs with a parched astringency.

M: A highlight; sporting well suited carbonation and medium body that eloquently combine to yield a few clean, refreshing, and drinkable beer.

O: Never been a huge blonde fan. This beer has high drinkability and that’s its selling point in my opinion. The aroma is nice and it presents strongly, but fails to fully come to fruition. This brew is ideal for whetting the whistle and fits the bill for summer drinking. If you cross paths with this beer, plan on having a few, I don’t believe it’s meant for sipping.

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Photo of NODAK
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma has a tart citrus note in it along with some wet grain paired with it.

Taste starts out citric with a bit of tartness (lime?) to it. Along with it, there is a little peppery spiciness present and a note of cereal grains. The hops assert themselves with a mild, but stingy bitterness at the finish. A little citrus hangs around after the swallow.

Pretty good summer brew here. Nothing fancy or exciting, but it has more character than many summer beers.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale gold, practically cam call this fizzy and yellow?! Two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention, decent lacing.

Smells of lemon peel, wet grass, and floral hops.

Taste is exactly what I expected from the nose-- very light malt, some lemon and grass notes with a floral hop presence and bitter bite. The body is overcarbonated with a fizzy seltzer feel. The aftertaste has a light hint of sourmash, but I chalk that up to the lemony flavor. The body is insanely light!

Overall, this isn't bad. It isn't the best I've had in the style, but it is very easy to drink, and I'd certainly prefer this over a BMC lager! Still though, I'd prefer Gossamer or Bombshell Blonde.

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Photo of dnphoto
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deceptively straw yellow. Big foamy head.Smells very much like a pilsner, with big German aromatics. First sip is slightlly astringent, bitter hops. Maybe Saaz or Centennial, but mostly for flavor. Makes way to a sweet, but still light malt body. Best parts about this beer is 1. it is consistent, & 2. it doesn't taste like a blonde ale. It's more like a light hoppy pilsner with and American twist. For a summer seasonal, there sure are worse beers.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have had many times, most recently at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left.
S: Light biscuit malts up front. Then a bit of sweet malts, and lingering bitter and grassy hops.
T: Some caramel sweetness, some biscuit malts, plenty of lingering bitterness. Grassy, floral, lightly spicy. The bitterness is just a bit to abrasive and strong for me though
M/D: A light body with nice carbonation. Fairly smooth at the same time. Not hard to drink. I can put a few away in a sitting.

Not bad at all, but I find the bitterness a bit strong for my tastes. A good summer beer, but not one of my favorites from this brewery.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Uber pale straw yellow body with a creamy white head. Decent size and retention of the cap. Spotty, light lace around the glass.

S- Light citrus fruit and floral hops on top of a pale malt backbone. Also some grass and pine.

T- Pale cereal grain caramel malt backbone with a pretty nice hop presence above it. Hops are mostly floral and earthy but also lend citrus and pine hints.

MF- Light, highly carbonated body. A small bitterness finishes the ale off.

Not far from what one would expect from a summer ale. For a Blonde Ale it brings nice malt and hop flavor. As usual, most Victory beers are worth a try, especially for the low price.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass

A: Pours a clear gold. Very little carbonation. Nice thick white foamy head that lingers and laces.

S: Real earthy. Grassy. Hops and some citrus. A little odd.

T: You get a kick of juicy subdued hops, citrus, and sweet finish. Bready aftertaste. Starts bitter with hops and ends bready/sweet.

M: Lighter body. Dry finish. Crisp.

O: I was expecting a little more out of Victory for this one. I'm a fan of this brewery, but I would seek other brews for a Blonde.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Listed here as a Blonde Ale, this beer seemed to be very Kolsch-like to me. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clear, but slightly hazy, straw yellow with 1/2 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left very light lacing.

The aroma had nice earthy grains and gentle hops, it smelled almost Pilsener like to me. The flavors had the same grains across the front and middle of the tongue and a nice tangy hop bite at the rear.

The body was light and good carbonation helped carry the flavors across. The beer was slightly sticky at the end however. Drinkability was very good, this could slip down your throat effortlessly all day long. Overall, a very good brew. I think the brewers hit their target for this beer dead-on. Worth trying.

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Photo of barczar
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates.

Cracker-like malt, grain, floral and earthy hops, a touch of dankness and citrus form the aroma.

Flavor reveals floral hops, a grainy malt backbone, and finishes fairly bitter, grassy, and dry. Light grapefruit pith adds complexity. The balance is toward bittering and grassy, earthy hops..

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation, and slight astringency at the finish.

More bitter than I prefer, but more complex than I anticipated. Very refreshing brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere. Good hoppiness with a lighter mouthfeel. Seessionable alcohol. Golden with lots of white lace, a little head retention. Faintly hoppy aroma. Small tasty package, good drinkability. Carbonation right there.Something to beat the heat.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours clear golden with a half finger of white head.

S: Light cereal grains, lemon, and coriander.

T: Light cereal grains, lemon, and coriander.

M: The body is light with a crisp and clean finish.

O: This is highly drinkable but it's too similar to the rest of the boring Summer brews.

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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a tumbler.

A: A little dark for a blonde ale, this is more amber than not. Despite the darker hues, the ale is translucent. A thin white head comes along.

S: Malty, the nose is very grainy with a mild citrus in tow. The maltiness stands out, adding depth.

T: Grainy, darker biscuit flavors are the primary flavor. Citrus is a soft add-on, a flavor element but not the star of the show. Very drinkable.

M: A good way to start the day, mild with a nice malty/citrusy blast.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very german or czech pils style summer brew. pours clear honey colored with a one inch white head and very large bubbles slowly rising to the surface. smells like german malts and bittering hops. refreshing aroma. flavor is a little bready from the malts, perhaps making this not the most appropriate style of beer for the season, but its on the lighter side of the malt spectrum and doesnt weigh it down too much. crisp hops at the end, some floral yeast in the background. feel is good, medium carbonation and a medium body, not filling, but not that light either. overall not a bad beer, but certainly not my favorite new summer offering this season.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a large fading head.
Nose shows floral, grassy, herbal and earthy hops with some soft light malt underneath hinting at honey.
Very similar flavours. The hops are more grassy rather than floral though and a biscuity malt note replaces the honey.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [2.50] Pours out a pale yellow color. The beer had some head but it was gone instantly. The beer looks like dirty water a bit. Visually not the most striking beer. I can't find the ABV listed - or a date code. Bad marks all around.

S: [3.50] Pine, citrus, some wheat aromas. The smell is actually really pleasant.

T: [3.75] There is a lemony like almost a Shandy flavor to the whole thing - but not quite that pronounced. There is a decent amount of hop presence, not bitter, but it makes an appearance at the party. There are same caramel malt tones in the mid palate too.

M: [3.50] The beer is medium in body and has elevated carbonation but it adds to the "summer" beer feel.

O: [3.50] Very nice dock beer. Really nice flavors and drinkability. I would have another and share them at a picnic.

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Photo of Buck89
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale hazy golden yellow into a pint glass. Generous white head. Aromas of lemon, spice and bread. Taste was muted, with a subtle lemon and earthy note followed by a gentle bitterness. clean finish.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 10/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold, with a tight bright-white head of foam. This stays thick and foamy, drenching the sides of the glass with a rich coating of sudsy lace. The aroma smells fresh, grassy, and citric, with a dash of light spiciness, and sweet doughy sugars that sits underneath. This is pleasant enough.

The taste is citrusy (I’m getting a lot of lemon flavor coming out here on cask); with an overall leafy feeling bitterness that drives this. Malts have a bit of a neutral sweet graininess to them underneath the hops but that citric snap has the most strength here, finishing this dry and spicy with a touch of lingering rind. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a VERY mellow feeling crisp creaminess to this that prickles the tongue just enough but is overall extremely slick on the palate.

I’m always up for trying different beers on cask here at Victory, as you never know how some are going to translate, and this was no different. While it may have lost some of its crispness in translation, it definitely opened up the hop profile a bit more, with extra citrus flavors and a touch more aggressiveness shining through here. I can’t really say if I liked this more than my experiences with the draft or bottled versions of this but I’m glad that I gave it a shot, as it ended up being flavorful and easy drinking enough to keep me happy on this visit.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, label says enjoy by October 17, 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet malt, lemon peel and some light piney/grassy hops. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's all sweet malt, lemon peel and pine/grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, and a good brew for a hot day. I'd buy this again, $8.99 a sixer isn't a bad price for this brew. I think it's worth trying.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was some codes on the bottom of the bottle that I believe decipher into a May 15th bottling which makes sense as I got this the week it hit the market here. It was a palish yellow color with lots of carb bubbles. It had an average sized, fizzy head that settled into a good collar and covering film. Moderate quick sliding lace with a little sticking.

The aroma was pale malts, grainy, grassy and a little lemon rind. Strong on the Noble hops for a blonde. Taste follows the aroma with crisp hop bite alongside the pale malts. Just a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a good hoppy blonde that went down smooth on this 102 degree afternoon. Still prefer a good wit on a hot day but this wasn't bad. Avail here in TX. Rotation - glad I tried it but one is probably enough for me with maybe at least one tap try. [N;O]

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy blonde color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, and mild spicy hops. The taste has some nice light bready, toasty malt notes, with only a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice blonde ale that I could drink again if in the mood for something light and refreshing.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.