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 BigMike
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a nice fluffy head thats almost pure white.

S: Smells, bready, spicey, fruity with a touch of lemon.

T: Taste is like the nose, lots of nice bready malts and a touch of spice. Some citrus hops and lemon zest.

M: Light bodied and refreshing. Super easy to quaff a bunch of. GReat carbonation.

Overall: A great beer that does what it's supposed to do. Quench and refresh during the summer months. This is a straight forward, no frills, offering from Victory thats perfect when grilling.

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

708th Review on BA
Bottle to pint
12 oz

No date

App- Very clear light yellow with a two finger head that fades to a pitri dish like top. Clumps of foam all over. Nice wall of cling down the sides.

Smell- At 1st it was a bit of an APA. Then comes the lager yeast a bit grainular and a little spice.

Taste- Much more like an APA with a nice hop base and a touch of lemon. Quite refreshing and a bigger than I thought a blonde could be. A well balanced little beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A nice lemon bitter.

Drink- Tasty, balanced and a little hops bitter. It was a nice cold refreshing beer. I might go back for a six pack.

Photo of jwhancher
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case at my local distributor. This beer pours a clear light gold with excellent carbonation and small white head. Smells of floral and faint citrus hops. A little lemon character is in there. Tastes crisp, light and refreshing with a kiss of bitterness at the end. Kind of has a Granny Smith apple taste to it (which I really dig). An awesome session beer. Takes a couple of beers to get accustomed to, but in no time I found myself flying through these. I think I just found my new go-to beer for the summer! Another great job by Victory.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a light gold with a small white head. Fairly good retention.

Smells like lemon and bready malts.

Taste is a lot bigger than I expected. Great lemon/citrus hop flavor with a touch of bread throughout. Finishes spicy and very crisp and clean. Almost more of a characteristic of a good German pils.

Mouthfeel is very light with high carbonation levels.

Overall a very refreshing crisp beer. I've heard good things about this and wasn't disappointed. One of the better summer beers I've had. Definitely more flavor than your average summer ale.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head leaving minimal lace. Very good retention.

S: Lemonheads and orange candy, has a soda like smell at times. Solid bready malt.

T: Easy going bready malt, with a very Kolsch like flavour of golden raisins and yellow apple. Noticable grassy hop flavour, but nothing over the top. A delicate balance working here.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, smooth, a palate cleanser.

O: This is a very nice blonde ale. It has considerable Kolsch characteristics with a hoppy American twist. I wish they had this beer at the ballpark, I'd be happy.

Photo of jbsg02
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Blonde Ale! It's really a Pilsner but fermented with an ale yeast and has a little more ester profile to show from it. Pours like a Pilsner, and has a medium hop aroma. Another great beer from Victory, I haven't tried anything from them I didn't like!

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I learned something new today. Read more than the front label when trying a beer. This might take longer to drink with Russian River or Stone... but then you won't be confused with your first drink.

I read ale, but with my first pull I got some pilsner flavor. That was from the funky german hops. This is another good example of a cross bred beer.

The characteristics of this beer are very good for a blond. The coloring and head are perfect. The head is very light. The bubbles are light, and the body is enjoyably thin. The flavors are decently complex for a blond. I can't tell the ABV, but I am guessing that the alcohol content makes this drinkable all day. I am just sorry that I only bought one small bottle to try.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit mild, some hops, some citrus notes. Taste is good, hops, citrus, some malts, very refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good summer beer.

Photo of chefelf
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It pours crystal clear with very little foam.

This beer was much lighter than I expected and a lot more bitter. Overall it was a very refreshing beer for a hot summer day. Not my favorite style but I appreciated it.

Photo of Agold
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours with about a half inch of white fluffy head, which dissipates leaving some spotty lacing on the side of the glass. It is a clear brilliant golden beer. Very nice looking. There is something weird happening in the nose. Something making me think I maybe got a bad bottle. there is a little bit of an odd maybe rubberband aroma masking some grainyness and a bit of herby hops. Kind of offputting, and making me not look forward to taking that first sip. After that aroma smacked me in the face, the flavor is surprisingly not that bad. Has a lot of herbey hops and nice grainy malt character. There is a very mild mirroring of that problem from the aroma, but it is not very present. The mouthfeel isn't overly light, which makes me suspect that this is not an infection, but it is a little bit astringent. Light medium body with ok carbonation. I really don't know what to make of this beer. It didn't make me want to get another, but I would like to see if this was a bad bottle or if this is really what this beer is like.

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 BeefyMee
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Soft white head atop a pale yellow body. I was hoping for a little more color.

S: Not too aromatic. Citrusy sweet hops are evident but not strong. Some faints grains.

T: This one really comes alive in the flavor department. There's a wonderful lemon/orange citrus component that I'm guessing is from the hops but is so flavorful it makes me wonder if it's something they added. Slightly bitter which leads to a dry, zesty finish. Dusty grains round out a very nuanced flavor profile.

A great beer for those dog days.

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly vigorous pour into the upright tulip results in an inch of marshmallow-like white foam atop a clear gold body; pretty good retention, but not as much lace as I'd like. Good looking Blonde.

S: Smells like a nice Pils without the lager yeast: clean, biscuity malt and moderate Noble hoppiness - very herbal, lightly earthy. Simple and good.

T: Much like the nose, I'm getting a pleasant balance of clean pilsner malt and fairly intense European hops. Quite noticeable bitterness on the finish - not quite enough to be astringent, but it's right on the borderline. Long, bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. I'm a fan.

M: Fairly light-bodied and exploding with creamy carbonation. Lively and refreshing, if a bit over the top with the effervescence.

O: I like it, but it seems overdone for the style: the combination of extra-light malt and fairly aggressive hops makes it refreshing, but potentially too intense for someone trying to use Blondes as a stepping stone to more flavorful styles. If you want interesting flavor, this is the place to be in this style; if you want something that's just hugely drinkable without being boring, I'd recommend Narragansett Summer.

Cheers!

Photo of CuttDeez
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Poured a light crisp looking golden bubbly body with a frothy white head.

S - Very herbacious on the nose with notes of pepper and spice and a slight citrus fruit on the back end. Very airy and pleasant.

T & M & D - The taste is much like the nose. THe beer starts like and airy with a strong herbal body and some pepper and spice. Then it finished light and crisp with a light body and good levels of clean carbination. Very drinkable!

O - A light summer beer with interesting flavors and great character. I would enjoy these on the beach any time.

-Cheers

Photo of Jenkster4
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice blond color, with about three fingers worth of hear.

Nose: Got some floral hops along with some grainy earthiness, pretty nice smelling brew.

Taste: It's a pretty zesty one. I got some spice there, a tad bit of tart ( not much). Nice balance between the malts and hops.

Mouth: Nice for a summer beer. Easy drinking.

Overall: This is is a sure shot for a nice refreshing summer brew. It's balanced, light enough, and tasty. I'd get this one again.

Photo of Wadsey
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer Love

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear straw/gold with a small white head that has little retention. Vibrant effervescence. 

S: Bready malts, a whiff of sulfur, lemony zest. Light spiciness, too. 

T: Relatively sweet on the front end with a toasty malt kick. Off note of paper joins hay and grass at mid palate. Sulfur shows up, too. Light bitterness tidies up mess and dares you to take another drink. 

M: Light body and medium carbonation. 

O: The more I drink the less I love Summer Love. I understand that the style calls for a malt-forward approach, but the paper and hay indicate something is amiss. 

Photo of WanderingFool
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a small white head on top. Very little lacing and steady streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is light biscuit with notes of lemon.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth, slightly syrupy with mild carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between grainy pale malt, biscuit and lemon citrus. It finishes mildly bitter with light floral notes.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking beer. It doesn't fill you up and is refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thins to a light layer leaving just a few spots of lacing.

S - grass and citrus blend, you can tell this beer is fresh and hoppy.

T - the balance is perfect as the sweetness of malt is met with the bitterness of hops finishing a bit dry and tart.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp, refreshing feel.

O - a very good summer beer.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a nice fluffy white head.

The smell is of sweet malt and fresh grain. The freshness of the ingredients stand out in the nose.

The sweet malt up front leads to citrus and peaches with the citrus flowing to the finish and pine ending the show.

The feel is light without being boring. Good body with good carbonation.

Overall, another good brew from Victory. Refreshing with good flavor.

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a light golden color with a modest bubbly head to it. Good head retention and great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice hoppiness to it right off the bat. I get a floral, juicy, slightly citrusy flavor. A little bit of a light, grainy, malty flavor to it as well. The hoppiness was nice for the style.

The taste also has a very bright and floral hoppiness to it throughout the flavor. I get more of a juicy, tropical fruit flavor to the hops up front, while a little bit of a bitter, grapefruit like flavor comes out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer and one of the best I've had of the style. The hoppiness was very nice in it, especially for the lower abv. I was definitely impressed with this beer relative to it's style and abv.

Photo of mdvatab
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Could not find a bottled-on date.

Aroma: Smells silimar to a pilsner. Green grassy, herbal hops, combined w/ sweet, light golden graham cereal grains.

Appearance: Clear, golden body, sparkling w/ effervesence. Bright white 2 finger collar of foam settles to one. Excellent lacing.

Flavor: Bright citrus and grassy hop notes. Bitterness is somewhat subdued compared to a pilsner. Very light cereal grain. Clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation combines with a light body, even for the style.

Overall: Very highly-drinkable. Enough hop flavor to keep the beer from being boring, and the body of the beer almost teeters on the brink of being watery. If Victory was shooting for a summer gateway and/or high-end lawnmower beer, they hit the target straight-on.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a decent white head. Some spotty lace.

I disagree with how this is categorized -- I think this is Kolsch. I'm getting the grapevine in the nose, faint as it is. Nice light malt, some green leaf, some mineral.

Light malt, with some grain and husk bitterness. Good balance for this one. Not too bitter, and nothing overbearing with sweetness or fruit. No boiled malt either. The grain, a touch of hops with some green bitterness and a pleasant malt/light bitter finish. My new summer beer.

Lighter bodied, but still something there. Good carbonation.

Wonderful summer brew, one of the better attempts out there. I'm a bit reluctant to give this a higher overall grade as I just bought a single. I'd want to see how this rolls after 2-3. Very worthy.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden road in the glass with a brilliant sharp clarity. The head is sligtht, a light beige coloring, that quickly turns to a washy covering. Inside lied a light and soft carbonation factor that rose at its leisure. The lacing was minimal, low coverage, and low appeal.

S: Upfront was fresh citrus, grapefruit of good strength. Some fresh wheat stalks and staw chimes in on the close.

T: Sweet and grainy pilsner malt with a nice dryness of straw and grapefruit. The hopping is bright and assertive on the close bringing a flowery and dry offering along with a hint of dry grassiness.

M: light bodied with a slick texture. Light carbonation presence, spicy hops on the hold, dry on the swallow.

O: Overall very drinkable, spicy and dry citrus hops work well with the grainy pilsner malt making this a great summer time crisp drinker and one I could drink all day with no complaint. Crisp lager like drinkability with a pale ale amount of hops.

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