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 mooseisloose
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Part of a pick your own sixer from the market. It is still summer just barely, so lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very earthy dandelion like hoppiness. Pouring into my SAPP this brew is a bright yellow with a big bubble white creamy top head. On the taste the hoppiness prevails up front, not bitter but very bright and sharp with a thin maltiness behind it that doesn't diminish the sharpness of the hops. A different hop belt very yerba like and sweet yet strong. Not really my kind of flavor.

Photo of Jonada
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden straw yellow color with less than a finger of a white soapy head. Body is moderately hazy with some very fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Cereal grain, grass, orange, hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Piney, grapefruit, crackery malt. Mild lingering bitterness in the finish. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with medium/high, somewhat rough carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Definitely a decent brew. Refreshing and well balanced, but there's not really a whole lot going on. It's worth a try, though I wouldn't go to any lengths to seek it out.

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- pours a sparkling clear yellow gold with very little white foam that immediately dissipates and leaves no trace of a cap. They mention this being good for a ball game, maybe the lack of head retention is an indication it will go down fast !

Smell- lemon, flowers, mellon, a touch of sulfur. Not bad but the kind you might get off a light struck lager.

Taste-LIght crisp and refreshing at the front. Thirst quenching. you do get a touch of that sulfury taste but its not off putting. It drinks slightly like a green bottle beer. gives way to a touch of resiny slightly piney hops. The front end drinks like a craft brew with a floral bouquet a some light fruityness at the front, then the german hops ( which I suspect are most common in american light lagers) rounds out the end.

Mouthfeel- there is adequate fizz, it finishes dry enough but it still quenches the thirst. LIttle to no alcohol indication by warmth.

Overall- I could see myself lining up to buy these at a ball game, that is for sure. Not too complex but tasty.

Photo of ZorroZ
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pale gold
Smell: piney, citrusy hops nose, but not overwhelming.
Taste: The taste matches the nose- refreshing flavours and nicely hoppy, but not overly so
Mouthfeel: light enough to be refreshing, but nowhere near light enough to be bland.

Overall: Victory Summer Love may approach the Platonic Ideal of a summer beer.

Photo of dnphoto
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of raznug
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw color and is topped with 1” of angel white colored head that clings to the glass and leaves lacing part of the way down the glass.
Smell Summer Love has a nice blend of malt and hops that I can smell tastefully in the aroma.
Taste: The taste is not quite as good as the aroma but the blend of malt and hops is well down just seems a little water down.
Mouthfeel: This is light bodied beer that when served the proper temp can make for a nice tasty pint while relaxing on your porch after mowing your lawn on a hot Ohio day.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, yellow color. Not quite finger width head - mainly bubbly - very little lacing on side. Has more of an stale apple aroma with hints of citrus. Malty lemon flavor up front with moderate hoppy character on the end. Hoppiness is more grassy. Soapy aftertaste on the back end. More than I expect from a blonde ale. I am usually not a fan of the style, but the hoppy character is a plus for me. Soapy taste on the end is a little odd for me.

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 ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dull golden with a slight chill haze. Fluffy white head retains better than expected. It settles after a bit, but holds at a quarter inch. Foamy patches of lacing cling stubbornly to the glass.

S: Delicately hoppy nose divulges aromas of green grass, pithy white grapefruit, crushed mango, and spicy herb. Malts bring a soft biscuit and dough scent. Very clean. A nice nose. Kind of fun, but not overstated.

T: Hoppy up front. Grassy, a bit oily, herbal and spicy. Light touch of white grapefruit pith. Lots of hop flavor, but the bitterness is tame enough. Soft grainy malt base. Very clean. Grainy finish with lingering spicy hops.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy texture is cut by mildly enamel-grating hop oils and a crisp bite of carbonation.

O: This is a little darling of a beer. It strikes the perfect balance between flavor and simple drinkability. It's just a fun and easy beer to drink, and that's exactly what you want in a summer seasonal. One of the better blondes I've had in a while.

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Clear gold colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread/grains, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, floral notes and a graininess. It ends with hoppy floral aftertaste.

Overall - Really good and very refreshing. Reminds me a bit of sierra nevada's pale ale. I'd drink it again anytime - a great session beer.

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice golden hue. There’s a slight, crisp lemony aroma to this with a similar characteristic on the palate. Finishes with just a touch of biscuit and a pleasing crispness along with a graceful tartness that I found to be refreshing and enjoyable. This might be a new contender for summer beers. Clean, crisp, and so much better than the sort of stuff that passes for a summer beer these days. Can’t believe this is a blonde ale—it gives me hope for the style! Seriously, this puts the majority of blonde ales I’ve had to shame.

Photo of mjurney
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Spicy, citrusy, lemony, sweet pale malts.

Taste:
Burst of hops up front, but it's not overly bitter. Spicy, citrusy, resin. Malt background, pale malt, grainy, slight sugary. Finish is a little dry. Body is light-medium, very crisp, refreshing, well carbonated.

Overall:
It's very good.

Photo of bum732
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Bright citrus, lemon peel, tangerine, slightly resiny.

L: Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Solid lacing, golden yellow.

T: Hoppy, resiny up front with a clean, semi-sweet malt backbone. Medium resiny bitterness with a slight grainy maltiness, very light. Grapefruit peel dryness in the finish, with a fairly long finish on the palate.

M: Medium light body, fairly crisp. Medium carbonation.

Just delicious, light bodied, but quite hoppy brew. Love the hops in this, very bright and clean. Perfect for the summer.

Photo of Hermanater
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft in a typical pint glass. Nice light golden appearance with a finger and a half of white, frothy head.

Typically I'm not expecting too much from a beer that is as light as this was but there was a good malty aroma with some floral overtones and it was a Victory product so I was eager to consume.

The taste was light yet full of malty goodness and just the right hoppy-ness. A perfect balance in my opinion. Very drinkable for both a light beer drinker and for those wanting something more. This is a beer that could convert your Miller and Bud friends into a craft drinker.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear golden yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This smells refreshing. Clean neutral maltiness. Hoppy for what it is, offering mainly floral and citrus notes. Not much else to say.

3.75 T: Tastes as refreshing as it smells. Clean neutral malts, light citrus hoppiness and a bit more floral, and a mild to moderate bitterness.

3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just enough thickness in here. Light creaminess.

3.75 D: Supremely drinkable. Perfect lawnmower beer or anytime beer.

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear-golden body with soft white head.

S - Pear and lemon notes.

T - Very clean and smooth with a nice tartness. Small hop notes at the finish.

M - Slides over the tongue and down the throat with ease, almost too much ease.

O - Very drinkable session beer. It's not meant to overwhelm the senses, and isn't for sitting down and sipping. This beer is meant for drinking quickly and often. I can feel the summer love. Prost!

Photo of vkv822
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden yellow, foamy white head, light lacing.

Grassy, lightly citric notes. Light, crackery malt backing.

Medium body, foamy fizzy carbonation.

An easy drinking, well done summer blonde ale.
Just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Photo of FriarTuck
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let me say, I went into this brew blindly and am pleasantly surprised. Not that I expect anything insignificant from Victory, but being an IPA drinker almost exclusively, I was expecting something less hoppy.

Purchased as a six pack, I poured it into an English pint glass as soon as I arrived home. Initially at two fingers of white foam, the head settled to a slight, but lingering meringue that laced the glass as the beer disappeared. Not much nose, but what was there was reminiscent of pink grapefruit. Initially, I thought I was tasting clove, but was quickly steered to a sourdough crust dryness. Mouth-feel was very welcoming with a light-medium body. Mid-palate was where I noticed the hops; that beautiful grapefruit made it's showing. Now, for an American blonde, things would usually end there, but Summer Love surprised me again with a long hoppy, slightly sweet finish.

Well played Victory. I will be stocking the "beer cellar" with more of this beautiful brew.

-FriarTuck

Photo of patpbr
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Straw yellow to light gold in color without much head.
S - A little sweet with citrus and floral scents
T - Grains, citrus and some herbal flavors are all present. This is malty but has some nice hops in the mix. The floral character is a nice addition.
M - Light to Medium body and easy to drink, just a bit of hop bitterness.
O - A good summer beer. If I come across one at a ball game I would order one.

Photo of Danny1217
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright, pale, golden color with a white foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smell is very hop forward. Floral, spicy, citrusy hops. Not much else in the aroma.
Very clean tasting with a nice hop bitterness and flavor backing it up. No malt backbone, but that's to be expected from a blonde ale. Very crisp and refreshing. Definitely a good beer for the hot summer in Miami.

One of the better summer seasonals I have tasted, as I find most of them to be very bland. This one is almost like an IPA with a somewhat lower alcohol and less malt to make it into a more refreshing, thirst-quenching beer. I prefer it to the many bland American wheat ales coming out in summer.

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 apants007
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

a: hmmm.... looks like a pabst.... what am i getting myself into?

s: mmm... ok getting better... floral, citrus... don't judge a book by it's cover!

t: honeysuckle and grapefruit... subtle sweet with a bitter aftertaste... almost a "sweet-tarts" chalky thing... but not too much to make it weird....

mf: the chalky aftertaste is kind of a bummer... i bet this would feel great after mowing the lawn, but at inside temperature its kinda making me pucker like a cat with a new brand of food...

not a bad beer at all... wouldn't go out of my way to get it again... wouldn't think less of someone if they brought it to a bbq... wouldn't bring it to a bbq...

Photo of dewbon
4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Love this stuff , the aroma of flowery hops , just the right bite, light carbonation, lovely beer tast. I'm hooked !!! I could drink this till the cows come home. A quality session beer that will not bankrupt you. You will not tire of the taste of this lovely brew.

Photo of stevensd19
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Phillies game at "The Bank" on a beautiful 90 degree day a few weeks back. Really tasty stuff, perfect for summer weather, watching the game. Just enough hoppiness to satisfy but not overwhelm... Liked it so got some bottles later that were very good, just not the same as the ball park draft experience!

Try it, you'll like it. Hey, it's from Victory, great stuff.

Photo of utopiajane
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, pale straw yellow with a fine white head of soft foam that fell off rocky to a cap and ring. left lots of nice lace. Some yeast floating on top. Nose is honest and clean. Orange and lemon citrus, dank. malty grain and spice. A little pepper and floral. Slightly sweet pilsner scent. Really appetizing and continues to excite the nose as it warms with a musty quality and a little pine. Taste is light bread, malt forward and loses most of the fruit. It does give a quick but small hop bite, a little hay and earth. It finishes with pine and a little oily bitter; but not much, and wet not dry. There’s cracker in the aftertaste.

This beer had the best nose but in the drink it felt somewhat bland and muddled. It was very mild. Simple and not in a bad way. Light and drinkable.

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