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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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1,736 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,736
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 46
Gots: 202 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet cereal with light floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by light floral notes with some refreshing cereal with a subtle hoppy finish. There were some light unrefined grain notes that were also perceptible as the beer warmed up which I wasn’t too fond of. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as great as I was expecting based on previous ratings.

Phyl21ca, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of magnj
3.73/5  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.

magnj, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of olimpia84
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this on tap served on a pint glass. Appearance was pale yellow and somewhat translucent; you could tell a bit of haziness through the body of the beer. Very small head that surprisingly remained for a while, excellent decorative lacing.

It was hard to judge the smell on this beer because it was very faint but from what I could gather you could tell some garden and minty aromas. Taste was also very herbal and minty, a bit medicinal as well with some metallic taste mixed into it. Decent carbonation. Overall, a decent beer to freshen up a little during hot days but lacking some tones and variety in the taste.

olimpia84, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, won in beer tasting at ABC. Fresh, malty aroma. Flavors are crisp, clean and bright, with a breezy freshness. Surprised at how flavorful this beer is. Where most Golden Ales are listless, flawed, too chewy or with distracting side notes, this one is very drinkable. Nice hoppy flavor mid-taste. Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Clean finish. I really look forward to each sip. Solid work. I had not been a big fan of victory til now, but I think more of them after this offering.

chickenflea, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor

mikesgroove, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of SickGnar
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw with just a hint of richness to the hue. Bright and clear with a few small brisk bubbles rising to join the white head of modest size. Settles pretty quick to a skim but leave fairly plentiful lacing.

S: Bready / biscuity fresh milled grain with a touch of sweetness. Hops come through herbal but pretty light and clean. I get some else too, sort of yeasty & metallic that. I can’t really place it and don’t much care for it.

T: Much hoppier. Herbal & grassy – vaguely tea-like (but not astringent). Through the middle there is some spice and a faint touch of mint. At the backend there is an earthy undertone. Malts are biscuity and crackery, soflty grainy – more pale than pils – with just a hint of sweetness. Enough going on to pique the interest with out distracting. There are hints of golden fruits hiding at the edges and a soft lemon in the finish. A nice mix of Kolsch, Blonde, and Pils aspects.

M: A tad under medium body with enough CO2 to make it nicely crisp. Opens smooth and ends with a firm herbal drying. Refreshing.

D: No gimmicks, just well done and supremely drinkable summer time beer – or anytime beer. Other than the slight off-note in the nose, I really like it.

SickGnar, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been seeing this on the shelves this summer, so finally picked up a single bottle when I saw it in the fridge at a store in CT.

Appearance is a bright yellow tone with a thin white head that leaves some lace after taking a couple sips. This one is more aromatic than other blonde ales with a nice lemon zest to it and some white bread. It has a taste of hops, citrus and grass. This has a body that is a bit thin, but finishes crisp. A very good beer for a warm summer day.

mltobin, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated but recently purchased bottle.

A hazy yellow straw with a average white head that has OK duration but leaves more than average lacing.

Mild aroma, and not particularly attractive. Earthy, fruity (mainly citrus), overly floral, with some off notes.

T - has more and much better flavor than anticipated. More hop contribution than usual for style, with some malt background, a lemony tint, and a bit of yeasty fruitiness.

M - Thin, semi-watery. Good carbonation.

O - a mix of good and bad. Rather striking contrast between aroma and taste.

chinchill, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

NODAK, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presently #4 in the American Blonde Ale category here on BA. Can you dig it?

A: Mildly hazy, straw color with a wistful white foam that formed on top of the brew and stayed somewhat.

S: Puffs of yeast and Victory's hop profile. It's almost like Helios without the farmhouse funk.

T: The reason this one is so good is the same reason that Prima Pils so good: It literally lays on the palate impeccable for a summer brew! Perfect balance between the sweet bread quality, the mild citrus notes, and the semi-dry finish.

M: Subtle, yet glorious bitter lingering. The lacing that was left on the glass just fell back into it.

O: I may get some heat for this, but I've decided to rate this beer to style, and since that is the case, I don't feel this one deserves any less than an A.

Chaney, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice, clean, golden ale immediately invites with a rich head of fine white foam and spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma? Crisp and delightful, with plenty of fresh citrus hops and even a trace of fruit.

I get more of the hoppiness in the taste, but this one isn't bitter or harsh at all. There seems to be hints of citrus and even apricot in there. A delicious and palate-pleasing summer brew with tons of nuance and flavor, all the while remaining light and drinkable. Winner!

secondtooth, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow; two-fingered head that's lingering. Nice carbonation.
S: Honey, light bread, a hint of lemon.
T: Lemon, grassy herbal notes up front with biscuit underneath.
M: Light, smooth and crisp.
O: I'll definitely be getting more- this is a fantastic summertime beer, tasty and well-made.

ONUMello, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine. Poured into a standard shaker pint...

A: Pours a pale, straw gold with a touch of haze; a cotton-white, one-finger head forms on the top and fades leaving some specks and webs of lace.

S: Light bread crust; lemon / orange zest with some grassy notes in the hop profile.

T: Snappy, cracker malt; a pinch of pepper; lemon rind and some herby hops; its got a nice, lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; crisp and refreshing.

O: Very drinkable... perhaps my new favorite summer seasonal. Light and refreshing, yet tasty... mmm.

jpro, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of BigMike
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

BigMike, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

FosterJM, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

jwhancher, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

jmarsh123, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jbsg02
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

jbsg02, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

ummswimmin, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

KarlHungus, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

tone77, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of chefelf
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

chefelf, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Agold
2.9/5  rDev -22%
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.

Agold, Aug 03, 2011
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,736 ratings.