Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,077
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 71
Gots: 427 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of barczar
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"All of this talk about peanuts and crackerjacks 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 Downington, 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." Brewed in the style of an American Blonde Ale, this has been Victory Brewing's Summer seasonal since 2010.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy fizzed off-white head over a moderately hazy golden amber yellow body. Some light specked sediment is visible. Retention is average at best and lacing is light to none. 3

(Smell) Cracker pale malts with biscuity undertones joins potent and bright citrus notes of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon hop character with a mild bitterness. Mildly peppery and slightly acidic, yeast undertones of juicy tropical fruit and a dash of spice create a complex but cheery aroma. Potency is medium/high. 4.25

(Taste) Up front is a lightly sweetened pale malt with a biscuit depth. Hops are muted in bitterness and flavor, less bright but still deliver well on grapefruit and tangerine, as well as a touch of earthy spice. Finishes with a dry grain malt and a muted sweetness. Although the balance is more appropriate over that of the aroma, I did prefer the hop and yeast complexity and potency that is far reserved in the flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, slick, mildly acidic and clean. Carbonation adds some crispness and froth to the texture, although both in mild, pleasant doses. Body is medium+ for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet due to a very mild sweetness that this beer has, with the preferable tradeoff of incredibly high drinkability. This is a great session summer ale. 4

(Overall) Summer love finds a comfortable spot between a German pilsner and an American Blonde Ale where the best of both worlds merge seamlessly. The difference may not be stark enough to merit it's own style, but if you favor a light drinking, sessionable ale with a great deal of character from malt, hops and yeast profiles, this beer does a fantastic job of featuring all three harmoniously. 4

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of September 26, 2013 printed on the bottle, so I'm a little late on this one, but that worries me not. Picked this up as part of a mixed six pack before it was too late. And since the first snow of the year was today, I figured this one was appropriate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a light lemon colored body with two fingers of fluffy creamy bone white froth for a head. Some very fine light sediment twirling around the glass. Some bubbles lazily floating topside. Some nice head retention. Looks pretty good, no real lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is very nice. Lemongrass, some zest, citrus, grassy, herbal leafiness, some dirty earthiness, and a nice bit of musty yeast. Smells very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp yeast, bready malt, lemon zest, grassy, earthy, leafy, and herbal. Crisp and refreshing with mild hop bitterness.

M - Feel is crisp, light, mildly bitter, and refreshing. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful, easy-drinking summer beer. I definitely will look forward to picking more of this up next year. This would go great with some summer heat and some summer barbeque.

Victory Summer Love ---4/5. (1,213 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 120z bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with "Imported 2 row German malts, whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops" 5.2% ABV

Pours out to a slightly hazy very pale golden, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose on this bottle is slightly skunked, but I don't mind. No DMS. No diacetyl. One can still get a delicate crackery malt base and perfumy fresh green hops. Wonderful nose. Smells like a great German Pils. Mouthfeel is very soft with a very light, crisp and clean body. The taste is wonderful, and a recap of the aroma. Wonderfully balanced bitterness with great hop character and great delicate malt character.

This is a fantastic beer. Expertly crafted and brewed. I would call it a German Pils with the added pungency of Simcoe and Citra. Totally love it. I could drink a 6'er of this easy during a day at the beach or an outdoor barbecue with family and friends. Highly recommended. (991 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a modest head that leaves just a few dots behind

Smell: Slightly grainy with a hint of citrusy hops

Taste: A hint of bread up front with a developing grainy aspect; in the middle, a hint of citrus balances the malt flavors; surprisingly peppery on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: For a Blonde, this is a tasty beer and would be a treat on a hot Summer day (440 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this over the years but never tried it. Got sick of IPAs and stouts so I saw it at a bar and tried it.

Appearance: Pours a yellow filtered lager-ish color. Looks like the perfect refreshing summer beer.

Smell: Smells of sweet malts, grains, and a floral flowery scent.

Taste - Taste is really good. Mirrors the nose - really sweet tasting and floral. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: LIght mouthfeel.

Overall: Really good beer. Surprised with this one. I think this is my first blonde. My favorite summer beer and one of my favorite beers. (552 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of ZorroZ
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of dnphoto
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of raznug
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of daniellebelle
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of Hermanater
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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! (439 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of FriarTuck
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 (990 characters)

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.