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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,135
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 30.16%
Wants: 77
Gots: 481 | 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: 2,135
Photo of ferociouswalrus
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had this in what seems to be its intended setting... at a picnic in a park by the water on one of the first nice days of summer. It did the trick, but wasn't anything particularly special. It has the same strong floral hoppiness going on as many other "summer" brews, though there isn't quite as much fruitiness as you sometimes get from blonde ales. One thing I'll say for it is it didn't lose flavor as I drank it, as some beers do on hot summer days.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(strangely, no best by date on label - poured into an Innis & Gunn stemmed fluted goblet)

A: clear-filtered sunshine yellow liquid with an open-structured, spongy white foam that lasts for a couple minutes after the initial pour... after the foam died a bit, the remaining pour brings a hilly crest above the glass, pillowy in form

S: soapy-flowery German hops come to the fore - I wanna say similar in character to their Hop Wallop - zesty, almost saffron spiciness in there as well (the Simcoe?)... background of lemon peel, and perhaps a faint pilsner malt deep down... the Citra may only provide a delicate, spruce-y highlight

T: zippy-hoppy up front, a touch of honeyish malt, and then it just drops off dry with that perfumy, soapy-floral element wafting on the palate... with subsequent sips, the spicy, piney, soft bitterness of the hops take over... the malt stays a bit back coming across with a mild, dry shortbread flavor... sort of a lemon meringue real late in the aftertaste

M: this drinks like a mix between a German and Czech pils - somewhat sharp-drop dryness mixed with a chalky-soft, fluffy, and fuller malt body... the hops seem to project a menthol cooling sensation

O: I feel like I've had this beer before - Victory tweaked some older recipe to create this... they do well with their German ingredients, adding a touch of this US hop and that... I could see drinking 2-3 of these at a BBQ this summer

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Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a little grassy, a little pilsner-y, a little bit of adjunct, but a decent brew and easy to drink. almost some kind of vegetal and fruit flavors in there too.... foamy white head, slightly sticking to the sides. do you ever wonder if 250 characters might be too many for some brews???

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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 mnrider
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Brown Bottle. Enjoy By on Bottle.

A: Pours a clear bright gold. Medium creamy white head. Small to zero retention,
with little lacing.

S: Floral hops. Spices. Wheat. Grains. Tea. Honey.

T/M: Hops. Bitter and spicy. Malts are grainy. Light citrus, orange and grapefruit.
Starts sweet then turns bitter with hops and spices. Has a cream feel at first but
the spices and hops soon take over making the feel more dry and bitter.

O: This Blonde Ale is leaning towards an IPA. Needs a lighter body if it wants to be
considered more than an average summer ale. It's still easy enough to drink on
those hot summer days. Taste is good.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing tastes quite like summer like watermelon and hops. As soon as brewers figure out how to use either of these in all summertime beers then the better off our summers will be. Hey, wait- here's one...

Summer Love pours like the style's namesake perscribes- golden. And bright golden at that. Showing off those bright and shiny rays, this sunny beer sheds a creamy stark-white head and slathers the glass with random speckled lacing. Its long retention speaks slightly to the world of IPA.

Aromas of tea and cannabis leap out immediately, and with a quick follow of tobacco and marmalade. Its "blonde" character offers a tepid honey and grain support that ties all those earthy and fruity scents together.

Yet inversely, its that melange of grain, malt and honey that greets the palate first, buffering it from the spicy hops that follow. First, a citrusy component grows with pink grapefruit, oranges, juniper and lemon. As the taste turns to bitter- a spicy, woodsy and peppery notion concludes the taste, especially after the sweetness subsides. What's left is the herbal mayhem of sassafras, bark, leaf, grass and bodacious buds.

Early creaminess is the result of dissolved carbonation into residual sweetness. But once that carbonation expels and the sweetness fades, the hops dry the taste while alcohol spices things up in a minty sort of way. Leaving echoes that strike the senses as catty and chive-like though that peppery bitterness tramples on.

With all that hoppy goodness, Victory should get away from any notion of this being a Blonde Ale and would be better suited to advance the hop structure in all- aroma, flavor and bitterness and lighten the body to make Summer Love a "session" IPA. Its 3/4 there already!

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Photo of djfried
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle that I purchased as part of a build your own 6-pack, I poured this beer into a beer mug.

A- This beer is a nice light yellow color with a light to moderate white head with hardly any lacing as I began to drink this beer down.

S- The smell of this beer ok it is pretty on par with the smell that you would expect from a beer of this kind which was an earthy smell with hints of citrus and a bit of yeast scent as well.

T- This beer tastes very good, it is almost exactly what I would want to drink on a hot summer day at a barbeque or ball game. It tastes similar to the smell with the addition to a bit of hoppiness which is a nice refreshing addition.

M- A sip of this beer has a feeling of a little bit of carbonation which feels nice on the tongue and that amount of hoppiness does not leave your mouth overly dry which is essential for a summer beer.

Overall, this is a good looking and tasting beer that would certainly quench your thirst on a warm summer day. While it doesn't do anything particularly special or different it stays true to its style and was an overall enjoyable drinking experience.

Victory Summer Love - 3.5/5

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a frothy white head and symmetrical lacing. Color is , well... Blonde. Aroma is grassy, grapefruit hops and pale malt. Flavor is same as aroma with a nice crisp refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is light. Overall a hoppy blonde who treats you right.

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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 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 Jadjunk
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Victory Brewing Company's
Summer Love

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of GameFreac
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of ZorroZ
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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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 raznug
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of daniellebelle
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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