Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,134
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 30.16%
Wants: 77
Gots: 480 | 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

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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Photo of phantomwyse
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 5.2% abv

Appearance- Light yellow with a bubbly 2 finger head. Quite clear.

Smell- A blend of sweet malt along with lemon.

Taste- A sourbread-like malt flavor that has some soapiness quality about it. The hints of lemon citrus from the nose follow into the taste. The flavor ends with hop bitterness and some pepper like spice as well. The malt is strong as it even is there in the finish. Much more malty than hoppy but this is as it should be for the style.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium and dry. The carbonation makes this beer alive on the palate.

Overall- Not too much unlike a German pilsener but has qualities of an ale to it such a the hops on the back end of the taste. As being new to the blond ale style, I thought this was refeshing due to the thinner body and lemon zest it has to it. I thought the malt up front was a bit bland however, though that does not detract too much from it. Not a bad offering from Victory.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly - served from firkin

Pours a bubbly, clear golden color with a huge, fluffy head. Slowly dissolves, leaving curtains and patches of lacing, nice retention too.

Scents of lemon peel and grassy hops. Some faint spice and straw with biscuit-like malt.

Touch of floral hops up front before a nice dosing of lemon peel. Zesty and refreshing, some grassy tones. Thinner malt backbone with some biscuit and bready tones. Finishes dry and a little bitter.

Lighter medium body, milder carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Crazy drinkable, decent flavor, and one of the better blonde ales I've had recently.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this is the #3 top American Blonde Ale on the beeradvocate best of lists. Purchased a 6 pack at D'vines in Washington DC, served in a DFH signature glass.

Beer is yellow and clear, soft white head of small and medium bubbles, steady moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks really nice.

Aroma is mildly grainy, a little sweet, a little hoppy, earthy, mild pine perhaps. Smells fine.

Beer is thin with a mild sweetness up front, pilsen type sweetness, I don't know what malts were used but they are present in the forward. It has a mild earthiness to it, not unpleasant but light overall, watery body with a back bitterness that isn't the best with the malt bill and a mild aftertaste of grain. It isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, just not my favorite.

This brings me close to one of the reviewing goals on beeradvocate. With the exception of kvas (KVAS!!!) I have reviewed a top 3 beer from 103/104 styles on beeradvocate. Hooray me.

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Photo of jsulko
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Mostly clear light gold color. Small white head that does not last.

Slight lemon zest aroma with a little of a earthy tone.

Taste is slightly lemon with a slight hops background. A smooth beer with little aftertaste.

A decent summer brew. Not something I would seek out again but did enjoy what I had.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

L - golden amber color with large-bubble foam dome. Bubbles trickling up the glass

S - Citrusy hops aroma with malts just coming through

T - Citrus grapefruit up front, malt in the middle, with a bitter finish

F - Carbonation buzz during and after the sip. Bit of a slow-sipper

O - Not quite familiar with blonde ales, but from my tasting it is a bit like a maltier pale ale. I do like the bitter-hop finish at the end because...hops. Very good Philly summer beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Biscuity, with a hint of fruity, grassy, and floral hops. Looks brilliant in the glass, billowing head with a clear gold body. Dry finish, overall a solid example of the style and very fitting for the season.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden color with a good head of foam and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, floral hops, a hint of citrus.

Taste: Malt, floral hops, lemon zest, and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Basically a well-hopped lager. It’s tough to find Victory out here on the left coast, so naturally I had to snap it up. I miss their V12s and pale ales.

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

A: Clear, light golden, not much carbonation - fairly boring looking actually.
S: Slight grapefruit, some sweetness there maybe, not bad aroma, again, not incredibly interesting.
T: Light and crisp, same light grapefruit flavor, maybe some lemon, maybe some orange, mild but certainly present bitterness, some biscuity flavors, honeyed sweetness. Refreshing and drinkable. I like this, not super interesting, but a solid hoppy beer that doesn't slam you with bitterness. The hop flavor is a bit on the pedestrian side though.
M: Dry, a bit more carbonated than I originally thought. It is what it should be.
O: I like this beer and wil enjoy drinking it in the summer - hence the love...

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Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a straw clear color with a decently sized head.

The aroma has a sweet corny grain aroma. It’s quite sweet. It’s a bit floral.

The flavor follows with that sweetness, but not cloying and quite crisp with its gentle pilsner malts. It’s very light on its body. Then there is a bit of a citrus and grapefruit bitterness at the end. The surprise is the citrus that comes in the finish that does not come through on the aroma.

I didn’t go crazy for it, but it’s quite a delicious and flavorful summer beer. Recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap.

Earthy floral hop aroma with hints of grass, straw, hay and pale malt. Subtle spice along with some crisp, light and citrus fruit.

Medium bodied with a good balance of floral, bitter hops, pale malt, spice and fruit notes. Crisp hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness and compliments the earthy grass and straw notes. This is countered by the sweet malt and hints of apple, pear and lemon. Well balanced and easy to drink, especially during the warmer months. I was a little nervous by the initial appearance but this beer is pretty complex and flavorful. Pretty nice for this time of year.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a nice billowy white head. The head has a moderate amount of lacing and leave a medium level of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a lighter bready nature with some lemon citrus and a light pine hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins almost entirely malt based. Flavors of bread and biscuit are on the tongue. Hop flavors then start working their way into the taste. It begins with some citrus and then some pine begins working its way into the flavor. The taste overall is more on the dry side and makes for some easy drinking slightly bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the lighter to medium side with the carbonation level being just slightly above average. Both make it very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall – A good session brew that is easy to drink while hanging out and sitting around with friends or just watching the game on TV.

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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 philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of crisp frothy virginal white colored head... Fairly decent retention gives way to a full veil of lace and a slight collar... A very light pale gold color... Minimal carbonation who's bubbles are been in size and have a pretty quick pace... Uber clean... I don't think that I've ever seen a more translucent brew...

S - Lemon... Orange zest... Some candied sugars... Honey... A mix of toasted and bready malts... Subtle grassy notes... A very minimal hop presence...

T - Lemon... Lots of grainy malts... Some subtle floral notes... A very subtle earthy hop presence on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Very light carbonation... Clean... Crisp... A slightly dry, slightly bitter finish...

D - Basic... Simple... Straight-forward... Not too shabby... No complaints, but I'm not sure I recommend nor seek out again in the future... Additionally, I love the label...

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Photo of classixIII
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold, big foamy head. Citrus, floral, some yeast overall refreshing smell. I prefer a little less hops in the blonde ale, but I could drink more.

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Photo of denver10
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy whitish yellow with a white head. A bready, piney, and citric aroma. Flavor followed suit. Starts off doughy bread, a thick wall bitterness quickly comes in, that flows into some pine and citric fruit. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent and enjoyable brew. One of those beers that works well with the warm weather as its got some bright flavors to it, though it isn'tjuicy and refreshing like I have come to expect from a summer seasonal. That uniqueness though is a point in this beers favor.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-golden with short cap of fuzzy off-white head with a skimpy bit of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Grassy and fruity citrus aroma, very nice fresh hops aroma with a little bit of lemon and floral character as well. Malt notes are small but not missing. No real yeast character as it should be.

T: A really crisp, clean beer, although the flavor is good through mid drink but misses on the bitterness (a little too bitter) and the hoppy finish (a little underhopped and really under dry-hopped) that the aromas promise. Maltiness is inobtrusive but supports the hops well with some crackery malt character.

M: Clean and crisp as the style should be with medium to medium-high carbonation and light body.

O: Not a beer I would order all that often, but at the right price point, I could see picking this up occasionally. I could see myself brewing a slightly hoppier version myself for sure, but there is no big flaw in this beer. Solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light gold with a substantial head, pretty representative of the style. Lacing forms throughout the tasting.
Smell: Grainy with an herbal, slightly spicy hop presence upon opening.
Taste: Grainy malts walk hand in hand with bittering hops. These hops have earthy, spicy attributes. A very mild alcohol warmth lingers long after the tasting. Finishes clean and somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium feel. Dryness upon finish.
Overall: Unique blonde ale- more hops than the typical blonde ale in my opinion. Not sure if this would serve as a optimal summer thirst-buster, but a good experience nonetheless.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


12oz from Brewers Haven.. Clear straw golden, wispy white head... Grainy pale malt and light grassy hops. Sorta sweet finish... No flaws really, but just nothing I will ever seek out again.


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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -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

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Photo of BigCheese
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Girlfriend got me a single of this in a mixed pack, actually drank it on the beach.

I must say for a Summer/Blonde its pretty tastey. Seemed to have a little bit of a noble hop bite, kinda grassy, which I dug, nice and carbonated, much tastier than a Bud/PBR/ect. Had a more present malt body than would be expected, nice and bready. I probably would normally purchase something local/cheaper if going in this category but its one of the better "summer beers" out there. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a medium straw color with amazing clarity. Lots of effervescent carbonation trails rise upward in this. The head is a three finger white color with impressive retention and a light texture. Intermittent but thick lacing is left on the glass.

S: This has a similar aroma to Prima Pils - strong grassy hops, some lemon zest, and backing pils malts. But there's also an unmistakable fruitiness to it that reminds me it's not a lager.

T: First sips are strong with initial lemongrass. The malt backbone here is too subtle, but the hops do a good job of not overpowering things. The finish is almost too neutrally dry at first - but the hops do a solid job of accumulating on the palate without become. The lightest hint of fruit esters pop up right after the mid-taste, giving it another subtle layer of flavor. Refreshing and easy to drink, just like a blonde ale should be.

M: What a light, spritzy beer. The texture and carbonation are nearly perfect, with just enough finishing dryness keeping it nice and drinkable.

O: Pretty damn good. This is the kind of beer that knows what it is, and knows what it isn't...drink it on a hot summer day (cough) without a care in the world, and it'll treat you like a champ.

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Photo of JNewbs
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold, clear, some lacing but not too much. Fairly standard though I expected a little haze.

S - Definitely had a little funk. Mild citrus, light hops and some grassy notes.

T - A little bit light in this department. I expected a strong flavor but just got a little bit of sweet fruitiness and some light hops.

M - Light body, but had a nice crisp finish. Lots of carbonation.

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