Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

403 Reviews
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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,077
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 71
Gots: 429 | 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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Reviews: 403 | Hads: 2,077
Photo of NODAK
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (486 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of BigMike
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  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

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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. (651 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of jbsg02
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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! (263 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of chefelf
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of Agold
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Soft white head atop a pale yellow body. I was hoping for a little more color.

S: Not too aromatic. Citrusy sweet hops are evident but not strong. Some faints grains.

T: This one really comes alive in the flavor department. There's a wonderful lemon/orange citrus component that I'm guessing is from the hops but is so flavorful it makes me wonder if it's something they added. Slightly bitter which leads to a dry, zesty finish. Dusty grains round out a very nuanced flavor profile.

A great beer for those dog days. (522 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly vigorous pour into the upright tulip results in an inch of marshmallow-like white foam atop a clear gold body; pretty good retention, but not as much lace as I'd like. Good looking Blonde.

S: Smells like a nice Pils without the lager yeast: clean, biscuity malt and moderate Noble hoppiness - very herbal, lightly earthy. Simple and good.

T: Much like the nose, I'm getting a pleasant balance of clean pilsner malt and fairly intense European hops. Quite noticeable bitterness on the finish - not quite enough to be astringent, but it's right on the borderline. Long, bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. I'm a fan.

M: Fairly light-bodied and exploding with creamy carbonation. Lively and refreshing, if a bit over the top with the effervescence.

O: I like it, but it seems overdone for the style: the combination of extra-light malt and fairly aggressive hops makes it refreshing, but potentially too intense for someone trying to use Blondes as a stepping stone to more flavorful styles. If you want interesting flavor, this is the place to be in this style; if you want something that's just hugely drinkable without being boring, I'd recommend Narragansett Summer.

Cheers! (1,225 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Poured a light crisp looking golden bubbly body with a frothy white head.

S - Very herbacious on the nose with notes of pepper and spice and a slight citrus fruit on the back end. Very airy and pleasant.

T & M & D - The taste is much like the nose. THe beer starts like and airy with a strong herbal body and some pepper and spice. Then it finished light and crisp with a light body and good levels of clean carbination. Very drinkable!

O - A light summer beer with interesting flavors and great character. I would enjoy these on the beach any time.

-Cheers (605 characters)

Photo of Jenkster4
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice blond color, with about three fingers worth of hear.

Nose: Got some floral hops along with some grainy earthiness, pretty nice smelling brew.

Taste: It's a pretty zesty one. I got some spice there, a tad bit of tart ( not much). Nice balance between the malts and hops.

Mouth: Nice for a summer beer. Easy drinking.

Overall: This is is a sure shot for a nice refreshing summer brew. It's balanced, light enough, and tasty. I'd get this one again. (465 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer Love

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear straw/gold with a small white head that has little retention. Vibrant effervescence. 

S: Bready malts, a whiff of sulfur, lemony zest. Light spiciness, too. 

T: Relatively sweet on the front end with a toasty malt kick. Off note of paper joins hay and grass at mid palate. Sulfur shows up, too. Light bitterness tidies up mess and dares you to take another drink. 

M: Light body and medium carbonation. 

O: The more I drink the less I love Summer Love. I understand that the style calls for a malt-forward approach, but the paper and hay indicate something is amiss.  (639 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a small white head on top. Very little lacing and steady streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is light biscuit with notes of lemon.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth, slightly syrupy with mild carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between grainy pale malt, biscuit and lemon citrus. It finishes mildly bitter with light floral notes.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking beer. It doesn't fill you up and is refreshing on a hot summer day. (539 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thins to a light layer leaving just a few spots of lacing.

S - grass and citrus blend, you can tell this beer is fresh and hoppy.

T - the balance is perfect as the sweetness of malt is met with the bitterness of hops finishing a bit dry and tart.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp, refreshing feel.

O - a very good summer beer. (441 characters)

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