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Geary's Summer Ale - D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

254 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
The style of this ale is traditionally European, similar to a German kolsch: full bodied with a spicy hop tang and a rich, crystal clear golden color. Alcohol content is approximately 6% by volume.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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Reviews by Etan:
Photo of Etan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a tumbler.

A: Pours a light copper with a small white head.

S: Buttery, bready yeast, sweetish grain, light hop note.

T: Crisp hop bitterness, sweet grain, more buttery yeast.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit too heavy for the style.

O: Not bad. A bit too yeasty and heavy but pretty decent.

Etan, Apr 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a summer beer this is no light ale or lager here a nice deep golden rich color and flavor.A nice creamy head to this beer with a malty and fruity with a hint of yeast to it,flavor is a big malt attack in the start with nice fruitiness with a light hop profile,a bigger tasting beer for a summer but not heavy a great beer for any season.

oberon, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Geary's offerings are my everyday beers. Slightly above average, good, serviceable beers. This year's summer offering has a striking green label (part of Geary's art contest) with a green cap. It poured a clear orange with a medium head that quickly dissipated. It had a pleasant floral/citrus odor, and a citrusy taste that was nicely hopped. I think it's a little more assertive than most summer brews, and very enjoyable.

lordofthewiens, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gotta love those slightly buttery, caramel-like toasted and biscuit flavours paired with that distinct Ringwood yeast, spicy flavours and loads of fruity esters. A near perfect, albiet raw on the palate, summer time beer.

Todd, Aug 20, 2001
Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A Kolsch? Seriously? Harpoon summer pretends to be a Kolsch but Geary's version is pretty far off the real thing.

Smell is of cooked veggies & <uh-oh> the bane of a Ringwood yeast brewery - the big D (diacetyl). I'm not totally averse to it on occasion, but Im not looking for it in a summer quencher. Not too promising but let's get into it.

Caramelly & a bit metallic on the tongue, backed up by a mish-mosh of cooked corn & slightly bitter hop snap at the end. And yes - there's some big D lingering around post sip, but not as bad as I thought. Not really begging me to take another sip as I would expect a summer beer to do.

Can't picture this a summer drinker at all unfortunately. Also disappointed that this beer is marketed as a Kolsch, as it's nothing at all like a true one.

SunDevilBeer, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
2.75/5  rDev -24%

TTripp725, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a malty and slightly citrus aroma. A very light amber color and good head formation. The taste is sweet and sour or citrus taste to start and finishes with a surprising caramel flavor. This beer is refreshing and a great English type ale and exciting that its not a wheat summer beer.

bishopdc0, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-shorty with no freshness date.

Pours a light copper brew with a creamy looking off white head that clings to the glass like a champ.

Trademark Geary's buttery aroma is a bit more prevelant in this brew, sweet malt and a touch of hop help round out the nose.

Quite malty, crisp and smooth with a full body. Thick layer of malt and diacetyl is covered with a balacing hop bitterness and a lingering herbal flavor. Butterscotch in the semi-sweet finish.

A solid beer but a Kölsch it is not, at least by today's standards. None the less this one of the most flavorful summer brews this year.

Jason, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This, and Gumballhead, are a couple of summer ales that I'm finally going to review after my tastings in July, didn't produce results that I felt comfortable posting. When I tried Geary's summer ale in July, I thought it was a Belgian style golden ale. After checking their website, I'm convinced that it is, indeed, based on a Kolsch. This one pours a crystal clear, burnished orange body with very little head and no lacing. Aroma is subdued, with some sweetish caramel and pale malt, floral hops, and a hint of vague tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is actively carbonated, with a light to medium body. Taste has biscuity malt, buttery yeast(Ringwood?), and a bitter, hop character. Tettnang and Saaz hops are used, and produce some floral notes, but very little of the fruitiness that I noted three months ago. The finish is bitter, but clean. I'm convinced, now, that this is not Belgian inspired, but it's an odd rendition of a Kolsch. Actually, I liked this better three months ago when it seemed to have more of a yeast presence along with some Belgian inspired, tropical fruitiness. This one was difficult to review on both occasions, but it's drinkable, just not a favorite.

merlin48, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Cavanaghty, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +10.5%

juicebox, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer rocks. Takes the qualities of a big, heavy beer and adds a summer twist to make it refreshing. If it sounds weird, that's because it's true. Dark, dark gold, bordering on copper color, with full head that reduces but doesn't vanish. Some hints of the Geary's classic Pale, with lighter elements of lemon, wheat, and grass. Still a pretty thick beer with robust caramel malts and a spicy, lingering hop finish that recollects the buttery malts as well. Not too refined, a bit raw, but that's what makes it interesting. Great warm, but also delicious icy cold. The perfect brew for snatching out of a chest of ice and enjoying as it rapidly warms in the summer sun.

Thrasher, Jun 28, 2002
Photo of yankeeheel
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a smallish off-white head. Minimal retention and lacing.

Smells slightly citrusy, with a bit of caramel.

Lots of that diacetyl up front followed by a bit more buttery creaminess. Turns a little nut like with a slight weak hop finish.

Mouthfeel is thin but it's better than your average summer beer.

How can you release summer beer in April in Maine? All and all it's another average summer brew.

yankeeheel, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of j_hollings13
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Dillonius
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Dillonius, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Trashcat, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geary's- Summer Ale

Appearance- Light yellow with a thick frothy head.
Smell- Big doughy bread malt with a spicey/ peppery touch.
Taste- Light peppery spice with a big floury/ doughy bread malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with a hint of alc in the end.

Overall- A refreshing and easy beer to through back. I enjoyed a few of these sitting on a dock on Badger Island, ME.

NJpadreFan, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of DrewBest
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

DrewBest, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2007 offering.

AP: A tornado of bubbles literally twisting their way to the top to create a 1/4' deep foamy and tight head with a few bubbles that covers a totally clear pale amber color. The look is very good, but not exactly good for the style of kolsch.

Nose: A bready, semi-sweet malt with a peppery and herbalized hop effect with subtle wheat and spices. once again, the nose is very unique for it's style.

flavor: This brew has a clean honey-wheat-bread malted flavor off the top with some brown sugar and a dazzling spicey and peppery hop effect that is very unique but VERY NOT kolsch like. The hop charecter is very complex and turns into a very hearty, herbal and green hop flavor at the end. This is a very bold flavored "summer ale" with only a slight hint of citrus lemmon with a peppery and mellow but tasty malt that is much bolder than any other "kolsch" i've ever had. this brew has a mighty fine flavor that i persoally enjoy, but can't figure out how this supposed to be a kolcsh.

Feel: Medium bodied feel, crispy and clean with a decent bite.

DA: This could be a summer favorite.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a smallish head. The smell is malty with some floral and hop aromas. The taste is very malty,nutty, with a bitter hop aftertaste.This is OK, but nothing special. The m/f is light with the sweet malt and bitter hops clashing that makes a beer that can be tough to drink. This is OK,but buy a different summer and you'll be better off.

jmz62565, May 28, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cool label. The colors are a bit different than what are pictured currently. I imagine they change the label each year. This one has a cool drawing of a sailboat on it, and the colors are a funky and hypnotic yellow and green. The body is straw yellow with some brown hues. Not much head or lacing, unfortunately.

Smell: A healthy does of earthiness, grass, some sweet malt, and an assault of hops that seem to subdue the malt sweetness a bit. Maybe some caramel and brown sugar in the mix too. IS this a Kolsch? Very nice, and a lot going on here.

Taste: The best thing about this is brew is the complex and lingering finish. I can't put my finger on exactly what's going on there, but there's a harmonious balance, with a little tweaking of the complexities, of the hops and malt. Very accomplished, with notes of dark bread, hay, brown sugar, and vanilla throughout. The longer part of the finish provides a nice hop bite to those who crave that sort of thing.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery unfortunately, with carbonation levels that I wish contributed more to the fullness rather than a sprawling all over the place, in a sense.

Drinkability: One of the better domestic versions of the style I've ever had. Lots of everything and lots of flavor. Definitely a summer brew too. I could certainly a 6-pack of this around a grill and on the dock sometime this summer.

asabreed, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of emsroth
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: True amber with the slightest bit of haze: not perfectly clear. Fluffy off-white nhead probably from the wheat malt.

Smell: Sweet bready malt. Smells like a lemonbread. A bit of yeasty sourness.

Taste: Sweet malt. Next comes a slight mineral taste that, in this beer, has a certain appeal, but gets old after the first few sips. Finishes with low-medium very spicy hop bitterness. 3

Nice medium body that is refreshing. The lingering bitterness, however, detracts from it's drinkability.

Kolsch? I wouls say it's very much like a british mild or pale ale but with spicy hops.

emsroth, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep-amber body topped by a short head of creamy ivory foam. The head holds well, maintaining a thin lid throughout most of the glass, and even leaves some nice lace along the way. The nose is buttery and lightly fruity above some mild, spicy hops. It's fine, slightly elevated carbonation leaves it initially crisp in the mouth; but it's medium and dextrinous body soon rounds it out. Buttery diacetyl remains in the flavor alongside some nice fruitiness (white grape, apple, light strawberry) over a lightly toasted malt base. Its well-balanced with a firm bitterness that leads into a long-lingering dry finish where a quick flash of fruit returns but is quickly replaced by a rising bitterness, some residual biscuity malt, and a light coating of spicy hop flavor. Buttery, fruity, malty, and full-flavored with a very long finish. Satisfying!

NeroFiddled, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice blend of crisp sweet malts and sweet fruits. The taste is an odd blend of sweet fruits and slightly bitter hops, good bready quality and a touch of yeast as well. The beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is a somewhat decent beer, just not something I see myself trying again.

WoodBrew, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a kolsch? Whatever, it was a nice, lighter ringwood beer. Where was a sweet, light caramel malt, covered in ringwood fruit and cream, almost like a fruit dip, and finished with a hint of grassy hops. Not your average summer ale, but a somewhat average ringwood beer. Still, quite drinkable and a nice brew on a summer's eve.

tempest, Jul 23, 2007
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Geary's Summer Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.