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

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Geary's Summer AleGeary's Summer Ale

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261 Ratings

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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.
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Reviews by beyah:
Photo of beyah
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

About 2 fingers white thick head on a golden ale, that slowly decays and leaves decent lacing.

Buttery aroma, slight caramel and lightly herbal hopped.

Malty, well balanced with earthy hops, and that distinctive Ringwood yeast.

Mouth feel is perfect for this beer, slightly slick, hops just get slightly noticed and carbonation level just right.

Just what a Summer Ale should be. I'll get it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.41/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite summer brew, not only for the beer, but also for the artwork. Every year Geary's has a contest with the Portland School of Art to see who will grace the label. The artist gets a prize and we get this outstanding beer. More taste than most summer brews, this one does not need any citris condiment. Full bodied, yet somehow light, it goes great with the foods of the season. I look forward to its appearence every year.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on June 12, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Light wispy aroma of a piece of white toast, with fresh salted butter spread on. Toothy grain and sweet malts shine through. An elucidating cranberry honey flows out behind. Light but complex and highly enticing. Pour is a crystal clear deep golden, with a fuming wall of percolating whale carbonation. Head is a rocky foam of crisp white. Flavor is a rich full sweet clean grain malt, with heavy honey, light malt vinegar and flowing apple and lemon juice. Crisp biting wheat edges and toasted almonds. So much flavor in something so pale. Body is full and the mouthfeel is satiating. It ends in a dryly smacking roundabout of pear skins and light figs. But, the mouthfeel gets weird, like it’s physically affecting my tounge, by scorching it with a sensation similiar to sour candy. Weird. Regardless, this is quite well done.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single 12 oz. bottle consumed at Andys Corner Bar...

A- Huge fluffy white head, bright golden color, amber hues, no lace.

S- Caramel malt and citrus scents, clean and blanced.

T- Taste was crisp and biscuity-bready. Some spices and lemon. Small hop flavor, not enough to satisfy the hop heads.

M- Dry and light, easy drinking feel.

D- Not a big fan of summer ales, this one is decent.

Worth a try if you like summer ales.

Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours mostly clear, but darker tinged and see through. 1/4 inch white foam sits on top. Starts to lace. Sweet caramel nose, citrus too. Malty. Taste is light, clean, crisp. Floral hop sits in the background. Ideal summer beer.,

Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark copper color with a decent head. This offering had a malty, fruity and hopy aroma...very nice. Taste was sweet and fruity, with a light ending hop presence. Mouthfeel was a bit oily and this affected drinkability. I wouldn't beg for another...but I could drink another if offered.

Photo of Franchise
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This summer offering from Geary's pours a golden caramel color leaving a thin off white head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is grass, citrus hops, earthy, hay, lemon and a slight acidic nose. The taste mirrors the nose, very dry and crisp. Lemon tartness feel on the palate clean and refreshing with a nice dose of hops for a nice balancing bitterness. Overall a solid offering from Geary's

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-dux. 5-17-11.

A: Poured a bright pumpkin orange with a bright clarity. An eggshell colored head of a monstrous proportion rises 3 fingers leaving an ice-berg like structure centered in the glass. Faint and lazy carbonation rises while the head slides cleanly down the glass walls leaving no visual evidence behind.

S: Dried orange grinds and moist fresh grains along with some grassy hops of moderate strength are to be had on the nose. Average experience.

T: The flavor didn’t fair to much more enthusiasm then the aroma. Pale grains, dried orange grinds mixes with some grass and floral hops. Nice level of hoppiness, but the body is weak and watery adding little support. The whole thing finishes off with a strong grassy flower bitterness which is still not even for saving grace here, overall boring and mundane.

M: creamy, medium-bodied with no carbonation presence. Things turn washy on longer holds leaving but a grassy and flowery fade, again lackluster.

D: Mindless and casual summer drink that may be worth putting back a few in a backyard gathering but wouldn’t care to seek out or ask what I was drinking. Unlikely repurchase, and overall not a good summer time drink in terms of refreshing quality, flavor or light bodied nature. A average drink that hardly raises an eyebrow for the summer time craft fan looking for something to quench the thirst on a hot day. Pass. a kolsch this is not.

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