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

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255 Ratings

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jslot38
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A staple for me over the summer living up in ME. Before I hit the golf course I always grabbed a 6'er of this.

Appearance: A tawny orange with slight amber hues. A solid white laced head sits on top.

Smell: Citrus notes come to the top with a nice presence of doughy biscuits.

Taste: Buttery on the tongue. Hops hit first, but this is only a slight blow to the taste buds. Orange rinds, a but of lemon zest and some spiced notes. Rounds out with biscuit, a bit of nuts, and just a solid aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: As said, starts out with that classic buttery touch on the tongue, then the carbonation hits hard on the tongue. Flavours linger nicely.

Drinkability: This was my summer beer, and boasts a nice drinkability for a 6.0% ABV beer. One of those reason why I'll always make a call back to Maine.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Citadel82
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep birnished gold or perhaps amber. Generous white head that quickly fades leaving sparse lace.

Aroma is sliglhty floral and slightly malty. Not very pronounced otherwise.

Taste is crisp and clean. Slighlty bready with a short dry herbaceous and floral finish. Becomes sweeter and tastier as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for a kolsch. Left a lasting slick coating on the inside of my cheeks and palate. Distinct hop aftertaste.

Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear light copper color with moderate white creamy head. Some attractive lacing present.
Smell is light, with some summer fruits noted.
Taste is more sweet summer fruits, a touch of caramel and a firm hoppy bitterness that slowly grows.
Nice and full creamy mouthfeel.
Finishes with enough bitterness to over the sweet start.
A very pleasant nice drinking beer. Not quite what I would want in the summer, but in the autumn it was great.

Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice biscuity grain with a mild hint of anise.

The taste was smooth and doughy with a spicy licorice element. Slight medicinal flavor. Decent biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was a bit astringent with a mild medicinal element.

Overall not all that impressive. Not a very good representation of the style.

Photo of bruachan
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

looks a little like a pils. pretty dark for a kolsch. big head, though

musty noble hop aroma. light pils malts

it's a sweet beer, actually, and heavy for the style. hop flavor is notable, but bthe bitterness is nothing to mention. it's a tasty beer, a little out of character for true style

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

12 oz brown bottle; no best before date listed, but the label is of the 2006 vintage.

Clean golden with a brass hue. Minimal white head that fades to an almost intact sheet. Plenty of active carbonation. A few trails of thin lacing.

Clean, almost sweet wheat aroma. A distinct citrus nose: lime, lemon. Very clean, yet reserved aromatics.

Bright citrus fruit: lemon, lime, that linger like a cleaning solvent from start to finish. Toasted oats and biscuit at mid-sip; sweetened, malted wheat. Semi-bitterness followed by the artificial lime and stiff-wheat aftertaste.

Almost medium in body; crisp, but almost waxy in how it coats the palate.

Not as refreshing as most Kolsch's, but more flavorful than most. A flawed version of the style: a little over the top in terms of flavor and abv %, but unique to say the least.

Photo of bjohnson
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear darkish amber color with a nice frothy one finger white head.
S: Aromas fresh malts with a slight citrus and grassy hop background.
T/M: Nice sweet citrus and grassy hop. Hints of floral hops also. Smooth and silky on the palate but crisp through the mouth. Slight bitterness in the end, but a very refreshing finish to this offering from Geary's. Hops are definately more noticeable than the malts.
D: Highly drinkable and definately recommended. Great summer beer.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently as a change from all hefe's and witbier's that I've been enjoying as of late. Reviews seemed good for this, I've never had a kolsch before (even if this isn't true to style), and yes, props to Liza Kelley for one of the more stylish bottles that I've seen in quite some time. Thankfully, the expectations and the outside were matched by what was on the inside. Not an easy brew to pin down, but it's growing on me quite nicely as I work on it.

A nice, bright apricot hue was the hallmark of this pour. The head was decent as well, even though I expected much more from the lacing. The taste, well...I'm still getting it down! I haven't had anything like this in quite some time, but I can feel a lot of lemon, citrus, resin, and caramel notes here. Nearly no malt, and a nice level of hop bitterness that lingers long after each sip. It doesn't really fade, so much as the resin and soapy aspects gently kick in more and more. This finishes very clean, crisp, and sharp, and certainly fits the bill for a beer on a hot summer day, with some substance and bite to it. The floral and caramel notes pick up more as it warms up, to boot.

The 6.00% ABV can hardly be felt here, and it still amazes me how high it is. Since I've never had a kolsch before, I'm not sure how close to the real thing this is. Nevertheless, I enjoyed tasting this and having something better than the "semi-mindless, watered down" beers that tend to characterize the summer season. Not great for an introduction or for someone looking to stay within the norms, but for those willing to step outside their bounds a bit, this beer would prove to be quite rewarding!

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Geary's mix 12 pack. pours an amber-orange color, head sticks arounds a bit. Weak sweet smell. Taste is sweet malts, lemony cirtus flavor, some bitterness. Overall it's not too bad. I'm usually not into summer ales, this one is not bad. May not go out of my way for it, but if it's there, will drink it.

Photo of malty
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2006 lime green sailboat illustration.

A forceful pour shows a clear golden orange color with a loose off-white head that settles to 3/4". Beautiful lacing.

A quick few swirls emit a clean sharp scent of pale malts and earthiness reminiscent of dry hay. A few swirls prove the same, not much else wishes to come out and play.

Quite an erupting taste of sharp pale malts and an astringent dryness, which is definitely from the hops. Not much hop flavor, but a very well constructed dryness and sharpness from the hops. Semi-dry finish with a short-lived flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and lively. A tad bit right of light bodied.

Drinkability for me is OK. I might drink 2, but I'd be looking for something else soon after.

Overall a great looking ale that kinda went downhill from there. Not bad, just rather uneventful for me. Still, a great brewery and a quality product for sure, just not my thang. Still love the NE!

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear peach color with a small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma of crisp malt with just a slight fruitiness and a hint of hops.

Taste is crisp and malty upfront with a very slight fruitiness and a faint hop taste. Finishes dry and crisp.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

A nice summer brew, quite refreshing. Not quite a Kolsch...

Photo of BabaJohn
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, this is the perfect “refreshing” beer for people who are still concerned with the taste and overall quality of their beverage. To produce any head one must pour rather vigorously. The beer is a clear, light amber color with steady, mesmerizing carbonation. It smells crisp and faintly sweet and fruity. The taste is well balanced, with just enough bitterness to play on the initial sweetness, which is reminiscent of caramels. Feels clean and light in the mouth. Overall, a very drinkable beverage. I’ve had this before and it has yet to let me down. Bought it this time because I wanted something lighter but no less delicious. Finally, props to Liza Kelley for the design on the bottle and packaging!

Photo of errantnight
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours like a pilsner. All clear gold and light, thin, frothy head. A little lighter on the lacing, and held up to the light, a little more orange in there.

Smell is kinda flat, thin malt notes, there's sweetness in the nose, but molasses/brown sugar straight sweetness. I suppose "clean" would be a better adjective than flat.

It does have a sweetness up front that "I expected, but it has more of a hop bitterness that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. But there's not enough to really get me excited, and I'm still not entirely behind that sweet front. Nothing offensive, just nothing exciting. Well balanced, and there is some depth. As it warms a bit of floral and citrus notes from the hops begin to sneak out, but also, strangely, by hints of ethanol/alcohol. ?! At 6%?!

The alcohol notes disappear quickly however, and actually tame the mild hop notes to leave the palate incredibly clean. Upping the drinkability.

Mouthfeel on the whole is incredibly pleasant, light and smooth with just enough crispness mid-palate to have you raising your glass again in a moment.

Happily drunk, but my search for a standby summer brew on the east coast to replace Sam's Summer.... continues.

Photo of mcowgill
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper color with a nice thin white head that clings to the edge of the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles floating to the surface.

S - Faint grainy aroma with a slight touch of hops

T - Crisp, sweet, malty flavor with buttery undertone.

M - Light bodied beer with great carbonation

D - This is a nice summer beer. I could see going through a six pack very quickly.

Photo of veggiemafia
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. from Bierkraft into a nonic pint.

Orangey-gold with not much head.

Smell is sweet, like honey, slightly bready and hoppy, with nice apple notes and an earthiness that balances the smell nicely.

Taste is similar with less of a hop hit, actually. Candy-like sweetness at the front, with weird phases like hoppiness, earthiness, breadiness, sweetness. Keeps me guessing if nothing else.

Mouthfeel is clean, fairly light-bodied, well carbonated.

Really solid beer that is very drinkable.

Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Naes
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a clear amber colored beer with a two and a half inch layer of white head.
The aroma is of faint hops and not much else.
The flavor is mostly of watered down pale malt, but does contain traces of fruit and has a mild hop addition as well.
Mouth feel is very light and actively carbonated.

Photo of jmz62565
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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 blackie
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour produces a 0.5" white head that soon recedes, leaving a thin layer on top. The beer a medium-light amber in color, pretty rich for a kolsch.

smell: There's a surprising light toasted, nutty malt sweetness upfront, unexpected from a kolsch. Some hints of lighter malt, sweet light fruits (apple juice?), a decent amount of noble hops, and a slight floral character. Maybe a touch of sulphur in there also.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lighter side of the high range, and the body is a heavier light to medium.

taste: There's a general pale malt character to the flavor, but with a caramel like nutty sweetness to it also. Nice to see a mix of clean character with flavor. Light to moderate hop flavor. Finishes with a long moderate bitterness and some sweet toasted malts lingering.

drinkability: A somewhat unorthodox, "boosted" kolsch, but still pretty easily drinkable. The drinkability is somewhat off for a kolsch though, as the clean crispness usually associated with the style is negatively affected by the caramel malt.

Photo of Darkale
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I look forward to this beer every year. To me, calling it a summer beer is not quite right, because many summer beers are pallid, insipid, wimpy little things, and this beer could stand on its own at any time during the year. Crisp and biscuity, just slightly sour but also smooth, it has moderate heft and the ability to go from ice cold to warm without losing attractiveness. Its slightly oily mouthfeel makes me slink toward the fridge for another.

Photo of Leon
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love the new packaging for this year's version of the beer. Beautiful green-and-blue motif.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Head died fast, left a little lace on the sides and and top.

Smell is crisp, whiff of alcohol and citrus, clean malt.

Taste: I've been baffled somewhat by the low-80s scores this beer has garnered. In my opinion, it's hands-down the best summer beer out there. Fruit, tight carbonation, good malt flavor, crisp, some balls from the 6 percent alcohol, great finish. Simply excellent, excellent, excellent.

Hop heads, this is the summer for you. While it's not a hop bomb by any means, there's enough here to keep your interest.

Also, there is much to admire about the sheer craftsmanship here. Such a unique combination of elements, yet it works so well.

Seems like the beer might use Ringwood, so haters beware.

Drinkability is top-notch.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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 connecticutpoet
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a clear yellow ale with a one finger head. It lasted longer than the Geary's Winter ale. And a Kölsch as a summer beer? Much more along the traditional lines than the winter.

Aroma was of light malt with a hint of sweet apples... maybe cider? Close, anyway.

Taste was mostly light malts with a hint of bittering hops. No fruitiness.

Mouthfeel was good for the style... not overpowering.

Drinkability... pretty good. Light and refreshing. Not a power beer, that's for sure, but an OK choice for a session.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured out a pleasant amber tone; clearish orange/yellow with a decent white head and a strong, lasting foam. Very pleasing in comparison with other summer ales I've experienced.

The aroma contains slight hints of fruit, peach in particular, and is not particularly strong or overpowering. There is also traces of a thick, soapy smell that linger in the background. On the whole the aroma is weak in tone.

The taste is easy and light, crisp and refreshing - as any summer ale should be. Not very much going on here, though some of the fruit qualities from the aroma are retained in the taste. It's very smooth and it goes down well, but overall it ends up being a bit too simple and drab.

A very sustainable refreshment in the hot summer heat, but don't expect much if you're looking for something with more character.

Geary's Summer Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.