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

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243 Ratings

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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.

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Photo of BabaJohn


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:35:23 | More by BabaJohn
Photo of errantnight


3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 15:11:22 | More by errantnight
Photo of mcowgill


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 21:39:20 | More by mcowgill
Photo of veggiemafia


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:49:19 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 00:59:46 | More by asabreed
Photo of Naes

New York

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 03:59:28 | More by Naes
Photo of jmz62565


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 01:39:23 | More by jmz62565
Photo of blackie


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 01:31:00 | More by blackie
Photo of Darkale


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 23:10:49 | More by Darkale
Photo of Leon


4.72/5  rDev +30%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 03:40:36 | More by Leon
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 13:58:42 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 03:48:54 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of nouseforotacon


3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 06:33:36 | More by nouseforotacon
Photo of HoorayBeer


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a Geary's mix pack the other day, found all sorts of surprises in it. Poured this into a pint glass, as I was pouring the aroma poured out as well. Had kind of a sweet smell, almost caramel with malts laying on top. Very pleseant. Nice golden hue to it, no head when poured. Good taste, sweet at first, it grabs your taste buds with the fist moutfull. Then slowly mixing with the malts, this leaves a nice aftertaste. The taste does not stay for long. Good flavorful brew, not your average summer ales, a little bit more malty.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 21:09:46 | More by HoorayBeer
Photo of villainchiwwin


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz. bottle
honey colored and filtered with a thin head that is persistent and lacing that slid slowly down the side of the glass back into the brew. dry smell that is almost wine-vinegary but with a bitter tone and buttery notes (almost a hint of faintest glenmorangie). dry taste as well, tonic water tinge on tip of tongue with buttery notes and sweet white grape, then hops dropped on malt with a wholesome bitterness. maybe some woodiness somewhere in there too. clean, lasting echo of a finish. could be a bit fuller bodied but there is a wonderful spiciness to the mouthfeel that persists with the flavor's finish. serious summer brew, but not that typical light seasonal stuff if that's what you're craving. interesting change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 03:59:44 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of Hibernator


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Geary's Summer Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20oz tulip pint glass
I was unable to find a freshness date on the bottle, but this year's label edition is sharp. Nice colors with a simple Maine mountain backdrop.

Pours a bubbly orange brown color. Nice head on top with some lacings.

The nose is a mix of buttery corn and grains. Faint whiff of hops.

Very crisp, clean and buttery. As with most other Geary's beers that I have had the diacetyl is prevelent as can be. I like how there is a good presence of malt in the flavor.

Interesting take on a summer beer. Unlike any other kolsch that I have tried. This beer might be classifed incorrectly. It's good to see a summer brew ring in at 6.0% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 23:05:38 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I could print a nicer label on my home computer... no freshness date either to be found on the bottle or the 6'er

fluffy white head that lingers, golden tan hue with ample carbonation, clean looking glass o' beer

nice malt sweetness is right up front with some hop florals floating underneath, nothing overly complex but hey, this is a summer brew after all...

full feeling that ends in a dry sweetness. some lingering hops settle into the corner of your mouth in the aftertaste (this one pretty much drinks like it smells, no surprises), this somewhat reminds me of the Anderson Valley Poleko Gold except without the tannin aftertaste that beer seemed to develop, this one has the same flavor with a much fuller body.

good, not as refreshing as a summer beer might (should) be for me, maybe this is a 'spring' beer, this one would be fine with BBQ and the like not with strong/sharp foods.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 02:27:20 | More by Ego
Photo of Jason


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 02:46:27 | More by Jason
Photo of kmo1030


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

amber with a thin white head. the aroma consists of caramel maltiness, a slight nuttiness, with a sweet juicy fruity almost cotton candy aroma, very like harpoon hibernian ale actually, but with a little more complexity. the taste is very simlar to the aroma witha nice maltiness, backed by some nutty flavors. there is juicy very dry fruity favor underneath. some undefined hop bitterness lies beneath. medium bodied with good amount of carbonation that lends to a lightness that this brew needs to be a summer offering. average drinkability, while good this doesn't seem to be very summer-y, but hey, good beer is good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 00:34:45 | More by kmo1030
Photo of Suds


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn’t looking for much in this brew, but it turned out to be a real find. It pours a clear, golden-amber color. The head is white, although fairly thin. It’s got a nice, malt-centered aroma. Bread, caramel, and the impression sweetness are in the smell, with a little hops. The taste is solid, with a nice caramel sweetness. There’s a little butter and an almost honey-like quality in the flavors. Finish is pretty hoppy, and after a few sips, a floral and almost musty hop characteristic comes forth. Medium body. All in all, this is a very drinkable, extremely enjoyable brew. It’s not what I’d call a kolsch, but it sure it tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 01:05:43 | More by Suds
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp light amber color with a big foamy head that is only midly sticky. Still, this one looks surprisingly nice to me.

The smell is somewhat citrusy, somewhat malty & biscuity and somewhat sweet. There are hints of grass throughout as well. Again, nice overall.

The flavour is simple but full. Similar to the smell but with a bit more kick. Juiciness is more apparent here as well. Its basicially a malt/frui or malt/biscuit flavouring woven throughout, with a bit of a tart finish.

Mouthfeel is spot on and this one is just right for summer (though I am unfortunately drinking it on a crappy, rainy, late May evening). Geary's stuff is hard to find around here, but I'm keeping an eye open for this one all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 01:40:50 | More by guinness33
Photo of taez555


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear orange body with a small white head.

The nose was clean mix of malt, biscuit, slight citrus notes and a mild garbage note.

Taste was light and crisp. Slight wheat and biscuit touch. Nice mild caramel malt. Citrusy and a tiny bit grainy. Mild floral touches. A present bitterness that hints at wanting to be overly bitter but just sits so well in the mix. It doesn’t even linger very long.

Crisp, clean and very yummy. Really one of the best summer beers I’ve had. I know it’s a tough beer to describe, but it’s just so clean. It’s sort of like sierra nevada pale ale but turned down a notch mixed with a very crisp kolsch or even american hefe. I could drink this baby all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 08:06:02 | More by taez555
Photo of twelvsies


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty average. I'd come to expect a little more from Geary's... Appears a very clear and bubbly straw yellow color, quickly disappearing head. Smell and taste are pretty bland. Some hop spice, which is good, but not enough to keep my interest, and there's a disagreeable grainy aftertaste. I'll try it again, but my first impression is that this is a pretty average kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 17:45:09 | More by twelvsies
Photo of LPorter33


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear, light brown, no head, minimal carbonation

Smell = Nice aroma. Fruit like - grapes. cherries, pears, strawberries. Good sweet malt in the background with a tinge of hops sourness.

Taste = Interesting flavor. Stronger than I anticipated with a dominating upfront strong alcohol punch, tastes stronger than 6%. A strong sour hops comes next, lots of flavor here.
Great aftertaste - love the toasty grain like malt flavor that comes through in the end.

Overall = Very interesting brew. I like it a lot although I drink the drinkability is low. I wouldn't want to to have more than 1 or 2 of these as it's a bit much to take in. Geary makes some pretty unique beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 01:55:52 | More by LPorter33
Photo of HogHill


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label has been redesigned for 2005, and is much better than the old rainbow sunset. Now it's a simple sunset on the Maine mountains, yellow to orange to red. With a big "G" amongst some wheat on the neck band.

Poured into a Rare Vos tumbler. Body is amber, I was expecting more of a blonde color. A half inch head of white quickly dissipates to lace on the sides of the tumbler.

Aroma: very subdued malts, this one was not very aromatic

Tastes: The malts present a sweet taste which is followed up by a smidgeon of caramel. A good deal of bitterness presents itself midway through (low alpha acid hops). Ends with a crisp and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: between light & medium bodied.Significatntly carbonated.

Drinkability: as a summer ale these could be quaffed all day. But not enough flavor or aroma for my taste.

Overall I much prefer the Reissdorf Kolsch to Geary's Summer Ale. As a Kolsch, it seems to be loosely defined for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 21:16:17 | More by HogHill
Geary's Summer Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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