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

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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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Cracking into this box of Maine-y goodness from Paul. This one pours a clear golden amber topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light toffee, and flowers. The taste is similar, though the toffee has morphed into burnt caramel and there is a strong sense of orange-peel bitterness in the background, lighting the sky so brightly the moon is no longer visible on this lovely evening. Ugh, this things hurts a bit, as the bitterness remains long after the liquid has settled down my throat. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish, lasting finish. Overall, a major disappointment, especially considering I was expecting either a kolsch (as the site lists this thing) or some sort of blonde ale or something. I got neither. The strong, strange bitterness keeps the drinkability way down, as I do not want to drink much more of this any time soon.

Photo of FickleBeast
1.66/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours dark yellow, bordering on orange with a healthy finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is not good. There is a strange smell that I can't place exactly - almost a skunk like bitterness. Something smells off.

Yuck. This is disgusting. There is some kind of overwhelming funky flavor here. I hope this is a bad bottle. I pick up diacetyl buttery flavor, but there is a definite bad taste going on here. Almost rancid-like.

I'm sorry, but I can not even come close to finishing this beer. I've taken six sips and have cringed each time. Whatever this is, it is not a Kolsch, and it is not something I am willing to drink. I hate to slam a beer - but it is a very rare occurrence that I was drainpour a beer.

Photo of Snazzinator7290
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly wonderful beer from the wonderful state of Maine. Maine is well known for its micro-breweries, and Geary's is a well known brewer that produces some quality stuff. Its summer ale is no exception to this quality. Unlike many summer ales, Gearys Summer Ale is inundated witha full bodied flavor, with just a touch of sweetness on the aftertaste tha makes it a summer ale. It isn't loaded down with lemon zest that makes it toooo sweet. It's a dark ale with subtle sweetness, not overwhelming but just enough flavor to enhance its drinkability. Along with its excellent taste, it has an extraordinary appearance, dark amber with a nice frothy head. I highly recommend this sensational Maine brew.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Semi dark copper, gold around the edges, creamy white 2 finger head.

S - Smell is average, mostly consisting of some sweet malts.

T - Rich and malty, hints of sweetness and a mild hop undertone. Nicely balanced, tasty stuff.

M/D - Medium bodied, slightly creamy, smooth and crisp. Very drinkable, almost sessionable, but a bit high on the abv for that.

Photo of kshankar
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey/gold, thick white foam with good retention.

Aroma is of citrus, breadyness, faint hops

Tastes mildly hoppy. Nice and mild citrusy hops. Breadyness is very noticeable though, which is a good thing.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, but the character from the bready malts keep it from being bland and lackluster

Drinkability is high. Great summer beer.

Photo of lou50rp
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was amber with a white head, not much and short lived. very little lacing. It has a lot of bubbles.
The smell was citrusy. Nothing distinct.
Had a citrusy sweetness with a bit of a hop finish.
The mouthfeel was medium with a tingle form the carbonation.
It was a very good in the genre of summer ales. While i would not hesitate to try it again, it will not be a regular.

Photo of billab914
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Half Acre pint glass. Poured amber in color with a white fluffy half inch head taking up the remaining space in my pint glass. The amber color surprised me a bit since I saw it listed as a Kolsch here and expected it to be a lot lighter. They make no mention of Kolsch on the bottle though so I can't knock them for that. Retention and lacing weren't bad.

The aroma has a light fruity flavor going on with some apple and a bit of grape flavors to it. Some bready malt shines through a bit as well. The fruity flavor seems to be the dominating flavor in the aroma.

The taste has a crisp, fruity flavor to it. The fruitiness really stands out as an almost apple like crisp flavor. It has a bit of earthy hop spiciness to it as well coming through in the finish. Some bready malts along with a bit of caramel come through as well. The finish has a tartness to it with more of that fruity flavor coming through. That apple fruitiness really seems to be the most present flavor to it though overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is OK, it was a decent drinking summer beer. The fruity apple like crispness was a bit much though for me. Felt a little bit heavy and tart for a an easy drinking summer beer for me.

Photo of JMD
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy auburn color with light orange tints. Off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Clean aroma of sweet bready malt and some light citrusy hops.

T: Nice balanced flavor. Clean and light. Some toasted grain, and herbal notes. Followed by lemon grass, and fresh citrus.

M: Light bodied and crisp.

D: This was a suprisingly good summer ale. Fresh and clean tasting with nice hop presence. More flavorful than your typical summer seasonal.

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at a local establishment, I think this is a better quality summer beer that most places put out, nice pour, didn't get to see the head since it was done behind the bar and I was sitting at a table, but had good carbonation and a nice lacing along the top of the glass.

Reminded me more of a Americanized Belgian white than a summer ale, nice and light, fluffy, fruity, has a decent hop presence, small amount of malt as well. Goes down smooth, and has a bitterness to it. I thought this was a bit uncharacteristic for a summer beer, but it put their stamp on it, so I admire them for that.

All in all, not a bad beer, not something I was wild about or would necessarily seek out but I was satisfied with and glad I tried.

Photo of TonyReaves
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty copper into my shaker pint with a 1-inch head.

Smells bready with some lemon notes.

The flavor is what makes this one of my favorite summer ales. It's a crisp, light beer, but it's still got a bready malt flavor and a nice hop bitterness, but the absence of much ale yeast flavor makes the subtle British malt flavors pop to the forefront.

This is a beer I didn't care much for when I got into craft beer years ago but that I've loved these past two summers.

Crisp, dry finish and it's easy to drink a bunch of these. This is probably my favorite summer ale, although I love Brooklyn's, too.

Photo of bob3701
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a honey color with a slight haze with a nice thick big bubbled white head that hangs around a while before going into a film that has descent lacing. Herbal/medicinal aroma. Malty sweetness detected but I think the hops bitterness dominates. Crisp drinking. Was not impressed and feel the beer a bit heavy for a 'summer' lable. There are better summer ales from the state of Maine.

Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass stange. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Honey-gold with ample 1-2 finger nearly white, big-bubbled head with good retention and a nice ring of lace.

S: Fruity herbal aroma is perfect for the style. Malty yet herbal, earthy hoppiness wins out.

T: The pale maltiness is strong and well-balanced by the light fruity ale qualities. Apple, pear, and berry flavors predominate with a crisp herbal, minty finish.

M: Bright medium body with lightness with even carbonation and a strongly fruity aftertaste.

D: A really nice kolsch and, if I hadn't had Reissdorf in the last couple of weeks, would probably be my favorite one. A stellar summer brew.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear bright copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring with carbonation bubbles steadily rising.
S - a bit of an earthy, slightly sour aroma.
T - very nicely balanced beer, hop bitterness pops through the sweetness every now and then with a light, dry finish.
F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.
D - very easy to drink.

Photo of travduke
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber body, one finger of head that quickly fades leaving little lacing.

Aroma: Faint hops, sweet malt. Musky.

Taste: Hops are more present in the taste with a nicely balanced sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Medium bodied mouthfeel, these goes down easy!

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 scottbrew4u
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with some orange tinge and very clear. Head is white and settles nicely. Good lacing as this goes down.

S: Light aroma of roasted grains, lemon, and hops come through both floral and citrus but mellow.

T: Light roasted grains, light caramel sweetness met quickly with bitter hops and citrus flavors. Finishes a bit astringent.

M: Light body with crisp, tight carbonation. Some light metallic feel.

D: Refreshing and easy drinking. A good introduction beer for those who favor macro brews.

Photo of jneiswender
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-brownish yellow body, off white head (thin).

S-floral hop scent, sweet.

T-sweet malt front, somewhat nutty, little hop.

M-light to medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
D-not a very good representation of the style. very run of the mill for a summer beer.

Photo of jnezda
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer on a weekend in Maine thinking I was buying a summer sampler and only realizing when I got home it was just the summer ale. I was disappointed in the lack of variety and only mildly impressed with the beer.

Appearance: Golden to very light amber with eggshell head that holds momentarily with some lacing but that fades shortly after the initial clinginess.

Smell: Floral slightly sweet and malty but with very little if a

Taste: Nice flavour that sticks with you for some time. Can taste the floral hints and the bready/maltiness to this beer. This sticks around a bit longer than some summer ales so it turned out pretty good i this catagory and would be a great session beer, which it turn into since I purchased more than I wanted of this varietal.

Mouthfeel: Much more full than expected with a slight carbonation and a full mouth taste. Filling for a summer ale.

Drinkability: Good session beer and would be a good compliment to grilled Salmon or other light fish or salads.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in Wells, ME on August 3rd, 2009.

The beer is golden yellow with almost no head... The aroma is floral... like flower. Don't know which one but... it is floral. The smell indicates that the taste will be very refreshing. The taste is actually very refreshing. The taste is way better than the smell. Definitely a summer beer. Thin and light body.

Photo of berley31
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured with a fairly large, white frothy head that retains at 1-finger size throughout drinking. Body is completely clear and sparkling, and a dark, golden color. Looks quite lively; lots of bubbles rising to the top. A very nice-looking beer.

S: All I can really smell is light malt... kind of bready.

T: Quite disappointing... it's lightly sweet and malty, with a very short-duration. In a word: bland. Bland, and boring.

M: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, and with soft carbonation. Very surprising, actually, how soft it is, based on how lively it looks.

D: I wouldn't refuse this beer if it was given to me, but I certainly wouldn't ever seek it out again. Very disappointing, especially considering how nice it looked when I poured it.

Photo of beer2day
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with all gold tints. One-finger head leaves a thin layer of foam behind. Moderate thin lacing.

Very malty nose. Brown bread aroma with a slight sour apple twinge. Not picking up hops at all, but didn't really expect to.

Very bready taste. Some yeast, but mainly the malt brings out the bread. Decent hops in the finish, but more sour than citric.

Thick mouthfeel, thicker than expected or desired for the style.

I can drink it, but it's not great. Might be a great summer beer in Maine, but not so much in NC.

Photo of CavePainter
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Kolsch! And I had no idea I was drinking one.

A: Pours a rich Amber color. Amble carbonation and a thick off white head.

S: Assertive earthy hop nose.

T: A rich malty sweetness balanced off with a good bit of spicy hoppy dryness.

M: Sweet upfront with a dry crispness at the end. Plenty of carbonation.

D: A great summer BBQ beer. Stands up to the sticky sweetness or spice of outdoor cooking.

All that in an unassuming little screw-top beer from Maine. Rock On!

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 Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body of Geary's summer ale is a mix of light brown and golden hues. It has a small head that doesn't have a ton of retention and doesn't leave much lacing behind.

Crackers and a lightly toasted biscuity malt come through in the nose, along with a touch of hops. Slight fruitiness.

Flavor is about the same. The malt is the strongest flavor in this one, I would say. Cracker, slightly toasted biscuits. Some spicy hops. A little bit of fruity characteristics are lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated.

Fairly drinkable, a solid beer. I would prefer it to be a little hoppier, but that is a matter of taste.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 Summer beer served from a bottle into a standard pint glass. There is a slight head that disappears almost entirely within a couple of minutes. The beer is a clear amber I usually like amber/red beers, so this color is promising for me. There is very little aroma to this beer, just some floral scents and a bit of summer spice. The beer tastes of sweet malts and butterscotch. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, which I attribute to the sweetness. It fishes dry with no aftertastes. Its as if you didn't even drink it! I think the beers plays that to it's advantage. This is a simple beer good for a summer day. You wouldn't get this beer to impress your friends at a fancy bar, but you would certainly make them happy if you pulled out a six pack of it at your next barbecue. Geary's summer has it's place, and within that context, it excels; I haven't had all the other Portland, ME summer ales yet this season, but in years past, Geary's always out-shines its competitors.

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