Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-08-2001

Harpoon Summer Beer is a beer brewed to be enjoyed with summertime activities. It is light, refreshing, and crisp.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 992 | Reviews: 376
Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1+ finger moussy white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: grainy, a little lemon, a touch sulfury;

T: delicate; grainy up front; a little spice added in a mid-palate that lasts through the finish; very light bitterness at the end;

M: light bodied; low to moderate carbonation - a little creamy; lightly dry finish;

O: not as refreshing as other Kolschs; but well done none the less;

Photo of wiseguywood
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very decent Kolsch, nice and hoppy. The only thing that brings my score down would be a slight funky aftertaste. Still very drinkable.

Photo of Triple_Seven
4.86/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious and refreshing. Much better than Sam Adams Summer IMO. Perfect summer beer for me and a nice, light change of pace from my usual IPA's.

Photo of Mulzicus
4.49/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best for summer drinking on a boat from a can!

Photo of jlindros
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tap at Tavern in the Square Northboro.
Pours decent creamy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a need pace, clear lemony straw color.

Nose light wheat malt, lemon zest, coriander like spices, cereal malt,

Taste more fruity cereal, generic fruity with cereal brings fruity pebbles, little citrus zest, typical summer spices coriander and perhaps grains of paradise, toasted cereal, wheat, etc. Some mild bitterness, generic hop note, grassy earthy like, little lemon peel bitterness. Finish dry mild bitterness, little meh yeast flavor, more spices lingering, lots of spices actually.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall eh, typical lame summer beer.

Photo of Kale99
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

like this summer beer not to much citrus

Photo of Ike_Potter
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, but not quite as good as some of the other summer brews i've tried.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours crystal clear, yellow with a pretty big head of white developing. It recedes fairly quickly and leaves very little lacing behind.
Smell is a little malt, a little grain, some floral hops, with just a hint of citrus.
Taste is not the refreshing notes I expected. some malt, citrus notes, metallic, floral, gets medicinal in the aftertaste. Balance is good, though.
Fairly harsh up front, the carbonation looks to strip your tastebuds off your tongue. Not like a West Coast IPA but still pretty aggressive. Not what I want in a summer style, that's for sure.

Photo of fps_dean
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had some at a friend's cookout in the bottle. Wasn't expecting much from a summer beer, but was surprisingly good... Looks fairly transparent in the bottle.. smells rather grainy and maybe a slight citrus in the smell as well. It tastes of grainy malts and citrusy hops. Overall, light bodied, and goes down rather smoothly.

Overall this is a very good beer for a hot day.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Summer Beer has a thick, white head, a clear (but with noticeable powdery specs suspended throughout, picked up under strong light), bubbly appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of somewhat pungent, sourdough bread and a shadow of citrus. Taste is of sourdough bread, fairly strong bitterness, and a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Harpoon Summer Beer finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and drinkable. A bit of alcohol is picked up, oddly.


Photo of myelo
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale gold with 1 inch white head that diminishes quickly to a small rim with mold lacing.

Mild malt aroma with citrus and a bit of spicy hops and hint of fruity esters.

Taste is bread malt with moderate bitterness with pine and citrus notes. Crisp, smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body with no detectable ethanol warmth.

Very good light-bodied ale with a crisp smooth finish.

Photo of cupcake24
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed two cases of beer today one being boulder mojo which I had before and another being harpoon friday full fridge variety pack. I want to try the shandy. I only had it in the fridge for about 40 minutes so I didn't want to try something unfamiliar and it be too warm. Tried harpoon summer beer its light crisp and refreshing :)

Photo of GPHarris
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a weizen glass that left great sheeting and lacing throughout. The body was a bright and bubbly golden color.
S - grainy, cool, lemon.
T - lemon and grainy. Hint of metallic finish.
M - crisp and coating.
O - been a while since I've had this one and I'm glad I revisited it.

Photo of Pigs
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon Summer Beer. What a good one. I have drank a lot of these. They are refreshing and tasty. Available in bottles and cans, it is a great go-to beer for the beach, the lake, the park, the backyard, cooking in the kitchen, watching Popeye in the living room, sneaking into the movies, walking around town, getting drunk in a fancy restaurant, drinking in a dive bar, playing foosball, hiding out in a treehouse, camping in the middle of nowhere, anywhere. Great beer. Summer is a good season overall too.

Photo of Beric
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On-tap, sampler tray
Served: 1 June 2014

Appearance: A very pale yellow with a slight ring of luminescent white foam around the edges of the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

Smell: Almost non-existent. Some pear-like notes.

Taste: Pretty bland at first, but once your palate warms up to it, it isn't half bad. There are somewhat spicy notes complimenting a slight assertion of white-wine and pear esters. A touch sweet, but nothing outrageous. Slight bitterness at the end when swallowing. Something somewhat weird about the finish (bitter, earthiness).

Mouthfeel: Feels rather light on the tongue, with medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer stacks up well against the BJCP guidelines for Koelsch, but is rather uninspiring. I'm not sure why Koelsch is somewhat universal for "summer beer" in the US- while it is certainly a light style, the strange astringency found in most US-produced versions does not make it the most refreshing.

Photo of papaglide
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into my beer glass.

This is a Kolsch, so it will be reviewed as such

A- golden straw with tiny bubbles topped with a thick creamy looking head. Nice lace as well

S- mild hop notes balanced with a nice malt background.

T- very small noble? hops at first then a nice combo of hop and malt. Super clean finish.

M- Well balanced with some nice carbonation.Nice and tight without any lingering after taste.

O- This is a great beer to have on a warm summer afternoon after mowing a few acres or doing some yard work. Really refreshing and definitely not heavy on the palate. I like it....a lot. A very nice example of the style.

Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer; hoppy and slightly bitter with fruit and wheat overtones. I think it looked like a light lager but I'm not sure since the restaurant was really dark. Not a bad beer and I'll maybe give it a shot if I come across it again but it isn't my favorite.

Photo of Mojo
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - very clear light gold (close to straw color if it was any lighter) with a fluffy two finger head, not much retention, and some lacing conserved.

S - The nose on this is extremely weak, almost imperceptible, but what is there that I can make out is a grassy, bready smell.

T - This is certainly no hop bomb. The malt profile dominates. It is a very crisp, clean taste with some lite lemon notes, and a smooth dry finish.

M - thin with average carbonation

O - This is not really my cup of tea, but I can see this being powerfully refreshing after having been out in the hot sun. As a summer beer, I believe it accomplishes what it sets out to be. Not a earth-shattering offering, but solid as a light easy to drink summer offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA lager glass. Enjoying this about 3 weeks past the "ENJOY BY" date on the neck.

A: The beer is a light gold color with lots of carbonation bubbling and topped by a good white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lacing on the glass.

S: The light aroma is lemony and bready, with a bit of hops.

T: Lightly flavored, as expected, but with some citrusy hop presence. Light malt base. Refreshing taste.

M: Rather high carbonation makes this very crisp; light body; finish is clean.

O: a solid Kolsch, but this style is quite light, simple and tame.

Photo of mpedara429
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours our a very clear golden color with a little over a finger of white frothy head. Surprisingly good retention and lacing. Lacing draping down the glass.

S: Not grabbing too much here but some bready malt and yeast.

T: The nose is also prominent in the taste along with a slightly bitter earthy hop.

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

O: Surprised. I'm a tough critic of summer beers because they are usually lacking too much substance for me or are overpowered by citrus and fruit flavors. Not my thing. This is actually a beer I'd want to drink in the summer. Not necessarily bursting with flavor, but very light, crisp, and easy to drink.

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass tulip.

Pale gold in color, lots of bubbles and a decent white frothy head. The body is semi-transparent. There’s a great deal maltiness up front as I smell it, with lemon peel and orange rind in the background. Taste is very similar to a classic pilsner, except for some more pronounced herbal and spicy qualities to the hops. Low bitterness, crackery malt on the tongue, dry grass, but flavours do not linger. The finish is fairly dry. Overall it’s not a bad thirst-quencher for the warmer months, but it doesn’t have any one quality that makes it stand out.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden straw color with a big billowy white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave patchy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of biscuit with some notes of wheat and lemon mixed within. Along with these smells is some grain and a little bit of grass as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a very mild and smooth, dry cracker flavor. Upfront there is a little bit of lemon and a small amount of graininess. The graininess increase and is joined by some more bitter hop flavors of a grassy nature as well as more bitter lemon taste. In the end, any sweetness that was upfront is largely gone with a taste of crackery malt and some bitter grassy and lemon flavors left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average to a bit thick in terms of its creaminess and thickness (at least for a kolsch of 4.8%) with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. A little thinner body and higher carbonation would have likely been better for the style; creating a more refreshing and session like feel that would match better the flavor profile.

Overall - Nothing too great here. It’s a little too bitter with a bit too much thickness for the style, which makes it not as refreshing as I would have hoped.

Photo of hdf561
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Since it is summer time, I have been hitting the summer beers hard lately.

Got this beer in a make your own 6 pack at the local grocery store. The description of this beer on the bottle, already has me apprehensive...I usually do not think of German Kolsch as the typical style for a summer beer.

The smell is a little harsh, can smell some bitterness, hops

taste is similar to the smell bitter at first but the aftertaste diminishes to be surprisingly smooth.

Again I just don't think this style fits the "summer beer" style. I would have rated it higher if it wasn't trying to pass of a classic Kolsch as a summer beer.

This beer is average but fails in the summer beer category, there are simply just better summer beers out there.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner

Clear bright golden yellow with a faint carbonation. Two finger foam cap quickly settled down to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Sparse lacings grasp to cling on to the glass.

Citrus notes dominate the nose.

Clean, crisp , refreshing. Eponymously named, this is a Summer beer.

Light,light- medium mouthfeel.

A very good summer beer that I would pack in the cooler heading to the beach, golf course, etc. Good beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2013.

It pours yellow with a fizzy white head like a good Kolsch should. But the head does not last terribly long.

The aroma is both grainy and sweet but there is also the slightest lemongrass note in the background.

The body is light but also kind of creamy.

The taste has a decent upfront pale malt sweetness and not so much like the grains of a typical Kolsch. The sweetness is what surprises me the most and it results in an unique approach to the style.

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