Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 150 | 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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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Blonde clear color.. A/T saltine cracker, grainy and yeasty, slight sweetness with a lighter bitterness.. What I expected.. Easy summer beer

Photo of ljbonadonna92
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted like a light beer with jolly ranchers in it.

Photo of Kingbee73
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy beer. Perfect for summer and one to consider starting with if you are trying to transition into craft beers.

Photo of jlawhea
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good solid summer time kolsch

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's like a mildly sweet and sour bread, with a little bite of hops thrown in. Solid summer brew, nothing mind blowing, but perfectly refreshing.

Photo of Jypirate
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good outside nice day drinking beer

Photo of Lahoi
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good summer, on-the-beach choice. I can think of far worse ways to end a lawn mowing session.

Photo of beerboy21
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of candy like sweetness. Grainy. Could benefit from a cooler fermentation and/or cold aging.

Photo of TtheGrey
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me one of these to try. Unfortunately I did not have a clean Palette at the time (3 other beers in), but this went down nice and seems to fit the style well.

Photo of PGVG
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BA is requiring a review

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.

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Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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