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Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 20
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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

28 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-08-2001)
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3/5  rDev -15%

Dromeda, Jul 17, 2012
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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow nice and easy to drink in the summer heat.Nice lemony/summer smell.It is what most summer brews should be,really enjoyed this one.Just enough hop zing make this beer interesting to go along with subtle flavors of toasted grain and lemon,not a rocket science beer but better than most summer seasonals in my opinion.

oberon, Jun 25, 2002
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another offering on my summer tour de beers.

Ever since this beer first came out from Harpoon, I thought of it as "just another beer". Good in a pinch, good for a keg party/BBQ at my house several years ago, OK if that's all the bar has on tap, but not really worth seeking out.

That all changed last summer when they started canning it.

I bought a 12 pack of cans since it was reasonably priced, cold, was one of the few craft offerings at a bad package store, and I could drink it at my swim club. Happened to be a 90+ degree steamy New England day, and this beer really hit the spot - even directly out of the can.

Clean, balanced, drinkable, just enough taste to keep things interesting to quench your thirst. Don't sip it to detect nuances - just drink it. When I'm dying of thirst the last thing I need are subtle hop nuances or a heavy malt profile.

This has become a summer regular for me.

SunDevilBeer, Jul 12, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, from a friends 12 bottle sampler box. Best by dating etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours very clear and very pale. Moderate height on the near white head, that leaves just a few bits of spotty fine lace. Grassy nose of lite hops. Crisp brew, with some lime, more grassy hops and a moderately zesty finish. Lite and refreshing, nothing astonishing but a decent brew for a warm summer's day.

Billolick, May 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Pat_McWilliams, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Cavanaghty, May 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

DubleAs, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Swedes21
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very clear, almost waterish with a tint of straw. some good carbonation levels and a nice white head that dissipates quickly. minimal to no lacing occurring.

Smell - very blaw smell, nothing truly standing out here. some slight malts, although faint, and some earthy tones, besides that, its refreshing.

Taste - very nice actually, there is some good malts here, earthy tones and a slight acidic taste. this is a very refreshing taste as well, found it to be light on the pallet.

Mouthfeel - everything enhanced but the same principal as the taste.

Overall - this isnt a ride home and tell dad kind of beer, but it offers a very good overall taste and light fare. could easily drink a few dozen of these just based on how fresh it is.

Swedes21, Jun 14, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

ccurrid, May 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Janeinma, Jan 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

mte1972, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

GOBLIN, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

ngrdms, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

doremite, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of BranfordBound
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a six pack. Neck label describes this beer as a Kölsch, which will be a first for me.

Pours a light and transparent golden color. A fluffy one inch head forms and dies to a covering. Moderate lacing with some carbonation bubbles.

Smells of malts with some hops and a touch of citrus.

Very similar to the aroma. The beer starts malty with a slight sweetness. This fades to a small hop note.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little dry.

It's pretty drinkable, but I wasn't a huge fan, something about just didn't make me want to grab another. Perhaps I will try another Kölsch, except maybe this time from Germany.

BranfordBound, Jul 29, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden tone with a nice full two fingers worth of white head leaves big chunks of even lacing with each sip nice appearance. Aroma: Touch of citrus hops to the forefront with grassy herbal lemon hop tea tones, malts pale pilsner like never had a kolsch but I'm getting some mild fruit undertones as well. Taste: Completely refreshing just plain good for summer beer drinking, touch of lemon peel and other fruity qualities are here lemon grass hops with pale malts pretty bitter in flavor but there's a firm hand on balance here. Mouthfeel: Light bodied higher caronation but smooth. Drinkability: Anytime not bad refreshing and relatively complex nice beer I wanna try more authentic Kolsch and more Kolsch style beers.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2004
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3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

chinchill, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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