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Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 79 | 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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hdf561

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

07-21-2013 23:07:44 | More by hdf561
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

06-25-2002 07:54:49 | More by oberon
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-07-2014 00:46:59 | More by GameOfBeers
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

07-12-2011 00:38:49 | More by SunDevilBeer
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-25-2013 02:30:30 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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iemailjack

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

01-08-2013 03:37:05 | More by iemailjack
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-21-2012 15:58:03 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Billolick

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-14-2010 00:34:15 | More by Billolick
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Pat_McWilliams

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-08-2014 12:33:22 | More by Pat_McWilliams
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4/5  rDev +13%

05-12-2012 23:25:09 | More by Cavanaghty
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DubleAs


2/5  rDev -43.5%

06-22-2012 04:57:46 | More by DubleAs
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

06-14-2011 01:05:58 | More by Swedes21
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

05-26-2014 16:54:20 | More by ccurrid
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-20-2013 23:15:55 | More by Janeinma
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

11-14-2011 21:24:47 | More by bpfrush
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mte1972

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

10-13-2013 12:13:27 | More by mte1972
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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-09-2014 01:28:49 | More by GOBLIN
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ngrdms

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-20-2014 23:36:19 | More by ngrdms
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briandaube

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-02-2012 20:44:49 | More by briandaube
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doremite

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-21-2013 14:21:49 | More by doremite
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -4%

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.

07-29-2010 14:04:34 | More by BranfordBound
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

05-02-2004 18:28:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

09-13-2013 23:56:52 | More by chinchill
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j_hollings13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13%

06-19-2014 15:16:27 | More by j_hollings13
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-17-2012 15:50:23 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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