Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.51/5 rDev -1.1%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. "Enjoy by" date of 07/15/13.
This Kolsch pours a familiar but welcoming straw golden and is topped by a 2-finger head of tight white bubbles. Leaving some admirable lace down the bottom of the glass, a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass keeps this summer seasonal looking alive. A classic appearance on this beer.
Harpoon Summer Beer has an aroma that will remind many of German and Czech pilsners (which, stylistically, isn't too far off from a kolsch - classic ale vs. lager debate). With a malty foundation of fresh grain aromas and some bready/biscuit notes, this beer is rather mild but also has a nice grassy/floral hop presence - smells like Saaz or maybe some other Noble hops. Also a slight lemon presence to this one. Well-balanced and, well, summery.
The taste starts out with a smooth grainy malt presence, leading into some lemon on the middle and a dry, slightly bitter finish with grassy/floral hop flavors. There is also a bread/biscuit flavor that emerges in the aftertaste as the finish dries out. A simple, balanced summer beer. Quaffable and enjoyable.
Summer Beer has a dry finish with lingering flavors from both the hops and the malt. Its light body and crisp carbonation contribute to its enjoyability.
While not my favorite summer seasonal, this is most definitely enjoyable and drinkable. If you're generally a pilsner drinker during the summer months and need a more "ale-ly" counterpart, check out Harpoon Summer Beer.
05-08-2013 00:36:54 | More by Groomsy
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
12oz bottle to a pint glass
A - clear yellow-gold in color. 2 inch white head with good retention for this style.
S - grains, lemon, sweet malts, grassy
T - sweet malts, a grassy flavor, slight lemon hint, but not as much as the smell
M - light bodied, good carb. as it should be
Overall - lacks the taste that I would prefer from a beer like this. the notes are good, but need some punch behind them. I know that this beer should not be oozing with flavor, but you can do better than this. Still, not a bad beer, worth a go.
04-23-2013 02:23:21 | More by kshizzle101
3.54/5 rDev -0.3%
A - Golden pour with active foam and carbonation. Foam retention is solid.
S - Some smells of fresh biscuits, and hearty grains. Slight musky scent comes from the beer.
T - Dry finish, mild hop profile, and some earthy spice notes.
M - Dry feel, light body, and easily drinkable. Some carbonation.
O - Not my preference for a summer seasonal, but it is a pretty good representation of the style.
04-21-2013 21:27:46 | More by socon67
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
Tasted at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston. I like that it was served in a traditional Kölsch glass.
Pretty yellow gold. The head is modest and settles quickly. It leaves ample string lace on the glass.
The smell is more hoppy than I expected. Very dry.
The taste mirrors the smell. Less soft and more astringent than a traditional Kölsch. Higher hop bitterness. Good body and carbonation.
03-30-2013 15:29:43 | More by smcolw
Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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