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Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 22
Gots: 115 | 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:
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: 968 | Reviews: 371
Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy pale color with minimal head. Aroma is light, somewhat citrusy with some hints of malt. The taste is also light, if a bit bland. Malty for sure and par the style, a vinous grape like dryness is present. There isn't much indication of hops in this beer either. It does fit the style somewhat but couldn't possibly be the best version of it out there.

Photo of edskirk3
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a fresh one, good till July 27 2007. Pours a pale shade of straw displaying medium effervescence with healthy white froth.

Smells like fruit rinds and grains. Slight hop presence.

I can sum up this beer in a single word: dry. Mostly husky grains balanced with some grassy hops. Twinge of sweetness. Champagne-like finish, except not as bubbly.

Definitely light, thirst-quenching and refreshing. Extremely drinkable. Appropriate for the warmer seasons but would be good all year round in my opinion.

Photo of jameaterblues
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Wow, a bubbly yellow color, with a 1/4 inch white head....not that this is a bad thing, but if doesn't look like anything special...Lots of bubbles though.
S-Slightly grainy, with an assertive floral hop bitterness showing through(not as assertive as a pils, but assertive enough)....Light malty backbone, and a musky haze.
T/M/D-Hops all the way though, but not like an IPA....these are light, and tingle the tongue....again the floral and slightly grassy taste....as well as a light citrus lemon/grapefruit note. There is a bitterness though out the beer that lingers, but as it lingers it decreases....creating a refreshing finish. Light, easy to drink, and a great beer to try and convert a macro drinker with....not bad, but now I want my summerfest.

Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy golden color with a white three finger head that holds to one finger then fades to just cover the beer. smell is of earthy malt and spice from the hops. rich wheat malt up front then the hops pick up the middle to a slightly bitter end. light and crisp with lots of carbonation. really like this beer style, great session beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, honey, spice, barley and a little bit of hops. There’s also a faint metallic smell in the background.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of lemon and honey, with some wheat, malt and a touch of hops following up. The sweetness fades a bit as you drink it and transitions into a nice refreshing taste.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: The sweetness caught me off-guard given the style, but once I got used to it I found the beer kind of tasty. It goes down easy and has a decent kick for a “lawnmower beer”. It might not be the best summer beer or the best Kolsch that I’ve had, but it was a decent beer.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pilsner glass at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a clear honey color with very little carbonation and a quickly-disappearing white head; left sticky lacing the whole way down the glass.

S - Weak aroma with hints of honey and lemon.

T - Honey flavor up front with a grainy backbone. A little hoppy flavor came out as the beer warmed, but nothing really jumped out at me.

M - Thin body with a crisp and creamy finish.

D - Although it's nothing spectacular, this is one I'd keep in the fridge for a hot summer day when I'm working outside. It would definitely hit the spot.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poors an almost lemonade esqu pale yellow, with a huge head that quickly faded to leave some nice lacing down the sides. Smell is very light, some maltiness, and a bit of a fruity smell, but not strong enough to narrow it down. Taste has a distictive lime touch to it. Very lite beer, this would be perfect on a hot summer day I would think. Nice bit of a dry hop after, but not too miuch. This is a good beer for a hot day, very lite and tastey. One of the best summer brews I have had...

Photo of kimcgolf
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a light summer beer. Poured to a hazy golden color with white head that lingered well and then left decent lacing. Aroma was not real strong, but had hints of fruit an wheat. Taste, again, while not real dominant, was similar to a light hefe-weizen. Left a good, thirst quenching palate. Not a great beer, but pretty deecent.

Photo of bencharles
1.78/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle

Appearence: a gentle yellow, very plain and almost a bit cloudy...

Smell: Thin, grainy - "yeasty" even - mainly just a simple sweet smell.

Taste: It's hard to describe this beer's taste. It's like the beer wants to be better, and taste better, with more crisp and zing, but sadly it falls very short. This beer tries too hard - that is the flaw with this one. The taste is boring, bland, and very tiresome on the tastebuds - it hurts to go through the motions of drinking more than one bottle.

Notes: I tried so hard to like this beer, because I usually love summer beers (wheat, seasonals, etc.); but this beer is just not a very good one for what it's supposed to be. I reviewed this a second time just to be fair and I pretty much have come to the same results: a boring beer, plain, and unimpressive at best. But look on the bright side...UFO is still around and doing well ;)


Photo of kkipple
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

'Poon summer beer... hmm, some names you just can’t abbreviate, can you? Uh, anyway, this Harpoon Summer beer pours a real clear watery yellow with a small white head. which eventually fades into non-existence. Pretty basic.

I smell some hops, sweet honey and light malt. A little floral – green apples.

Now, I'm not a big Kolsch fan, but still, this ain't my beer.I get lots of DMS; it's corny, slighty tinny and too dry for it's own good. Some bitter hops but they don’t do much for this beer. It leaves a bitter, metallic finish and dries my tongue. I don't want to drink a beer this dry in the summertime..

The carbonation shocks my mouth; it's overdone in my opinion. Again, there's a corny / tinny aftertaste and no trace of hops in the finish. Unimpressed.

I'm usually a fan of Harpoon's beers, but this is my least favorite of their lineup. It's too dry and frankly doesn't taste that great. Given that Pilsner Urquell and SN Summerfest are in the same price range, why would you pick this up? Disappointing.

Photo of Nesued
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 on brown bottle, bright yellow label. Ink-jet bottled date on glass, but it was smeared such that I was unable to read it.

Appearance - Clear yellow color with a small head forming upon pour. Not much retention, but a bit of lacing once the head faided. Carbonation presence that feeds the small head.

Smell - A bright aroma of grain.

Taste - Crisp and clean taste of grain with a dryness. Not alot left on the tongue after the pull. A present bite at the end gives it a very pronounced hop finish.

Mouthfeel - A thin feel. The carbonation is weak at this point, but for a "after yardwork" beer, this may have it's merits.

Drinkability - As the summer is winding down, I figured I get away and try the Harpoon summer offering. The finishing bite seems to detract from an otherwise nice presentation. I'm not sure if this would earn a place in my "summer beer fridge" to take the edge off a long Saturday of yard work.

Photo of TrickKnee
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Never being a big fan of summer beers i though i would give this a try anyways considering it was from Harpoon. I was expecting a lot more lemon grass in it and was suprised when there almost wasnt any in the taste, not even the smell. I was drinking it at the Harppon Beer dinner and it was supposed to work well with what i was eating, it definetly didnt, tastes were way off. Even though i love harpoon and everything they do, i will still stay from this one.

Photo of veech
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All things considered, this is a very good seasonal beer that meets the needs of summer beer drinkers. It is very crisp with an excellent clean aftertaste. It has mainly citrus nose and mild hopped flavor that accent the milder grain tastes. Good carbonation, color and lacing that persists. Very clean finish which pushes the drinkability very high. I only wish Harpoon was available locally. I've never been disappointed with any of their beers that I've had the pleasure of trying. Stamp this one recommended.

Photo of mnj21655
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with a 1" head. Lacing remains until the end. Smells faintly of citrusy hops. Taste is slightly of hops with hints of citrus and finishes clean. Nice mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. The name says it all. This is a very drinkable beer prefect for those hot summer days. I will absolutely have this beer again.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger white foamy head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell was a very light biscuity aroma cut with a nice lemon zest element.

The taste was very clean with a mild citus hop and lemon flavor couched in a nice grainy doughiness.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp. Good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking summer beer. This a top tier summer brew. A good rendition of an under-represented style.

Photo of jswigart
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm probably being harsh on this beer. I am normally a big fan of Harpoon's beers... Which makes me wonder if there is something wrong with my keg (skunked, cooked, etc.)... But after taking an informal poll among many of my friends, the verdict is that the beer is just dissapointing, not defective... Seems a bit over carbonated as far as mouthfeel goes. A bit on the sweet side. There is definitely a sense of hoppiness (if that is a word) but seems like it might need more hops. I guess I think it seems a bit bland for my taste. Actually, I seem to think its just out of balance. Overall, drinkable, but not one I would buy again - stick to Harpoon's other beers...

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

Poured bottle into a strange, has a small white head, the beer is a clear golden-yellow color.

Smell is of faint hops and some fruity esters, not much.

Taste is very hoppish with a malty aftertone, much like a APA, just not as much of a hop kick.

Mouthfeel is great for a hot summer day, a little bit more carbonation than needed, but very smooth.

Good drinkability on a summer day, could have quite a few more.

Photo of shivtim
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a thin white head that stayed there for a bit. A very clear light yellow color. Nose is lacking, maybe some mild citrus but thats it. Taste is very grainy and slightly malty, with a strong metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is ok, and I guess drinkability is ok is you can handle the metallic taste. To me it tasted very much like a not so great macro lager.

Photo of BlackAngus
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong straw color, thin head that dissipates quickly, doesn't lace the glass much at all

Clean, very light fruity aroma.

Somewhat sweet, very smooth, zero aftertaste

Light-bodied, little carb, slight hops in the finish

Drinkable in quantity, but not particularly exciting. Not bad, though. If you're a fan of the style, certainly worth trying.

Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a serving of Harpoon's Summer Beer at their Windsor VT location. The beer is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a pale yellow color with a nice ring of head.

Smell: The ale has a light hop aroma with light being the key word. There is not a lot going on in the smell area.

Taste: The ale has a slightly sweet malty base and no real hop kick, coming across as a tamed kolsch style ale.

Mouthfeel: The beer is fairly neutral on the mouth, making no serious impressions.

Drinkability: The ale is fairly refreshing, but not the best representation of the kolsch style.

Photo of jwc215
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured straw yellow thin a thin white head that soon becomes a lace.
The smell was very light - some grassy aromas.
The taste was of sweetness, some hops and a good deal of water. It reminded me of a light version of a boring Euro-macro lager.
A sharp tang is suddenly taken over by a sweet malt. It had a metallic taste in the finish.
This is too boring, even for a summer drink. It left more of a drying finish than a refreshing one (though I realize that that can be characteristic of the style). Also, it was too sweet, IMO.
Bottom line - there are more refreshing summer brews out there.

Photo of MSchae1017
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken about 12 hours ago.

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a decent sized head, moderate head retention and lacing. The smell is very weak with a light hop and malt aroma. The taste is a reflection of the smell, not much is revealed through taste that is not present in the aroma. The mouthfeel seems rather uncharacteristic of most ales in that it is thin and over carbonated. Overall it is a very easy drinking beer nice to cool down with.

Photo of RedChrome
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour was a very light straw color. A white head started an inch tall, but quickly disappeared. Few slow moving large carbonation bubbles. Watery lacing ran away quickly.

Very weak nose had a slight malt character. I had to struggle to pick up any aroma at all. When my nose did pick up anything it had a slight secondary scent of white grapes.

The taste matched the aroma in its complete lack of anything that caused more then a twitch of my senses. There was a slightly bitter aftertaste which was stonger then any actual flavor. It was like drinking a glass of lightly grape flavored water.

This beer was very watery. Carbonation danced around on the surfaces of the mouth.

Overall, I can't recommend this. A disappointing offering from a good brewery. I don't think this may be indicitive of the brew, and have a subtle feeling I only got a bad bottle, but will pick up a new one and edit this review accordingly.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow capped with a thick foamy white head that reduces to a layer of white bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

Very nice aroma of light malts, floral hop notes some fruity hints of lemon zest and an apple cider like sweetness, like in a white zin.

Light and crisp and clean on the palate. Light malt sweetness with a light citrus finish. The bubbles make be burp alot. Very refreshing, I could easily put down a bunch of these on a hot summer day.


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

A clear light gold appearance with a fairly small head. The smell was stronger in malt than I would have expected, then a lemon & hop scent came through. Taste was more hops than malt, but well balanced. Very crisp and light mouthfeel, almost tingly. An easy to drink pool beer, but nothing terribly special.

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Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.