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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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Photo of kimcgolf
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

kimcgolf, Oct 22, 2006
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 ;)


bencharles, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of kkipple
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

kkipple, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Nesued
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Nesued, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

TrickKnee, Aug 23, 2006
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.

veech, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of mnj21655
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

mnj21655, Aug 19, 2006
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.

plaid75, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of jswigart
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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...

jswigart, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

MrHolland, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of shivtim
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

shivtim, Jul 25, 2006
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.

BlackAngus, Jul 23, 2006
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.

akorsak, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

jwc215, Jul 10, 2006
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.

MSchae1017, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

RedChrome, Jul 03, 2006
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.


SteveO1231, Jul 01, 2006
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.

, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy yellow color with a thick white head into a pint glass. The aroma had some citrus notes that complimented the malt and hop tones. The taste was a good malt and hop balance that left a bit of citrus on the tongue. The beer has a fairly light body and makes for a drinkable summer beer, just what it is intended for.

ggaughan, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of adowney523
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale in appearance with little head that quickly fades. Smell is citrusy with a touch of malt. Taste is also citrusy with moderate hop flavor balanced well with malt and a light alcohol taste.

This beer was very refreshing on a warm summer night. Definitely a nice summer session beer for your BBQ.

adowney523, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale hazy yellow color. Lasting bubbly white head. Streaming carbonation and some lace. Bright and clean.

Crisp wheaty grainy aroma. Mild and gentle. Light, floral hops.

Tasty, refreshing flavor. Grainy, but mildly sweet. Has a juicy tangy edge to it that gives it a real german flair.

Light bodied, bubbly yet refreshing. I can't think of a better beer to drink when outside working on my bike. Not the most interesting beer, but for what it is, quite good!

akahn, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of rabsten
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass, hazy yellow with thick, sticky head, lots of bubbles.

Hop hit up front with balanced malt and slight alcohol aroma. Smells like "beer," if that makes any sense. Like a really good, fresh eurolager.

Malt up fron in the mouth with a bright, crisp hop finish. Tasty. Like the smell, very eurolager-y, but fresher.

Crisp, dry and refreshing. Good carbonation - not so much as to bite, but enough to refresh.

Very drinkable. Goes down well and makes you want another.

BL: another winner from the 'Poon.

rabsten, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of rowew
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. No date information on bottle.

Appearance: Dark yellow, medium sized head fades quickly, but leaves a thick layer on top of the beer. Small bubbles.

Smell: Clean malt aroma with a bit of citrus.

Taste: Clean grain flavor starts out, and then there is a bit of wheat-like flavor. Finish has just a bit of lemon flavor.

Overall impression: Drinkable and clean flavors, but not overly exciting. Nice gateway beer, and a nice session beer as the weather warms.

rowew, May 25, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head and good lace. Light malt, slight corn, lemon and honey. Light malt up front with a nice citrus zing. Hop bitterness predominates in the aftertaste. A decent brew but too much bitterness reduces its summertime drinkability. I didn't find it as quenching as I had hoped. A decent beer though.

sabrills70, May 21, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL. (New to AL!)

A: Pours a dark yellow/orange color with a foamy white head that starts tall but eventually settles down into a nice half-finger foam. Decent presentation.

S: Slight corn aroma in background, masked by a sweet floral ester up front. Slightly "off" somehow, but decent enough.

T: Sweet orangey flavor, slight yeastiness, with a moderate hop bite. Pleasurable, finishes clean.

M: Relatively thick, foams nicely on the palate.

D: It's a great mico-macro beer. Exactly what it's intended to be.

danielharper, May 19, 2006
Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.