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Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 98 | 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 silenius
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around solid summer drinker. One of the best "Summer" beers I've had. Pours a clear pale yellow with a moderate white head that leaves only a little lace.

The smell on this beer reminds me of a NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Mineral and slightly floral with some bittering on the end. Appetizing!

Hits the tongue with a malty sweetness balanced by a mineral dryness. Great taste in the heat (90 deg on the porch today). Leaves with a nice dryness and a snap of hop bittering. Quenching!

Carbonation levels and mouthfeel are darn near perfect for this one.

Highly drinkable in the heat!

Photo of JackStraw22
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light golden color. Good fluffy head, lots of bubbles feeding it. Nice lacing too. A little bit of spicy hops in the nose, but pretty one demensional aroma wise. Hmm, nothing in the taste. A little bit of hops, a little malt, but really bland. Not bad tasting, it's certainly refreshing. Good for a BBQ, and it quenches your thirst, but that's about it.

Photo of ElGordo
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a vibrant golden hue with a flourish of a small white head that is gone in under a minute. A bit lighter than a kolsch should be, in my opinion, but appetizing nonetheless. Aroma of sweet malt, crisp lager yeast, and a touch of biscuit and honey. More light sweet malt on the palate up front, with a light hop bitterness emerging towards the back of the mouth. Finish has a bit of diacetyl in it, kind of unpleasant. Body is substantial enough, but a tad foamy. Actually, I think the bottle I have right now is markedly worse than the one I had last night. Not a bad beer for a warm summer night, but there a certainly better summer ales to be had.

Photo of donchata
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice crisp pouring beer with bright coloring of light gold. Very drinkable with a thin, soft head. I quite enjoy the ease of drinkability and the light bodied presense coupled with a satisfying clean flavor. This Kolsch style beverage is ideal for a summer fix.

Photo of bobbyc881
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and clear, with a decent white-colored head that thins out quickly. Well-carbonated. Beer is a golden color.

Smells sweet and grainy. Like summer, I suppose.

Taste is mediocre, mostly of corn and other grain. Sweet taste that leaves behind a sticky feel in my mouth. Drinks smooth.

I don't think I would purchase more of this.

Photo of mortarit
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I think this will be my first Kolsch beer, so I will have to look that up to see what it means.

I was impressed from the head. Very white from the first impression, and texture was not bad either.

Carbonation through the pour was excellent to watch.

Clear

Taste was light and branded with the Harpoons' taste.

I would buy it again because Harpoon has good beer.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stange yielding about 2 fingers of fluffy snow-white head atop a bright, light, yellow beer. Very clear with streams of carbonation running up the sides of the glass. Some half rings of lace lined the glass throughout the sample.

Smell was floral and fruitty. Similiar to Harpoon's IPA. Some hoppyness in the backgroud as well.

Taste has a crisp bite to every sip. Some fruitty tastes and a tiny bit of bitterness and hop character. Very clean and smooth and refreshing. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Light on the palate with a good deal of carbonation.

Very easy to drink and refreshing to boot. A little bit "light" for my personal tastes, but I know this is in character for the style. I could easily have a few of these in one sitting without thinking twice.

Photo of Citadel82
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is beer is pretty much what one would expect in a kolsch. Mild and refreshing in all respects. Pours sunshine yellow with a decent head that left some nice lace rings on the glass. Slightly hazy, not as clear as some the German Kolsch I have sampled but very similar in palate and profile. Aroma is slightly fruity. Taste is mildly sour with some biscuit malt notes and a clean dry finish. a very drinkable summer beer.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Barley’s Ale House #1. The Kölsch is not an overly complex style but I enjoy it for being straightforward and refreshing. Unfortunately Harpoon’s version is overly simple. Clear golden color with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Light hops and lemon aroma. Light-bodied with a minimal hops flavor, along with some grass and citrus. The finish is clean and a little tart, but short. This beer is not memorable despite being pretty easy to drink.

Photo of LPorter33
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = golden-yellow straw colored, clear with decent 1/2 inch head and bubble shouting upwards.

Smell = malty with a sweet fruit scent of apples and pears. Very plesant.

Taste = Very sour without much hops, has a strong citrus flavor, but I feel like this is much too dominant. It lasts throughout most of the taste and drowns out everywhere else.. Strong bread like malty aftertaste hits in the end. I'm rather disappointed.

Overall = I do not recommend this one. I'd take a Sam's Summer Ale over it anyway and that's not saying much. Just way too sour without much else to it for my tastes.

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color out of the bottle with a thin white head. Smells quite clean with little to speak of, save some slight malt and hops; the standard for the samples I have had of the kolsch style. Mouthfeel is light, while still being enjoyable; clean and crisp. Well carbonated. Taste is clean, with light malt sweetness and slight bitterness coming out in the finish. Very drinkable, could drink these all day. A good beer for a hot day when something easy drinking is desired.

Photo of HappyHourHero
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big foamy off-white colored head is all kinds of sticky. Dozens of streams of fine bubbles rise through the transparent sun colored beer. Faint aroma, maybe a bit of grassy hops and pinch of grainyness. Soft light beer. Flavor is a bit sweet, and a little grainy. That's about it, there might be some floral hops in there, but they barely make it to the surface. I'm assuming this is pretty close to a Kolsch, but I just don't like the sweet grainyness.

Photo of Backer2004
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So much better than the Sam Adam's Summer Ale I had earlier this week, even if it is a different style. Not a big fan of the Koslch style, but this is an exception. Great golden color, nice head and lacing. Good with the BBQ chicken I had with it. Would be a good session beer. It did have abit of dust on the bottle so i'm not sure how old it was, but tasted nice and refreshing, with hints of fruitiness.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear golden color with a slight amber hue. A foamy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a sustaining lace.

Aroma: A citrusy lemon scent, with some grain.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A clean, grainy malt character with a very noticeable lemon citrus flavor. Some grassy notes too. A mellow hop bitterness. Grain flavor dominates the pleasantly long finish. A light mouthfeel with tangy carbonation

Light and refreshing. This brew has a flavor that is crisp and delicate. A good session beer to have on a hot summer day (and no, I’m not just saying because it says on the bottle that this beer is “perfect for summer” ). Recommended.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled: 4.21.05

12 oz. bottle

A medium pour results in a dense off-white head that hangs out for a good time. The flaxen liquid beneath is almost clear, so clear I can see my magnified fingers like gilded and golden sausages on the other side of the glass. Lacing is abundant and sticky.

The beer has a beautiful aroma, both sugary and tangy. That German Euro-funk is present. You know the one I mean. The smell of old world beer. It's enticing.

A sip carries over that sweetness in a crisp zip. Slight bitterness from the hops, along with a twist of citrus splash against the palate; is that tangerine? The beer is lightly carbonated. It's a full brew; not at all heavy, but very apparent in the mouth. I won't say 'chewy', but you know it's there.

Drinkability? How long can you last? This one is a full on session brew. HUGE session brew, in fact. Eh, ok, the 5.5% MIGHT be worth noting before consuming too many, but this is perfect for summer and should make many an appearance at many a barbeque. In my opinion, it blows Sierra Nevada's summer offering out of the water.

Photo of NEhophead
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1" rocky white head that is slow to fade. Condensed lacing with good strength. Crisp, light golden in color.

Light citrus; faint mustiness. Moderate wheat and grain aromas.

Crisp wheat flavors complimented with a medium bread-like malt character. A very light apple/pear citric quality. Finishes crisp and slightly dry. The aftertaste is bready, with a darker, metallic-filled maltiness.

Light bodied; the malt character balances the wheat and grain flavors well. Well rounded and balanced on the palate.

Light, drinkable, and pretty good flavors for a Kolsch. A nice beach beer for the summer.

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

Poured into the Collins glass a bright yellow with a rocky head that lasted a minute or so while leaving lace on most of the cylinder. Some citrus in the nose. The taste was crispy and refreshing with some additional citrus flavor, almost zesty. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation keeping it lively. Is it the Collins glass or does this beer dissapear rather quickly? The glass holds about 12 oz, so it must be me. This beer has summer session written all over it for the spouse and me.

Photo of ecoboy
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delighfully clear light yellow gold in hue. Short-life head of mixed-sized bubble.

An oddly scented kolsch, with a healthy lemon zest, and a fatty note alongside a light grain nature that -ulp- gives it the scent of cleaning products. This is not a good thing. I had to stop my natural approach of reaching deeply with my nostrils before sips.

Damn shame, too, since the lemon nature is amped down in the flavor for a nicely mixed middle (after a citrus attack.) Lovely mouthfilling fine carbonation makes it gulpable without pain. Yes, a light body but with PRESENCE, something the rice/corn guys could learn from. Finish is full of lingering malt, citrus, butter and bitter. I think AB/SAB drinkers would really enjoy this; it could be a gateway beer (those guys rarely smell their beer.)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice find... the package store I got it at doesn't usually stock Harpoon.

It was a nice medium yellow color, clear, with a short head that stayed around for a little while. Rather compact little bubbles.

The aroma was hoppy, and there were hints of lemon.

The taste was tart, slightly astringent, with a body flavor of light malt with traces of bitter hops and a hint of lemon. A little bit of an odd combination.

Mouthfeel was pretty good for the style. Good body.

I might have another on a warm day sitting out in the sun, or having a plate of nachos, but not as a regular drinking beer.

Photo of pezoids
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a yellowish gold color with loads of carbonation and a large white head of foamy goodness. Slight chill haze apparent, but disappeared after a few sips. Golden and lively. The aroma yields pleasant notes of sweet and fresh nutty grains, pine and just a hint of caramel butter. The taste is very pleasing. Light, yet flavorful with a slightly sweet and bitter tang finish. Wow, this is an excellent beer! A great Americanized version of a German Kolsch beer. Crisp, clean and could be the near perfect summer beer. Left me wanting more!

Photo of malthead
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

nice clear yellow color, decent white, sticky head. Lemony aroma, sweet with a little hops. Nice taste, mostly sweet lemon (like some type of lemon/sugar candy) with some hops towards the finish. The mouthfeel is a little sickly sweet for my taste, though, but maybe that's just a function of the style. Real easy drinking, great for relaxing on a summer's day. (even though it's cool and rainy right now...)

Photo of claytri
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a pours a clear light yellow with a small amount of white head. It has a light hoppy aroma. The taste is clear and crisp with a good dry bite in the end. The feel is light and dry with a slight hoppy aftertaste. I was not impressed with the one Kolsch I had had previously so was pleasantly surprised with this offering. Definately a beer I wouldn't mind having again, but I'm not sure when I would say hey I really want another.

Photo of Hibernator
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer out of a 12 oz bottle with a 5-6-04 "packaged on" reading. The bottle screams Summer time with its bright yellow colors and nice Harpoon logo.

The color of this beer was a very light yellow and transparent.

The mouthful is very clean and refreshing. It's crisp and clean. This is the kinda beer that you could pass on to a friend that has no preference for craft beer and they will enjoy it.

Very drinkable beer, but not a first choice for me personally.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

POurs a light orange/dark yellow. citrus/lemon smell

It has an odd mouthfeel, but still very watery, but that does contribute to it's drinkablity.

Mostly a hop taste, little malt, but there is still some there. Interesting beer. Highly drinable, but nothing overly remarkable

Photo of JISurfer
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer... indeed. Figured I would try this one out, since I usually dig their other seasonal brews. I really liked the taste of it. It kind of started off as a lighter, hoppier brew, but then switched over to a semi-malty, medium bodied brew. Ofcourse there was the presence of citrus fruits and other lighter tropical fruits, along with the little bite of hops. The head was nice, started out very frothy and thick, but then flattened out to a fairly thick laceing. I would classify this as my new favorite "lawnmower" beer. Very refreshing and would be great to have after work.

Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.