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Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 86 | 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 GolgiIPAratus
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

GolgiIPAratus, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

NEhophead, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

pentathlete, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of ecoboy
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.)

ecoboy, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

connecticutpoet, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

pezoids, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of malthead
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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...)

malthead, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of claytri
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

claytri, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Hibernator, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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

PSUDREW, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of JISurfer
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

JISurfer, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

Poured out a cloudy light yellow/golden color with some nice carbonation from the tap of course. Smell consisted of grains, hops, lemon citrus type aromas, and some wheat in there as well. Taste was pretty good. Gentle hops attack the palate with some grainy tastes as well with an underlying sweetness that holds true to the kolsch style. Aftertaste was mostly that sweet taste, but wasn't too bad. This is a great session beer.

necoadam, May 31, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this to me was one of those 'across the board' beers, where the rating was the same in every catergory. it's not a bad brew by any means, but it's not that great either. what it turns out to be is a basic, thirst quenching brew for the summer. it pours a decent golden yellow with a sudsy, soapy looking head on top. decent stickinesss here too. the smell is basic and pretty much matches the taste: sweet, wheat and grain. the flavour holds a bit of a fruity zing in the middle and has a refreshing finish. it's not as lemony as many summer brews, which is nice, but it doesn't distinguish itself in any other fashion which would make me run back to the store to grab more. sure, i'd have another one, but this one definitely wouldn't be on my list of have to have summer brews.

SixpointJMH, May 28, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce borwn bottle. Bottling date printed on neck.

Pale straw gold, topped by a dense white head that leaves some sticky lace behind.

Light fruitiness with distinct hints of apple, along with some noble hop aromas.

Delicate hints of fruit, herby hops, & a grainy biscuity dryness combined with restrained bitterness. Light bodied, with moderate carbonation.

xgrigorix, May 21, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling clear gold, topped with a huge four finger crackling white head, highly carbonated, leaves bits of partial ring lace.
Banana aroma when it's warm, dies down when the beer is a bit cooler to more of a general fruit and toasted malt aroma.
Sweet fruity taste, bit of grassy and spicy hop, apricot pit bitterness in the back when it warms.
Light and crisp, but still sweet, good thirst quencher for hot weather, but not something I'd look to often. ABV seems really low

mschofield, May 18, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a large off-white head that laces with nice sticky foam. The smell is of mild hops with a slightly fruity smell that seems a bit of the pulpy variety. The flavor is truly Kolsch with a bit of bite from the hops covering the underlying sweetness. The feel is a bit weak with little crispness. Good drinkability from the medium feel; refreshing.

AtLagerHeads, May 18, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a clean refreshing scent that boasts of pale malts and dry lager yeast. There is little in the line of hops, but it is true to style. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with a clean finish. It is a bit dry, with a slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine summer brew. It goes down easy. It's light and refreshing on those hot summer days.

WesWes, May 18, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale golden color with a thick head.
A soury bitter citrus with faint malt smell.
Grassy or hay taste with a great yeast aftertaste.
Goes down smooth and easy.

Great summer brew. Drank three or four on Saturday, while blistering in the summer heat at Preakness. Would go excellently with a cookout or fishing trip.

Dithyramb, May 17, 2004
Photo of chugamugofsud
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy a good kolsch in the summer and this beer will be one of the ones I look to this summer to fulfill that role. It pours very yellow/golden with a rather large head that has some yeast in it. The beer has little smell other than a slight tendancy towards the citrus. It tastes light and wheaty with a background hint of orange peel, lime peel or lemon peel (it's hard to tell). It is very light and easy to drink, best served relatively cold. I recommend this for drinking outside during the summer, especially if you are planning on putting back more than one.

chugamugofsud, May 14, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Summer Ale

Appearance- yellow! Big Bird/ Canary/ Lemon Pledge/ Old Yeller Yellow. A frothy white head as well.
Smell- very faint citrus and wheat.
Taste- light citrus with a hint of wheat. Actually quite nice.
Mouthfeel- very smooth, very crisp. Goes down all too well.

Overall- a nice summer brew that would be a definite thirst quencher. I'll have too purchase some more for the HOT & HUMID New Jersey summers.

NJpadreFan, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer for those long hot summer days.
Pours a hazy yellow orange colour with a frothy one finger head which releases absolutly wonderful aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit, hops and malts. The taste is also as fruity and citric as the aroma. Lemons, limes, and grapefruits attack the pallate. It leaves a mild hoppy finish and will keep you in good hands this summer.

CBFanWish, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of Erix
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was reviewed right out of the fridge, poured into a pilsner glass. Not too much head on it, with what was there dying down quickly. Gold color, very clear, and somewhat darked than a pilsner. Smell was clean and lagerish, with minimal hops. Taste was also clean and light, very crisp with some hops presence, but I can't tell the type. Lingering grassy hop flavor. Very clean, quite refreshing drink. High drinkability despite kind of high carbonation. Overall this beer was nothing spectacular, but a nice beer for a hot day sitting on my roof.

Erix, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow brew topped in a small layer of white foam that will leave a bit of lace as it dies down gradually. Faint sweet malty aroma. Hints of fruits and citrus as well as some hop notes, but not a big one as far as the nose is concerned.

Light, crisp, refreshing. It is a very drinkable session brew, but the flavor is lacking a bit. A good balance of sweet malts with just enough hops to balance and take the wheel for a bit. Breads come in at the end. It sure could use a little more flavor, but it is definitely a good one for the summer.

ElGuapo, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date: 8/03

This beer poured a crystal clear lemony yellow color with a decent amount of carbonation. The head that was produced was fairly thin but dense when first poured then settled to a light skim on the top of the beer. It was white in color and produced a watery - spotty lace. The aromas that were produced were of fresh hops (flowers, spices), citrus fruit (lemon), and wheat grains. An aroma that came across crisp and precise, each note of aroma was pronounced so that you could identify it. The flavors were crisp and refreshing, tastes of fresh hops, grass/hay, lemon fruit, light sweet malt and pronounced wheat grains. Medium bodied. Slightly bitter on the tongue but not overly, a bit dry but not overly. I guess what is being said is, that it is a well balanced beer. Crisp, clean, well carbonated and refreshing. A perfect summertime beer. Very good example of its style. I would definitely get again.

Jarod, Sep 05, 2003
Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.