Paper City Summer Brew | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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Paper City Summer BrewPaper City Summer Brew

Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by UnionMade on 06-16-2003

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by eclectic:
Photo of eclectic
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best by 11-29-2005

Clear golden amber with a decent head.. mild hop aroma, tastes crisp and slightly hoppy with a good balance of maltiness and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied and rather refreshing, perfect for a hot summers day.

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Photo of fitzy84
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a variety pack and was able to sample this one. The beer poured with no head but some bubbles to the side. A slightly amber-ish gold color, pretty clear. Sweet, honey-like biscuity aroma. Also sensed some malt and citrus. Taste was sadly lacking from such a good smell. Sweet aftertaste with specific honey flavoring, but pretty much watered down. Mouthfeel lacked a hard, crisp punch that so could have aided this drink. Overall, such potential but fizzes in the end.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The color a pilsner ought to be. Nice translucent gold, with a soft, sticky head. Above-average carbonation.

Smell: Very clean and light, but with no off notes. Subdued hops painted on a slight malt canvas. No excessive grainy smells.

Taste: Slight initial sweetness, drivenaway quickly by the more-than-adequatedrying power of the hops. Slightly green, maybe, and with a hint of citrus. Finishes clean, dry, and refreshing.

Good summer beer. Definitely worth a shot if available in your area.

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Photo of JimmyK77
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep golden pint with a thin head that is bubbly and short lived. Aroma is bready and citrusy. Flavor is of bitter citrus, hops, slight sourness, and malt. Beer leaves bitterness on the back of my toungue. This beer seems like a combination of beer flavors that don't belong together.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour very light copper amber with a short foamy head, light lacing, and moderate carbonation. Nose consists of some weak wheats, citrus, and moderate hops. Taste is altogether rather bitter with minor notes of citrus and wheat. Definitely more of a lager than an ale. Pretty decent, has a substantial body while not being too watery or too strong.

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Photo of necoadam
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a light gold color with a good white foamy head. Nice lacing around the glass once finished. Smell was clean and light for the most part. Some hops and grain aromas due mingle around, but it's light nevertheless. Taste made up for the light smell at least. Started out on the sweet side, with a lemon twang coming through in the middle, along with some graininess. Hops then show their muscles with some light grass tones coming in the end. Finished with some honey flavors. Mouthfeel was medium with some lively carbonation. A good Helles which only cost 5.99 a six pack. Can't go wrong with that.

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Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just prior to tasting this beer, I had Paper City's summer pale ale, which was downright awful. I didn't have high expectations for this beer, but alas, Paper City has redeemed itself with a respectable (and drinkable) summer offering.

The beer is a shade or two darker than a golden ale, almost a copper color. There is ample carbonation, there is a white head that retains for a bit, with some minimal lacing.

The aroma is a bit musty, a bit lagery yeasty, some husky grains, perhaps a touch of citrus. The taste is quite good and enjoyable, although I think I might be a bit more charitable while I'm still detoxing from their summer pale ale. The taste is quite sweet and refreshing in the mid section. I'm going to go with a buttery, almost honey like characteristic. There is a nice smooth graininess to the beer, with some astringency on the back end. As the beer warms, more of the sweetish malts emerge, and the astringency, crispness, and citrus notes fade away. There is some hop presence underneath, but the smooth buttery malts have the last word. The aftertaste is modest, the mouthfeel is a bit oily, and this is a degree or two heavier than a light bodied beer, although I'm not ready to commit to classifying it as medium bodied. Worth seeking out. This came in a variety six pack, and I was fortunate enought to purchase it as a single. L'Chaim.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting one. I have come to expect poor summer seasonals from American microwbrewers. I hate to say it, but this has been a big factor of any summer beer being my least-favorite seasonal brew. This was an interesting exception and a great new take on what can be a very bland style.
Poured a hazy and very pale tan (hay-ish) body with a very small head.
Smell; as I said, I was expecting the typical citrus, etc. But what I got was butter. And then some. Butter, toffee, dough. Vanilla and sweet fruits, sugar and butter throughout. Little clove if any.
Taste also suprsied me. As I got used to the idea of butter I get hit with something strangely familiar. Juniper. Thats right, kids. Think back to your first sip of gin, and you had no idea what the hell it was. Piney and floral but stringent. There was a presence of juniper I have never experienced in beer before. There were also hops and more citrus than the aroma let on. And obviously alcohol.
The feel started semi-sweet and ended very dry, almost reminding me of a rye; grassy and rather alcoholic.
So this was a suprising beer. I don't think I could have had more of these due to the juniper presence, which I hate to say because it really suprised me. Hats off to PC for trying something new and very interesting.

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Photo of Ecxeeder616
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of mschofield
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold topped with a three finger foamy white head. Leaves bits of webbed lacing.
Citrus zest, lemon, grass and honey aroma.
Lemon, sweet and fruity taste, apple peel, candy, apricot and a honey note.
Light bodied, an ok summer session beer.

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Photo of Stopper
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a pale, watery, transparent, golden orange, crowned with a generous fluffy and frothy bright white head, which slowly recedes. The aroma is a bright fruity hopiness with subtle round, sweet malt notes -- like a bowl of mandarin oranges with some bran flakes. With the first sip, a respectable bitterness is immediately evident on the tip of the tongue, with a complimentary mouthfeel and a slight flavor of very light malts. The hop bitterness remains pretty well-pronounced as the flavor progresses. Towards the end of the body there is sometimes a slight alcohol bite evident, which is striking for a beer of this style. Then the alcohol fades back into the background as a finish of sizable, slightly fruity, dry bitterness comes to the fore.

The alcohol is very occasionally a bit more pronounced than I'd expect, or really completely enjoy, from a summer brew. I'm also shocked that this is classified as a German Pilsner, as most aspects of its flavor generally have considerably more character and bite than I'd expect from a German Pilsner.

All that said, it's pretty yummy, and I'd definitely choose it over a lot of beers that I might consider refreshing on a hot summer's day, because it has a lot of interesting character for what it is.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy burnished gold, topped with a thick heap of white foam threatening to climb out of it's pint glass. The head slowly settles down, a film of lace clinging to where it once was, leaving a thick, even mist atop the beer. Great retention, maintaining a thick mist, with an incredible belgian lacing that just sheets the glass all the way down.
The aroma is rather sweet and malty. A sugary quality similar to one of those round, striped after dinner mints that has been sitting on a dashboard all day in the sun emanates forth. Very mild hopping, a soft floral, citric tang creeping around the sweetness. A bit of a grainy, bready feel encapsulates the malt. Perhaps a touch of cardboardy oxodization, but I can't be sure. Very strange.
The flavor starts with a sweetish pils malt, a pronounced white bread sweetness coming through immediately. A slight hint of lemon and grain in the middle, continuing into the end. The long finish features a rather striking hop presence. Floral noble hops and faint citric hops add a decent bitterness, the floral notes adding a light wash of metallic astringency in the swallow. Perhaps a smidge of saaz spiciness, but not much. Just a touch of fruity alcohol when you exhale. The finish is fairly dry, although the beer seems to have a fairly soft, bohemian mouthfeel. A lightish medium body, with mild, yet sturdy carbonation.
Not a bad beer at all. The aroma is very unusual, and a bit off putting. The flavor and mouthfeel seems to be in limbo somewhere between soft bohemian and northern german crispness. It's an easy-going brew. It seems to have some of that german pils crisp graininess, but not enough to seat it in that style. Whatever it is, I'm not sad to have purchased a sixer. They went quickly.

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Photo of Braudog
2.04/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle (thanks Sue!). Fairly dark golden color with quite a thin head. This is pretty starchy, almost corny, but overall pretty smooth. It is kind of down a koelsch lane, but not as well bodied. Very sweet aroma and sugary finish. Overall, I've had better. (#2640, 1/12/07)

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Photo of steinlifter
4.19/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: poured a pale golden (a bit like a Bud or American lager) slight foam,which held on all the way through.
smell: smelled of apple and mild hops
taste:very pleasant apple notes at first giving away to a dry hoppy flavor,that then gave away to a smoothe satisfying aftertaste. Hops kinda stayed with me a bit though.
mouthfeel:light,crisp,refreshing,alittle dry, medium carbonation
drinkability: as the label say's "A light bodied,full flavored lager,perfect beer for relaxing day's of summer"
This beer really hit the spot! light yet flavorful, I usually go for a wheat when I want this combo,but, this one really has a lot of flavor. Good session brew! Recommended!

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Photo of JMD
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper color with small white head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Sweet and malty. Bread, bisquits and honey. Touch of citrus and floral hops.

T: Toasted malt and carmel. Sweet upfront with honey, cookie dough and hints of vanilla. Hops come in towards the end with a light citrus bite.

M: Crisp and light bodied.

D: This is a nice flavorful summer lager. I was pleasantly suprised when I tried it. These go do nice and easy, and they're a great change of pace from all the summer wheats.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought a six pack over this past Friday night. Poured into standard pint glasses. Golden yellow colored body. Average head, but that disappeared quickly. Just a few streams of carbonation bubbles. Smell was a hint of lemon, but not much else. Taste was alright, but nothing great. Some malt, citrus, and grass. Slightly bitter on the palate. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery, but it's a summer lager, so that's understandable. I drank a few with our bbq food, and they hit the spot. A decent summer beer, but doesn't stand out in the grand scheme of what else is available.

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Paper City Summer Brew from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
3.34 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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