Geary's Summer Ale | D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Maine, United States
gearybrewing.com

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The style of this ale is traditionally European, similar to a German kolsch: full bodied with a spicy hop tang and a rich, crystal clear golden color. Alcohol content is approximately 6% by volume.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,208
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
281
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
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Photo of elcarajo
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think of Geary's Summer Ale as being heavier and having more presence than a true Kölsch but I'm guessing it's all in the brewing.

It's also different grin most summer ales in that it doesn't appear to have any added flavoring.

I really enjoy this beer. It's one of the things I look forward to at summertime. It's strong, uncomplicated, and unsullied, and it's extremely refreshing on a hot day.

It's not absolutely perfect - I usually taste iron or perhaps rust, and occasionally get a slight whiff of albumen - but I think it's among the better American beers and it's one that I am pleased and proud to offer such guests as I have.

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Photo of pprichar
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of acurtis
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a clear golden yellow colored body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies, slight foamy lacing and rings are left in the wake. The smell had malts and the hops with a bit of citrus in the background. There is a slight biscuity smell ever so slightly in the background. The taste was pretty much the same as the smell with a slight hop bite in the finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium with moderate carbonation on the tongue. Overall, this is a solid brew by Geary’s that I would come back to.

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Photo of littlestevie14
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williahd
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with minimal white head. Leaves some solid lacing as the head dissipates.

Aromas of grains and bready malts lead the way, followed by some subtle grassy notes and fruityness on the back end.

Taste is very fruity upfront, with some bready notes not far behind. Finishes with some light, hoppy notes and a touch of spice.

The feel is light bodied with lower carbonation. Smooth, but lacks the crispness expected of the style. Very watery with some lingering bitterness.

Overall, a solid Kolsch that is tasty, but lacks in body. Still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a light head.
Smell is sweet with a bit of fruit.
Taste is malty with some caramel. Fruity. Not much floral taste.
Fair Kolsch in my book.

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

Photo of GMan310
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

just a smooth great summer beer. great for BBQ and cookout days outside

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Photo of Jcorn
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another from the latest beer club shipment. We get Geary's and I have tried a couple of their offerings but not this one.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s: Belgian yeastlike light fruity esters

t: Follows the nose along with a light to medium hop bite over a bready malt base.
Dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A very good kolsch, generally true to style. Perhaps a bit heavier tasting than some but still refreshing and enjoyable as such. Best consumed cold. becomes rather bitter as it warms.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of papat444
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BMFR1811
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smb71481
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattycasey
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Geary's Summer Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 281 ratings