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

Geary's Summer AleGeary's Summer Ale
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3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Geary's Summer AleGeary's Summer Ale
Notes: 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.
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear caramel color. Two finger white heads recedes at a moderate pace to spotty foam and a nice collar

Nose is wonderfully spicy. Some surprising spice depth on the nose, almost a combination of a good Oktoberfest and a good Kolsch. Delicious caramel malts rise to the forefront of the aroma. Some light citrus, malty sweetness, and spice.

Palate is immediate caramel malts, big Munich, sweet and spice. This is a summer ale? Hell no. This is an autumn amber ale! The taste here is the nose personified. Semi-rich caramel malts, some moderate vague spice, light hopping lends a subtle citrus note and bitterness that weighs against the malt sweetness perfectly. Sweeter upfront, and then begins to dry out on the finish, giving g a sense of closure.

Mouthfeel is light in body, but the caramel-y malts adds a slight feeling of weight - which is then counteracted by a medium to medium - high carbonation. I would put this on the very light side of medium bodied. As light as you can go while keeping some heft.

Overall, I saved this for last, after two expensive craft cans, thinking it would be a "better" crappy beer to pair with a broiled hotdog. Man, was I pleasantly surprised. My first offering from Geary's, and I feel bad for not giving more credit. While I'd hardly call this a "summer ale", it drinks as a fantastic autumn ale, perfect for this cold New Endland October night, and a nice broiled beef hotdog.

Oct 20, 2018
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elcarajo from Maine

4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Aug 23, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jun 30, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

May 15, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Jan 15, 2017
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

May 30, 2016
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seedyone from New York

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

07/31/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. Kolsch is the descriptive but in my mind it's a bit on the shallow side. The dryness is there & it's refreshing as can be, but a shade light in body. Worth a try, if you have the chance.

Jan 31, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-copper with a big white head. Heavy lacing.

Aromas: Smells of buttery bread, malt, toffee, floral hops, biscuits and a little wine.

Taste: Follows the nose, and it's pretty tasty. Vinous note dominates, more than in the nose. Malt, toffee and biscuit are also up front.

Mouthfeel: More medium-bodied than I anticipated.

Overall: Nice beer. Not super "summery," but a nice, balanced, all-purpose ale with an appealing flavor profile.

May 20, 2014
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MistahBeah from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with orange highlights. Dense foamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Some lace

Smells buttery with some toasted toffee notes. Slight grassy undertones. Fruity yeast. Warm banana bread

Taste is similar to the nose. Very creamy at first. Butter and biscuits. Floral earthy hops with some resiny bitterness. Slightly assertive but a backseat to the buttery malts and fruity yeast

Feels creamy and smooth. More full-bodied than the normal summertime fare. Slightly coating

Overall not a good representation of the Kolsch style but not a bad beer. I was pleasantly surprised and would probably revisit. Also not what I would expect from a summer seasonal so a 6 pack might be a bit too heavy for a hot summer day

Jul 30, 2013
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours mostly clear, but darker tinged and see through. 1/4 inch white foam sits on top. Starts to lace. Sweet caramel nose, citrus too. Malty. Taste is light, clean, crisp. Floral hop sits in the background. Ideal summer beer.,

Jul 04, 2013
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beyah from Maine

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

About 2 fingers white thick head on a golden ale, that slowly decays and leaves decent lacing.

Buttery aroma, slight caramel and lightly herbal hopped.

Malty, well balanced with earthy hops, and that distinctive Ringwood yeast.

Mouth feel is perfect for this beer, slightly slick, hops just get slightly noticed and carbonation level just right.

Just what a Summer Ale should be. I'll get it again.

Jun 28, 2013
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a stange.

A: Deep amber color with caramel hues. Huge rocky off-white head towers atop the beer for as long as it is in the glass.

S: Malts are sweet-ish with aromas of shortbread and angel's food cake buried beneath caramel and grain. Hops are floral and grassy with hints of citrus and tea leaves.

T: Strong malty pull with robust graininess, slight toast, caramel, and shortbread. Lightly buttery. Slight grape leaf impression. Hops are floral and grassy. Tea leaves and garden herbs come through toward the end. Bitterness kicks it up a notch to keep the malty sweetness in check. Finishes semi dry with tastes of caramel, toasted grain, and receding grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied. Slight weight and firmness. Moderate carbonation.

O: Certainly not your average summer seasonal. It comes across as an odd mash-up of English Pale Ale and Kolsch. I appreciate the change of pace and I did rather enjoy drinking it, but it wouldn't be the first thing I'd reach for on a summer scorcher.

May 22, 2013
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SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts

2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A Kolsch? Seriously? Harpoon summer pretends to be a Kolsch but Geary's version is pretty far off the real thing.

Smell is of cooked veggies & <uh-oh> the bane of a Ringwood yeast brewery - the big D (diacetyl). I'm not totally averse to it on occasion, but Im not looking for it in a summer quencher. Not too promising but let's get into it.

Caramelly & a bit metallic on the tongue, backed up by a mish-mosh of cooked corn & slightly bitter hop snap at the end. And yes - there's some big D lingering around post sip, but not as bad as I thought. Not really begging me to take another sip as I would expect a summer beer to do.

Can't picture this a summer drinker at all unfortunately. Also disappointed that this beer is marketed as a Kolsch, as it's nothing at all like a true one.

Apr 21, 2013
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a tumbler.

A: Pours a light copper with a small white head.

S: Buttery, bready yeast, sweetish grain, light hop note.

T: Crisp hop bitterness, sweet grain, more buttery yeast.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit too heavy for the style.

O: Not bad. A bit too yeasty and heavy but pretty decent.

Apr 14, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are fruity aromas in the nose—apples and grapes seem to stand out in particular—along with some hits of biscuit malts and floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity and has lots of flavors of apples and grapes along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has lots of fruity flavors. If it wasn’t for the dryness, you might think this was an English Pale Ale.

Sep 12, 2012
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Very nice medium copper body with golden edges. Finger of long-lasting, pillowy, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Clean, delicate, malty nose, with notes of granny smith apples, honey, and fresh bread.

Starts off with toasted grains and spicy hop bitterness. Hop bitterness increases, stays spicy, but also gets a little herbal/noble/grassy. Bready, toasty malt base shows some light, apple-y fruitiness and a touch of honey sweetness. Finish is dryish, with lingering spicy/grassy hop bitterness and honey malts. Moderate body, with a crisp, refreshing feel. A nice summer ale indeed!

Sep 08, 2012
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, vibrant, golden-orange coloring with a filmy white surface coating. Aromas of toasted grains and biscuits, with a slight floral highlight. The beer tastes slightly sour, with a citrus tart and bitter characteristic. Tangy, with some light floral and spice overtones. The beer has a smooth, mid-bodied feel that ends crisply and cleanly. Tangy and roasted aftertaste that has a slight linger after you drink. Crisp and refreshing enough, but there are better Summer offerings out there.

Aug 29, 2012
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice blend of crisp sweet malts and sweet fruits. The taste is an odd blend of sweet fruits and slightly bitter hops, good bready quality and a touch of yeast as well. The beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is a somewhat decent beer, just not something I see myself trying again.

Jun 15, 2012
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BeerKangaroo from Alaska

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass (later served in a stange, nothing changed):

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

S: malts and the hops with a bit of citrus in the background. There is a slight biscuity smell ever so slightly in the background.

T: pretty much the same as the smell with a slight hop bite in the finish.

M: light to medium with moderate carbonation on the tongue

O: this is a solid brew by Geary's that I would come back to

Apr 09, 2012
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle. Wow, this is out early...

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with about a fingers worth of head

S: Some malt, citrus, and hops. Malts add a biscuity element

T: Follows the nose, with the biscuity malts, butter, some citrusy rinds (slightly vinous), and a hop twang towards the end and into the finish. Slight heat from the alcohol as well, but it doesn't distract from the overall flavor profile

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid beer, but a bit high on the abv scale to be a summer seasonal (at least in my opinion). Would be more competitive around the 4-4.5% abv range instead of 6%, but oh well. Still solid, and worthy of a try

Mar 28, 2012
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle ---> Stange.

A: Pours a light copper with a large off white head. Fluffy with some great retention and nice thick lacing.

S: Strong butter aroma. Light hops and malts mixed in.

T/M: Full bodied and smooth like butter. Malts are strong and taste great. Hops are weaker but still balance the brew out fairly well. The finish is sweet and clean.

O: Great taste. Not sure if this is actually a Kolsch, but still a really good summer beer.


Oct 25, 2011
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vfgccp from New York

2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A – Golden amber with a great off-white, frothy head. Nice retention and solid lace.

S – Full nose. Floral, sour citrus, and malt.

T – A citrus and light malt opening was promising, but the batch I bought was apparently skunked. Bitter wax and sour acidity quickly over took the lighter notes, and dominated the rest of the profile.

M – Medium-light body with flat carbonation.

O – Would need to try this again.

Sep 02, 2011
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Beastdog75 from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Geary's summer offering is brewed in the kolsch style, interestingly enough (even though I think it could just as easily be classified as a blonde ale). While it seems most breweries go for some enhanced wheat beer as their summer beer, Geary's goes for something a little bit different, and it still ends up being a good, drinkable beer.

This brew pours a golden color with a sizable foam head that lasts for a considerable amount of time. The aroma seemed more hoppy than malty to me, with citric and fruity notes abound. The mouthfeel seemed just about average with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light malt presence here, but the balance seems to lean towards the hops, indeed something that surprised me for a summer brew. I always thought breweries tried to offer more simple brews so as to appeal to the people who see "summer" on the label and pick it up expecting an easy to quaff brew. I admire a brewery that throws a bit of a curveball to its consumers. But I digress... there is a light bitterness in the finish, which continues on with some "dry" flavors in the aftertaste, but overall the aftertaste is pretty clean. I detected no alcoholic warmth in the finish.

I thought this was a flavorful, drinkable brew. It certainly is different than most summer-type beers, and it is definitely worth giving a try.

Aug 04, 2011
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pburland23 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby bottle into a glass mug (I'm at my in-laws pickings are slim).

Beer pours a clear honey colored amber with an explosion of bright white head that sticks around seemingly forever before receding to some thick clingy lacing.

Smell is very heavy on bananas and sweet malts. The taste is comparable. It's sweet, malty, a touch buttery with a pretty pronounced banana flavor. It doesn't really taste like a kolsch.

The mouthfeel is fairly light. Despite the towering head, the carbonation feels a little light. At 6%, it's probably a little higher in ABV than I want from an all day summer drinker.

Overall, it's a flavorful beer. The inherent Geary's butter flavor seems to be stronger here than their other beers. It packs a lot of flavor into the bottle, but a kolsch it's not. A good, but not great beer.

Jul 02, 2011
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Could this be a summer of kolsch?

Pours a dark golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for the style. Could be slightly lighter but good enough.

Light hint of malt and grassy hops in the nose. Not too much in the way of aroma.

Crisp with grassy hops and sweet, lightly-buttered malt. The hops are more prevalent than they need to be.

Lingering grassiness from the hops. Little or no flavor from the malt.

I was expecting something more aromatic and flavorful. It's not a bad choice but I've had better for the style. It still beats using a blonde ale or light lager as your summer seasonal.

Jun 10, 2011
Geary's Summer Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 286 ratings