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

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Geary's Summer AleGeary's Summer Ale
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Geary's Summer AleGeary's Summer Ale

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

Style: 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

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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 174
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1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

Photo of FickleBeast
1.66/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours dark yellow, bordering on orange with a healthy finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is not good. There is a strange smell that I can't place exactly - almost a skunk like bitterness. Something smells off.

Yuck. This is disgusting. There is some kind of overwhelming funky flavor here. I hope this is a bad bottle. I pick up diacetyl buttery flavor, but there is a definite bad taste going on here. Almost rancid-like.

I'm sorry, but I can not even come close to finishing this beer. I've taken six sips and have cringed each time. Whatever this is, it is not a Kolsch, and it is not something I am willing to drink. I hate to slam a beer - but it is a very rare occurrence that I was drainpour a beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.7/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Forms a rocky biege head of fine bubbles after a strong pour, sitting atop a clear honey-colored brew. Carbonation is medium, forming a nice stream of bubbles from the bottom of my goblet. Retention is good, lacing is adequate. Aroma has a very dry, continental pilsener smell with notes of hay and distant hops. Very unimpressive. Mouthfeel is round, mostly smooth with a medium body. Taste begins with a nice honey-like sweetness which is unpleasantly overtaken by a very "macrobrew" harshness and astringency..these hops taste like they were stored in a garage filled with auto exhaust...there is a chemical bitterness and nasty, pungent alcohol adds to the finish. Toasted wheat is somewhere buried in this mess of a beer.

Disgusting. This brew is entirely unpalatable. It goes down the sink. Taste's like August Schell's or Leinenkugel's garbage.

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1.75/5  rDev -51.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of gwfrankpsu
2.36/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This a less than average beer - if you're really thirsty

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.41/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light amber color with an off-white head that disappears pretty quickly. Smell is sweet; almost sickly sweet. That sweetness is all over your mouth at first with flavors of honey and light vanilla, but thankfully hops become apparent going into the finish, partially saving this beer from complete malt domination. It's still a good bit sweeter than I want in a summer brew; "refreshing" is not a word that comes to mind with respect to this beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of MaineMike
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Cracking into this box of Maine-y goodness from Paul. This one pours a clear golden amber topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light toffee, and flowers. The taste is similar, though the toffee has morphed into burnt caramel and there is a strong sense of orange-peel bitterness in the background, lighting the sky so brightly the moon is no longer visible on this lovely evening. Ugh, this things hurts a bit, as the bitterness remains long after the liquid has settled down my throat. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish, lasting finish. Overall, a major disappointment, especially considering I was expecting either a kolsch (as the site lists this thing) or some sort of blonde ale or something. I got neither. The strong, strange bitterness keeps the drinkability way down, as I do not want to drink much more of this any time soon.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of changeup45
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ended up getting a pitcher of this stuff without even trying it. Probably not the best idea. Pretty good appearance to it, dark golden colored topped with a great deal of head and lots of lace. The taste was subpar though. A tangy, tart taste with a somewhat bitter finish. Not nearly as smooth or refreshing as I thought it would be.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-brownish yellow body, off white head (thin).

S-floral hop scent, sweet.

T-sweet malt front, somewhat nutty, little hop.

M-light to medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
D-not a very good representation of the style. very run of the mill for a summer beer.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of PriorDoubleDark
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of tdevo
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of berley31
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured with a fairly large, white frothy head that retains at 1-finger size throughout drinking. Body is completely clear and sparkling, and a dark, golden color. Looks quite lively; lots of bubbles rising to the top. A very nice-looking beer.

S: All I can really smell is light malt... kind of bready.

T: Quite disappointing... it's lightly sweet and malty, with a very short-duration. In a word: bland. Bland, and boring.

M: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, and with soft carbonation. Very surprising, actually, how soft it is, based on how lively it looks.

D: I wouldn't refuse this beer if it was given to me, but I certainly wouldn't ever seek it out again. Very disappointing, especially considering how nice it looked when I poured it.

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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 frank4sail
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Strong malt nose. Rich malt taste through the tasting. Slight hop finish but the malt overwhelmed my mouth. Gold color with lots of little bubbles and carbonation. Nice fine lace on the glass.

This was a little too malty for my taste in a summer brew. It also had too much body and not enough hops to even out the brew. I did not detect any real presence of citrus notes.. It has the malt taste of a good ale but for me is too much for a "summer beer".

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Photo of bob3701
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a honey color with a slight haze with a nice thick big bubbled white head that hangs around a while before going into a film that has descent lacing. Herbal/medicinal aroma. Malty sweetness detected but I think the hops bitterness dominates. Crisp drinking. Was not impressed and feel the beer a bit heavy for a 'summer' lable. There are better summer ales from the state of Maine.

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Photo of emsroth
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: True amber with the slightest bit of haze: not perfectly clear. Fluffy off-white nhead probably from the wheat malt.

Smell: Sweet bready malt. Smells like a lemonbread. A bit of yeasty sourness.

Taste: Sweet malt. Next comes a slight mineral taste that, in this beer, has a certain appeal, but gets old after the first few sips. Finishes with low-medium very spicy hop bitterness. 3

Nice medium body that is refreshing. The lingering bitterness, however, detracts from it's drinkability.

Kolsch? I wouls say it's very much like a british mild or pale ale but with spicy hops.

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Photo of stirgy
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured an absolutely lucid orangey gold color. Low to no carbonation. Thin head dissolved away quickly. The aroma has a somewhat muddled fruity graininess and something like port wine. The taste is lemony and winey. Pungent fruits, tangy and bittersweet that carries through into the finish. On the whole, this is a unique and strange tasting beer. Bitter citrus, sweet and winey aftertaste. Floral and perumey. I enjoy Kolschbier, but this example isn’t entirely my cup o’ tea.

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Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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