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

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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.

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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 274
Photo of FickleBeast
1.66/5  rDev -54.3%
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 -53.2%
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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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
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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Photo of vfgccp
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
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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Photo of doerickson
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
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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Photo of changeup45
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
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 -27.3%
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 berley31
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
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 frank4sail
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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 -21.2%
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 -20.1%
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 pezoids
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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 plaid75
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice biscuity grain with a mild hint of anise.

The taste was smooth and doughy with a spicy licorice element. Slight medicinal flavor. Decent biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was a bit astringent with a mild medicinal element.

Overall not all that impressive. Not a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a smallish off-white head. Minimal retention and lacing.

Smells slightly citrusy, with a bit of caramel.

Lots of that diacetyl up front followed by a bit more buttery creaminess. Turns a little nut like with a slight weak hop finish.

Mouthfeel is thin but it's better than your average summer beer.

How can you release summer beer in April in Maine? All and all it's another average summer brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is slightly bready but mostly hops, lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Naes
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a clear amber colored beer with a two and a half inch layer of white head.
The aroma is of faint hops and not much else.
The flavor is mostly of watered down pale malt, but does contain traces of fruit and has a mild hop addition as well.
Mouth feel is very light and actively carbonated.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a pleasant hazed orange into a pils glass. Initial head of 1 1/2 fingers quickly drops to a thin but foamy cover. Some small chunky sediment milling around in there, too.

Aroma - first aromas are reminiscent of a Belgian style beer. Sweet, fruity, lightly yeasty, etc. Most of that disappears with the head and becomes virtually non-existent. I get just a trace as I'm drinking, but that's it.

Taste - notable malt flavor, some fruit and sugary flavors emerge, and unmistakable alcohol presence. Hops show up last and make a good attempt to counter-balance the flavors. Pretty complex beer for a Kolsch, is that really the correct style??? I doubt many would classify it as such in a blind taste test. The finish is warming alcohol and a trace of grapefruit rind. The aftertaste is a bitter sour thing, detracting from the overall appeal, IMO. With the smooth malt, light yeast, and Belgian-like influence, it seems out of place.

Mouthfeel - above average carbonation, good mouthweight and still manages some worthy crispness.

Drinkability - it's got some nice parts to it, but it comes across as a bitterized Belgian, not the best combination, at least according to my palate. With so many flavor aspects, this would be an interesting beer to pair up with different foods to draw out the different tastes.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 Summer beer served from a bottle into a standard pint glass. There is a slight head that disappears almost entirely within a couple of minutes. The beer is a clear amber I usually like amber/red beers, so this color is promising for me. There is very little aroma to this beer, just some floral scents and a bit of summer spice. The beer tastes of sweet malts and butterscotch. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, which I attribute to the sweetness. It fishes dry with no aftertastes. Its as if you didn't even drink it! I think the beers plays that to it's advantage. This is a simple beer good for a summer day. You wouldn't get this beer to impress your friends at a fancy bar, but you would certainly make them happy if you pulled out a six pack of it at your next barbecue. Geary's summer has it's place, and within that context, it excels; I haven't had all the other Portland, ME summer ales yet this season, but in years past, Geary's always out-shines its competitors.

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Photo of malty
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2006 lime green sailboat illustration.

A forceful pour shows a clear golden orange color with a loose off-white head that settles to 3/4". Beautiful lacing.

A quick few swirls emit a clean sharp scent of pale malts and earthiness reminiscent of dry hay. A few swirls prove the same, not much else wishes to come out and play.

Quite an erupting taste of sharp pale malts and an astringent dryness, which is definitely from the hops. Not much hop flavor, but a very well constructed dryness and sharpness from the hops. Semi-dry finish with a short-lived flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and lively. A tad bit right of light bodied.

Drinkability for me is OK. I might drink 2, but I'd be looking for something else soon after.

Overall a great looking ale that kinda went downhill from there. Not bad, just rather uneventful for me. Still, a great brewery and a quality product for sure, just not my thang. Still love the NE!

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Photo of matty
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange colored beer with a slowly fsding head that laces the glass well.Aroma is lemon peel.Taste is lemon,orange and some other kind of citrus.Relatively light and it does go down pretty smooth.I wasn't really to excited with this beer,I would say average at best!!

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Photo of billab914
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Half Acre pint glass. Poured amber in color with a white fluffy half inch head taking up the remaining space in my pint glass. The amber color surprised me a bit since I saw it listed as a Kolsch here and expected it to be a lot lighter. They make no mention of Kolsch on the bottle though so I can't knock them for that. Retention and lacing weren't bad.

The aroma has a light fruity flavor going on with some apple and a bit of grape flavors to it. Some bready malt shines through a bit as well. The fruity flavor seems to be the dominating flavor in the aroma.

The taste has a crisp, fruity flavor to it. The fruitiness really stands out as an almost apple like crisp flavor. It has a bit of earthy hop spiciness to it as well coming through in the finish. Some bready malts along with a bit of caramel come through as well. The finish has a tartness to it with more of that fruity flavor coming through. That apple fruitiness really seems to be the most present flavor to it though overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is OK, it was a decent drinking summer beer. The fruity apple like crispness was a bit much though for me. Felt a little bit heavy and tart for a an easy drinking summer beer for me.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every year Geary's awards a scholarship to a Maine College of Art student whose design they choose for their summer ale packaging. Obviously the winning design has to embody something very Maine-y and I'd say that this year's winner does just that...check out that lobster getting sunburned!

Pours a clean, light golden color with a thick head.

Smells like light malt, slightly yeasty and very faint hoppiness.

Taste is crisp and slightly dry in the finish. There is some malt sweetness with some hop bitterness at the end. This is the light-bodied beer you want in the fridge when you've got yard work to do or you're having a barbecue and don't know what your friends like to drink. This is certainly the type of beer that everyone can agree on during a nice warm, sunny day.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geary's- Summer Ale

Appearance- Light yellow with a thick frothy head.
Smell- Big doughy bread malt with a spicey/ peppery touch.
Taste- Light peppery spice with a big floury/ doughy bread malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with a hint of alc in the end.

Overall- A refreshing and easy beer to through back. I enjoyed a few of these sitting on a dock on Badger Island, ME.

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