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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Photo of DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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 scotorum
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 seedyone
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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.,

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Photo of beyah
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 Etan
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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!

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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 WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of mnrider
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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.


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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 Beastdog75
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of pburland23
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Their Summer Ale is brewed in the Kolsch style and has a very refined 6.0% ABV. The ale is exactly what you would hope for in a summer offering and the balance of the beer is simply put: exceptional.

The ale was poured into a pint glass and there was the ideal amount of carbonation upon pour which gave way to just the right amount of bright white head that dissipated rather quickly after being poured. The pour is very golden in nature with quite a bit of translucence to the pour. Very little lacing is left along the pint glass during the drinking of the Summer Ale.

The smell is a great bouquet of fresh and crisp scents that really work well in the nose. Banana is the overwhelming aroma in the nose and what is lacking in this summer offering is the forced citrus that so many brewers attempt to work into their offerings. Though it works sometimes, I give Geary’s the win here since they stick to what works for them and it works out really well in the end.

The same banana complexity in the nose shines through in the taste, as well. There is a nice matching of that note to the wheat and spice tastes that are present throughout the offering. There is a good, earthy presence within the beer that when tasted almost forces the palate to the wheat fields that gave way to this beer becoming what it is. The hops are balanced and smooth and work in a very symbiotic way with the other tastes present in the taste.

The mouthfeel of this beer is what you want in a summer ale. There is a smooth and crisp nature to the ale and though sometimes ales are better served at room temperature I must say that this beer was perfect nicely chilled when poured into the pint glass. The moderate amount of carbonation really allows this beer to grace its way across the palate.

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Photo of vtblackdog
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Otter Creek pint glass. Appreance is a crystal orangish gold color with a moderate head that is off the large frothy type and disappears quickly.
Smell is heavy on the banana aroma.
Taste is is a light malty one with hints of the banana present in the aroma. I'm not a fan of of the summer wheats but this one is ok for the summer type.
Mouthfeel is decent, a bit on the thin side.

Overall, judging this brew against all of the other summers I put this one on top. So if you are a fan of the summers definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of dedgarmcvey
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Redstone Liquors in Stoneham.

Appearance: Pours solid gold with an off-white head that shrinks but clings to life. Left spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet bananas and mild spice with a bit of hoppiness, a good strong aroma.

Taste: Light and quaffable, but with a spicy complexity. Spice flavors hang around after sipping, without the distasteful tang of over-engineered summer beers. Hop aroma and flavor well balanced by the bite, creating a well-rounded flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation noticeable but not objectionable.

Overall: A summer beer for folks who eschew the overabundance of mega-spiced hefes. One of the only summer beers I will deliberately buy to consume myself -- bring on the falls already...

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Brassy copper hue, very translucent. Capped with a nice white head and good lace.

S - Slightly sweet and caramelized with a non-specific bitter balance and a bit of minerality.

T - Lots of mineral flavor, some sweetness, and a sharp grassy bitterness that lingers on the finish. Very good example of the style.

M - The feel is lighter of body, creamy and sharply bitter on the finish. Really good, again.

O - This beer is shockingly good; I just got it for the tick, but damn it is a home run for the style

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