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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 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 Durge
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12-ounce bottle, cold into my pint glass, this poured a clear maple color with a modest white head and decent lacing. The aroma is a bubblegum sweetness with some wheat toast and lemon. The taste brings out peppery rose petal sweetness and some solid wheat. There's a little popcorn malt going on, lightly citrus hopped. Pretty drinkable with fine carbonation. About half way through I sense that there is a decent balance as a summer beer, refreshing, relatively light but with some interesting flavor. Not a favorite but a drinkable and passable brew.

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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 mikereaser
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to finish up some brews...
Poured into my Ommegang tulip glass.

A - Pours a golden amber color with 1/4 inch of foam that resulted in a ring of small bubbles around the glass

S - sweet citrus aroma with a dryness that comes through the nose

T - a nice citrusy taste, maybe oranges and lemon, and toasted malts

M/D - A very pleasing drink, but not necessarily what i would think of in the summer. It would be easy to drink many of these, but I can think of others i'd rather have

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as an extra about a month ago and have had it sitting in the fridge waiting on me ever since. I grabbed it out last night in my effort to try and clean up this back log. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/10/2008.

The pour was about what I would expect from the style. A nice even colored light amber, bordering on a golden color. A nice sized head of white foam then rose up over the top to take a hold on the glass, reaching a height of around two inches and then settled back down to leave a bare top with minimal lacing. No real side glass presence was noticed, though there was some nice carbonation.

The aroma was rather light, touches of caramel malts, light bready tones and a hint of banana were all that were readily noticeable, not bad really, would have liked a bit more of a pop in it though if I am being honest. The flavor was very nice though. Rich notes of biscuit and bready malts, layered on top of a light fruity spike of flavor. Some nice touches of grain coming through mid palate before dropping back into a smooth, and subtle feel. Crisp and clean finish left only the lightest bit of caramel flavor on the tongue before fading into the back and leaving me ready for the next sip. Nice, smooth, easy carbonation was an ease to drink, and I would have no issue with putting down multiples of this one.

In the end, not a bad little summer beer I have to say. The body is a little bit bigger then what would normally expect, given the style, but still a very capable beer here I would have no issues with having again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-dux. 5-17-11.

A: Poured a bright pumpkin orange with a bright clarity. An eggshell colored head of a monstrous proportion rises 3 fingers leaving an ice-berg like structure centered in the glass. Faint and lazy carbonation rises while the head slides cleanly down the glass walls leaving no visual evidence behind.

S: Dried orange grinds and moist fresh grains along with some grassy hops of moderate strength are to be had on the nose. Average experience.

T: The flavor didn’t fair to much more enthusiasm then the aroma. Pale grains, dried orange grinds mixes with some grass and floral hops. Nice level of hoppiness, but the body is weak and watery adding little support. The whole thing finishes off with a strong grassy flower bitterness which is still not even for saving grace here, overall boring and mundane.

M: creamy, medium-bodied with no carbonation presence. Things turn washy on longer holds leaving but a grassy and flowery fade, again lackluster.

D: Mindless and casual summer drink that may be worth putting back a few in a backyard gathering but wouldn’t care to seek out or ask what I was drinking. Unlikely repurchase, and overall not a good summer time drink in terms of refreshing quality, flavor or light bodied nature. A average drink that hardly raises an eyebrow for the summer time craft fan looking for something to quench the thirst on a hot day. Pass. a kolsch this is not.

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Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is very nice, crisp and light yet tasty.

It's gold with a big white head that slowly shrinks to a wispy top with a hint of lace.

The aroma is very nice with honey, flowers, grain, bread crust, herbs, and a hint of citrus.

The taste is similar, with a lot of hay, bread, herbs, hint of grass, and flowers. it's tasy, well-rounded and lively, if a bit light. It holds up well to food.

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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 thethrone
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours translucent golden/amber, with about 1" of foamy off-white head. Visible carbonation in the glass. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S - Grains and caramel malts fill the nose. There are also some citrus notes.

T - The toasted malts come through in the flavor, as well as a metallic/mineral flavor that leads into a bitter hoppy finish.

M - Starts creamy, then the caronation takes over for the finish.

D - An enjoyable brew. Not my favorite Kolsch, but a great choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear lighter amber with a fizzy white head that stayed faintly and left a little lacing down the glass.

Smell: There's the butter and light caramel, a little hop leaf.

Tastes of caramel, butter, a little hop bitterness, and some raw grain. Has a bit of dryness to boot.

Decent carbonation in this one -- not soda pop fizzy but it is there.

I'm ok with this one, but I've had better summer beers. Worth a try, but I'm glad I didn't buy a 6 pack.

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Photo of albern
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't a Kolsch by any stretch, so I'm not sure where the style designation is coming from. What it is is a very buttery, quite refreshing, light bodied ale that tastes a bit like Shipyard Export, but only better.

The beer pours a clean amber color with not a great deal of head that completely disappears and then you have no head at all. Lacing? forget about it. The aroma is buttery, ringwood yeasty, some lingering diaceytl, some sweet malts, and some toasted notes emerge as well. The aroma isn't pungent, but it is pretty good.

The taste is a buttery, sweet malty, slightly toasty ale with a slight bite in the finish. The is a "wet" beer, with no residual dryness that I can detect in the finish. I'm tempted to say that there is a caramel hint or two in the beer, but I think it is the ringwood yeast and the buttery, almost butterscotch flavors coming through. This is a well balanced beer in total, but the hops really don't come out until the finish. The body of the beer is overpowered by the sweet malts and the butterscotch yeastiness. This is a nice summer beer, fairly light, not much carbonation, very refreshing, and easy to drink. It just isn't a Kolsch. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Sherdel Hofer WeiBbier weizen glass.

A: Pours a light, golden copper color with a dense, pillowy one finger head of white foam. Darker than I had expected for a Kolsch, but an interesting twist. Carbonation is lively and quite nice.

S: Smell is grainy, lightly toasted caramel malt, with a vinous aroma and a slight lemon hop aroma.

T: Taste is dry and slightly bitter, with a nicely balanced caramel malt body and a twang of zesty hops in the finish, which was very dry. There's a touch of metal in the flavor, but the lightly sweet bitterness is enough to snuff it out.

M: Mouthfeel is a little creamy at first, but is light to medium bodied overall. A nice zing of carbonation compliments the flavor.

D: At nearly 6% for such a delicately flavored dry beer could be dangerous. It's not that good where you'll put away a case and rush out for more, but you could put down 2 or 3 in a short span and feel the effects creep up on you.

One of the best things about this beer is the label this year; a bright yellow label with Maine's saving seafood gracing the cover, a big, honkin' lobster. I'd love to see how this goes down with one of those.

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Photo of FatSean
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I LOVE this beer. To me, summers are for lagers, but sometimes a summer ale just hits it right. This is one of those ales.

Poured from a brown stubby bottle with a yellow label and red lobster picture. Just the label had my mouth watering.

I had this at a party so I couldn't really take notes, but It had a nice subtle nutty/fruity flavor and very very clean finish. I've had a kolsch or two before. Mainly imports which were very nice. I guess you can't beat fresh because this beer is my favorite summer beer second only to Sierra Nevada's SummerFest.

Well done Geary's!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack for late night Friday drinking. Poured into a pint glass. Shimmering yellow color, not much lacing. I have not been a fan of most summer ales this year. Nor have I ever really had a Geary's that I liked. But there is always time to take a new look at things. This is a good summer ale. Not too light so that it's bland, but it has a decent amount of hops to add some flavor. The hop profile is just enough to make it stand out but it doesn't overpower the beer. Finally, a summer beer that has some backbone but that I can enjoy on a warm night.

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Photo of atsprings
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 MrMonkey
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark gold/light amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a sticky ring. Barely any lacing.

Smell is lightly toasted grains, a mild fruitiness, and some faint floral hops.

Taste starts with some sweet fruits before leading into some toasted bread, light caramel and sweet malt flavors, and finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

Light-medium bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Very crisp with a dry finish.

A wonderful summertime brew with great drinkability. An easy beer to session in warm weather. Very refreshing and very enjoyable.

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Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden orange color with a short and light white head that settles fast and laces down the glass nicely.
S: Very light toasted malts and some nice citrisy hops at the end of the nose.
T: Very lightly toasted malts for a nice sweet base underneath a nice citrisy hoppy bitter finish.
M: Very fresh, crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable summer ale and a good kolsch. Well worth a try.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours a clean, yellowish-golden hue with a few steady streams of carbonation rising up to fuel a thick, fluffy, eggshell-white cap of foam. Head recedes to a thin layer and is excellently retained. This aroma of this kolsch is very pleasing for the style, with a near-perfect balance of wheat, sweet mandarin orange, floral hops, and pale malts.

Taste is more flavorful than I was expecting, with some tart/bitter grasses, citrusy hops, and a good dose of biscuity malt. Body is very well-carbonated, with a light consistency and a very nice bitter finish. This beer surprised me. Not only is it phenomenal for the style, but even as a stand-alone beer, it leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Poured a golden color, with a thun white head that faded out.

smell - Grains, spices, and some hops.

taste - Nice sweet taste, some hops at the end. Somewhat balanced.

mouthfeel - Medium- light body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, I have had better Kolsch beers then this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bubbly gold color; crystal clear. Impressive head (full three fingers). It leaves surprisingly little lace.

Clean and crisp smell but very mild. Very much a malty (but light) aroma.

The flavor is similar to an American amber ale--more malty than hoppy, which shows up long after the swallow. Very good body for the style.

This is an uncomplicated beer, but it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single 12 oz. bottle consumed at Andys Corner Bar...

A- Huge fluffy white head, bright golden color, amber hues, no lace.

S- Caramel malt and citrus scents, clean and blanced.

T- Taste was crisp and biscuity-bready. Some spices and lemon. Small hop flavor, not enough to satisfy the hop heads.

M- Dry and light, easy drinking feel.

D- Not a big fan of summer ales, this one is decent.

Worth a try if you like summer ales.

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Photo of Midland
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been a Geary's fan for a long time, but this is the first time I've tried the Summer Ale. I know I can't believe it either. I've been more of a Harpoon Summer person, until now. This is not a knock on Harpoon, but an endorsement of Geary's offering. IMHO, Summer beer should be straight forward. It should be what you reach for when your sitting on the deck or at a BBQ. Enough of that..what about the beer? One word, balance. Geary's Summer Ale '08 has it.

Purchase 5/16/08 from Julio's and enjoyed the same day!

It's a nice lite Amber to dark Golden. I'd say between 9-10 L? After a vigorous pour, decent off-white foam settles back and head retention is minimal, carbonation is on the medium to low side(2v?) and the beer is very clear.

This beer is all about balance. There are both hop tones and malt aroma in the nose. There is a slight hop spice but not an over-bearing one. There is a sweet malty toffee tone, but it is in the back. The yeast smell is very neutral to none.

This is where Geary's hits a long ball. The balance in taste is exactly what I'm looking for in a Summer Ale. All things in equal harmony. The hop profile seems like an Americanized tilt of a Euro classic. Like an American cousin of European Royalty, the genes are there but the manners are a bit off. This is a good thing for me.

Purchase a six of Geary's Summer Ale and you will not be disappointed. Purchase a keg and you'll thank me later ;)

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Photo of Matty1918
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A short bottle with a yellow label and a red lobster.

Poured a nice gold color with a nice white head that left some good lacing through the whole beer.

Good aroma....slight malt with a hint of hops.

A pretty good tasting beer. A slight hop bitterness with a sweet malt mixture. I think it is very well balanced.

I'd buy this again and in fact this might be my new summer brew for cooking on the grill or just chilling by the pool.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of Geary's summer ale. The bottle label is yellow with a big red lobster on it. Nice. The color is clear with a straw golden color. About an inch of nice looking foam. The aroma is pale malt. Crisp, clean and refreshing on the palate. Flavor is light malt with some buttery accents. A good solid refreshing summer ale, very drinkable, and the lobster on the bottle makes it worth while.

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