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Harpoon Summer BeerHarpoon Summer Beer

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harpoon Summer Beer is a beer brewed to be enjoyed with summertime activities. It is light, refreshing, and crisp.

28 IBU

Added by stirgy on 09-08-2001

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Reviews: 381 | Ratings: 1,047
Photo of q33jeff
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

LOOK: Light
TASTE: Wheat, a bit too much for a summer beer.
FEEL: Thin, but a touch of CreamIness

A good summer beer…not too light. OK Flavor. Ellie's 7th Birthday party.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow.
Crisp and well balanced with a mild bready malt.
I sense a faint lemon/citrus flavor.
Just enough bitterness, a very good Kolsch.

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Photo of illpass78
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on draft in a standard pint glass at Rayo in Scarborough, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw with some slight haze. Little crown of white head. Some lacing left behind that disappears quickly.

Aroma: Not much to the nose. Some cereal grains and lemon.

Taste: Lemon, some floral hops, a little bread. Flavors become slightly more pronounced as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, as expected.

Overall: The parade of very OK summer brews marches on with this quaffable but fairly pedestrian mainstay from the 'Poon. Decent companion to spicy Mexican chow; not much to it, but maybe there doesn't have to be.

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Photo of BigGold
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had with oysters on the half shell at B & G Oysters, Boston, Mass., on draft into stange. Not a particularly fine example of the style, but effective and enjoyable washing down oysters.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a fine bottle of beer, but it does very little for me in terms of bringing something new to the table. its a mildly sweet kolsch style that has hints of white sugar, lemongrass, and straw, but isn't particularly dynamic or flavorful as they go. a fine palate cleanser, and a nice looking brew with a really lacy white head, but the flavors don't live up to the aroma, and it ends up being a little bland. it also doesn't have the summer beer feel, despite very low abv, there seem to be some body to it, and carbonation is only middle of the road. it never gets to that next level of refreshment, even when ice cold. a little grassy hop thing in the finish, and a summery lemongrass element as well, but its not enough to make this interesting enough for me to want to drink more than one. I know what harpoon is capable of, I have been drinking their beer forever, but its the fall and winter seasonals I always seem to identify with much more than the warmer weather offerings for whatever reason.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall. Poured from the bottle into a becker pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick with web-like lacing, and a medium-light golden body.

Smells like very bright malts and earthy grains. Perhaps a touch of floral hops in the mix.

I taste much of the components described above, along with a mid-palate bite that goes away at the end of the swig. Clear and bright, overall.

The mouthfeel of this beer is crisp and refreshingly clean. A great summer choice indeed,

Overall, I'll give Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall a 4.25

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazed dark yellow with a head that comes and then goes and doesn't lace the glass. The smell was full of mild citrus like lemon peel along with a bit of toasted malt. The taste was similar to the scent with a good amount of citrus in the beginning with a light but sweet finish. Rather clean. Not bad.

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Photo of grospopperino
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kolsch style is my favorite summer beer (sorry- no umlaut). Kolsch is actually a cold-lagered ale. Kolsch should have a light, crisp, refreshing flavor. This year's Harpoon Summer Beer fits the bill. Clean, balanced flavor with no better or clinging after-taste. Not an exciting beer with a big hop wallop or strong dark-roasted malts, but it is a beer that is subtle and achieves a delicate balance and must be brewed with care. Thank you, Harpoon.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is like a mildly sweet and sour bread, with a little bite of hops thrown in. Solid summer brew, nothing mind blowing, but perfectly refreshing.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me one of these to try. Unfortunately I did not have a clean Palette at the time (3 other beers in), but this went down nice and seems to fit the style well.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1+ finger moussy white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: grainy, a little lemon, a touch sulfury;

T: delicate; grainy up front; a little spice added in a mid-palate that lasts through the finish; very light bitterness at the end;

M: light bodied; low to moderate carbonation - a little creamy; lightly dry finish;

O: not as refreshing as other Kolschs; but well done none the less;

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Photo of jlindros
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tap at Tavern in the Square Northboro.
Pours decent creamy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a need pace, clear lemony straw color.

Nose light wheat malt, lemon zest, coriander like spices, cereal malt,

Taste more fruity cereal, generic fruity with cereal brings fruity pebbles, little citrus zest, typical summer spices coriander and perhaps grains of paradise, toasted cereal, wheat, etc. Some mild bitterness, generic hop note, grassy earthy like, little lemon peel bitterness. Finish dry mild bitterness, little meh yeast flavor, more spices lingering, lots of spices actually.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall eh, typical lame summer beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours crystal clear, yellow with a pretty big head of white developing. It recedes fairly quickly and leaves very little lacing behind.
Smell is a little malt, a little grain, some floral hops, with just a hint of citrus.
Taste is not the refreshing notes I expected. some malt, citrus notes, metallic, floral, gets medicinal in the aftertaste. Balance is good, though.
Fairly harsh up front, the carbonation looks to strip your tastebuds off your tongue. Not like a West Coast IPA but still pretty aggressive. Not what I want in a summer style, that's for sure.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't like this one quite as much as I did last year, but i guess one's tastes are ever evolving.. Which is a good thing! Still: this is a solid Kolsch, and enjoyable in warm weather. Grassy aroma, a soft sweetness in the middle, combined with some sourdough bread flavor, and a mild hop finish. Not as good as Sierra Nevada's Kolsch, but still good, and superior to a few other summertime brews I've sampled.

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Photo of fps_dean
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had some at a friend's cookout in the bottle. Wasn't expecting much from a summer beer, but was surprisingly good... Looks fairly transparent in the bottle.. smells rather grainy and maybe a slight citrus in the smell as well. It tastes of grainy malts and citrusy hops. Overall, light bodied, and goes down rather smoothly.

Overall this is a very good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Summer Beer has a thick, white head, a clear (but with noticeable powdery specs suspended throughout, picked up under strong light), bubbly appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of somewhat pungent, sourdough bread and a shadow of citrus. Taste is of sourdough bread, fairly strong bitterness, and a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Harpoon Summer Beer finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and drinkable. A bit of alcohol is picked up, oddly.


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Photo of myelo
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale gold with 1 inch white head that diminishes quickly to a small rim with mold lacing.

Mild malt aroma with citrus and a bit of spicy hops and hint of fruity esters.

Taste is bread malt with moderate bitterness with pine and citrus notes. Crisp, smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body with no detectable ethanol warmth.

Very good light-bodied ale with a crisp smooth finish.

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Photo of cupcake24
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed two cases of beer today one being boulder mojo which I had before and another being harpoon friday full fridge variety pack. I want to try the shandy. I only had it in the fridge for about 40 minutes so I didn't want to try something unfamiliar and it be too warm. Tried harpoon summer beer its light crisp and refreshing :)

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Photo of GPHarris
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a weizen glass that left great sheeting and lacing throughout. The body was a bright and bubbly golden color.
S - grainy, cool, lemon.
T - lemon and grainy. Hint of metallic finish.
M - crisp and coating.
O - been a while since I've had this one and I'm glad I revisited it.

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Photo of Pigs
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon Summer Beer. What a good one. I have drank a lot of these. They are refreshing and tasty. Available in bottles and cans, it is a great go-to beer for the beach, the lake, the park, the backyard, cooking in the kitchen, watching Popeye in the living room, sneaking into the movies, walking around town, getting drunk in a fancy restaurant, drinking in a dive bar, playing foosball, hiding out in a treehouse, camping in the middle of nowhere, anywhere. Great beer. Summer is a good season overall too.

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Photo of Beric
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On-tap, sampler tray
Served: 1 June 2014

Appearance: A very pale yellow with a slight ring of luminescent white foam around the edges of the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

Smell: Almost non-existent. Some pear-like notes.

Taste: Pretty bland at first, but once your palate warms up to it, it isn't half bad. There are somewhat spicy notes complimenting a slight assertion of white-wine and pear esters. A touch sweet, but nothing outrageous. Slight bitterness at the end when swallowing. Something somewhat weird about the finish (bitter, earthiness).

Mouthfeel: Feels rather light on the tongue, with medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer stacks up well against the BJCP guidelines for Koelsch, but is rather uninspiring. I'm not sure why Koelsch is somewhat universal for "summer beer" in the US- while it is certainly a light style, the strange astringency found in most US-produced versions does not make it the most refreshing.

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Photo of papaglide
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into my beer glass.

This is a Kolsch, so it will be reviewed as such

A- golden straw with tiny bubbles topped with a thick creamy looking head. Nice lace as well

S- mild hop notes balanced with a nice malt background.

T- very small noble? hops at first then a nice combo of hop and malt. Super clean finish.

M- Well balanced with some nice carbonation.Nice and tight without any lingering after taste.

O- This is a great beer to have on a warm summer afternoon after mowing a few acres or doing some yard work. Really refreshing and definitely not heavy on the palate. I like it....a lot. A very nice example of the style.

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer; hoppy and slightly bitter with fruit and wheat overtones. I think it looked like a light lager but I'm not sure since the restaurant was really dark. Not a bad beer and I'll maybe give it a shot if I come across it again but it isn't my favorite.

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Photo of Mojo
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - very clear light gold (close to straw color if it was any lighter) with a fluffy two finger head, not much retention, and some lacing conserved.

S - The nose on this is extremely weak, almost imperceptible, but what is there that I can make out is a grassy, bready smell.

T - This is certainly no hop bomb. The malt profile dominates. It is a very crisp, clean taste with some lite lemon notes, and a smooth dry finish.

M - thin with average carbonation

O - This is not really my cup of tea, but I can see this being powerfully refreshing after having been out in the hot sun. As a summer beer, I believe it accomplishes what it sets out to be. Not a earth-shattering offering, but solid as a light easy to drink summer offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA lager glass. Enjoying this about 3 weeks past the "ENJOY BY" date on the neck.

A: The beer is a light gold color with lots of carbonation bubbling and topped by a good white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lacing on the glass.

S: The light aroma is lemony and bready, with a bit of hops.

T: Lightly flavored, as expected, but with some citrusy hop presence. Light malt base. Refreshing taste.

M: Rather high carbonation makes this very crisp; light body; finish is clean.

O: a solid Kolsch, but this style is quite light, simple and tame.

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