Harpoon Summer Beer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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5/5  rDev +40.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Koelsch is best drank at celler (50F) temperature, not ice cold.

A: A beautiful beer, pours perfectly into a Koelsch glass, with a tall fluffy long lasting head (always a sign of a good German style beer). Light bright golden color, no cloudiness at all.

S: Noble hops apparent in the smell, with some floral notes, as is typical of this style, as tasted in Cologne.

T: This really is an excellent version of the classic Koelsch style. Slightly sweet very well ballenced, with a solid hop finish--and a very nice bread-like aftertaste. One can taste a very subtle kind of hint of cherry from the ale-temp fermentation (NO cherry flavor added thank you!) .

M: Full but not thick...and very refreshing on the palate. A great alternative to weiss beers, in my opinion.

D: Summer beer brings out the girly beers....and of course lots of weissens. This is a beer you can drink in the finest company--as it really is a delicate wonderfully tasting, the fussiest wine drinker may like it... but its not a trendy wheat beer either, and even bud drinkers will like it, I'd wager. This kind of beer could well turn a beer-philistine into a true beer-geek connoisseur.

I spent a few days in Cologne last year, and sampled several brands of Koelsch there (and brought a Stange glass home). Koelsch is a tremendously tastey and rare style--and it's amazing how fast the Koelners can drink them, and serve them! This is the closest I've had in North America to what you get there. Koelsch is a very delicate beer, and spoils quickly, so even the German brands available on tap I've had in the USA don't taste as authentically Koeln-ish as Harpoon. Try it fellow Geeks!

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Photo of Triple_Seven
4.86/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious and refreshing. Much better than Sam Adams Summer IMO. Perfect summer beer for me and a nice, light change of pace from my usual IPA's.

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4.85/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy golden color with a white three finger head that holds to one finger then fades to just cover the beer. smell is of earthy malt and spice from the hops. rich wheat malt up front then the hops pick up the middle to a slightly bitter end. light and crisp with lots of carbonation. really like this beer style, great session beer.

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4.78/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The CANQuest is quickly approaching 300! CAN you believe it?!?

From the CAN: "Harpoon Summer Beer is a refreshing example of the German Kolsch style: golden, light-bodied, crisp. Perfect for summer." "Love Beer. Love Life. Harpoon." "Pack it in, pack it out. Please recycle."

My initial pour garnered me a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was like liquid sunshine - a bright golden yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. Man, if you are going to make a lager-style beer, which Kolsch is, it had better have this kind of clarity. Nose had a grassy hoppiness, just right for the style. Mouthfeel was medium with a very grassy taste on the tongue. Finish was bone-dry, just the way I like my Kolschs. Phew! Gad, but this was extra dry, like ginger ale or antiperspirant. Now, I'm starting to sweat, in an odd turn of events. More? Dang right! Cooler? Heck, yes! This was really, really good in a way that the bottled version CANnot match. I love this beer.

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4.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass (later tried in a stange, no changes):

A: clear yellow colored body with a soft white lumpy head that lasts about a good three minutes. It leaves some lacing around the sides of the glass and it slides nicely down their sides as the beer goes down. The carbonation is slowly rising.

S: some lemon and wheaty grains, basically balanced well.

T: mostly sweet through the lemon and the wheaty grains, leaves you wanting more.

M: light yet well balanced with a clean finish in this. This is a pretty sessionable beer.

O: this is actually a very good summer beer. I've had several of these before I decided to give a it a review so I could be as fair as possible. I would definitely have this again. I wasn't actually expecting it to be this good. This may be my favorite by Harpoon. Well done!

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4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle has best before 08/10/07 (whoops, a month late), poured from 12oz bottle into belgian style curved pilsner? glass.

Appearance- Head is rocky and fluffy, it looks like a glacier has formed and is about to hit any stray boats that may come in contact with it. Dissapates to a fluffy cloud of small creamy bubbles. Colour is the lightest beer I've poured for myself in years. It looks to be Miller Lite with a great head by some fluke of nature.

Smell- Fresh green apples with light fruity characteristics. Some pear hiding out in there as well. Even a little peach. I like the way this smell is going.

Taste- Nice, smooth light malt with a wonderful hop backbone. A hint of corn, but not overpowering due to the fruity essences that the hops give off.

Mouthfeel- Beer goes down smooth. No cloying character at all, not even a sour kick at the end. This beer may be expired by technicality, but it is still fresh physically.

Drinkability- Extremely drinkable. A delicious easy quaffing lawnmower beer that I wish I had more of during this hot weather. Very refreshing.

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4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 12-pack at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Bottle says "Best By 7-15-10". Not a big seller at this store, methinks. Pours a straw-yellow body with nearly an inch of white-ish head. Smells fruity - lemon in particular comes to mind - with some spice, vanilla, and floral notes. Lemon and pulp hit the palate initially, with some restrained floral and spice notes and a mostly clean finish. Light and effervescent in nature - an easy drinker for sure on a 90+ degree day like today. A great summer seasonal - simple and balanced but with a little complexity to keep things interesting. Drinkable but not boring. Stands out among the American Pale Wheat Ales and Blonde Ales that flood the market this time of year.

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4.51/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours light yellow with a fat head that reseeds but never fades out due to a constant champagne like bubbling in the glass. The smell is a nice clean balance of light malts and just the right hint of hops. I want to brew this.

The taste is great for a summer seasonal. No flavor overwhelms another, but together they make for a highly drinkable brew that is sessionalble, and satisfying. The malt and hops seem to literally dance around each other on the tongue. Is it bitter? Is it sweet? Its both.

It goes down like water for me, but holds a respectable alcohol content that will make me wish I didn't kill the whole sixer. I will be getting more of this... Soon.

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