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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 pezoids on 09-08-2001

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Reviews: 381 | Ratings: 1,046
Photo of chugamugofsud
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy a good kolsch in the summer and this beer will be one of the ones I look to this summer to fulfill that role. It pours very yellow/golden with a rather large head that has some yeast in it. The beer has little smell other than a slight tendancy towards the citrus. It tastes light and wheaty with a background hint of orange peel, lime peel or lemon peel (it's hard to tell). It is very light and easy to drink, best served relatively cold. I recommend this for drinking outside during the summer, especially if you are planning on putting back more than one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden tone with a nice full two fingers worth of white head leaves big chunks of even lacing with each sip nice appearance. Aroma: Touch of citrus hops to the forefront with grassy herbal lemon hop tea tones, malts pale pilsner like never had a kolsch but I'm getting some mild fruit undertones as well. Taste: Completely refreshing just plain good for summer beer drinking, touch of lemon peel and other fruity qualities are here lemon grass hops with pale malts pretty bitter in flavor but there's a firm hand on balance here. Mouthfeel: Light bodied higher caronation but smooth. Drinkability: Anytime not bad refreshing and relatively complex nice beer I wanna try more authentic Kolsch and more Kolsch style beers.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Summer Ale

Appearance- yellow! Big Bird/ Canary/ Lemon Pledge/ Old Yeller Yellow. A frothy white head as well.
Smell- very faint citrus and wheat.
Taste- light citrus with a hint of wheat. Actually quite nice.
Mouthfeel- very smooth, very crisp. Goes down all too well.

Overall- a nice summer brew that would be a definite thirst quencher. I'll have too purchase some more for the HOT & HUMID New Jersey summers.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer for those long hot summer days.
Pours a hazy yellow orange colour with a frothy one finger head which releases absolutly wonderful aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit, hops and malts. The taste is also as fruity and citric as the aroma. Lemons, limes, and grapefruits attack the pallate. It leaves a mild hoppy finish and will keep you in good hands this summer.

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Photo of Erix
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was reviewed right out of the fridge, poured into a pilsner glass. Not too much head on it, with what was there dying down quickly. Gold color, very clear, and somewhat darked than a pilsner. Smell was clean and lagerish, with minimal hops. Taste was also clean and light, very crisp with some hops presence, but I can't tell the type. Lingering grassy hop flavor. Very clean, quite refreshing drink. High drinkability despite kind of high carbonation. Overall this beer was nothing spectacular, but a nice beer for a hot day sitting on my roof.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow brew topped in a small layer of white foam that will leave a bit of lace as it dies down gradually. Faint sweet malty aroma. Hints of fruits and citrus as well as some hop notes, but not a big one as far as the nose is concerned.

Light, crisp, refreshing. It is a very drinkable session brew, but the flavor is lacking a bit. A good balance of sweet malts with just enough hops to balance and take the wheel for a bit. Breads come in at the end. It sure could use a little more flavor, but it is definitely a good one for the summer.

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Photo of Jarod
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date: 8/03

This beer poured a crystal clear lemony yellow color with a decent amount of carbonation. The head that was produced was fairly thin but dense when first poured then settled to a light skim on the top of the beer. It was white in color and produced a watery - spotty lace. The aromas that were produced were of fresh hops (flowers, spices), citrus fruit (lemon), and wheat grains. An aroma that came across crisp and precise, each note of aroma was pronounced so that you could identify it. The flavors were crisp and refreshing, tastes of fresh hops, grass/hay, lemon fruit, light sweet malt and pronounced wheat grains. Medium bodied. Slightly bitter on the tongue but not overly, a bit dry but not overly. I guess what is being said is, that it is a well balanced beer. Crisp, clean, well carbonated and refreshing. A perfect summertime beer. Very good example of its style. I would definitely get again.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light gold in color with a pure white head. It slowly fades to a thin layer.
The aroma is malty and slightly bready with a hint of pepper.
The taste is also bready. There are some floral hop notes too. A hint of lemon rounds out the flavor profile. A mild hoppy bitterness lingers a bit.
Medium-light body with tingling carbonation. Very refreshing and an easy drinker.

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Photo of BierReise
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. A light clear gold ale with a faint white head that dies rapidly. Aroma is also quite light with hints of citrusy lemon. Body is light and crisp with a dry finish. Similar to a German Pils with less of a malt character. A real thirst quencher and not much else.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This summer ale poured a clear, golden yellow color with creamy, bright white foam that settled but left some lace. The smell was slightly sweet malt and grain with light floral hops. The taste was malty, with biscuit flavor, and floral hops. The finish had some hop bitterness. There was a hint of citrus overall. The mouthfeel was smooth and almost creamy, but with a crisp finish. There was a lingering hoppy bitterness on the tongue. The body was medium. This was a nice summer beer, though a cleaner finish might have been preferred.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body beneath a fluffy head of bright-white froth. The head retention is good, and it maintains a half-inch or so of big-bubbled foam throughout most of the glass. Additionally, the lacing is quite nice, and it leaves some fairly solid rings at the outset. The nose displays a grainy, wheatish malt with some background floral, grassy, and even spicy hops. There's a mild note of lemon as well, but it's not clear as to where it's coming from. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gentle tingle on the tongue; and the flavor delivers the sweetish, grainy, and wheat-like malt that the aroma promises. It's backed by a subdued, underlying bitterness (and some very mild hop flavor) that helps to dry the finish which lingers shortly with some grainy maltiness. It's certainly fuller-bodied and more malty in the flavor than a Kolsch from Koln or the Bonn region, and even less hoppy; but it's still a decent summer beer!

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Photo of Boto
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is pretty much yellow. There is a white head that dissapates quickly. The aroma is pretty mild: makes it hard to determine what's there. I get a whiff of malts, and maybe some lemon. The taste is clean enough, with some malt sweetness and some wheat taste. Not too much to it, but it would be good on a hot day.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright yellow with a nice off-white head, decent carbonation, and spotty lace. Nice fruity and grainy aroma with a noble hop aroma also. Mostly grainy flavor with a dry bitterness and earthy hop character. Not fruity enough in flavor. Light bodied with a crisp dry finish.

Bottled: 04/23/03 (on neck)
Tasted: 07/04/03

Bottled: 05/19/04 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 06/16/04 (with consistent notes...only add was this tasted a bit soapy for some reason).

($1.25 / 12 oz.)
($6.59 / 6-pack)

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Photo of aracauna
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body is a pale gold with a wimpy head. There is a very slight aroma, slight enough that I can't really pick out any components.The flavor has a light maltiness with a faint tartness in the middle. There's a lingering light bitterness in the finish. It leaves the tongue feeling dry. Very clean.

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Photo of Darkale
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold body, immense white foamy head that lingered -- even at the end, I still had 1/2 inch of head left.

Very slight "fresh" aroma.

Great Kolsch taste. Refreshing, crisp, with a slick, lip-smacking mouthfeel. Immensely drinkable. I only bought a single and I really wish that I had bought more. Definitely a top ten "just finished the lawn on a hot summer's day" beer.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours clear gold. A quick head with little lace was developed from the pour. A very active beer after the pour. One thing I did like was the constant stream of tiny bubbles racing to the top. The aroma is mild malt with hints of spice and citrus. The taste matches the aroma with a nice malt start and the hints of spices and citrus. I noticed a slight off taste toward the end, other than that is has a crisp finish. A light body makes this easy to drink. Nothing to special with this kolsch. A slight bit above average.

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Photo of Scooter77
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent brew from the folks at Harpoon. Pours a light golden color with medium sized head that dissipates very fast and leaves virtually no lace. Nose was crisp with light hop and citrus aromas. Taste was a bit on the sour side with some mild hop undertones. The mouthfeel was light and crisp, finishing dry. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot going on with this one. Not the greatest beer that I’ve had from Harpoon. For me, this one was just OK.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer had a nice white fluffy head that left a foamy lace on the glass. The smell was of fresh white bread and sublte malty sweetness. The flavors followed suit, a little sweet, very refreshing with bready, grainy notes. It finishes a mildly dry. It has a really nice full mouthfeel and overall a really great beer and a great American version of a Kolsch. I will drink this one all summer

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon has developed a knack for replicating fringe or under appreciated beer styles and exposing us to them. This Summer Beer resembles a well-made Kölch style beer. A light hint of lemon peel. Lightly herbal flavor, clean and fragrant nose. The cool liquid just tempts you gulp large mouthfuls. Nice on a summer evening with grilled bratwurst and potato salad!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I continue to empty my stock pile of summer brews, I sampled this one again. Very clean taste, a hint of citrius, not overpowering. Not a niche beer, but in a class by itself. This beer goes down quite easy, almost too easy.

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Photo of marc77
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden in hue w/ brilliant, lager like clarity. Well retained white head leaves good lace. Lightly grainy malt aroma w/ a slightly spicy noble hop nose, perhaps from a Saaz / Spalt combination. Slightly tart wheat & clean, appropriately light hop bitterness gives way to smooth and lightly bready malt. Clean, refined, and true to style. Moderately bodied, w/ an agreeable mouthfeel that helps lend excellent drinkability. Although secondary, hop flavor is perceptibly grassy and a bit spicy. Finishes w/ pleasant grainy base malt flavors quickly fading. Harpoon Summer Beer is a definitive example of a Kolsch. It's highly drinkable and soft on the palette, but not at all bland.

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Photo of inebrius
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance and sniff you're thinking it's another lager. Let's throw summer on the label and sell a bunch. But then you sip, and a most definite ester character sends your buds reeling. I don't know Kölsch, however I do know tasty, well-balanced beer, and this is one. Next time you are in the beer store walk right past those light lagers and grab a six of Harpoon Summer, you won't be disappointed.

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

Kolsch is not my favorite style, but this one has a lot of flavor. Heavy on the lemony citrus characteristics, finishes grainy dry and slightly bitter. I could swear there are some grains of paradise in there...

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

Very pleasant summer offering. Clean and fresh. Mild grain with a hint of citrus in the hops. Kolsch always seems the ideal back porch summer quaffer - no pretentions, just straightforward easy-drinking.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow nice and easy to drink in the summer heat.Nice lemony/summer smell.It is what most summer brews should be,really enjoyed this one.Just enough hop zing make this beer interesting to go along with subtle flavors of toasted grain and lemon,not a rocket science beer but better than most summer seasonals in my opinion.

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Harpoon Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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