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Summer BeerSummer 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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Ratings: 1,050 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of Mardukk
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a golden color with little head and some lacing which didn't last long.

Not much of a smell can make out a faint lemon scent with wheat/grain.

Medium to heavy carbonation with hops give this more of a bite than I would expect with a "summer" beer. Leaving a dry aftertaste with some bitterness.

With the bite and slightly higher alcohol, tends to limit the drinkability a bit for the style.

Not bad overall, just not exactly what I would look for in a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at a nice little place on the North End of Boston.

A - Pours a solid golden straw color. It had very little head when it was brought to our table.

S - Very faint hints of sweet malt. Some spices, cloves, etc...

T - Malt sweetness and some citrusy and sourness from the hops are present at the beginning. Its very refreshing and crisp but not a lot going on in my opinion.

M - Light bodied and crisp well balanced carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing. Good beer for the beach.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, clean, golden hue. Very little head if any and just a ring of lacing hangs around. Aroma is not strong but there is a bit of straw and sweetness. Taste is short and sweet, sort of. Starts of with some malt tartness but finishes with some type of fruit on the back of the tongue. Very clean and somewhat refreshing. I didn't have high hopes for this but a good summer beer, go figure.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold body with decent head that dies quickly. Smell is marginal dark fruits/floral hops and some minor sweet malts. Has a rather non-decript fruit taste and is somewhat slick and watery w/ a light body. Also some residual sweetness from the malts make it go down easy. An easy drinker on a hot day...nothing more.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is light and creamy with a hoppy twang. Smells pretty good, albeit light.

Pours a medium yellow, good clarity, mild head with quick dissipation. Looks okay.

Clean malt and tart hops. Lightly creamy - wheaty suggestions. Mild sweetness. Good tartness. Moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Some lemon and spicy to the hop. Finishes with a little hop. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Good drinkability.

Light, highly drinkable, and refreshing beer. A BJCP commercial example.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear, pale straw body with two fingers of creamy white head that feature good retention and patchy lacing. The clarity here is brilliant, I could read a book through this beer.

Aroma: Grainy malt with lemony and slightly spicy noble hops. Reminiscent of a good Pilsener.

Taste: A grainy, lightly toasted malt backbone. The mildly bitter and spicy hops come back in towards the end to dry the malt slightly. A crisp finish with a grainy and slightly spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: Quite the thirst quencher, this goes back rapidly (as you'd expect from a Summer seasonal).

Verdict: Harpoon's Summer Beer is a straight-forward, light, and easy-drinking beer that makes for a great Summer seasonal. If you had told me this was a Pilsener, I don't think I would have questioned you, but that's rather acceptable for Kölsches.

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Photo of JayNH
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a thick white foamy head. Good retention and OK lacing.

S- A bit sweet and malty, plenty of earthy, spicy German hops.

T- A slightly sweet maltiness, a hint of dry grapiness in the finish. The hops really give it a nice overall balance.

M- Body is on the lighter end of the spectrum, ample carbonation with a dry finish.

D- Excellent. Overall Harpoon nailed the style.

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Photo of JohnL9013
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the typical summer beer. I've found that Harpoon is good at making drinkable beers, and they've used that in this beer.

A: Yellow, a bit worrisome, but that's the appearance. Very clear, with visible fizziness.

S: Well, yeah, it's a summer beer. There's not that much happening here. It's actually a bit of a funky smell.

T: The taste is appropriate. This is a really, really light beer and the flavor corresponds, but doesn't disappoint. Normally I hate light beers, but this isn't a "light" beer... it's still a normal beer. It tastes slightly sweet, with a hint of summery lemon going on.

M: Nice and easy, with a peppy level of carbonation. It definitely feels good to roll this one around, although you won't be tasting much in the process.

D: This is one of the most summer-appropriate summer beers I've had so far in that it's light and extremely drinkable.

Overall, I've never had a really light beer before designed to be consumed in large quantities that didn't taste like crap. Harpoon accomplished the goal of making a highly drinkable summer session beer. Just don't expect great flavor. The Sam Adams Summer Ale is definitely preferable IMO.

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Photo of TommyW
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear yellow/gold with lots of tiny bubbles. Decent head that fades quickly.

S- Big notes of sweet, semi-bready malt with some faint hop oil notes.

T- Sweet malts with a slight grapey taste common to this sytle. The finish is slightly dry.

M- Active carbonation through most of the tongue. Medium body overall.

D- It's an ok representation of the style, but definitely not as good as some of the ones I had in Germany. Worth trying but I probably wouldn't get any more.

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Photo of Crack1Open
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow lager look with minimal head. Dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

S- Grainy with a little maltish wheaty smell. Smells like a what

T- Pretty much follows the nose. A little bitter hop taste. Nothing to special but still solid.
Simple but tasty. Finishes kind of wheaty and malty.

M- Very light. Good carbonation. Dry finish.

D- Very drinkable. Could definitely finish off a good amount of these on a hot summer day.

Can see why this is sometimes compared to macro as previously stated in a couple of other reviews. But this is more what they should taste like but they don't. Another good beer from Harpoon.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright gold. Has a short white head. Falls to a ring, and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Grainy malt upfront. Followed by some lemon and noble hop aroma.

Taste: Its much like the nose. Citrusy lemons upfront. Thats followed by some malty graininess. Plenty of spicy noble hops. The finish is dry and grainy.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

This one fine kolsch. Another top notch brew for the hot summer months.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale lager, not nearly as gold as some Kölsches I've had. Aroma has a touch of floral hops, a little musty.

Flavor is okay, a little more hoppy and less malty than other Kölsches. Bit of lemon. Not enough nutty or biscuity malt flavor, but I like the bitterness and okay hop flavor, which is reminiscent of a weak Harpoon IPA. Needs more body, pretty light, carbonation not over the top. Overall it's inoffensive and light, so drinkability is high.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A..A very pale golden pour with no head or lacing present.

S..A pleasant malty scent.

T..A bit of a hop bite throughout this light bodied brew. Could use a bit more malt in my opinion, especially in the after taste. Finished somewhat dry and crisp.

M..A bit too biting as mentioned previously.

D..Not bad for a summer beer. A few cold bottles/glasses would be nice on a warm day, but other than that, I find this a somewhat average offering from Harpoon.

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Photo of elniko
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Light amber coloring, nice head and lacing along with high carbonation. Solid looking brew.

S: Clean maltiness but some slight buttery tones as well. Very pleasant.

T & M: Light bodied with very clean crisp finish with just a hint of the buttery tones I get on the nose. I would like there to a little more malt backbone as there is just not much up front. Carbonation just slightly overbearing as well. With that being said this brew would go quite well by the pool or at a cookout.

D: Highly drinkable but if I'm drinking a Kolsch I prefer the Saint Arnold Lawnmower.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very pale golden-yellow with truckloads of active carbonation. The white head is very large, fairly dense, and frothy/creamy. Retention is very nice, as a large, rocky cap persists. Great lacing.

S: Clean, grainy malt sweetness. A gentle but persistent herbal/floral hop nose providing a nice twang of mild spiciness.

T: Raw graininess from the malt. Not very sweet. The hops recall German noble hops, providing substantial herbal and floral flavor and a nice bitterness for such a light style. A slight hint of lemon zest.

M: Crisp, refreshing, and actively carbonated. Body is on the light side. Summer beer? This fits the bill.

D: A very nice summer seasonal from Harpoon. This would be easy to drink several of on a hot summer evening. Not necessarily fantastic, but very well-executed.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light gold to yellow body with a decent sized, slightly rocky head that doesn't do much in the way of lacing.

Smells of sweet, pale malts, with just a touch of noble hops.

The taste is an improvement on the aroma, and is quite good. Lots of noble hops that are spicy and earthy team up with the sweet pale malts from the aroma. A touch of lemon flavor comes through also, which is nice for a refreshing summer brew.

Light, crisp, and fairly dry in the mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, one of my favorite offerings from harpoon for sure.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving notes - Sam Adams glass, cellar temp
A - Nothing detected initially
A - Crystal clear, light yellow. One finger of head.
M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation.
T - Light lemon / citrus flavor. Very little in the way of malt or hops. Light sweetness lingers on the finish.
D - Easy to drink, very clean light flavors.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Best By 07/15/09

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is on the faint side with some grain along with some hints of floral and spicy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some grain and hints of lemon that finishes with a very light spicy finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty decent beer that would probably be perfect straight out of the bottle during a tailgating/outdoor event. Worth a shot.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Salsa's in Weymouth.

Bright gold with a large white head. Sticky lace aplenty. Retention is not so much. Good pour from a bar that specializes in margaritas.

Smells like light grain with lemony noble hop zest.

Tastes like it smells with crisp light grain and lemony noble hop zest. Buttery Harpoon yeast all over. A refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale light brown with a miniscule head.

S: Lemony citrus, maybe a bit of hops.

T: Light biscuity malt with hints of lemon. Very refreshing.

M: Light with plenty of carbonation.

D: A pretty good thirst-quencher. I'm glad I decided to give this a try.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a bright yellow, clear with a slight white head. No lacing.

The smell is fruity with some hint of lemon maybe a slight touch of grapfruit.

The taste is a bit wheaty with a fruit flavor. Not a lot more than that.

This beer is light and refreshing. A good summer beer and would pair well with a good hamburger.

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Photo of irishtjb11
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

relatively new to the style, but.

nice pale yellow color, bit of a thing foamy white head. accents the pale light body quite well.

mouthfeel is nice and somewhat creamy for the style. nice and smooth on the tongue, which is nice; not overly carbonated.

taste is simple, but enjoyable. light wheaty malty flavors, smoother and fuller tastes than light beers full of adjuncts.

drinkability is through the roof. could drink 12 of these on my own on a nice summer afternoon.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had the opportunity to have a Harpoon Summer on draft this past weekend. Another sign that spring is here.

I could have sworn this was a Kolsch and again I see it's listed as one. It had a few things that made me wonder if they changed it to a Summer Wheat... But probably just me being a moron.

Pint came with a think fizzy white head that vanished very quickly. The beer was slightly hazy and mostly pale yellow in color. A shade darker then straw.. No lacing and a touch of visible carbonation.

Light sweet, faint wheat aroma with a touch of light citrus.

Bread, bread, bread in the flavor. Crisp, light with a touch of wheat and fruit.

Very bright and light body and finishes clean.

Very drinkable and a beer made for the beach or a hot summer day. Perhaps a nice gateway beer to get people to step up from the BMC macros.

Nice effort by Harpoon.

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Photo of JoKo
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Kolsch glass:

Appearance: Poured a ginger yellow color with a inch thick white head, highly carbonated.

Smell: Smell was malty sweetness up front with a little hoppy citrus notes lingering in the background.

Taste: Hop presence up front with a malts in the background. Contrary to the smell, taste of grape and citrus, the hops are definitely dominant in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Drinkability: Overall, very drinkable, crisp, refreshing beer. It is prefect for those hot summer days so it definitely lives up to it's title.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/20/08. Bottle. Pours a light orange/yellow with a small white head. Aroma of lager malt, wheat, skunk, and faint light fruits. Flavor of wheat, light fruits. Very crisp. I was surprised by this beer. I haven't had many kolsches, but this one matched up well with the ones I have had. Crisp and refreshing.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

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Summer Beer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 1,050 ratings