Harpoon Summer Beer

Harpoon Summer Beer

Rated 3.237 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Harpoon Brewery, The

Boston, MA, United States

Style:  Kölsch

5% Alcohol by Volume

28 International Bittering Units

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This is a beer brewed to be enjoyed with summertime activities. It is light, refreshing, and crisp. Harpoon Summer Beer is a Kolsch style ale. Originating in the Rhineland city of Cologne ( Koln ), Kolsch ales have the characteristics that many people associate with lager beers. Kolsch is brewed with an ale yeast, but like other northern German light ales, it is straw gold in color and light bodied. The flavor is mild. The hopping levels provide a crisp, dry finish that make this beer particulary refreshing. The traditional serving style is in small, straight glasses which are constantly circulated among the tables in Koln ’s beer halls. This beer goes well with a wide variety of foods, including delicate dishes such as salads and seafood.The overall character is light and refreshing, with a crisp, dry finish.

ID: 3686 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank16376
Overall Percentile69.4
Style Rank44 of 423
Style Percentile89.6
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.262
Weighted Score3.237
Standard Deviation0.444

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours a clear solar yellow with a thin pale buff head. Crisp aroma is mainly fruity, mainly pear, with a bit of malt. Crisp, refreshing flavor is more malty than fruity and has an underpinning of somewhat bitter hops. Texture has average viscosity and fizz, though the tingle does persist. This will definitely take the edge off a hot day!

  • HANTRAN 551 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Nice malt in the nose with hints of vanilla and biscuit and lemon. Pours pretty, very pale gold body topped with nice rocky head with medium retention and very nice lace. Mouth is medium and a bit slippery and a bit creamy. Has a nice smallish resin hop hit and then goes to some citrus and ends with malty biscuity flavors. Finish is pretty clean with just a hint of bitter. This style may not be my cup of tea, its quite mild, but this seems a fairly well made brew, nothing special.

  • CHOPZ 7230 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Enjoying this one in Boston as my band is playing there. Pours a mild cloudy golden colour with a little head and lace. Grainy nose and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Cereal grain wheat taste with some citrus notes. Nothing too crazy, but quite refreshing for summer. Goes down easily with decent grain.

  • FOAMDOME 505 reviews
    rated 2.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    12 oz brown longneck. Pours gold, with a white cap of foam. Very well carbonated. Though the foam dissipated in minutes, steady streams of bubbles floated to the top. Smells of grain, especially corn. Faint hint of alcohol on the nose. Flavor is decent and body is bright. A very nice, refreshing summer koelsch to keep you cool by the grill.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 2.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Last beer of the day .. . Poured out a simple gold, simple foam, light lacing .. . light grain and hay, simple and no frills .. would be good when its melting outside .. . and whistlers whistle, you just blow up her ass..

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    My first review of my one week New England vacation. Trying to keep it to local beers from the NE. Maybe my 3rd sample from Harpoon, and I like it. Wasn't too fond of the UFO Hef, but liked their Barrel Series Oyster Stout. Had about a 2-3 oz. sample of their IPA at a beer tasting, and wasn't too sure, so will have to try that while up here. For a summer beer, this is actually pretty good. Haven't had too many Kolsch's, but this reminds me of a pils...or maybe in between a lager and pils. The aroma and appearance are a litte deceiving for the end result....flavor makes up for it. Smooth and refreshing. This will be my daytime or early evening starter beer for the next few days. .................. UPDATED 6/8/11- Well, this has got to be one of my favorite summer beers. The more I sample, this more I like this. Perfect for the high 80's to upper 90's degree Florida weather. Probably deserves a higher rating, but weighed down a bit because of it's style.

  • AMSEARLE 2 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    A true representation of a good summer lager. Very refreshing with good flavor, clarity and a good head. A great beer to have at a barbeque or while relaxing after a run or a bike ride. Quenches your thirst but doesn't sacrifice flavor.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Wow... along with the warmer days, summer brews are starting to hit the coolers... along with my go-to Sam Adams Summer Ale, I picked up a 6er of these. Crisp, light and freshing. Good carbonation, color and flavor. Excellent summer beer.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Part of the Summer Vacation 12 Pk. Pour a crystal clear golden yellow with an ample white fluffy head and nice lacing. Nicely carbonated. Tart apples and sweet malts in the initial aromas with some pepper and noticeable hops. Taste is crisp,tart and refreshing with a slight apple and lemon tart with sweet malts and slight dry hoppy finish. A nice representation of the style and very nice summer beer.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 2.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    A clear yellow colored beer. A frothy white small head without much hang time. Settles into a lacing aplenty and sticky. The aroma is sweet and somewhat fruity. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. Taste is somewhat bland. Some malt, some citrusy-hops. Drinkable, not much else.

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