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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The style of our summer ale is traditionally European, similar to a German kolsch: full bodied with a spicy hop tang and a rich, crystal clear golden color. Alcohol content is approximately 6% by volume.
Ingredients: Two row English malt (clarity, wheat and caramalt); Magnum, Tettnang and Saaz hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3719) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Deep, golden color with a nice white head. Pear, banana fruity flavors with a noticable alcohol taste. Rather bitter finish. I wouldn't call it a summer refresher, but it is tastey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Golden hue with an okay head. Aroma of apricot, banana, earthy cobweb, and roasted malt. Sour fruit and malty sweet taste, moderately piney with a dry and crsip finish. Thin-bodied. Metallic feel. Somewhat off taste lowered rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2003
A fine summer beer offering. Geary's pours out to a bright copper color in the glass with slight head. Aroma is that of light citrus and faint yeast. Taste is very good, with some wheat presence and a nice, slight hop taste. The swallow is where this beer shines as it begs for another sip or gulp, even. I am glad this is being distributed in Michigan. It offers up a wonderful alternative to Bell's Oberon and Arcadia's Whitsun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1430) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 This is exactly what I'd be looking for on a hot summer day! Nice deep red-bronze color. The flavor is light with just enough hoppiness to keep you thinking this is a "real" beer. Nice going!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Bottled. Poured a beautiful amber color with a thin white head which left no lacing. It had a caramel malt nose. The taste mimicked the nose, with a mild hop bitterness appearing in the finish. It's a good tasting beer, but not really light enough to be considered a "Summer" ale. I would buy this again, but not when the weather is so hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4761) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
(Bottle) Surprisingly no ABV listed on the label - Is this normal for Maine? Required by law? Pours a thin, quick dissipating, white head with a copper body. Slight cask and banana nose. Weak whiskey taste. Somewhat spicy. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2003
On tap at the Penobscot Outdoor Center in Maine. Good stuff! It had a nice springy hoppy flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Pours medium golden, decent white head quickly recedes to leave small amounts of lacing. Aroma is light, but has hints of caramel, butterscotch, apple, pear, and some light hoppiness in the back. Flavor starts a bit sweet, apple and pear, some spice and herbal stuff comes in the middle, and a mild hop ending. Body is a bit thin, but a very enjoyable summer time brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 June 03: Bottled. Medium amber, thin head. Very light fruity nose, attractive but indistinct. Flavor is more interesting, hoppy and dry overall but with some interesting herbal bits as noted by hopistotle. Thirst-quenching but relatively complex and interesting overall, with a long dry lightly bitter finish, this is the first beer listed as a "kolsch" that makes me want to try more. 6/3/7/3/12 3.1

May 05: this bottle (shared with ClarkVV) seems more watery, touched by diacetyl and less interesting. 5/3/6/3 11 2.8 numbers averaged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Clear golden amber. Peachy, citrus, fruit nose. White sticky head with sheets of lace. Starts out mildly sweet, light fruit, golden-skinned pear, lightly oily texture, light to medium bodied, very drinkable and refreshing. Finishes with a pleasant, subtle, herbal charactor. Very nice indeed. A wonderful not-as-pale version of this German tradition.

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