RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Very bubbly golden brown beer that is quite clear. There is a quarter inch off white head. It smells very hoppy. Very nice flavor actually, with a nice bitterness that isn't overpowering. Doesn't seem very much like summer though. Some floral notes. OK

Reid (2626) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Comes in a 12 oz brown stubbie style bottle..witha very bright label..kayaks and campfires etc..looks very 70s. The appearance is similar to many pale ales I ahve sen in my life slightly above average though nice clear amber with a tiny bubbly white head that goes fast. I smell the malts but it very subdued,,some hops too. The taste however makes up for the subdued note of the aroma..big big malt followed by a dark unsweetned chocolate..then a tangy hop bitterness..a substantial taste for a summer beer. Pretty good on the palate smooth when it had to be and a great hoppy after taste. Very drinkable pale ale..but it really seems it should be a fall beer..seeing how robust it is.

ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 2003 and 2004 bottlesThis is an american wheat, I swear. Whatever the case, it blew me away. On par with Bells Oberon. Wonderful full apricot aroma with some more fruity zest and some wheat and yeast. Good amount of sediment, nice lasting head and great golden/light copper color. Begins very full and flavorful. Lots of yellow fruit flavors, apricots, some light peach, the malt lays dormant and slowly comes out and then towards the finish there is a great hops flavor. Definitely a kick at the start and a nice lively mouthfeel that is spicy but somehow very even and balanced. Good amount of carbonation. I love how it just adds enough malt to give you balance but nowhere near too sweet for a summer beer. 7/4/9/4/18
2005 bottle consumed 5/22/2005. The complexity, fuzzy apricot and nectarine fruitiness, light yeast influences and thicker malts all seem to have vanished. Granted, it is still a great summer drinker, much more body and flavor than the average "summera ale", but not nearly as good as remembered. Low malt complexity, diacetyl, some light orange sorbet, bits of caramel and pale malt sugariness. Hops are not as fresh and drying as I remembered. I like the amount of flavor and body, but the crispness on the end from the hops is very missing. Still dosent seem much like a Kolsch to me. 6/4/7/3/13 Rating an average of the two.

jsquire (4599) - 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.

BBB63 (6567) - 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.

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.

MaBeer1972 (2166) - Reno, Nevada, 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!

mribm (462) - 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.

CapFlu (5132) - 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!

ericnixon (745) - 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.

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