Balmain Summer Ale


BALMAIN SUMMER ALEThe Balmain Brewing Company was launched in 2010 in honour of tradition, mates and pub culture. The company is owned by a group of passionate mates, locals to Balmain. The mates dreamed up the plan while drinking over the years in each of Balmain’s 17 pubs, and hearing about the Balmain Brewery of last century and the 55 pubs of the 1800s.

Several beers have been launched to date: Balmain Pale Ale, Balmain Pilsner, Balmain Bock and Balmain Apple Cider.

Style: Golden Ale     ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes from the brewer: The Balmain Summer Ale is a fresh golden ale that derives its tropical fruit character from three hits of Galaxy hops. Balanced with a slightly dry finish thanks to Australian wheat. Leaving the yeast in gives a cloudy appearance but keeps the beer brewery fresh. All natural and unpasteurised.


Adelle King
Adelle King

“No frills”

Though nothing special, this is a pleasant beer that looks good in the glass. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste but it’s subtle enough to still be enjoyable.

It’s definitely a pub beer, mild and easy to drink but not a stand out. It would be perfect for when you’re sitting outside on a hot summer day and just want a light, inoffensive beer.

Would I buy it again? Yes

Paul Skelton
Paul Skelton

“Very sessionable”

If you’ve read other reviews in the pages, you may well remember that the last Balmain beer I tried – the Bock – was one of my most hated. But, Balmain’s Summer Ale will easily go down as one of my favourites.

Upon opening the bottle, the aroma was quite simply ‘beer’. I’m not being facetious; I mean to say that it smells exactly the way that beer should smell. And as for the taste, it is more reminiscent of a good bitter than an ale, which ticks another box for me.

This may very well be my new ‘comfort beer’.

Would I buy it again? Yeah, I jolly-well would.

Simeon Barut
Simeon Barut

“I nailed this pour”

And when you nail the pour, that’s often a pretty good sign. I wasn’t disappointed either; this beer is delicious and very refreshing. It wasn’t heavy in the slightest which made it easy to drink and ultimately a great option if you’re keen to sink a few...or ten.

I can see myself drinking this beer on a Saturday night with a pizza in front of the footy, right before my mates and I are about to head out.

Would I buy it again? Definitely. No question about it.