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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

670 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alaskan Summer Ale balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of hops. In the tradition of the style, neither overpowers the other. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 670 | Reviews: 280 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Atricapilla:
Photo of Atricapilla
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a hazy yellow color with a small head. The aroma was fairly weak consists of a (slight) wheat and citrus. The flavor again was a mixture of wheat and corn followed by a weak hops finish. Overall fairly bland, but goes down easy on a summer day.

Atricapilla, Jul 10, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light orange in the body with a decent head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – Very light fruity hop aroma with a touch of uncharacteristic grain.

Taste – The traditional fruity taste is there but it’s very cheap. The hops are almost overpowered by this sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and very light in the body. This was somewhat smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability – Clearly Alaska Brewing was no match for this difficult style.

RoyalT, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

SD-Alefan, May 21, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle w/ twist-off cap.

Pours a pale/straw color with a touch of haze and a thin, bubbly, white lacing. Aroma is clean, fresh, lightly malty.

Firm body, slightly chewy, but still on the light side. Crisp carbonation pulls through with some prickliness and a creamy feel. Sweet-ish, malty, toasty, and bready in the finish. Splash of fruitiness. Mild hops offer a leafy herbal flavor, grass, and faint notes lemon rind. Things dry-up in the end with some residual crackery malts and weak tea.

Nothing overly exciting, and I wish the beer was brighter, but overall a tasty take on a Kölsch and a very worthy session brew.

Todd, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

generallee, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

SmellsofMahagony, May 05, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with some sort of freshness code I can't make out.

Crackling off white head leaves a scattered bubbly lacing on the glass, golden straw color shows off its clarity. Dusty grain, lemony hop and a mild fruitiness from the yeast in the aroma. Snappy crispness settles into a nice smoothness for the light to medium body to roll in. Light maltiness, faint orange lemon citric combo from the hops and perhaps yeast. Grainy and mostly dry with a dusty husk tone in the finish.

Its tough when a brewer slaps "Kolsch" on a label, the style is so narrow and there is only a small handful of true Kolschs that are sent to the US from Germany. A little to ale-like rather than Kolsch, this is not to say that this beer is not a decent quaff. Its sums up to be a simple Golden Ale at best.

Jason, May 04, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: wheat and small citrus

Taste: wheat, bread, honey, and a bit of lemon

Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, slightly sweet, light bodied

Drinkability: An excellent summer beer and a fine representation of the style. I could have a six of these. A very clean beer. Nothing fancy, just good beer.

tigg924, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with some grain and a hint of grape vine. The flavor is similar, with some nice wine-like notes mixed in with some yeast, wheat and white pepper. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice kolsch, glad Alaskan is now available in Texas.

Mora2000, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

olradetbalder, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into unique Summit glass, which is the closest I have to a Stange. Bottled on 72nd day of 2011 (March 13).

Appearance: Clear gold with initial white head but quickly subsides.

Smell: Dry citrus, cherry and apple. Very light hay aroma as well. Simply too light overall.

Taste: Very light taste as well. Grainy malts with apple and hay. Not much hops; just a light hop spiciness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Overly simplified (and de-hopped) version of a Kolsch. Refreshing and easy to drink, but not enough there to truly desire buying it again.

bsp77, May 16, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden-amber color. Wheat and spice aroma. Taste was also wheaty, but with noticeable fruity hops. A little Saaz, but not much. Very light and refreshing; great as a summer seasonal. Its like a Vienna along the lines of Karl Strauss Amber Lager, but not as heavy.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a tall pilsner glass from a 12oz. stubby brown bottle with a twist off cap. Says limited edition on label.

Slightly hazy golden color hint of amber. Thin white soapy head dissapated quickly into a very slight coating. Streams of tiny bubbles with some stringing from the sides of the glass. Carbination was steady throughout the beer.

Nectar-like fruity aromas,pears/nectarines/white grapes some doughy/yeasty aromas with some carmell/toffee notes in the background. Moderate to faint no hop presense was detected.

Light sweet maltiness,an assortment of dried fruit tastes,bready,light on hops a very light citrus. Smooth bitterness with some tang. Light with slight cloying, not a crisp hoppyness like a lot of Kolsh beer i've tasted.Easy to drink,not as refeshing as i would like. Just didn't feel like a Kolsh to me. Sort of a letdown. Not bad,not a beer i would seek out again. Ordered this beer from Liquid Soluctions.

jcdiflorio, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of rhinonau
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

rhinonau, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

a little grain and spicy hops on the nose but they are not big.
The beer pours straw color with a touch of gold with a thin white head.
A touch of light grain to light bread on the palate balanced by spicy hops and a light bitter accent, hints of light fruit.
Light, crisp, mild and refreshing and very drinkable.

pat61, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Straw golden yellow with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head fades into a patchy layer with a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of pale malts, citrus, grapes, lemon, and grains with a hint of grassy hops. Everything smells fairly light.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with a sweet mix of pale malts and grains with lemon, grapes, and other citrus. Has a light hint of honey and hop bitterness in the finish. Everything is fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A good version of a Kolsch. Nothing outstanding, but a pretty good summer brew.

MattyG85, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of bisq
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

bisq, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fine, malty golden ale from Alaska. Pours gold, somewhat flat. Ho hum aroma of light malts and a sort of animal funk. Odor improves as the beer is drunk, and warms up. Flavor is bursting with maltiness, authentically German in that regard. The malts are not too sweet, nor too grainy. They are just right. Forgive my inability to elaborate further, but they are simply pleasing me immensely. Water quality seems very crisp and refreshing, more like NW glacier water than authentic kolsch water, but it works. Yeast is pretty mild, provides a slight fuzziness that I suppose is unavoidable. Hops are totally out of the spotlight, doing exactly what is required of them and nothing more: little to no bitterness, a light tap dance across the tongue, and providing a definitive finish to the flavor profile. Excellent and addictive aftertaste. I am really enjoying this beer, and am having some difficulty stopping drinking it.

Thrasher, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of moundbz
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

easy to drink, simple and great

moundbz, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

HoppySeb, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of Alaska's more mundane offerings, which I guess is to style. Clear, faint yellow appearance. Dusty aroma.

Taste, lots of carbonation, minimal hop presence. Interesting aftertaste, slightly metallic and earthy at the same time. Very easy to drink. A good hot weather girlfriend beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Jester1011
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jester1011, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden hazy pour, with bright white head forming fine speckled lacing. Aroma clean mild fruitiness with a biscuit pale malt breadiness, a touch of herbal hops and mineral water. Flavor has a balanced blend of light herbal hops pale biscuit flavored hops, mild fruitiness from the ale yeast. Again the mineral water mild metallic tone in the finish works and really cleanses the palate between sips. Mouthfeel is light bodied, sturdy carbonation. Perfect for summer time refreshment this one held up quite nicely this late into the fall. Drinkability solid drinking well this Indian Summer, a nice version of a Kolsch definitely blends nicely with the rest of Alaskan brewing's lineup.

WVbeergeek, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +11.4%

valkyre65, May 17, 2012
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Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.