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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 38 | 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)
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Photo of beernut7
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan BC has done it again. This Kolsh style corn colored offering and foamy yellowish head live up to the usual standards. Aromas of German hops and malts as well as a hint of German ale yeast intorduce a sweet medium bodied VERY smooth beer. Awesome.

beernut7, Aug 17, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

ddelozier5, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Beerlover, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. What a surprise. Remember how the old Bud commercials showed a poured glass of beer that looked so very refreshing and clean?
That's this one...only the taste is not a disappointment.
Poured a light crystal clear golden color with a med head of large bubbles that quickly disappeared. Very large bubbles escaping the glass settling down to a medium carbonation looking very pretty and refreshing.
Aroma is immediate...not overpowering, but you don't have to look for it. Slightly sweet, like fresh baked fruit filled (berry?) pastries....clean, fresh, sweet, fruity...no hops noticable at all.
Taste is incredibly light an refreshing. Much like the aroma...slightly sweet malt....bread yeastiness...light fruit (very faint fruit).
Clean drying aftertaste. No noticable alcohol.
What a great summer cooler.
I could very easily session this beer or drink it all day long by the pool...on the lake....floating down the river....or simply avoiding mowing the lawn.
You get the idea...it's a cold March day and I'm thinking of California sunshine while enjoying this brew.

IntriqKen, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, uglyguy must have gotten a bad bottle, this bottle was bought in Anchorage maybe that makes a difference. The head was real good but didn't last too long. Low on the bitterness scale and a slightly sweet flavor one of the best Kölschs I have had. Good balance of hops and malt.

jdhilt, Aug 28, 2002
Photo of MrNuggets
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Today a work a customer handed me $20 and said "go get yourself some beer." Long day at the fish house, i earned this one.
Pale gold body with a thick white head that faded fast. Smell carries a hint of sweetness. Malt really steals the show here. Hops certainly do their job. But the malt is what is putting the smile on my face.
Crisp as the day is long. Beer doesn't get more drinkable than this.

MrNuggets, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of kgotcher
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 Bottle pours a straw to copper color with nice foamy white head.

Aroma is grainy malt, hint of hops, but generally not heavy handed.

Taste is clean malt flavor that leans more to grainy than sweet. Nicely balanced hops don't stand out but just do the job. Mouthfeel is light to medium and is very refreshing without any noticable bitterness or strong aftertastes.

Frankly speaking it is hard to believe this is an ale and not a lager. Very smooth and refreshing for an ale. Quafable is a word that comes to mind. . . Great malty flavor that shows off the raw grain without adding too much body or sweetness. Love it.

I think I have a new session brew for the summer.

kgotcher, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of xhcadamx
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - yellow straw with a touch of honey. fizzy white head the leaves quicker than it came. no lacing

S - creaminess which is what draws me to these kind of beers. Hops are present but I cant detect which varities.

T - creamy and i love it. I wish I knew other beers like this. I only know of two: anchor steam and four peaks kolsch. Graininess and cereal. Perfect amount of bitterness.

M - super light and delicious

D - i love this beer

xhcadamx, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of HochFliegen
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very crisp and clear copper color with a thin white head that laced quite well down the glass. The smell was very floral and malty. Slight apple and honey smell as well. Seems very fresh.
The taste was very subtle and pleasant. Slight fruity on the first sip turning almost dry and sweet in the end. Also a bit of bitter in the end as well. Mouthfeel was very light and enjoyable for a summer evening.

A very nice Kolsch seemed true to style to me. Ill be getting this one again.

HochFliegen, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of mjurney
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color. A little carbonation rising. Small head.

Very clean and crisp. Fresh cut hay, slight fruity.

Sweetness up front. Sweet grain, grassy, bisucity, slight fruity. Semi-dry finish.

Very clean and crisp. Light bodied. Well carbonated.

mjurney, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of genaro
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer beside a bonfire on the Oregon Coast, so I a little trouble seeing the color. Nice floral aroma, cloudy gold color by firelight. Good use of hops instead of lemon. It had a flavorful hop finish with just a bit of astringence. I found it to be more malty than the usual citrusy character of other summer beers which I am not a big fan of. Definately my favorite Summer ale.

genaro, Dec 31, 2003
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4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At homebrew club for fruit and blonde (creams & commons) styles meeting.

A - Dark blonde, fairly heady, which dissipates fast.

S - Cream, malts and bittering hops.

T - Very creamy, malty, sweet, lightest amount of hops.

M - Carbonated and just a nice beer.

D - Great lawnmower beer, hit the cream part head on.

MisterClean, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok my second Kolsch of the night and Im rather wary after the Pyramid( was Ok but boring).
This comes in the 12 oz brown bottle very attractive label with the Orca jumping.
THis beer pours a clear and deep golden colour small pure white head..lovelly carbonation strings nice.
I smell the aroma of some nice floral style hops abut also some nice sweet caramel malts.
MM this is a delicious beer..nice honeylike sweetness followed by a creamy bitterness at the end..very good..some perfumy tastes too..but nice like roses etc.
Very good on the palate this makes you want to take a sip quickly
Very very drinkable i could drink a 6 of this easilly.
Verey nice for me this is a good beer.

Reidrover, May 16, 2003
Photo of SargeC
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold-amber color, thick, tan head.

Smell: Slightly smoky malt, caramel.

Taste: Slightly sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Perfect hearty summer brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice consistency.

Drinkablity: One of my favorite Alaskan Brewing Company beers. Very easy to drink and compatible with almost any food.

SargeC, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a standard ale glass
A - Golden amber with a minimal head that becomes a white ring on the sides of the glass. Lace forms and descends rapidly.

S - Mild + malty, slightly cheesy yeast not with a beet of spice.

M - Smooth, crisp carbonation w/ malty somewhat dry texture mixed with a tidbit of spice. Medium light with a full feel.

T - Gentle biscuit + honey flavors blend with lightly toasted and sweet notes. A nutty texture melds with effervescence that leaves a clean yet full flavor of ale yeast character. I enjoyed the flavor which is not a common summer ale taste.

D - A refreshing summer ale. A honey-like Kolsch with subtle peppery spiced yeast. A pleasantly malty ale with a dry aspect and clean finish.

Slatetank, Jul 04, 2007
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Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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