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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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642 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 36 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

t0rin0, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lacing dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains, citrus, and some fruity notes. Taste is exactly the same with the sweet grain taste being the most prominent and the fruit flavors coming through on the finish. This beer has a lower carbonation level but is still bubbly and smooth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and I can see why this would be a Summer selection. Very easy to drink with a lower ABV but nothing all that special.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, thin straw color with he tiniest bit of an orange hue. Thin head and negligible lacig as it goes down. Nose is pretty light with wheat but brigs forward some fruity elements. I get a bit of lemon and maybe some tangerine. Flavor draws back a bit with some wheat and a bit of hops. Some fruity elements remain. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Not too much flavor, but a nice feel and good drinkability.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head and little lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with a bit of biscuit

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor that becomes very fruity, mid-palate; after the swallow the fruitiness lingers and provides a slightly sweet flavor on top of the grainy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice fruity tones make this a terrific example of the style

brentk56, May 03, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold with the merest suggestion of orange. The smallish cap is yellowed ivory in color and is a little too frothysoft to persist or to leave much lace. This kolsch smells like a wheat beer to me; soft and understated. There's no toasted maltiness to speak of and barely any hoppiness.

On the palate, it's untoasted blonde malty as well as lightly spicy-herbal hoppy (Hallertauer). I also detect a slight metallic flavor that is fairly easily ignored and fades anyway. The beer is bolder on the palate than it was in the nose, but isn't anywhere close to bold in a general sense. Each mouthful starts out moderately sweet and finishes mildly sweet with a lingering, light stickiness.

Alaskan Summer Ale is an unassuming, unchallenging, balanced, drinkable summer ale. It isn't overly impressive, but then I don't need to be blown away by every beer that I crack open. It does what it was undoubtedly designed to do.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an orangey color beer with an average size head with some medium retention. Aroma of grainy and somewhat unrefined grain is slightly bland. Taste is also dominated by some unrefined and grainy malt and some semi-sweetness. Body is slightly oily with a full body and some medium carbonation. Interesting take on the style but not something I would go for on a regular basis.

Phyl21ca, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Texasfan549, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in a series I am working my way through this weekend. I went for the lighter fare right after dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was yellow straw colored with a good amount of carbonation rippling throughout into a big fizzy white head that settled dwon to leave a bare top after a few moments. Light wet hay in the aroma, hints of banana and maybe clove? Clean crisp flavor here with a very light body and a clean and very quick finish, leaving almost no flavor behind as it moves past the tongue.

Overall this is not bad at all, but put in the category of a Kolsch and I have had much, much better. Still I would go for it in a pinch.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

kjkinsey, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -16.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange gold color, already a little odd for a Kölsch. Thin cap of white foam, about a fingers width, that settles quickly. Still glassy surface with minimal lace and a thin strand of foam at its edges.

Sweet aroma, slight bubblegum and shortbread.

Flavors are similarly sweet, some orange and sugar cookie notes, pale malt and light banana ester from the yeast. A bit watery and thin bodied, and lightly astringent. Not really something i'd revisit with better local options available (Krankshaft, Summertime).

emerge077, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with ample white head. A touch of citrus comes through in the subdued nose. Malty and toasty with subtle hops in the background. Clean but not particularly complex. Fairly light-bodied stuff, but creamier than I was expecting. Nothing too special here, but definitely a solid, sessionable beer.

largadeer, Jun 05, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-yellow color with a small, white, fluffy head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel malt. There were some floral notes, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, slightly bready. There was a mild grassy bitterness.

M - A crisp, sharp and smooth Kolsch-style ale. It was light bodied and easy drinking.

D - This is a nice summer brew. It is tasty and makes a good session brew.

zeff80, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A souvenir of a cross-border jaunt to see the Independence Day fireworks of Oroville, Washington...

This beer pours a clear pale yellow colour, with many fingers of thick, foamy white head which leaves some nice random branched lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of fruity grain, and mild grassy, herbal hops. The taste is mild dry bready malt, some soft lemon essence, and some floral, soapy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light, airy, and refreshing, and it finishes off-dry, biscuity, and somewhat floral.

A nice kolsch, crisp and malty, good for even a pseudo Canadian summertime...

biboergosum, Jul 18, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

SocalKicks, May 20, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready with light malts, a little spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out spicy and bready, then a decent hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is light as it should be in this style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, I could drink several of these and it has that refreshingness factor which makes it a nice summer seasonal worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 09, 2007
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 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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

nickfl, May 04, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber pours an effervescent gold into my Muhlen Kosch glass with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight citric & grainy notes

T: Some honey malt, citric lemon hops with slight dryness up front. Bready notes, some chalky dryness, & some honey notes once warm. Finishes with floral hops, honey & touch of fruittyness

MF: Vigorously carbonated & light bodied with good balance

Drinks extremely easy, this will be a nice summer time staple, thanks for joining the party here Alaskan!

russpowell, Mar 23, 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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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Plain and simple. Light golden amber color in the Stella glass. Pleasant foam and well-carbonated in the mouth. Thin body.

More smooth than crisp. Just a hint of malt and biscuits in the nose. Not as fragrant or perfumey as many in the Kölsch style. More of a regular lager taste, but definitely maltier than most. Aftertaste is more malt than hops. Very little bitterness.

Quite drinkable but it might get tiresome with the rather flaccid character. The 12 oz bottle, from Trader Joe's.

mactrail, Apr 15, 2012
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 jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow with a thin head that soon disappears.

The smell is very thin - some berry-like fruitiness under a barnyard mustiness.

The taste is of light malt with some wheat-like crispness. Honey sweetness with light fruit.

The feel is also light. Considering the style, that would be fine, but a quick effervescent carbonation turns to a watery thinness. Still, it is good for a refreshing thirst quencher.

Easy enough to drink. A "beat the heat" beer that is not so exciting, but not bad.
I've been wanting to try this one, and thank bitterbill for including in our trade!

jwc215, May 11, 2007
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Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.