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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of Mdog


2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear yellow gold, fast fading head.

Smell: Not much, a little grain I suppose.

Taste: Dry crackers, with a little sweetness in there. Interesting how dry it tastes.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting, the dryness doesn't really quench a thirst though.

This is an interesting beer, most of the other kolsch beers I've had reminded me of mini-pilsners, but this is out on its own island. Very dry cracker-like flavor is interesting but seems to be missing a component. Didn't really look good or smell like anything so I can't really give above average marks there. Still, I would say this is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:52:51 | More by Mdog
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle into glass.

A - Pours a rich, pilsner-like golden hue, with low, white head retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of honey, grains, and a slight, grassy-floral character. Not overly aromatic, but the scents are there.

T - Taste is of a bready malt forefront, similar to that of some pilsners, sweet honey, grains, and a grassy, slightly citrusy-hop character that serves more so to keep this beer in good balance than to give it much bitterness.

M - This beer is medium-bodied, and flavorful, but manages to be pretty drinkable too. The best of both worlds for a beer like this IMHO.

O - Americanized or not, this is a pretty solid example of a Kolsch to me. Hits the spot just right for the summer months!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 05:53:41 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of Tballz420


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored brew, chill haze, very big white head, good amount of lace. Scent is light sweet biscuity malt, just a touch of floral hop. Pilsner malt front, bready, a bit grassy, some slight hop influence. Pretty full bodied, overall pretty soft but there is a bit of sharpness to it. Not gonna go wrong with this during a hot summer's day

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 00:12:46 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malty with a yeasty overtone and a hint of fruit like summer sunshine. It pours a typical clear amber with a thick, frothy, off-white head. Flavor is malty and fruity with hints of caramel and honey - not complex, but still refreshing. Smooth texture has a decent tingle to it and leaves behind a fruity fizz. Not great, but grab a bottle if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:30:35 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep gold color. Light transparency. Head doesn't last long. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Grass. Grain. A little bit of a soggy smell. Hints of floral hops and citrus. Malt base is very grainy.

Taste: Very pale tasting. Slight citric sweetness. Refreshing. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Crisp a little grainy for a lager. Finishes well.

Overall: Good taste. Well balanced. Not the best lager i've had but it's drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 05:16:56 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of JackieTH


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden-yellow with about an inch of foam. Not much for an aroma mostly grain and malt. Taste is grain and sweet malt with a just bit of a hop and citrus presence toward the end. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall it's solid, aptly named summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 00:06:56 | More by JackieTH
Photo of Retsinis


3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this last night as part of a mixed six pack from Total Wines.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small brandy snifter. The beer pours a light clear yellow in color, with a small half inch of fizzy white head, and quickly recedes.

S: Not too much here, mild scents of grass, tinge of mineral earth, and some sweet citrus notes.

T: The flavors are light, with a mixture of barely registering tropical fruit, sweet malt, and light grass hops. Touch of grain in the middle, and very mild hop spice on the finish.

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

O: Decent summer beer for $1.29 for a single. Not much there, but then again the style does not scream complexity either. It's Crisp, and refreshing. No where near as good as a German Kolsch, but it hit the spot just fine.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 21:31:10 | More by Retsinis
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Seattle TapRoom. Pours deep golden with a white head. Aroma is of grassy, perfume hops and biscuit malt. Medium, slightly crisp body. Light, crisp, grassy malt is balanced on the palate by biscuit malt and hints of tropical fruit. Short, light finish. Easy drinking brew, one of the best Kolsch I’ve tried.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 21:47:22 | More by mikeg67
Photo of mrseano


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color, fair amount of carbonation with medium bubbles. Quickly vanishing white head, no lacing.

S: Not a ton of smell, but picks up sweet grains and malt, possibly fruity scents but can't distinguish certain fruit.

T: Good taste. Tastes much stronger than its scent. Sweet grainy taste with some hint of honey-like sweets. No strong aftertaste, but refreshing while it lasts!

M: Easy to drink, light mouthfeel. Some bubbles/carbonation make it a great summer option.

O: Not outstanding, but overall a good beer. Perfect for a hot summer day when you need a quality refreshing beer that tastes good. Solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 19:14:39 | More by mrseano
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 07:48:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into my most strange-like pilsner glass

A - Pours a straw gold with a two finger white head. Lots of carbonation. Head is gone 2/3rds down the glass. Leaves behind a couple of small splotches of lacing.

S - sweet malt background that smell a little wine-like. Definitely some grape tones and maybe some noble hops.

T - Sweet malt upfront. The body has kind of a dry experiment-snappley flavor (I was a kid, this is what it reminds me of) with a hint of grape and noble hops. Dry finish that turns into a a white wine aftertaste with a touch more bitterness.

M - Fairly light and well carbonated. This is a summer thrust quencher- suits the beer very well.

I picked a single bottle of this up a general store at the Grand Canyon since Alaskan doesn't distribute to New Mexico. Glad I did. Although a won't lose any sleep over not having access to this beer here in NM, it would be an excellent pick for a six pack when I go to Hood Canal in Washington next month.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 07:31:53 | More by Bockrules
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 05:51:35 | More by MattyG85
Photo of beagle75


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Barely-toasted malt smells of sweet fermentation, with carbon dioxide providing a mild and unthreatening air of acidity. It bears an unsettling similarity to a diet lemon-lime soda.

T: Begins off-dry, with very soft grain that transitions into wheat-like flavors by the middle. Acidity is fairly mild, complementary, providing some citric qualities in the absence of any significant display of hop aromatics. A whiff of honey emerges late, finishing delicately sweet but not at all bitter.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and refreshingly acidic, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a malt-forward representative of the style, full-flavored compared to some brewpub kolsches that have been encountered. It becomes too sweet as it warms, detracting from its refreshing qualities and generally becoming less drinkable. Still, it may ably serve as a great gateway to craft beer.

Around 2001 this beer provided an important lesson for me in beer appreciation. As newer American beers were introduced to me, it was easy to assume that every unfamiliar style was therefore a newly-created style. In fact, they were usually trying to follow a precedent already established by traditional styles--usually in other countries. Alaskan Summer ale taught me a new word: kolsch. I came to realize that Alaskan was not inventing new styles of beer, they were just remembering (and teaching) beer history. It was a useful and necessary lesson to learn.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 23:51:44 | More by beagle75
Photo of herman77


3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw gold with a small off white head. Okay lacing.

S: A bit of lemon, grapes and light hay. Very light.

T: A lot like the nose. Lemon, some fruitiness (apples and grapes). A touch of malt. Some spicy and slightly bitter hops near the finish

M: Lighter body, active, higher carbonation. Kind of macro like, but with a bit more body.

O: Decent. Its a Kolsch, so nothing to get excited about, but its well made for the style. Pretty easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 22:43:05 | More by herman77
Photo of smm


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crisp-clear golden color with a 1/4 in white head which recedes quickly. Big bubble rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- Citrusy and sweet, a bit grassy.

T- Starts grassy slightly hoppy, finishes with a banana-like twinge on the tip of the tongue. Quite dynamic.

M- Very crisp and bubbly up front. Finishes a bit dry. Definitely a thirst quencher after the bike ride home.

O- This is my first crack at an Alaskan brew since they arrived in Minnesota. Nice and crisp, good balance of sweetness, very refreshing. I'm looking forward to picking up a couple of sixers this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 17:29:09 | More by smm
Photo of morimech


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright yellow color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a very thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of some bicuity malt and slight fruity esters. Not getting much from the hops. The flavor is a little more fruity which comes as a suprise in a Kolsch. Malt is semi-dry and bready. What is not surpising is the light body and lively carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer that compliments hot summer days. Not the best Kolsch I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:01:51 | More by morimech
Photo of hardy008


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a 3 finger bright white head. Good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has grapes, spices, and grains.

The taste is just like the aroma. Grapes, spices, and grain. There is a nice, light sweetness. Somewhat vinous.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, soft mouthfeel, very easy to drink. I could easily drink several of these in one evening. Welcome to Minnesota, Alaskan Brewing Company!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 02:35:08 | More by hardy008
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Summer Kolsh-Style Ale pours a clear golden hue from the 12 ounce bottle. A cap of white foam followed the beer down, leaving lacy traces down the glass. The aroma is light, as expected for the style, with pale malt contributing the most. The flavors are pale malt with a little sweetness underlying it. Very little bite at the end, par for the style. This is a fine summer ale, refreshing after a day in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:09:53 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Bighuge


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sun yellow body. Clarity is good. Carbonation looks to be moderately high as many tiny bubbles surface at a nice clip. Nice and fresh boquet of light biscuity malts and floral hops. Feel is crisp and refreshing. Light bready malt base with hay and lemon sprinkled on top. Hops provide a very slight dryness to the beer. Fairly decent Kolsch. It's hard to pack a lot of flavor into a Kolsch, but I have had some that were pretty outstanding. This is not that, but yet a good summer quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:00:01 | More by Bighuge
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:19:53 | More by bsp77
Photo of gatornation


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a slight hazed golden yellow head with a very fast receding head slight lacing

S-bready malts ,citrus,some spice,a touch of hops

T- was baked bread malts with some citrus hops,a touch of fruit and spice..i liked the hop profile with the malts..it was tasty

M- was a medium carbonation somewhat crisp with a good balance of hops and malts

O- nothing outstanding here but a decent light easy drinking brew good for the summer and will drink some more singles of this

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 21:49:46 | More by gatornation
Photo of KarlHungus


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of spicy noble hops, bready malt, and a hint of metal. This is a very pleasing aroma. The taste is a little maltier than the aroma with the spiciness only showing in the back ground. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good that I will surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 19:01:54 | More by KarlHungus
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon New Belgium glass from a 12-ounce twist-off bottle.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head that settles to a decent lace on the edge. Carbonation is quite lively.

S: Biscuity malt profile up front, with a hint of honey, along with a grassy, fruity hop aroma.

T: Very clean taste. Malt lends hints of cracker and some honey, along with some fruity esters. The finish is quite dry and refreshing, with some grassy, bitter hop notes.

Notes: Light and crisp, Alaskan Summer Ale is a good interpretation of the Kölsch style. There's not alot to it, but it's still a decent session beer for the season.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:16:46 | More by WYVYRN527
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 15:08:39 | More by mikesgroove
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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was a transparent golden-yellow color. There was a medium-thick white head on top.

S: The beer smelled sweet from the malts and piny from the hops; nothing too exciting in this category.

T: The taste was fairly balanced overall between the sweet malt and bitter hops; neither side of the balance was strong though. Also, the hop bitterness did not linger too long, yet I wouldn't exactly describe the beer as crisp.

M: There was plenty of carbonation that made the beer feel thin. The mouthfeel wasn't bad or great to me.

O: Overall, the beer was easy to drink but was boring. It seems this summer ale was designed to be palatable to a wide spectrum of beer drinkers. The beer was balanced well, but there weren't any specific characteristics that made me look forward to drinking the rest of the sixer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 01:22:56 | More by humuluslupulus8
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