Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 47 | 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 WYVYRN527
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.

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.

Photo of humuluslupulus8
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.

Photo of JeffBob
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow into glass from bottle with about 1 inch of foam.

S Pine with a bit of hops to it

T light crisp and clean, with a finish of slight hops fading into some semi sweet floral yeast notes.

M goes down smooth a clean

O Not my style of beer but all and all good. I may drink this later on in the year when the days are 105 F and the nights are 95 F
the name says it all a great light beer for hot days and nights.

Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of yeast, hint of citrus, and a hint of grain. Overall, decent blend and body.

Photo of veinless
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very thin and glassy light straw yellow, with an appearance not unlike filtered apple juice. Lots of effervescence and only slight retention of head. Leaves no lace and bubbling is oddly uniform and hypnotic.

Grassy and grainy on the nose at first, only the slightest bit of citrus is evident. Weakly aromatic in general. Some faint sugars, like candy canes and the like, make their way through as the beer warms.

Those sugars are more pronounced in the taste. Quite sweet at the start, with grassy character only coming through at the end. This is quite malty for being such a light beer, and the graininess isn't even that big of a factor in it. I'd like more hops and citrus to balance it out, but it's not bad as it is. Needs more bitterness for sure though.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth and crisp, but is warmer and more full than I expected. It's never watery which is a good thing. Drinkability is ok, but could have definitely used some bitterness to the finish. As it is, it is solid, but unspectacular.

Photo of SamN
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a regular tumbler pint glass.

Looks perfectly average; slightly better color than a basic adjunct lager, a little darker and golden hued. Weak, thin head that doesn't last. Very lively beer, lots of bubbles. Smell is that classic kölsch odor; like tart dust is the best way I can describe it. Smell is dry and musty. To say there is some fruit in there might be a stretch, but I think I detect some grape and lime aromas, actually. Not a whole lot of malt smells, but I don't detect much in the way of adjuncts. I can't tell what exactly gives kölsch that specific aroma, perhaps the type of hops used? Can't tell. Either way, I don't like that smell very much. I've smelled worst, but still, it doesn't do it for me. Taste is of a slight caramel sweetness, then the delicate hops tinniness of the style takes over and ruins it all for me. Reminds me of lime rinds or mint leaves, a weird sweet, tart and musty taste.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Stange.

Look - Golden in color, clear, with about half a fingers worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - a bit sweet and malty-smelling. Maybe a slight touch of the hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hoppy in flavor, but not bitter at all. A bit sweet at the beginning and then in the middle and finish more dry and musky-tasting. Texture is pretty light and leans a little more toward wateriness.

Overall - not a bad brew, and maybe not a bad American version of the style. Hop flavor could be more distinct.

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.

Photo of Chyren
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour: non existent head leaves a slight ring of foam. Light golden, clear, bubbly, a rather attractive beer.

Smell: the scent is somewhat grassy and astringent, sweet too.

Taste: a clean sort of dry grass flavor, grainy, crisp and lightly sweet. It's got more to it, something of a tang that I can't quite put my finger on.

Feel and drinkability: this brew is somehow full and light but not weak. It is creamy with none of that annoying over-carbonated sense that similar beers sometimes have. It's called Summer for a reason and one could easily spend an entire summer afternoon at the lake throwing back pints of this tasty libation.

Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a two finger white head that slowly settles. Clear body, gold in color. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Malty aroma - tones of caramel and red apple.
T) Grainy. Sweetness is a bit sugary but has a caramel flavor. Overall taste is not strong, thins out halfway through. A noticeable hop bitterness in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Light body. Fairly smooth. Dry in the finish.
D) A decent brew. Seems true to style. I'd have another.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know what my problem was with this beer, maybe it was the style, or maybe it was the brewery, but it just wasn't working for me. If I had to put my finger on one thing I didn't like about it, I would have to say that the malt flavor just grossed me out, it was too sweet and really just gross. For a summer beer I don't want something that malty, and if it is malty, at least make it a good malt flavor. There really wasn't much of a hop flavor either, which would have helped I'm sure. No head whatsoever, no lacing. And since I didn't like the flavor, it was hard to drink, hard to finish too. I mean it wasn't god awful, it wasn't the worst beer I've ever had, so I can't grade it too low, it just really wasn't my cup of tea.

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.

Photo of gkunkle
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color, head quickly dissipates. Smells of wheat, a little fruity and a little bit of hops. Tastes a little of dough, wheat and citrus. Has a medium body, with average carbonation. Overall, its an enjoyable summer beer, Its my first Kolsch, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it was good.

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.

Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I'm a huge fan of the orca whale on the cover of this summer ale. Nothing says "Summer" to me like Free Willy.

The beer is pretty damn decent. It pours a misty tangerine and has a spicy citrus aroma. There was a slightly skunky smell mixed in too, but the came out of a Bevmo Mystery Box so who the hell knows when I was supposed to drink it. I need to check the born on dates.

Anyways, the beer is decently balanced with banana and grapefruit tartness flavors that are unfortunately covered by the carbonation of the beer. They'd do well to lessen the carbonation to let those flavors really shine.

Overall this is a nonthreatening summer beer that can be enjoyed by most.

Photo of Bfarr
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, sparkling straw colored with thin white with little retention and lacing. Malty sweet aroma with hints of pilsner. Fruity apple and pilsner with good hop presence with a slightly spicy finish. The bitter linger lasts a little too long. High sharp carbonation.

Nice flavors aside from I think it would have been nicer to have a clean finish. Pretty easy drinking for a summer afternoon... or night...or morning if you live in Florida.

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.

Photo of JamisonM
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: small white head good lace rich gold color

S: grassy hops with sweet malts

T: clean crisp hops nice malts with good sweetness very smooth finish very enjoyable

M: slick mouth with med carbonation and the body is med

D: very drinkable drink 6 easy!

overall: it is what it says summer ale great easy drinking beer that even a bud miller or coors drinker would like. I really like the smooth finish of this really good.

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...

Photo of jsprain1
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pilsner colored, with a very thin white head. Active carbonation bubbles.
S- Grassy, with a bit of faint hop smells and vague citrus aromas.
T- A bit of bread dough, followed by a bit of lemon flavor. pretty mild taste.
M- smooth, until a dry finish.
D- An inoffensive beer, that is decent, but otherwise unremarkable. much better on tap.

Photo of appenzeller
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw/gold with medium clarity and a thin head. Aroma is feint, flowery, light. Taste is clean and simple, good balance with a tip toward hoppy bitterness, hops here are floral and subdued. Taste is thin and clean but not watery, drinkability is off the charts. I'm not sure if summer actually ever arrives in Juneau but the folks at Alaska have made a nice kolsch all the same.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On vacation in Yellowstone I was looking for a refreshing beer after a day of rain in the park. This brew left me wanting so much more.

It poured a dark golden color that was clear and slightly bubbly. The aroma was almost non-present with just a slight bit of grain present. For taste it was a bit of grain and corn without much to enjoy. It was like a macro beer with a tad bit of extra flavor and no nastiness. It wasn't bad tasting it just didn't have much to offer. Plus since this was considered a premium beer at the BBQ place it wasn't worth what I payed for it. Not a repeat buy.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Pours a clear golden color with nice white head and good retention and lacing. ALMOST looks like a macro but its not quite that yellow or fizzy. Smell was of dry malt and straw, perhaps a little citrus (orange peel) smell but faint. Taste was pretty clean and straight-forward. Dry malt, grassy hops and a general crispness. Mouthfeel was light, slightly oily aftertaste. Overall a good beer and representative of its style. Doesn't stand out a ton but I would revisit.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a frothy white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of grassy hops.

Tastes of light, slightly fruity malts with light grass hops. Some grain comes through as well. Some hop spiciness comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is light and has a prickly amount of carbonation.

Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.