Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 285
Hads: 717
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 23
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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.
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Reviews: 285 | Hads: 717
Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of white head. Color is a clear gold.

Aroma: Clean and grassy. Bready malts. Some light citrus. Maybe a hint of biscuit flavors.

Taste: Mimics the nose, but more bready and a little more hoppy/zesty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, a very easy drinking beer. Not to much here, but that's what makes this style awesome. Great for a summer day. It would be easy to kick a few of these back. (481 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 7/31/12 code on the front label. It was clear, pale yellow color with slight carb streams. It had a thin head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar. Light, quick sliding lace.

The aroma was biscuity with light fruit. Pretty typical for the style but the style isn't known for strong aromas. The taste follows the aroma with a biscuity start with the fruit kicking in shortly thereafter. Also a slight vegetable taste. Good for the style. Mouthfeel was light with good carbonation but a slightly watery aftertaste.

Overall, a good kolsch that will go down nicely on a hot Texas summer day. Glad to finally see Alaskan here in Texas. Rotation - the rare six pack in the summer especially if sharing with the non-craft beer neighbors. [O;Y] (797 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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). (514 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy yellow stuff pretty much sums it up. Very clear gold with a one finger cap of thin foam. Leaves spots of lacing on the glass with little retention.

Sweet corn, adjunct grain dominates a tight malt bill. Light grassy hops, very clean but very simple.

Thin malt with some dry grain husks, dry bread and straw. None of the sweet corn that was on the nose which is a redeeming quality. Grassy hops with light fruit that shakes the malt from the palate with subtle bitterness. Clean finish, slightly drying.

Thin but satisfying carbonation, very clean over the palate. Very drinkable.

Adjunct lager character on the nose and on appearance but don't judge on looks alone. Refreshing summer beer that is flavorful and clean. Good take on an obscure style. (758 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with no head or lace. The aroma is faint lemons with hints of dough and cake. The flavor is balanced, even if plain, with a mix of crisp malt and hoppiness. There's a faint taste of medicine in the finish as it warms. The mouthfeel is light and slightly sticky. Alaskan Summer Ale is a decent beer, recommended. (338 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow, not much head or carbonation.

S-some wheat and straw. Not much here.

T-Light sweetness. Bread wheat flavors. Slight bitterness. A nice light balance.

M-Light without much carbonation.

O-A nice beer. Nothing overpowering just nice light easy drinking flavors. (278 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear, gold body with a thick but unretentive fizzy white head. No lacing, and a lot of bubbles.

Aroma is dry with a bit of white wine-like grape, a slight touch of nuttiness, and just enough honey. Slightly floral continental hops provide a touch of balance, along with mildly spicy (clove?) tones and a fair amount of weizen-like breadiness. Also somewhat of a lemony citrus aroma as it warms up.

Flavor is slightly bready with just a touch of floral bitterness. Nice light and crisp citrus/spicy finish.

Lighter-bodied and heavily carbonated. Light flavor profile and immensely refreshing, but surprisingly complex. Not the best kölsch I've tried, but it has all the attributes to make an excellent session ale. (759 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-30-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Brilliant, clear golden beer with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. The head is white and frothy, with a good amount of lacing and retention.

S: Aromas include floral hops, soft malts and a light fruitiness.

T: The taste is crisp, with a lightly bitter hop character, balanced by very subtle malts.

M: A light body and high carbonation make this a refreshing drink. The finish is dry with some lingering bitterness.

O: All in all, a good summer brew from Alaskan Brewing.

Thanks to Cyberkedi for this one (662 characters)

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

A - Golden yellow with a bit of an amber hue. White head bubbles and builds quickly, then fades quickly. No lace whatsoever.

S - Lightly toasted malt, caramelized sugar, a bit of alcohol.

T - Dried fruit, malt, bread/yeast, some alcohol. Had a nice sweetness.

M - Sweet and smooth. Not much carbonation. A bit cloying.

Enjoyed the six-pack that I bought. I generally don't like the Kolsch style but this was nice. Good when it's warm because the flavors come out but most enjoyable when it's cold. (501 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is certainly an excellent summer beer. Smooth and refreshing!

A pale golden color with a little head. Goes down smooth, light carbonation and light sweetness. I can definitely sit back on the porch with a 6 pack of these and a friend.

On a side note, I like orcas. (272 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, with almost no head and a generally flat appearance. Slight hint of honey in the scent. Very light beer with almost no hop or malt presence, vague spicing, not unpleasant, just not real strong either. The presence of alcohol is light as a feather too. I did find the texture and carbonation to be spot on for a summer beer, makes for very easy drinking after a hot day.

Pretty much what I expected: nothing earth-shattering, not much to challenge your palate, but a good, recommendable Kolsch. (515 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard paint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber in color. One finger of off-white foam that fadedf fast and didn't leave much lacing or cap behind.

Smell: Floral hops and citrus, with a little sweet malt beneath.

Taste: Citrus hops with lemon and grapefruit profile, balanced well with sweet malts. A nice rendition of the traditional Kölsch style.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light-to-medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good flavors. Well balanced. A good interpretation of the Kölsch style (which is a style I really enjoy when it's done right). I would definitely drink this again. It's a good spring or summer brew. (644 characters)

Photo of Mdog
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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! (732 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (347 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of mrseano
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (704 characters)

Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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