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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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660 Ratings

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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | 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 jujubeast6000
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 6/8/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a light golden colored body, with nearly no head, whitish in color. Malty aroma, some freshness. Enticing. Malty nutty taste, refreshing. Effervescent. Not skunky tasting. Pretty tasting. A little heavier than a typical summer beer.

jujubeast6000, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat bland Kolsch. Clear yellow and heavily carbonated with a big white head.

Nose is hay and barny Eurohops. Mild taste, slighly hoppy. Slightly metallic as well. Fits the kolsch style but it's not well balanced.

Pretty good mouthfeel, much fuller than it looks.
A drinkable summer ale, but not much more than that.

shivtim, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Todd
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle w/ twist-off cap.

Pours a pale/straw color with a touch of haze and a thin, bubbly, white lacing. Aroma is clean, fresh, lightly malty.

Firm body, slightly chewy, but still on the light side. Crisp carbonation pulls through with some prickliness and a creamy feel. Sweet-ish, malty, toasty, and bready in the finish. Splash of fruitiness. Mild hops offer a leafy herbal flavor, grass, and faint notes lemon rind. Things dry-up in the end with some residual crackery malts and weak tea.

Nothing overly exciting, and I wish the beer was brighter, but overall a tasty take on a Kölsch and a very worthy session brew.

Todd, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of melagnus
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Delicate frothy white finger-thick head that quickly dissipates to a mere film after a few seconds, which exposes the clear Straw-to-Pale Gold (SRM 3.5) hue. Carbonation bubbles consistently rise to the top, giving it the appearance of a beer with medium-high carbonation levels. Swirling the beer in the snifter rouses the beautiful head, leaving no legs on the side of the glass.

S - Clean Noble hop bouquet of Granny Smith apple and sweet malt rise from snifter glass to nose; no one smell seems to dominate the other, yet blending beautifully together.

T/M/D - Medium body at first, but thins out quickly into a more watery finish. No lingering bitterness, though hops are mildly noticeable. Carbonation seems high on the palate and the crisp dry finish finishes very clean, providing for a refreshing quaff on a hot day. Very slight hint of sweet malt comes through to help balance the Noble hops, which after a few sips leaves a very slight syrupy finish that allows one to further enjoy the taste left on the palate! Drinkability is definitely high, as this beer not only fails to fatigue the palate, but at 5.3% ABV it doesn't exactly fit into the Session Beer category.

C - According to the website, the SRM is listed as an 8, yet they state the appearance is a straw-gold color, which would put it closer to an SRM 3, than an 8. Therefore, I'm sticking with my SRM 3.5, but could be wrong, as I don't have a spectrophotometer on-hand to test it myself. Either way, this is a beautiful little beer and very much one that could provide for an afternoon six-pack over a hot grill, while listening to the waves of the ocean in the background. Enjoy!


melagnus, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold in color and very still. Some random prickle pops around in the glass and there is no head to speak of. Sweet malty nose is okay. The attack is refreshing and clean and leads you to believe it will be a nice, simple, easy drinking beer. The flavor has a strong sour grain flavor. It seems a bit heavy to me for a summer ale. The aftertaste is sour. Compared to other summer ales, I am not a huge fan of this one, but I get that summer in Alaska is different than summer in other places. It just doesn't seem all that much like a warm weather beer. A little heavy and sour.

Ragingbull, Jun 19, 2009
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 MaggieReed
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

At first I tasted this and thought it was a mis-pour and I had been given an MGD...which I dont completely hate...

Maybe that initial reaction is a little harsh...but this was a kinda wimpy beer for me. I know that that is the style, but I have had better versions of it. In the end, it is more drinkable as it warms than your average macro, but I am pretty underwhelmed here...

MaggieReed, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of popery
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have very little experience with this style, but this isn't a half bad beer. I can't say that I'm blown away by it, but as compared against other summer beers (American Wheats and various lagers), it's alright. The beer pours an almost off-putting shade of yellowish orange with essentially no head or lacing of any kind. The nose is malty but light and not particularly engaging. That said, it's sweet and bready and doesn't smell off at all. The taste brings in some spicy hops and a faint vinous character. There just isn't enough depth of character to bring out any more interesting notes. The mouthfeel is surprisingly effervescent and would be even more enjoyable given a different flavor profile. Ultimately, it's an ok beer with a bland recipe. I don't know why a brewer would choose to make a Kölsch, specifically. At any rate, Alaskan does not make a very strong case for the style.

popery, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of anchordrinker
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear medium-light straw with a little head.

S- Floral and slightly sweet aromas dominate, not much else I can detect.

T- Subtle fruity tones with a light biscuit-y maltiness. Not much else goin' on.

M- Really light mouthfeel, with medium, pretty fine carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, definitely something that I think would be universally inoffensive.

anchordrinker, May 30, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow color; bright and clear. Poured a 2 finger creamy off-white head with fair retention to a thick skim. Sticky lacing. Decanted lightly throughout.

S: Grainy and slightly sweet. Hay and grass.

T: Bready, slight honey-sweety malt. Strongly bitter to finish clean.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation. Crips and dry in the sharply bitter finish.

D: Flavorful and refreshing. Not too complex. Very drinkable.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are mild, light candied sweetness, a little floral and doughy.

Taste is light, crisp, and clean with a surprisingly full mouthfeel. Some sweet creamy malt flavors, light dough, and slightly spicy floral hops.

Mouthfeel as mentioned earlier, is full, clean, and with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Not a great beer, but it's refreshing, and very easy to drink.

flexabull, May 08, 2009
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 sevopie
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a light but active white head.

Smell is intriguing, there's some graininess and corniness, and there's also a light hint of fruit, pear and apple spring to mind.

Light and dry, with a slight astringent bitter I've never tasted before. The corniness evident on the nose all but disappears, and while still sweet, its still left much like a pilsner.

Very light on the tongue, and full of carbonation.

Overall, this isn't too bad, but I can't see myself coming back to this one. The flavors just don't jump out like I was hoping.

sevopie, May 03, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wish that the Kolsch style was done more frequently here in the states, as it is sort of hard to find. I am only familair w/ Tire BIte(Flying Dog) and I beleive that I has one by UNita. That said, i love the style, however am not all that familiar with it. But here goes my review anyway.

A - clear golden/copper w/ small head and LOTS of bubbles

S - Barely noticable, not to much going on in the olfactory, just sweet malts and apple cider???

T/MF - Very sweet throughout, mostly all malt, but the hops are there just really well hidden.
Pretty much middle of the road beer, better than the macros, but not much complexity here. Just a balanced, yet 1 dimentional beer w/ a crisp bite and low biterness.

D- Very high if you are just looking for something to throw back while watching a game or snacking on some pretzels. Very light body(a bit watered down)and low ABV mske this quite quaffable. In fact, i forced myself to sip the first round, but after that it was game on and i found myself pouring them down.

bonsreeb85, May 02, 2009
Photo of olmatty
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Pours a low, fizzy, white head with a deep clear, golden liquid.

Smell- Light malts with a distinctly german style aroma.

Taste- Flat, dry, light malts, light hop character as is patr for the style.

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated, lightbodied and light on the palate.

Drinkability- Kolsch is as drinkable as a beer gets; light very mild on both hops and malts. Sadly, this Kolsch is simply boring and lifeless. Not undrinkable, just not worth a second glass.

olmatty, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luminous golden color, transparent, with reasonable white head. Nose is citrusy and metallic. Some metallic components on the palate too, with a nice herbal presence and crisp, light & refreshing malt. Faint sour element that disappears near the finish. Very refreshing and something I would love with good American pub fare.

yemenmocha, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a raspy thin golden color with variants of orange. Many bubbles throughout and a handful clinging to the bottom of the glass. Bleach white head, very foamy, coarse, and all that remains is fizzy ring

S: soft fruit notes with light floral hops. Paired with a white grape juice sweetness with a drop of honey

T: reminds me of a wheat styled beer: very lightly roasted grains with a helping of caramel. It has fruits of delicate banana, oranges, and a few berries with a fruity white wine flavor. Hops have a accommodating snap in the mouth, very dry and clean overall
This would pair well with grilled and roasted foods of the summer season

M: light, fizzy, close to champagne feel. Has a sharp finish and hops help augment this feel

D: balanced, good flavors, mildly pleasing overall

Magpie14, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of klewis
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden with a thick creamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Grainy smell with a bit of honey.

T: Unusually sweet with a strong honey flavor, Light spice, but not as much as I'd expect from a kolsch.

M: Light in body and carbonation. Unusually creamy for the style.

D: Tasty and refreshing, yet quite atypical compared to the others of its style that I've had.

klewis, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of bkilpatr
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/18/09.

Pours a bright clear golden color with a finger of bubbly white head. The head dropped quickly to a thin layer, decent retention. Aroma has green apple, subtle malt, and floral hop.

Taste starts with sweet honey and bready malt, which is quickly accompanied by a slightly sweet fruitiness. That is followed by floral hops and a very subtle grassy hop flavor. Feel is light-medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very crisp, clean and dry finish. Very mild bitterness. Drinkability is very good - quite sessionable.

This would be great to have on a hot summer day. Very refreshing.

bkilpatr, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Psilo707
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew comes out a very nice bright golden color, looks very 'pure' and true to it's nature of the kolsch-style. Bubbles look nice rising all the way to the top without pause. Average head, some lacing but not too much.

Smells citrusy and a bit fruity. Very light and ethereal scent but still makes its presence known. The taste is extremely hoppy and in-your-face but quickly calms to a smooth one in the mouth. I like the non-bitter style of this beer and once again it's true to its name.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side but nothing negative. Drinkability is good, I could definitely down many of these, especially since it's so light.

Overall, another great release from Alaskan. I love this brewing company.

Psilo707, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Freakin Frog, Las Vegas.

A - Poured a clear pale color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate bubblegum and citrus aroma.

T - Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

D - This beer met my expectations and is good for style.

tmoneyba, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


When you look at it after pouring it in a glass, you notice the beauty that is the Summer Ale. It's a light golden color and very clear. Taste great. I had a case of it straight from the state of Alaska this year and I think I still have a couple left. This beer is easy to drink one after the other.

soupermirl, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a lager glass, Light colored yellow and slightly cloudy.
Nose: malty, grassy, hops and hints of yeast
Taste. Hallertauer hop comes through with a rounded malt character. and hints of yeast and grass passes through the malt character.
Finish. Slightly bitter and linger for a second or two.
Overall. Kolsch is not my style of beer but it was descent and good drinking..

colts9016, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Summer Ale is a crystal-clear golden ale, highly sparkling with a white head that vanishes and leaves pretty good lacing. It has a grainy aroma that is fruity and grassy. It has a big, smooth body with a champagne texture. The finish is clean and slick. What a smooth taste! this is something you could get your dad to drink. It's lightly bitter, with a simple grainy taste. There is a hint of fruit to it. Excellent session ale. It's like if you took a macro, removed the adjuncts and added much more malted barley. Nice! A summer ale without gimmicks!
(rated 8/9/2007)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden-amber color. Wheat and spice aroma. Taste was also wheaty, but with noticeable fruity hops. A little Saaz, but not much. Very light and refreshing; great as a summer seasonal. Its like a Vienna along the lines of Karl Strauss Amber Lager, but not as heavy.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.