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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 19
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of anchordrinker
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of sevopie
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of bonsreeb85
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Photo of klewis
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of bkilpatr
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Psilo707
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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.

Photo of soupermirl
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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..

Photo of yesyouam
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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)

Photo of magictrokini
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one from 12oz bottle. At the time, this was the 1st Kolsh I took notes on.

Poured a lighter golden yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of malts and citrus (lemon). Tastes like it smells (sweet malty with citrus) - more on the sweet side. Lively body.

Notes from 6/7/04

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

Poured into a cylinder glass. Clear yellow gold with a small off-white head. Aroma is light German pale malts with a hint of stone fruit. Flavor is toasty sweet malt, soft unacidic citrus, and a light grassy Hallertau zest. Good carbonation, light body, clean finish, high drinkability. Not very complex or interesting, just solid and summery. Does what it ought to do: refresh.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with ThreeWiseMen. Thanks so much!

Poured with a thick 3 finger head that had a consistency of whipped egg whites. Some nice retention before fading back into the beer. Color was deep gold and the beer was crystal clear. There was a great deal of visible carbonation.
Patches of lacing sporadically clung to the inside of the glass.

Very nice looking beer.

Aroma was fresh and of grain with slight sweet notes.

Taste was very nice and reminded me of cereal or crackers. There was a slight sweetness towards the end and a nice light lingering bitterness. The sweetness remained just below the surface as the hops lingered. Crisp.

Mouth feel was light and refreshing. Extremely drinkable.

What a nice beer. I am so glad to have had a chance to try one again after so long.

(I visited Alaska in 2004 and had the opportunity to try some of their brews)

Photo of SargeC
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold-amber color, thick, tan head.

Smell: Slightly smoky malt, caramel.

Taste: Slightly sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Perfect hearty summer brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice consistency.

Drinkablity: One of my favorite Alaskan Brewing Company beers. Very easy to drink and compatible with almost any food.

Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good for the style (Kolsch). Golden with a slight white head. Crisp taste: decent maltiness, some hops, light fruits, some grassiness. A little yeasty. Refreshing, an excellent golf course beer. Very drinkable. Beats the hell out of macro pale lagers.

Photo of Offa
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, tasty kolsch-style beer.

It is golden with a smallish white head steadily shrinking to a ring and wisps.

The aroma is grain, grass, fruit, applies, and overall very nice.

The taste is crisp, dryish, with grain, apples and very nice balance. It's fizzy, with a light, lively, zesty feel and it's highly drinkable, comparable to a very good pale lager.

Photo of GilGarp
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 22oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. It has a pale orange color with thick head and good clarity. The head fades quickly but leaves behind some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is semi-sweet and yeasty almost like fresh bread.

Taste is clean and mild with a slight hint of lemon. There's a grassy flavor at the end that is pleasing. It reminds me of a wheat beer with a bit more subtle depth of flavor. The balance is nice as well.

Mouthfeel is good, not too carbonated, and drinkability is there for sure.

I can't get really excited about a beer like this but it's good and seems to be done well. I would really need to try an "authentic" German version to know how this stacks up.

Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At homebrew club for fruit and blonde (creams & commons) styles meeting.

A - Dark blonde, fairly heady, which dissipates fast.

S - Cream, malts and bittering hops.

T - Very creamy, malty, sweet, lightest amount of hops.

M - Carbonated and just a nice beer.

D - Great lawnmower beer, hit the cream part head on.

Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.