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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Summer AleAlaskan Summer Ale

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 36 | 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 MikeWilson
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Delightfully gold in color and crystal clear. Huge bubbles launch from the bottom of the glass and make their way to a tightly-packed and foamy head. The aroma is slightly grassy or hoppy, vaguely reminding me of how a fine pilsener should smell.

After I took the first sip the taste seemed dominated by a big mineral presence. But after the beer warms a bit the mineral overtones turn out to be the hop flavors aggressively coming through. The hops taste like Kent Goldings to me. There's only a very slight, soft grainy flavor coming through those hops. Very dry, with a spritzy after taste. Only slightly bitter. Exhibits many lager characteristics - dryness, soft malt flavor, delicate hop aroma, clean flavors throughout.

I found this to be a really interesting beer. The assertive hops were a pleasant surprise. They totally dominate this beer but in a good way.

MikeWilson, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep amber into my pint glass. Carbonation is evident, minimal white head that dissipates quickly to a ring, but leaves good lacing down the glass.

Aroma is of wheat and yeast - lemon and banana overtones.

This tastes like a witbier more than a kolsch. Light malt and yeast flavors, again with the lemon and banana from the yeast. Some light spiciness from the hops - a hint of anise.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, but overall a decently drinkable summer ale.

kosmoraios, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and clear amber with a nice head that quickly dissipates. Alaskan summer ale smells of wheat, malts, and a faint bit of hops. Tastes pretty good for a kolsch, albeit it tasted a bit more yeasty than other kolsches I have tried. It had some malt, followed by a tart lemon flavor and a bit of hops. Overall, this was a pretty decent beer, very drinkable and refreshing.

birchstick, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one of these on the Alaskan Railway. Nice summer beer, good for a session or to accompany the gorgeous scenery on the train. Really nice deep golden color. Initial head is good (don't last long) and enhances the overall appearance. No lacing to speak of. Smell is mild. Smell and taste are light sweet malt with a bit of floral hops. All very subtle but makes for a nice mixture for a fairly bland beer style.

Mouthfeel is crisp and not too watery. Drinkability is good. This one goes down real easy and has enough complexity going on to separate it from the macro-rice-and-corn brews.

JayQue, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of wspscott
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

I picked this up expecting a pale ale (didn't look close enough at the label)

A: crystal clear golden color, no head/lace
S: slightly sweet malts with hint of hops
T&M: very crisp/clean, highly carbed, slight hops bitterness (type of hops not obvious), highly attenuated
D: highly drinkable, great summer beer, true to style but a bit of a disappointment since kolsch is not a favorite (see above). Good camping beer, I didn't feel guilty drinking a couple straight from the bottle :)

wspscott, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought whales only lived at Sea World? Pours a pale golden color with great clarity. A good pour left a think white head with decent retention and lacing through out the tasting.

The nose is limited overall. Some husky grainy notes. Nothing really to distinguish style. There is a floral hop note that hints of more of a blond than anything. Very clean yeast as well. Some hints of metallic but not over bearing.

The taste is more perceptive but still reigns in the blonde category. The malt is balanced well with more of a grainy, husky flavor. Some corn/DMS notes but still clean tasting with very little yeast notes as all. A hint of alcohol and acetaldehyde. The hops had more of a floral note with hints of rose peddles.

The body is light with some sweet and floral finish. Very crisp and easy to drink. Nice carbonation. This is a good session beer with some minor flaws, but decent.

Oxymoron, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer on a vacation in Tahoe and brought a few bottles home. I'm glad I did.

Bright yellow color with an orange tint, darker than a macro lager, with thin white head.

Clean smell of grass and honey with just a bit of citrus (lemon).

Tastes a lot like the smell, very clean, with a bit of a corn like flavor mixed in. But honey and grain predominate with good lemony hops.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

Very good beer, perfectly to style and great for summer drinking.

Tasted on 5/4/08. Bottle stamped "061808", I assume this to be a "Best By" date but it'd be nice if it were a little more clear.

tmitch75, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting summer brew.

A: Pale gold color has good clarity. Small white head dissolves quickly and leaves no lace. Small carbonation bubbles:

S: Spicy and grassy with a hint of sweetness.

T: Very clean. Malt is husky and not particularly sweet. Hops have a nice spicy bite to them. Finishes clean.

M: Medium light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: This beer didn't float my boat for some reason. However, it's a nice representation of the style. Definitely a good summer thirst quancher.

Rayek, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Try though I might, I simply could not get any head to develop on this beer. The color, however, was a wonderfully clear golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a light malty sweetness to it. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a dry, light flavor on the tongue. The finish was likewise nicely dry. It was a perfect summertime ale.

woodychandler, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance> Thick and creamy vanilla head, dark amber colour. Light bubbles. lookin good!Though dark coloured for a kolsch.

Smell> Slightly metallic and very alcoholic. hmmm

Taste> sweet, heavy lagery taste, bananas, grape acidity, but overly alcohol tasting which covers the other flavors

Mouthfeel> tingly, not pleasant.

drinkability> would prefer a different kolsch, or a different Alaskan Brew beer.

1759Girl, May 27, 2008
Photo of sml505
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle

A - Yellow, golden color, with fizzy white head. Strong carb.

S - Light malt and hops. Crisp floral hops.

T - Moderately sweet and a little acidic. Fresh, clean flavor.

O/ M - Great for lighter style of beer. Light bitterness and carb. Crisp hops. Good session brew or while grilling during the summer! Brought back memories of time in Koln for the World Cup...

sml505, May 19, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - rush of carbonation on pour, but no head...no lacing...

Smell - mild hops - that's it.

Taste - dejavu - mild hops - that's it, very slight hoppiness

Mouthfeel - light bodied, carbonation scrubbed the hell out of the old palate

Drinkability - goes down easy, may serve well as a lawn day/pong beer

SaltyLime, May 15, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amberish hue with a wimpy head even on draft. The head dies quickly but manages a bit of lacing.

S: Lot bready malts with hints of sweet summer fruits and sugar.

T: I liked it enough to order two. Very light and fruity. Tons of apple and grape mingle with the malt. A very nice light Kolsch.

M: Smooth, Light and Crisp. What more can you want from a Kolsch

D: Great beer to finish the day after walking the streets and glaciers of Juneau.

tpd975, May 13, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up on Friday at the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my Sam Adams shaped glass..

1" head drops fast.. no lacing.. very clear golden brew.

Aroma is sharp.. pale malts and quite a bit of fruitiness... no hoppiness to speak of..

Flavor is thankfully better than the aroma .. fairly clean pale malts are the main player from front to back .. a little bit of pineapple/green apple skin fruitiness dies away to a little bit of metal on the finish. Light spicy hoppiness forms near the front of the palate and lingers to fairly close to the finish.

Nothing mind blowing.. but very drinkable and fairly refreshing after the last fiasco of a beer I had. I will definitely pick up again.. but I really want to try this side by side with a few other German representatives along with Sockeye's Kolsche and the Ram's. I am willing to bet, the Ram's will be the best of a very drinkable bunch with Sockeye and Reissdorf nipping at the heels.

JohnGalt1, May 06, 2008
Photo of MtVernon
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've gotten this beer for a long time now, every time its in Season. This and Full Sail Wassail are the only seasonals really worth remembering here in the great NW, in my humble opinion.

This is a really good beer, and you can usually find pretty good deals on it. That's really all there is to it. I won't go into great detail, as people before have already covered it (sorry, I don't smell things like lemongrass, butter, & corn), but let's just say this is a very drinkable, pleasing, satisfying beer that always reminds me of cicadas and birds chirping on summer evenings, those fleeting, hypnotic post-quaff lulls of contented existential wonderment that can only happen with just the right beer, one that didn't cost too much to make you feel self-conscious beer-pride, nor too little to induce humility-in-my-beer-thrift pride... or whatever.

Point is, this is just right, it's from Alaska, it's got a bitchin' label, and it tastes really good for the price point. You can't go wrong.

MtVernon, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber pours an effervescent gold into my Muhlen Kosch glass with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight citric & grainy notes

T: Some honey malt, citric lemon hops with slight dryness up front. Bready notes, some chalky dryness, & some honey notes once warm. Finishes with floral hops, honey & touch of fruittyness

MF: Vigorously carbonated & light bodied with good balance

Drinks extremely easy, this will be a nice summer time staple, thanks for joining the party here Alaskan!

russpowell, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Fordest for this- Dark yellow to light gold pour in a Kolsch glass. Big lasting white head, and a faint grassy, sweet malt smell. Was refreshing, sweet and nicely but mildly flavored of crisp malt. A bit watery especially in the finish, but still enough flavor to keep from being boring. This is a good Kolsch, but I'm starting to crave more flavorful beers as its cooling off.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Initial phenolic aroma of clove and a little banana quickly dissipated to a mild grain/malt aroma with slight DMS aroma detectable. Beer poured with a golden color with a very fine head and no lace. Several minutes after pouring, a mixture of medium and a few large bubbles continued to rise up through the glass.
Flavor was heavier than other Kölsch beers I've tried: more like a kristalweizen than a Kölsch. A pleasant flavor, but I'm not sure this conforms to the style. Palate was a little thin and fizzy. Not a bad beer, but falls short of other offerings I've had from Alaskan Brewing.

ojclark, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of CU570M
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured with a pale amber color. Head was a cotton white with average to decent lacing. Smell was of lemongrass and corn and butter. Was pretty good tasting with nice oily nice malty taste. Mouthfeel was a mild carbonation and oily with barely any after taste. A good beer. Would drink in a bar if this was available and the only other beer they had was bud.

CU570M, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a good beer if you like to barbecue outside or drink beer while physically working. Its a refreshing kolsch style with a litte less flavor than something like curveball by pyramid but smoother and easier to drink. Good with bar food like burgers or wings or cheesesteaks or something. I get it when i go to hooters. overall it should have more taste for a kolsch but the grain and hops are present.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready with light malts, a little spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out spicy and bready, then a decent hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is light as it should be in this style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, I could drink several of these and it has that refreshingness factor which makes it a nice summer seasonal worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an orangey color beer with an average size head with some medium retention. Aroma of grainy and somewhat unrefined grain is slightly bland. Taste is also dominated by some unrefined and grainy malt and some semi-sweetness. Body is slightly oily with a full body and some medium carbonation. Interesting take on the style but not something I would go for on a regular basis.

Phyl21ca, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint from Naja's Place during a hot September day

Pour was a light golden brown with a very small white foamy head that faded quickly

Smell was a little malty

Taste was weak except for a few hoppy accents

Could drink a lot of these because they are smooth and light, but not very tasty

Much better summer beers out there

Floydster, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has no born on date and show a beautiful orca in air. The summer ale is straw color that is not hazy. Very little head but looks to have a good amount of carbonation. The smell is definitely flavored with hops. The taste leans more to the hop side and finishes with a nice bitterness that lasts in the back of your throat. I would definitely drink this session beer again.

cswhitehorse, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Filtered golden lager with an 'ok' soapy head, less than a centimeter in height. Aroma is a clean, sweet grain based one, with mild hopping.

Flavor is similarly clean, a little weak in the grain and hop department. Could use some buffering in the mouth and overall body. Easy to drink, sessionable summer ale, but not one I'll go out of my way for again.

BretSikkink, Sep 03, 2007
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