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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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667 Ratings

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 43 | 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 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
Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

illidurit, Nov 13, 2008
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)

Reagan1984, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of SargeC
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

SargeC, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

nickd717, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Offa, Sep 18, 2008
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.

GilGarp, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

MisterClean, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: Never reviewed a Kölsch before, but I'll do my best.

Appearance: Clear and gold with a quickly-evaporating white head. No lacing that I could see. A smattering of bubbles float upward throughout the session.

Smell: Cascade and European hops along with toasted toasted grains.

Taste: Nice (toasted) malty body with a dry hop finish. I like the cracker reference below - definitely reminds me of a saltine... though not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very clean, yet still has a creamy feel to it. Carbonation tends to sting a bit, but it's not too bad.

Drinkability: Mild and easy with a pleasant flavor. A good brew for the summer that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Summer displays a clear golden body and a small white head. A light and mildly funky hay aroma. A light malt base with a floral hop finish. Easy drinking, refreshing and light. Won't wow you, won't offend you. Does what most summer seasonals are expected to do.

BradLikesBrew, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

651 ml (22 ounce) bottle with label as shown.

First moderate pour into a 400mll New Belgium goblet yields a two-finger head over a clear golden body. Head fades fairly quickly to a thing cap, but leaves very ample lacing. Overall a nice looking brew. I'm impressed by the heavy lacing, which bespeaks the promise of a rich, protein-y beer.

Smells bread-y, dough-y, cracker-y. Tiniest hint of citrus, and even tinier hint of honeysuckle. Not a heavy smell, but then, hey, this is a Kölsch.

Taste is light cracker malt, a bit of buttery acetyl, some mild floral hops (there's that hint of honersuckle), with a tiny end note of toast. Not a heavy taste, but then, hey, this is a Kölsch.

Mouthfeel is a nice crisp-round. By that I mean it's got lots of crispy carbonation, with a decent round-mouth-fullness. Still, as a Kölsch, there's really not a great deal of "presence."

Drinkability is the probably the best part of this beer: interesting enough to have another, low enough ABV to let you enjoy another. Indeed, this would be a good session beer.

ColoradoBobs, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice if not exceptional kolsh.

Pours light golden with a small head and a little carbonation from the bottom. Smell is slight but honeylike. The flavoir is pleasantly honey-ish with a very faint hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly clingy, pleasant and thin with a little bitter honey on the back end. A nice, highly drinkable kolsh.

Seanibus, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of brewjones
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, with low head retention. Very effervescent with high crisp carbonation. Smells clean with a hint of washed concrete. Grainy taste that leaves a nice dryness in the mouth. A faint sweetness right before the end. Hints of lemons and poundcake. Light bodied and easy to drink. I like to grab one of these when the weather is hot and the Colorado sun is shining bright.

brewjones, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite pouring this beer quite rapidly into my pint glass very little head bubbled up. It was true white and truly short lived, gone in sixty seconds just like the movie! Nice golden color leaning towards the orange spectrum. Aromas dominated by yeast and light yeast. Understated. The same can be said for the flavors. A little grainy with the bitter hops being most pronounced (This beer is a Kolsh and it shows). It does display some crispness but nothing defined. Citric notes under the hops. Mouthfeel is pleasant, light but not watery with moderate carbonation. A good session beer but really lacking on flavor and more Spring-ish to me; I'd rather have a Belgian white or a fruit beer on a hot summer day.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight honey smell. Pours to a golden yellow with a white head. Taste is lager like hop sweet with a clean dry finish. Very refreshing and very much a thirst quencher, in the Alaskan heat, as short lived as it may be. Not really much of a backbone to this brew but can be enjoyed in quantity. Recommend trying with some fresh halibut sushi, salud!

mooseisloose, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a beautiful light gold with a slight shade of orange. Slowly rising carbonation is visible since the beer is translucent as opposed to cloudy. Head formation is minimal but the lacing and retention aren't too bad.

Citrus seems to be the dominant aroma; it seems to most resemble lemon. I can also detect a faint bitterness from the hops and a very, very minute spiciness. Other than that, there doesn't seem to be too much else there; what's there does seem to be well-balanced, though.

The taste of this beer matches the nose almost perfectly. It's very citrusy with decent bitterness in the aftertaste to balance it out. I suppose that the citrus character in question truly is lemon since it seems to be present in the aftertaste as well. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's "fruity" since the hop character is relatively strong.

It's very light in the mouth and it tingles the tongue. I'm not sure if this is due to the carbonation or the lemon/spice flavors, but it's pleasant either way.

The brew goes down smooth but there's a nice little "bite" at the end. Much like the name implies, this is an excellent summer beer. I could easily see myself throwing down quite a few of these on a hot day.

This is definately a "chill" beer in every sense of the word. I think it's a pretty well-crafted summer beer; it's got a nice citrusy flavor and it goes down incredibly easily and doesn't fill you up too quickly. This is my second beer from the Alaskan Brewing Co. - I would say that I'm quite pleased with what they have to offer. I don't like it as much as their Alaskan Amber, but I can't wait to try more of their stuff.

diabecktic, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a straw colored yellow wit some decent cartbonation. Nose was fruity, lemon and some other light citrus undertones to it. The flavor carries more of the bready malt flavor and has a slight sourness(maybe from the lemon and citrus) and touch of bitterness in the finish to keep it interesting. Pretty easy to drink but not my fav seasonal.

barleywinefiend, Aug 08, 2008
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
Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.