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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | 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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Ratings: 679 | Reviews: 281
Photo of MtVernon
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of JDV
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of ojclark
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Floydster
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
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

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow-gold color with visible carbonation and a light, thin white head.

Smell: Malty aroma with some grains, yeast, and a good deal of pear.

Taste: Slightly bready malts, light yeast, and more of the pears (with some other fruits).

Mouthfeel: Crisp feel and more-than-average carbonation. Very smooth and light-bodied. Finishes with a dry sweetness.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, totally reasonable ABV. Could work as a session beer.

I'm not particuarly fond of the kölsch style, but this is one of the nicer and more enjoyable ones I've had. Worth a try.

Photo of Murchmac
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold color with not much of a head into a mug. This beer smells fantastic! It has a very earthy smell to it. The body starts off light but has a lot of depth to it. Perfect mouthfeel, light, but with an understated malt presence. The hop presence is bitter but finishes dry with you wanting a little more. Great session beer if you consider 5.0 a session beer. I could drink a bunch of these on a hot summer day with some hot dogs to wash it down. Try it.

Photo of radshoesbro
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is definately one of the more unique beers i've had recently. it starts off with an almost pale ale feeling and finishes like a solid lager. i can drink IPA's all day and not get tired of them, but sometimes i just want a change of pace, and i think that this may be my solution.

it pours a nice frothy golden hue with a good lace forming. it's definately a light - medium bodied brew. it starts off medium and finishes light. usually i wouldn't like this, but it's blended quite well here. this is porch beer, without a doubt.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a tall pilsner glass from a 12oz. stubby brown bottle with a twist off cap. Says limited edition on label.

Slightly hazy golden color hint of amber. Thin white soapy head dissapated quickly into a very slight coating. Streams of tiny bubbles with some stringing from the sides of the glass. Carbination was steady throughout the beer.

Nectar-like fruity aromas,pears/nectarines/white grapes some doughy/yeasty aromas with some carmell/toffee notes in the background. Moderate to faint no hop presense was detected.

Light sweet maltiness,an assortment of dried fruit tastes,bready,light on hops a very light citrus. Smooth bitterness with some tang. Light with slight cloying, not a crisp hoppyness like a lot of Kolsh beer i've tasted.Easy to drink,not as refeshing as i would like. Just didn't feel like a Kolsh to me. Sort of a letdown. Not bad,not a beer i would seek out again. Ordered this beer from Liquid Soluctions.

Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color, perhaps half a finger of head, and a very drinkable texture.

A hint of hops, definitely a strong citrus taste, this isn't an overpowering or overly flavored beer by any means. The fruit tinged smell of wheat beer is quite pleasant, and perhaps my favorite thing about this brew. It tastes much better when sitting in the sun near BBQ products.

Quite quaffable.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Light amber, with little to no head, with bad retention.

S: Slight bready malts, with some fruitiness - apples and pears, with some grapes.

T: The taste is quite delightful - It is light, but with some delicious bread malts and fruity grapes, with a slight kiss of hops. A lighter style of beer, but extremely well done, very tasty.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, and crisp, good amount of carbonation for the style.

D: Incredibly drinkable, perfect for the summer, a great beer on a hot summer's day to have.

Photo of theopholis
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Failry clear, golden amber with a small head with little retention. Practically no lacing.

Aroma - Lots of malt sweetness, with a nice maltiness and some floral hop.

Taste - Nice blend of malt sweetness, light caramel, bisquit and just enough hops to let you know it's beer. Something towards the rear that I can't put my finger on, but overall, it's pretty decent.

Mouthfeel- Failry light body for the style, with a good level of carbonation. Good CO2 burn.

Drinkability - Pretty good. Not great, but well worth a taste.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 6 of this at a grocery store in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho during a quick juant over the border from Creston.

Pours out a clear rich golden hue, although the head fizzled out before I even had a chance to acknowledge it.

Rounded yet somewhat tart grain on the nose, a flowery honey-like sweetness at times.

Light clean flavour that really doesn't own up to much dissection, but I'll give it a shot. Rounded grains, and a very light biscuit malt up front, honey, citrus and almost a vinuous note in the middle, finishing with a very light grassy/spicy hop note. All very subtle, you have to pull out the magnifying glasses on your tastebuds to notice it as it passes by.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, but does a fine job of quenching and suiting the flavour profile.

A decent patio beer when you don't want to analyze the hell out of what you are drinking.

Photo of Atricapilla
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a hazy yellow color with a small head. The aroma was fairly weak consists of a (slight) wheat and citrus. The flavor again was a mixture of wheat and corn followed by a weak hops finish. Overall fairly bland, but goes down easy on a summer day.

Photo of bosco7
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blond with dinky head that dissipates into nothing within half a minute.

Pilsner malt aroma (bready and light caramel) with some herbal hop notes.

Starts really sweet and malt flavors dominate, this quickly gives way to a tart vinous character and finishes dry with spicy hop flavors. I also pickup on lemon zest.

Very refreshing brew. Nothing really bad to say about the beer but nothing really stands out. I will say, that this is a nice choice for summer outdoor get togethers where you want to depart from the typical pilsner.

Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a standard ale glass
A - Golden amber with a minimal head that becomes a white ring on the sides of the glass. Lace forms and descends rapidly.

S - Mild + malty, slightly cheesy yeast not with a beet of spice.

M - Smooth, crisp carbonation w/ malty somewhat dry texture mixed with a tidbit of spice. Medium light with a full feel.

T - Gentle biscuit + honey flavors blend with lightly toasted and sweet notes. A nutty texture melds with effervescence that leaves a clean yet full flavor of ale yeast character. I enjoyed the flavor which is not a common summer ale taste.

D - A refreshing summer ale. A honey-like Kolsch with subtle peppery spiced yeast. A pleasantly malty ale with a dry aspect and clean finish.

Photo of Flyer
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Take this review with two grains of salt. First, I had it in a plastic cup on an airplane, which takes "improper glassware" to a new low. Second, I was feeling irritated because the flight attendant had said they carried Alaskan Amber, but when I asked for it I got this instead. (Can you do a place review for an airplane? Can you use a negative number to rate the knowledge of the waitstaff?)

The appearance and aroma were disturbingly reminiscent of a macro, with a vaguely corn-like quality and a macro-brand of light hoppiness (think Coors Light). The flavor was clean, with a minimum of malt and hop flavors -- I struggled to identify any ale-like qualities. Since I normally don't drink Kolsches or Summer Ales or whatever you want to call this, I want to be fair, but this beer was all about refreshment and little more, and it wasn't particularly refreshing. (A good tripel can be very refreshing, and so much more.) I can appreciate that craft brewers may have to expand into more drinkable styles to survivie, but this just goes too far for me. Not recommended.

Photo of eberkman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-gold with almost no head at all. Smelled kind of sweet, kind of tart, a little yeasty, no discernable hop aroma. The taste was a nice combination of malts and yeast with a smooth, fruity finish with minimal bitterness. Usually i'd want more balance, but this one seemed to work OK. Good crisp, clean mouthfeel. I could have put these away all night -- very smooth, refreshing and easy to drink.

Not the most memorable beer in the world, but a nice refresher better than most other summer beers I've had. I'd have it again if it was available where I live (never seen an Alaskan product in the Boston area).

Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. VERY little head that disappeared quickly with no lacing on the glass. Color is orange. not quite amber but not yellow. I detected a hint of citrus, hops and maybe even grapes. The taste is crisp and clean goes down smooth and hints of citrus, a little bitterness afterwards. On the way down it trickles down the throat smooth and light. decent ale quenches the thirst. I'd drink this again.

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Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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