Alaskan Brewing Co.

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German Kölsch
Ranked #304
Ranked #43,131
3.6 | pDev: 11.67%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Notes: Formerly Alaskan Summer Ale

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 BB1313
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 9/17/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze and has bubbles racing upwards; small white head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas have some citrus, caramel, crackers and fresh bread going on. Mild floral notes. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More caramel, crackers and fresh bread. Lots of grains. More hints of citrus. More subtle floral notes. Some fresh grass in the mix. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing without completely dominating. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, spritzy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a decent brew. It might not be my new personal favorite Kölsch, but it's still enjoyable. It's refreshing and is hitting the spot during the warmer weather. Not bad. It becomes even more enjoyable the more you get into it.

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Photo of defunksta
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an orange, golden color with a nice moderate white head. A slight amber hue. (3.75, average)
Aroma: Lots of orchardfruit. I get apple, red grape, cherry, and pear. Some ginger and spices. Some sweet caramel malts underneath. (3.5, okay)
Flavor: The flavor accentuates more fruit. Lots of sweet red apple, cherry, and pear. Some nice spiciness in the middle. Finishes with a sweet caramel, toffee, and cherry sweetness. No grass. Nice cherry flavors with a German malt flavor. (3.75, average)
Feel: Medium bodied. Heavier for the style. Slightly sweeter too. Like others have said, it's slightly sweeter and heavier. (3.75, average).

Overall: Maybe not the traditional Kolsch, but excellent German flavors. Nice orchard fruit and cherry flavors with spices, yet not too sweet. It drinks like a lighter and drier Vienna lager. I like the orchard fruit that this beer showcases that is often absent in the style. Slightly lower rating for deviating from the style, but make no mistake that the flavor is really good here. (Final rating: 3.69)

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the better kolsches I have tasted. Pours a beautiful golden colour, with bubbles that continually rise. Taste is a nice balance between malt and hops, finish is slightly dry.

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Photo of Mnbrewstle
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a yellowish golden clear with lively bubbles. Strong odor of sweet burnt bread malts with a touch of hops. From the first sip you get a crisp bite that transitions into a more bitter flat flavor of a fruity malt upon exhale.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can - best by 8-28-19 (opened 6-25-19).
1" white head, slow fade and very good retention at 1/4", slightly hazy with a yellow-gold glow.
Apple fruit nose with a hint of bready malt underneath - perfumey nose of both hops and malt. Appealing aroma.
Lightly grainy malt up front, after that, that's it - a well balanced beer with not a ton of competing or complex flavors but refreshing and easy to drink.
Light body, medium carbonation and a fairly dry finish.
It's fine and nothing is off but not a great/benchmark example of the Kolsch style.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid Kõlsch, pours a straw color with a small white head. Smells of bread and malt and the same on the tongue with a touch of sweetness. Mouth feel is what you would expect. Good smooth easy drinker

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Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Typical pale amber, fair to average head of lace.

Aroma: Malty with a touch a hops, solid and faithful.

Taste: Plenty of malts as appropriate to style but luckily not sweet. A solid and easy-drinking kolsch that I wouldn’t turn down again.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’m really enjoying this. Pours light honey color with fluffy head that sticks around for a while.
It’s a cherry light and delicate style and this one is done well. It has a clean bready and honey sweetness with a perfectly well balanced earthy spicy noble hop. I will definitely be seeking out more Kölsch. This is great

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date "110118".

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, golden color with less than one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: honey sweetness and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet honey and then bread, there is a light kiss of hops on the finish.

PALATE: light bodied with medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a decent Kolsch, it's not the most exciting beer out there but I would have this again if I were in the mood for it and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style,

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Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, glass. Unfiltered golden yellow body. Lightly toasted malt, mineral, grain, slight caramel. Fairly standard kolsch that has a heavier mouthfeel than most, touch of lemon and hay, good carbonation. I think this could be more refreshing with a lighter, more lager-like body.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: semi sweet caramel malts,bread, slight mild hop notes, creamy finish. Bright hop nose. Pale gold hue, mostly clear, whit head some lace. medium light body. 18 IBUs

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Photo of Michelleroo
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Outside of the teeny laciness of the head and the great body on this beer, I was disappointed. I had higher expectations and I *know* better than to do that! But I love the Amber so much and this beer had a "good" rating, so I was hopeful as heck. But alas....

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alaskan Summer Ale brewed by Alaskan Brewing Co., With an ABV of 5.30% This Kolsch pours out a deep golden amber color with a small white head. There is also some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it does stick to the side of the glass. The smell is rich with grains and malts. Along with sweetness and mild hops. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the sweet grains and malts. Then a mild hop bitterness at the end. There is alot going on in this Kolsch. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of Alaskan Summer Ale is a solid medium. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. This brew would go nice with a dinner or a cool summer day. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Alaskan Summer Ale a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Alaskan Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper color with a light spiced grain nose. Sweet, floral malt up front. There is a short sharpness from the carbination and hop bitterness, but the brew lingers with a spice and biscut malt flavor. A very tasty, medium bodied Kolsch.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this off the Meijer single shelf. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of biscuit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was decent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure how i havent reviewed this one before. its a classic obviously, and a cool take on the style thats a little bit different from a lot of them. it is definitely fuller bodied and hoppier than most kolsch styles, and i think the slightly heavier beer is cool in an alaska context, but also more my speed than the sometimes watery and one dimensional imports and american copycats. comes out a little short of clear from the tap, straw colored, with a short white head on it. the malt is the first thing that jumps out at me, its european and traditional tasting, there just seems to be a bit more of it than is common in the style, its grainier than most kolsch, and i like it because that doesnt also mean its sweeter, not here, this is quite snappy in the finish. the hops are grassy and sort of simple tasting, but they add more than balancing bitterness, with an almost green tea quality, and they go great with the grain. not summer ale because its light and you can drink 15 of them (although thats kind of true), but summer ale because its harvest-esque, fresh, and a neat expression of the season. alaskan seasonal beers are all excellent, theres not a dud in the lot.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a crisp pale yellow color with a sly transparency about it. Moderate carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head trying to sustain itself but does end up moderately falling off. Not much lace, somewhat stringy and sliding.
The aroma had a whiff of grassy to earthy hops up front mildly blending with a keen crisp sweet biscuit/German bready/yeastiness.
The flavor was mainly sweet presenting this German bready/yeastiness to the hops to create a slick sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a nice fairly low carbonation running about it. ABV felt fine. Fairly smooth along my tongue.
Overall, pretty nice Kolsch by Alaskan. Nice to see a favorable German styled one brewed by an American brewer. Would be nice with some grilled swordfish!

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Photo of _drummer_
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a great, refreshing summer beer. It's a darker golden color, light carbonation. Crisp drink, very refreshing. Not overly unique, but it's an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a nice fresh beer at first, but then with a second whiff - medicinal. Flavor has some crispness from carbonation, but also some heavy malt sweetness that's a bit out of place. Color is darker than traditional Kolsch. Ok beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really nice and crisp. This is not something I would ever drink at a beer tasting or something like that, but it is a perfect summer afternoon beer.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Smooth with some weird but good finish like vermouth. No harshness. Clean feeling. Like a light wheat beer? Good but not quite textured properly. Would recommend.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has that nice kolsch yellow appearance, lots of clarity and a solid one inch of white head. Aroma was sawdusty like kolsch yeast.

Taste, balance, like a yellow beer alt, but this is a kolsch with lager yeast. Easy mouthfeel like Sunday morning. This don't do anything bad and are good for people doing the gateway thing.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Kölsch style ale so I have no other to compare it too. Poured from bottle to glass mug. Pale gold colour with a suddsy white head. Smells of mild hops and maybe a slight citrus aroma, hard to tell. Reminds me of a light pale ale. Tastes very smooth, much like the aroma, it goes down very well with good mouthfeel. If you want something cold to drink on a hot summer day that isn't overly hoppy or grassy, you'd probably enjoy this as much as I did.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Light golden, bright n clear, fizzy head disappears fast. Aroma is grainy with a hint of fruit. Crisp cracker grain taste with a touch of citrus. Finishes dry with a little grass in there. Overall good summertime brew, refreshing if looking for a clean, mild tasting brew.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a stubby into a shaker produces about an inch of frothy white head. The beer is a pale amber color and quite clear. Carbonation is on the high side.

A subtle floral hop aroma melds with an equally subtle fruitiness. The flavor is also subtly fruity, but with a semi-dry finish accented with caramel and with a touch of earthy bitterness.

This is a nice beer and a good summertime quaff. Purchased as part of a variety 12 pack which sold for about 15 bucks.

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