Kölsch
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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From:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #207
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,211
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 11.7%
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
554
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 25, 2022
Added:
Jun 01, 2002
Wants:
  35
Gots:
  145
SCORE
81
Good
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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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Rated: 3.41 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Oct 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by mpenske from California

Oct 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by mamaraza from Texas

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
4/20/21...mostly clear pale gold. Foams all but away to a flat still view. Notes of hay, straw, grains but faint. Clean crisp flavor. No sweetness. Mellow, smooth, and consistent. Acts like a Kolsch should act.
Dec 31, 2021
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Rated by eatsluggs from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Again... kolsch should cime from Germany. Just brew something else. And leave this brew from someone else.
Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2020
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of wheat, not overly sweet. Tastes of sweet wheat and slight fruitiness, not too strong but nice balance. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall a very good beer.
Sep 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.71 by Walnut from Missouri

Jul 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.54 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.43 by B-rett from Wisconsin

May 19, 2020
 
Rated: 2.84 by Navin-Johnson from Texas

Apr 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Apr 05, 2020
 
Rated: 3.46 by einman from Minnesota

Mar 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.59 by elec from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.26 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Sep 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by DruC4 from Michigan

Sep 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by Sayb from Arizona

Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.26 by WynnO from Florida

Aug 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jul 30, 2019
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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.
Jul 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Jul 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by travelguy from Ohio

Jul 13, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | 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. SRM of 11 (4.00, average)

Aroma: Lots of malt. Vanilla, cherry, and brown sugar cookie. Also some orchardfruit. I get apple, red grape, cherry, and pear. Some ginger and spices. Some sweet caramel malts underneath. (3.50)

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 peppernut flavor. (3.75)

Feel: Medium bodied. Heavier for the style. Slightly sweeter too. Like others have said, it's slightly sweeter and heavier. (3.75, average).

Compared to Sierra Nevada Summerfest 6/1/4/20: Pours a darker color. More malty, cherry, vanilla flavors. Less orange and apple juice

Overall: Maybe not the traditional Kolsch, but excellent malt flavors. Nice orchard fruit and cherry flavors with spices, yet not too sweet. It drinks like a lighter and drier Vienna lager. Nice peppernut tones. I would describe it as a peppernut with vanilla icing topped with a cherry. Slightly lower rating for deviating from the style, but make no mistake that the flavor is really good here. (Final rating: 3.69)
*Compare next to Boston Lager*
Jul 13, 2019
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Reviewed by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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.
Jul 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Mnbrewstle from Minnesota

3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
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.
Jul 04, 2019
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
Jun 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jun 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by MacStinson from Michigan

Jun 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by rarigney from Washington

Jun 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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
Jun 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.6 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Apr 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 2.95 by Wontonst from California

Mar 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.6 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.
Jan 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by BillBabbitt from Ohio

Dec 14, 2018
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