Alaskan Kolsch | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan KolschAlaskan Kolsch

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Ratings: 835 |  Reviews: 311
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Viking for $3.75. Not a huge fan of this style, one I can take or leave, though they are good outdoor beers in hot weather.

Came to me a yellowish gold color, with a big white head. Moderate amounts of lace.

Smell was of mild floral hops and mildly swet malts, though there was a distinct pear odor as well, which was different, but not unpleasant.

The pear flavor was more noticeable in the taste, but once again it was not in sufficient force to drown out the rest of the beer, and in fact made for a pleasant taste. Still, it was nothing to write home about. It tasted like a nice, inoffensive light ale.

This was light bodied in the tradition of the style. Nothing noteworthy here.

This was a pleasant beer to quaff. If I hadn't been working on my "Tour De Beer" sheet, I might have had another, as it went down pretty easy - not surprising since that's basically it's job.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle w/ twist-off cap.

Pours a pale/straw color with a touch of haze and a thin, bubbly, white lacing. Aroma is clean, fresh, lightly malty.

Firm body, slightly chewy, but still on the light side. Crisp carbonation pulls through with some prickliness and a creamy feel. Sweet-ish, malty, toasty, and bready in the finish. Splash of fruitiness. Mild hops offer a leafy herbal flavor, grass, and faint notes lemon rind. Things dry-up in the end with some residual crackery malts and weak tea.

Nothing overly exciting, and I wish the beer was brighter, but overall a tasty take on a Kölsch and a very worthy session brew.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 RoyalT
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light orange in the body with a decent head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – Very light fruity hop aroma with a touch of uncharacteristic grain.

Taste – The traditional fruity taste is there but it’s very cheap. The hops are almost overpowered by this sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and very light in the body. This was somewhat smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability – Clearly Alaska Brewing was no match for this difficult style.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with some sort of freshness code I can't make out.

Crackling off white head leaves a scattered bubbly lacing on the glass, golden straw color shows off its clarity. Dusty grain, lemony hop and a mild fruitiness from the yeast in the aroma. Snappy crispness settles into a nice smoothness for the light to medium body to roll in. Light maltiness, faint orange lemon citric combo from the hops and perhaps yeast. Grainy and mostly dry with a dusty husk tone in the finish.

Its tough when a brewer slaps "Kolsch" on a label, the style is so narrow and there is only a small handful of true Kolschs that are sent to the US from Germany. A little to ale-like rather than Kolsch, this is not to say that this beer is not a decent quaff. Its sums up to be a simple Golden Ale at best.

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Photo of MrUse
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: wheat and small citrus

Taste: wheat, bread, honey, and a bit of lemon

Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, slightly sweet, light bodied

Drinkability: An excellent summer beer and a fine representation of the style. I could have a six of these. A very clean beer. Nothing fancy, just good beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with some grain and a hint of grape vine. The flavor is similar, with some nice wine-like notes mixed in with some yeast, wheat and white pepper. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice kolsch, glad Alaskan is now available in Texas.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into unique Summit glass, which is the closest I have to a Stange. Bottled on 72nd day of 2011 (March 13).

Appearance: Clear gold with initial white head but quickly subsides.

Smell: Dry citrus, cherry and apple. Very light hay aroma as well. Simply too light overall.

Taste: Very light taste as well. Grainy malts with apple and hay. Not much hops; just a light hop spiciness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Overly simplified (and de-hopped) version of a Kolsch. Refreshing and easy to drink, but not enough there to truly desire buying it again.

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Photo of Prospero
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magictrokini
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of rhinonau
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

a little grain and spicy hops on the nose but they are not big.
The beer pours straw color with a touch of gold with a thin white head.
A touch of light grain to light bread on the palate balanced by spicy hops and a light bitter accent, hints of light fruit.
Light, crisp, mild and refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Straw golden yellow with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head fades into a patchy layer with a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of pale malts, citrus, grapes, lemon, and grains with a hint of grassy hops. Everything smells fairly light.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with a sweet mix of pale malts and grains with lemon, grapes, and other citrus. Has a light hint of honey and hop bitterness in the finish. Everything is fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A good version of a Kolsch. Nothing outstanding, but a pretty good summer brew.

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Photo of bisq
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Thrasher
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fine, malty golden ale from Alaska. Pours gold, somewhat flat. Ho hum aroma of light malts and a sort of animal funk. Odor improves as the beer is drunk, and warms up. Flavor is bursting with maltiness, authentically German in that regard. The malts are not too sweet, nor too grainy. They are just right. Forgive my inability to elaborate further, but they are simply pleasing me immensely. Water quality seems very crisp and refreshing, more like NW glacier water than authentic kolsch water, but it works. Yeast is pretty mild, provides a slight fuzziness that I suppose is unavoidable. Hops are totally out of the spotlight, doing exactly what is required of them and nothing more: little to no bitterness, a light tap dance across the tongue, and providing a definitive finish to the flavor profile. Excellent and addictive aftertaste. I am really enjoying this beer, and am having some difficulty stopping drinking it.

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Photo of moundbz
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

easy to drink, simple and great

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