Alaskan Summer Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Summer AleAlaskan Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of jeswanson86
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of beernut7
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan BC has done it again. This Kolsh style corn colored offering and foamy yellowish head live up to the usual standards. Aromas of German hops and malts as well as a hint of German ale yeast intorduce a sweet medium bodied VERY smooth beer. Awesome.

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Photo of ddelozier5
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.46/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. What a surprise. Remember how the old Bud commercials showed a poured glass of beer that looked so very refreshing and clean?
That's this one...only the taste is not a disappointment.
Poured a light crystal clear golden color with a med head of large bubbles that quickly disappeared. Very large bubbles escaping the glass settling down to a medium carbonation looking very pretty and refreshing.
Aroma is immediate...not overpowering, but you don't have to look for it. Slightly sweet, like fresh baked fruit filled (berry?) pastries....clean, fresh, sweet, hops noticable at all.
Taste is incredibly light an refreshing. Much like the aroma...slightly sweet malt....bread yeastiness...light fruit (very faint fruit).
Clean drying aftertaste. No noticable alcohol.
What a great summer cooler.
I could very easily session this beer or drink it all day long by the pool...on the lake....floating down the river....or simply avoiding mowing the lawn.
You get the's a cold March day and I'm thinking of California sunshine while enjoying this brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, uglyguy must have gotten a bad bottle, this bottle was bought in Anchorage maybe that makes a difference. The head was real good but didn't last too long. Low on the bitterness scale and a slightly sweet flavor one of the best Kölschs I have had. Good balance of hops and malt.

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4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Today a work a customer handed me $20 and said "go get yourself some beer." Long day at the fish house, i earned this one.
Pale gold body with a thick white head that faded fast. Smell carries a hint of sweetness. Malt really steals the show here. Hops certainly do their job. But the malt is what is putting the smile on my face.
Crisp as the day is long. Beer doesn't get more drinkable than this.

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4.44/5  rDev +24%
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 kgotcher
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 Bottle pours a straw to copper color with nice foamy white head.

Aroma is grainy malt, hint of hops, but generally not heavy handed.

Taste is clean malt flavor that leans more to grainy than sweet. Nicely balanced hops don't stand out but just do the job. Mouthfeel is light to medium and is very refreshing without any noticable bitterness or strong aftertastes.

Frankly speaking it is hard to believe this is an ale and not a lager. Very smooth and refreshing for an ale. Quafable is a word that comes to mind. . . Great malty flavor that shows off the raw grain without adding too much body or sweetness. Love it.

I think I have a new session brew for the summer.

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Photo of cbe1961
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite American kolsch.

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4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xhcadamx
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - yellow straw with a touch of honey. fizzy white head the leaves quicker than it came. no lacing

S - creaminess which is what draws me to these kind of beers. Hops are present but I cant detect which varities.

T - creamy and i love it. I wish I knew other beers like this. I only know of two: anchor steam and four peaks kolsch. Graininess and cereal. Perfect amount of bitterness.

M - super light and delicious

D - i love this beer

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very crisp and clear copper color with a thin white head that laced quite well down the glass. The smell was very floral and malty. Slight apple and honey smell as well. Seems very fresh.
The taste was very subtle and pleasant. Slight fruity on the first sip turning almost dry and sweet in the end. Also a bit of bitter in the end as well. Mouthfeel was very light and enjoyable for a summer evening.

A very nice Kolsch seemed true to style to me. Ill be getting this one again.

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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjurney
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color. A little carbonation rising. Small head.

Very clean and crisp. Fresh cut hay, slight fruity.

Sweetness up front. Sweet grain, grassy, bisucity, slight fruity. Semi-dry finish.

Very clean and crisp. Light bodied. Well carbonated.

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Photo of genaro
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer beside a bonfire on the Oregon Coast, so I a little trouble seeing the color. Nice floral aroma, cloudy gold color by firelight. Good use of hops instead of lemon. It had a flavorful hop finish with just a bit of astringence. I found it to be more malty than the usual citrusy character of other summer beers which I am not a big fan of. Definately my favorite Summer ale.

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4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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