Alaskan Summer Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

799 Ratings
Read the review
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 799 |  Reviews: 304
Photo of ShakaShakaShaka
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of TheStashRide
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Glibber
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drinkAK
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold. Eggshell head settles thin. No lacings.

Sweet grain on the nose with a nice bit of fresh grass seed.

All about the grain, as you'd expect with a kolsch. Touch of unpleasant diacetyl, I'll put that down to less than optimal freshness. Fairly sweet malt with floral hops. Finish is pretty clean.

The style can be unforgiving, and I think I may be drinking this a bit too late. That said, I think I can get enough from it to know that it would be decent fresh.

 475 characters

Photo of BobDag30
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of joefinnigan15
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of budgood1
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out a slightly hazed pale straw gold colour with a thin fine egg shell white head reducing quickly to some sparse lace. crackery malt aroma...slightly sweet with lemon zest hints. taste profile lays down a fairly sturdy sour dough bread malt foundation with citric overtones and a meekly spicy and bitter noble hop bite. the overall body of this kolsch style ale is meatier than what i was expecting, with a full, chewy mouthfeel. drinkability is fine...easy to quaff on a warm, late summer afternoon.

overall, this seasonal offering from Alaskan is a decent, drinkable and fairly tasty take on a delicate style. i am not overly fond of the style, even in the hottest of weather, but this wasn't bad. it can quench a thirst to be sure.

 743 characters

Photo of Veebz
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of expansive
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Escsolo
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, mild head thin layer of random bubbles good lacing and good carbonation.
Malts, barley, but not much else.
Crisp and refreshing, it has a mild coriander flavor and a mild alcohol aftertaste very mild hops over all. Not bad beer for the style. The flavor does get better as it warms slightly. Some citrus fruits start to come out along with some grains.
It has a light mouth-feel and is pretty relaxing to drink!

 426 characters

Photo of battalion
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of lostinfla
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Ceballonegro
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Tech_Savy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. Printed on the label is, I assume, the “best by” date: “101112.”

Appearance: Poured into a 400 ml stange. The color is medium gold. Two fingers of light, off-white head dissipated to leave a skim of lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Lots of grain and fruit — apricot, strawberry, granny apple. It also has a sweet floral hop aroma, too. Honestly, it does smell a lot like summer.

Taste: My first sip made me think of a boat. I have no clue why. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The flavor is subtle but tasty and mostly mirrors the smell: grain, floral hops, fruits.

Drinkability: Light, tasty, and easy drinking. This is a summer beer I wish could buy locally.

 715 characters

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, dark gold in color. A stream of bubble can be seen coming up from the center of the glass. The head is white and disappeared a little to quickly. The beauty is in the color.

S - Excellent nose. Its sweet with lots of fruit and a soft floral notes. I'm getting apricots, green apple, white grapes and a nice wheat backbone. The aroma is very assertive and all the characters stand out nicely.

T - The taste is of dry wheat and fruit. Again green apple comes in to play, along soft lemon zest. The finish is slightly bitter and lingering.

M - The mouth feel is excellent. Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and with refreshing carbonation. Perfect for a hot day. Alaskan Summer is the perfect name.

O - Just a straight out enjoyable beer. Looks good. Smells amazing. Taste great, and feels wonderful. I recommend this one if you see it.

 843 characters

Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 799 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.