Alaskan Summer Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Summer AleAlaskan Summer Ale
806 Ratings
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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Ratings: 806 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of MelJ
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Ilafan
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This disappointed me. The label is awesome, but the beer is pretty average. It was quite light when poured with no lacing, no head, and virtually no fizz. The smell was non-existent. The taste was very rich but pretty sour for my taste. Not something I would have again.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lackluster head on top of a very pretty beer. The spit foam island really allows you to peer into the golden yellow brew and enjoy the clarity.

The nose hints at spring and summer flavors with lightly toasted grains and a lemon rind zing. There is also touches of white fruits reminiscent of grapes and peaches. Solid.

Taste is anything but boring. The grain flavors are rich with a kind sweetness. The lemony peppered nose yields a much more subdued flavor but still present.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean from start to finish which I find delightful. Medium carbonation and a slightly light body round this out to a damn fine beverage. Alaskan Brewing Co. produces some mighty fine suds. This is a great session beer and one I would drink over and over again.

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Photo of NODAK
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell was unfortunately initially somewhat skunky but eventually opened up to suggest grassy and citrus notes were present.

Taste is a bit crisp up front and refreshing...has a lemon quality to it with an undercurrent of grassiness there certainly as well. It also has an unmistakable sweetness to it also. Finishes a little grainy and with a certain honey sweetness with a small bitterness.

Pretty refreshing beer for the summer months, though it's a little sweeter than one may expect for the style. Still, it went down really easy and I could see myself grabbing it on a hot day.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 082112. Pours a lightly hazed gold color with a fluffy white head. Nice retention and not much lacing.

Nose is biscuity and grainy with a floral, fruity yeast. Pretty classic kolsch aroma...maybe a little sweeter, heavier malt than most I have had from Germany.

Decently bold for the style, the yeast and hops are an interesting combination of fruity bitterness. Its not quite as crips and clean as Id like it to be, though and I suppose I am a bit spoiled as Lawnmower is one of my favorite American interpretations of the style. Still though, a pretty tasty ale and its always a good thing when my beer is gone before I can even finish the review!

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pgfault
1.71/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into std pint glass with little head, although it maintained carbonation throughout. I've had a couple other Kolsch style beers recently and the Alaskan comes up considerably weaker than the others. The distinctive Kolsch flavor is only slightly present in Alaskan, making this taste more like an American lager than a true Kolsch. This will be my only 6 for the summer. Hopefully they can bring up the Kolsch flavor next year.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled.

A) This is a clean golden fleece. There was not much head, maybe a half a finger of white froth. Minimal retention, and no lacing noted.

S) Wet grains, light lemon zest, grass, and some decent malt sweetness to round it out.

T) I found the flavors to be in harmony. Nice malt/hops balance. This had a little cornbread sweetness, along with a little bitterness, that left a grassy taste. There was also some fruit here, and I think it was pear or apple.

M) Medium body and well carbonated. No rough edges on this one. Quite smooth and very refreshing. Clean aftertaste.

O) Nice summer offering right here. If you are looking to add something new to the summer rotation, or just knock a few back on the porch or patio, these will go down with ease.

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3.58/5  rDev 0%
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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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a very translucent medium golden straw color with only a light foam collar for a head, no lacing. Medium-light aroma and flavor of pale malt, some light generic fruit esters, mostly grassy hopping used as accent marks and proper punctuation for the light malting / breaded character. Very pleasing and refreshingly light mouthfeel which is appropriate to the style. Aside from a lackluster head, this is one of the better Kolsches I've had to date, so I recommend giving it a shot if you enjoy the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of diamondc
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.99 for a 12 oz bottle. Best by 07/31/12

A: Clear, golden hue. Not much head, but whats there lingers for a while. Some patchy lacing, too.

S: Apples, brown sugar, caramel, fresh bread aromas. A nice surprise.

T: Lite lemon, grass, wheat bread, a tinge of sweet corn, with a mild spicy bitterness.

M: Well carbonated, very quaffable. No big flavors, but not boring at all.

O: A great summer beer. Tasty & refreshing. Will probably pick up a six pack next time at store.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 806 ratings
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