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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with a fruit tart.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh floral hops, orange rind, clean malts, and lemon peel. An average strength aroma.

T: Orange rind, clean malts, floral hops, some lemon, and wheat-esque grain. A pleasant crisp taste, but it lacks complexity and subtlety. Nicely balanced. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too light and thin, weakening the impact of the bright flavours. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from Alaskan's best beer. I like it more out of the bottle than on-draught. There are better Kolschen available.


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Photo of mjurney
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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 DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Venice Ale House. I'm surprised that I never had this before, so here it goes:

A typical kolsch styled beer. It's pale gold, with solid head and okay retention on top. A bit fruity with ceral grains in the nose. Similar in taste as well, with more cereal grains than the fruitiness. Light and crisp, easy to drink, non offensive....sure, let's drink one this summer.

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Photo of Ilafan
2.55/5  rDev -29%
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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Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of pgfault
1.71/5  rDev -52.4%
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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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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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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 WastingFreetime
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of diamondc
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of lnashsig
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another Summer beer for today, #BOTG 47!

Poured from bottle into brooklyn tulip. Pours a crystal clear yellow/orange color. Barely any head at all, kind of surprising. Smell- apple sauce, peach. lots of sweet malt character. Taste- apple juice. Hmm. carbonated apple juice. Barely any hop presence, and not much depth at all. This isn't great. Don't see coming back to it, and god dammit- I bought a whole six pack. It also isn't too carbonated. Overall, not pleased.

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Photo of xybreeder
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful golden/yellow color, crystal clear, small to no head, no lacing
S - Sweet malt, buttery (diacetyl?), slight bubble gum aroma, nice & pleasant, little to no hop aroma.
T - Sweet/creamy flavor, buttery, no bitterness, biscuity, clean finish.
M - Light bodied, carbonation a little low but not problematic, smooth and clean finish.
O - A very good brew, very clean, lots of flavor for something with not a lot of malt/hops, delicious!!

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Photo of joecalderoni
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very golden nice color, almost no head! Very clear!

S: slight fruityness some pilsner malt at the back of the nose with some dms! A bit of diacetyl!

T: nice fruityness with a nice malty balance! The kölsch yeast wants to come to show itself but itlacks presence!

M: medium body, low carbonation!

O: an OK beer! I had much better kölsch beer at rock bottom chicago! I dont recomend it! Sorry but a bit dissapointed knowing That it comes from a amazing brewery!

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of white head. Color is a clear gold.

Aroma: Clean and grassy. Bready malts. Some light citrus. Maybe a hint of biscuit flavors.

Taste: Mimics the nose, but more bready and a little more hoppy/zesty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, a very easy drinking beer. Not to much here, but that's what makes this style awesome. Great for a summer day. It would be easy to kick a few of these back.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 7/31/12 code on the front label. It was clear, pale yellow color with slight carb streams. It had a thin head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar. Light, quick sliding lace.

The aroma was biscuity with light fruit. Pretty typical for the style but the style isn't known for strong aromas. The taste follows the aroma with a biscuity start with the fruit kicking in shortly thereafter. Also a slight vegetable taste. Good for the style. Mouthfeel was light with good carbonation but a slightly watery aftertaste.

Overall, a good kolsch that will go down nicely on a hot Texas summer day. Glad to finally see Alaskan here in Texas. Rotation - the rare six pack in the summer especially if sharing with the non-craft beer neighbors. [O;Y]

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Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange gold color, already a little odd for a Kölsch. Thin cap of white foam, about a fingers width, that settles quickly. Still glassy surface with minimal lace and a thin strand of foam at its edges.

Sweet aroma, slight bubblegum and shortbread.

Flavors are similarly sweet, some orange and sugar cookie notes, pale malt and light banana ester from the yeast. A bit watery and thin bodied, and lightly astringent. Not really something i'd revisit with better local options available (Krankshaft, Summertime).

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Plain and simple. Light golden amber color in the Stella glass. Pleasant foam and well-carbonated in the mouth. Thin body.

More smooth than crisp. Just a hint of malt and biscuits in the nose. Not as fragrant or perfumey as many in the Kölsch style. More of a regular lager taste, but definitely maltier than most. Aftertaste is more malt than hops. Very little bitterness.

Quite drinkable but it might get tiresome with the rather flaccid character. The 12 oz bottle, from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of rawfish
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy yellow stuff pretty much sums it up. Very clear gold with a one finger cap of thin foam. Leaves spots of lacing on the glass with little retention.

Sweet corn, adjunct grain dominates a tight malt bill. Light grassy hops, very clean but very simple.

Thin malt with some dry grain husks, dry bread and straw. None of the sweet corn that was on the nose which is a redeeming quality. Grassy hops with light fruit that shakes the malt from the palate with subtle bitterness. Clean finish, slightly drying.

Thin but satisfying carbonation, very clean over the palate. Very drinkable.

Adjunct lager character on the nose and on appearance but don't judge on looks alone. Refreshing summer beer that is flavorful and clean. Good take on an obscure style.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with no head or lace. The aroma is faint lemons with hints of dough and cake. The flavor is balanced, even if plain, with a mix of crisp malt and hoppiness. There's a faint taste of medicine in the finish as it warms. The mouthfeel is light and slightly sticky. Alaskan Summer Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow, not much head or carbonation.

S-some wheat and straw. Not much here.

T-Light sweetness. Bread wheat flavors. Slight bitterness. A nice light balance.

M-Light without much carbonation.

O-A nice beer. Nothing overpowering just nice light easy drinking flavors.

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Photo of Phocion
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear, gold body with a thick but unretentive fizzy white head. No lacing, and a lot of bubbles.

Aroma is dry with a bit of white wine-like grape, a slight touch of nuttiness, and just enough honey. Slightly floral continental hops provide a touch of balance, along with mildly spicy (clove?) tones and a fair amount of weizen-like breadiness. Also somewhat of a lemony citrus aroma as it warms up.

Flavor is slightly bready with just a touch of floral bitterness. Nice light and crisp citrus/spicy finish.

Lighter-bodied and heavily carbonated. Light flavor profile and immensely refreshing, but surprisingly complex. Not the best kölsch I've tried, but it has all the attributes to make an excellent session ale.

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

Tasted On: 08-30-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Brilliant, clear golden beer with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. The head is white and frothy, with a good amount of lacing and retention.

S: Aromas include floral hops, soft malts and a light fruitiness.

T: The taste is crisp, with a lightly bitter hop character, balanced by very subtle malts.

M: A light body and high carbonation make this a refreshing drink. The finish is dry with some lingering bitterness.

O: All in all, a good summer brew from Alaskan Brewing.

Thanks to Cyberkedi for this one

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Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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