Alaskan Summer Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

789 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: 789 |  Reviews: 301
Photo of CommonRider
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brewbaker
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Piason
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

 481 characters

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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]

 797 characters

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).

 514 characters

Photo of jcjerabek
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bbadger
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dac0152
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Scoobert
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

 490 characters

Photo of WaydeRafnel
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Sailracer
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of strongaf
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

 758 characters

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.

 338 characters

Photo of kylemckinnis
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 789 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

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