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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Just when you’ve had enough of winter, we release Alaskan Summer Ale in March. This traditional Kölsch beer is a great way to celebrate warmer weather and more daylight. Its crisp, clean flavor is the perfect complement for crab, halibut, salads and longer days.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Light golden color with a smallish off white head. Light fruit aroma with a touch of dry malt and flowers. Flavors are lightly fruity. Malt comes back slighly in the finish. A decent kolsch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 11, 2004
This was a tasty beer. Not a "big" beer in any sense of the word, but flavorful, even with it’s light body. It was fruity, well balanced and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Golden yellow. Clean mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Sweet and sensitive malt base. Flowery bitterness. Fruity apple notes. Surprisingly balanced and tasty kolsch.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2200) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2004 This brew is a good representation of the Kolsch style, with the exception of the fact that it lacks effervesence. It is strangely undercarbonated, but perhaps this is purposeful in order to make it capable of being guzzled on a hot summer day. Faint, sweet aroma with some hop notes. Huge, large bubble, off-white head, but mostly diminishing. Good visible carbonation. Has some unique flavor characteristics that keep the palate interested. Reasonable hop profile. This is a refreshing and worthy summertime brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 29, 2004
On a scale from lousy to great, this one was just okay. Deep gold in color with a sweet nose. Hints of honey on the palate and crips mouthfeel. However, just a little to bitter for what I’m looking for in a "Summer Ale." Especially in Vegas, I want something nice and refreshing and this one just didn’t quite cut it.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Not a big fan of Kolsch, so this was lackluster at best to me. Quickly dissipating white head, golden body similar to the Pale. Flowery hop aroma, but little backbone otherwise, and too sweet to be drinkable on a hot summer day. Disappointing, and I think too hoppy for a true Kolsch.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3341) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 Bottle. Nice golden color wtih a white head that was gone in a hurry. A multitude of odors with fruits, flowers, and vanilla seeming to be the most noticable. Quite a bit of carbonation. I am not familiar with Kolsh so don’t know how to compare it, but overall this was not robust enough for my taste. Original rating 6-3-7-2-11 Rerate Feb 26, 07 I have become much more knowledgable about beer since the last rating so decided to try this one again. Paid $6.99 for a six-pack at my local North Coast Coop here in Eureka. Poured a very clear golden color with nice white head and good lacing. Nose is very malty with lots of additional favors including flowers that probably come from the hops. Actually very enjoyable and up my rating goes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Sparkling light gold, creamy white head. Nose held notes of spice cake, vanilla, caramel, pear, and fresh bread. Nice citrus and spice flavors that blance each other well. Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp finish. Kolsch has never been my thing, but this was ok for what it was.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9041) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Clear, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The nose is lightly spicy with notes of pear, toffee, vanilla and biscuit. The flavor has good balance. Fruity, spicy and well-hopped. Light-bodied with medium carbonation. Short, clean, semi-dry finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2004
My first Kolsch. Poured a lighter golden yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of malts and citris (lemon). Tastes like it smells (sweet malty with citris) - more on the sweet side. Fizzy body.


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