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RATINGS: 520   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Sweetness is just a bit too strong and lingering to be a great quaffer, but it’s ok. Simple, light aroma. Not much to look at. Just not trying very hard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Fruit, malt and cereal aromas. A light caramel color. Good combination of hops and malt throughout, with a nicely carbonated lemon flavor up front and a long lasting strong caramel flavor that sits on the back of the tongue long after the beer has been swallowed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1803) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Beer pours a clear deep golden colour with a small white head..nice carbonation. Floral hop and caramel malt aromas.] I like the taste of this beer , starts with a nice honeylike sweetness foillowed at the end by a creamy sort of bitterness..and some perfumy taates also..like roses..nice though. Good easy drinking Kolsch could polish of six of these in no time at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Not really a Kolsch, too dark in color and to much mouthfeel for the style. Nevertheless it is good Ale hybrid. Copper in color with mild aroma, slightly fruit and malt taste. Makes a strong case for a easy drinking summer ale. More Ale characteristics rather than a lager. I still find myself drinking this beer quite a bit when I can get my hands on it. Cheers

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2003
This is not a Kölsch! Sadly, this is a fruity, over-hopped interpretation of a truly great style. Unfortunately, many of us have not been to Köln to sample the style in its freshest, and purest form. I have, and this is not close.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Clear apple juice body topped by minimal off-white head. Aroma is honey sweet, fruity, cereal. Taste is medium sweet, stronger cereal, particularly in the finish. Light body that lacks crispness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Nice, clear golden colored body with a small, mostly diminishing white head. Aroma of sweet malts and floral hops in the background. Light to medium body with crisp carbonation and a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Nice flavors of malts and hops are well balanced between themselves. Finish is mildly sweet with a touch of hop bitterness. Nice Kolsch, one of the better American brewed of the style. Very tasty and delicately flavored with a good balance and lots of refreshing character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Bottled. I'm not a kolsch fan, but this one wasn't bad. Nice sweet flavor to it. It's good for the season it's named after.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 This is by far not the worst Kolsch I have ever had, this one actually had some outstanding flavor to it, still has that typical aroma and flavor but there was some nice lingering sweetness in the aftertaste that was appreciative. It will not help the rating but in any event...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2003
A decent kolsch. This style is very average, nothing very standing out. A nice grassy hop flavor and aroma, sweet malt and a bitterness that overlays the tongue.

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