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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
From a 12-oz. bottle, pours a pale golden with a bright white head. Mild aroma. Mild taste as well with no particular flavors dominating. Niether sweet nor bitter, it’s a good "middling" beer. Not available from local reatilers; sampled in Seward, AK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Re-rate (07 Aug 2005): Now that I’ve rated more beers, and read what Kolsch is supposed to be about, I re-rated. The style isn’t my favorite, but for the style, I think that it is too sweet and over-blended. There are no hops, not even mellow German hops. So too sweet, not a med. dry finish, the head dissapates quickly and I don’t find the color (that of post-multivitamin pee) that exciting. Better that baloney beer, but not by that much. First rate (June 17, 2005):It is a pale color with little in the way of hops or strong flavor. It struck me as a watered down version of the pale ale. I like the logo, but I’m sticking with other Alaska Brewing Compay offerings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
On tap@O’Brien’s: Pale golden color with a very small, fast fading head. Aroma is jucy fruit gum. Flavor lightly sweet and fruity with a hint of bubble gum. Smooth thin palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Nose is a small grassy hay aroma with a splice of bannana and vanilla. Gold colored and a tiny head was created but very quickly formed a thin ring around the perimeter. The flavor is bland and has only a straw grass and malt profile. It’s only a beer for those days in the sun.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Pours a small white head that s gone in a flash and leaving minimal lacing behind. Lightly hazy gold hued brew. Delicate fruit and malt nose, light citrus and oxydation. Light body. Lightly toasted malts, grassy hops, vinous notes. Finish is dry. Thanks Stephen!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Light and fruity with not much going for it. Unobjectionable but throughly uninteresting. Very weak flavor profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
i bought a sixer of it near Holiday Inn Bayside in San Diego / lemony, floral, and doughy. somewhat refreshing. somewhat fizzy yet creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
The aroma had light fruit, slight flowery note, malts, and a hint of citrus. The flavor had light fermented fruit, malts, citrus, and flowers. THe beer poured an orange/yellow color w/ slight head and lacing. THe mouthfeel was light and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 23, 2005
Initial phenolic aroma of clove and a little banana quickly dissipated to a mild grain/malt aroma with slight DMS aroma detectable. Beer poured with a golden color with a very fine head and no lace. Several minutes after pouring, a mixture of medium and a few large bubbles continued to rise up through the glass. Flavor was heavier than other Kölsch beers I’ve tried: more like a kristalweizen than a Kölsch. A pleasant flavor, but I’m not sure this conforms to the style. Palate was a little thin and fizzy. Not a bad beer, but falls short of other offerings I’ve had from Alaskan Brewing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - APR 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Malty sweet, herbal, grassy aroma. Lemon zest, light caramel malt flavors. Unpleasant dryness at the finish produces a coating feeling on my tongue. Not bad, but coming from Alaskan brewing I had higher expectations.

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