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RATINGS: 556   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Not really too much to this beer at all. I had it with some cheese and could barley taste the beer. It is a little on the yeasty side and dind’t really provide much kick. You could do a lot worse but also a lot better too

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2004
The beer after its renunciation of the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in my glass a luminous gold color with a monster sized white head that is semi-creamy in texture, as it disappears rather quickly, the lace formed is a thin white veil upon the glass. Nose is rich in malt sweetness, a hint of hops and a real crisp freshness that I find appealing, start is sweet with a nice malt presence, the top is medium in feel. Finish has a moderate acidity, the hops perfect in their spicy bite, very dry aftertaste and a nice drinking beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 Much fuller bodied than I was expecting from a summer beer, I liked it. Smooth, balanced, very drinkable. Nice thick white head sits on top of a pale body. Low in carbonation. Aroma has a dry maltiness to it. Flavor and bitterness are both accordingly light. The thing that puts this beer apart from other kolsch beers is its texture. It has a really nice almost creamy texture that you usually only get in heavier darker beers. Another great beer by Alaskan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Had at a Pizza Parlor. The pizza was good. The beer was decent. Tasted like a pale ale to me, I don’t know what a Kolsh is?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3482) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2299) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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