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RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Pours a nice gold with a head of white, creamy that is. Lace and high levels of carbonation. Very refreshing aroma of tart fruits, light hops and malt. Yeast and citrus floating around as well. Nice flavors of sweet malts, tart fruits, lemon tartness maybe, and some bittering hops. A bit earthy. Light and relaxing palate, medium body, and a dry, tart finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2004
This was a nice surprise! My first Kolsch... aroma is awesome, apples and pineapple, and some other fruity smells. Looks like carbonated apple juice with a tiny head. Nice fruity taste, mild hops, a little sweet. Surprisingly good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Minimal/moderate, white, diminishing head above yellow/orange/golden apple juice colored stuff. Aroma of Farina, sweet tea, apple/citrus/pear is pleasant. Flavor follows suit, trailed by slight, crisp acid tartness. Lighter body and moderately carbonated adds to the experience. My favorite session beer of Summer 03. Maybe too sweet for the style, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Love the label, too.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Light orange with close to no head. Lager-like aroma of corn and hay. Taste is light and weak, with some hay-like qualities.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6162) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1860) - 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.

3.1
   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

2.5
   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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11351) - 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.


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