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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%


Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: sprucetip on 06-20-2011)
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle -- Batch #1, May 2011 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours an extremely light yellow color. I've seen sparkling wines darker than this. It's kinda ghostly how it looks solidly pale-yellow but also fairly clear at the same time. Not much head here, maybe a finger at the very most before settling down to .40 fingers. Little splashes of lace. It strikes me minutes after typing the preceding text that this beer's color puts it into the Hoegaarden school of witbiers. So there's nothing unprecedented or off about how pale it is.

The aroma, however, is quite unconventional for a witbier. For one, there isn't any orange peel aroma. Instead, Whiteout Wit opts to use lemon peel as its additive citrus component. There's the requisite pepper here, and really not any other distinguishable spices. No clove. Maybe some coriander. What's coming across much more strongly is the Brettanomyces. It's not barnyardy, not really, but it's Bretty in that Orval type way: unmistakable and kinda musty, but not overblown. There is some astringency here, and it might be coming from: 1.) the hops, 2.) the yeast, 3.) the barrel. Probably a bit of each. The aroma is so well-blended that it's hard to pick out individual things. That's a good attribute, by the way.

The flavor is similarly clean but it doesn't have as much of a flavor impact as the nose would indicate. In this respect it is a sibling of Anchorage's Love Buzz Saison (which I reviewed a couple of days prior to reviewing this beer). In fact, I'd venture to say that Whiteout Wit isn't a witbier at all, but instead a Saison. It's light and yeasty (the Brett is so nice here without dominating), and very fruity. That lemon is strong. There's lemon peel, there's lemony hop notes (Sorachi Ace is mentioned on the label, so, yeah, this beer is lemony), and there's a vague white wine characteristic too (the beer was aged in [presumably California, given the oak] Chardonnay barrels). It's an easy quaff but it has many layers to it. A lovely, lovely beer.

It's light and dry in terms of mouthfeel (as you'd expect from a Bretted beer). Maybe a touch too prickly, but that's just picking nits.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Witbier, Saison, Belgian Pale, Wild Ale...whatever you wanna' call it, this is refined and delicious. I wish I had more bottles of this. The only sour and/or funky witbier that's better than this is 2011 Boulevard Two Jokers.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:49:29 | More by Reaper16
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A: hazy yellow colored body, two finger white foamy head in the mug, one finger and a half white foamy head in the snifter both die at the same pace into the body in about a minute, both have the same amount of light lacing on the sides of the glass

S: it seems to be a bit stonger in the snifter (weird, well, I only poured some in the mug for proper glassware etiquette), anyways, what I get is a little bit of hops, spice and lemon peel, light peppercorns all meld together pretty good

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Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
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