Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +17.4%
Poured a corked and caged 750ml into a 12oz highball.
Unfortunately not the best glass in the world, but when you pack up to move, you use what you can get. This beer pours a pale lemon yellow with a decent 2 inch bright white cap that leaves just a little bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. After I popped the top hints of must and grandmas old attic closet waft my way. Nice brett aroma. As it gets closer to the sniffer the brett comes across as damp earth and musty closest. Hints of lemon peel and spice. Just a little bit of pepper. The flavor is fantastic. Light and crisp. The brett is damp, wet earth with must and a bit of barnyard. Lemon zest and a bit of coriander. Really, it reminds me more of a saison or funky BdG then a wit. Really fantastic. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking. With as much brett, I thought it would finish a bit drier then it does. I was lucky enough to try this right after it came out at a tasting and I was extremely impressed with it. I was happy to see a lonely sitting on the shelf of one of my locals.
10-28-2011 01:27:13 | More by hwwty4
4.6/5 rDev +16.2%
Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Whiiteout Wit is a clear gold with a white head leaving fairly thick, foamy lace.
Smell is lightly sweet strawberry esters, a nice skunky hop back-current. Not traditional, but delicious.
Taste is also heavy on the skunky hops and fruity esters, defiantly an American style wit. Nice vinous note, mild brett, drying more than anything; touch of pineapple. The chalkiness is notably pleasant.
Mouthfeel is dry, with a full but soft carbonation. Light bodied.
Drinkability is very high, a fantastic Wit. I thought Anchor was my favorite, but he's pushed it again with a whole re-write, and came out with a home-run.
07-29-2012 04:15:00 | More by ccrida
4.58/5 rDev +15.7%
Purchased a 750 ml corked bottle at La Bodega in Anchorage.
Poured a lovely light gold in color, absolutely crystal clear, and with a massive white head. This beer is perfect in an over-sized tulip glass (AKA a Duvel-style one), to give room for this huge head. Most wits are slightly cloudy, due to the wheat in the mash, but not this one.
Aroma was very enticing: Spiciness, both from the yeast used and the actual addition of spices (coriander and peppercorns), and lemon-citrus notes, both from the use of lemon peel and Sorachi Ace hops. When I tasted it, the first thought that came to mind was "effervescence"; the beer is beautifully carbonated and wonderfully light on the palate. The flavor notes from the lemon and the spices blend beautifully with the woody notes from aging in French Oak Chardonnay barrels and the touch of tart funkiness from the secondary fermentation with brettanomyces. The brett notes are extremely well-balanced and totally integrated into the overall flavor profile, really becoming apparent only on the long finish.
In summary, this beer is another masterpiece from Gabe Fletcher. I don't think I've ever had a beer that would be a better choice for a warm, summer's day, or as an aperitif before a fine dinner, or as an accompaniment to a nice salad. Run, don't walk to buy this beer. At less than $9 a bottle, it's ridiculously reasonable, and if you're in to beer trading, this stuff will be worth its weight in gold (or at least in beers from the East Coast). Once again, I have to tip my hat to Gabe. Well played, sir, well played. I can't wait to taste the next beer that emerges from his creative genius.
06-22-2011 22:09:49 | More by Reswald
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev +15.7%
Quite the outstanding take on a wit with a marked sense of brett and Chardonnay oak.
Presentation: 750 ml brown, caged and corked bottle. Screen printed label with a green and white design of a snowed mountain landscape framed by burgundy bars with the details of the brew and face of the brewer. Side paragraph offers a description of the brew, and serving indications, back narrative exposed intent, and background. Notes 20 IBUS, bottling Batch May 2011, and 6,5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A -Hazy pale straw pour, rich frothy head, medium retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.
S - Rich nose with plenty of funky brett touched up by a rich citric sense swinging with notes of woody white grapes.
T - Nose extended in the mouth with ample richness, the funky brett, full of tart and leathery notes, is pushed back and forth by that soft sense of oak and chardonnay, which adds a subtle lingering sweet sense that disappears in the dry finish. A rich lemon grass sense permeates the whole brew with a spicy hint.
M - Light body with high carbonation, despite the insinuation of sweet oak the finish is rather dry with a pleasing lingering sense.
O - Quite rich and spectacular, very quaffable and stimulating.
Notes: Quite a surprise! Another visiting brew given the local beer week at the time I guess. Quite an unexpected treat to find this on the shelf in any case. Pricing while not overwhelming is a touch steep but when barrel-aging and brett are involved this seems to be the common case. Other than that this is quite a refreshing and stimulating brew.
10-01-2011 15:47:11 | More by Daniellobo
4.55/5 rDev +14.9%
A witbier brewed with brett? Awesome, where do I sign up? Right here?? That's brilliant. Bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. My first brew from Anchorage.
Heavily agitated bottle to release as much sediment as possible. Beer pours an extremely light coloured, and somewhat hazy yellow, with a frothy and lively head of pure white. I feel as though the latter parts of the pour would be cloudier, but even as it is, it gets a pleasant opacity to it. I love the colour, the lightness, and the head. It looks very refined, and bang-on target stylistically.
Nose.... hooee, there's the brett coming through, with a big funky barnyard acidity giving a freshness to the overtones of mild orange and lemon, but blending them with organics, raw and brusque. Wow, there's something wild and unrelenting in this nose, and to be fair, it probably overtakes the classic witbier characters. But still, these manage to get an influence; enough for me to say that this is a witbier taken to a strange new place.
Taste is similar, with a really pleasant smooth palate of almost fragrant vanilla, layered with oodles of funk and tart citric acidity. Mild husky bitterness peeks its head up in the mid palate, before the almost creamy oak characters come through and smooth it all out. It's spicy, smooth, tart, creamy, bright, mellow—all of these things in a gorgeously paradoxical whole.
Feel is beautiful. Light enough to quaff, but sublimely smooth.
Oh hell yeah. This is one awesome beast of a beer. It's truly a witbier, but brewed with panache and just a hint of cheekiness. All the characters work so well within the style: the funk, the acidity, the mellow oak. But what it delivers ultimately is greater than all of this: a beer which matches and yet transcends its stylistic boundaries.
I love beers like this. Beers that push the boundaries, and which do it with such poise, sophistication and style. As for Anchorage Brewing Company? I only have to give a warning to Jolly Pumpkin—your awesome, to-style, funk-laden alchemy has a new competitor.
10-14-2011 01:38:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.55/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours pale hazy yellow with tons of bubbles. A good head that recedes to a white foam ring. A little spotty lacing.
Some sour notes in the nose, but the coriander comes thru, as does the citric rind.
Wonderful balance in this beer. Wheat and lemon rind, leading to spice, a little yeast, and some good firm bitterness. An undertone of sourness balances this out. Finishes with some bitterness and lemony notes, with a bit of the wheat nuttiness coming thru again. Nice brew.
Lighter bodied, good solid carbonation.
Holy shit is this good. Complex but great balance. Wish I had another bottle. $15 out here in MA, and worth the trip from AK. These guys know what they are doing. A terrific Wit.
10-23-2011 04:47:19 | More by OtherShoe2
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
Bought at Beaumont Market for $11 or $12. Bottled May-2011, it's a 75cl corked and caged bottle poured by parts into a Duvel tulip. Consumed over the span of two hours. Live review.
A: The first few pours are pristine clear gold. As I dip further into the bottle, a little yeast kicks up and looks more like traditional Wit haze. Large voluminous head after the pours yields moderate lacing and always maintains a full cap. I see no reason to dock points here. 5/5
S: Huge on the citrus (specifically lemon), barnyard funk, and pepper. A traditional Wit this is not but I love the smell. 4.5/5
T: The components of the nose translate wonderfully to the palate and the addition of some vanilla presumably from the barrels is also enjoyed. The pepper and spice play a larger part then the citrus but the brett is playing a very substantial role as well along with some bitter grape skin. I imagine a little more time will really help develop that brett character and bring it up to a level that rivals the spice. It's only about two months old right now. I suspect this will be sublime at the 9-12 month mark. 4.5/5
M: Moderate body with appropriate carbonation. The only reason I'm holding back on the exceptional rating, is because I think this might have some room to dry out even more with a little more time. As it stands now, it's just a touch more full than the 6.5% ABV would suggest. 4.5/5
O: An absolutely phenomenal beer. Nothing traditional about it, but nothing boring either. I'm comparing this mentally to the BA Wit that Upright did. This is better. I followed up a 14 month old bottle of Orval with this. Whiteout held it's own in terms of flavor and complexity. At about $12 a bottle, this is an utter steal. Well done Mr. Fletcher... Well done. 4.5/5
07-30-2011 06:22:13 | More by hopsbreath
Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
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