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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 385
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 31
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sprucetip on 06-20-2011

Ale brewed with lemon peel, black peppercorns and coriander. Fermented and aged in French Oak Foudres with wit yeast and Brettanomyces. Bottle Conditioned for natural carbonation.
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Photo of Arbitrator
1.75/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by... Evan?

A: Pours a pale straw body with light haze and off-white head. Decent retention.

S: Incredibly sulfuric brett expression that reminded me of farts and sunblock. My enjoyment was irretrievably lost at that point.

T: Straw, lemon zest, grass, some sweetness. I was hoping the brett would express itself with some funk or hay or something more pronounced. It's like an underdeveloped saison at this point. Needs more time, perhaps.

M: Light-bodied with medium-plus carbonation.

O: No one at the tasting liked this. I'm completely mystified by its high score. Actually, considering its rarity and price tag, I'm not. $15 for this? Please.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.09/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Shared by Ryan thanks man.

A- Pours a hazy straw gold color with a nice foamy white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves a few bubbles of lacing. Looks like your typical wit.

S- Alright I knew I was in trouble right here. Quite a bit of funk going on here. A touch of lemon, grass, light wood and more funk.

T- There it is almost Earth shattering funk. Very sour. A tiny bit of wit bier here over run with sourness.

M- Pretty light in body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- Brutally sour to me. I can't handle this one.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.12/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into some manner of glass on Super Bowl Sunday 2012

Thanks to nickd717

Hazy, cloudy gold. There isn't much of a head, but there is some lace.

Aromas of lively brett, lemon cookies, wheat crackers. Tart. Tastes like stale oak and brett funk. Vapid, unpleasant dryness. Lemon zest and bland spice. Thin feel with ample carbonation (do the math).

Overall impression - I don't care for this at all.

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Photo of crossovert
2.18/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

760ml corked and caged brown bottle.

It pours a light clear yellow with a big foamy white head.

The smell is skunky amlost, definitely some sulphur notes, reminiscent of Meteor Wit. When you take further examination you get the brett. It is in there with the oak and wine providing some reprieve from the skunk. A lot of vanilla in there.

The flavor is more straight forward but odd too. There is a buttery maltiness that really mixes with the oak and produces this woody buttery pretzel flavor. There is bitterness here too that mixes with the brett and creates some astringency.

This beer is just a terrible mash up of flavors.

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Photo of nickd717
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks to largadeer.

Slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a small white head.

The aroma is a little strangely funky with some sunscreen, oak, pineapple, and brettiness. Maybe a bit vegetal.

The flavor is better, although there’s a bit of Coppertone sunscreen. Also pineapple, coconut, chardonnay, and oak barrel.

Medium-bodied and dry with average carbonation.

Overall, not great. Maybe with some age this could mellow out a bit, but for now it’s probably more useful to spread on your skin for a sunny day at the beach, as the SPF is no doubt pretty high.

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Photo of vkv822
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear, bright light yellow, that appears almost faintly green at times with fairly active carbonation and a frothy white head.

The aroma is lemony with quite a bit of barnyard funk.

The taste is again tart and lemony upfront with some coriander as well as barnyard funk. The Brett is not quite as prominent as in the nose. It also has some vinous qualities as well from the barrels.

It has a fairly light body with active carbonation.

A unique experience though in my opinion not worth purchasing again.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

So I had just typed a nice long review of this and my computer freaked out and the review was lost.
Here's the streamlined version of that lost review;

Cork came off with big *pop* sound.
Very carbonated. Waaay too bubbly.
Rather thin feeling.

Some sweetness from the wheat and from the Brett.
No Chardonnay barrel character... Perhaps excepting the earthy quality that could possibly be barrel, but is more likely Bretty.

No sourness. No bite at all.

I was hoping for a Whaleback Wit with a Chardonnay sting... What I find is an overcarbonated, underflavored wheat beer that is not worth the price tag.
I was hoping for more than this brought to the table. Not really bad-- but this is below many wheat beers in my opinion... The previously me toned Whaleback Wit is a perfect example.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Chouffe tulip.

A- Champagne color with 2" of white head, lacing that resides after 30 seconds or so.

S- Lots of funk and barnyard from the brett, some citrus.

T- Sour bitterness, some citrus (lemon peel), not getting a lot of coriander like a normal wit. Also, some spices.

M- Light body, thin. Higher in carbonation.

O- Not sure what to think about this one? I guess it's a wit by style, but nothing really noticeable of a wit with the brett added. Not a fan.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this one up after really enjoying the galaxy IPA and bitter monk. This was bright yellow, a little cloudy. Smell was yeasty with just a hint of wine barrel, not bad. Taste had some lemon to it, a bit of the chardonnay, some brett but overall it was still a wit and just did not move me like the other tow anchorage beers I've had. I'd buy bitter monk again if I see it and I'd love to try the lovebuzz saison but I would not buy this one again, especially for $15.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Two tasting cups while on a Black Country Bus trip: sorry if I took someone elses cup, but one wasn't enough to rate/review properly for me.

Pale, but bright urine colour with a froth of white bubbles.

Aroma was semi-sour white wine and musty yeast, throw in some lemon peel for good measure.

The taste a mixture of the smells with added spice notes along with a grainy hint.

Fine beer: sadly my taste buds were not too sharp by the time this arrived, in fact they might even have been a bit shoddy!

Hope I've done the brew justice.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow. Slightly hazy. Pours without much of a head at first, but eventually some white bubbles well up. Settles to nothing.

Smell - Wheat is strong. Lemon. Yeast and spices. Oak ends up being the most sustained aroma.

Taste - Lemon and wheat up front. Lemon actually gets stronger throughout and dominates the flavor, giving it a light tartness. Oak tempers it a little bit. Some of the coriander comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Light body.

Overall - Pleasant flavor, but it drops off leaving only lemon, really. Still, I quite enjoy it.

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Photo of jsanford
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that fades to a densely-packed ring of tiny bubbles.
S - Big, funky aromas of lemon juice, white wine grapes, French oak, earthy Brettanomyces, and spicy coriander. Very Russian River-esque in the aromas, a lovely blend of funk, sour, and bitter.
T - The taste doesn't even begin to live up to the nose, sadly, with mild flavors of grain, pepper, perhaps a touch of lemon, and slight Brett flavors. The wine character is subdued, the Brett is subdued, and this honestly comes across a bit watery. Wow, given the level of enjoyment I've had from the three other ABC beer I've had, I'm hoping this is an "off" bottle.
M - Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, with a thin body and the aforementioned watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is ample, but maybe just a touch low. I will say this is easily the most drinkable of the Anchorage brews I've had, but I'd give up drinkability for the signature complexity any day.
O - Quite a disappointment for me. Just no where near as flavorful as I'd hoped, and the watery body doesn't help. I'll look for a second bottle in the future in the hopes this was a fluke.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

A random case o' this found its way to my most local haunt, and I just had to try it. It pours a clear pale-golden straw topped by a healthy cap of white foam. The nose comprises white vinegar, Brett funk, tart lemon, sour mandarin orange, light white wine, coriander, and cardamom. The taste holds notes of Bretty cobweb, dry lemon peel, musty lemonade, light honey, coriander, cardamom, cedar, and a touch of spicy grape. The lemon starts out as a dagger-prick of tartness, but then falls off into a moldy version of the fruit, where it malingers for a bit, only to die off completely in the finish. Something here doesn't sit right with me... The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, fairly sticky finish. Overall, this was an interesting brew, one that partially succeeds and partially fails. After a short bit of research, I think I pinpointed the source of the strange flavor: Sorachi, my old nemesis. Alright, that would explain things a bit. Beyond my hate for this hop (and all that it does to lay waste to beers' flavors), this wasn't too bad. Kinda interested to see what a bit of age does to it now...

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Photo of ADZA
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apple juice hue which leaves a wispy fast vanishing one finger heaad and little lacing,the smell is typical brett along with must,spice and barnhouse funk,the mouthfeel is light bodied and thirst quenching with tastes of citrus zest,apple juice,white grapes,a slight mustiness,a touch of funk and finished with white grape dryness and overall its alright and nice for a hot summers day but would not buy again in a hurry.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Fest on August 14, 2011. The pour is a milky olive-yellow with a bubbly burst of fizzy head. It looks the part. But as I discovered it did not act the part. On the nose there were aromas of weak malts and an acidic zesty fruitiness. The body was lightweight. The taste tended to be very tart with grapefuit or pineapple flavors overwhelming everything else. There was a thin hop finish but that took a lot of energy to find.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one while hanging out by the pool in Florida with the aasher wedding party! Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, wood, spice, tart, and earthy funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, funk, earth, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was something a little offputting on this one. Most of the things I have had from Anchorage have been spot on, however the addition of Brett to a Witbier might have been a little much for my palate as they didn’t blend as well as some I’ve had in the past. Still fairly tasty, but nothing standoutish. Worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a sour beer to me than a witbier. This beer has a ton of brett that lends funky barnyard, hay, and lambs wool aromas. Lemony and tart, with the classic wit spices playing their more traditional role. An interesting blend of styles.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Stone Cali-Belgie IPA glass. Batch#1 - May 2011.

A - Very pale yellow, slightly hazy. Foamy bright-white head leaves decent lacing.

S - Brett funk, lemons, slightly musty.

T - This is my first Sorachi Ace beer and you can really taste the lemons. Then the brett funk kicks in and you can taste a faint bit of oak, Balanced pretty nicely. Ends with a champagne dryness.

M - High carbonation. Medium light mouthfeel. It works with the lemons and brett.

D - Medium high. This is best on a hot sunny day. Very thirst quenching.

Not a bad beer. I took my first few sips when it was just out of the fridge and all I got was the brett funk and a lot of skunkiness. Letting comes to temperature helped it out a lot.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. corked & caged bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a bright, yet completely opaque pale-gold with sunny highlights. 1-finger head dies quickly down into a slick.

S: Brett is extremely evident, as is quite a bit of butter, which I must say I do not find appealing. Some pineapple, citrus and a bit of grass.

T: Dry brett, with subtle citrus and grassy hops. Funky, but not really "sour" per say. Somewhat buttery center. Finishes dry, which is nice.

M: Carbonation is decent, but this is thin and does little to comfort the tastebuds.

O: I really wanted to love this beer, especially given the fact that sour wits are not exactly common. The buttery notes really bug me though. If it was more sour, I honestly think it'd be better balanced. Still, an interesting beer that's worth a try, and a somewhat promising brewery for taking this chance.

Give it a try; you may like it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Andy. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty clear whitish yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head.

A little bit of a musty sulfer smell here. Kind of reminds me of some berliner wiesse biers I've had before. A little bit of tart lemon in the aroma. Smells light and refreshing but also a little off for me. Still fair though. Kind of tame on the pallet here. Very light flavors with a little bit of spiciness and a bit of lemon. Not a heck of a lot going on, but it's pretty tasty and refreshing.

Nice light feel with soft carbonation. Overall pretty decent here. I feel like it has some off aromas but otherwise this one is pretty tasty. A little unexciting and the aromas the only real qualm that I have here.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy yellow with a medium fizzy white meringue head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet bready malts and some wit spices with some stinky musty yeast and a little brett.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and lemon with some dry champagne notes and some vinous alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with kind of sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice wit. I like what the barrel did to it. An earlier sample had more predominant brett.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chris (?) for this one. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a pale golden color, small white head, thin ring.

S - Funky Brett, some floral notes, lemon, somewhat fruity. Kinda reminds me of a Saison and less like a Witbier. Oh well.

T - Similar to the nose. Bretty funk, herbal, floral, some lemon zest, some fruity sweetness. Again, like a Saison.

M - Light body, good carbonation, funky finish.

O - Not too bad...not great. Decent. I'll hope for the best and open a bottle in a few months or so to see how this one is progressing. I'm hoping it gets better.

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Photo of wcintula
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Verrrry interesting beer. You pour it and expect a witbier, but you smell it, you taste it, and you get this Brett-ed out funk-o-tron. Foremost aroma: sulfur, I imagine from the chardonnay barrels. The taste upfront is a mild wheat and then there's a long middle and after-taste of brett-ed out french oak barrel. This shit is off the chain. Even at a light abv of 6.5%, the brett makes it an almost overwhelming(for me) beer. Great for a new experience.

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Photo of jlenik
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pale yellow. little head with a somewhat vigorous pour.

s: slightly funky. picking up some sour notes mixed with some typical witbier spiciness and sweetness.

t: some slight tartness but holds onto the witbier flavors well. banana notes from the witbier taste creamy. overall the "spices" you expect from a witbier are less apparent so I enjoy that.

m: highly carbonated and thin. not as dry as I was hoping.

o: one of the better witbiers I've had. clearly the brett and barrel aging help this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a pale yellow color with a tall white head.

S: A very mild Brett aroma with a lot of bread and lemon peel. There's a touch of sulfur along with some grass and straw. As it warms, a distinct barnyard type of funk starts to come out. A very light spice note to it.

T: Straw and grass are strong on the palate with a fair amount of lemon zest. Lots of bread and wheat with a mild sweetness and spice. The Brett is once again there, but not as prominent as I might have expected.

M: Light bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Was looking forward to this, but it's pretty pedestrian and not worth $15.

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Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.