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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 383
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 31
Gots: 66 | 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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Belgian style witbier, with significant interesting sweetness from the brett. Fruity and interesting and different, very good for the style.Smooth mouthfeel and very good drinkability. A great bottle to share and accompany a good meal. Thanks Ryan. (257 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 1. May 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy super light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that fades to a craggy cap. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, lemons, and the funky brett smell. Taste is of buttered wheat bread, lemon peel, subtle spices, and some slight funky flavors. I have read that butter flavors aren't desirable in beer, but I am really enjoying this flavor. The barrel aging in the wine barrels is evident as a fruity woodiness. There is a a good level of carbontion with a dry, crisp mouthfeel on this one. Overall, this is a very good witbier from this upstart brewery. I am very impressed with this beer and this is one of the best of the style I have had. I will for sure be seeking out more offerings from this brewery in the future. (800 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down and left a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of chardonnay from the barrel aging process along with some hints of lemon.
T: The taste has flavors of oak barrels and white wine along with notes of sources (from the brettanomyces) and hints of lemon citrus and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slight amount of creaminess.
O: This beer is an interesting take on the style—it’s not as refreshing compared to other witbiers but the brettanomyces and wine barrel aging give it unique flavors. (781 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Whole Foods on P St. NW in DC. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a cloudy semi-bright yellow color with a good two-finger white head. The nose is a bit bready with a slight sulfur character; it smells a bit like a fermenting berliner weiss. Behind that is a bit of coriander and citrus plus faint earthiness. The flavor is wheaty with a good citrus character and a good earthy presence. Mouthfeel is the best aspect with the barrel character and Brett really coming through for a nice body and dry finish. Well done and a fantastic summer sipper. A bit pricey for what it is, but if this were in six-packs for $10-12, I'd be drinking it all summer long. (677 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pale cloudy yellow color with a fizzy yet durable white head on top. The head had a strong retention that lasted for quite a while. The lacing was minimal though. The smell of the lemon zest and French Oak were the strongest aromas I could pick up. The faint aromas of spices were in there too. The smell of the Oak made me think this beer was going to be much more sour or tart but to my surprise it was actually pretty mellow. The flavors had a good amount of wheat notes along with the oak and spice in the mix. The mouthfeel was pretty good also, nice and light bodied, fairly refreshing also. Overall this beer was pretty good, I'd probably drink it again but I'm more excited to try some of Anchorage's other brews they put out now. This was my first Alaskan beer and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to having more from that state some day. (870 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may be a Belgian-style witbier in inspiration but Anchorage Brewing's finished beer extends well beyond the flavor definitions of the base style and takes on a wild life of its own.

But retracting just a bit, to the eye Whiteout Wit fits the bill with its bright canary yellow hue that's cast upon a yeasty cloud. The beer's spritzy carbonation looks and sounds like champagne as the bubbled tickle the nose with the first sips. A constant supply of carbonation ensures that the head remains intact. Its foam laces on the glass with interesting specs of foam that take on a pattern of star formations.

The common aromas of wheat, lemon, orange peel, coriander, and pepper are met with a corkish wood note, limes, oak, white wine, lemongrass, and equine must. Both soft with wheaty spice and challenged with earthen notes gives a glimpse in how early Belgian farmhouse ales might have smelled.

The taste of wheat rises first, but bring with it only moderate sweetness that's supplanted quickly by earth and spice. The supple flavors of orange peel, apple, and coriander are uprooted by the taste of lactic tartness, crab apples, dried lemons, sandalwood, weathered oak, sweat and brine. Balancing elements of hops are bolder than expected but take on saison-like proportions with lemongrass, mint sprigs, and peppercorn. Only the slightest note of detergent pronounces just before the finish.

Semi-sweet but tannin-dry, the beer's early wheat and pilsner malt textures are pushed aside and favor the beer's peppery prickle and powdery dryness that finishes with a minty-cool evaporation and mouth whetting evoking power.

It's another magical and whimsical ale that uses a lot of traditional and indigenous flavors but combines them in neuvo rustic charm. (1,761 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a medium pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of Brett and Chardonnay is quite dominant with light peppercorn and spicy yeast notes also perceptible. Taste is a good mix between some dry Brett notes with some Chardonnay notes with some clearly vinous notes and some spicy peppercorn notes which don’t really fit in too well with the rest of the flavours. Body is light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is quite enjoyable though with the amount of Brett and Chardonnay notes I am not sure I would call this a wit beer any more. Some spicy notes of peppercorn could be removed since they don’t really bring anything valuable to the whole mix. (746 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale pastel straw gold, steady plume of rising champagne streams in the center. Two fingers of creamy white foam rise up and settle, leaving a sticky collar of lacing behind. Pouring the yeast clouds it up a bit,

Big Sorachi Ace aroma, lemon and eucalyptus, fruity with some hints of coconut. Pretty unique and exotic for a Wit, and not especially funky from the Brett, but there are signature traces that come across as wet hay and a slight sweet mustiness.

Lightly tart and quenching, finishes dry. Lemon pith, herbaceous notes from the hop varietal, smooth with a light spiciness that lingers, but subdued in the background. Citrus and wheat, tangy and quite drinkable.

Whiteout is in the same vein as Calabaza Blanca, Two Jokers, Whaleback White and other "sour wits" out there. The Sorachi and Brett make for a unique cocktail...

Sounds: SPK - Metal Field (867 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale golden color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and a slight funkiness.

T - Good blend of wheat, yeast, banana and a subtle phenolic flavor. Mostly sweet but a touch of bitterness for balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice witbier. Anchorage continues to impress with unique and delicious beers. (483 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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... (1,179 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Thanks to Stakem for sharing this.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of foamy bright-white head. This has a really solid retention to it, maintaining that frothy ½ finger and leaving back thick swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of lemon zest and cheesy must from the Brett, while dry and oaky Chardonnay hangs on the edges with a bit of warmth. Sweet gains, spice, and a light fruitiness from the base Witbier sit along the back.

Even more of that Witbier character comes out in the taste, with notes of crisp wheat, spicy coriander, and a light fruitiness. The barrel and Brett take more of a back seat than they did in the nose, offering up more of a supportive mix of lemon tartness, earthy must, and dry oak. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow and easy moving feel to the carbonation that still prickles the mouth with flavor a bit.

This was another interesting effort from Anchorage. Unlike the other two we tried here, this one seemed to put the base Witbier more at the forefront but it didn’t override the wild and barrel character, just allowing them to an extra layer of refreshing complimentary flavor to this. (1,231 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small pasty white head 1/2 finger fades with light lacing, semi clear lemonaid yellow pale color.

Nose light Brett funk, light lemon and spices, coriander, light oak, light malts, light Belgian fruits.

Taste dry saison like wheat and malts, light spices like coriander and lemon peel, citrus, light Brett funk, light oak flavors, dry semi bitter finish with more lemon peel and light spices.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, dec carb, hint of tingly booze.

Overall great, nice light Belgian malts and wheat, light spices are nice and not overpowering, nice brett character. (576 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to trying this since I had a couple of the other Anchorage bottled offerings including Love Buzz...shared this at a recent sour beer tasting I hosted.

Enjoyed chilled from the corked and caged750ml in a glass.

The color is cloudy golden with a thin white head with fine bead and no lace to speak of. The smell is slightly lactic and lemony up front with a noticeable brett aroma that invokes tart and floral with a wheat and slight spice with a hint of tropical fruit. The feel is tangy with medium carbonation and tart medium body with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is very tangy with a light lemony quality with a subtle wheat flavor which also has a toasted element and lots of brettanomyces in the taste which brings a tropical fruit tanginess and citrus in the finish with dry lactic quality however there is not any alcohol in the taste apparent to me. Overall I was not dissapointed in fact this lived up to expectations and exceeded based on the way the base wit and brett worked together -almost like a strong berliner since it lacks the prominent spice you may expect from a traditional witbier. (1,139 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber of this with a friend, cool looking bottle and story on the glass. Pours a golden yellow, plenty of carbonation and head to it. Sharp, fruity aroma to it. Taste is very wine-like, with a nice wit background. Supposedly it's aged on Chardonnay barrels which you can definitely taste. An interesting beer for sure, more recommended for people who enjoy wine/champagne, but solid none the less.. also first time I've had an Alaskan beer! (449 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. It's been on my radar since my spring trip to Anchorage. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A voluminous white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar leaving plenty of lacing behind. Hazy pale straw-colored body.

S - Brett, buttery chardonnay oak, tropical funky fruits, white wine, hint of peppercorns, light lemon notes as well.

T - Taste is more witbier-oriented. Wheat, light pale malt sweetness, a bit of spice and sour lemon character in the finish, as well as a touch of medicinal brett.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, dry and lightly tannic finish. No alcohol present.

D - This is really easy to drink, and the spice character is quite understated which I prefer. There's perhaps a bit too much in the way of buttery oak and wine influence, but I imagine over time the brett character will grow in strength. I enjoyed this quite a bit. (901 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, Batch 2 bottled March 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a foamy 3 finger bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart apple, pear, lemon, white wine, hay, grass, funk, acidity, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and balance. Taste of apple, pear, lemon zest, white wine, pepper, floral, hay, grass, light funk, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness. Slight tartness and moderate earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white wine, pepper, hay, grass, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor complexity and balance; with a nice malt/peppery flavor balance with nice brett flavors; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Wibier! Huge complexity and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink, though I prefer to sip on this one. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,272 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #18 Witbier on the beeradvocate best of styles list, poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Bruery tulip.

Beer is yellow, mildly hazy, heavily carbonated, nice white head, small bubbles, nice lacing, great retention, this is the perfect witbier look.

Beer smells a little like lemon, a little like spice, a little like yeast, some brett comes through, who knows which strain at this point.

Beer is light in body and very carbonated on the palate. Sweet, mild funk, very mild, good yeast character, mild spice. The beer goes down easy, overall it is a fine beer, I enjoyed it, I thought the brett character which was played up on the label was minimal but that's what i wanted tonight. I'd have it again. (753 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two finger tall fluffy white head and some discernible visible carbonation. The beer exhibited moderate head retention and lacing.

S: Aromas were mostly oak and lemon.

T: Flavors were a very slight amount of sourness up front and a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish. Nice notes of lemon and spices. There is a pleasant complexity to this beer.

M: Light bodied with not a lot of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry.

O: While very enjoyable, not an easy drinker or very sessionable beer. The alcohol is well hidden and there is very little bitterness but somehow this beer felt a little like work to drink. (655 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dunt for providing me with a bottle of this as a generous extra in one of our trades. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear light yellow with a white frothy cap. As it recedes, spotty lace sticks to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is lemony with sulfur and hints of funk and cheese. Grassy to a straw-like grain smell is also present. The brett'd quality is present with some mild farmhouse character that helps to blend the transition of lemon/sulfur to the dry grainy character.

The taste includes mild bretty farmhouse quality with a hint of spicy clove. Lemon is present with a zesty quality overtop of mild wheat tartness that blends into a more solid inclusion of grassy and hay-like grain flavors. For the most part this brew is dry but at times some sips yield a minor indication of sweetness and a bit of tannins from the barrel aging. As the experience continues, there is a faint back note of juicy vinous notes that dry out and become increasingly earthy.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is light and refreshing with an interesting arrangement of character. This brew starts off a little ackward but pulls itself together a bit as it warms up and breaths. Don't rush yourself through this brew, give it a chance without writing it of after a single tick, I mean sip. (1,414 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Hazy yellow body with a small white head. Complex aroma of coriander, wheat, light misc. spice, grass, floral notes, white wine. A tasty beer for sure. Additional notes of tart citrus and black peppercorns. Saison characteristics. Delicious. (241 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tasting glass. Pale golden yellow in color with a thick, bubbly white head to it.

The aroma shows a good amount of earthy Brett to it with just a hint of a musty, funky note. I get some citrusy, coriander and orange peel coming out in it as well. It was more Brett forward then I expected, but pretty nice overall.

The taste mixes the earthy Brett with some citrusy,wheaty, bready flavors of a Wit beer. I get a touch of the oak with a little bit of a crisp, fruit flavor. Again, the Brett is pretty bold in it but also very tasty and smooth.

The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall I really enjoyed it. The Brett was pretty bold for the style, but I liked how it mixed with the Wit character. Very flavorful and easy drinking beer overall. (778 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple pop of the cork into a tulip glass from the large bomber bottle here we go!!

Extremely light bodied yellow almost glowing light neon and pale body, also pale green too in appearance. This is a very distinct yellow. Very foamy head with not much retention and falling admirably. Leaves a solid simple white collar while drinking. Impressive, love this body color it looks unique.

Bouquet is bretty, then a definite hint of diacetyl or definitely something buttery. Almost movie theater like popcorn, but this could translate into oaky chardonnay butteriness??? We'll have to see possibility. There is some basil green like sense here also not a one trick pony either it's quite nice not awful.

Taste is light bodied slightly buttery and not overpowering. Mild brut crispness with an oak bent. Not a diacetyl bomb, but gets into buttery rich oak typical of a chardonay. Easy drinking light bodied, palate coating even some roof top mouth stickiness. As it warms up it gets better with some basil richness and some heat and light cracked pepper.

Overall quite entertaining but it sort of does not remind me of witbeer. Lemon and fruity citrus seems to be burried. I never get coriander off of witbeers, so I can't comment on not missing that... but there you have it. Overall not bad one unique tasting brew. Therefore, I call quite good overall. (1,356 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.31/5  rDev -16%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork and caged bottle found at multiple stores though DC and MD. Happy to see this brewery getting distribution on the East Coast (particularly the MD wasteland) from the start; thanks Shelton. Batch 1, May 2011

First my thoughts on the beer, then some nonsensical rambling...

Pours an extremely pale, golden straw color. Milky and cloudy with a fizzy and soapy white head. Nice retention, producing a thick collar with a thin film and thick clumps of lacing.

Aroma is aggressively musty, dirty, cheesy and rotten fresh out of the refrigerator. As it warms a softer, zesty lemon tartness emerges with yeasty and peppery spice. Grapes, but not oak are also present from the barrel and there isn't much contribution from the brett yet in the nose.

Flavor and body are effervescent, a pleasant blend of spice, sweet, and tart. Finish is particularly dry and crisp with a slight watery texture. Flavor starts with a glimmer of traditional wit; spicy yeast, citrus sweet and feint pepper. Quickly the chardonnay and white grape flavors smoothly emerge with mild dry oak. Finish cleans up with mild lemon tartness, and hints of dryness but the brett and funk has yet to develop.

Overall? Very unique and refreshing. A pleasant summer time sour. It'll be interesting to try this after it has some time to develop but I'm not sure I'm optimistic about where I expect this to go if it gets funkier.

Ok, so that ignored all of the irrelevant and frivolous external factors contributing to my enjoyment of the beer. However, first, really Mr. Fletcher? Silk screening your face on your bottle? Blech. Out of your control though is what happens once the beer ends up in the distribution pipeline. For 7.99 I would happily buy cases of this beer. Heck, for 11.99 I would. But by the time Shelton Bros. and the shitty MD/DC distributor for them get their hands on it, I can't rationalize paying 17.99 plus tax for this particular beer. Bummer, my loss. (1,955 characters)

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