Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 382
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 68 | 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 Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. This has a nice wheaty color with some haziness, a good foamy white head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S. Yeasty with a lemony hit.

T. This has a good lemon kick mixed with a wheaty bite. There's a weird spiciness underneath, not sure what it is. A mild hop underneath.

M. Very carbonated.

O. This is a very nice witbier, but it was also highly expensive. But definitely worth a once goaround. (406 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Pale straw with a small-bubbled 1.5-finger white head with mild lacing.

S - Grape skins, brett yeast, very light malt. Fragrant, delicate, appealing.

T - Well-balanced. Can taste the wit/wheat flavor; it's not disguised. Pale malt, a little lemon and hay. Grape and apple skin. Not too vinuous/oakey from the chardonnay barrel. Just right.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Very enjoyable. My wife particularly liked it. (499 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is - doesn’t do a whole lot for me, being a washed out yellow with an effervescent white head. Looks too much like an industrial lager. However, one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. At least it has little bubbles rising in it, sort of like champagne. Strong aroma is fruity and rather sweet, more like a cider than a beer. Maybe the Chardonnay barrels imparted this. Flavor is - oh yeah, it keeps getting better! A malty core with firm fruity and yeasty notes, rather sweet but not cloying, just a hint of grapes and a subtle sour tone. Lively texture has plenty of fizz, though body seems to be a bit lacking. Overall, pretty good. (651 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited to share this bottle with a friend. Beer from outside the main 48? I'm down.

A - Cloudy straw yellow hue with a thin pale head. Didn't leave any lacing.

S - Piney hops, white grape and citrus.

T - Lots and lots of white. Follows the nose with more subtlety. A dry, crisp finish makes this one pretty refreshing. A good representation of the style.

M - Super light body with a moderate carbonation after the temperature evens out. Very similar to chardonnay.

O - A good beer with above average drinkability. Would enjoy this one after a meal, although I cannot justify the price being quite so high. (625 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a straw color with thick foam. Lots of brett aromas, mixed with spice and wheaty malts. Lots of brett flavor also, slightly bitter, citrus and spicy pepper. Its dry but drinkable. It has a lot of body and personality, just a bit over spiced and dry for me. Nice brew...its intersting enough that id have again and would recommend it for sure. (379 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lemon, funky Brett notes, soft herbal coriander and orange blossom. Very light and refreshing smelling.
More floral and lemon notes as flavours along with soft wheat. There's a soft acidity and some funky Brett but it's pretty restrained. Also a lemon custard notes, sorachi ace style. Could use more acidity, seems a bit weak at the moment. Very drinkable though.
Nice light body and mod-high carbonation. (457 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with two fingers of large bubbled foam. Active carbonation throughout the bottle.

S: Starts out with some Brett funk with peppercorns, white wine, lemon, and wheat. Very interesting, but only mildly wit-like.

T: Starts out with a spicy fruitiness, reminiscent of apricots and grapes. As it warms, I get more and more white wine and a bit of spicy oak. I get a good amount of wheat behind the fruit, too. Brett funk is there, but it imparts more dryness than anything else. The beer is quite dry throughout.

M: Quite light with lots of carbonation.

O: Certainly an interesting wit. This beer is very dry for the style with a nice fruitiness and lemon and wheat character. As it warms, the wine barrel comes out more and balances the beer out nicely. (815 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 ThePorterSorter
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch#1, may, 2011

The beer pours a clear piss yellow with no haze and a disappointingly thin white head (for a wit). There is no lacing or sediment. The nose is pleasant and sweet with a bretty funkiness and white wine/citrusy tartness. As the beer warms the citrus becomes more pronounced. However, the the taste is relatively weak and disappointing. Brett predominates the flavor profile with a mild, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is completely watery and weak although the flavors are balanced and drinkable. Overall, this isn't worth the price ($15) nor worth cellaring. (582 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Cloudy straw with 1-2 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Potpourri, lemon juice, golden apple and clove.

Taste
Lemon juice, potpourri, pilsner malt, wheat and a light Brettiness.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall
Amazing! I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for Anchorage to produce anything less than extraordinary. (399 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 nataku00
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a light straw color, mostly clear, with two plus fingers of bubbly and fluffy white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing, to a small patch of bubbles in the middle of the beer. Decent carbonation visible, a few streams of tiny bubbles.

Nose is light pineapple, pear, brett funk in wet hay and barnyard, floral hops, biscuit malt, and a bit of spice.

Taking a sip, light floral and grassy hop bitterness, mellowing to pineapple, pear and biscuit malt sweetness. Brett funk comes through in the back half, leading to dry finish with lingering floral, fruit and funk flavors.

Light bodied and well carbonated with soft carbonation that sweeps across the tongue. Very easy to drink and refreshing. (760 characters)

Photo of iwantsomerocks
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an Orval chalice. Nice frothy 1 finger head that lingers a few minutes.

A- very pale yellow. Like a cloudy, more carbonated chardonnay.

S- Very fruity. I get fresh white grapes, white cranberry, a little pineapple. No alcohol present in the nose. Again, resembles a decent oaked chardonnay.

T- Wow. There's a lot going on here. Slight wheat hit and Citrusy up front, even a little bitter. Then the french oak comes through shining. The beer doesn't have any real tannic qualities other than the slight bitterness, but I can definitely get the influence of the chardonnay barrels on this beer. Very nicely done.

M- Decent carbonation, pretty light and refreshing.

O- I'm not too big of a witbier fan, but I'm on a new tip of trying beers from styles I normally neglect. I guess starting off my witbier samplings with Anchorage was a great idea. Very good. I could drink this all day. Awesome. (916 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (662 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whiteout Wit pours a very light straw color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting gives it more of a yellow look. Carbonation looks active. It yields a soft, white head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It recedes to a surface covering somewhat quickly and holds there for quite a while. Lacing was a little sticky, but lighter.

The nose is good. It’s definitely interesting. Musky and funky aromas are readily apparent on the first whiff. The use of Brett is unmistakable. It smells like a moderate Brett presence. I like that. It smells very earthy and grainy. Citrus lemon smells nice and works well. There are definitely a few spices in the house. Pepper and coriander are most notable. I saw that this was aged in wine barrels. There are some light white wine and oaky notes, but they’re subtle. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Smells quite good.

The flavor is easily on par with the nose. It definitely has a strong earthy and grainy flavor that resonates throughout. It is quite musky and moderately funky. The Brett presence is here in just the right amount. It complements, but doesn’t overwhelm. Citrus lemon, coriander, pepper, and orange peel are all secondary flavors that add a lot to the overall mix. The spicy side might just be the x-factor in this one. There are some light white grape and oak flavors that are positive. Alcohol is masked well and doesn’t come through. Ultimately, it all comes together nicely. I like it.

Whiteout Wit has a lighter body. Carbonation is definitely active, but feels soft. It doesn’t feel substantial enough to be smooth, but it’s really close. It goes down easy, that’s for sure.

This is my first beer from Anchorage Brewing Company. I’m rather impressed. You don’t see many Brett-infused, wine barrel-aged Witbiers. I like the trailblazing character of this one. Even better, it’s good beer. There is quite a bit going on, but the flavors all work well together. If you’re looking to check out Anchorage Brewing Company, this seems like a fine place to start. (2,036 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, as recommended by the brewer. The bottle bears a "bottled on" date of March, 2012, and that this was part of Batch #2.

Pours a pale straw yellow, with a tall, fragile brilliant white head that collapses upon itself leaving moderate lacing down the sides.

Has a full, funky aroma, with tart apples, grass, wet oak, and lemon. The smell is quite strong and yeasty, leaving no doubt that this is a strong, if not slightly sour smelling, wit beer.

I can best describe this taste as delicate and light, with a foundation of funky grass, savory greens, lemon, and rock candy. There's an ever so slightly sour taste, but it is more than balanced by the grassy and light sweet tastes.

Light bodied, with a slightly sour feel that puckers the tongue. Overall, though, this is a soft brew, with mild carbonation.

The label gives one the impression that this is some monster of a brew, but the truth is that it is a delicate, pretty well balanced witbier that I would be happy to have again. (1,034 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.12/5  rDev -45.9%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice sweet, engaging aroma of lemon, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (lemon), light hops, malt, peppercorn, with a slight grain presence. The flavor here is alright, but a bit on the thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is another beer that seems somewhat uneven. Not bad, but not as good as others of the style (e.g., Allagash White). Still, drinkable. (569 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (2,423 characters)

Photo of quirkzoo
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow with 2 fingers of thick white head that leave a nice cap. After a while the clumps in the cap look like a pellicle.

Lots of funk up front, very woodsy, I get a lot of chardonnay like oak on the nose with a bit of tart lemon behind that. Some spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit of a coriander aftertaste. This one was much more tart then I was expecting and I really liked it. Very well balanced flavor with just the right amounts of tart, funk, oak and spice.

Somewhat thin, very dry, very easy drinking.

Overall this is a really good beer. The brewer comes with an impressive pedigree and I am excited to try more of their beers. (682 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon zest and sweet wheat with some funkiness, barnyard smells, and some brett. Hint of green apple sourness and oak as well.

T - Starts off some barnyard funkiness, brett, some green apple sourness, a bit of wheat, and some tart lemon zest. Through the middle, some light oak flavors come through with a hint of spices alongside some mellowing tartness. The finish is a mix of wheat, tart lemon zest, funky brett, and a hint of oak.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, dry, and crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice complex witbier beer with the Brett flavor really blended in nicely. Super crisp and refreshing as well. (824 characters)

Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.