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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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89
very good

359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 59 | FT: 5
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 avalon07
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of pixieskid
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Reaper16
4.44/5  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.

Photo of ptarmigan98
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of quirkzoo
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Pours a very hazy, bright golden straw color with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is...HOLY SHIT... pardon my French, but that was the first thing I thought. This thing is BEYOND funkier than I was expecting. Definitely the funkiest aroma of all the Anchorage beers...I hate to say it, because I like the aroma, but it reminds me of farts. At first, you get a stinky "fart-like aroma" with a hint of bile. Then I get some delightful brett funk with lemon and citrus. Very crazy, yet favorable aroma. As it warms, the Chardonnay barrel really comes through Taste is initially light and crisp...refreshing...like a classic witbier or berliner. A lot of wheat flavor with lemon and some tart, brett flavors. Nice chardonnay flavor. Tons of barnyard and some floral flavors. Finish is packed with pepper and light hops. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Overall, I could see the aroma of this beer turning people off...but I'm a man who loves some funk in his barrel-aged wild yeast beers. Great beer!

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ADZA
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of jpajpajeff
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of raveskdr
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bottle during Parks and Rec, bought at The Wine and Cheese shop in St. Louis. Split 99.9/,01 with my puppy Dozey.

A - Beautiful orangeish yellow vibrant color. Fluffy white head that laces perfectly.

S - Smells like moderate brett and wheat deliciousness. A bit of fruitiness in there as well.

T - Wow. Up front is that brett funk along with some great wheat and spices. The flavors are all in perfect balance. Really wonderful. You get very, very slight wood notes from the barrel.

M - Drinks extremely easily. The brett doesn't linger on the palate. A good, moderate amount of carbonation.

O - A really, really nice beer. Just slightly under what I get from Fantome Saison. It's right in that ballpark. I really wish I could have tried Bitter Monk fresh, but now that I tried this, I'm gonna find a bottle with the faded hops and see how it goes.

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a corked and caged 750ml bottle

Batch 1 may 2011

A- pours a pale yellow color with loads of carbonation and a brilliant white 1 finger head that dissipates to a fresh collar some lacing evident

S - ripe tart fruits with brett , and an aroma of lemon biscuit a touch of spice and wine/oak

T- was tart lemon with a sour fruit funk up front that lingers in the mouth, Yum its funky and tart and fresh with a slight hop infusion that lingers

M- tart and crisp ,funky and creamy with a touch of sorachi hops a touch of buttery chardonnay is present from its time spent in the barrels

O- a well made wit with brett, light malt light hops, barrell aged, another great brew from anchorage

Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.