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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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very good

141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 388
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 33
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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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 388
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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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 coreyfmcdonald
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

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

Potpourri, lemon juice, golden apple and clove.

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

Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Amazing! I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for Anchorage to produce anything less than extraordinary.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of iwantsomerocks
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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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 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 avalon07
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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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 DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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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 raveskdr
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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