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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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89
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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 59 | FT: 6
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Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sprucetip on 06-20-2011

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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Batch 1.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light chardonnay color with a fluffy and thick bright white head that slowly faded into a soft film leaving a network of sticky lacing behind.
S: Big notes of lemon zest, barnyard funk and sweaty socks, with lighter notes of coriander and pale grains.
T: Follows the nose with sweet notes of lemon zest and citrus, funky and slightly sweaty brett, and coriander and wheat coming through in the finish. There is a vinous white wine quality to the flavor along with chalky notes of yeast and a bit of spicy black peppercorn. Good dose of spice in the drying aftertaste.
M: Medium-light body with full bubbly carbonation and a clean, slightly slick, and drying mouthfeel.
O: One of the best witbiers I’ve had. The brett wasn’t as potent as I was expecting, but it added a nice dimension to the flavor. The white wine barrels adds a nice light vinous quality and dried out the mouth in a way that I felt was an improvement over other heavier, sweeter, wits I’ve had. Recommended.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thick cap/ring. Large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of zesty spice along with some musty, bretty funk and vinous light fruit. Lots of peppery spice, lemon zest and coriander followed by bready yeast, musty brett and light fruits. The barrel presence is there but the Chardonnay is more prominent in the nose than the oak giving off hints of grape, cider and pear.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and crisp effervescence up front that linger over the slightly funky, sweet vinous body into a slight dry finish. There's a good amount of zesty spice, bready yeast and light fruit but the flavor is dominated by the Chardonnay barrel character. The spice profile has hints of pepper and coriander as well as a boatload of citrusy lemon zest that is complimented by the dry brett. The Brett provides some nice dryness and faint funk but doesn't overpower the other notes. The barrel presence kicks in mid-palate and really dominates the flavor through the finish. There's only subtle toasted oak adding to the dryness but the Chardonnay character is very prominent giving off sweet vinous notes that balances things out. Lots of sweet fruit notes, especially light grapes, apple cider and pear. I would even say that it's a bit too strong taking away slightly from the other elements. Still, this beer is flavorful, very complex and easy to drink.

Overall this beer could use some balance to counter the Chardonnay sweetness but is still pretty impressive. Another solid offering from this up and coming brewery.

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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was so skeptical when jh1982 went and pulled this bottle out the freezer from craft. Pours a cloudy bretty beer in a northern lights yellow glow. Nice aroma, chunky brett, a little citric rind, a lemon and orange presence.

Wow, am I impressed, this is easily one of, if not my absolute favorite witbier on the first sip alone. Brett covers up the coriander to keep it from being too strong. White wine like notes, some pear, some pepper.

$14 a bottle make it a tough call, but its top notch for style, even if it especially blurs the style line, but its for the better.

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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a greenish tinge. A nice fluffy white head with good retention.

S: Lots of brett, white wine, chalk and lime. Really interesting smell.

T: Very dry and light. Lemon rind, baby aspirin, hints of brett and some white pepper. I really loved this one.

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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw colour with white head, sparse and dissipating to leave a thin crown behind. Lace is thick and lovely. Looks good.

Smells really lovely, great brett influence here but just a nice vanilla sweetness as well. Hints of sweet orange, passionfruit and lime. Lovely sour notes take over but never dominate with any astringency, it's mild and refreshing in character. This is the sort of smell that could get non-believers into sour beer.

Taste is lovely as well. Sour, but with a funky barnyard flavour to it. Sweet vanilla underlying it with a touch of caramel malt and then taken over midway with those slightly off sour flavours - brett gives barnyard, wet lucerne and a potato starch kind of flavour. Hint of orange and sponge cake and underripe berries. Bit weird for sure, but very refreshing.

Body is alright, gets quite sharp from the wild yeast at the back. A bit too dry maybe, some more body would prop it up.

Nice, challenging beer, but also refreshing. Lots to like in this.

Photo of wcintula
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: First pour yielded a crisp and bright clarity of brassy coloring with a strong and rapid sense of misty carbonation bubbles wavering towards the surface. The second pour released all that rich yeasty nutrient creating a cloudy haze of pale lemon coloring with a pea-soup clarity. The head is marshmellow fluff both in color and structure, holding strong. The lacing was equally strong, thick and clumping with spongy patches on the chalice walls.

S: From the first opening the brettomyoces was quite evident giving off musky scents of pale lemon peels. Fresh wheat stalks were also evident though I failed to pick up on the coriander and peppercorns just yet.

T: The flavor was musky grain meal, with a strong Belgian yeastiness, a bit sour and musky of lemon peels and some fermented fruit.The chardonnay barrel influence is easily picked up upon. Slight hints of coriander, but again no real evidence of the peppercorns come out to play, which must have been sparingly used.

M: Bready palate. The mouthful had a light nature to it, some carbonation, but not as much as expected from the visual sense. A sour musky fade of lemon citrus occurs on the tongue. All in all could of used some tightening up and some crispness.

O: Overall some interesting twists flavor wise, especially from the chardonnay barrel aging, though equally as strange to be utilized with this style as well. Nice visual, the nose a bit weak strength wise as well the mouthful. A 3.5 overall feels about good here, with a moderate drinkability, though mostly curious with a bomber playing well.

Photo of kkipple
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whiteout Wit, bought in Reno, NV for $15.
Shared with no one. Poured into a cheap wine goblet, in my office.

A. Magnificent effervesence, sunlit pineapple yellow, a foamy, off white solid cap head.

S. Simply great nose, pale wheat, white wine / oak, lemon-sour, wild yeast...a bit of coriander. smells lofty, not totally unlike a gueze, there is an undercurrent of loveliness here. However, the chardonnay reigns supreme. The base beer smells like a Tripel at times, and there is pepper, for sure... simply fantasic, I could keep my nose in this all night. I am apparently a sucker for chardonnay aged beers. I think the combination of the wine barrel and brett added to the slightly spicy and noble Sorachi Ace hops is the ticket here.

T. Actually does come across as some weird Saison / Wit hybrid, with wine... rather Allagashy... Coconut? Surprisingly bitter secondary undercurrent of hops and yeast. Whiteout upholds the wine and brett portion of the beer in a big way. This may have started off as a traditional Witbier, but this is now a Wit in the same way that Robocop is your neighborhood beat cop. It's far evolved.

M / O. Delightful high carbonation, with a succuelent citrus-spice wine finish that turns dry and slightly fruity towards the very end. Incredibly fun to drink. I love this brewery. Highly recommended, but know what you're getting into. Much like Bitter Monk, this really blows away the base style and transforms into something wonderful. Highly recommended - Anchorage is doing great work right out of the gate.

Photo of Cavery
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from provisions a few months back, bottled May 2011/batch 1. I figured I'd try this beer out around the 6 month mark to give the Brett a chance.

A: Pickled pear flesh colored body with some tones of green mixing in with the foggy yellows. Whip cream fine bubble foams swish around the top of the glass leaving ghostly sheets of lacing. An avalanche of slow moving foams slides down the glass. Looks quite good.

S: Smell is elegantly light, but with a noticeable lack of wit funk. The wine like visual really plays tricks on my mind, and I'm totally thinking I'm getting more wine barrel in the nose than brett or general stylistic funk. Light pepper behind stacks of fresh romaine lettuce, so light there's not much else.

T: The wine prevails again, but with a fairly good immulsion of flavors. The alcohol and wine character blend together for a mild white sugar poached pear flavor that's pretty nice. I can't say I'm getting any coriander except for maybe a pinch in the end that mixes with pepper. There's more of a wine and greens thing going on in the flavor that comes off a bit too dominant in its two tones. It's light with a juxtaposition of alcohol, white wine, and light sprinklings of black pepper on brett.

M: Light-Medium body where the alcohol keeps the theme of "wine like" going. There's still a yeasty-frothy head character that provides a short lived layer of creamy feels, which is about the only thing keeping this in the realm of witbierness for me. The alcohol seems to cut through everything, making it thinner in the end than I'd like.

O: I am not a stickler for style at all, but I think for something to go out of style it must be really showing me something in terms of flavor. This one comes off a bit convoluted, despite being not a bad beer at all. There's more chardonnay than witbier in this for me, and I wish it was the other way around. That said, perhaps holding on to a case of all these new anchorage beers wouldn't be a bad investment. The problem of course being that all of these are 15$ a bottle. Not sure the beer currently justifies the price, but that's my only real gripe. Quite good, just not of the higher tier.

Photo of hwwty4
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into a 12oz highball.

Unfortunately not the best glass in the world, but when you pack up to move, you use what you can get. This beer pours a pale lemon yellow with a decent 2 inch bright white cap that leaves just a little bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. After I popped the top hints of must and grandmas old attic closet waft my way. Nice brett aroma. As it gets closer to the sniffer the brett comes across as damp earth and musty closest. Hints of lemon peel and spice. Just a little bit of pepper. The flavor is fantastic. Light and crisp. The brett is damp, wet earth with must and a bit of barnyard. Lemon zest and a bit of coriander. Really, it reminds me more of a saison or funky BdG then a wit. Really fantastic. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking. With as much brett, I thought it would finish a bit drier then it does. I was lucky enough to try this right after it came out at a tasting and I was extremely impressed with it. I was happy to see a lonely sitting on the shelf of one of my locals.

Photo of Sean9689
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.