Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
Many thanks to AugustGarage for this treat. He always brings it when we do trades, so solid.
Caged and Corked, popped the cork with a loud POP! Brett tartness hit my nose immediately and got me excited about this beer. It pours a bright yellow color- pretty cloudy. I can't see my fingers through the other side of the glass. For a wit, this is pretty light colored- unique. Smell- tart cherries, a nice funky waft of brett, maybe some white wine notes, perhaps champagne. Light, effervescent, airy. Taste- The tart cherry flavor hits the top of my palate, it is a tingy feeling (just a bit metallic maybe? Its not off putting though). the spices of the wit around the sides of the tongue, definite sourness that makes my pucker up a bit. Definitely pretty lemony. This beer is pretty unique. I don't feel like it sits well in the Wit category, and it isn't 100% about the Brett either. One of the only real effects from the Brett is the tartness, but not much horseblanket here- the citrus from the lemon flavors probably balance that flavor out.
Overall, it is refreshing, interesting, light, and nice. I would seek this out again for sure.
08-30-2011 23:28:15 | More by lnashsig
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured into a large Tripel Karmeleit glass.
Body is clear gold, poured to about a half inch height of head which is white and sudsy, then dissipated to a cap and ring, leaving some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is lemony, butter, coriander, band aid, yeast funk (like the inside of a raw chicken), and bready malt.
Tastes mildly tart with lemon juice and zest, mid palate picks up the chardonnay, coriander, and oak notes. Finish is dry with lemon hop flavor (Sorachi), pepper, and lemon-zest bitterness. Funk is less evident in the taste than in the nose (probably a good thing).
Body is light and the carbonation is effervescent, giving this a refreshing, cleansing mouthfeel. There's a bit of prickle on the tongue, probably from the coriander and maybe the hops as well.
This is a pleasant drinking witbier, but unusual, with lemon and chardonnay grape flavors that are uncharacteristic of the style. Could be a light saison in the style of Fantome. This beer is also clearer than typical witbiers. In any case, an interesting interpretation and one that shows a lot of thought and care in the making.
08-30-2011 05:09:23 | More by Beerenauslese
4.3/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-30-2011 01:31:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.73/5 rDev -5.8%
750 picked up at Whole Foods Glendale.
Pours a nice clear yellow that has a huge white head. The head leaves nice sticky lacing and lasts for a long time.
Smell is almost solely of barnyard funk. Slight lemon and a hint of Brett on the end, but I was hoping for more.
The Chardonnay barrels have played a great role on this beer. Very nice lemon zest with the tart brett flavor at the end. Still a ton of barnyard funk and slight pepper notes in there as well.
Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated, but I am enjoying it on this hot summer day. Very easy to drink while its 100 degrees out side.
Overall, this was a nice beer. I've never tried anything from Anchorage, but I'm interested to try more.
08-28-2011 23:21:00 | More by DearthVader
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
bottle from awesome girlfriend from outside Boston. I am not a big fan of the 100% markup that Shelton Brothers have done, and I think it is appalling. A $7.99 beer in Alaska being sold for $16 in Massachusetts is utterly disgusting... so... Shame on you Shelton Brothers, Shame...
anyway, rant over.
pours a nice beautiful whiteish cloudy 2 fingered pour...
smell is lemon, wheat, and not as much funk as I was expecting. As this is brewed with Brett, i was expecting a ton of funk, earth, etc. There is a bit, so you do realilze there is brett in it as you smell, but not too much. kinda nice.
taste is a bit different. Way more earthy funk than the nose lets on. Nice citrus character to it on the middle, and finishes with an odd mint flavor. Cant say this isnt complex for a whit, thats for sure, it has to be the most intriguing whit I have ever had.
Mouthfeel is pretty standard for the style, pretty thin and nicely carbed...
08-27-2011 23:35:03 | More by crusian
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
750mL bomber poured into a Duvel tulip
Pours an extremely pale golden yellow with a huge, bone white billowing cap. Little to no lacing and the head receded pretty quickly.
The aroma is of lemons, saddle leather, peppercorns/coriander, and chardonnay. A touch of toasted oak. Basically, this guy smells like a funked up version of a standard wit with a large dose of the chardonnay barrels. As advertised and very welcomed.
I'm very impressed with the flavor the french oak chardonnay barrels impart on this wit. The wit is rather standard, lemony citrus, doughy yeast with coriander and peppercorns, but the barrel aging adds layers of complexity and flavor that turly adds to the beer. Then, throw in the brett and we have some nice horse blanket/saddle leather funk to make this even more interesting.
Some pretty active carbonation and a moderate tartness lead to a light body that is refreshing and pleasing. This is markedly complex and amazingly unique.
This is the type of beer that doesn't come around too often. Pushing boundaries and exploring new opportunities, while still making a delicious beer.
08-27-2011 19:12:16 | More by ColForbinBC
3.03/5 rDev -23.5%
750ml bottle thanks to largadeer.
Slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a small white head.
The aroma is a little strangely funky with some sunscreen, oak, pineapple, and brettiness. Maybe a bit vegetal.
The flavor is better, although there’s a bit of Coppertone sunscreen. Also pineapple, coconut, chardonnay, and oak barrel.
Medium-bodied and dry with average carbonation.
Overall, not great. Maybe with some age this could mellow out a bit, but for now it’s probably more useful to spread on your skin for a sunny day at the beach, as the SPF is no doubt pretty high.
08-26-2011 20:46:38 | More by nickd717
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-24-2011 04:53:26 | More by drabmuh
3.13/5 rDev -21%
750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
Pours a clear, bright light yellow, that appears almost faintly green at times with fairly active carbonation and a frothy white head.
The aroma is lemony with quite a bit of barnyard funk.
The taste is again tart and lemony upfront with some coriander as well as barnyard funk. The Brett is not quite as prominent as in the nose. It also has some vinous qualities as well from the barrels.
It has a fairly light body with active carbonation.
A unique experience though in my opinion not worth purchasing again.
08-23-2011 02:45:06 | More by vkv822
3.53/5 rDev -10.9%
22 oz. corked & caged bottle poured into Allagash chalice.
A: Pours a bright, yet completely opaque pale-gold with sunny highlights. 1-finger head dies quickly down into a slick.
S: Brett is extremely evident, as is quite a bit of butter, which I must say I do not find appealing. Some pineapple, citrus and a bit of grass.
T: Dry brett, with subtle citrus and grassy hops. Funky, but not really "sour" per say. Somewhat buttery center. Finishes dry, which is nice.
M: Carbonation is decent, but this is thin and does little to comfort the tastebuds.
O: I really wanted to love this beer, especially given the fact that sour wits are not exactly common. The buttery notes really bug me though. If it was more sour, I honestly think it'd be better balanced. Still, an interesting beer that's worth a try, and a somewhat promising brewery for taking this chance.
Give it a try; you may like it.
08-19-2011 03:17:21 | More by sk8man121
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: golden yellow with a 1.5 finger head
smell: citrus, brett, funk, barnyard, hay,
taste: brett, citrus, funk,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: this is a new and different Witbier to me. Which I liked and hopefully will be able to have again.
08-17-2011 02:58:04 | More by THECPJ
3.48/5 rDev -12.1%
Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Fest on August 14, 2011. The pour is a milky olive-yellow with a bubbly burst of fizzy head. It looks the part. But as I discovered it did not act the part. On the nose there were aromas of weak malts and an acidic zesty fruitiness. The body was lightweight. The taste tended to be very tart with grapefuit or pineapple flavors overwhelming everything else. There was a thin hop finish but that took a lot of energy to find.
08-14-2011 21:32:35 | More by puboflyons
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-11-2011 19:46:52 | More by billab914
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +1%
mildly hazy white-gold with a white head. nose is spice, ester, and a slight wheaty twang followed by a hint of funk, must, a touch of wood and hints of chardonnay. the chardonnay notes seem to blend well with the fruity, bubblegummy, yeasty notes. i am actually getting a lot of traditional wheat here. taste seems natural and very well-balanced peppery, wheat-twang and spice with suggestions of fruit and bubblegum in the middle, and a nice, warm, chardonnay finish. very well done and understated in an elegant kind of way. light-medium body. clean finish. minimal aftertaste. overall a great beer. wish this was a bit cheaper. it could easily become a go-to summer session(able) for me if it was less expensive. very, very well made, but for some reason didn't totally turn my gears. excited to see the future of Anchorage. great first effort.
08-10-2011 12:31:54 | More by timtim
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
Bottle shared by Andy. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty clear whitish yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head.
A little bit of a musty sulfer smell here. Kind of reminds me of some berliner wiesse biers I've had before. A little bit of tart lemon in the aroma. Smells light and refreshing but also a little off for me. Still fair though. Kind of tame on the pallet here. Very light flavors with a little bit of spiciness and a bit of lemon. Not a heck of a lot going on, but it's pretty tasty and refreshing.
Nice light feel with soft carbonation. Overall pretty decent here. I feel like it has some off aromas but otherwise this one is pretty tasty. A little unexciting and the aromas the only real qualm that I have here.
08-06-2011 03:50:57 | More by Bendurgin
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured into a tulip. Nice light straw white color with a half inch white head. The body is slightly hazy. Lots of bubbles are seen racing towards the top of the glass.
The aroma is very lemony and indicates a lot of tartness.
The taste is mildly sweet in the start with lots of clove spice in the front. There is a bit of oak in there as well, and the finish is mildly tart with a lot of citrus zest. This drinks mellower than the aroma would indicate, and is kind of refreshing.
The body is light and the carbonation perfect, not too much.
I like this one, it's kind of pricey but quite complex in the taste.
08-06-2011 03:45:38 | More by andrewinski1
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-02-2011 01:14:39 | More by smakawhat
3.88/5 rDev -2%
Bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Hazy straw yellow with an inch of white froth that quickly fades. Lacing is left clinging to the glass.
S: Lots of Brett with a strong lemon presence. Horse blanket and leather. Some peppercorn and coriander with pronounced floral notes. Lots of oak with faint Chardonnay.
T: Leathery Brett with orange peel and lemon. Lightly spicy coriander with notes of peppercorn. Evident oak. The lemon finish is dry, oaky, and leathery.
M: Light in body with high carbonation.
Overall: A light and refreshing beer. At $15 I have no desire to try it again. Still, nice to try once.
08-01-2011 14:56:02 | More by HopHead84
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
07-31-2011 12:21:05 | More by Thorpe429
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
Bought at Beaumont Market for $11 or $12. Bottled May-2011, it's a 75cl corked and caged bottle poured by parts into a Duvel tulip. Consumed over the span of two hours. Live review.
A: The first few pours are pristine clear gold. As I dip further into the bottle, a little yeast kicks up and looks more like traditional Wit haze. Large voluminous head after the pours yields moderate lacing and always maintains a full cap. I see no reason to dock points here. 5/5
S: Huge on the citrus (specifically lemon), barnyard funk, and pepper. A traditional Wit this is not but I love the smell. 4.5/5
T: The components of the nose translate wonderfully to the palate and the addition of some vanilla presumably from the barrels is also enjoyed. The pepper and spice play a larger part then the citrus but the brett is playing a very substantial role as well along with some bitter grape skin. I imagine a little more time will really help develop that brett character and bring it up to a level that rivals the spice. It's only about two months old right now. I suspect this will be sublime at the 9-12 month mark. 4.5/5
M: Moderate body with appropriate carbonation. The only reason I'm holding back on the exceptional rating, is because I think this might have some room to dry out even more with a little more time. As it stands now, it's just a touch more full than the 6.5% ABV would suggest. 4.5/5
O: An absolutely phenomenal beer. Nothing traditional about it, but nothing boring either. I'm comparing this mentally to the BA Wit that Upright did. This is better. I followed up a 14 month old bottle of Orval with this. Whiteout held it's own in terms of flavor and complexity. At about $12 a bottle, this is an utter steal. Well done Mr. Fletcher... Well done. 4.5/5
07-30-2011 06:22:13 | More by hopsbreath
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
Whiteout Wit is indeed buried under a mound of snow-like substance (that leaves little glinting snowflakes of lacing). Despite being aged in chardonnay barrels it has much more complexion than a white wine, a bright lemon-yellow colour (that predictably became more clouded with the second pour). Most people will find even the appearance to be unique.
Just sniffing the top of the bottle made my upper lip curl. The amount of chardonnay barrel that it breathes is nothing short of impressive; I was so sure it had to be cork taint that I inspected the cork two or three times before feeling fully satisfied. There is a ton of buttery, lightly charred oak and a notable cheesy character that is a little off-putting.
Noticeably absent in this bizarre bouquet is the usual cast of witbier flavours; there's no orange-citrusy fruitiness or honey-sweet grains. And the coriander isn't the perfumy, Moroccan-style spice variety, but more closely resembles coriander leafs and tastes kind of like cilantro. This tastes more like an infected batch of chardonnay than it does a witbier.
Once again, the amount of buttery, lightly charred oak is truly impressive. The strong taste of cashew and lesser notes of coconut are noted on the palate, somehow discerned beyond the underlying acidity and tongue-hugging tartness. Acidity is nothing new for a witbier, but this approaches white wine territory and even retains some of the sugariness too.
Between hard-working bubbles, pleasant tartness and the addition of lemon peel, this is surely a refreshing, approachable beer. But a brewer doesn't go to such lengths - flavour the beer with peppercorns, citrus and coriander, inoculate it with wild yeast and age it in Chardonnay barrels - only to have someone simply say "it's refreshing and approachable"...
There's no question that in terms of uniqueness this beer deserves a perfect 5. As far as how palatable it actually is, however, that's another matter. For the first time in years I've found a beer that's truly unfamiliar to me, but I'm not so sure how much I enjoyed it - I'd say the combination of witbier, pepper, lemon, wild yeast and chardonnay barrel is not exactly an ideal one, although I'd be happy to try it again (provided someone else foots the bill).
07-30-2011 03:21:07 | More by biegaman
4.47/5 rDev +12.9%
Barrel aged White Ale? Sounds good to me! Color is a very pale gold, with about two fingers of solid heading. The nose is lightly sour, and funky, almost like sticking your nose in to a jar of pickled eggs. The sour is not as pronounced in the flavor, but the funk sticks around. It also comes off bone dry in places. I especially get the black pepper and the chardonnay barrel influence. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, with a good dose of carbonation. I love bottle conditioned beers, and this one is no exception. I could drink this white all day. All I can say is that after trying this brew, I cannot freaking wait to see what they come up with next.
07-29-2011 01:56:14 | More by jamie2dope
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-29-2011 01:20:31 | More by yourefragile
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
750ml C&C bottle. Batch #1. May 2011.
Pours a pale pilsner yellow with 2 fingers of bright white foam, settles to a full ring. Solid medium lacing.
Smells funky! Cheesy and a bit sulphuric. Real strong brett presence, along with white wine grapes and spices. Intriguing.
Initial flavor is really light and delicate. Zesty lemon and spices come on with a light hop bitterness. A touch of that white wine flavor promised in the nose. Earthy funkiness is there, a lot lighter in flavor than in the nose, but it adds some sourness. Dry finish, and as a surprise there is a very pleasant lingering vanilla ice cream note that finishes things off. All of these flavors are very well integrated.
Body is about medium with medium, but soft and lovely carbonation. Mouthfeel is great.
Overall, this is the most original take on the Wit style that I've tasted. I'm really impressed with this first outing from the Anchorage Brewing Company. Looking forward to what they come up with next.
07-23-2011 03:03:29 | More by brotherloco
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
25.4oz bottle poured into my Deschutes Tulip glass.
A - Pours a pale light yellow with a white fluffy head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.
S - Belgian yeast hits you hard, followed by some grapes and spice.
T - Tart white wine with a touch of yeast, again followed by some lemon and spices.
D - Thin body, average carbonation for a wit.
O - So glas I picked this up to try. I am not the biggest Belgian yeast fan, but I love the flavors here.
Edit: Batch 01 May 2011
07-19-2011 04:43:15 | More by HuskyinPDX
Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.