Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 30
Gots: 54 | FT: 5
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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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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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 -10.6%
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
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +13.4%
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
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
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 -10.6%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale hazy yellow with tons of bubbles. A good head that recedes to a white foam ring. A little spotty lacing.

Some sour notes in the nose, but the coriander comes thru, as does the citric rind.

Wonderful balance in this beer. Wheat and lemon rind, leading to spice, a little yeast, and some good firm bitterness. An undertone of sourness balances this out. Finishes with some bitterness and lemony notes, with a bit of the wheat nuttiness coming thru again. Nice brew.

Lighter bodied, good solid carbonation.

Holy shit is this good. Complex but great balance. Wish I had another bottle. $15 out here in MA, and worth the trip from AK. These guys know what they are doing. A terrific Wit.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Belgian style witbier, with significant interesting sweetness from the brett. Fruity and interesting and different, very good for the style.Smooth mouthfeel and very good drinkability. A great bottle to share and accompany a good meal. Thanks Ryan.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A witbier brewed with brett? Awesome, where do I sign up? Right here?? That's brilliant. Bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. My first brew from Anchorage.

Heavily agitated bottle to release as much sediment as possible. Beer pours an extremely light coloured, and somewhat hazy yellow, with a frothy and lively head of pure white. I feel as though the latter parts of the pour would be cloudier, but even as it is, it gets a pleasant opacity to it. I love the colour, the lightness, and the head. It looks very refined, and bang-on target stylistically.

Nose.... hooee, there's the brett coming through, with a big funky barnyard acidity giving a freshness to the overtones of mild orange and lemon, but blending them with organics, raw and brusque. Wow, there's something wild and unrelenting in this nose, and to be fair, it probably overtakes the classic witbier characters. But still, these manage to get an influence; enough for me to say that this is a witbier taken to a strange new place.

Taste is similar, with a really pleasant smooth palate of almost fragrant vanilla, layered with oodles of funk and tart citric acidity. Mild husky bitterness peeks its head up in the mid palate, before the almost creamy oak characters come through and smooth it all out. It's spicy, smooth, tart, creamy, bright, mellow—all of these things in a gorgeously paradoxical whole.

Feel is beautiful. Light enough to quaff, but sublimely smooth.

Oh hell yeah. This is one awesome beast of a beer. It's truly a witbier, but brewed with panache and just a hint of cheekiness. All the characters work so well within the style: the funk, the acidity, the mellow oak. But what it delivers ultimately is greater than all of this: a beer which matches and yet transcends its stylistic boundaries.

I love beers like this. Beers that push the boundaries, and which do it with such poise, sophistication and style. As for Anchorage Brewing Company? I only have to give a warning to Jolly Pumpkin—your awesome, to-style, funk-laden alchemy has a new competitor.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pale clear straw golden color. Two fingers of white head. Lots of lacing left behind and great retention.

Smells of funk, hay, straw, barnyard scents, a touch of oak and vanilla, some citrus and zesty notes.

Great citrusy notes up front, some light stone fruit notes, white grapes, straw/hay, light tannin notes, some vanilla, some clove like spice, white pepper, a bit earthy and bitter on the finish.

Light, fresh, well carbonated, zesty. Spot on.

Anchorage Brewing, wow. Keep killing it.

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Julio's. First Alaskan beer I've seen in MA.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light straw colour with a big, fluffy two finger white head that faded to leave a nice thick blanket. Only thing keeping this fro ma 5 is the lack of side lacing.

S - Wow, this is quite saison like, just with some wheat. Truely, thats what this is like. Great lemon, corriander, and belgian spices with a really good wheat backbone. Crazy but delicious.

T - Again, like a hybred between a nice saison and a wit. Great lemon, corriander, some oak/wine notes that lead into a very nice wheat flavour.

M - Good, feels a bit stronger than the ABV states to be. Must be the barrel. Real nice carbonation though. Very clean.

O - Incredibly suprised by this beer. Super drinkable. Wish this was a bit cheaper than it is priced, but still, worth a try. Glad I bought this.

Photo of flannelman808
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear straw colored beer with a bone white sea foam head. This is perhaps the most translucent beer I have ever seen, It's like glass. Large bubbles burst and soon the foam lowers by about an inch leaving just a bit of lacing.
edit: Crystal clear halfway through until about 2/3 of the way through the bottle... then gets all San Francisco.

S: Smells freaking funky from about a foot and a half away. What is this stuff!? I can smell it from where I sit! A closer approach thankfully carries more and an unidentifiable funk. With it, a huge coriander/clove presence presents itself as well as a suggestion of fresh cut oak.

T: Prickling carbonation spreads across the tongue leaving behind it a somewhat faint suggestion of flamed lemon peel and spice. Black pepper seems to win the battle of spice in the finish.

M: VERY carbonic. Zhou!

O: This is overly carbonated which all but cancels out what might other wise be a plethora of subtle flavors... It's distractingly crisp. Still Whiteout is quite good even if it's not nearly as funky as the nose would have you believe. Also I've no knack for grammar, but coriander ("corriander") is spelled wrong on the bottle. Haha.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite the outstanding take on a wit with a marked sense of brett and Chardonnay oak.

Presentation: 750 ml brown, caged and corked bottle. Screen printed label with a green and white design of a snowed mountain landscape framed by burgundy bars with the details of the brew and face of the brewer. Side paragraph offers a description of the brew, and serving indications, back narrative exposed intent, and background. Notes 20 IBUS, bottling Batch May 2011, and 6,5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Hazy pale straw pour, rich frothy head, medium retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Rich nose with plenty of funky brett touched up by a rich citric sense swinging with notes of woody white grapes.

T - Nose extended in the mouth with ample richness, the funky brett, full of tart and leathery notes, is pushed back and forth by that soft sense of oak and chardonnay, which adds a subtle lingering sweet sense that disappears in the dry finish. A rich lemon grass sense permeates the whole brew with a spicy hint.

M - Light body with high carbonation, despite the insinuation of sweet oak the finish is rather dry with a pleasing lingering sense.

O - Quite rich and spectacular, very quaffable and stimulating.

Notes: Quite a surprise! Another visiting brew given the local beer week at the time I guess. Quite an unexpected treat to find this on the shelf in any case. Pricing while not overwhelming is a touch steep but when barrel-aging and brett are involved this seems to be the common case. Other than that this is quite a refreshing and stimulating brew.

Photo of MEsoJD
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale/lemon body with a big creamy/fluffy head(slow dissipation). Adequate lacing.

S: Pine/lemon citrus zest, earthy, yeast, and spice/pepper. It all comes off as kind of funky/tart.

T: Lemon/pine zest, slight smoked oak, little sour, slightly sweet malt and some slight bitterness .

M: buttery/crisp, low/medium alcohol presence, dry, and medium carbonation.

O: I don't particularly gravitate to this style, but this beer is pretty tasty and complex. I probably wouldn't buy again though, but I think it's worth a try.

Photo of jeff1973
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Stone Cali-Belgie IPA glass. Batch#1 - May 2011.

A - Very pale yellow, slightly hazy. Foamy bright-white head leaves decent lacing.

S - Brett funk, lemons, slightly musty.

T - This is my first Sorachi Ace beer and you can really taste the lemons. Then the brett funk kicks in and you can taste a faint bit of oak, Balanced pretty nicely. Ends with a champagne dryness.

M - High carbonation. Medium light mouthfeel. It works with the lemons and brett.

D - Medium high. This is best on a hot sunny day. Very thirst quenching.

Not a bad beer. I took my first few sips when it was just out of the fridge and all I got was the brett funk and a lot of skunkiness. Letting comes to temperature helped it out a lot.

Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.