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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sprucetip on 06-20-2011)
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Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/31/2011

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.

HopHead84, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

hopsbreath, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

biegaman, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jamie2dope, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

yourefragile, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

brotherloco, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

HuskyinPDX, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a fantastic glowing yellow straw color with a creamy white couple fingers of head. It looks like a great wit, or berliner weisse. The head settles and has a bit of lace in the glass, and leaves a thing creamy top with scattered rings where the bubbles seem to keep appearing. This is a fantastic and spot-on looking brew.

Smell: (4.0)
- Wonderful light wheat, a bit of funk, and some light tartness from the brett. A bit bready and sweetly creamy. Some light spices, perhaps a touch of clove, and herbs. Light esters and an earthy oak presence really smooth this puppy out. Fantastic.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice subtle wheat and oak rides lightly on a crisp and tart medley. Certainly a light spice and earthy character with a nice touch of funk. Overall it seems a touch mild as of yet. I bet this would transform even further with a little time on it. Seems very spot on for a berliner weisse. As it warms up, certainly some peppercorn shows through which is nice.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- This beer is dry. I love dry. Light bodied, a touch chewy, and just plain dry. I love it. Perhaps the dry feel isn't for everybody. Perhaps the chardonnay oak plays a bit of a role here, but the brett is king.

Overall: (4.5)
- Brettastic first release from Gary. A light sessionable wit with a really great funky and tart character. I hope to get a couple more to sit on for awhile and see what happens. I knew this guy would kick off with a killer start. It's an amazing feat to be able to brew such specialty beers, and actually distribute them.

Docer, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazy straw yellow with a fluffy, brilliant white head. Leaves rings of thick lacing.

S-Funky and sweet, with a sharp, tart note of tangerine. Smells a bit like a wet dog.

T/M-This beer is all about the wild yeast. From the first sip, the palate is coated in slick, funky yeastiness. This is kept in the witbier characteristics. Crisp, bright carbonation, black pepper and light, drying hops in the back end. Light bodied with moderate, supportive carbonation and a funky finish.

O-First beer I've tried from this new brewery and I am definitely a fan. Can't wait to see what they come out with next!

DaveHS, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow, 2 finger fluffy white head

S: Traditional wit spices, coriander and orange, mixing in a lovely way with light funk and lemony brightness.

T: Very subtle. A nice, light wheaty base. Hay & barnyard notes, and almost a creamy, cheesy aspect, perhaps more of a sensation than a flavor.

M: Light body, very dry but with an unctuous lingering. Nice, fine carbonation.

O: A really interesting, intriguing beer. I'm not aware of other examples of soured wit beers and it seems like something which could easily have gone wrong. But, it works well in this beer. I've got another bottle that I'm going to age for a while and see how it develops.

kscaldef, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Reswald
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 750 ml corked bottle at La Bodega in Anchorage.

Poured a lovely light gold in color, absolutely crystal clear, and with a massive white head. This beer is perfect in an over-sized tulip glass (AKA a Duvel-style one), to give room for this huge head. Most wits are slightly cloudy, due to the wheat in the mash, but not this one.

Aroma was very enticing: Spiciness, both from the yeast used and the actual addition of spices (coriander and peppercorns), and lemon-citrus notes, both from the use of lemon peel and Sorachi Ace hops. When I tasted it, the first thought that came to mind was "effervescence"; the beer is beautifully carbonated and wonderfully light on the palate. The flavor notes from the lemon and the spices blend beautifully with the woody notes from aging in French Oak Chardonnay barrels and the touch of tart funkiness from the secondary fermentation with brettanomyces. The brett notes are extremely well-balanced and totally integrated into the overall flavor profile, really becoming apparent only on the long finish.

In summary, this beer is another masterpiece from Gabe Fletcher. I don't think I've ever had a beer that would be a better choice for a warm, summer's day, or as an aperitif before a fine dinner, or as an accompaniment to a nice salad. Run, don't walk to buy this beer. At less than $9 a bottle, it's ridiculously reasonable, and if you're in to beer trading, this stuff will be worth its weight in gold (or at least in beers from the East Coast). Once again, I have to tip my hat to Gabe. Well played, sir, well played. I can't wait to taste the next beer that emerges from his creative genius.

Reswald, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plenty of dense and fluffy white foam sit on top of a very pale yellow/golden liquid. Despite the descriptors, this one is pretty white so far as beer goes. There is very mild activity, and it's quite hazy with yeast. Head retention is relatively brief, but not absent, and leaves patches of lacing.

Lemony tartness, faint horsey Bret, and wood influence from the barrel are noticeable up front. It is overall pretty faint early on, even with a swirl. But the inputs all balance and play well together. I notice vague spiciness later, and it all gets stronger, though still subtle and nuanced. Upped the score to 4 late in the sample...

A whee nip of wheat right away is followed by lemony tartness and a faint hint of malty sweetness. The Bret funk is present, but very much in balance. Light spiciness is hard to find underneath the lemon, but it's there. Mild hop bitterness is most noticeable in the finish, as is the oak barrel. The many subtle inputs are very much in balance and proportionate. I am impressed.

Well but not overcarbonated. Solid medium body, and a super clean, smooth and crips finish.

I'm a big fan of Midnight Sun, where Gabe (the one man show behind Anchorage Brewing Company) was the brewmaster for quite a while. I even judeged IPA's at a homebrew competition with him once. But I'm not as wild about Wits or Bret... That said, Gabe has pretty much hit the spot with this first bottled offering from Anchorage Brewing Company. This is by far the most complex and interesting Wit I've ever had, and it is incredibly well balanced. I am very impressed. And thankful that we got a few cases in my little, remote town. ... I made my notes before I read the bottle. I picked up on the lemon peel easily, but the corriander and peppercorns slipped by me.

sprucetip, Jun 20, 2011
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Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.