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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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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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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +14.9%
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
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +13.6%
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
3.89/5  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
4.57/5  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
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -10.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's today.

The beer pours a light gold color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is outrageous, as I get lime, lemon zest, juniper berries and light marijuana. The aroma profile on this bad boy is amazing. Alas, very little of this translates into the flavor profile. The beer tastes like a fairly typical wheat/wit beer, with some undertones of lemon and coriandor. It's nice enough, but considering what I get on the nose, it's hard not to be a bit disappointed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes well. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I have to say this beer delivers a fair amount of flavor for the abv.

A good, solid beer, but not really anything to get terribly excited about either.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

A random case o' this found its way to my most local haunt, and I just had to try it. It pours a clear pale-golden straw topped by a healthy cap of white foam. The nose comprises white vinegar, Brett funk, tart lemon, sour mandarin orange, light white wine, coriander, and cardamom. The taste holds notes of Bretty cobweb, dry lemon peel, musty lemonade, light honey, coriander, cardamom, cedar, and a touch of spicy grape. The lemon starts out as a dagger-prick of tartness, but then falls off into a moldy version of the fruit, where it malingers for a bit, only to die off completely in the finish. Something here doesn't sit right with me... The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, fairly sticky finish. Overall, this was an interesting brew, one that partially succeeds and partially fails. After a short bit of research, I think I pinpointed the source of the strange flavor: Sorachi, my old nemesis. Alright, that would explain things a bit. Beyond my hate for this hop (and all that it does to lay waste to beers' flavors), this wasn't too bad. Kinda interested to see what a bit of age does to it now...

Photo of MrELovesBeer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my colleagues spoke longingly of trying some of Anchorage Brewing Company's beers, touting that they age their beers in French Oak Chardonnay barrels which sounded lovely. Triple fermented...Brett yeast...YEAH. Once I learned that my friend works with the graphic designer for ABC's labels, I had to try some! I'm partial to a great Belgian Witbier, so picked up a cold 750 ml of Whiteout. It's a solid beer all around, a nice twist on a witbier. Poured a cloudy white-gold with a pillowy head and moderate lacing. A lot of orange peel in the smell. The taste, three flavors really stood out - black peppercorn and the Brett yeast, but really that chardonnay flavor from the aging popped out, so much that my cousin - a big wine dude - wanted to open a bottle of a California chardonnay he'd been sitting on and taste the two side-by-side. (We passed - a little too much for a Sunday afternoon watching baseball. But it would be a cool experiment.) Could pair this with roasted salmon or a summer's salad...or even a great cheese plate. Had an intense artisanal grilled cheese with heirloom tomatoes alongside Whiteout and the acidity of the tomatoes and the sharpness of the cheese matched the peppery flavors of the beer perfectly. A solid first dive into Anchorage - looking forward to trying their Saison next!

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Pours a pale straw with a quickly dissipating white head. Nice bretty aroma with a bit of oak. Light bodied. Starts off with a lot of wood. Decent tartness. Fairly dry and crisp. Oak fades a little but still lingers in the finish. Very drinkable. I thought the oak was a little strong at first, but it grew on me.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a light lemony yellow color with a nice fluffy white head. Very light and meringue type head. Nice and dense.

S - Grassy and spicy aroma. Coriander notes are very resent as well as some nice husk and slight farmhouse aromas. Quite funky and Bretty. Some light and lemmony fresh notes are present in the nose as well as some slight citrusy tartness.

T & M - Taste starts off with some nice coriander and some nice malty notes. Strong wheat fluffiness all throughout the beer can be perceived. Nice slight sweet and bready notes as well. There is some nice citrusy notes present. Some lemony notes. Slight vinous character and a nice funky notes. NIce light brew with some great funky Brett notes and some nice citrusy notes. Coriander and spicy pepper notes are present as well. Nice light feel with good crisp carbonation.

O - This is a good brew. It would be nice during the summer time for sure. Very refreshing, citrusy and crisp.

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear light bright yellow with a nice sized white head.

S - Lemon zest, coriander, black pepper, some brett funk.

T - Tart lemon with a good amount of oak, chardonnay, yeasty, wheat malt, coriander and a light touch of brett.

M - Medium light body with bubbly carbonation and a dry finish.

D - A nice mix of flavors. A little more brett presence would help but still tasty.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small pasty white head 1/2 finger fades with light lacing, semi clear lemonaid yellow pale color.

Nose light Brett funk, light lemon and spices, coriander, light oak, light malts, light Belgian fruits.

Taste dry saison like wheat and malts, light spices like coriander and lemon peel, citrus, light Brett funk, light oak flavors, dry semi bitter finish with more lemon peel and light spices.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, dec carb, hint of tingly booze.

Overall great, nice light Belgian malts and wheat, light spices are nice and not overpowering, nice brett character.

Photo of seand
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent straw yellow with a large amount of fluffy white head. A thin layer retains well, and leaves pleasant walls of lacing.

S: Funky and damp, with notes of orange. Kind of like the compost heap of a tangerine fanatic?

T: Grainy sweetness and lots of funk, though it isn't overpowering. The finish is more hoppy and a bit dry, and the funk continues throughout.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to light body.

Overall this is pretty interesting, relatively light, and fairly enjoyable. If it was cheap I might consider it as a nice alternative summer beer.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a very cloudy light lemon yellow with a thin bright white cap.

Aroma of lemon zest, black peppercorns, chardonnay, coriander and yeast.

The taste was a touch tart with lemon and chardonnay along with yeast and biscuit. The chardonnay really starts to come thru as it warms.

Lighter bodied and quite dry with a moderate carbonation.

The medley of flavors blend together to make a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.75/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by... Evan?

A: Pours a pale straw body with light haze and off-white head. Decent retention.

S: Incredibly sulfuric brett expression that reminded me of farts and sunblock. My enjoyment was irretrievably lost at that point.

T: Straw, lemon zest, grass, some sweetness. I was hoping the brett would express itself with some funk or hay or something more pronounced. It's like an underdeveloped saison at this point. Needs more time, perhaps.

M: Light-bodied with medium-plus carbonation.

O: No one at the tasting liked this. I'm completely mystified by its high score. Actually, considering its rarity and price tag, I'm not. $15 for this? Please.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. It's been on my radar since my spring trip to Anchorage. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A voluminous white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar leaving plenty of lacing behind. Hazy pale straw-colored body.

S - Brett, buttery chardonnay oak, tropical funky fruits, white wine, hint of peppercorns, light lemon notes as well.

T - Taste is more witbier-oriented. Wheat, light pale malt sweetness, a bit of spice and sour lemon character in the finish, as well as a touch of medicinal brett.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, dry and lightly tannic finish. No alcohol present.

D - This is really easy to drink, and the spice character is quite understated which I prefer. There's perhaps a bit too much in the way of buttery oak and wine influence, but I imagine over time the brett character will grow in strength. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a slight hazy straw yellow with lots of fizzy white head. incredible retention and wonderful lacing.

a complex mix of brett, light lemon zest, dry oak, and faint dry white wine. very gueuze like.

i say this often but similar to the nose, very complex. the only difference is there is no gueuze flavor. very faint tartness if any at all. mostly a mix of oak, brett, wheat, subtle spice, and white wine.

nice and dry all around. lots of oak dryness and white wine dryness. damn near perfect carbonation.

this is good, exceeded my expectations all around. reminds me a lot of a more brett influenced RR temptation.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a pale yellow color with a tall white head.

S: A very mild Brett aroma with a lot of bread and lemon peel. There's a touch of sulfur along with some grass and straw. As it warms, a distinct barnyard type of funk starts to come out. A very light spice note to it.

T: Straw and grass are strong on the palate with a fair amount of lemon zest. Lots of bread and wheat with a mild sweetness and spice. The Brett is once again there, but not as prominent as I might have expected.

M: Light bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Was looking forward to this, but it's pretty pedestrian and not worth $15.

Photo of lnashsig
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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