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Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Whiteout WitWhiteout Wit

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very good

141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 34
Gots: 66 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sprucetip on 06-20-2011

Ale brewed with lemon peel, black peppercorns and coriander. Fermented and aged in French Oak Foudres with wit yeast and Brettanomyces. Bottle Conditioned for natural carbonation.
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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 389
Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a corked and caged 750ml bottle

Batch 1 may 2011

A- pours a pale yellow color with loads of carbonation and a brilliant white 1 finger head that dissipates to a fresh collar some lacing evident

S - ripe tart fruits with brett , and an aroma of lemon biscuit a touch of spice and wine/oak

T- was tart lemon with a sour fruit funk up front that lingers in the mouth, Yum its funky and tart and fresh with a slight hop infusion that lingers

M- tart and crisp ,funky and creamy with a touch of sorachi hops a touch of buttery chardonnay is present from its time spent in the barrels

O- a well made wit with brett, light malt light hops, barrell aged, another great brew from anchorage

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a goblet

looks even more fizzy and yellow than the beers normally categorized by fizzy yellow beers. almost bright yellow, not a hint of tan or amber, and a thick column of champagne bubbles from the bottle middle of the goblet, supporting an ample head. None of the "white"ness that usually accompanies a wit.

smells sour! yogurt lacto, grape skins, lemon zest. Not a lot else.

much less sour than implied by the nose. definite brett funk. After this, it gets a little weird. Coconut, whiskey barrel (yet aged in chard barrels?), and only a few traces of belgian wit spices. Some bready and bourbony aftertaste.

Very very light on the palate, high carbonation, no sweetness. Very low/no alcohol taste.

I LOVE every other beer Anchorage has made so I'm surprisingly underwhelmed by this offering. Needs to be more sour to keep up with the others (for sure) and could really use either some complimentary hops or more wit spices in addition to more souring.

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Photo of impending
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed pale yellow, pure white head, ok lacing.

Aroma is delicious with front and center brett surrounded by sweet citrus, ripe light skinned fruits and spices.

Sitting on the tongue the flavor coats, swallow, the aftertaste instantly evaporates parting with the tiniest of pleasant reminders. No floral perfumy aspect. Nearly zero bitter.

Perfectly balanced brett. Light crisp refreshing. Excellent hot summer afternoon brew. Never would peg this as a wit.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Inital pour is a clear very pale Stil de grain yellow with a lasting cap of soapy vanilla foam. Good retention, full fluffy lacing.

The Brett. is immediately apparent in the aroma with a funky/earthy note which dominates the nose. Touches of lemon and coriander float in and out as well.

Again, the Brett. takes center-stage, pummeling the palate with a persistent "horse-blanket" flavor. Citrus and spice add complexity, but the base seems to be tart lasting funk. The barrel aging comes out in the finish with hints of vanillin joining up with a long grape-like minerality. Vague oat/malt in the aftertaste.

Light-bodied, somewhat creamy and soft with good carbonation.

Difficult to rate as it sort of throws the style guidelines out the window. If you like tart funky renditions of classicaly refreshing ales, this will be perfect for you, but I don't think these elements should dominate the base beer as much as they do here.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.09/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Shared by Ryan thanks man.

A- Pours a hazy straw gold color with a nice foamy white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves a few bubbles of lacing. Looks like your typical wit.

S- Alright I knew I was in trouble right here. Quite a bit of funk going on here. A touch of lemon, grass, light wood and more funk.

T- There it is almost Earth shattering funk. Very sour. A tiny bit of wit bier here over run with sourness.

M- Pretty light in body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- Brutally sour to me. I can't handle this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a two finger tall fluffy white head and some discernible visible carbonation. The beer exhibited moderate head retention and lacing.

S: Aromas were mostly oak and lemon.

T: Flavors were a very slight amount of sourness up front and a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish. Nice notes of lemon and spices. There is a pleasant complexity to this beer.

M: Light bodied with not a lot of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry.

O: While very enjoyable, not an easy drinker or very sessionable beer. The alcohol is well hidden and there is very little bitterness but somehow this beer felt a little like work to drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down and left a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of chardonnay from the barrel aging process along with some hints of lemon.
T: The taste has flavors of oak barrels and white wine along with notes of sources (from the brettanomyces) and hints of lemon citrus and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slight amount of creaminess.
O: This beer is an interesting take on the style—it’s not as refreshing compared to other witbiers but the brettanomyces and wine barrel aging give it unique flavors.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Thanks to Stakem for sharing this.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of foamy bright-white head. This has a really solid retention to it, maintaining that frothy ½ finger and leaving back thick swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of lemon zest and cheesy must from the Brett, while dry and oaky Chardonnay hangs on the edges with a bit of warmth. Sweet gains, spice, and a light fruitiness from the base Witbier sit along the back.

Even more of that Witbier character comes out in the taste, with notes of crisp wheat, spicy coriander, and a light fruitiness. The barrel and Brett take more of a back seat than they did in the nose, offering up more of a supportive mix of lemon tartness, earthy must, and dry oak. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow and easy moving feel to the carbonation that still prickles the mouth with flavor a bit.

This was another interesting effort from Anchorage. Unlike the other two we tried here, this one seemed to put the base Witbier more at the forefront but it didn’t override the wild and barrel character, just allowing them to an extra layer of refreshing complimentary flavor to this.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
Batch 1 May 2011

A- This beer pours a pale yellow body with a racing matrix of microbubbles and a thick bubbly head of snow white that breaks up but sticks to the glass in lumps.

S- The full brett aroma of decaying leaves and silage has a nice skunk funk that grows as the beer warms. There is a lemony funk that grows more into a lemon zest as the beer opens.

T- The dry white cheese rind flavor has some white grape juice hints and bright oak notes underneath. There is an apple pulp flavor that fades to a peppery heat in the finish with some coriander and lemon tartness that follows along.

M- The light mouthfeel has a dry texture with a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The brett dominates especially in the nose but that is a good thing. The bright lemony character is a bit flurried but everything seems to work together.

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Photo of DanK4
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750 for $10 at RSVP

A: Very yellow-gold, almost like a champagne. Cloudy, but rich in color.

S: The smell didn't quite match the appearance for me- most likely due to the brett. It had a funk to it, but the citrus was still very prominent. I could sense the lemon, but no orange was really present at all.

T: Definitely a lighter Wit, very citrusy and drinkable- but I guess I was expecting something a bit different. I enjoyed the taste quite a bit, and it didn't linger on the palate but the brett left an interesting aftertaste. Also got a hint of a spice in it, possibly a confusion on my end, but I swear it had just the smallest bite at the end of the bottle.

M: Light and smooth, quenched and kept me thirsty for more at the same time.

While this is not what comes to mind (personally so of course it's subjective and you can dismiss this statement) when I think of a Wit, it still is a great interpretation and I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$13.99 for 750ml

A: incredibly pale yellow color, slight cloudiness, thing but creamy head
S: mild nose, some brett noticeable and yeasty Belgian wit
T: light, refreshing with definite Orval qualities but not as complex, bready, grassy, lemony, well made, nice bitter finish but not over the top
M: light body and taste but very well-balanced and mellow

This is very close to a 4.5 overall.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dunt for providing me with a bottle of this as a generous extra in one of our trades. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear light yellow with a white frothy cap. As it recedes, spotty lace sticks to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is lemony with sulfur and hints of funk and cheese. Grassy to a straw-like grain smell is also present. The brett'd quality is present with some mild farmhouse character that helps to blend the transition of lemon/sulfur to the dry grainy character.

The taste includes mild bretty farmhouse quality with a hint of spicy clove. Lemon is present with a zesty quality overtop of mild wheat tartness that blends into a more solid inclusion of grassy and hay-like grain flavors. For the most part this brew is dry but at times some sips yield a minor indication of sweetness and a bit of tannins from the barrel aging. As the experience continues, there is a faint back note of juicy vinous notes that dry out and become increasingly earthy.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is light and refreshing with an interesting arrangement of character. This brew starts off a little ackward but pulls itself together a bit as it warms up and breaths. Don't rush yourself through this brew, give it a chance without writing it of after a single tick, I mean sip.

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Photo of crossovert
2.18/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

760ml corked and caged brown bottle.

It pours a light clear yellow with a big foamy white head.

The smell is skunky amlost, definitely some sulphur notes, reminiscent of Meteor Wit. When you take further examination you get the brett. It is in there with the oak and wine providing some reprieve from the skunk. A lot of vanilla in there.

The flavor is more straight forward but odd too. There is a buttery maltiness that really mixes with the oak and produces this woody buttery pretzel flavor. There is bitterness here too that mixes with the brett and creates some astringency.

This beer is just a terrible mash up of flavors.

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Photo of KDawg
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear and light yellow color. Poured from 750 into a hefewizen glass with a small head that goes away fast

great aromas of funk, lemons, varied citrus', and some bits of grassy/wheaty tones. It certainly shows the brett influence on the nose and while it's a bit conflicted due to the style, it's one that I enjoy

lighter bodied with a very nice feel. Lacking some depth, but very fresh with flavors of lemon zest, fresh citrus fruits

an extremely good wit. The brett on this does make it different. Since I generally love sour characteristics, it's fine by me, but this may not work for a lot of people. That said, this is and has been enjoyable with a real refreshing style

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in for a Christmas treat.

A: Pours a clear golden straw. It is an extremely pale yellow, with only about 1/2 finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly on this brew.

S: Smells of sour grapes, lemon, cherry, grass, and brett. I actually find the nose of this beer very appealing.

T: There is obvious Brettanomyces, but I'm also picking up the scents in the nose. There are flavors of grape, lemon, cherry, green apple, and grass. However, thee is also a really mellow vanilla taste to this beer as well. It's nice.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts off tart with medium carbonation. It transitions to smooth in the finish, and the flavors linger for a little bit. The brett is unmistakable.

O: I think this beer is really good. I haven't seen this beer hit the shelves in Buffalo yet, but if it was there, I'd pick up a bottle. I'm really enjoying what Anchorage is doing with their bottled beers.

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Photo of julian
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy straw yellow, nice thin foamy layer of head. Not much lacing.

S: Initially I get that crisp brett funk, barnyard must, then lemon peel tartness. Lacking in the spice and phenol department though.

T&M: Clean, lemon tang and tartness, slightly vinous, and oaky. barnyard funk. Medium body, and nice level of carbonation.

O: Not much wheaty wit character or spicy phenols. Funky, which is not traditional for a Wit. These is when becoming a style whore does not help brewing creativity. This is a great beer, but does not really fall into the traditional definition of a "Wit" beer. Nevertheless the time and effort that went into creating this triple fermented beer was well spent. I love it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

990th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 ML

Not sure who brought this to Steve's. Thanks for the share!

App- A nice looking Wit. Had a small cloudy yellow appearance with a soft one finger head into my snifter. (was at a tasting, didn’t have all the right glass ware). A small amount of cling was left behind and faded fairly quickly.

Smell- A bit all over the place on this one. Standard wit notes but the addition of hay, Brett, damp funk and lots of stinging citrus.

Taste- I semi-liked this one. Wit's are pretty hit and miss for me. This had a good amount of base wit in it which is a hard style to get into. Then the addition of the lemony resin, pine, oak, funk...I could keep going. Better than most but not over the top made me say OMG to it.

Mouth- Fairly light/medium bodied and a medium carbonation level. Had a lasting wit spice quality with a of wine like tannins from the Brett

Drink- For a 1st offering from Anchorage this was pretty good. I'd give the other two beers that every one raves a bot a chance but I am don’t think I am willing to drop $20 on them yet.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber of this with a friend, cool looking bottle and story on the glass. Pours a golden yellow, plenty of carbonation and head to it. Sharp, fruity aroma to it. Taste is very wine-like, with a nice wit background. Supposedly it's aged on Chardonnay barrels which you can definitely taste. An interesting beer for sure, more recommended for people who enjoy wine/champagne, but solid none the less.. also first time I've had an Alaskan beer!

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Photo of Ratman197
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, lemon, barnyard funk, wheat, white wine, floral notes, light oak and light coriander. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, lemon, barnyard funk, peppeer, white wine, light coriander and light oak with a crisp dry lingering funky citrus finish.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a almost transparent light yellow/white color. A two finger egg white head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind. Looks like a white wine after the head recedes.
S: Big funk in the nose. Earthy, Bretty, slightly tart fruits. Lemons, apples and grapes. Spices apparent, but minimal. I love the added complexity of the Oak and wine barrels. Excellent.
T: Funk, Brett, wood, clove/coriander spice, and slightly tart grapes and lemons all intermingle. This is great.
M/D: A light to medium body. Fairly crisp, but just a bit thin. So easy and enjoyable to drink. The bottle is gone in no time.

This is great. I love the mix of Brett, oak, and wine barrels here. It works perfectly. Unlike with Bitter Monk, where nothing but hops come through. I would love to share this with a wine drinker to see what they think. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anchorage Brewing Whiteout Wit has a very pale yellow body with the slightest of haze to it. The white head recedes to a collar quickly, and leaves spotty lacing behind.

The aroma is promising. Wheat and citrus peel mix with a good brett character that smells both funky and sour. Lots of lemon. A hint of wood comes in behind those.

The spices in this one are pretty strong, but it is definitely an interesting wit. The brett character is pronounced, with light fruit and a lot of very dry funk. There is even a touch of tartness, which is rare for a brett beer that doesn't have any other bugs in it. The spices are all easy to pick out, with citrus peel, coriander and black pepper featured. The sorachi ace hops are also on display, bringing a hint of bitterness and a ton of lemon flavor. Overall, there is also a pretty noticeable vinous character that tastes like white wine and wood. It think the barrel characteristics and the brett are my favorite part of this one.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that resembles a good saison due to the large amount of carbonation and extreme dryness from the brett.

This one is a little bit heavy handed with the spices for me, but it is a well-made beer. Quite complex and interesting. I really look forward to trying the other options that are available from Anchorage.

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Photo of jlenik
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pale yellow. little head with a somewhat vigorous pour.

s: slightly funky. picking up some sour notes mixed with some typical witbier spiciness and sweetness.

t: some slight tartness but holds onto the witbier flavors well. banana notes from the witbier taste creamy. overall the "spices" you expect from a witbier are less apparent so I enjoy that.

m: highly carbonated and thin. not as dry as I was hoping.

o: one of the better witbiers I've had. clearly the brett and barrel aging help this one.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy pale yellow with about a 1.5 finger head. Good head retention, ok lacing. Quite thin looking for a witbier but different enough to be quite interesting.

Really spicy, funky, fascinating nose. With no particular emphasis: orange, clove, banana, leatheriness, funk, some flower, vinegar, apple. Highly complex and really enjoyable.

Good funky flavors but nowhere near as complex as the nose. Slightly sour taste. Seems like the more estery aromas don't appear when drinking it.

Thin, highly carbonated, refreshing mouthfeel that works for a delicate beer like this. Highly recommended if you're looking for something different. Also, not like any other witbier I've had.

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Photo of HosP
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a witbier in a while. Thanks to Scottfrie for sending this to me.

A- Pours bright yellow, slightly hazy. Starts with a big fluffly white head. Very quickly its gone down to nothing with almost no lace.

S- At first whiff almost a little musty smell. Get some funk, lemon, spice all over the place.

T- Crisp, tart taste. Lemony zest mixed with some brett funk. Taste some bready malts in the background. Some wine like flavors end the beer make it a little sweet.

M- Lighter body, lots of carbonation. A little dry.

O- Haven't had this style in a while. Nice refreshing drink. Flavors were a little more subdued than I would have wanted them. But still a good blend, making for a nice drink.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Faintly hazy pale straw body under an inch of fine white head. Decent retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Amazing, pure funkiness. Cheese (my favorite Brett byproduct) is up front, with hay, barnyard, and fresh flowers also there. Just lovely.

T: The spices come through more here, providing some up-front pepper that leads in to wheat, floral Brett, light fruitiness, and a clean finish that balances spice and dry, earthy funk. A little weaker than I'd like from such and expensive beer (and quite lacking in barrel notes), but utterly drinkable and entirely tasty.

M: Light body with moderately prickly carbonation. Delicate, but not quite as smooth as I'd like.

O: The aroma alone was worth the hefty price of admission, but I do wish it had had more vinous and oaky complexity to complement the spices and wild yeast that go so well together. All quibbles aside, this was the best wild Witbier I've had - far better than Zwanze '10, that's for sure.


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Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.