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Alabaster Belgian White - Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Alabaster Belgian WhiteAlabaster Belgian White

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 01-18-2006)
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Photo of skinnycox
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

skinnycox, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow gold body, very slight haze, mild carbonation streams, and a smallish level white head that rapidly decays into a lace table top.

Very slight orange aroma.

Taste has some wheaat tang, a mild pepper note, and a hint of orange.

Light, bubbly refreshing mouthfeel. Easy to drink, if not really interresting.

Nothing offensive here, but no inticement either.

RonfromJersey, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of ChrisWashington
3/5  rDev -18%

ChrisWashington, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of cbyrd4088
3/5  rDev -18%

cbyrd4088, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)
served as bottle suggest: pour 3/4 of the beer into a clean glass. Gently swirl bottle. Pour remaining beer into glass.
A- This beer has a warm light orange body that is hazy with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. The head is a thin white film that quickly fades to a thin ring around the rim. This beer was a bit hazy after the first pour but the swirling did stir up more yeast.

S- The soft notes of perfume and orange come through with notes of bubblegum and cooked corn finish the aroma. The finishing smells are a bit stronger than the initial aroma.

T- This beer has a pretty smooth flavor for a Wit bier but as it warms more the flavor comes through. There is a slightly sweet orange zest note that is followed by some dry pale malt note combined with a smooth wheat bread flavor. The finish is a carbonic acid bite with a faint noble hop bitterness. As it warms the hop, carbonic finish has notes of lemon or almost lemon detergent but they are very faint.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery texture and a fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice interesting flavors but they all seem a bit off . They have a slight chemical/synthetic quality to them that is not pleasant but it is hard to describe exactly. This beer was pick up from the brewery 3 days ago and stored cool ever since so I don't think has be mistreated once in the bottle.

rhoadsrage, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of schoolcb
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a haz,cloudy, light yellow. Light white ring of foam, not much head, but it did leave lacing. Aroma is mild spicy phenols and a hint of bready malt. Taste follows through with light malt, a hint of spice, but not as much spice as you would expect in a wit bier (no coriander at all). Not an authentic wit, my guess is they backed off on the spice characters to please the masses. It's an easy drinker and good, it just isn't authentic.

schoolcb, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of freewill35
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

freewill35, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

TheRougeBastard, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of dedhd
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

dedhd, May 25, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Delicate and perfumy- the high floral character and fruit-forward soda taste sides this ale with the more sweet tooth friendly kind of crowd.

Medium gold in color Alabaster pours with significant haze that causes the ale to look a few shades darker than it probably actually is. With part-fizz, part-froth fashion- an eggshell white column of foam billows to the rim of the glass with those large-knit bubbles that falls nearly as quickly as it rose. Steadfast at a thin translucent sheet across the glass, the ale struggles to lace despite such frothy potential.

Strongly aromatic with high coriander and dried Curacao orange peels- the scent is firmly fruity and sweet with spice. Seemingly of Pez candy, its sweet and candied tone is supple and playfully seductive. Its sweet taste is a mix of both dry wheat bread and soda-type syrup as it alternates taste- the first is unreasonably sweet, the other is of grain. The fruit and spice makes me think Sprite or 7up as the beer's citrus taste is refreshing- albeit lacking depth or richness.

Medium-light, the beer's long-lived sweetness gives greater impressions of weight, its high rate of carbonation gives the sugars a lift from the tongue and a greater impression of dryness. But as the carbonation erupts and then wisps away, what's left behind is lemon and orange soda pop. A finish of light vanilla, mint, spice and carbonic bitterness keeps the beer supple and zesty.

Its strong fruit and sweet character hinges on wine coolers and shandy- fine to drink but not exhibiting the character that comprise beers of the highest quality. True, I'm a bit seduced by the taste in a non-beer world. But here, much of its character is ill-represented. It'll appeal more to the Leinenkugle Sunset Wheat type of drinker.

BEERchitect, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of biggred1
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy blonde with suspended yeast,small head medium lace.

S-Faint citrus and coriander.

T-Coriander and lemon zest,faint sourness and bready yeast.

M-Medium thick with seltzery carbonation on the finish.

D-Decent brew,worth checking out but not Oaken Barrel's best.

biggred1, May 03, 2008
Photo of osuskin
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

osuskin, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

WoodburyMN, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MSandahl23, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

bryang002, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very pale cloudy yellow hue with a nice fizzy white head. A bit of foam really lingers with this one. Nice spotty lace.

S: Lots of zesty citrus and a touch of spice.

T: Lemon zest up front with hints of lemon grass. Corriander in the middle with a touch of yeast and white pepper. Very zesty almost to the point of tart.

M: Light and pretty refreshing.

D: Not bad at all. Not my favorite style, nor my favorite beer, but overall not bad.

tpd975, May 01, 2009
Photo of route66pubs
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden color, with a thin white head with good retention. When held to light it the golden color shows to be quite cloudy.

Floral aroma does little to add or distract from this brew. It's nice, but nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing distinguishable.

Taste is good but again, does not seem to be overstated. Or understated. A bit of coriander, a bit of perhaps citrus at the back of the mouth. Just, generally, an OK brew.

Mouthfeel is excellent with light carbonation throughout, and a clean palate all around. This leads to an easy-drinking wit that is not harsh on any portion of the experience.

route66pubs, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Oxymoron
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on special when we went to Oaken Barrel. Poured a cloudy but very yellow color with slight orange hues when held to the light. A good foam that remained though the whole drink and decent lacing.

The smell was about right. Not to strong but good wisps floral sweetness and coriander. Lighter notes of orange are present but secondary overall.

The taste was smooth and slightly Belgium-esk. A limited wheat taste but mal overall was still good. The orange flavor was more noticeable in the taste with a sweeter (as compared to bitter) taste. But the coriander flavor was less noticeable the aroma. Very similar to blue moon but lighter in the orange taste.

The body is light and very smooth to drink. Very easy even for style. Overall this is a easy drinking beer with good flavor.

Oxymoron, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

psmith161, May 22, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was surprisingly good, from a random assortment hauled back from Indiana.

Opaque pale yellow, with a bubbly bone white head of foam. Carbonation was visible in the glass.

Spicy aroma, floral with orange zest. It was pretty clean and appealing.

It was flavorful and spicy, big earthy coriander, and wheat notes. Orange was there, some honey, but the spice came out on top. Feel was a little slick from the wheat, but it had a decent carbonation level. Not as sessionable as Hoegaarden, but it was more flavorful, which certainly counts for something. Definitely worth a try.

emerge077, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of streetapologist
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-This beer pours a very light straw color, with decent carbonation.

S-The smell is a very distinct mixture of orange and coriander.

T-The coriander definitely comes out on top. I tried one with an orange and one without. I would recommend skipping the orange slice as it added nothing to the flavor already present

M-a bit watery

D- A little too much coriander to be a good session beer but worth the price for six.

I really like Oaken Barrel, and Alabaster is one of their best.

streetapologist, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light haze, but still clearer than most witbiers. Hay and sunshine yellow with some thick lemonade. The bubbling is mediocre with some bright white head that recedes to nothing. The aroma is thick with coriander nd a light orange meat. The taste hits the right spicey notes. The light citrus is very pleasing, but sometimes it hits a funky, off mix of flavors. The palate is a medium citrus. The orange is best felt in the middle of the tongue comingling with the carbonation.

scruffwhor, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

This has to be one of the last bits of the post-DLD death march haul. It's gotta be. Right? This ear pours a clear golden straw (kinda odd, considering everyone else's has been cloudy...) with a finger of white foamy head on top. The nose comprises lemon zest, oranges, hoppy florals, coriander, cardamom, and wheat. The taste follows almost exactly, adding only a light hoppy bitterness. The body is light, with moderate carbonation and a refreshingly dry finish. Overall, a decent wit, not the greatest, but tasty enough and highly drinkable.

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a haz,cloudy, light yellow. Light white ring of foam, not much head, but it did leave lacing. Aroma is mild spicy phenols and a hint of bready malt. Taste follows through with light malt, a hint of spice, very well balanced. Mouthfeel was a lighter in body with smooth carbonation. It's an easy drinker and good to have on a warmer day.

WoodBrew, May 27, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a huge fizzy white head that let down quickly. Aroma is light banana, clove and citrus, nice and light and airy with touches of lemon zest and fresh spice as it warms. Very clean taste, perfect hints of citrus and spice layered on the banana based malts. Quick, clean, light and very drinkable. This one was gone like a flash.

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2011
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Alabaster Belgian White from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.