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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%


Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alaskan White Ale has a soft, slightly sweet base with the unique spice aroma of coriander and crisp, citrus finish of orange peel. A light and effervescent body combined with the smooth palate creates a complex and delicate beer that is deliciously refreshing in any season.

(Beer added by: bkilpatr on 04-11-2009)
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bondjedi

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap during Thursday Night Football at the Fiesta sports book.

I had never heard of this brand before, this was a blind request. Until checking in here I had no idea this was a wheat beer - I thought it was Alaskan's attempt at a North American macrobrew. More quality than an NA macro, though with little pretty lacing and no purity of opacity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 18:46:28 | More by bondjedi
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Pegasus

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Massive, dense and persistent snow-white head adorns a hazy golden brown body. Profuse and minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface. Thick tidemarks ring the glass walls.

Aroma: Malted wheat dominates the aroma, and decent portions of coriander and range peel are notable as well.

Taste: Opens with strong malted wheat, soon followed by coriander and orange rind, the former being more notable. AS the taste progresses, the wheat malt dominates. Late in the taste, a modest herbal hop bitterness appears, bringing the taste to a graceful close. The hop bitterness, while slight, lingers on past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with a burst of mildly stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing example of the Witbier style.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 03:11:34 | More by Pegasus
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up little head which also has very little retention. The head is an off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a hazy and dull straw/pale amber which appears as a lemon yellow/golden straw when held up to the light.

Nose- Smells strongly of bananas, followed by coriander then lemons. Banana is a little generic. It is really the only note that I get from the glass. Kind of boring but well rounded. Faint cloves as well. Swirling shows a richer, more natural banana.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose and starts off with a banana which doesn't have as much presence as it did on the nose. Coriander is weaker but cloves show themselves stronger. Not much else at the moment. One big problem to the flavor profile is that it all seems a bit thin. Slight floral character but other notes are starting to fade already. Lemon notes start to grown but are a bit piercing. Wheat and some grain. Not bad at all but lacks presence. Maybe a tiny bit of tomato sweetness. Average to above average beer.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink but just doesn't have many dimensions to it. Pretty average craft beer price.

Overall- Average to above average. A thin representation of the style but otherwise true. It's not a bad beer at all so I would give it a try. Just don't expect much.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:02:10 | More by artoolemomo
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in Colorado. No bottle date.

I got two fingers of near white head. This was very effervescent. The body is a muted yellow with some sediment floating around. When the head dies, it really dies. No lace on this beer.

I smell crackery wheat and yeast up front. Light scent of oranges comes in with spices. Coriander as it warms.

This beer opens with crackery wheat and spices. The spices pervade the entire taste. Yeast joins and transitions into orange peel and a hint of apricot.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is well carbonated and leaves a little film on the tongue. It is refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 14:22:11 | More by CFHMagnet
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Auraan

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow with a two finger white head. Standard for the style. Scents of coriander, yeast, wheat malt and slight orange peel. Again, nothing fantastic and stand out, but true to style. Flavors of coriander, wheat bread, slight citrus flavors with a moderate hop bitterness and a dry finish. Quite nice, again true to style, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Quite easy to drink. A good, but not spectacular, example of a witbier. Better than Hoegaarden and Blue Moon, not as good as Allagash White. Still worth having at least once.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 06:25:26 | More by Auraan
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy yellow/orange body with a two finger white foamy head that rises and falls within thirty seconds to a film coating the top of the body, streams of carbonation are seen rising at a moderate pace

S: light malt, light banana all coming through in a refreshing sort of way, hops are barely there, no yeast

T: slightly malty but not sweet, sour perhaps - hmmm.... maybe, no yeast, no aftertaste, dry watery finish

M: light, sessionable, seems a bit undercarbonated for a witbier

O: about average for its style, but comes across well for the summer months, I would probably have this again

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 22:20:18 | More by BeerKangaroo
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: light foamy head on the pour which dissipated quickly. Very active carbonation to begin with and was very present throughout. Golden color, more on the yellow side.

Smell: really had to dig to get anything out of it. Some light breads malt. Bananas and some leafy greens. The hop presence was extremely light. The malt is refreshing but I could use more.

Taste: the high carbonation level hits right away. Pale malt with some slightly sour hops hits toward the middle of the beer. Again the banana and leafy flavors pop up. The finish is moderately dry but does not have any potent aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: pretty regular. Nothing really memorable.

Overall: an average beer. The malty accents are probably the highlight. Light and refreshing. Nothing to go out of your way for though

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 20:56:56 | More by KFBR392
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hochief

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour with out too much head and not much lacing, great looking gold cloudy color is fully backed by this beers taste, light crisp and delish. It has a good clean after taste. I would certainly recommend this wheat style ale.

This was my first review, I apologize for its shittyness.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 18:01:13 | More by hochief
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle...poured in Great Lakes tulip glass.
Pours a clear gold with small head and minimal lace.
Aroma of bread dough, coriander, sweet malt.
Significant carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malts, herbal medley, rosemary water, lemongrass. Overall flavorful with some body and complexity, but light on the overall malts, hops and alcohol. Tasty session or hot day brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:08:17 | More by DenverLogan
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan White has a thick, white head (which doesn’t stick around very long), a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with a descending light cloud upon swishing and pouring in the bottom bottle contents, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of white wheat bread and sweet grain husks, and the flavor is of sweet, white wheat bread, a touch of lemon, and subtle coriander. Mouthfeel is medium, and Alaskan White finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a good beer, and I mostly enjoyed drinking it (once).

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 15:23:57 | More by RonaldTheriot
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superspak

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/12/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers for a bit. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of pear, coriander, orange peel, wheat, light pepper, light clove, floral, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with decent balance and complexity; but there is not much going on here other than the spicing. Taste of pear, coriander, orange peel, wheat, pepper, light clove, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruit, coriander, orange peel, wheat, pepper, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of spice/malty flavors, without feeling watery; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid witbier. Solid balance of flavors and easy to drink; just really not all that exciting. Enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:36:43 | More by superspak
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from the bottle into my "Alaska White" pint glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with a slight orange hew with tons of yeast in suspension. Very little carbonation rises to the creamy, 1-finger, white head. Head dissipates quickly and is gone about a third down the glass. Leaves behind a few pitiful splotches of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of orange and cinnamon on a wheat malt background greets the nose upon opening the bottle. In the glass it almost smells like orange soda.

T - Orange sweetness and wheat malt upfront. The body is a solid blend of moderately peppy hops, orange and coriander mingling on a sweet wheat malt backbone. Orange and coriander as the beer passes over the back of the tongue fades to dry yeast, orange, coriander, light cinnamon and wheat in the finish.

M - Very light bodied and slightly watery. Carbonation seems on the low side, making the beer come off a tad flat. Extended cellering in my refrigerator my be partially to blame, but this beer isn't quite up to snuff.

I immediately regret buying the pint glass before buying the beer. Although decent enough as a heat beater, there is nothing memorable enough about this brew to entice me to purchase it again. By far the worst of the Alaskan products I have sampled, and I suspect I would go with the ubiquitous Golden, Colorado alternative before giving this another shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 05:31:54 | More by Bockrules
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

from relatively short notes
A - mostly clear, short head dissappeared quicly
S - bubble gum, berries, juniper, light cracked grain
T - similar to the nose but a little lighter all around
M - light and smooth, although a little on the flat side
O - there is definitely some potential with this flavour mix, but it just doesn't quite go far enough to make it more than average

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 22:20:58 | More by joemcgrath27
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tan and mostly clear with a little haze and rising bubbles, head and lacing were ok.

Nice spicy aroma, kinda bubblegum on the yeast, a little wheat to round it off.

Flavor is again nicely spiced, with coriander and white pepper notes, a good wheaty backbone and again, bubblegum.

body is light and pretty well carbonated, easy drinking.

it's not outstanding but it's a solid witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 19:27:22 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light golden amber, thin fine white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, wit spicing, light orange. Very attenuated flavor of sweet floral, bready malt and wheat, slight spicing. Flavors are all pleasant, but this tastes almost watered down. Light bodied, but that is to style. This is the biggest surprise I've had from Alaskan, not bad, but very subdued. The weakest flavored wit I've ever tasted. I'll be very satisfied to finish the bottle, but will probably not try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 05:16:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice foggy gold, maybe a tad too clear for the style.

Really dig the aroma on this one. I get a big bubblegum note that I really like and that you usually only see in hefes. Interesting yeast at work.

Yeast is nicely complimented by coriander and pretty subtle orange. Solid wheat malt.

Unfortunately thin finish lets this down. A shame since the flavours really appeal to me. Be great in the summer though.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 23:22:41 | More by CanuckRover
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raynmoon

California

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really like Alaskans advertising and logos, probably the only reason I get their regular line up, but yet to have this one.

It smells kind of strange, almost metallic. It;s grainy, a slight honey-like sweetness, perhaps from the yeast? But if someone told me this was Coors just from the smell I'd believe them.

Not much flavor with this one. Pretty watery. Very grainy, but in a bad sort of way. not getting much spiciness at all from the yeast, or any citrus. Perhaps the bottle is old, as bevmo likes to keep their old stock out until it sells. For a beer this a below average in flavor, for a wit, just average.

It seems like it is kind of getting their with the whole Wit thing, but this is just average and reminds me of a macro lager.

However, even with that macro flavor profile, it is much more crisp and and enjoyable. I'd definitely give this one another try at some point, and would not turn it down, especially with that cute picture on it, but I don't know, meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 06:52:21 | More by raynmoon
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, a little clearer than I expected.

Wheat, yeast, and spices in the nose.

Wheat and belgian yeast, coriander, black pepper, vague orange note. Pretty nice.

Highly carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

This was enjoyable, good flavors and lots of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 16:42:10 | More by Strix
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alexipa

Colorado

2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow, clear, no head at all. This is clearly filtered, which doesn't really fit the style.

S: Some nice belgian yeast smells along with coriander. Smells pretty nice, a little too subtle.

T: If you carbonated water with orange zest and a dash of coriander, you'd get this beer. Almost no beer flavor to be had here, more like carbonated juice.

M: Thin and watery. There is nice carbonation, but that's about all for the positives.

O: Just not good. I've been working through an Alaskan 12 pack mixer and this is the worst by far. Can I trade the other one for another Amber please?!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:26:09 | More by alexipa
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fizzy darker yellow looking beer. Not much of a head or lacing to be had.

Grainy sweetness, some straw and lightly spicy hops. Reminds me more of a kolsch.

Tastes more like a kolsch also. Light bready and malt grain sweetness. Noticeable hop presence that adds a light spice and earthiness. Touch of floral hops. Quite refreshing.

Light and crisp with appropriate carbonation.

The drinkability on this is exceptional. Would make a nice session beer. Other than that, nothing too special of a beer, but very enjoyable on this hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:32:09 | More by jera1350
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champ103

Texas

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy/hazed golden orange color. A one finger white head forms at first, but recedes to nothing. Light lace.
S: Peppery spice, coriander, husky wheat. Grassy and citrus aromas. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose with lots of peppery spice, yeast, and coriander. Citrus, orange peal, and husky wheat. Everything works together and is very nice.
M/D: A medium body with high carbonation. Crisp and dry. Though a bit on the thin side. Very easy to drink. I have been known to put a few away with ease.

Something I have had on many occasions. A very nice Wit. An easy to drink everyday beer with plenty of character. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 01:07:08 | More by champ103
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

2.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. There is adequate carbonation, but no head formed.

3.5 S: Loads of corriander, which I love. Everything else is unsung. Moderate neutral maltiness. That's about it. Still, smells nice.

3.5 T: Again, lots of corriander. Moderate neutral malt sweetness. Simple, but tasty. I wonder where the yeast is?

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Active, almost spritzy carbonation. Easy drinking. I don't know how the hell this has a normal carbonation level, yet failed to form any head at all.

3.5 D: Not the typical witbier, but tasty nonetheless. Lots of corriander, which is my favorite part of a wit.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 22:37:44 | More by DavoleBomb
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JMad

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden murky color, darker than most wits, with a nice white filmy head. Smells nice and fruity, with a hint of citrus, banana and wheat. The taste is a lot of orange and banana with a hint of lemon and wheat. It has a medium body with some soft carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:29:48 | More by JMad
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GPHarris

Alabama

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a - poured a two-fingers thick white fluffy head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring. the body was a slightly hazy straw gold color.
s - citrus and coriander dominate the aroma.
t - citrus, some spice, with a syrupy extract type flavor. bleh.
m - very thin.
o - i am a fan of ABC's beers but this was a huge disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 14:35:26 | More by GPHarris
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Spinshag

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan white has a refreshing aftertaste, so it can be drunk alone or with food. It has a nice orange taste which is not overpowering. I would NOT add any more orange slices to this nice smooth witbeer. There is little bitterness overall, so enjoy off your boat catching halibut or salmon runs in the Last Frontier!

Cheers!

Ahoy hoy!

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 05:06:48 | More by Spinshag
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Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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