Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
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646 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 17
Gots: 121 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bkilpatr on 04-11-2009

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.
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Photo of Todd
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Pours a semi-hazi dirty blonde colored beer with a crackling head and very little lacing and retention. Definitely doesn't look like a Witbier.

Wheat, citrus, and a soft dusting of spices in the nose. Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation, round palate. Malty upfront with some fruity sweetness mixed in. Notes of orange and rind. Lemongrass. Wheaty edge. Mild powdery spices; mainly coriander. Finish is dry with some wheat husky notes, hint of breadiness, and lingering rind and spice.

Not a bad beer, but it misses the mark as a Witbier, which this was based on according to the Alaskan website. And the expect Belgian characters are not present (which makes me wonder if they used a house yeast strain vs. a Belgian one), like complex yeast flavors, and the style's trademark cloudiness and sediment that's a big part of the experience. Instead, the beer seemed too clean (partially filtered, I'm guessing) and dumbed down.

Basically I expected a Witbier, but got an American Wheat Ale w/ some spices.

Photo of generallee
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a heavy haze and a peach color with a light white head on top. The head is small and fades quickly making some slick lacing.

Smell: I get a nice lemony citrus along with some spicy close and orange rind over light wheat notes.

Taste/Palate: There is a big spicy clove and sweet lemony/orange presence up front with light wheat notes backing it up. I also get a slight astringent note and some pale hop bitterness on the back end. This all comes in a smooth feeling medium bodied package

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown twist-off shorty, some sort of freshness code on the bottle.

Mildly hazed and bubbly golden yellow color, tiny bubbled sudsy head has a great retention. The softness of the coriander and orange peel ride well with the maltiness in the nose. Lightish body with a rounded smoothness. Subtle malt base is sturdy but lets the spicing take the lead, coriander is bittersweet and melds well with the edge of orange peel. Slight yeast and lemony hoppiness in the drying finish.

A good stab at the style, the playing field for this style has become a bit crowded these days though this one does a good job of standing out from most.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with a hint of coriander thrown in. The flavor has quite a bit more orange peel in it, as well as some coriander and wheat. Overall, this is a basic Belgian White, with well balanced notes and easy drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Chalice. Best by 7/27/11.

Appearance: Hazy orange with an extremely white cap. Looks more like a Hefe than a Wit, but without the impressive head and lacing.

Smell: Orange extravaganza with light wheat and coriander.

Taste: Light wheat flavor with complex orange layers on top. Light coriander finish but remains fairly sweet throughout.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body with just a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Overall this has a nice orange-like flavor, but it isn't really a Wit, as it lacks Belgian yeast and the crisp dryness I expect. More like an American Wheat with loads of orange. Certainly drinkable and refreshing but I have little desire to have it again.

Photo of deebo
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden, much clearer than most wits. Barely any foam, looks pretty plain.

S-Grainy, wheaty, hints of spices.

T-Only beer I've ever had that reminds me of dill weed; more so when it is fresh. Also has a bit of hot dog flavor, mace and coriander like. Wheat and barley dominate rest of flavor.

M-Nice body-seems like more barley than most wits. Very little CO2.

D-High, but so are most wit beers.

O-Nice easy drinking white. Not as sweet as most American witbiers. Nothing outstanding about this beer-just a solid drinking beer that I will be glad to have more of.

Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Nose: Hints of orange and coriander and light bread but the spices are muted and a good does of barley malt.
Appearance: pours more gold than white or straw and less cloudy than a Wit but does have a very creamy white 2" foam cap.
Palate: the wheat and barley malt flavors are fairly balanced - could use some more wheat and could use a little wheat tang. the spiciness is a little muted.
Body: medium to a little above medium on the body, medium high carbonation.
This is a decent, drinkable, refreshing summer ale but will disappoint if you are expecting a wit.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Murky golden orange with lots of bubbles and a little bit of particles floating around. Good two finger white head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong scent of coriander spice and oranges with wheat and a little bit of lemon. Also has hints of coconut, banana and other fruits.

Taste: A sweet and spicy mix of oranges, coriander, lemon, and wheat is followed by a strong kick of coconut with a little banana. The coconut adds a tasty and interesting balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting take on a Witbier. I really like the coconut finish. It makes this beer stand out to me among other American versions of this style.

Photo of moundbz
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

kinda plain and light, not my fave

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good hazy bright yellow, decent amount of white head that kicks it for a little bit. Aroma was that spice herbal thing.

Taste, a little lighter with the witbier spices making it a little more drinkable sometimes than a style I'm not heavily into. Coriander, a little bit of orange, not a real defineable yeast experience to this.

A drinkable enough beer that will probably be better when you need to change up styles, hot day, girlfriend beer etc. . .

Photo of Auraan
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dirty blonde color with a white head of foam that disappointingly doesn't last...not even lacing at the end.

Aroma is lemon grass and wheat malts with hints of orange peel and coriander.

Taste is much like the aroma, only more so. Nice balance is achieved with an initial malty sweetness followed immediately with a sharp bite on the tongue from the massive carbonation, hints of lemon, bitter coriander, and light orange peel.

Aftertaste is bright, crisp and clean with a hint of the orange rind that disappears quickly forcing you to take another sip.

This is a very nice light beer for the dog days of summer, but I'm not really sure if I would call it a witbier. American Summer Wheat, perhaps, but lacking some of the dimension I expect in a nice witbier.

Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells of floral, sugary grain, with a bit of coriander and yeast. The taste is weirdly herbal, over a soft wheaty malt, and coriander spice. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit spritzy, and it finishes pretty dry, the herbal weirdness still holding court.

One of the strangest witbiers that I've come across, and very difficult to describe in detail. Almost medicinal, in its initial sweetness. Hmmm. Not something I would want to pursue.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale straw yellow with a white, near 2-finger head. Retention is average. Resulting sparse, holding on for dear life around the edge of the glass. Lots of sediment suspended throughout.

Smell - Wheat and a slightly spicy, slightly citrusy coriander.

Taste - Light wheat and spicy coriander, then heavy grain notes pop through. Finishes with a grainy wheat and a slight citrus twang.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Fizzy carbonation. Leaves a decent bite.

Overall - An average witbier. Fairly basic. Would buy again if options were limited, but there are at least a dozen other witbiers I'd rather have.

Photo of GilGarp
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the stubby brown bottle with a twist-off cap into the sam adams glass. It's a pale golden yellow with slight haze. Almost no head to speak of and even swirling the glass does little to get more out.

Aroma is sweet, slight smell of spicy yeast, a little bit of banana bread.

Flavor is mild and sweet with refreshing fruit and spice notes.

Mouthfeel is light in body and crisp with appropriate carbonation.

A nice drinkable summer session beer but not a lot else going on to keep my interest.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby bottle into a clear standard pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden color. One finger white foam head that receded quickly and left very little sticky lacing.

Smell: Very faint aromas of hops and some slight sweetness. Not much going on with the nose on this one.

Taste: Very weak flavors and the hops overpower the sweetness and spices. Not a great example of the Witbier style.

Mouth feel: Thin, watery and medium-to-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very light and thin, and the typical subtle flavors and spices of the Witbier style are overpowered by the hops in this one. Not a great example of the style. Probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Debrojo
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with this beer was on our Alaskan trip this summer. We were in Ketchikan and the kids went zip-lining and I found a nice seat at Fat Stan's and had Alaskan White with some fish n' chips.
This is a wheat beer, for me it tasted a bit lighter and refreshing.
I ended up seeing this in the store and brought home a six-pack. Not as good in the bottle, sitting in Long Beach as it is from the tap in Alaska, but still a beer that I'll buy on occassion. It's a re-do in my book.

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener glass from a 12 oz. twist off bottle. Pours a hazed straw with one finger of white foam that settles out to a light film.

Smell is lightly spicy and of soggy wheat, bit of clean lager like yeast comes and goes with the spice notes.

Taste sweetens as it warms and holds a firm spiced character, revealing a bit of citrus amongst a dense wheat feel. And while the wheat is detected in the feel it is a bit difficult to discern in flavor. A unique brew that is dry in a spice sense yet without being bitter, and offers a flash of citrus on the finish. I'm not quite sold on it however, as I find it too chalky in structure and with subtle wheat notes overwhelmed.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of ByMySword
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden color. A very light head which dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: A light wheat smell, but nothing to write home about.

Taste: Definitely a wheat beer. It had a very unique taste, though.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall: I would say this is the best Alaskan beer I've had yet. Much better than the Amber.

Photo of PintOh1759
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Hands down my favorite White Ale.

Photo of joecalderoni
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very nice white almos yellow color! i woudn say it matches the style specs! very clear for a white, not many starch haze present! very little head on it!!

S: a bit spicy on the nose, with a hint of belgian yeast character! I can get little coriander and some citrus! Not very great aroma!

T: very sweet with a nice balanced citrus taste, low bitterness as it should be! You can percieve that sour tang and funkiness traditional from this style! Nice belgian yeas character and presence!

M: medium body, high efervesence! was hoping for some more carbonation on this one!

O: a pretty drinkable beer for a hot summer day in Texas! Not amazing but worth the try! i would go for a hoegarden!

Photo of jacobseyb
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=somewhat hazy, golden blonde in color with a slightly off white, tiny bubbled head that dissipated quicker than expected given the two fingered amount

S=definitely banana and spices with some breadiness

T=spices and citrus, a lttle graininess

M=nice crisp feel, carbonation is just right

D=overall enjoyable beer, definitely drinkable.

Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipped back from my Denver trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle with twist-off cap into a pint glass. Best by code of 5/5/10 on right side of front label. It was a hazy pale gold color with slight carbonation. I gave it a good swirl as I was pouring to stir up the yeast so it had a good sized white head. It settled into a good collar with thin foam cap. Good slow sliding lace - doesn't stick.

The aroma was a mix between a witbier and an American pale wheat. It had the usual wit aromas or corriander, orange peel and spicy yeast but it had an equal amount of wheat graininess that you find in the APWA. Wish it had more of the orange and corriander to knock down the grain. The taste follows the aroma and again is mostly wit but heavy on APWA. Needs more of the wit flavor to battle the graininess. The spice is a bit more prevalent here than the aroma which helps. It has all the elements you'd find in a wit but nothing that stands out. Goes down easy enough but not something that screams for another. Mouthfeel was medium and could use some more carbonation.

Overall, a middle-of-the road wit that while drinkable just doesn't stand out. Mild recommend if you can easily get. Rotation - not avail here in TX so shipped to myself from CO. If here, maybe the occasional 6 pack in my wit rotation. For now, not worth shipping more but would try on-tap at least once while on the road. [O;O]

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