Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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2.73/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2009 06:13:15 | More by Todd
3.78/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2009 02:37:28 | More by Jason
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