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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

515 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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einman

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-28-2013 05:24:42 | More by einman
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Tiernan

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-26-2013 14:34:45 | More by Tiernan
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Lazaro

Florida

4/5  rDev +16.6%

03-04-2013 04:09:46 | More by Lazaro
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Todd

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

08-03-2009 06:13:15 | More by Todd
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generallee

New York

3.56/5  rDev +3.8%

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

11-07-2013 16:13:11 | More by generallee
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-04-2013 13:08:11 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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77apm

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-19-2014 06:36:37 | More by 77apm
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

05-02-2009 02:37:28 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

06-18-2012 03:26:07 | More by Mora2000
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chossboss

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

06-09-2014 05:00:39 | More by chossboss
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

05-20-2011 00:36:38 | More by bsp77
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deebo

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

10-14-2011 02:31:26 | More by deebo
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rhinonau

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +16.6%

10-28-2013 15:26:40 | More by rhinonau
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 15:34:08 | More by bpfrush
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +26.2%

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.

06-03-2011 05:21:02 | More by MattyG85
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%

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. . .

03-22-2011 17:34:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-20-2012 14:26:30 | More by valkyre65
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-25-2011 05:37:10 | More by richkrull
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Auraan

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-02-2014 16:38:38 | More by LXIXME
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ste5venla

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

02-21-2013 08:19:45 | More by ste5venla
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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

08-09-2014 23:39:41 | More by BraveMountie
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Shawner

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-10-2013 15:39:05 | More by Shawner
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IntriqKen

California

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

08-23-2010 23:24:39 | More by IntriqKen
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

09-12-2010 03:47:30 | More by biboergosum
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Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.