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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 674
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 28.15%
Wants: 17
Gots: 137 | 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 Pisces44tlb
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer! Everything about it is perfect, Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, all exceptional! The mild taste of orange and coriander are perfect. The beer goes down so smooth and doesn't leave you feeling full. The first time I tasted it was in Alaska. Had I known then it was not available at home I would have had a few cases shipped to my house. If it was available in Ohio, I would buy a keg and put it in my frig. Currently I have a keg of Shock Top but I would gladly replace it! * * * * *

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Photo of Myotus
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 02Apr15) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that probably would of been bigger, but the glass prevented it from doing so. It shrinks down to half a finger's worth after one minute. Straw yellow in color. The amount of rising bubbles is high. Also, there is a horrendous amount of yeast settling on the bottom of the glass and floating throughout the beer.
SMELL: Mild aromas of coriander, pale malts, wheat, and orange peel meet with hints of sour yeast and bitter hops.
TASTE: Strong flavors of coriander combine with mild wheat and pale malt flavors to create to the initial taste. Mild orange peel and hints of sour yeast, bitter hops, and lemon peel (came out of nowhere) flavors enter immediately after as all flavors persist, except for coriander, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Somehwre between medium-bodied and light. Moderately amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes crisp. The spicyness of the coriander tickles the tongue.
NOTE: An average witbier. This had too much coriander, though. I'm hesistant to even call it anything but a spiced beer.

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Photo of mjurney
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles streaming. Thick bright white head.

Grainy, grassy, wheaty, some orange peel and spices.

Grainy, grassy, wheaty, cracker. Hint of orange peel and coriander. Semi-tart finish, a little dry. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, well carbonated, easy drinking.

It's a good Witbier.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

How have I never ticked this one? Surprisingly clear (for a witbier) light orange.. short-lived white head... Soft wheat and coriander.. orange peel seems a little sweet, but not bad.. Very nice when it is soooo hot... Drink colder or a bit of fruity ester arises that seems out of place.. Very nice and always a go-to for me in the summer months.


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Photo of CO-Bloom
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While I enjoy this style once in a while, I have yet to find an offering that I truly love. However, I found this to be more enjoyable to other wits I have had.

L- light and slightly hazy golden/orange. I swirled the last 1/4 and aggressively poured it to get the a good, two finger head (I assumed there was some yeast at the bottom by the style, although the bottle gave no indication to pour this way). Looks good however not as hazy as some other wits I have had so a little out of style.
S - I didn't get a ton here. Slight citrus, wheat and a tiny bit of banana esters. Not a very strong nose.
T- luckily this is where I most enjoyed the beer. Very flavorful compared to the nose and compared to many white ales I have had so far. Sweet, bready wheat and citrus. Estery, banana from the yeast. Very refreshing!
F- A little thin but I suppose that is expected from the style. For, it's sweetness and subtle spices it finished pretty crisp, making it a very easy drinking summer beer. Also the spices, particularly coriander are not overpowering which I prefer.
O- One of the better whites I have had. Basically a less artificial, more traditional Blue Moon.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Brewing's Alaskan White for $1.79 at Boyne Country Provisions. I'ts been a little while since I've had a White Ale and I thought I would give this one a shot, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Witbier glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear yellow color that took on more of golden color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end with some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with some nice orange aromas being the first to show up and they take on more of an orange peel like aroma. Up next comes the spices with coriander being the first to show and it leads into a light malty aroma with some typical wheat aromas coming through and there's a light doughy aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, but I wish the malts and wheat showed up more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the orange still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects, but this time there's also a light juicy orange aspect. Up next comes the spices which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but the coriander still stick out the most. Up next comes the malts and wheat which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up same amount. On the finish there's no bitterness with an orange like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the orange and spices were toned down a little.

M Smooth, crisp, a little clean, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a slightly above average example of the style, it tasted and smelled nice, but in the end I wish it had a little better balance. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these, especially in the summer. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, it needs some work. I don't think I would buy this beer again, if I wanted an orange heavy wheat beer I would just drink an Oberon, but I wouldn't turn one down. It's worth trying if you like your wheat beer heavy on the orange and a little heavy on the spice. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but i wanted a little more balance out of it, I think that would make it a pretty good beer. This beer is pretty average for the brewery and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, but I think with a little more work this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Hazy golden color with a two finger head that slowly recedes leaving a little lacing. Good nose of orange and spices. Taste is citrus with a good wheat backbone and enough hops and spice to provide an interesting finish. Medium body and medium carbonation with no alcohol or bitter aftertaste.
It's a solid and refreshing witbier that is good on a summer day. It's not something I'd seek out or buy a 6er of.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled yesterday evening on 6/22/15. 12 ounce bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "BLIND TIGER BREWERY" pint glass.

Brew pours a hazy burnt-orange in color with a good 2+-finger foamy white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. Lots of sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour which is common actually for this brew style. Aroma is of wheat, coriander and citrus zest. The taste is close to the nose with some white grape with some spice also. You can taste the orange and lemon zest near the finish. Also a very slight bitter finish but didn't last more than a second or two. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was a decent brew and better than some of this style I have had.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a light gold with some yeast settlement and thin white head. Little retention and lacing.

S: Wheat, citrus, lemon, orange peel, and coriander.

T: White bread, citrus, orange, some subtle tartness, coriander, and white grape. It surprisingly finished kinda sour.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, not much to it.

O: Admittedly this is not a style I am particularly fond of. That being said this isn't a bad beer, it just lacks anything to make it stand out.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

looks good, smells good but the taste leaves a bit to be desired. I'm typically a fan of witbiers but with this one the coriander was a little overpowering

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Photo of vinci528
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect beer. Anytime out west, I try to find a sixer of this. One of my all time favorite beers. The spices perfectly compliment the white ale. Had it straight from the brewery and was even better than the bottle

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Photo of Taybeh
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

from a single into a GI tulip

A: dull cloudy pineapple golden yellow with a big 3 finger head that slowly subsides
S: balance of wheat (that is a tad sour) and barley...very (too) faint coriander and orange peel
T: bready and a little sour in the front half, then some faint citrus (orange or lemon) and white grapes on the back...lacks definition when it comes to the spices and any kind of tart flavors on the fruit. Lingering balance between wheat, lemon, and a little coriander.
M: wet, medium carbonation (could stand some more); not as crisp as it might be.

Overall: this is okay, but not great. Even though I was hoping for something more interesting in the taste department, I still found this to be pretty refreshing. Doesn't really strike me as a proper wit...

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Photo of andrewjraab
3/5  rDev -12%

Pours a pale yellow with good clarity. Some yeast / banana peel in the nose. Taste of some spices, lemon grass, coriander. Low bodied mouth feel with a slight bitter aftertaste. Meh, I probably won't be coming back to this one, but that is more due to the style is not in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of FLima
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy yellow color with a thick head with good retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Light aroma of banana, bubblegum and much later orange peels.
Flavor with lots of bubblegum, mild spices and sweet oranges. Hints of coriander.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
I love Alaskan beers, but this one was a bit disappointing, too bland on spices for a Witbier. Likely just an attempt to have a high volume beer under their brand. Well, I believe Witbier is the beer type with highest growth in the US (IPA is number two).
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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

White pours a pale straw color with a very small non lacing head. There is a very mellow sweet and crisp aroma. The taste is light but crisp, lots of citrus fruits, hints of orange and lemon. Weaker body, watery flavors, stronger fruit flavors. Overall its a very light beer, with big fruit flavors, no traditional witbier flavors.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

A very light yellow with LOTS of carbonation. Very small head with tons of bubbles that dissipated quickly. Almost no lacing

S - Faint malt and hop smell. All smells are faint, but I smell some spice of some sort and fitness.

T - Light taste as well. A small amount of malt.

M light carbonated.

O - Would be a good fishing beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +10%

This beer I've had for a long time as a quick refreshment after mowing the lawn, chopping wood or just home from work. Though brewed all year round, I'll probably be putting this off until next Spring.
Most of the time, poured into pint glasses. I opted for the mug tonight.
The appearance was a soft white to hazy orange color with a slim white head and barely any lacing.
The smell had a slightly sweet citrus with a nice spice aroma of coriander.
The taste copied the smell.
The mouthfeel had a decent sharpness but nothing overly cutting as it keeps a nice refreshing aspect about it.
Overall, a nice Summer beer that I'll put off to the side until next year. Cheers.

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Photo of Curtis
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable for a "white". This is labled as a "wheat with spices", not a "Belgian". Not sure what the spices are supposed to be, other than maybe slight coriander and very slight orange peel. Pours a deep rich golden, very clear, no haze. Head is minimal and dissipates very quickly -the only appearance "flaw". I could always use more arroma in almost any beer and this one is no exception. Mouthfeel is smooth. Light malt, slight hops (any more would destroy the balance). It is not outstanding, but very good. I like it for it's mild character that isn't bland. if I were to ever find it on tap, it could easily become a night-long session beer as several could easily be consumed. ABV is apparently 5.3, so the "session" could become a little wild in a hurry. I like it. It isn't great, but it is good and easily drinkable, which unfortunately i've had a few beers that I can't say that about.

Glass half empty edit: Noticing some bread flavors and still very light hops. Enjoying this one. The bread adds a nice texture to it that might be what makes it go down so smooth. Either the lights have dimmed or this has beer has become a bit more hazy in appearance. Still would love to have another. Not sure what the grains are, but sensing a presence of wheat (thus the haze), and maybe a light biscuit flavored variety. Good stuff !

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Bottle. Standard mark of 3.00 points.

Smell - Bitter orange peels. Wheat. Ethanol. Hint of lemon syrup. You have to really use your imagination to bring in what should be the proper fragrance for a witbier. Not impressive. Not impressive at all.

Taste - Smooth but really lacks in flavor and robustness. Instead I'm given a healthy dose of bitter and sour wheat mash and the ugly rind of an orange peel. Fades to a very faint white grape/raisin. All of these flavors are rather two dimensional. Drinkable. The finish is probably the best thing about this beer. Noticeable (and sorely missed) lack of candied dreaminess that goes along with this style.

Mouthfeel - Somewhere between carbonated and smooth. Average I suppose. Good finish.

Overall - Unimpressed. I was expecting more since I've really fallen for the Witbier style. Hoegaarden and Blue Moon are two great examples of what I look for in a Belgian White/Wheat aka Witbier style and in my opinion this brewery's take on it is less than satisfactory. There are worse beers out there but I think for a Belgian White this one has been the worst so far.

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Photo of beermemarge
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to glass. White head that quickly dissipated, hazy orange yellow appearance. Decent amount of carbonation. Smells of orange, wheat, and cinnamon. Tasted citrus, sweet, not bitter, hint of spicy notes, coriander. Crisp finish. Overall average wheat ale.

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a healthy 2+" eggshell fluffy head that recedes rapidly. Very faint lacing, abundant amount of carbonation bubbles streaming. Color is a cloudy gold.
Aroma: grassy wheat aroma dominates the nose, some faint white yeasty bread, and a hint of floral hops.
Mouthfeel: light and watery with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: the grassy wheat flavor leads the way, there is some grape/raisin flavor in the finish. A bit of lemon and floral hops round out the flavor.

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Photo of bondjedi
2.9/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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