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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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163 Reviews

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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 Bookseeb
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a nice golden color with a lot of carbonation bubbling up feeding a crisp white head. Smell of wheat and light spice and faint citrus. Taste has a light sweet spiced wheat flavor. Mouthfeel is light - medium with good carbonation. A drinkable brew, but one I won't pay for again in awhile.

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Photo of turnstile
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz twist-off bottle, no freshness date. Stored in a cool, dry place for about eight months.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipates. Not the hazy appearance that I would expect with a witbier.

Smell: Faint spice with a light and crisp wheat aroma. A hint of clove struggles to make its way to the front with yeast barely noticeable. Orange becomes more noticeable with more sniffs.

Taste: Not incredibly too much going on here. The crisp wheat flavor is the most apparent with light spicing coming next. No noticeable flavor imparted from the yeast. Minimal bitterness with a slight lemony-citrus note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: For this particular style, it's a little too carbonated for my liking. It's a lower ABV, lighter body sort of brew which means that it's a suitable session beer - though I wouldn't be inclined to reach for a second one. It does, however, seem a little more enjoyable as it warms.

I think this brew leaves a lot to be desired. Some more intense spicing, lighter carbonation, a heavier body, and a less filtered appearance would be required for the Alaskan White to stack up to its competition. I'm certainly fortunate to have been able to sample an Alaskan Brewing Co. beer (considering it isn't readily available out this way) but this one needs a little work.

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Photo of blackc5
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this more than I did. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at 48F.

A - Pours a deep gold, almost amber, and quite clear for the style. Two finger white head that unfortunately dissipated very rapidly. No lacing whatsover. Sub-par here.

S - This is better, and although fairly mild at least it has some hints of spice and citrus in the nose to match the wheat.

T - Hmm, very mild. Definitely not complex, and definitely lacking in anything that makes it stand out. Spices are quite refrained, and you only get a slight sense of the wheat. Something is lacking here IMHO.

M - Medium bodied and crisp. At least it has the expected above average level of carbonation.

D - Relatively high given the very mild flavors and fairly low abv, not that you might really enjoy every moment of it...

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Photo of jdense
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the EOU Faculty Lounge, served in chilled :) shaker pint, 1/19/10.

Light golden body, a bit of chill haze, cleared up for the most part as it warmed. 1 finger white head, medium dissipation, with nice lacing. The nose is citrusy, the orange peel with a bit of lemon (Meyer lemon?) some spice notes, coriander with a bit of white pepper. The taste is, unfortunately, off, citrus prominent but overwhelmed by coriander, worse yet is this aggressive banana taste-is this a bad keg, big diacytel hit-ugh. A bit of hoppiness on the back end. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. This would certainly be tres drinkable on a hot summer day, wonder what this is doing being served in winter time. OK, but not in the league of Allagash or Hoegaarden.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This one pours up a nice, golden yellow color with a light hint of orange to it and a light touch of haze. It is capped by two-fingers worth of bone-white colored foam. The retention is very good, but the lacing is light and pretty slick.

Fairly mild nose, overall. Some yeast. A touch of spiciness. Hints of citrus fruitiness. Mild hints of hops.

Sadly, the flavor follows the nose with more mildness. Just not a whole lot going on here.

This has a light-to-medium body. It has a fairly high level of carbonation. It's got a fair amount of sharpness to it and no real creaminess to speak of.

This is actually coming off like a macro lager with a splash of flavor, as far as my tastes go. So, sure, it's easy enough to drink, but I'm not sure why I'd really want to.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a medium amber brown, with very little foam but did have a lot of lace on the side of the glass the whole time. The smell of spice and mild hops had a pleasant aroma. The taste was of spices, mild hops and a hint of malts and yeast, as in bread taste. A very nicely balance of components, without the bittness. Drink and enjoy this White Ale for Alaska!

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Photo of vkv822
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow straw color with some sediment, and a decent white head, that fades quickly and leaves not much lacing. The aroma reminds me of an adjunct lager, with some extremely light coriander notes. The flavor follows the aroma very well, with a bit more wheat and coriander notes. The mouth feel is average, a nice medium body with a nice bit of carbonation.
I was disappointed by this beer as I have really enjoyed the other offerings I have tried by this brewery, but this just reminded me too much of an adjunct lager to be enjoyable.

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Photo of KBomb
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alaskan White is much more a rich gold color than white, and there wasn't much white head to speak of either (even with a fairly aggressive pour only a quarter inch of foam emerged and dissapeared as quickly as it came).

Smells slightly grassy, grainy, and "lager-y" but is accented nicely with some subtle banana and what I guess is the coriander. Aroma isn't all that strong, but it is good and fresh.

The taste is a bit of an interesting departure-- tastes much less like a Belgian Wit and more like an American lager. The simple grassy, grainy malt flavors and mild hop flavor are not bad; yet they do feel out of place. There is a mild orange citrus on the finish that is likeable. Comes off as a bit watery especially if your expecting flavors of a Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and yet manages to feel creamy too.

Like most of Alaskan Brewing Co. beers, Alaskan White is built for easy drinking.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of a fine bartender in Portand, Or

A fluffy whipped egg white head forms on the beer. The beer is a bright golden color with some brass tones. Some slight visible carbonation

Aroma, is bright and fresh. Pale biscuit malt, yeast tones and a touch of spice.

I am stunned by how mild the flavor is. Not a great deal of complexity or spice here. Some cracker flavors, then a burst of light fruit. A moment of coriander and some very light orange peel. But not much. Clearly some wheat tones and a crisp finish.

Light mouth feel and a scant touch of carbonation.

Drinkable as in "goes down easy" but NOT in the sense that you have to have more since it's so good.

Sure, I am glad I tried this, but I am more happy that I didn't have to pay for it.

Alaskan has better offerings.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazed golden color with a white head that eaves some acing behind

S - Is of wheat and a good bit of orange

T - Follows the nose for the most part has a wheaty and a litte stronger than most orange taste

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit it has a good taste thats easy to drink definitely worth picking up to try sometime

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering is thanks to my baby girl, Molly, in AK. This is a 22 oz bomber served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a nice and hazy orange color with obvious yellow highlights. Held to the light, it cleans up a bit. Not as hazy as it originally appears. The color also lightens up to a more absolute yellow. Got about half a finger of white head off the pour. Rentention is so so, falling to thin white ring in due time. Lacing is light because most of the foam falls back into the body. Not bad at all.

S: This starts up with a very present wheat presence. Behind that is a good amount of orange peel. Very summer because of the blatant orange aroma. This finishes off with a good amount of clean and floral notes from the hops. I wish I was getting a bit more of the spice, but not so much. Very minimal and that saddens me a bit.

T: Taste is a bit different from the nose. Once again we start off with the very present wheat. It seems that it is a bit overwhelming at times but still nice that it is so pronounced. There is a good amount of orange zest and meat in here, absolutely the best part of whats going on in here. Not getting as much of the floral notes here that I got in the nose. To make up for that, there is touch of pepper and coriander peeking through at times.

M: On the heavier side of light in body, still has a bit of that watery texture. Carbonation is at a medium and just about perfect for the style if you ask me. Crisp and refreshing. ABV is light and not even noticeable. Aftertaste is a bit of spice and orange meat.

D: Sure its not crazy complex for the style or anything, but it is a decent representation for sure. This is very drinkable and refreshing. It could have a bit more going for it, but Wits are very touchy and easy to screw up (in my experience). With that said, I would absolutely have this brew again, especially during the summer months. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of spencerw
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich, bright gold color with a little murk. Decent white head dissipates very quickly and leaves little lace. Few bubbles of carbonation are present.

S: Smell is sweet and fruity and extremely refreshing.

T: Very mild hop bitterness and extremely fruitful. Very clean and crisp. I particularly like this brew served very cold. No malt flavor obvious at all.

M: Mouth feel is medium bodied, clean and crisp.

D: Very drinkable and a good summer beer. A good thirst quencher. A very occasional beer drinker would probably love this beer. On a hot day it could be a great, ice-cold session beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy orange amber with minimal carbonation. A fizzy cream tinged cap comes and goes quickly, even with a vigorous pour. Leaves Small bits of lace.

S: Smells mostly of oranges, plus some candy sugar. A bit of coriander, plus a touch of sourdough bread sit in the rafters.

T: The coriander finally comes to the forefront as the beer hits the tongue. An orange sweetness carries through to the end. Underneath it all is a very mild sourdough bread flavor.

M: The light body is watery and fizzy at the same time, plus a little slick.

D: This is an OK Wit in my book. The light body and low ABV make it an easy drinker. Not necessarily a beer I'm anxious to revisit.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

Pours clouded golden with foamy thin white head that becomes patchy. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with wheat tang, mild orange peel and mild peppery spicing.

The taste is of orange peel, sugary sweetness witha touch of tart, wheat tang and mild peppery spicing in a crisp finish.

The body is effervescent with a light crisp (but not thin or watery) body.

A nicely balanced thirst-quencher. A enjoyable witbier!

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Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber colored beer with a smallish head for the style. Way to dark for the style.

Smell is wheat malt and faint spices. Orange peel is hard to find and the spice is also hard to find.

Starts out wheat malt and a faint spice flavor. Fair amount of hop for the style. Really though this doesn't taste like a witbier.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Quite drinkable but this just isn't a good example of the beer style. Try once and forget.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-accented amber with very light snow showers of suspended yeast. The polar bear colored crown is soft and is almost featureless as it melts. This is the sort of foam that isn't very sticky, so the near complete lack of lace is no surprise.

Although the added ingredients of orange peel and coriander are appreciated in the nose, they certainly don't burst out of the glass. The wheatiness of the base beer is evident as well. Not bad, but not quite good enough for the next highest score.

Alaskan White is a standard, by-the-numbers witbier. Everything is present and accounted for, but doesn't add up to anything special. More fruit and spice might have helped cover up some of the graininess that makes it taste too much like an American pale wheat ale.

Sweet, bitter and tangy are all at a low ebb. Bitter just sneaks ahead at the wire, which is somewhat surprising given only 15 IBUs. Orange peel is hard to appreciate and coriander isn't abundant either. This beer is just good enough to be avoid being called lackluster.

The body/mouthfeel is within the wide range of acceptable. A little more substance would be nice, but then witbiers aren't supposed to be viscous and chewy. The bubbles are on the sparkly side, which breathes some additional life into each mouthful.

Alaskan Brewing Company kicks out some pretty amazing beer. A significant chunk of their lineup, however, is merely better than average. Summer Ale, Winter Ale, Pale, Amber... and now White fall into that category. There are better wits out there for your drinking pleasure.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, great label,

A: Pours an off-clear, is that a term, goldenrod/orange with a finger of fizzy white head, doesn't really look like a wit, but not a bad beer appearance.

S: Spice mostly, coriander, white pepper, wheat.

T: The flavour is really dominated by wheat and coriander, very light orange at the end, no real yeast notes.

M: Crisp, relatively clean finish, relatively smooth, light-bodied for sure.

D: Usually I like my wits to have a little more orange/fruit flavours in them. This one was a little to spicy and dry for me. Almost like a mix of an APWA and a wit. Just average.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My daughter Caitlin brought back three offerings I hadn't sampled before from her recent Alaskan cruise. This is the 2nd bottle, a 22oz bomber; no ingredient data or freshness dating found on the label, which features a big-ass polar bear. We shared this out in the 'Zebo yesterday (23AUG09).

Poured into a large snifter, the Wit was an attractive golden color. It was mostly clear, with steady carbo rising up. Head was thin and white, mostly just fine wisps of bubbles around the rim, leaving little to no lacework. Nose was restrained, but quite wheaty, with a touch of spiciness evident. Body was edging into medium territory, though it did have a light prickliness on the tongue.

The bier was quite wheaty and dry, almost being chalky. Light fruitiness in the form of orange peel is evident off the bat. Subtle coriander floats about in the background, along with light floral hopping. I find a quality almost like ginger present as well. A decent summer quencher, though I feel most flavor traits were too subtle, in general. Caitlin liked this bier quite a bit, her fave amongst the Alaskan styles she has tried. Thnx Princess!

Zum Wohl!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of rowew
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, label has a polar bear, wheat ale brewed with spices. Date code is 110509, I assume its best by date.

Appearance: Yellow, just a hint of sediment in the bottom that I poured in, thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Orange and a bit of spice dominate, with some wheat malt in there too.

Taste: Doesn't have the hint of yeast I expect in a wit - this really tastes more like a typical american wheat with some wit spices thrown in.

Overall impression: Not the most interesting beer, but its drinkable and has some decent flavors.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light gold/straw color with a hint of opaqueness. Practically no head at all.

Smell: citrus and a hint of malt.

Taste: a little wheat flavor; plenty of citrus and a little coriander.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium. An appropriate level of carbonation. It works for the style.

Drinkability: it's more of a warm-weather beer, but drinkability is OK.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Poor Boys in Casper.

It poured a hazy orange with a small head of foam and little lacing.

The smell is of orange zest, coriander, light banana, and wheat.

Tasted of some spiciness, coriander and clove, some orange zest and wheat, with some light bitterness and dryness in the finish.

Light bodied with less carbonation than the bottled product....I do prefer the bottle to the draught though.

Drinkability? I had 2 16 oz pints back to back($4 each) and they went down easily enough. Good brew.

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Photo of Todd
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.15/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, light yellow color, not white at all, with a lot of bright white head that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing.

There was nothing noticeable in the aroma, certainly none the usual Wit spicieness, well below average for the style. Other than a slight wheat taste this beer was not readily identifiable as to it's supposed style.

The body was light and smooth, almost average. This beer is very drinkable, but why bother? Drink this if your only other options are the BMC suspects, otherwise avoid it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, creamy textured, off-white colored head that leaves ample lace on the sides of my glass. The beer, when poured with the sediment shows a milky, pale amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lemon zesty, lemon thyme and has an almost earthy, sort of grassy grain note to it in the finish. With the citrus, this beer comes off as smelling lightly tart; the wheat and yeast also likely contribute to this. The nose is pretty one dimensional as it is hard for me to really smell anything other than lemon (the coriander contributes to this as well).

Light bodied with a prickly effervescent carbonation up front. As the beer moves across my tongue it picks up a bit of silky texture; it almost seems like the wheat has added a certain viscousness to this beer, but that doesn't keep this from being refreshing and quaffable. The beer has a light tartness to it that accentuates a lemon-like citrus note. A touch of earthy, but quite smooth, coriander flavor comes through, but this also accentuates the citrus with a coriander-derived lemon note. This has a clean grain character to it that has the grassy, earthy, fresh cracked wheat derived flavor to it.

If you really like Belgian Wits this should appeal to you. Having said that, this is actually pretty lackluster within the style. It is refreshing and quaffable and certainly hits the spot on a 110+ºF / 44+ºC day, but it is really lacking in depth and complexity (it is especially missing the fermentation / yeast derived character).

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Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.