Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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159 Reviews
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Reviews: 159
Hads: 653
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 17
Gots: 125 | 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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Reviews: 159 | Hads: 653
Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is moderate. Has a wheat aroma with banana; maybe some orange peel. Seems a little on the stale or ripened side. Upon sipping, you get a wheaty, bready taste, followed by a more spicy, maybe cinnamon, banana flavor. Slightly bitter. More of a mild banana aftertaste but not much substance. (389 characters)

Photo of hochief
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour with out too much head and not much lacing, great looking gold cloudy color is fully backed by this beers taste, light crisp and delish. It has a good clean after taste. I would certainly recommend this wheat style ale.

This was my first review, I apologize for its shittyness. (288 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle...poured in Great Lakes tulip glass.
Pours a clear gold with small head and minimal lace.
Aroma of bread dough, coriander, sweet malt.
Significant carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malts, herbal medley, rosemary water, lemongrass. Overall flavorful with some body and complexity, but light on the overall malts, hops and alcohol. Tasty session or hot day brew. (397 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan White has a thick, white head (which doesn’t stick around very long), a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with a descending light cloud upon swishing and pouring in the bottom bottle contents, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of white wheat bread and sweet grain husks, and the flavor is of sweet, white wheat bread, a touch of lemon, and subtle coriander. Mouthfeel is medium, and Alaskan White finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a good beer, and I mostly enjoyed drinking it (once).

RJT (553 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/12/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers for a bit. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of pear, coriander, orange peel, wheat, light pepper, light clove, floral, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with decent balance and complexity; but there is not much going on here other than the spicing. Taste of pear, coriander, orange peel, wheat, pepper, light clove, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruit, coriander, orange peel, wheat, pepper, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of spice/malty flavors, without feeling watery; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid witbier. Solid balance of flavors and easy to drink; just really not all that exciting. Enjoyable stuff. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from the bottle into my "Alaska White" pint glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with a slight orange hew with tons of yeast in suspension. Very little carbonation rises to the creamy, 1-finger, white head. Head dissipates quickly and is gone about a third down the glass. Leaves behind a few pitiful splotches of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of orange and cinnamon on a wheat malt background greets the nose upon opening the bottle. In the glass it almost smells like orange soda.

T - Orange sweetness and wheat malt upfront. The body is a solid blend of moderately peppy hops, orange and coriander mingling on a sweet wheat malt backbone. Orange and coriander as the beer passes over the back of the tongue fades to dry yeast, orange, coriander, light cinnamon and wheat in the finish.

M - Very light bodied and slightly watery. Carbonation seems on the low side, making the beer come off a tad flat. Extended cellering in my refrigerator my be partially to blame, but this beer isn't quite up to snuff.

I immediately regret buying the pint glass before buying the beer. Although decent enough as a heat beater, there is nothing memorable enough about this brew to entice me to purchase it again. By far the worst of the Alaskan products I have sampled, and I suspect I would go with the ubiquitous Golden, Colorado alternative before giving this another shot. (1,363 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (374 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tan and mostly clear with a little haze and rising bubbles, head and lacing were ok.

Nice spicy aroma, kinda bubblegum on the yeast, a little wheat to round it off.

Flavor is again nicely spiced, with coriander and white pepper notes, a good wheaty backbone and again, bubblegum.

body is light and pretty well carbonated, easy drinking.

it's not outstanding but it's a solid witbier. (388 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light golden amber, thin fine white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, wit spicing, light orange. Very attenuated flavor of sweet floral, bready malt and wheat, slight spicing. Flavors are all pleasant, but this tastes almost watered down. Light bodied, but that is to style. This is the biggest surprise I've had from Alaskan, not bad, but very subdued. The weakest flavored wit I've ever tasted. I'll be very satisfied to finish the bottle, but will probably not try again. (562 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really like Alaskans advertising and logos, probably the only reason I get their regular line up, but yet to have this one.

It smells kind of strange, almost metallic. It;s grainy, a slight honey-like sweetness, perhaps from the yeast? But if someone told me this was Coors just from the smell I'd believe them.

Not much flavor with this one. Pretty watery. Very grainy, but in a bad sort of way. not getting much spiciness at all from the yeast, or any citrus. Perhaps the bottle is old, as bevmo likes to keep their old stock out until it sells. For a beer this a below average in flavor, for a wit, just average.

It seems like it is kind of getting their with the whole Wit thing, but this is just average and reminds me of a macro lager.

However, even with that macro flavor profile, it is much more crisp and and enjoyable. I'd definitely give this one another try at some point, and would not turn it down, especially with that cute picture on it, but I don't know, meh. (984 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, a little clearer than I expected.

Wheat, yeast, and spices in the nose.

Wheat and belgian yeast, coriander, black pepper, vague orange note. Pretty nice.

Highly carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

This was enjoyable, good flavors and lots of drinkability. (265 characters)

Photo of alexipa
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow, clear, no head at all. This is clearly filtered, which doesn't really fit the style.

S: Some nice belgian yeast smells along with coriander. Smells pretty nice, a little too subtle.

T: If you carbonated water with orange zest and a dash of coriander, you'd get this beer. Almost no beer flavor to be had here, more like carbonated juice.

M: Thin and watery. There is nice carbonation, but that's about all for the positives.

O: Just not good. I've been working through an Alaskan 12 pack mixer and this is the worst by far. Can I trade the other one for another Amber please?! (591 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fizzy darker yellow looking beer. Not much of a head or lacing to be had.

Grainy sweetness, some straw and lightly spicy hops. Reminds me more of a kolsch.

Tastes more like a kolsch also. Light bready and malt grain sweetness. Noticeable hop presence that adds a light spice and earthiness. Touch of floral hops. Quite refreshing.

Light and crisp with appropriate carbonation.

The drinkability on this is exceptional. Would make a nice session beer. Other than that, nothing too special of a beer, but very enjoyable on this hot summer day. (546 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy/hazed golden orange color. A one finger white head forms at first, but recedes to nothing. Light lace.
S: Peppery spice, coriander, husky wheat. Grassy and citrus aromas. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose with lots of peppery spice, yeast, and coriander. Citrus, orange peal, and husky wheat. Everything works together and is very nice.
M/D: A medium body with high carbonation. Crisp and dry. Though a bit on the thin side. Very easy to drink. I have been known to put a few away with ease.

Something I have had on many occasions. A very nice Wit. An easy to drink everyday beer with plenty of character. Something I would recommend. (650 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

2.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. There is adequate carbonation, but no head formed.

3.5 S: Loads of corriander, which I love. Everything else is unsung. Moderate neutral maltiness. That's about it. Still, smells nice.

3.5 T: Again, lots of corriander. Moderate neutral malt sweetness. Simple, but tasty. I wonder where the yeast is?

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Active, almost spritzy carbonation. Easy drinking. I don't know how the hell this has a normal carbonation level, yet failed to form any head at all.

3.5 D: Not the typical witbier, but tasty nonetheless. Lots of corriander, which is my favorite part of a wit. (661 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden murky color, darker than most wits, with a nice white filmy head. Smells nice and fruity, with a hint of citrus, banana and wheat. The taste is a lot of orange and banana with a hint of lemon and wheat. It has a medium body with some soft carbonation and a refreshing finish. (297 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a - poured a two-fingers thick white fluffy head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring. the body was a slightly hazy straw gold color.
s - citrus and coriander dominate the aroma.
t - citrus, some spice, with a syrupy extract type flavor. bleh.
m - very thin.
o - i am a fan of ABC's beers but this was a huge disappointment. (328 characters)

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

Alaskan white has a refreshing aftertaste, so it can be drunk alone or with food. It has a nice orange taste which is not overpowering. I would NOT add any more orange slices to this nice smooth witbeer. There is little bitterness overall, so enjoy off your boat catching halibut or salmon runs in the Last Frontier!

Cheers!

Ahoy hoy! (336 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of joecalderoni
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (696 characters)

Photo of ByMySword
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of diamondc
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A bit of a haze, dull golden pale, not exactly witbier. No yeast sediment, yet not quite filtered.

S: Corriander, citrus peel, white grapes.

T: White grapes, tangy citrus, mandarin, sugary. Kind of one dimensional here.

M: Very effervescent, quaffable, just no big flavors to think about while drinking.

O: Not the best example of a traditional witbier, just barely a step up than the US macro versions. (411 characters)

Photo of Goliath
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy pale yellow/orange color with a one inch bright white head. There is nice head retention.

The aroma is rather basic. There is a bit of citrus, and pale malt. Not much else.

The taste is very weak. Some pale grain, and a light bit of citrus. No real spicing which is definitely an issue.

The mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated.

Overall it's a nice summer session beer, but not a good example of a witbier. (437 characters)

Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.