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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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79
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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, esp. for style. Bright gold. Persistent firm white head.
Note the lactic sourness right off. Not too strong, but then the other spicing, a little fruit, malt all round off the aroma. Pretty complex and enjoyable.
Interesting mix of flavor, but the one that stands apart is the butterscotch, lemon, cardboard character. This flavor I battle on whether I like it or not. Sometimes it bugs me, other times it blends well with the spicing and lactic. The dryness lays nicely on the long finish.
Nicely done carbonation. Ample bubbles, yet pretty smooth and soft.
In total a decent beer, but lacks the fruitiness and zestiness that I desire. I also pick up diacetyl, which I find off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:17:58 | More by garymuchow
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass with a finger of white head. Fades down a lot. Leaves a little lace. Color is a slightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Wheat, spice, orange citrus, and lemon zest.

Taste: Much similar to the nose. Typical wit beer. Wheat, coriander, orange, and lemon citrus. A bit of floral/herbal characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing. A decent amount of carbonation. Lighter bodied. Ends clean.

Overall, a fairly straightforward wit. Nothing out of the ordinary, but easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 00:59:24 | More by mothman
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Hershdawg

California

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into glass.

A: Cloudy gold with a little orange tint. A thin head develops that disappears into nothingness.

S: Orange peel, sweet malt.

T: Orange peel, where is the coriander. There is no balance to this beer.

O: This wit has no balance. Too much orange peel. No yeast character. No Coriander. Its better then blue moon but not much.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:32:51 | More by Hershdawg
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notchucknorris

California

3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden color with a white head.

S: Lots of orange, orange peel and coriander with a little bit of spice/funk as well.

T: It's a little on the heavy side for a wit. The coriander and orange are definitely there, but it just feels a little too heavy for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 04:38:01 | More by notchucknorris
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-very golden with a white head that thinned

S-smells like sour grassyness and lemon rind. strong scent

T-comes in with bitter lemon rinds. the after-taste is real smooth with a matching flavor. the after-taste shows a strong taste of carbonation (almost like carbonated water) along with some belgian spice

M-medium soft carbonation with a good crisp finish

O-well the tastes aren't amazing but its extremely drinkable and tasty nonetheless. its something i wouldn't mind drinking all nght on any night of the week.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:38:35 | More by AdamBear
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Retsinis

California

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer as part of a mixed six pack at Total Wines.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small brandy snifter. The beer pours a clear gold color, with small half inch of frothy white head that settled to about a quarter inch, tinge of mild lacing.

S: Scents of caramel, mineral grains, and corainder.

T: Flavors range from mild wheat, toast, citrus, a spot of orange peel. Tinge of mild spice, clove maybe as well.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation.

O: Another reasonable crisp, quaffable summer sessionable beer, and very low priced for a single, though not something I would seek out again, I would accept if passed to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 23:10:41 | More by Retsinis
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herman77

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Darker straw yellow, almost gold like color with a frothy small white head. Cloudy. Pretty good retention. Not much lacing.

S: Wheat malt and a bit of faint spices. Coriander, orange peel?

T: Some tangy wheat malt up front followed by the spices, some yeast spiciness too. A touch of citrus sweetness. Not much of a finish, a bit of orange and spice.

M: Lighter body, smooth, but zippy carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not bad since I'm not the biggest fan of this style. Not the most drinkable by any means.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:43:51 | More by herman77
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goldennectar

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After months of reading reviews here goes my first beer review.

My son and daughter in law returned from Alaska today and brought me this as a gift. Much better gift than a t-shirt!

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: 2 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nice golden color

Smell: Sweet with some orange and other spices noted. Very fragrant and fresh

Tatse: Sweet, a little spicy, some citrus notes - orange & lemon.

Mouthfeel: Balanced and somewhat crisp

Very drinkable. This was a great beer for a warm sunny afternoon at the tiki bar poolside. Wish I could get it around here.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 14:32:04 | More by goldennectar
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with a 2 finger white head with food retention and some lacing. The aroma has orange peel, coriander, and bread.

The taste also has orange peel, coriander, and bread. Has a slightly sweet flavor. Nothing about the flavor is overwhelming. This just a nice solid beer which is a pleasure to drink on a warm summer afternoon.

Light bodied, average carbonation, crisp, smooth, and clean. I can see drinking this beer over and over during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:02:33 | More by hardy008
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, pale yellow. Thin white head. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is very fragrant and fresh. Great corriander notes with a little orange zest coming through as well. Flavor is very well received. Nice wheat base with great spicing accenting. Freshly crushed corriander, lemon, orange... Very refreshing a flavorful. One of the better wits I've run across. Lingering dryness begs another sip. Moderate to moderately high carbonation. Great wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:43:13 | More by Bighuge
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - slightly pale golden color, a little murky, with about 2 fingers worth of slightly darker off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - slight wheaty smell with a hint of citrus and other spices. Maybe some orange peel too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - more of the spices come out in the initial taste, but I can't quite identify them. Maybe corriander, but I'm not sure. More citrusy in the middle and end, and a bit musky in the finish. The texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew in general, but also not terribly complex, although still interesting to taste. Would go well with a Thai meal or something like that.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 03:17:50 | More by Nerudamann
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a cloudy golden yellow/amber color with a fast receding 1 finger white head

S- was slight fruit ,clove and coriander

T- was some fruit withh spice and citrus,some clove bready malts

M- was medium /low carbonation

O- its tasty and refreshing easy to drink good hint of citrus malts and spices

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 21:40:04 | More by gatornation
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of oranges, with a hint of coriander. It is rather weak for the style. The taste is a little fuller and more spicy than the aroma. There is coriander, cardamom, and orange. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, this is a decent witbier that I would drink again. I just wish the aroma weren't so airy.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:36:44 | More by KarlHungus
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was nicely done, albeit very light and a touch overcarbonated for me, I still think it fit rather well. Light yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a huge fizzy white head that let down quickly. Aroma is light banana, clove and citrus, nice and light and airy with touches of lemon zest and fresh spice as it warms. Very clean taste, perfect hints of citrus and spice layered on the banana based malts. Quick, clean, light and very drinkable. This one was gone like a flash.

Overall a very solid little ale and one that I needed to take a break from the rest of the evening!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 15:01:59 | More by mikesgroove
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Tone

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 6/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight floral, slight pale malt, slight spice, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hop, hint of spice, slight pale malt, and hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend. The body is lacking, even for a Witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 14:01:58 | More by Tone
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DCon

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Schlafly's Bottleworks in Maplewood (St. Louis), MO. Poured into my 12 oz Schlafly cup and based my choice of enjoying this beer from my old high school friends around me that thought it was interesting.

Appearance- Received with 2 fingers of head, a Pale/Yellow colored body with a white cloudiness (Hence White Ale). The lace was very thin but abundant and had a decent retention that lasted for minutes.

Smell- Smells very citric at first but then a Coconut aroma comes over it and makes the whole beer smell like this. Possibly a licorice smell as well. Very wild!

Taste- Starts out with a ton of Coconut flavor once again and then a very sweet (malt) and grainy (wheat) taste that makes this a great WitBier! Can't get any better!

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Semi-Crisp and has a slick backend. Leaves this Coconut flavor on the palate once again!

Overall- This one was great but since the day (extremely cold), I would rather drink IPA's, Barley Wines, or even Winter Ales that go more with the weather. Would love to try more from the Alaskan Brewing Co. because their 2 beers I had were A's for sure! Going to look for their beers in bottle when I get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 20:14:27 | More by DCon
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. . .

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 17:34:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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a2marzman83

Iowa

2.17/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an almost clear yellow-orange that seems a little dark for a wit (especially one called white). White head is small, short lived and leaves little behind.

Faint wheat aroma present. Smell shows no signs of orange peal or other wit spices.

Coriander and orange peal come out in the flavor but hide behind the wheat. Crisp aftertaste with a slight metallic bite that is slightly off-putting.

Alaskan has done better to me in the past, and I won't let this one turn me off of a solid brewery, but I say pass on the Alaskan White.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 16:44:49 | More by a2marzman83
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harrymel

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 9/8/11

A: A hazy golden-on-copper ale with single finger loosely packed off white head formation. This dissipates within a minute or two leaving a thin sheet of the same with a central cone. Rim necking present. Little lacing.

S: Sweet grain with evident sweet bavarian influenced yeast notes. Slight floral tone of gardenia with bananas as well. Little to no coriander which I find typical in the style. I like.

T: Sweet once again, bananas, esters, no ETOH, fairly one dimensional, but nice dimension nonetheless.

M: Medium body with medium to high carb. Leaves mouth slightly drier upon departure.

O: Very drinkable, which is nice, but the craftsmanship? Above average, and balanced, but not unique to bold. Could drink quite a bit, which is nice, but not a stand out beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 07:27:10 | More by harrymel
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Big Wang's Sports Bar in North Hollywood CA into a pint glass. Reviewed from some quick notes.

The beer looks like Blue Moon - that is to say like a pale wheat ale - and has a similar aroma but with a touch more malt and a bit of spice to it. Taste was fairly light and I couldn't really get into it. Not much here - made me wonder if they actually just had a tap running from the Blue Moon keg, which in all honesty, judging from the kind of place this was, they might have. I'll take their word for it. All in all not a bad beer, definitely drinkable and washed bar food down well - burgers and wings - but not a very good example of a wit. Disappointed, as Alaskan is usually excellent. This one was just meh...

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 02:48:25 | More by BucBasil
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Beernf

California

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6 pack purchased in Santa Monica, CA

I dig spiced witbiers like this, so i figured i would give Alaskan's version a shot. I find it to be adequate, but nothing compared to other spiced beer like Albino Python or Witch's Wit. Pours nice, has tons of carbonation, but flavors seem muted. I don't get the sense of earthiness or fragrance like other wits. I would only do one of these at a time because i wasn't a big fan of how it would taste towards the end of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:19:47 | More by Beernf
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz twist off stubby.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white big bubble head that quickly settles to nothing... so now a headless beer. Clear body golden to bronze in color. Absolutely no lacing.
S) Sweet candy aroma. Subtle hints of wheat and grains. Not too aromatic overall.
T) Sweet upfront, but again like the aroma, a candy sweet. A hint of toffee and some grain notes. Earthy hops in the finish.
M) Fizzy at first but then goes flat. Light body with a dry, crisp finish.
D) Not impressed. I won't be having another one of these. Disappointing compared to quality of the other Alaskan brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 18:31:39 | More by u2carew
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very disappointing beer for me, I expected much more. I didn't get much head, much lacing or anything really that impressive appearance wise. The smell and taste were just the same. I got very little spice notes and NO fruit, I assume most witbiers should have some fruit in them, maybe this one wasn't supposed to, I dunno. But either way, very little spice in this and VERY little wheat. There isn't much I hate more than a small amount of wheat in a beer. It honestly just felt like a watered down beer to me. I could tell they obviously didn't water down the beer to save money, that would have tasted terrible, but i just got that feeling, not much taste, not much anything. Oh well, it wasn't undrinkable, just not that great at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 15:35:35 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.