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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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520 Ratings

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of oline73


4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-16-2011 02:02:13 | More by oline73
Photo of bpfrush


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-14-2011 15:34:08 | More by bpfrush
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Transferred over from my tasting notebook and edited for clarity. Might as well work on this task in my limited free time in alphabetical order I suppose.

I was really excited to learn that WI was going to get some beer distributed from Alaska, it seemed so exotic, so far away. Poured out a translucent darker gold color, one finger of foam that dissipated in about a minute, no real lacing. I was expecting a lot more head than this. Thinner bodied, but effervescent like a soda with the level of carbonation present. Smells of light grains and orange zest with some minor murky floral hop undertones, taste follows the nose to a T. But I failed to detect as much complexity as I have had in other witbiers... I can't find any coriander, any tartness, or spice. Hopefully Alaskan Brewing's other offerings are better than this was.

11-11-2011 22:49:08 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of deebo


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

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
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.13/5  rDev -9%

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby bottle into a clear standard pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden color. One finger white foam head that receded quickly and left very little sticky lacing.

Smell: Very faint aromas of hops and some slight sweetness. Not much going on with the nose on this one.

Taste: Very weak flavors and the hops overpower the sweetness and spices. Not a great example of the Witbier style.

Mouth feel: Thin, watery and medium-to-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very light and thin, and the typical subtle flavors and spices of the Witbier style are overpowered by the hops in this one. Not a great example of the style. Probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

10-06-2011 17:26:01 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of Duff27


2.53/5  rDev -26.5%

Pours a short, shirt lived white fizzy head. Beer is an orange golden color. Fast moving effervescence. Low head retention, no lacing.

Smells of a BMC type lager with a hint of citrus.

Follows the smell almost to a tee. Faint citrus, mosr specifically orange.

Fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel, slightly watery.

Not impressed overall, especially since my only other Alaskan beer thusfar was the Smoked Porter. A step up from BMC lager types but besides that don't waste your time/money.

08-14-2011 01:01:49 | More by Duff27
Photo of scottfrie


4/5  rDev +16.3%

On-tap in Lodi.

A: Pours a clear light yellow color with a thin white head.
S: Perfumey fruity and floral notes. Very sweet smelling.
T: Follows the nose with a sweet and floral flavor. It’s light a citrusy with clean flavors of wheat and spices.
M: Frothy, bubbly and soft carbonation over a medium body and an easy mouthfeel.
O: Enjoyable, sweet but not syrupy or overpowering.

07-25-2011 23:26:25 | More by scottfrie
Photo of garymuchow


3.68/5  rDev +7%

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.

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +25.9%

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
Photo of Bighuge


4.53/5  rDev +31.7%

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.

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


3.18/5  rDev -7.6%

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
Photo of Nerudamann


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

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

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


3.75/5  rDev +9%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

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


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

04-18-2011 20:14:27 | More by DCon
Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.