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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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599 Ratings

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 81 | 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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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Duff27
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Hershdawg
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
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.

Photo of AdamBear
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.

Photo of Retsinis
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.

Photo of herman77
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of goldennectar
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of hardy008
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.54/5  rDev +32%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Nerudamann
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.