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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
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 mikesgroove
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!

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of DCon
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.

DCon, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of a2marzman83
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.

a2marzman83, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of harrymel
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.

harrymel, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
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...

BucBasil, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Beernf
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.

Beernf, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of u2carew
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.

u2carew, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
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.

MaltsOfGlory, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Flying Pig Bar, Everett, WA

Poured a hazy, yellowish-gold, with a light bubbly head. Typical citrusy nose of a wheat beer. Taste was citrusy, crisp, tart, and a bit acidic. Light-medium mouthfeel, some carbonation, a little rough going down. Somewhat drinkable and refreshing, but nothing extraordinary. Plus I'm not a huge fan of the style, so it takes a little more to get me to come back.

Rifugium, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Lucklys
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On pour, it is a cloudy golden amber with a very soft 1-finger thick fizzy head that diminishes into patchy islands rather quickly. It leaves behind a very minimal spotty lacing and as the beer sits, yeast sediment collects on the bottom. After doing some research on witbiers, I've come to the conclusion that it is a little darker than I expected, but I'm no expert. Yet. (Insert evil grin here).

The smell is first and foremost a very obnoxious mix of coriander and orange peel, and though not strong, it initially overshadows all of the other scents making it hard to pick any one out. What I thought was a hint of caramel turned out to be the sweetness of the wheat poking through, followed by a light lemon and thyme type of concoction, and a touch of yeast. Again, it's not a very robust or powerful combination of aromas, but the coriander and orange peel steal the show here.

Leading into the taste, the coriander and orange peel are again in the forefront, leaving little room for a light lemon tartness, a tangy sugary wheat, and the swishes of yeast that quickly passed over my taste buds. The Alaskan White is almost spicy from the prickly carbonation and ends on a lightly dry finish. It is light-bodied and smooth, almost creamy, with a clean finish that isn't quite as crisp as the smell. And though there are lots of grains (which I read are more common in American wheat beers), there are practically no hops present in either the smell or the taste, which left it quite "lackluster."

While this brew is rather easy to drink, it most certainly borders on average - at least until the coriander and orange peel stop trying to beat everything else up. As far as I'm concerned, this beer is just short of the depth and complexity and missing a certain light fruitiness that is supposedly common in the witbier style. With all of the spices overshadowing everything, this almost tastes like it wants to be a holiday-type drink, and would probably be best enjoyed paired with a salad covered in rosemary vinaigrette or lemon and a white fish.

Lucklys, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Debrojo
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with this beer was on our Alaskan trip this summer. We were in Ketchikan and the kids went zip-lining and I found a nice seat at Fat Stan's and had Alaskan White with some fish n' chips.
This is a wheat beer, for me it tasted a bit lighter and refreshing.
I ended up seeing this in the store and brought home a six-pack. Not as good in the bottle, sitting in Long Beach as it is from the tap in Alaska, but still a beer that I'll buy on occassion. It's a re-do in my book.

Debrojo, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of drumrboy22
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer was a clear, light orange color with a one-finger, white head. Light lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was coriander, caramel and grains.

Taste was wheat, spices and yeast. Crisp, but not much going on in this one.

Kind of disappointing. Not one I'll be reaching for again.

drumrboy22, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells of floral, sugary grain, with a bit of coriander and yeast. The taste is weirdly herbal, over a soft wheaty malt, and coriander spice. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit spritzy, and it finishes pretty dry, the herbal weirdness still holding court.

One of the strangest witbiers that I've come across, and very difficult to describe in detail. Almost medicinal, in its initial sweetness. Hmmm. Not something I would want to pursue.

biboergosum, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dirty blonde color with a white head of foam that disappointingly doesn't last...not even lacing at the end.

Aroma is lemon grass and wheat malts with hints of orange peel and coriander.

Taste is much like the aroma, only more so. Nice balance is achieved with an initial malty sweetness followed immediately with a sharp bite on the tongue from the massive carbonation, hints of lemon, bitter coriander, and light orange peel.

Aftertaste is bright, crisp and clean with a hint of the orange rind that disappears quickly forcing you to take another sip.

This is a very nice light beer for the dog days of summer, but I'm not really sure if I would call it a witbier. American Summer Wheat, perhaps, but lacking some of the dimension I expect in a nice witbier.

IntriqKen, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Alibi in Corona, CA. Nice to see Alaskan Brewing on-tap. On to the beer:

It looks like a wheat ale, not a white ale. Yellowish orange color, littlle head, a few polka dots of lacing. Smells like....blueberry? Hmmm.

Not a crazy flavor, but it's better than nothing at all. The bartender said it has a mild dill flavor, and I agree with him. I also found hints of bluebeery, or as drinkers of Leinenkuegel Sunset Wheat would say, fruity pepples. It's a little crisp, and drinks well.

Good drinking, but lacking character for the style. With that in mind, Alaskan White might be good while grilling outdoors, or if you're looking for a small beer, but there are tens of better tasting wits on the markets.

DoubleJ, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours quite dark for a wit, more toward the amber side of the spectrum than the pale golden or cloudy white you'd expect. The tight head fades in fairly short order to a thin rim. Smells of coriander and dusky bitter orange with some wheat notes in the background. The taste is similar, with a peculiar herbal bitterness which is not from hops. The bitter orange lingers as well and makes it quite citrusy in that dried peel kind of way. I'd say there is simply too much coriander and orange here and it kind of makes the beer out of whack. It also lacks that zingy crispness that makes the style so pleasant and thirst quenching. Just okay.

Georgiabeer, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden with just the tiniest of head retention. lots of carbonation bubbles.
S- Subdued smell. Wheat with some spice, coriander and pepper.
T- Same thing. Wheat, coriander, pepper, and a hint of orange zest. Just a very faint alcohol finish.
M- highly carbed resulting in a dry finish. pretty reasonable body though.
D- This is a pretty good summer time beer. Not the best wit out there, but it's drinkable and sessionable.

jsprain1, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of KazikliBey
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a one inch off-white head when poured into a frosted heavy beer mug. Head lasted about one minute and left a clean top layer of bubbles. Liquid is a cloudy golden color and has a pleasant slightly fruity aroma. Taste is wonderful and seems to have a hint of coriander and possibly a cinnamon like spice. Mouth feel is very good as is it's drinkability.

I like this one, a very nice product.

KazikliBey, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks filtered bright white head and a ton of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass the color is golden and clear

S: Not a lot going on in the smell slight coriander and wheat

T: Clean wheat taste with a bit of coriander not much else going on clean finish

M: Light mouth with high carbonation

D: Highly drinkable

Overall: Perhaps this should be called American Wheat not a White. Its filtered and spice is light and yeast is probably not a white beer yeast its just a house ale yeast. They might solve a ton of problems if they changed the yeast.

JamisonM, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of SamN
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pale yellow, slightly hazed, not very active carbonation wise, weak head. Meh.

S- Hmmm, mostly sour adjuncts from the wheat. Backdrop of faint wit spices. Sweet and sour, basically. Not bad, but definitely not great.

T- Starts off the same way it tastes, adjunct sours, moves along to encompass more traditional witbier flavors: spice and breadiness. Finishes slightly sweeter and dry.

A dull and faceless beer, nothing here stands out at all. Pretty boring and uninspired.

M- Pulls pretty smooth from glass, bubbly and light body. Standard wit mouthfeel.

D- This beer isn't all that great. Would I want to drink another one? No.

SamN, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I've had this beer, and I am surprised by how dark it is for a white beer. Medium golden blond, with a bit of white foam that dissipates fairly quickly. On the nose I get some Belgian yeast, banana, some wheat and a little peppery spice. Very fruity on the palate, a little lemon, some apricot and maybe pear/apple. Very dissimilar to most whites I've had, but refreshing and flavorful.

emmasdad, May 26, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: dark golden color with a thin white head little lacing lots of carb bubbles and little floating particles I doubt it's yeast it might be leftover malt or spice particles. If it is indeed yeast it didn't mix with the beer well when swirled.
S: has a caramel malt and allspice aroma with a faint coriander smell mixed in
T: has a strong coriander taste that quickly gives way to a pine type of taste that also quickly leaves and is replaced by a bland malt leftover aftertaste which settles into a faint coriander taste
M/D: light feel with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is ok but the taste seems off for a witbier and seemed harsh.

Kemmerlin, May 22, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't going into this with high expectations, but I was pretty impressed. The appearance is a clear-golden with a big head that disappears fast. I smell spices and some peppery notes. Slight sweetness on the nose as well. Interesting taste to this wheat beer. The wheat hits you in the face right away. This beer blows Blue Moon outta the water. Lot's of spice and very little hops, with a nice aftertaste. I would definitely buy this again as a 6 pack for a nice summer BBQ session beer.

DovaliHops, May 10, 2010
Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.