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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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530 Ratings

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | 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 Rayek
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy orange amber with minimal carbonation. A fizzy cream tinged cap comes and goes quickly, even with a vigorous pour. Leaves Small bits of lace.

S: Smells mostly of oranges, plus some candy sugar. A bit of coriander, plus a touch of sourdough bread sit in the rafters.

T: The coriander finally comes to the forefront as the beer hits the tongue. An orange sweetness carries through to the end. Underneath it all is a very mild sourdough bread flavor.

M: The light body is watery and fizzy at the same time, plus a little slick.

D: This is an OK Wit in my book. The light body and low ABV make it an easy drinker. Not necessarily a beer I'm anxious to revisit.

Rayek, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

Pours clouded golden with foamy thin white head that becomes patchy. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with wheat tang, mild orange peel and mild peppery spicing.

The taste is of orange peel, sugary sweetness witha touch of tart, wheat tang and mild peppery spicing in a crisp finish.

The body is effervescent with a light crisp (but not thin or watery) body.

A nicely balanced thirst-quencher. A enjoyable witbier!

jwc215, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

Cloudy amber colored beer with a smallish head for the style. Way to dark for the style.

Smell is wheat malt and faint spices. Orange peel is hard to find and the spice is also hard to find.

Starts out wheat malt and a faint spice flavor. Fair amount of hop for the style. Really though this doesn't taste like a witbier.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Quite drinkable but this just isn't a good example of the beer style. Try once and forget.

Zorro, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

Orange-accented amber with very light snow showers of suspended yeast. The polar bear colored crown is soft and is almost featureless as it melts. This is the sort of foam that isn't very sticky, so the near complete lack of lace is no surprise.

Although the added ingredients of orange peel and coriander are appreciated in the nose, they certainly don't burst out of the glass. The wheatiness of the base beer is evident as well. Not bad, but not quite good enough for the next highest score.

Alaskan White is a standard, by-the-numbers witbier. Everything is present and accounted for, but doesn't add up to anything special. More fruit and spice might have helped cover up some of the graininess that makes it taste too much like an American pale wheat ale.

Sweet, bitter and tangy are all at a low ebb. Bitter just sneaks ahead at the wire, which is somewhat surprising given only 15 IBUs. Orange peel is hard to appreciate and coriander isn't abundant either. This beer is just good enough to be avoid being called lackluster.

The body/mouthfeel is within the wide range of acceptable. A little more substance would be nice, but then witbiers aren't supposed to be viscous and chewy. The bubbles are on the sparkly side, which breathes some additional life into each mouthful.

Alaskan Brewing Company kicks out some pretty amazing beer. A significant chunk of their lineup, however, is merely better than average. Summer Ale, Winter Ale, Pale, Amber... and now White fall into that category. There are better wits out there for your drinking pleasure.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz. bottle, great label,

A: Pours an off-clear, is that a term, goldenrod/orange with a finger of fizzy white head, doesn't really look like a wit, but not a bad beer appearance.

S: Spice mostly, coriander, white pepper, wheat.

T: The flavour is really dominated by wheat and coriander, very light orange at the end, no real yeast notes.

M: Crisp, relatively clean finish, relatively smooth, light-bodied for sure.

D: Usually I like my wits to have a little more orange/fruit flavours in them. This one was a little to spicy and dry for me. Almost like a mix of an APWA and a wit. Just average.

Halcyondays, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

My daughter Caitlin brought back three offerings I hadn't sampled before from her recent Alaskan cruise. This is the 2nd bottle, a 22oz bomber; no ingredient data or freshness dating found on the label, which features a big-ass polar bear. We shared this out in the 'Zebo yesterday (23AUG09).

Poured into a large snifter, the Wit was an attractive golden color. It was mostly clear, with steady carbo rising up. Head was thin and white, mostly just fine wisps of bubbles around the rim, leaving little to no lacework. Nose was restrained, but quite wheaty, with a touch of spiciness evident. Body was edging into medium territory, though it did have a light prickliness on the tongue.

The bier was quite wheaty and dry, almost being chalky. Light fruitiness in the form of orange peel is evident off the bat. Subtle coriander floats about in the background, along with light floral hopping. I find a quality almost like ginger present as well. A decent summer quencher, though I feel most flavor traits were too subtle, in general. Caitlin liked this bier quite a bit, her fave amongst the Alaskan styles she has tried. Thnx Princess!

Zum Wohl!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5


Bierman9, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of rowew
3.2/5  rDev -7%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, label has a polar bear, wheat ale brewed with spices. Date code is 110509, I assume its best by date.

Appearance: Yellow, just a hint of sediment in the bottom that I poured in, thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Orange and a bit of spice dominate, with some wheat malt in there too.

Taste: Doesn't have the hint of yeast I expect in a wit - this really tastes more like a typical american wheat with some wit spices thrown in.

Overall impression: Not the most interesting beer, but its drinkable and has some decent flavors.

rowew, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light gold/straw color with a hint of opaqueness. Practically no head at all.

Smell: citrus and a hint of malt.

Taste: a little wheat flavor; plenty of citrus and a little coriander.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium. An appropriate level of carbonation. It works for the style.

Drinkability: it's more of a warm-weather beer, but drinkability is OK.

flagmantho, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

On tap at Poor Boys in Casper.

It poured a hazy orange with a small head of foam and little lacing.

The smell is of orange zest, coriander, light banana, and wheat.

Tasted of some spiciness, coriander and clove, some orange zest and wheat, with some light bitterness and dryness in the finish.

Light bodied with less carbonation than the bottled product....I do prefer the bottle to the draught though.

Drinkability? I had 2 16 oz pints back to back($4 each) and they went down easily enough. Good brew.

Bitterbill, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Todd
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%

12oz brown bottle. Pours a semi-hazi dirty blonde colored beer with a crackling head and very little lacing and retention. Definitely doesn't look like a Witbier.

Wheat, citrus, and a soft dusting of spices in the nose. Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation, round palate. Malty upfront with some fruity sweetness mixed in. Notes of orange and rind. Lemongrass. Wheaty edge. Mild powdery spices; mainly coriander. Finish is dry with some wheat husky notes, hint of breadiness, and lingering rind and spice.

Not a bad beer, but it misses the mark as a Witbier, which this was based on according to the Alaskan website. And the expect Belgian characters are not present (which makes me wonder if they used a house yeast strain vs. a Belgian one), like complex yeast flavors, and the style's trademark cloudiness and sediment that's a big part of the experience. Instead, the beer seemed too clean (partially filtered, I'm guessing) and dumbed down.

Basically I expected a Witbier, but got an American Wheat Ale w/ some spices.

Todd, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of beertunes
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, light yellow color, not white at all, with a lot of bright white head that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing.

There was nothing noticeable in the aroma, certainly none the usual Wit spicieness, well below average for the style. Other than a slight wheat taste this beer was not readily identifiable as to it's supposed style.

The body was light and smooth, almost average. This beer is very drinkable, but why bother? Drink this if your only other options are the BMC suspects, otherwise avoid it.

beertunes, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, creamy textured, off-white colored head that leaves ample lace on the sides of my glass. The beer, when poured with the sediment shows a milky, pale amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lemon zesty, lemon thyme and has an almost earthy, sort of grassy grain note to it in the finish. With the citrus, this beer comes off as smelling lightly tart; the wheat and yeast also likely contribute to this. The nose is pretty one dimensional as it is hard for me to really smell anything other than lemon (the coriander contributes to this as well).

Light bodied with a prickly effervescent carbonation up front. As the beer moves across my tongue it picks up a bit of silky texture; it almost seems like the wheat has added a certain viscousness to this beer, but that doesn't keep this from being refreshing and quaffable. The beer has a light tartness to it that accentuates a lemon-like citrus note. A touch of earthy, but quite smooth, coriander flavor comes through, but this also accentuates the citrus with a coriander-derived lemon note. This has a clean grain character to it that has the grassy, earthy, fresh cracked wheat derived flavor to it.

If you really like Belgian Wits this should appeal to you. Having said that, this is actually pretty lackluster within the style. It is refreshing and quaffable and certainly hits the spot on a 110+ºF / 44+ºC day, but it is really lacking in depth and complexity (it is especially missing the fermentation / yeast derived character).

Gueuzedude, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured the beer into a wiezen glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger creamy white head that has some retention. The color of the beer is a medium straw color with orangish/yellow hues. Effervescence is coming from the bottom of the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A nice fresh light wheat flavor with a bouquet of flowers, a nice orange notes, and some light phenols.

Overall: The beer is light in flavor there is some wheat, floral bouquet, oranges, spice (like coriander) and phenols.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is dry, carbonated, and astringent. The body of the beer is light, and the finish is medium. This is just okay, I feel it really lacks flavor and complexity of a good witbier. It had some odd astringent note from the hops that clashed with the spice added to the beer.

colts9016, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
3.68/5  rDev +7%

I bought a six pack of Alaskan White Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass onm a hot summer afternoon.

Pours a rich yellow gold col0r with just a hint of haze. Fizzy white head dissipates in a flash. It is well carbonates with many bubbles rising in the glass. It looks a bit like a sparkling cider.

Smell is sweet and fruity, soft fruits like peaches, apples and pears.

Taste is as sweet and fruity as the smell, with a bit of a pineapple flavor. Very mild hop bitterness. No malt or grain flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean and crisp.

Very drinkable and a good summer beer. A good thirst quencher and it could easily be served ice cold without losing much of the flavor.

RJLarse, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of woemad
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49. No obvious freshness date.

Poured a clear, slightly dark gold color, with an inch of white foam that quickly dropped, though a foam collar endured. Thin, spotty lace.

Not much of a nose to this. There's some bitter, grassy notes and a vague citrusy tang, but that's about it.

Like the nose, there's not a lot going on in the flavor department.Very mild, earthy wheat flavor with a fairly anemic dose of orangepeel and coriander, just enough to make it clear that this was meant to be a witbier. Slightly bitter taste at the swallow.

Not as well carbonated as the style needs, with a thin, very slightly prickly mouthfeel.

This beer is primarily noteworthy for it's bland drinkability. It hits the spot on a hot day the way that hundreds of run of the mill, "lawnmower" beers do. Not awful, but in no way memorable enough for me to bother with seeking out. Next time I'm in the mood for a U.S. wit, I'll grab a Zon from Boulevard.

woemad, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours from the stubby brown bottle with a twist-off cap into the sam adams glass. It's a pale golden yellow with slight haze. Almost no head to speak of and even swirling the glass does little to get more out.

Aroma is sweet, slight smell of spicy yeast, a little bit of banana bread.

Flavor is mild and sweet with refreshing fruit and spice notes.

Mouthfeel is light in body and crisp with appropriate carbonation.

A nice drinkable summer session beer but not a lot else going on to keep my interest.

GilGarp, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of arnoldbrew
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

A- Poured with little to no head, cloudy pale golden color
S- Hints of spices(orange, cloves, coriander)
T- At first I taste the spices and then it moves to wheat. Finishes with a mild/ light bitterness.
M- Light mouthfeel, light carbonation gives it a crisp and refreshing feel over the tongue.
Overall- Not very powerful in the flavor and aroma department. It's an average ale but nothing special.

arnoldbrew, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

On tap. Pint. I like the polar bear theme.
A bit hazy, yellow-gold, with a tiny white ring of a head.
Nose has a small amount of spicy cardamom, with some gentle tangy wheat. Taste pretty much follows the nose, perhaps with more of the wheat character. Decent beer overall, but could use a little kick in the pants.

shivtim, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev +7%

Appearance: pale gold, slight haze, pure-white foam that flattens to a thin cap with good staying power

Aroma: lightly floral with hints of coriander, dried orange peel, and chamomile

Flavor: bready malt profile; hints of coriander, herbal tea, and wheat thins with honey; finishes semi-dry with a fruity aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, fluffy texture

Other comments: Not a challenger to the Belgian wits or the more notable American versions, but quite drinkable and refreshing, nonetheless.

GreenCard, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight spicyness. The taste is sweet for a Witbier, malty/yeasty, slightly spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, I have three bottles of this, two are coming with me to Zion next weekend.

Wasatch, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%

Alaskan Brewing does a good job with this style. Not an easy one to nail down, this beer gets the delicate spices right. Corriander and Curraco orange peel set the stage for a silky and spicy beer. Set atop a firm malt base of wheat and pilsner malts, the yeasty phenols swirl around the peppery corriander and citrusy orange peel notes. At times the spices seem to dominated with a shakey wheat character. Wheat malts seem to give away some body and allow the acidity and minerally character to compromise the mouthfeel. The winter wheat and oat additions common to Belgian varieties don't seem to make the impact here that is needed. Still, a quality beer to enjoy during those hot Alaskan days (wait, what?). Thanks Clvand0!

BEERchitect, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev +7%

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip,
Alaskan White Ale is a chill-hazed gold with a small white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is pretty strong coriander at first, with more tropical fruit and orange coming out as it warms.

Taste is also mostly citrus spices, a bit grainy. Not really my style of wit's, but it seems to be the most common, particularly stateside..once I get used to that though it's pretty tasty, although there's a slightly soapy note.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a decent creaminess that counters the bite of the spices.

Drinkability is just above average, but I still find it to be to spiced for my liking, and would prefer more fruit notes from the esters, although they definitely started to open up as it warmed. I just don't care for the bite that coriander provides...

ccrida, May 27, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%

Doesn't look like much of a Wit, bright gold with only a touch of haze. Medium foam, falling to a soapy ring which leaves traces of lace. Soft floral aroma with a decent spiciness. Light notes of melon and citrus, but overall a bit weak.

The first sip leaves me waiting for flavor, but I mostly get a mild bready malt taste that's underwhelming. There is some fruit character that gives it a bit of tanginess, but when the finish arrives it's almost empty, until much later the faintest bit of coriander shows up. The lack of complexity makes me wonder if this is really a Belgian. Mouthfeel is light with fine, semi-sharp carbonation.

This kind of reminds me of New Belgium Sunshine Wheat; very light, clean, with touch of orange. It really doesn't do much for me though. I would drink it ice cold on a hot day, or better yet, buy something tastier...

bennetj17, May 23, 2009
Photo of Hunter
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Hard pour yields a reasonable head of white foam that manages to linger a respectable amount of time. Golden, slightly hazy brew, minimal carbonation.

Smell: light fruit, yeast, hay

Taste: The wheat is evident up front, but more subtle notes of citrus and spice come out as the beer warms on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sharp, with a lingering finish of bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability: Certainly a fine choice from the bulk of mainstream US "microbrews". Makes for a good spring/summer brew.

Hunter, May 23, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%

12oz brown twist-off shorty, some sort of freshness code on the bottle.

Mildly hazed and bubbly golden yellow color, tiny bubbled sudsy head has a great retention. The softness of the coriander and orange peel ride well with the maltiness in the nose. Lightish body with a rounded smoothness. Subtle malt base is sturdy but lets the spicing take the lead, coriander is bittersweet and melds well with the edge of orange peel. Slight yeast and lemony hoppiness in the drying finish.

A good stab at the style, the playing field for this style has become a bit crowded these days though this one does a good job of standing out from most.

Jason, May 02, 2009
Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.