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Alaskan White - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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584 Ratings

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 71 | 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 AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -13%
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
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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 +18.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
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
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
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
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
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%
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
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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. . .

Photo of a2marzman83
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of BucBasil
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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...

Photo of Beernf
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of u2carew
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of Lucklys
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Debrojo
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.