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Whiteout Wit | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Whiteout WitWhiteout Wit

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with lemon peel, black peppercorns and coriander. Fermented and aged in French Oak Foudres with wit yeast and Brettanomyces. Bottle Conditioned for natural carbonation.

Added by sprucetip on 06-20-2011

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Photo of joeseppy
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow cloudy pour with initially a big head which comes down quickly. First aromas of brett and lemon zest. Yeast and coriander. Jojos and spice drop candies. Taste comes off funky in a one dimensional rigid sphere. More pepper than spice. Bitter and earthy oak. No bright notes whatsoever. Mouthfeel is very carbonated/lively. Overall for me this was much more bitter than funk. If there any vinous characteristics it is marred by the peppercorn.

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Photo of leaddog
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a very pale gold with four fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - Spicy yeast, spicy hops, oak aromas, white wine aromas, coriander, peppercorns, lemon, light grains.

Taste - Spicy yeast and hop flavours, followed by traditional chardonnay flavours, herbs/spices, and lemon. Nice vinous qualities.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very dry and crisp on the finish, with lingering yeast and spices.

Overall - A unique wit interpretation by Anchorage. The French chardonnay barrels add some fantastic flavours - the colour of the beer even looks like white wine! Although it is a good beer, it doesn't astound me. Some flavours are quite mild for the style (e.g. lemon, coriander).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml caged and corked bottle - more Anchorage, more Brett.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves a few patches of splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as it very slowly bleeds away.

It smells of musty and funky yeast, lemon juice, grainy wheat malt, a muddled earthy spiciness, fermenting white wine lees, and a bit of buttery oakiness. The taste is grainy and crackery pale and wheat malt, earthy and musty funk, mixed citrus peel, zingy coriander and rainbow peppercorn spice, dry white wine with a hint of butter, and a bit of estery grassy and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is intense, in its swirling and palate-probing frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually mostly smooth, the funk ducking out for the moment, it would seem. It finishes dry, the malt receding, and the spicy, funky, and woody wine essences holding tight.

Overall, the various guest ingredients do well by the base beer in not getting pushy or overbearing. This still tastes like a wit, just with every typical component amped up a few degrees or so - kind of the American way, like with the IPA and stout before it. If that sounds appealing to you, I suggest you drop the big ducats on this one.

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Photo of hman43
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours pale yellow with a white head.

Smell: It has various aromas with pepper, some funk (earthly) lemon, coriander, light wheat, and hints of citrus.

Taste: It has flavors of lemon, spice, pepper, coriander, citrus with zest, low wheat, low earth, and hints of vinous quality.

Fee: It has a medium-light body with a tart dry finish. There is a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Overall, the additional of brett with the combination of other elements makes this one of the best witbiers that I've tasted. The elements are in harmony with each other and it has the right touch of tart with the dry finish.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow golden color with fizzy white head. Citrus, coriander, funk, light tartness, and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with fruit, brett, and some light tartness.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shade lighter than straw in color. Crystal clear and so light in color! Fine carbonation streaming up with a quickly dissipating head. Very champagne-esque.

Aroma is rather tame: French oak, citrus, funk, and a slightly dry sourness.

Taste is underwhelming. First off is the carbonation prickle with a nice bit of lemon grass and citrus. A buttery oakiness akin to that of a Chardonnay rounds that initial crispness. However, that's it. Those mildly asserted flavors peak within the first few milliseconds on the palate, which then transition into a moderately dry and funky finish. I'm left thinking: surely I didn't drop 15 dollars for this!? I will say that at times (as it warms) it takes on the flavor of an aged, bottle-conditioned duvel.

Overall, the beer sounds extremely well crafted and interesting. Unfortunately, the delivery disappoints. I will still seek out anchorage brews but certainly not this one; maybe something with a higher ABV. I see this pairing well with butter seared scallops anointing a creamy risotto. It gets a 80/100.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce Bomber into a Shaker pint glass, bottle states "BATCH #4 JUNE/2015".

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy , light yellow color with two fingers white head, world class retention, highly carbonated like champagne, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: lemon , coriander and pepper, white wine and some funk.

TASTE: fairly complex, initially sweet with lemon citrus, white wine and a tart/sour note, pepper and coriander then the funky brett note to finish it off.

PALATE: highly carbonated, light body.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer and pretty unique, I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who likes wit beer or brett, I would have this again and look forward to trying more from this brewer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have had this a few times now and enjoy it a bit more with each sampling. Paired with some lunch while awaiting car repairs, batch #4/June 2015 bottling.

A - Cork gives a light but healthy pop-n-smoke, pours to a tulip glass pale-but-healthy hazy pee yellow with lots of carb. bubbles and a fluffy pillow of white head. Really excellent retention and good lace left. A particularly splendid-looking beverage if I do say so myself, should be the witbier standard.

S - It's rather faint, but pleasant. Lemon tea, sweaty sweet brett frosting, light coriander and spice, wheat, white wine-ish tones.

T - A lemony witbier base makes up a bulk of the flavor with tame-but-ample wheaty brett fruits weirding things up, rather restrained as far as brett goes though. A bit spicier than your average wit but doesn't near extreme, a bit of the wine barrel coming through but really doesn't feel fleshed out here.

M - Very dry, foamy, and light feel, good body impressively effervescent for 6.5% with a pretty nice balance of base wit/brett twang/tart. Maybe a bit overboard on the foam for me.

O - Like alot of Anchorage brett beers, it has alot going on and is great (if at times disagreeable/excessive) to dig into. I do wish the chardonnay barrel was implemented a bit better but I do like how the witbier base+lemon peel kind of just run the show here, with brett+wine as understated asides.

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Photo of jhartley
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork and cage 750ml bottle. Batch #4 June 2015 bottling.

Pale yellow golden body, a full light bubbly head of bubbles that waned down to a thin line along the edges of the glass. Constant bubbles rising from the bottom to the top.

Picking up on the coriander, bitter orange peel, and of course that Brett funkiness.

Decent witbier flavors of coriander and orange and lemon with a spiciness on the end from those black peppercorns. Some oak thrown in; there is also a subtle amount of sweetness as well.

Light mouth feel; dry clean finish and the fizzy carbonation is nice as well.

Love the flavor with this beer, a real treat. Nice light bodied beer with a ton of well balanced flavors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle - $15.00 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow body with noted clarity and a near nil, thin white head.

Smell: Harbors a scent of shredded crustless bread, old lemons-n-limes for a soft citrus nature and a fair amount of buttery white wine with a vein of mild, salty funk.

Taste: Very minor maltiness, only hinting a little hay-hewn cracked grains. Very minimal sweetness. A little lemon, a little lime and a sip of white wine giving a bit of buttery oakiness and subtly minerality. Slight albeit growing spiciness settles on the tongue, hinting at the peppercorns and earthy coriander. A bit more floral, citrus on the back-half. Drying, floral with a touch of orange juice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: An easy-drinking, albeit less than typical witbier. Though, for one's money, you'd be just a well served by a Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really nice, refreshing beer. It pours a light straw color with a white head. The spices come through nicely and it has just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy with this beer. Nice funky flavour with oak, lemon and a touch of spice. Orange and coriander. Dry Bretty finish. Quite fizzy, which is fitting for the style. Refreshing and the Brett adds a great twist to a witbier.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Super light slightly hazy golden...basically no head or carbonation.

S: Oaky old house funk ..lemon citrus tartness some grape/white wine.

T: Tart citrus funk ...oaky wine barrel some dry pear and apple.

F: Very light slightly on the watery side.

O: Great funky witbier worth a try for sure.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bright yellow glow with chunky haze besets the tulip. Aroma was substantial brett, wine barrel, citrus, lemon, almost spruce like tree vibe.

Super tart and sour, spice rack is way behind in the flavor, oak contributions, dry. Good tart tang on this one, one of the best witbiers ever, prolly the best. This and bottleworks XII baby.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light yellow color with very thin white lacing, moderate and steady carbonation.

S - Lightly bready, funk, white grapes, and oak.

T - White grape chardonnay, oak, and tart/tangy funk from start to finish. Also... pears and green apple come through as the beer warms.

M - Light medium body, very dry finish, a lot of soft but sprightly carbonation on the tongue.

O - This is always an enjoyable beer and a nice palate scrubber.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to trying this since I had a couple of the other Anchorage bottled offerings including Love Buzz...shared this at a recent sour beer tasting I hosted.

Enjoyed chilled from the corked and caged750ml in a glass.

The color is cloudy golden with a thin white head with fine bead and no lace to speak of. The smell is slightly lactic and lemony up front with a noticeable brett aroma that invokes tart and floral with a wheat and slight spice with a hint of tropical fruit. The feel is tangy with medium carbonation and tart medium body with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is very tangy with a light lemony quality with a subtle wheat flavor which also has a toasted element and lots of brettanomyces in the taste which brings a tropical fruit tanginess and citrus in the finish with dry lactic quality however there is not any alcohol in the taste apparent to me. Overall I was not dissapointed in fact this lived up to expectations and exceeded based on the way the base wit and brett worked together -almost like a strong berliner since it lacks the prominent spice you may expect from a traditional witbier.

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Photo of cvm4
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a head that disappears as soon as it got there. Not much lacing or retention going on.

S - Nice funky brett aroma on the nose. Lemon peel, black pepper and a little grainy wheat.

T - Lemon peel, earthy and black pepper. Light tartness from the brett.

F - Medium bodied and light carbonation. The minimal "woosh" on popping the cork had me worried. The carbonation should be higher so it can dance all over the tongue.

O - Enjoyable, but not what I've come to expect from Anchorage.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow. Slightly hazy. Pours without much of a head at first, but eventually some white bubbles well up. Settles to nothing.

Smell - Wheat is strong. Lemon. Yeast and spices. Oak ends up being the most sustained aroma.

Taste - Lemon and wheat up front. Lemon actually gets stronger throughout and dominates the flavor, giving it a light tartness. Oak tempers it a little bit. Some of the coriander comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Light body.

Overall - Pleasant flavor, but it drops off leaving only lemon, really. Still, I quite enjoy it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden, glowing yellow color, slightly hazy, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells tart and funky, with some white wine, lemon, grapefruit, and pepper.

I'm not generally a huge fan of witbiers, but of course I'm gonna like a barrel-aged wild version of one. I get wheat, tartness, light horsey funk, lemon, grapefruit, light airy white wine, and pepper. Lots of stuff going on here. The funk has a sort of sweatiness that's hard to describe- you'd know it if you tasted it. It works well.

It feels slightly undercarbonated at this point- it seems like the bottle conditioning is not quite there yet. In about 6 months I think this would be essentially perfect. There is also a slightly watery finish here. Again, it looks like I opened this one a little too early. There's a crisp, and slightly sweaty mouthfeel.

This is a very interesting beer. It seems like in about 6 months or so it'll be perfect, but unfortunately, I believe a beer should be ready at bottling. Despite this nitpicking, this is still a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.89/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Batch #3 June 2014

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Incredible Brett aroma springs from the glass bringing mild notes of green olive and lemongrass. Super funky barnyard, horseblanket, all that goodness.

T- There's an immediate tartness that quickly washes away to a clean wheat finish. Simple but extremely effective. So drinkable, so tasty.

M- Somewhat sharp, tight and dry. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I don't know if I happened to crack this bottle at the right time or what, but this is amazing. I can't stop taking sips it's so damn good. So funky in the aroma and initial flavor but so clean in the aftertaste and mouthfeel. Absolutely exquisite.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a sour beer to me than a witbier. This beer has a ton of brett that lends funky barnyard, hay, and lambs wool aromas. Lemony and tart, with the classic wit spices playing their more traditional role. An interesting blend of styles.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with fizzy white head, sparse blobs of lace on the glass. Smell: bread dough, coriander, herbal brett, pepper note. There's a promise of brett on the label and a hint of it here but it's not doing much yet. Taste: doughy with plenty of lemon, light pepper; mild tartness of lemon and grape skin and slightly lactic. Grape skin and oaky note in the finish. A nice take on a wit with restrained brett presence. Batch #3 June 2014.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Hazy yellow body with a small white head. Complex aroma of coriander, wheat, light misc. spice, grass, floral notes, white wine. A tasty beer for sure. Additional notes of tart citrus and black peppercorns. Saison characteristics. Delicious.

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Photo of Zach136
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 - June 2014

Reviewed April 19, 2015 from a 16oz Belgian Tulip.

Appearance: Thin, dissipating head, slightly hazy yellow, with large bubbles.

Aroma: Bready with a hint of funk and fruitiness.

Flavor: Big hit of lemon flavor from the Sorachi Ace and peel. Slight tartness which I assume is from the peel. Touches of oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, explosion of carbonation, slight linger of lemon and oak. Pretty damn refreshing regardless.

Overall: Hands down the best Wit I've ever had.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Funky barnyard, apple, pear, oak, vanilla, spices, and chardonnay grapes.

Taste: Oak, vanilla, spices, bretty funk, barnyard, apple, pear, chardonnay grapes, and wheaty malt.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, smooth, a little funky, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, and very drinkable.

Overall: This was a solid funky witbier. Delicious and balanced. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
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