Whiteout Wit | Anchorage Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
424
Reviews:
156
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
73
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 424 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Belgian style witbier, with significant interesting sweetness from the brett. Fruity and interesting and different, very good for the style.Smooth mouthfeel and very good drinkability. A great bottle to share and accompany a good meal. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 1. May 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy super light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that fades to a craggy cap. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, lemons, and the funky brett smell. Taste is of buttered wheat bread, lemon peel, subtle spices, and some slight funky flavors. I have read that butter flavors aren't desirable in beer, but I am really enjoying this flavor. The barrel aging in the wine barrels is evident as a fruity woodiness. There is a a good level of carbontion with a dry, crisp mouthfeel on this one. Overall, this is a very good witbier from this upstart brewery. I am very impressed with this beer and this is one of the best of the style I have had. I will for sure be seeking out more offerings from this brewery in the future.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i really like the flavor of this beer, i think its interesting as wits go, and i always have thought a little brett in the style would do wonders, and it surely does here. my critique is that its really flat, and while ive had the bottle in the cellar for a few years, it shouldnt be as flat as it is. the stillness is a major turnoff for me, but it doesnt prevent me from being stoked on the flavor profile. the brett really funks it up, and it goes great with the wit yeast thats highly belgian too, lots of fruitiness, white wine, oak, and tang. i get more citrus in this one than i usually do in the style, and this is far more evolved than almost any other wit i have had before. the peppercorns are a cool touch, subtle for me, but really a neat wrinkle. the coriander tastes toasted at first, and more herbaceous with the citrus as it warms. funky and woody to finish, and oddly delicate for how robustly flavored it is. it just needs some more carbonation to really be a special beer! hate when that happens. still, always a treat to drink beer from these guys, they are doing some of the coolest beers in the country. this is a real tasty wild wit.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pale cloudy yellow color with a fizzy yet durable white head on top. The head had a strong retention that lasted for quite a while. The lacing was minimal though. The smell of the lemon zest and French Oak were the strongest aromas I could pick up. The faint aromas of spices were in there too. The smell of the Oak made me think this beer was going to be much more sour or tart but to my surprise it was actually pretty mellow. The flavors had a good amount of wheat notes along with the oak and spice in the mix. The mouthfeel was pretty good also, nice and light bodied, fairly refreshing also. Overall this beer was pretty good, I'd probably drink it again but I'm more excited to try some of Anchorage's other brews they put out now. This was my first Alaskan beer and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to having more from that state some day.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber of this with a friend, cool looking bottle and story on the glass. Pours a golden yellow, plenty of carbonation and head to it. Sharp, fruity aroma to it. Taste is very wine-like, with a nice wit background. Supposedly it's aged on Chardonnay barrels which you can definitely taste. An interesting beer for sure, more recommended for people who enjoy wine/champagne, but solid none the less.. also first time I've had an Alaskan beer!

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down and left a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of chardonnay from the barrel aging process along with some hints of lemon.
T: The taste has flavors of oak barrels and white wine along with notes of sources (from the brettanomyces) and hints of lemon citrus and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slight amount of creaminess.
O: This beer is an interesting take on the style—it’s not as refreshing compared to other witbiers but the brettanomyces and wine barrel aging give it unique flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may be a Belgian-style witbier in inspiration but Anchorage Brewing's finished beer extends well beyond the flavor definitions of the base style and takes on a wild life of its own.

But retracting just a bit, to the eye Whiteout Wit fits the bill with its bright canary yellow hue that's cast upon a yeasty cloud. The beer's spritzy carbonation looks and sounds like champagne as the bubbled tickle the nose with the first sips. A constant supply of carbonation ensures that the head remains intact. Its foam laces on the glass with interesting specs of foam that take on a pattern of star formations.

The common aromas of wheat, lemon, orange peel, coriander, and pepper are met with a corkish wood note, limes, oak, white wine, lemongrass, and equine must. Both soft with wheaty spice and challenged with earthen notes gives a glimpse in how early Belgian farmhouse ales might have smelled.

The taste of wheat rises first, but bring with it only moderate sweetness that's supplanted quickly by earth and spice. The supple flavors of orange peel, apple, and coriander are uprooted by the taste of lactic tartness, crab apples, dried lemons, sandalwood, weathered oak, sweat and brine. Balancing elements of hops are bolder than expected but take on saison-like proportions with lemongrass, mint sprigs, and peppercorn. Only the slightest note of detergent pronounces just before the finish.

Semi-sweet but tannin-dry, the beer's early wheat and pilsner malt textures are pushed aside and favor the beer's peppery prickle and powdery dryness that finishes with a minty-cool evaporation and mouth whetting evoking power.

It's another magical and whimsical ale that uses a lot of traditional and indigenous flavors but combines them in neuvo rustic charm.

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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 emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale pastel straw gold, steady plume of rising champagne streams in the center. Two fingers of creamy white foam rise up and settle, leaving a sticky collar of lacing behind. Pouring the yeast clouds it up a bit,

Big Sorachi Ace aroma, lemon and eucalyptus, fruity with some hints of coconut. Pretty unique and exotic for a Wit, and not especially funky from the Brett, but there are signature traces that come across as wet hay and a slight sweet mustiness.

Lightly tart and quenching, finishes dry. Lemon pith, herbaceous notes from the hop varietal, smooth with a light spiciness that lingers, but subdued in the background. Citrus and wheat, tangy and quite drinkable.

Whiteout is in the same vein as Calabaza Blanca, Two Jokers, Whaleback White and other "sour wits" out there. The Sorachi and Brett make for a unique cocktail...

Sounds: SPK - Metal Field

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a medium pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of Brett and Chardonnay is quite dominant with light peppercorn and spicy yeast notes also perceptible. Taste is a good mix between some dry Brett notes with some Chardonnay notes with some clearly vinous notes and some spicy peppercorn notes which don’t really fit in too well with the rest of the flavours. Body is light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is quite enjoyable though with the amount of Brett and Chardonnay notes I am not sure I would call this a wit beer any more. Some spicy notes of peppercorn could be removed since they don’t really bring anything valuable to the whole mix.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale golden color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and a slight funkiness.

T - Good blend of wheat, yeast, banana and a subtle phenolic flavor. Mostly sweet but a touch of bitterness for balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice witbier. Anchorage continues to impress with unique and delicious beers.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, Batch 2 bottled March 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a foamy 3 finger bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart apple, pear, lemon, white wine, hay, grass, funk, acidity, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and balance. Taste of apple, pear, lemon zest, white wine, pepper, floral, hay, grass, light funk, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness. Slight tartness and moderate earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white wine, pepper, hay, grass, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor complexity and balance; with a nice malt/peppery flavor balance with nice brett flavors; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Wibier! Huge complexity and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink, though I prefer to sip on this one. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Whole Foods on P St. NW in DC. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a cloudy semi-bright yellow color with a good two-finger white head. The nose is a bit bready with a slight sulfur character; it smells a bit like a fermenting berliner weiss. Behind that is a bit of coriander and citrus plus faint earthiness. The flavor is wheaty with a good citrus character and a good earthy presence. Mouthfeel is the best aspect with the barrel character and Brett really coming through for a nice body and dry finish. Well done and a fantastic summer sipper. A bit pricey for what it is, but if this were in six-packs for $10-12, I'd be drinking it all summer long.

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Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 424 ratings.
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