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 Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is - doesn’t do a whole lot for me, being a washed out yellow with an effervescent white head. Looks too much like an industrial lager. However, one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. At least it has little bubbles rising in it, sort of like champagne. Strong aroma is fruity and rather sweet, more like a cider than a beer. Maybe the Chardonnay barrels imparted this. Flavor is - oh yeah, it keeps getting better! A malty core with firm fruity and yeasty notes, rather sweet but not cloying, just a hint of grapes and a subtle sour tone. Lively texture has plenty of fizz, though body seems to be a bit lacking. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of stunna
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited to share this bottle with a friend. Beer from outside the main 48? I'm down.

A - Cloudy straw yellow hue with a thin pale head. Didn't leave any lacing.

S - Piney hops, white grape and citrus.

T - Lots and lots of white. Follows the nose with more subtlety. A dry, crisp finish makes this one pretty refreshing. A good representation of the style.

M - Super light body with a moderate carbonation after the temperature evens out. Very similar to chardonnay.

O - A good beer with above average drinkability. Would enjoy this one after a meal, although I cannot justify the price being quite so high.

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Photo of Caterwaul
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a straw color with thick foam. Lots of brett aromas, mixed with spice and wheaty malts. Lots of brett flavor also, slightly bitter, citrus and spicy pepper. Its dry but drinkable. It has a lot of body and personality, just a bit over spiced and dry for me. Nice brew...its intersting enough that id have again and would recommend it for sure.

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Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy yellow with a medium fizzy white meringue head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet bready malts and some wit spices with some stinky musty yeast and a little brett.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and lemon with some dry champagne notes and some vinous alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with kind of sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice wit. I like what the barrel did to it. An earlier sample had more predominant brett.

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Photo of dhbiker0889
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lemon, funky Brett notes, soft herbal coriander and orange blossom. Very light and refreshing smelling.
More floral and lemon notes as flavours along with soft wheat. There's a soft acidity and some funky Brett but it's pretty restrained. Also a lemon custard notes, sorachi ace style. Could use more acidity, seems a bit weak at the moment. Very drinkable though.
Nice light body and mod-high carbonation.

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Photo of DSlim71
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this one up after really enjoying the galaxy IPA and bitter monk. This was bright yellow, a little cloudy. Smell was yeasty with just a hint of wine barrel, not bad. Taste had some lemon to it, a bit of the chardonnay, some brett but overall it was still a wit and just did not move me like the other tow anchorage beers I've had. I'd buy bitter monk again if I see it and I'd love to try the lovebuzz saison but I would not buy this one again, especially for $15.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with two fingers of large bubbled foam. Active carbonation throughout the bottle.

S: Starts out with some Brett funk with peppercorns, white wine, lemon, and wheat. Very interesting, but only mildly wit-like.

T: Starts out with a spicy fruitiness, reminiscent of apricots and grapes. As it warms, I get more and more white wine and a bit of spicy oak. I get a good amount of wheat behind the fruit, too. Brett funk is there, but it imparts more dryness than anything else. The beer is quite dry throughout.

M: Quite light with lots of carbonation.

O: Certainly an interesting wit. This beer is very dry for the style with a nice fruitiness and lemon and wheat character. As it warms, the wine barrel comes out more and balances the beer out nicely.

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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 ThePorterSorter
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch#1, may, 2011

The beer pours a clear piss yellow with no haze and a disappointingly thin white head (for a wit). There is no lacing or sediment. The nose is pleasant and sweet with a bretty funkiness and white wine/citrusy tartness. As the beer warms the citrus becomes more pronounced. However, the the taste is relatively weak and disappointing. Brett predominates the flavor profile with a mild, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is completely watery and weak although the flavors are balanced and drinkable. Overall, this isn't worth the price ($15) nor worth cellaring.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Cloudy straw with 1-2 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Potpourri, lemon juice, golden apple and clove.

Taste
Lemon juice, potpourri, pilsner malt, wheat and a light Brettiness.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall
Amazing! I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for Anchorage to produce anything less than extraordinary.

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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 GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a light straw color, mostly clear, with two plus fingers of bubbly and fluffy white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing, to a small patch of bubbles in the middle of the beer. Decent carbonation visible, a few streams of tiny bubbles.

Nose is light pineapple, pear, brett funk in wet hay and barnyard, floral hops, biscuit malt, and a bit of spice.

Taking a sip, light floral and grassy hop bitterness, mellowing to pineapple, pear and biscuit malt sweetness. Brett funk comes through in the back half, leading to dry finish with lingering floral, fruit and funk flavors.

Light bodied and well carbonated with soft carbonation that sweeps across the tongue. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerDrinkingRhino
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Bomber poured into an Orval chalice. Nice frothy 1 finger head that lingers a few minutes.

A- very pale yellow. Like a cloudy, more carbonated chardonnay.

S- Very fruity. I get fresh white grapes, white cranberry, a little pineapple. No alcohol present in the nose. Again, resembles a decent oaked chardonnay.

T- Wow. There's a lot going on here. Slight wheat hit and Citrusy up front, even a little bitter. Then the french oak comes through shining. The beer doesn't have any real tannic qualities other than the slight bitterness, but I can definitely get the influence of the chardonnay barrels on this beer. Very nicely done.

M- Decent carbonation, pretty light and refreshing.

O- I'm not too big of a witbier fan, but I'm on a new tip of trying beers from styles I normally neglect. I guess starting off my witbier samplings with Anchorage was a great idea. Very good. I could drink this all day. Awesome.

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Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Magery
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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