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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Photo of ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Whiiteout Wit is a clear gold with a white head leaving fairly thick, foamy lace.

Smell is lightly sweet strawberry esters, a nice skunky hop back-current. Not traditional, but delicious.

Taste is also heavy on the skunky hops and fruity esters, defiantly an American style wit. Nice vinous note, mild brett, drying more than anything; touch of pineapple. The chalkiness is notably pleasant.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a full but soft carbonation. Light bodied.

Drinkability is very high, a fantastic Wit. I thought Anchor was my favorite, but he's pushed it again with a whole re-write, and came out with a home-run.

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Photo of RandyKemka
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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

Whiteout Wit pours a very light straw color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting gives it more of a yellow look. Carbonation looks active. It yields a soft, white head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It recedes to a surface covering somewhat quickly and holds there for quite a while. Lacing was a little sticky, but lighter.

The nose is good. It’s definitely interesting. Musky and funky aromas are readily apparent on the first whiff. The use of Brett is unmistakable. It smells like a moderate Brett presence. I like that. It smells very earthy and grainy. Citrus lemon smells nice and works well. There are definitely a few spices in the house. Pepper and coriander are most notable. I saw that this was aged in wine barrels. There are some light white wine and oaky notes, but they’re subtle. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Smells quite good.

The flavor is easily on par with the nose. It definitely has a strong earthy and grainy flavor that resonates throughout. It is quite musky and moderately funky. The Brett presence is here in just the right amount. It complements, but doesn’t overwhelm. Citrus lemon, coriander, pepper, and orange peel are all secondary flavors that add a lot to the overall mix. The spicy side might just be the x-factor in this one. There are some light white grape and oak flavors that are positive. Alcohol is masked well and doesn’t come through. Ultimately, it all comes together nicely. I like it.

Whiteout Wit has a lighter body. Carbonation is definitely active, but feels soft. It doesn’t feel substantial enough to be smooth, but it’s really close. It goes down easy, that’s for sure.

This is my first beer from Anchorage Brewing Company. I’m rather impressed. You don’t see many Brett-infused, wine barrel-aged Witbiers. I like the trailblazing character of this one. Even better, it’s good beer. There is quite a bit going on, but the flavors all work well together. If you’re looking to check out Anchorage Brewing Company, this seems like a fine place to start.

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Photo of pohldogg356
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, as recommended by the brewer. The bottle bears a "bottled on" date of March, 2012, and that this was part of Batch #2.

Pours a pale straw yellow, with a tall, fragile brilliant white head that collapses upon itself leaving moderate lacing down the sides.

Has a full, funky aroma, with tart apples, grass, wet oak, and lemon. The smell is quite strong and yeasty, leaving no doubt that this is a strong, if not slightly sour smelling, wit beer.

I can best describe this taste as delicate and light, with a foundation of funky grass, savory greens, lemon, and rock candy. There's an ever so slightly sour taste, but it is more than balanced by the grassy and light sweet tastes.

Light bodied, with a slightly sour feel that puckers the tongue. Overall, though, this is a soft brew, with mild carbonation.

The label gives one the impression that this is some monster of a brew, but the truth is that it is a delicate, pretty well balanced witbier that I would be happy to have again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one while hanging out by the pool in Florida with the aasher wedding party! Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, wood, spice, tart, and earthy funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, funk, earth, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was something a little offputting on this one. Most of the things I have had from Anchorage have been spot on, however the addition of Brett to a Witbier might have been a little much for my palate as they didn’t blend as well as some I’ve had in the past. Still fairly tasty, but nothing standoutish. Worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of Pixachii
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.12/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into some manner of glass on Super Bowl Sunday 2012

Thanks to nickd717

Hazy, cloudy gold. There isn't much of a head, but there is some lace.

Aromas of lively brett, lemon cookies, wheat crackers. Tart. Tastes like stale oak and brett funk. Vapid, unpleasant dryness. Lemon zest and bland spice. Thin feel with ample carbonation (do the math).

Overall impression - I don't care for this at all.

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Photo of avalon07
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice sweet, engaging aroma of lemon, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (lemon), light hops, malt, peppercorn, with a slight grain presence. The flavor here is alright, but a bit on the thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is another beer that seems somewhat uneven. Not bad, but not as good as others of the style (e.g., Allagash White). Still, drinkable.

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Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of pixieskid
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Reaper16
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle -- Batch #1, May 2011 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours an extremely light yellow color. I've seen sparkling wines darker than this. It's kinda ghostly how it looks solidly pale-yellow but also fairly clear at the same time. Not much head here, maybe a finger at the very most before settling down to .40 fingers. Little splashes of lace. It strikes me minutes after typing the preceding text that this beer's color puts it into the Hoegaarden school of witbiers. So there's nothing unprecedented or off about how pale it is.

The aroma, however, is quite unconventional for a witbier. For one, there isn't any orange peel aroma. Instead, Whiteout Wit opts to use lemon peel as its additive citrus component. There's the requisite pepper here, and really not any other distinguishable spices. No clove. Maybe some coriander. What's coming across much more strongly is the Brettanomyces. It's not barnyardy, not really, but it's Bretty in that Orval type way: unmistakable and kinda musty, but not overblown. There is some astringency here, and it might be coming from: 1.) the hops, 2.) the yeast, 3.) the barrel. Probably a bit of each. The aroma is so well-blended that it's hard to pick out individual things. That's a good attribute, by the way.

The flavor is similarly clean but it doesn't have as much of a flavor impact as the nose would indicate. In this respect it is a sibling of Anchorage's Love Buzz Saison (which I reviewed a couple of days prior to reviewing this beer). In fact, I'd venture to say that Whiteout Wit isn't a witbier at all, but instead a Saison. It's light and yeasty (the Brett is so nice here without dominating), and very fruity. That lemon is strong. There's lemon peel, there's lemony hop notes (Sorachi Ace is mentioned on the label, so, yeah, this beer is lemony), and there's a vague white wine characteristic too (the beer was aged in [presumably California, given the oak] Chardonnay barrels). It's an easy quaff but it has many layers to it. A lovely, lovely beer.

It's light and dry in terms of mouthfeel (as you'd expect from a Bretted beer). Maybe a touch too prickly, but that's just picking nits.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Witbier, Saison, Belgian Pale, Wild Ale...whatever you wanna' call it, this is refined and delicious. I wish I had more bottles of this. The only sour and/or funky witbier that's better than this is 2011 Boulevard Two Jokers.

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Photo of ptarmigan98
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of quirkzoo
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow with 2 fingers of thick white head that leave a nice cap. After a while the clumps in the cap look like a pellicle.

Lots of funk up front, very woodsy, I get a lot of chardonnay like oak on the nose with a bit of tart lemon behind that. Some spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit of a coriander aftertaste. This one was much more tart then I was expecting and I really liked it. Very well balanced flavor with just the right amounts of tart, funk, oak and spice.

Somewhat thin, very dry, very easy drinking.

Overall this is a really good beer. The brewer comes with an impressive pedigree and I am excited to try more of their beers.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon zest and sweet wheat with some funkiness, barnyard smells, and some brett. Hint of green apple sourness and oak as well.

T - Starts off some barnyard funkiness, brett, some green apple sourness, a bit of wheat, and some tart lemon zest. Through the middle, some light oak flavors come through with a hint of spices alongside some mellowing tartness. The finish is a mix of wheat, tart lemon zest, funky brett, and a hint of oak.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, dry, and crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice complex witbier beer with the Brett flavor really blended in nicely. Super crisp and refreshing as well.

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Photo of jsanford
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that fades to a densely-packed ring of tiny bubbles.
S - Big, funky aromas of lemon juice, white wine grapes, French oak, earthy Brettanomyces, and spicy coriander. Very Russian River-esque in the aromas, a lovely blend of funk, sour, and bitter.
T - The taste doesn't even begin to live up to the nose, sadly, with mild flavors of grain, pepper, perhaps a touch of lemon, and slight Brett flavors. The wine character is subdued, the Brett is subdued, and this honestly comes across a bit watery. Wow, given the level of enjoyment I've had from the three other ABC beer I've had, I'm hoping this is an "off" bottle.
M - Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, with a thin body and the aforementioned watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is ample, but maybe just a touch low. I will say this is easily the most drinkable of the Anchorage brews I've had, but I'd give up drinkability for the signature complexity any day.
O - Quite a disappointment for me. Just no where near as flavorful as I'd hoped, and the watery body doesn't help. I'll look for a second bottle in the future in the hopes this was a fluke.

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