Anchor | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Belgian witbier begins with equal parts malted wheat and pale barley to create its traditional cloudy white appearance. The addition of Brettanomyces gives ANCHOR its trademark "green apple" or "horse blanket" aroma and lends tartness to the flavor and finish. At over 6% ABV, this ANCHOR's got a bit of more kick than most wits.

20 IBU

Added by juzy on 04-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of gueuzer
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber fresh from the new brewery, poured into their tall pils glass. Anchor is a crystal clear, pale gold, with a tight white head leaving scattered lace. Seems too clear for a wit...

Smell is great, sour wheat and lemon, a bit of funk, flowers, yummy.

Taste is funky and refreshing - loving this. Wow does MSBC do the brett right! Clean malt, a hint of lemon without being heavy on the coriander, some brett funk without tasty dirty, this is pretty much a perfect wit.

Mouthfeel is light but not thin, crisp without being sharp, with a sweet, fruity finish.

Drinkability is exceptional. This might be my favorite MSBC ever, and I'm a HUGE fan of their brews (w/o being a fanboy I hope!). This will be my go-to this summer, great fishing brew.

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Photo of juzy
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Beer Description: This Belgian witbier begins with equal parts malted wheat and pale barley to create its traditional cloudy white appearance. The addition of Brettanomyces gives ANCHOR its trademark "green apple" or "horse blanket" aroma and lends tartness to the flavor and finish. At over 6% ABV, this ANCHOR's got a bit of more kick than most wits.

I couldn't wait to try this beer from the Crew Brew series. A witbier (one of my fave styles) with brettanomyces!

A - beautiful light yellow, hazy, fluffy white head that hung for quite some time.

S - a little apple, hay and mustiness

T - tart, but not too much, white pepper, faint orange peel, green apple

M - just right, light and effervescent

D - highly drinkable, this could be my new lawnmower beer for the summer.

The brett character should develop as it gets older. problem though....I can't see this beer hanging around in our cellar long enough for the brett to really take off. Some people will prefer it that way, no doubt.

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Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Ira for hooking me up with this bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear bubbly yellow with a massive fluffy white head that hangs around for ages, fed by tons of bubbles streaming up from the bottle. There is decent lacing left behind as well.

The aroma is very fresh and light with lots of lemons and a bit of grassy hints. There is a sweet wheat aroma in the background and the brett is detectable in the nose but certainly not obtrusive.

The taste is a less bretty version of the nose. There is an initial lemony tartness that gives way to the sweetness of the wheat backbone and some light fruits, maybe pears, as well. The finish is dry and crisp with maybe the faintest hint of brett.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with active carbonation and very clean and crisp.

This is a great wit, one of the best I've had recently and is exceptionally drinkable. I think it might get even better as the brett is allowed to work it's magic, but it's pretty damn stellar as is.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from the brewery back in early July. I must say it seems to have held up rather well.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is spectacular, consisting of honey, coriander, light clove and a dash of funk from the brett. The brett really gives this beer another dimension and makes me wish that more brewers would do this with their wits. Also, the brewer didn't overdo the brett addition in this beer, and I appreciate the fact that it isn't dominated by a barnyard aroma. The flavor profile is every bit as good, consisting of honey, raisans, cherry, clove and a touch of wheatiness. However, it's not overly sweet, which I appreciate. There's also something of a paste flavor in this beer, which I know sounds odd, but actually enhances the flavor profile even more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with what I would call perfect carbonation for the style. Drinkability is also very good, with the alcohol giving this beer just enough weight to keep it all interesting. The beer is ultimately just a bit gassy, which is the only thing that detracts from its drinkability.

This is a very fine Belgian style wit; perhaps the best domestic version I've encountered. Very, very impressive.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bright golden amber with a smallish maybe one finger high head of white fizzy lace that formed on top. Very hazy and cloudy with lots of sediment floating

very light and bright with lots of yeast and wheat like aromas. There were some light hints of fruit and a touch of grassy and grainy qualities in it as well. There was light grape and a touch of lemon in it as well. A earthy grassy quality as it warmed up. hints of peach and grss mixed in but both were very light and did not really contribute all that much to the overall approach. The finish was very dry and had an almost light wine like taste to it, very long and drawn out it was really very nice and a classic witbier

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for another gem, John. Witbier with Brett? Yes please!

Absolutely gorgeous pale yellow with a big white head. Great retention and gorgeous lacework make for a very attractive beer.

What a great nose! Brett up front with a clove and bandaid like aroma, but behind that there lies a very rich bouquet of sharp coriander, orange peel and pepper. In some ways, it makes me think of an unsalted gose. Mildly green and mildly earthy, the spices come out more as it warms up.

On the palate, it opens with a more traditional wit character with wheat, corianted, orange and tangerine before a mild Brett funk kicks in. Light in body, delicate and nuanced, this is great. Bready with a mild sweetness, this finishes dry and crisp. The funk isn't as assertive as the nose might suggest. With high carbonation and a great finish, this is pretty insanely drinkable.

When I get back to homebrewing, I'm going to dose a wit with Brett. What an awesome experiment, this is like a cross between Orval and a good wit.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The next in the crew brew series, this one by Gabe. Witbier with brett. Tried this one a few weeks ago when it was quite young and it showed alot of promise. Cheers Gabe!

Pours a clear yellow with that classic witbier soft white hue. Stark white fizzy head retains for a couple minutes and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is indicative of mild brett dosing and wheat. Along with some slight spice profile.

A pleasant beer. Opens up with nice soft witbier character. Wheat and some light spice prevail, and the brett dosing really accentuates this one without getting too crazy. I wouldn't mind a little bit more wheat presence. Some crisp apple and light almost peachiness peek out as well. A very soft finish with lingering brett on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is really nice, carbonation is where it should be, but the viscosity is damn fine with a really soft smooth feel.

Drinkability is defenitely top notch. I could easily session on this all night. Defenitely one to drink alot of.

Overall a very nice, yet remarkably complex beer. Alot going on without so much craziness that you have to pace yourself. Defenitely a good addition to the series for the first really sessionable crew brew yet. Good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy, pale yellow with a three inch head of dense white. Lacework aplenty throughout the glass as well as a solid surfacecoat.

Aromatics lead off with lemon pith, apples, and light spice. Barely a hint of coriander and pearskin follows through. A trace of pineapple pulp nods to some light Brett.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Creamy and quenching.

A mild wheat twang starts the palate, and is quickly followed by hints of citrus and apple.
A honey-like sweetness almost builds towords the finish in tandem with a hint of coriander and orange pith.

Finishes fairly quick with candied lemon peel, orange seeds, and pineapple skin.

Certainly very balanced and quaffable, but the Brett is really tame for my tastes. Also lacking a mild tartness typically found in Witbiers.
Another great MS brew regardless. Thanks Tim!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with akbeerfiend - thanks!. Served in a Lost Abbey rastal teku.

A - Gusher alert! Have a glass ready, as this one goes quickly. Pours with a heft amount of foam that slowly settles to a thin cap and thicker ring. Attractive lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - Funk! Sweet pineapple and tropical brett, stone fruits, and spicy esters. I'm not picking up a ton of coriander and maybe only a little orange peel, making this seem more Saison-like. In any case, it's very nice and reminiscent of the Saison Vautour I had the day before.

T - Taste is a little more muted, with obvious funk, apple skins, unmalted wheat, and a lightly sour citrus finish. Again, it's low on the spice factor, which for me is a positive.

M - This is slightly over-carbonated, although apparently that is a style characteristic of witbier. Body is a little gritty, but is otherwise quite light and refreshing. Finishes slightly dry.

D - I'd definitely have this one again. Seems like it would make a good session option, other than the mildly irritating carbonation level. One of the top five witbiers I've ever had.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, light yellow body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Light barley and wheat scents with a touch of lemon and spice and a positively congenial Brett character smelling only lightly musty wool dungarees and trodden hay.

Taste: Delicate tastes of malted barley and soft wheat with a mild, restrained sweetness to it. Squirt of acidic lemon juice. Faint background spiciness. Very tempered Brettanomyces funkiness within - just enough to give you a lil' hint and some added complexity. Not much in way of hops or bitterness, really. Semi-dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty likable! A light, refreshing witbier with a light, refreshing touch of Brett. The airy carbonation keeps things moving along at a nice pace.

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Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale yellow with a tall white head. Very little retention with some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of lemon, hay, flowers, and fresh cut grass. There is a tartness and light barnyard funk as well.

T: Much much light the aromas. Bright citrus, herbal and floral notes. Hints of barnyard, and a nice mild tartness.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, smooth tart finish.

D: Another tasty little tart treat from the guys at midnight sun.

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Photo of nkersten
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes - thanks to Alex for bringing this one out. Poured into Stone tulip, color is creamy hazy yellow, with a small white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is wet hops, wheat, citrus fruits, brett funk, a bit of pineapple. Taste is citrus hops, wheat, some muted brett, malt mash, a bit sour. Mouthfeel is watery with a light carbonation and a clean finish. I enjoyed this one, a unique beer that is a bit subdued, almost saison like. I would drink this often if I could.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to randawakes for sending this one out about a year or so ago while he was still living in Alaska.

Good thing I read a few of the reviews before I popped this one. I had glasses at the ready and opened the bottle over them just in case. The slightest bit of pressure causes the cap to blast itself off with a huge cork-like popping sound. Fizzy bubbles cascade into the glass and dominate the glass as the level of the hazy gold liquid slowly builds as the bubbles disappear as quickly as they form, leaving only 1 finger of fluffy cap on top. Almost no lacing results.

The aroma is Belgian to the max, with coriander, clove, and white pepper notes in front of an almost forest-floor-like funk. Esters of stone fruits (peaches and apricot), pear, lemon also come through. The smell is really awesome. The taste loses some of the phenols, and thins out a bit, though the fruity esters and the funk from the brett are still very present. White pepper is still present, but clove and coriander are more muted.

Prickly from the extremely high carbonation, the body feels a bit light, even for a witbier. Dry in the finish, the brett does its part to enhance and deepen the complexity of this beer. Unfortunately, the body is a touch thin for the flavors. This is a very solid beer, and I think that age has done it well. This should continue to age well, but I think that it is nearing its peak.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex!

A - Pours golden yellow, a fingers-worth off off-white head, thin cap, good lacing from all the foam.

S - Brett, sweet fruits, funk, lemon, spice.

T - Sweet funk, lemon, brett.

M - Light, good carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - Very solid, although not outstanding. Although the styles are a different, I enjoy Pride a lot more. I'd drink this one again, for sure.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge foamy white head. Lots of lace. Tons of carbonation. Color is a pale golden dark orange.

Aroma: Floral and earthy. Brett funk. Horse blanket. Coriander and spice. Lemon peel and zest.

Taste: Floral and earthy. Very bretty. A lot of coriander and clove. Some green apple citrus. Oak and grape skin flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Lighter bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends dry

Overall, this was a very enjoyable beer. A lot of good stuff going on here. Very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of sprucetip
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Hazy, pale golden, very active, huge foamy white head stays and stays. Some lacing.

SMELL Brett, other yeasties, sweet tart candy. Doesn't do too much for me, but may be what was intended.

TASTE Mild Bret, yeasty, wheaty, mild sweetness followed by tartness. Good, but not amazing.

FEEL Medium carbonation and body, soft pleasant texture, clean finish.

OVERALL Easy drinking, gentle, almost benign. Subtle complexity is probably more accurate. I'm slowly developing an appreciation for barnyard funk, so take my review in that context. Definitely appreciate the creativity and the chances Gabe and the crew take when designing new brews like this, and my guess is that this is something close to what he had in mind. I will always try each and every new Midnight Sun brew, given the opportunity.

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks!

Cloudy straw body with a huge white head that lasts seemingly forever, this is appetizing but very over-carbonated.

Tart and fruity aroma, the brett contributes a mild acetic sourness but very little funk. Lightly sour with notes of tropical fruit, pale malt and subtle spice.

Very light on the palate, almost watery. Dry mouthfeel, nice brett flavors, mild grainy malt. Highly carbonated, which contributes to the thin mouthfeel. The flavors are nice, but the carbonation scrubs the palate too much. There's a little spiciness, some wheat and pale malt. Brief finish. Good, but not stellar.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a bit white head.

S: Woah is there a funkiness to this nose. Quite musty and spicy with a bit of woody note to it as well. Green apple, lemon, and an overall barnyard aroma.

T: This beer is intensely dry with a mildly spiced flavor, nowhere near as much as usual for a witbier, but certainly there. A lot of bready wheat is there too, as is the same fruitiness of the nose and still lots of Brettanomyces funk.

M: The body is medium with a fairly aggressive carbonation and a very dry finish.

D: If you like the intense funk from the wild yeast, this is actually a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky golden yellow with pale yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left lots of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had some bretty funky notes with citrus zest grainy wheat, sweet malts and a hint of underlying spice. The flavor was also pretty wheaty and grainy with citrus accents but a little sweet from the malts and a touch of bretty funk coming through as well. I did have slight coriander notes. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a grainy, sweet, citusy, funky, prickly finish. It drank pretty good and overall was a solid wit brew. Really glad I had the opportunity to do the brew crew vertical thanks to the homie torino. Good lookin out playa.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex here...Bottle into a tulip...Pours a super light and watery yellow, gusher with great retention and lacing...Aroma is a little light but complex; orange peel, brett, a little coriander. Not as strong funk wise as I thought a brett wit would be...The taste is not as exciting at all, tastes more like a wit than the aroma with a funk finish. Its flat and dead, a light chalk finish with some spice.

Interesting beer and concept, just not executed totally. Needs a little more funk from the brett.

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Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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