Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #666
Ranked #47,104
3.46 | pDev: 13.29%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Notes: Alaskan White Ale has a soft, slightly sweet base with the unique spice aroma of coriander and crisp, citrus finish of orange peel. A light and effervescent body combined with the smooth palate creates a complex and delicate beer that is deliciously refreshing in any season.

15 IBU
Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 843 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet wheat and orange. Tastes of wheat and orange, not much else, not unpleasant but not jump out at you flavor. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Aug 15, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Added picture you see
8 days past best by date.
Bought a 6-pack cans $7.99 Tamuras
Hazy golden color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Some citrus flavors, little tartness, banana, coriander flavor
Overall a good beer. Not outstanding, but fine for the style

Apr 12, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the only Belgian-inspired ale on Alaskan's current list. It doesn't surprise me that White has the lowest rating of Alaskan's brews with over 800 ratings.

What White lacks is a fruit-yielding yeast that makes the style popular. White lacks foam, Looks flat, Smells like malt but not fruit, Tastes mediocre and is thin. I really don't think I should say more than this.

But I do like Alaskan's four other brews I've tried and respect how they have been brewing since the other century and get good distribution; making them the 19th largest crafter. For that, I give them good enough OA Hugs.... just stick to your knitting.

Feb 22, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, about a year and a half old

No head, golden, cloudy; smells like wheat and lemon, almost a skunky summer shandy. This one might have turned.. Actually the flavor held up: spice and bread, coriander and pepper, light and watery but substantial flavor - enough to delight me as I watch Jack Black get dismembered in The Jackal. Crisp and slick feel that ends dry and powdery.

Another solid Alaskan beer. Nothing special, but extremely well done averageness that holds up over time

Feb 14, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from the Binnys located in Montgomery, IL. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had orange peel and coriander notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with wild berry zest and spice highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's an ok beer.

Dec 07, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy light gold with moderate head but excellent lacing. More "fizzy" than is the norm for the style, with big bubbles. Somewhat dark for the style as well.

Classic banana and clove mix with orange peel and coriander. Zesty/fruity wheat is also apparent.

The brew is very fruity across the palate from front to back. Ester banana forward, with solid fruity and zesty wheat in mid-stream, with some orange and lemon here. The finish provides some coriander and clove, but also some band-aid/medicinal notes. Just a touch of tartness at the finish. It starts and finishes like a wit, with esters on the front and tart at the finish. Everything in between is kind of a spicy muddled mess.

The brew meets the style on the tongue, with good carbonation and lift. Medium light. Solid.

It smells and feels like a wit. It looks like a mess and tastes like a spice-rack. Mediocre.

Nov 02, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There is a best by date on the label. The pour is golden yellow. I agree that the taste is quite muted for the style, the citrus & spice notes are not showing themselves enough. All in all, i'm glad to have tried a beer from this OG craft brewery. Cheers! B-

Oct 25, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of eggshell colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Pears, juicy-fruit, white pepper

T: Pretty much follows the nose, some Golden Delicious Apple and dryness up front. More dryness, pears & juicy-fruit as this warms, a little leafy hop as well. Finishes a little too sweet with dryness & white grape/apple juice

MF: Medium body, subdued carbonation

Pretty run of the mill for style, needs a little Belgian influence, more like a kiddie-wit, drinks okay

Aug 21, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the evening Reception, Double Cross Lounge, Kinzie Hotel, River North, Chicago, on draft into stylish tumbler.

Not quite as spiced as some other white ales, or as I would prefer, but a very fruity crisp white ale.

Aug 08, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a small white head. Smell is sweet, malty and fruity. The spices really balance out the flavor perfectly on this beer, it's smooth and slightly fruity. Really really good

Jul 25, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy yellow color with good white head with little lacing. Lemon smell. Taste is a bit fruity with some cloves and pepper, but flavors a bit subdued. Probably not one to repeat.

Jul 25, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a best by date of 8-30-19 (opened 7-7-19).
1/4" white head recedes quickly to a loose cap. Golden beer, hazed but not quite opaque.
Wheat, yeasty esters, hint of orange and also orange blossom. Perfume-y and floral nose.
Flavors are not bold but not quite muted either. Catching wheat and just the faintest orange.
Soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation - medium body. Decent length on a dry finish.
Okay, but not enough here to bring me back if I'm looking for a witbier.

Jul 07, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious witbier that gives me gladness when I drink it. The glacier water gives a nice feel, typical witbier colour, but the taste is more balanced than most.

Jul 05, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/28/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing yellowish golden with some haze to it and has bubbles racing upwards; big fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are subtle and mild, but aren't bad. There's a nice amount of lemon going on. Some wheat and malts. The flavors have some spices leading the way along with some citrus. Some fresh grass. Wheat and malts do their thing. Low bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brew. It's slightly rough around the edges, but maybe that's just it being somewhat unique. It's pretty clean and refreshing. Not bad at all. It's enjoyable and fun to drink.

May 01, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of coriander and sharp orange peel. Taste is full of spice, dominated coriander with nice citrus offsets. Palate is complex and attractive, the elements of the beer play across the tongue. Great wit.

Oct 29, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated 12/15/18. Golden color with a half finger of white head. Smell is faint, a little grass and sugar. Light feel, carbonation a little weak. Taste has a little malt, a little floral hops, and a hint of orange. Not a great example of the style and fairly weak overall.

Oct 21, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

2.13/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. BEST BY: 101218 printed on bottom right corner of front label. So it's got another 10 days of supposed freshness left in it. Grabbed it in a $10 6pack mixer from the grocery store.

Appearance - Small white head less than one fingr than disappates fairly rapidly but leaves a little ring of foam around the edge. Decent lacing and stick. Very hazy light gold body. 2.25

Smell - Faint honey, musky grass and cardboard. 2.25

Taste - Bitter hop, faintly metallic. Bitter, astringent aftertaste. 2

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied. Crisp, sharp and a bit effervescent up front. Finshes clean other than the bitter astringency in the finish. 2.5

Overall - I really hope this bottle is just too close to its "best by" date or maybe a little sunstruck, and not that it's genuinely this mediocre, verging on bad. 2

Oct 02, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, glass. Cloudy yellow body. A few floaties. Spices, light citrus, floral, slight toasted grain. It's heavier on the spices than say, Blue Moon or Hoegaarden, with a slightly bigger mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. A bit more heavy handed than expected.

Aug 12, 2018
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Martin194 from Iowa

3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pale, slightly cloudy yellow, with small white head.

Smell: Earthy, spicy, herbal? Citrus, hops.

Taste: Smooth, subtle malts, leaves a hint of pepper in the aftertaste.

Feel: Mild carbonation, kind of a creamy feel to it, doesn't leave much in the way of mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a nice, refreshing brew, but nothing to write home about.

Aug 10, 2018
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ravger from Illinois

2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had it on draft. It has the hazy, pale yellow color and thick head that are characteristic of the Witbier style. Not much of a taste to it - wasn't bad but nothing to recommend it either. I've had more flavorful examples of this style. I'd go elsewhere if you're looking for a good "white".

Jul 14, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce bottle, this brew is a hazy, pale yellow color. Thick white head. The aroma is flowery, with some pale malt and wheat notes. Lightly sweet taste. Sharp feel, a little spice. Interesting, but unexceptional brew.

Jul 01, 2018
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce glass bottle into a glass.

Look - A very cloudy yellow with large white flecks floating in it. Short fluffy head that broke down almost immediately.

Smell - Like a fertilized lawn. Smells like grass, soil, and chemicals. Sickly sweet.

Taste - A weird combination of sweet and sour. Reminds me of a Lemonhead candy a little bit.

Feel - Thin body, overly strong carbonation, and a little texture from whatever is floating in it. More than a little offputting to drink.

Overall - Every sense got something different, and none of it was good.

Jun 02, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beautiful bright golden body is clouded slightly by some streams of what look like smoke, slowly slithering around in the liquid. The white foam above is unimpressive, and puts up no effort to remain.

Full of fresh wheat and a little pop of lemongrass, this smells very refreshing. A bit of a tart, or an acidic aroma follows with a lovely orange blossom finish.

There's no shortage of classic Wit flavors here. Coriander, lemon, orange peel. A hefty wheat punch comes in right before a long lasting white pepper finish.

I had forgotten how this style truly is one of the top in the thirst quenching family tree. It's nothing fancy, yet it's flavors say otherwise. It's light, and crisp, and though it shows no overwhelming signs of bitter or sweet, it's perfectly balanced. The slightest tart push just makes it all too easy to take one refreshing sip after the next.

Overall, a good Wit. It lacks Al little of that traditional Belgian signature, but it's an easy drinker especially on a warm day like today. One that most mom's might even enjoy, but not mine because this beer has what she likes to call, "That 'beer' taste."

May 13, 2018
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LetsgoAs9 from Washington

3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wish I could find it in a 6pack! Keep buying the variety 12 in Hood River! This is a simple beer executed really well and is great to drink with dinner

Nov 11, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This wit pours a clear amber
tinged golden color with a nice head of white foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin light layer, and leaves nice light sudsy lacing. Nose of
subtle grain notes, subtle orange, and light spice. Flavors follow
the nose with a light orange zest and more grain than wheat note
with a touch of honey and an herbal hop zing at the rear. Decent
body----medium light mouth feel, medium carbonation, and a light
herbal finish. A touch on the watery side.

Let this one warm and it does lightly improve, but still I would in a blind
taste test choose a Blue Moon over this

Overall, while I am more than pleased to enjoy the Alaskan beers
that are making their way here this one is not on par with their
other ales that are fantastic. A painful review for a brewery I am
very fond of and desire to visit some day.

Oct 28, 2017
White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 843 ratings