Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #667
Ranked #48,368
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: 220 | Ratings: 858 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours an ever so slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head that soon diminishes to a thin ring. The nose gets a bit of sweet malt and fruit - orange hints. The mouth gets a bit of orange, overlaying a solid base of light malt.

Sep 12, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12oz. can poured into the Alaskan pint glass. The brew is a slightly hazy golden/orange with two fingers of white head that disappeared quickly leaving a little lace behind. The carbonation appears to be on the light side.
The aroma is light but pleasant, sweet fruit, I am thinking notes of orange. There is also a bit of a yeast aroma that I am picking up on the sniff.
This is tasty stuff, light yeast flavors, wheat, orange peel, with a semi dry finish. The IBU is very light.
The feel is light and thin.
This is an easy one to drink and enjoy several in one sitting.

Sep 11, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one was not quite what I was expecting. I recently reviewed the Husky IPA, and based on that one, and the description of the White Witbier, I think the husky IPA should’ve gone in this can. This is based solely on the flavor description on the can, nothing more. Anyway, it wasn’t bad, but I was definitely expecting a little bit more citrus. At first it’s strongly carbonated. Very strong. Not too strong, but something to be aware of. After that bubbles start to die down, you get a little bit of a cheap lager taste, but it tastes like they cleaned it up with a little bit of pine sol. That’s a joke, it doesn’t taste like pine sol, but it does taste like a lager with just a hint of citrus. I couldn’t really put my finger on what, but there was some clean citrus. Without that, I think this would’ve just been another lager for me. Overall it wasn’t bad, and I thought it was actually an interesting mixture, but I probably won’t get it again.

Jul 23, 2021
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sjdevel from Utah

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK - slightly hazy - 1 finger head but goes flat quickly
SMELL - some Belgian yeast notes - some citrus
TASTE - some Belgian yeast and spices - wheat is evident - slight orange and lemon - peppery and herbal
FEEL - medium bodied but really oily - thinner than anticipated
OVERALL - An ok beer - would not buy again as there are a lot of better White's out there

Apr 09, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- 70% Opaque orange yellow beer with 1F orange yellowish white head that fades without lace.

N-Orange, banana, yeast esters (bubblegum), wheat malt, a bit of butyric acid.

T- Orange, wheat, faint butyric acid, banana.

M- Medium, clean and soft, low carbonation

O- Was expecting a bit sharper more spiced wheat, but it is smooth and not offensive even with the faint butyric acid taint. Not a repeat buy for me, though.

Apr 06, 2021
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tryptagon from Missouri

2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

L: Semi-opaque light-orange, minimal white head.

S: Smells of ale, fermented fruit.

T: Flattened fruit tang, oranges, peaches.

F: Taste hits and doesn't really linger... No discernible structure to the flavor. Did I really even just drink something?

O: Advertised as Witbier with spices. I couldn't detect much. Mediocre. You get what you pay for on this bargain brew.

Mar 16, 2021
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8/24/20...pours medium dark golden copper. White foam starts and subsides. Very faint wheat nose, almost untraceable. Half wheat half lemon flavor. Slight citrus. Flavor pops up front and feels bright. Really nice.

Dec 06, 2020
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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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