Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #653
Ranked #45,195
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
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Reviews: 206 | Ratings: 828
Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of BigGold
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.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
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

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Photo of puck1225
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.

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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.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
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.

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Photo of BB1313
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.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
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.

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Photo of detgfrsh
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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
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

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of Martin194
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.

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Photo of ravger
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".

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of cardfan212
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.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
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."

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Photo of LetsgoAs9
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

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Photo of Brutaltruth
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.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice golden color with a big white soapy head, There is some lacing left in the glass. This beer is only average and it tasted a little watery and boring.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazed yellow with small white head. Aroma is lightly spiced wheat and a touch of lemon zest. Flavor is slightly sweet wheat with a touch of coriander. Not bad for what it is.

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Photo of matcris
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light amber, with a finger of white foam that lasts. Mild lacing. The aroma is coriander, minor citrus, and doughy. Flavor, bready/doughy, wheaty, coriander, and a little lemon and orange. Good, full carbonation, medium thin body, fairly dry. Overall, it's fine.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden color, almost white. The head is white, but minimal when poured from the tap. The nose is non existent. I get nothing from it. The taste is, well, minimal. There's just a slight citrus flavor. The feel is more watery. I don't know about this beer. It is ok, but not more.

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Photo of tigg924
4.44/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is orange, coriander, and clove. Light bodied, high carbonation, and sweet. I do not consider myself a witbier expert. Often they all blend into one taste pattern that I will drink one of and then move on. Yet this was a vacation go to beer. Had several of these as the taste was both complex and refreshing. One of my favorite domestic examples of the style. This is an all day beer for me in a ho hum style.

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

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a long-stemmed stemmed tulip glass. Hazy pale yellow with a tinge of orange and a brilliant white head that settles rather quickly. Aromas and flavors typical of a Belgian-style witbier, though somewhat understated. Coriander and orange zest up front, with hints of clove on the finish. Light sweetness, medium-light in body with some lingering spice on the front of the tongue. Overall, a pretty solid witbier.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks opaque ish amber yellow. Great lacing.

Smells floral. Smells a little funky.

Tastes mildly spicy, I'm picking up coriander.

Feels full bodied. Good carbonation.

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