Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #285
Ranked #28,908
3.46 | pDev: 13.29%
Feb 15, 2022
Apr 11, 2009
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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Ratings by TMoney2591:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Pretty fucking boring beer. At first I was like this barely tastes like a witbier. But its actually the lack of spice, clove, etc im missing. Is this to its advantage or disadvantage per style? I feel like the latter.

To me this is a piss poor witbier if thats what I'm reaching for. As an American pale wheat beer this beer would hit straight 4s. Nothing great but its what you expect.

Dec 23, 2021
3.69 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 16, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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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3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by German-Helles from Wisconsin

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
3.18 by mcbraxt from Michigan on Aug 16, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Barnettaidan81

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
3.62 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Jul 04, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by sjdevel from Utah

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

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
3.73 by Idahoman from Minnesota on Mar 21, 2021
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2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by tryptagon from Missouri

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
3.46 by funku2 from Colorado on Feb 13, 2021
3.79 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Jan 29, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by KTCamm from New Jersey

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
3.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 02, 2020
3.88 by evergreen_machine from Washington on Oct 29, 2020
3.81 by mcrawford from Michigan on Sep 07, 2020
3.73 by travelguy from Ohio on Sep 02, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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
3.74 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan on Jul 19, 2020
3.45 by Walnut from Missouri on Jun 29, 2020
3.54 by LittleBender from Arizona on Jun 29, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

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
4.25 by Eamartin88 from Texas on Mar 05, 2020
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2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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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3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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
4.04 by HaoleBoy from California on Jan 24, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by WoodBrew from Ohio

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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3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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

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
3.49 by Giggy from Michigan on Aug 26, 2019
3.44 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Aug 22, 2019
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3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by russpowell from Arkansas

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
3.24 by WynnO from Florida on Aug 08, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BigGold from Mississippi

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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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

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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3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by puck1225 from Texas

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
3.68 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland on Jul 15, 2019
White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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