Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #656
Ranked #46,271
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: 212 | Ratings: 836 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by TuffBluff:
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3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat cloudy golden body with two fingers of white foam. Typical mass produced witbier in both smell and taste: clove, flowers, orange zest, wheat, lemon and yeast, taste just executes better. Feel is a little watery, and does not focus enough on the wheat

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REVZEB from Illinois, May 05, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite white beer

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jodawn from Texas, Nov 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Volsdawg10 from Mississippi, Jun 12, 2014
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3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On pour, it is a cloudy golden amber with a very soft 1-finger thick fizzy head that diminishes into patchy islands rather quickly. It leaves behind a very minimal spotty lacing and as the beer sits, yeast sediment collects on the bottom. After doing some research on witbiers, I've come to the conclusion that it is a little darker than I expected, but I'm no expert. Yet. (Insert evil grin here).

The smell is first and foremost a very obnoxious mix of coriander and orange peel, and though not strong, it initially overshadows all of the other scents making it hard to pick any one out. What I thought was a hint of caramel turned out to be the sweetness of the wheat poking through, followed by a light lemon and thyme type of concoction, and a touch of yeast. Again, it's not a very robust or powerful combination of aromas, but the coriander and orange peel steal the show here.

Leading into the taste, the coriander and orange peel are again in the forefront, leaving little room for a light lemon tartness, a tangy sugary wheat, and the swishes of yeast that quickly passed over my taste buds. The Alaskan White is almost spicy from the prickly carbonation and ends on a lightly dry finish. It is light-bodied and smooth, almost creamy, with a clean finish that isn't quite as crisp as the smell. And though there are lots of grains (which I read are more common in American wheat beers), there are practically no hops present in either the smell or the taste, which left it quite "lackluster."

While this brew is rather easy to drink, it most certainly borders on average - at least until the coriander and orange peel stop trying to beat everything else up. As far as I'm concerned, this beer is just short of the depth and complexity and missing a certain light fruitiness that is supposedly common in the witbier style. With all of the spices overshadowing everything, this almost tastes like it wants to be a holiday-type drink, and would probably be best enjoyed paired with a salad covered in rosemary vinaigrette or lemon and a white fish.

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Lucklys from Arizona, Nov 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cre83 from Washington, May 01, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pescadoWRC from Argentina, Oct 16, 2015
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

ste5venla from California, Feb 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

itracy63 from Washington, Jun 02, 2013
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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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

vfgccp from New York, Jan 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

J_Dub from Texas, Apr 24, 2013
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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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matcris from Arizona, Aug 31, 2017
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

bubseymour from Maryland, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

GraduatedCashew from California, Aug 29, 2013
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3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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

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jimmah120 from Minnesota, Feb 14, 2020
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

GoodFellaBeau from California, May 17, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nicksamuelson from North Dakota, May 03, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

elec from Minnesota, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

danfix99 from Minnesota, May 20, 2013
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