Alaskan White | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan WhiteAlaskan White

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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.15/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, light yellow color, not white at all, with a lot of bright white head that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing.

There was nothing noticeable in the aroma, certainly none the usual Wit spicieness, well below average for the style. Other than a slight wheat taste this beer was not readily identifiable as to it's supposed style.

The body was light and smooth, almost average. This beer is very drinkable, but why bother? Drink this if your only other options are the BMC suspects, otherwise avoid it.

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Photo of a2marzman83
2.2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an almost clear yellow-orange that seems a little dark for a wit (especially one called white). White head is small, short lived and leaves little behind.

Faint wheat aroma present. Smell shows no signs of orange peal or other wit spices.

Coriander and orange peal come out in the flavor but hide behind the wheat. Crisp aftertaste with a slight metallic bite that is slightly off-putting.

Alaskan has done better to me in the past, and I won't let this one turn me off of a solid brewery, but I say pass on the Alaskan White.

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Photo of SamN
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pale yellow, slightly hazed, not very active carbonation wise, weak head. Meh.

S- Hmmm, mostly sour adjuncts from the wheat. Backdrop of faint wit spices. Sweet and sour, basically. Not bad, but definitely not great.

T- Starts off the same way it tastes, adjunct sours, moves along to encompass more traditional witbier flavors: spice and breadiness. Finishes slightly sweeter and dry.

A dull and faceless beer, nothing here stands out at all. Pretty boring and uninspired.

M- Pulls pretty smooth from glass, bubbly and light body. Standard wit mouthfeel.

D- This beer isn't all that great. Would I want to drink another one? No.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a - poured a two-fingers thick white fluffy head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring. the body was a slightly hazy straw gold color.
s - citrus and coriander dominate the aroma.
t - citrus, some spice, with a syrupy extract type flavor. bleh.
m - very thin.
o - i am a fan of ABC's beers but this was a huge disappointment.

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Photo of stevoj
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Witbier is not one of my favorite styles, however, IMHO, this one isn’t that good. Extremely light aroma (which seems sour) and taste with metallic/varnish finish. Color and appearance are right, but all else falls behind it’s Belgian brethren.

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Photo of alexipa
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow, clear, no head at all. This is clearly filtered, which doesn't really fit the style.

S: Some nice belgian yeast smells along with coriander. Smells pretty nice, a little too subtle.

T: If you carbonated water with orange zest and a dash of coriander, you'd get this beer. Almost no beer flavor to be had here, more like carbonated juice.

M: Thin and watery. There is nice carbonation, but that's about all for the positives.

O: Just not good. I've been working through an Alaskan 12 pack mixer and this is the worst by far. Can I trade the other one for another Amber please?!

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a light gold with some yeast settlement and thin white head. Little retention and lacing.

S: Wheat, citrus, lemon, orange peel, and coriander.

T: White bread, citrus, orange, some subtle tartness, coriander, and white grape. It surprisingly finished kinda sour.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, not much to it.

O: Admittedly this is not a style I am particularly fond of. That being said this isn't a bad beer, it just lacks anything to make it stand out.

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Photo of u2carew
2.49/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz twist off stubby.
A) Pours with a finger thick, white big bubble head that quickly settles to nothing... so now a headless beer. Clear body golden to bronze in color. Absolutely no lacing.
S) Sweet candy aroma. Subtle hints of wheat and grains. Not too aromatic overall.
T) Sweet upfront, but again like the aroma, a candy sweet. A hint of toffee and some grain notes. Earthy hops in the finish.
M) Fizzy at first but then goes flat. Light body with a dry, crisp finish.
D) Not impressed. I won't be having another one of these. Disappointing compared to quality of the other Alaskan brews I've had.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a pretty "meh" beer. Nothing special at all. It is probably well done for the style, but this is such a boring beer with very little complexity. Not a bad beer for a hot day, but not great.

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Photo of Duff27
2.52/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a short, shirt lived white fizzy head. Beer is an orange golden color. Fast moving effervescence. Low head retention, no lacing.

Smells of a BMC type lager with a hint of citrus.

Follows the smell almost to a tee. Faint citrus, mosr specifically orange.

Fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel, slightly watery.

Not impressed overall, especially since my only other Alaskan beer thusfar was the Smoked Porter. A step up from BMC lager types but besides that don't waste your time/money.

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Photo of abanerji
2.52/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber, near golden colour with slight coriander aroma, nothing too strong.

This is an alright beer, with a little bit of spice and slight pleasently bitter aftertaste. The promised coriander taste was negligible, and overall I found the flavour rather bland, despite the spice. It's refreshing served chilled but lacks depth and is otherwise quite average.

Not bad, but there's a lot better out there.

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Photo of drpimento
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this served at a good temperature, with a small, rapidly vanished off white head and no lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is beery, yeast, spice, malt, grass. Flavor is like nose and is dominated by carbonic tang and yeast, followed by malt and a little spice. Barest hint of orange, maybe I'm even imagining it. Body is ok, but carbonation is very fizzy. Finish is like flavor, fairly short and forgettable.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Flying Pig Bar, Everett, WA

Poured a hazy, yellowish-gold, with a light bubbly head. Typical citrusy nose of a wheat beer. Taste was citrusy, crisp, tart, and a bit acidic. Light-medium mouthfeel, some carbonation, a little rough going down. Somewhat drinkable and refreshing, but nothing extraordinary. Plus I'm not a huge fan of the style, so it takes a little more to get me to come back.

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Photo of rawfish
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear, pale yellow amber with a small dollop of stark white head. Fades quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Wet cardboard, wheat twang and weak all spice and coriander. Touch of lemon. Very raw grain, not unpleasant but the spice notes do not integrate into this well.

Cereal grain, surprisingly dank and earthy. The malts take this one to a dark place before you catch hints of clove, peppery coriander and orange zest that are awfully faint. Ends with pleasant wheat note along with cardboard pulp.

Thin to medium bodied and even carbonation perhaps a bit creamy. Taste does not linger and grains slightly dry the palate.

Not much Belgian quality here, more of a weak American wheat ale with a grain bill that darkens the bright wheat flavor and basic spices. Would not revisit.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dramatically less head than other whites. I poured this the right way and the beer is semi-transparent as opposed to opaque like other whites. Carbonation doesn't appear crazy like I have come to expect from whites. The dimishing head is leaving some lacing.

Smell - I am liking what I smell. It smells very sweet and fruity, almost syrupy sweet....kind of like canned peaches. On the other hand, this scent smells like its mixed with coins which I do not like.

Taste - Hm...almost no bitterness, not a lot of wheat either. Not a lot of flavor overall. Starts mildly tart, finishes clean with a faint lingering very slightly bitter aftertaste. I can't say I like the flavor that is there. I can't really name what these tart and bitter elements are. The spices are detectable here while they were not in the smell.

Mouthfeel - Controlled carbonation is good. Very slight tinge entering the mouth and fades away quickly. Medium-light to light feel in the mouth.

Drinkability - The physical properties of this beer are solid, but unfortunately because of the taste I would not really be able to drink this beyond the trial I am giving it now.

Overall this beer was kind of a disappointment. I am a fan of Alaska (the state) and my favorite animal is the bear. I have also recently tried other whites and hoped this would be the sleeper and slot in maybe 2nd place. However, I did not like the taste it had and that is a deal killer despite the nice smell and agreeable mouthfeel.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transferred over from my tasting notebook and edited for clarity. Might as well work on this task in my limited free time in alphabetical order I suppose.

I was really excited to learn that WI was going to get some beer distributed from Alaska, it seemed so exotic, so far away. Poured out a translucent darker gold color, one finger of foam that dissipated in about a minute, no real lacing. I was expecting a lot more head than this. Thinner bodied, but effervescent like a soda with the level of carbonation present. Smells of light grains and orange zest with some minor murky floral hop undertones, taste follows the nose to a T. But I failed to detect as much complexity as I have had in other witbiers... I can't find any coriander, any tartness, or spice. Hopefully Alaskan Brewing's other offerings are better than this was.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Bottle. Standard mark of 3.00 points.

Smell - Bitter orange peels. Wheat. Ethanol. Hint of lemon syrup. You have to really use your imagination to bring in what should be the proper fragrance for a witbier. Not impressive. Not impressive at all.

Taste - Smooth but really lacks in flavor and robustness. Instead I'm given a healthy dose of bitter and sour wheat mash and the ugly rind of an orange peel. Fades to a very faint white grape/raisin. All of these flavors are rather two dimensional. Drinkable. The finish is probably the best thing about this beer. Noticeable (and sorely missed) lack of candied dreaminess that goes along with this style.

Mouthfeel - Somewhere between carbonated and smooth. Average I suppose. Good finish.

Overall - Unimpressed. I was expecting more since I've really fallen for the Witbier style. Hoegaarden and Blue Moon are two great examples of what I look for in a Belgian White/Wheat aka Witbier style and in my opinion this brewery's take on it is less than satisfactory. There are worse beers out there but I think for a Belgian White this one has been the worst so far.

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Photo of Todd
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Pours a semi-hazi dirty blonde colored beer with a crackling head and very little lacing and retention. Definitely doesn't look like a Witbier.

Wheat, citrus, and a soft dusting of spices in the nose. Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation, round palate. Malty upfront with some fruity sweetness mixed in. Notes of orange and rind. Lemongrass. Wheaty edge. Mild powdery spices; mainly coriander. Finish is dry with some wheat husky notes, hint of breadiness, and lingering rind and spice.

Not a bad beer, but it misses the mark as a Witbier, which this was based on according to the Alaskan website. And the expect Belgian characters are not present (which makes me wonder if they used a house yeast strain vs. a Belgian one), like complex yeast flavors, and the style's trademark cloudiness and sediment that's a big part of the experience. Instead, the beer seemed too clean (partially filtered, I'm guessing) and dumbed down.

Basically I expected a Witbier, but got an American Wheat Ale w/ some spices.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: dark golden color with a thin white head little lacing lots of carb bubbles and little floating particles I doubt it's yeast it might be leftover malt or spice particles. If it is indeed yeast it didn't mix with the beer well when swirled.
S: has a caramel malt and allspice aroma with a faint coriander smell mixed in
T: has a strong coriander taste that quickly gives way to a pine type of taste that also quickly leaves and is replaced by a bland malt leftover aftertaste which settles into a faint coriander taste
M/D: light feel with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is ok but the taste seems off for a witbier and seemed harsh.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very disappointing beer for me, I expected much more. I didn't get much head, much lacing or anything really that impressive appearance wise. The smell and taste were just the same. I got very little spice notes and NO fruit, I assume most witbiers should have some fruit in them, maybe this one wasn't supposed to, I dunno. But either way, very little spice in this and VERY little wheat. There isn't much I hate more than a small amount of wheat in a beer. It honestly just felt like a watered down beer to me. I could tell they obviously didn't water down the beer to save money, that would have tasted terrible, but i just got that feeling, not much taste, not much anything. Oh well, it wasn't undrinkable, just not that great at all.

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Photo of AleMan66
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a dark golden with with a white head. Drinkable, but not a great beer. I don't really taste malt or hops, just coriander. Not my thing. The only beer by this brewing company that I haven't liked.

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Photo of vkv822
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow straw color with some sediment, and a decent white head, that fades quickly and leaves not much lacing. The aroma reminds me of an adjunct lager, with some extremely light coriander notes. The flavor follows the aroma very well, with a bit more wheat and coriander notes. The mouth feel is average, a nice medium body with a nice bit of carbonation.
I was disappointed by this beer as I have really enjoyed the other offerings I have tried by this brewery, but this just reminded me too much of an adjunct lager to be enjoyable.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Big Wang's Sports Bar in North Hollywood CA into a pint glass. Reviewed from some quick notes.

The beer looks like Blue Moon - that is to say like a pale wheat ale - and has a similar aroma but with a touch more malt and a bit of spice to it. Taste was fairly light and I couldn't really get into it. Not much here - made me wonder if they actually just had a tap running from the Blue Moon keg, which in all honesty, judging from the kind of place this was, they might have. I'll take their word for it. All in all not a bad beer, definitely drinkable and washed bar food down well - burgers and wings - but not a very good example of a wit. Disappointed, as Alaskan is usually excellent. This one was just meh...

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Photo of bondjedi
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap during Thursday Night Football at the Fiesta sports book.

I had never heard of this brand before, this was a blind request. Until checking in here I had no idea this was a wheat beer - I thought it was Alaskan's attempt at a North American macrobrew. More quality than an NA macro, though with little pretty lacing and no purity of opacity.

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Photo of turnstile
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz twist-off bottle, no freshness date. Stored in a cool, dry place for about eight months.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipates. Not the hazy appearance that I would expect with a witbier.

Smell: Faint spice with a light and crisp wheat aroma. A hint of clove struggles to make its way to the front with yeast barely noticeable. Orange becomes more noticeable with more sniffs.

Taste: Not incredibly too much going on here. The crisp wheat flavor is the most apparent with light spicing coming next. No noticeable flavor imparted from the yeast. Minimal bitterness with a slight lemony-citrus note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: For this particular style, it's a little too carbonated for my liking. It's a lower ABV, lighter body sort of brew which means that it's a suitable session beer - though I wouldn't be inclined to reach for a second one. It does, however, seem a little more enjoyable as it warms.

I think this brew leaves a lot to be desired. Some more intense spicing, lighter carbonation, a heavier body, and a less filtered appearance would be required for the Alaskan White to stack up to its competition. I'm certainly fortunate to have been able to sample an Alaskan Brewing Co. beer (considering it isn't readily available out this way) but this one needs a little work.

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