Alaskan White | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan WhiteAlaskan White

Brewed by:
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 UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/9/12.

Pours a murky light orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, and yeast. Taste is of sweet wheat and some subtle spice flavors. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good witbier that is easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pretty standard white beer here. pours an only slightly cloudy blonde color with a nice white head. smells spiced or herbed, with fruity yeast and plenty of sweetness. taste for me was too sweet, lots of sugars in there. can taste the coriander, and a bit of hops on the back end. feel is nice, lots of carbonation and a fairly light body. it gets bogged down by its sweetness in my opinion, but the flavor profile under all that is quite nice. not my favorite beer from these guys though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Brewing does a good job with this style. Not an easy one to nail down, this beer gets the delicate spices right. Corriander and Curraco orange peel set the stage for a silky and spicy beer. Set atop a firm malt base of wheat and pilsner malts, the yeasty phenols swirl around the peppery corriander and citrusy orange peel notes. At times the spices seem to dominated with a shakey wheat character. Wheat malts seem to give away some body and allow the acidity and minerally character to compromise the mouthfeel. The winter wheat and oat additions common to Belgian varieties don't seem to make the impact here that is needed. Still, a quality beer to enjoy during those hot Alaskan days (wait, what?). Thanks Clvand0!

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Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells of floral, sugary grain, with a bit of coriander and yeast. The taste is weirdly herbal, over a soft wheaty malt, and coriander spice. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit spritzy, and it finishes pretty dry, the herbal weirdness still holding court.

One of the strangest witbiers that I've come across, and very difficult to describe in detail. Almost medicinal, in its initial sweetness. Hmmm. Not something I would want to pursue.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle (I think 355 ml) with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream & thickness, and average retention. Lightly cloudy yellow.

Sm: Spice: coriander, clove. Wheat. A simple, moderate strength aroma.

T: Spices over top a fully expressive wheat foundation. Pleasant and enjoyable. Pretty simple, but pleasant, enjoyable, and refreshing nonetheless. I respect it because it does more than just lemon peel, a welcome experimental approach to the style. Balanced and built quite well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. Features an increase in dryness and coarseness on the finish, which serves to dry the mouth out and encourage the next sip of the wet and smooth open. A touch thick for a witbier, but all around enjoyable.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd easily have it again, preferably on draught. While I do think it'd do better without that final injection of dry coarseness, it remains an enjoyable - if simple - witbier that I'd easily recommend to fans of the style.

Would pair well with popcorn.


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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a slight haze. It had a one finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coriander, lemon zest and some yeastiness. A subtle wheat aroma, too.

T - It tasted of lemony with some coriander, wheat and spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice witbier. Yet another solid offering from Alaskan Brewing.

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Photo of mothman
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass with a finger of white head. Fades down a lot. Leaves a little lace. Color is a slightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Wheat, spice, orange citrus, and lemon zest.

Taste: Much similar to the nose. Typical wit beer. Wheat, coriander, orange, and lemon citrus. A bit of floral/herbal characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing. A decent amount of carbonation. Lighter bodied. Ends clean.

Overall, a fairly straightforward wit. Nothing out of the ordinary, but easy drinking.

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Photo of superspak
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/12/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers for a bit. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of pear, coriander, orange peel, wheat, light pepper, light clove, floral, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with decent balance and complexity; but there is not much going on here other than the spicing. Taste of pear, coriander, orange peel, wheat, pepper, light clove, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruit, coriander, orange peel, wheat, pepper, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of spice/malty flavors, without feeling watery; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid witbier. Solid balance of flavors and easy to drink; just really not all that exciting. Enjoyable stuff.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-accented amber with very light snow showers of suspended yeast. The polar bear colored crown is soft and is almost featureless as it melts. This is the sort of foam that isn't very sticky, so the near complete lack of lace is no surprise.

Although the added ingredients of orange peel and coriander are appreciated in the nose, they certainly don't burst out of the glass. The wheatiness of the base beer is evident as well. Not bad, but not quite good enough for the next highest score.

Alaskan White is a standard, by-the-numbers witbier. Everything is present and accounted for, but doesn't add up to anything special. More fruit and spice might have helped cover up some of the graininess that makes it taste too much like an American pale wheat ale.

Sweet, bitter and tangy are all at a low ebb. Bitter just sneaks ahead at the wire, which is somewhat surprising given only 15 IBUs. Orange peel is hard to appreciate and coriander isn't abundant either. This beer is just good enough to be avoid being called lackluster.

The body/mouthfeel is within the wide range of acceptable. A little more substance would be nice, but then witbiers aren't supposed to be viscous and chewy. The bubbles are on the sparkly side, which breathes some additional life into each mouthful.

Alaskan Brewing Company kicks out some pretty amazing beer. A significant chunk of their lineup, however, is merely better than average. Summer Ale, Winter Ale, Pale, Amber... and now White fall into that category. There are better wits out there for your drinking pleasure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was nicely done, albeit very light and a touch overcarbonated for me, I still think it fit rather well. Light yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a huge fizzy white head that let down quickly. Aroma is light banana, clove and citrus, nice and light and airy with touches of lemon zest and fresh spice as it warms. Very clean taste, perfect hints of citrus and spice layered on the banana based malts. Quick, clean, light and very drinkable. This one was gone like a flash.

Overall a very solid little ale and one that I needed to take a break from the rest of the evening!

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown twist-off shorty, some sort of freshness code on the bottle.

Mildly hazed and bubbly golden yellow color, tiny bubbled sudsy head has a great retention. The softness of the coriander and orange peel ride well with the maltiness in the nose. Lightish body with a rounded smoothness. Subtle malt base is sturdy but lets the spicing take the lead, coriander is bittersweet and melds well with the edge of orange peel. Slight yeast and lemony hoppiness in the drying finish.

A good stab at the style, the playing field for this style has become a bit crowded these days though this one does a good job of standing out from most.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

Pours clouded golden with foamy thin white head that becomes patchy. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with wheat tang, mild orange peel and mild peppery spicing.

The taste is of orange peel, sugary sweetness witha touch of tart, wheat tang and mild peppery spicing in a crisp finish.

The body is effervescent with a light crisp (but not thin or watery) body.

A nicely balanced thirst-quencher. A enjoyable witbier!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan White Ale, Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, Alaska.

Their take on the Belgian witbier, of wheat/wheat ale style.

Cloudy, white amber color, nearly white, large lather of foam floats atop, lovely and pillowy. Quite a sight.

Aroma: sweetness of spice and sugar, some fruit, definitely coriander, a very by-the-books, kind-of witbier. And that's what I like, now and then. Some orange, some lemon, but the spice and the wheat are on top.

Taste: Creamy stuff, while still zesty and sweet. Creme Brullee' action up in here. Vanilla and cream. With citrus below, and spice still going. Smooth, creamy, sweet, and drinkable. Perhaps smoother and creamier than I like from a wit, but if "drinkability" is what they're going for, it's what they got.

A little something wheaty, a little something fruity, a little something creamy. Not the best wit, but serviceable, will do the job.

Just enough hops for me, just enough pretty fruit and spice, but can't ever imagine having more than one. But, here's to those that will!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper-gold coloring with a ton of carbonation bubbling feeding a foamy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of subtle coriander, orange rind, lemon zest, banana, and nutmeg. Flavors are light, sweet forward notes of banana, with subtle spice highlights of clove, coriander, and nutmeg. Decent flavors and balance, but muted. The body is light, effervesced to a crisp point, which really dulls the aftertaste, which comes out a subtle banana bread character. The finish is crisp and bubbly, with a subtle sweet linger. Easy drinker, but there are better Wits out there.

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Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 6/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight floral, slight pale malt, slight spice, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hop, hint of spice, slight pale malt, and hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend. The body is lacking, even for a Witbier.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light golden amber, thin fine white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, wit spicing, light orange. Very attenuated flavor of sweet floral, bready malt and wheat, slight spicing. Flavors are all pleasant, but this tastes almost watered down. Light bodied, but that is to style. This is the biggest surprise I've had from Alaskan, not bad, but very subdued. The weakest flavored wit I've ever tasted. I'll be very satisfied to finish the bottle, but will probably not try again.

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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 Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight spicyness. The taste is sweet for a Witbier, malty/yeasty, slightly spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, I have three bottles of this, two are coming with me to Zion next weekend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Alibi in Corona, CA. Nice to see Alaskan Brewing on-tap. On to the beer:

It looks like a wheat ale, not a white ale. Yellowish orange color, littlle head, a few polka dots of lacing. Smells like....blueberry? Hmmm.

Not a crazy flavor, but it's better than nothing at all. The bartender said it has a mild dill flavor, and I agree with him. I also found hints of bluebeery, or as drinkers of Leinenkuegel Sunset Wheat would say, fruity pepples. It's a little crisp, and drinks well.

Good drinking, but lacking character for the style. With that in mind, Alaskan White might be good while grilling outdoors, or if you're looking for a small beer, but there are tens of better tasting wits on the markets.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with a hint of coriander thrown in. The flavor has quite a bit more orange peel in it, as well as some coriander and wheat. Overall, this is a basic Belgian White, with well balanced notes and easy drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours quite dark for a wit, more toward the amber side of the spectrum than the pale golden or cloudy white you'd expect. The tight head fades in fairly short order to a thin rim. Smells of coriander and dusky bitter orange with some wheat notes in the background. The taste is similar, with a peculiar herbal bitterness which is not from hops. The bitter orange lingers as well and makes it quite citrusy in that dried peel kind of way. I'd say there is simply too much coriander and orange here and it kind of makes the beer out of whack. It also lacks that zingy crispness that makes the style so pleasant and thirst quenching. Just okay.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light gold/straw color with a hint of opaqueness. Practically no head at all.

Smell: citrus and a hint of malt.

Taste: a little wheat flavor; plenty of citrus and a little coriander.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium. An appropriate level of carbonation. It works for the style.

Drinkability: it's more of a warm-weather beer, but drinkability is OK.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, creamy textured, off-white colored head that leaves ample lace on the sides of my glass. The beer, when poured with the sediment shows a milky, pale amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lemon zesty, lemon thyme and has an almost earthy, sort of grassy grain note to it in the finish. With the citrus, this beer comes off as smelling lightly tart; the wheat and yeast also likely contribute to this. The nose is pretty one dimensional as it is hard for me to really smell anything other than lemon (the coriander contributes to this as well).

Light bodied with a prickly effervescent carbonation up front. As the beer moves across my tongue it picks up a bit of silky texture; it almost seems like the wheat has added a certain viscousness to this beer, but that doesn't keep this from being refreshing and quaffable. The beer has a light tartness to it that accentuates a lemon-like citrus note. A touch of earthy, but quite smooth, coriander flavor comes through, but this also accentuates the citrus with a coriander-derived lemon note. This has a clean grain character to it that has the grassy, earthy, fresh cracked wheat derived flavor to it.

If you really like Belgian Wits this should appeal to you. Having said that, this is actually pretty lackluster within the style. It is refreshing and quaffable and certainly hits the spot on a 110+ºF / 44+ºC day, but it is really lacking in depth and complexity (it is especially missing the fermentation / yeast derived character).

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