Alaskan White | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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78
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Alaskan WhiteAlaskan White
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

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.

Added by bkilpatr on 04-11-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
746
Reviews:
179
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
181
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 746 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 -13.8%
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 -7.4%
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.

C+

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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 zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of superspak
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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 mothman
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Rifugium
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Jason
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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 mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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 vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 746 ratings.
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