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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 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 jsprain1
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden with just the tiniest of head retention. lots of carbonation bubbles.
S- Subdued smell. Wheat with some spice, coriander and pepper.
T- Same thing. Wheat, coriander, pepper, and a hint of orange zest. Just a very faint alcohol finish.
M- highly carbed resulting in a dry finish. pretty reasonable body though.
D- This is a pretty good summer time beer. Not the best wit out there, but it's drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of KazikliBey
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a one inch off-white head when poured into a frosted heavy beer mug. Head lasted about one minute and left a clean top layer of bubbles. Liquid is a cloudy golden color and has a pleasant slightly fruity aroma. Taste is wonderful and seems to have a hint of coriander and possibly a cinnamon like spice. Mouth feel is very good as is it's drinkability.

I like this one, a very nice product.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks filtered bright white head and a ton of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass the color is golden and clear

S: Not a lot going on in the smell slight coriander and wheat

T: Clean wheat taste with a bit of coriander not much else going on clean finish

M: Light mouth with high carbonation

D: Highly drinkable

Overall: Perhaps this should be called American Wheat not a White. Its filtered and spice is light and yeast is probably not a white beer yeast its just a house ale yeast. They might solve a ton of problems if they changed the yeast.

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

This is the first time I've had this beer, and I am surprised by how dark it is for a white beer. Medium golden blond, with a bit of white foam that dissipates fairly quickly. On the nose I get some Belgian yeast, banana, some wheat and a little peppery spice. Very fruity on the palate, a little lemon, some apricot and maybe pear/apple. Very dissimilar to most whites I've had, but refreshing and flavorful.

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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 DovaliHops
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't going into this with high expectations, but I was pretty impressed. The appearance is a clear-golden with a big head that disappears fast. I smell spices and some peppery notes. Slight sweetness on the nose as well. Interesting taste to this wheat beer. The wheat hits you in the face right away. This beer blows Blue Moon outta the water. Lot's of spice and very little hops, with a nice aftertaste. I would definitely buy this again as a 6 pack for a nice summer BBQ session beer.

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

Poured into a pilsener glass from a 12 oz. twist off bottle. Pours a hazed straw with one finger of white foam that settles out to a light film.

Smell is lightly spicy and of soggy wheat, bit of clean lager like yeast comes and goes with the spice notes.

Taste sweetens as it warms and holds a firm spiced character, revealing a bit of citrus amongst a dense wheat feel. And while the wheat is detected in the feel it is a bit difficult to discern in flavor. A unique brew that is dry in a spice sense yet without being bitter, and offers a flash of citrus on the finish. I'm not quite sold on it however, as I find it too chalky in structure and with subtle wheat notes overwhelmed.

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Photo of turnerr79
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bubbly sea foam white, one inch head that quickly dissipated.

Smells of sweet summer wheat.

Crisp first sip. Light mouthfeel. Semi sweet. Definitely wheaty, and subtle light grain malt. Slight hoppy hint, but barely.

Easy to drink. Good summer beer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle tried 7 Apr 2010.

Poured in an Abita shaker pint glass. Small almost non existent white head quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Hazy golden orange color. Smells of pithy lemons and coriander. Tastes quite strongly of coriander. Citric bitterness in the middle, becoming juicy fruity sweet with a tart finish. Aftertaste has a lingering lemony tang.

Not quite to style but still pretty good.

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

Shipped back from my Denver trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle with twist-off cap into a pint glass. Best by code of 5/5/10 on right side of front label. It was a hazy pale gold color with slight carbonation. I gave it a good swirl as I was pouring to stir up the yeast so it had a good sized white head. It settled into a good collar with thin foam cap. Good slow sliding lace - doesn't stick.

The aroma was a mix between a witbier and an American pale wheat. It had the usual wit aromas or corriander, orange peel and spicy yeast but it had an equal amount of wheat graininess that you find in the APWA. Wish it had more of the orange and corriander to knock down the grain. The taste follows the aroma and again is mostly wit but heavy on APWA. Needs more of the wit flavor to battle the graininess. The spice is a bit more prevalent here than the aroma which helps. It has all the elements you'd find in a wit but nothing that stands out. Goes down easy enough but not something that screams for another. Mouthfeel was medium and could use some more carbonation.

Overall, a middle-of-the road wit that while drinkable just doesn't stand out. Mild recommend if you can easily get. Rotation - not avail here in TX so shipped to myself from CO. If here, maybe the occasional 6 pack in my wit rotation. For now, not worth shipping more but would try on-tap at least once while on the road. [O;O]

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a nice golden color with a lot of carbonation bubbling up feeding a crisp white head. Smell of wheat and light spice and faint citrus. Taste has a light sweet spiced wheat flavor. Mouthfeel is light - medium with good carbonation. A drinkable brew, but one I won't pay for again in awhile.

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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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Photo of blackc5
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this more than I did. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at 48F.

A - Pours a deep gold, almost amber, and quite clear for the style. Two finger white head that unfortunately dissipated very rapidly. No lacing whatsover. Sub-par here.

S - This is better, and although fairly mild at least it has some hints of spice and citrus in the nose to match the wheat.

T - Hmm, very mild. Definitely not complex, and definitely lacking in anything that makes it stand out. Spices are quite refrained, and you only get a slight sense of the wheat. Something is lacking here IMHO.

M - Medium bodied and crisp. At least it has the expected above average level of carbonation.

D - Relatively high given the very mild flavors and fairly low abv, not that you might really enjoy every moment of it...

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Photo of jdense
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the EOU Faculty Lounge, served in chilled :) shaker pint, 1/19/10.

Light golden body, a bit of chill haze, cleared up for the most part as it warmed. 1 finger white head, medium dissipation, with nice lacing. The nose is citrusy, the orange peel with a bit of lemon (Meyer lemon?) some spice notes, coriander with a bit of white pepper. The taste is, unfortunately, off, citrus prominent but overwhelmed by coriander, worse yet is this aggressive banana taste-is this a bad keg, big diacytel hit-ugh. A bit of hoppiness on the back end. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. This would certainly be tres drinkable on a hot summer day, wonder what this is doing being served in winter time. OK, but not in the league of Allagash or Hoegaarden.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This one pours up a nice, golden yellow color with a light hint of orange to it and a light touch of haze. It is capped by two-fingers worth of bone-white colored foam. The retention is very good, but the lacing is light and pretty slick.

Fairly mild nose, overall. Some yeast. A touch of spiciness. Hints of citrus fruitiness. Mild hints of hops.

Sadly, the flavor follows the nose with more mildness. Just not a whole lot going on here.

This has a light-to-medium body. It has a fairly high level of carbonation. It's got a fair amount of sharpness to it and no real creaminess to speak of.

This is actually coming off like a macro lager with a splash of flavor, as far as my tastes go. So, sure, it's easy enough to drink, but I'm not sure why I'd really want to.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a medium amber brown, with very little foam but did have a lot of lace on the side of the glass the whole time. The smell of spice and mild hops had a pleasant aroma. The taste was of spices, mild hops and a hint of malts and yeast, as in bread taste. A very nicely balance of components, without the bittness. Drink and enjoy this White Ale for Alaska!

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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 KBomb
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alaskan White is much more a rich gold color than white, and there wasn't much white head to speak of either (even with a fairly aggressive pour only a quarter inch of foam emerged and dissapeared as quickly as it came).

Smells slightly grassy, grainy, and "lager-y" but is accented nicely with some subtle banana and what I guess is the coriander. Aroma isn't all that strong, but it is good and fresh.

The taste is a bit of an interesting departure-- tastes much less like a Belgian Wit and more like an American lager. The simple grassy, grainy malt flavors and mild hop flavor are not bad; yet they do feel out of place. There is a mild orange citrus on the finish that is likeable. Comes off as a bit watery especially if your expecting flavors of a Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and yet manages to feel creamy too.

Like most of Alaskan Brewing Co. beers, Alaskan White is built for easy drinking.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of a fine bartender in Portand, Or

A fluffy whipped egg white head forms on the beer. The beer is a bright golden color with some brass tones. Some slight visible carbonation

Aroma, is bright and fresh. Pale biscuit malt, yeast tones and a touch of spice.

I am stunned by how mild the flavor is. Not a great deal of complexity or spice here. Some cracker flavors, then a burst of light fruit. A moment of coriander and some very light orange peel. But not much. Clearly some wheat tones and a crisp finish.

Light mouth feel and a scant touch of carbonation.

Drinkable as in "goes down easy" but NOT in the sense that you have to have more since it's so good.

Sure, I am glad I tried this, but I am more happy that I didn't have to pay for it.

Alaskan has better offerings.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazed golden color with a white head that eaves some acing behind

S - Is of wheat and a good bit of orange

T - Follows the nose for the most part has a wheaty and a litte stronger than most orange taste

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit it has a good taste thats easy to drink definitely worth picking up to try sometime

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=somewhat hazy, golden blonde in color with a slightly off white, tiny bubbled head that dissipated quicker than expected given the two fingered amount

S=definitely banana and spices with some breadiness

T=spices and citrus, a lttle graininess

M=nice crisp feel, carbonation is just right

D=overall enjoyable beer, definitely drinkable.

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Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering is thanks to my baby girl, Molly, in AK. This is a 22 oz bomber served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a nice and hazy orange color with obvious yellow highlights. Held to the light, it cleans up a bit. Not as hazy as it originally appears. The color also lightens up to a more absolute yellow. Got about half a finger of white head off the pour. Rentention is so so, falling to thin white ring in due time. Lacing is light because most of the foam falls back into the body. Not bad at all.

S: This starts up with a very present wheat presence. Behind that is a good amount of orange peel. Very summer because of the blatant orange aroma. This finishes off with a good amount of clean and floral notes from the hops. I wish I was getting a bit more of the spice, but not so much. Very minimal and that saddens me a bit.

T: Taste is a bit different from the nose. Once again we start off with the very present wheat. It seems that it is a bit overwhelming at times but still nice that it is so pronounced. There is a good amount of orange zest and meat in here, absolutely the best part of whats going on in here. Not getting as much of the floral notes here that I got in the nose. To make up for that, there is touch of pepper and coriander peeking through at times.

M: On the heavier side of light in body, still has a bit of that watery texture. Carbonation is at a medium and just about perfect for the style if you ask me. Crisp and refreshing. ABV is light and not even noticeable. Aftertaste is a bit of spice and orange meat.

D: Sure its not crazy complex for the style or anything, but it is a decent representation for sure. This is very drinkable and refreshing. It could have a bit more going for it, but Wits are very touchy and easy to screw up (in my experience). With that said, I would absolutely have this brew again, especially during the summer months. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Alaskan White from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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