XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice subtle fruit scent. Light golden color with minimal head, fresh lemon notes.
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Chadís house. Pours a touch hazy golden yellow orange appearance with foamy white head. Lightly yeasty but mostly just a light wheat malty nose. Sweet light bodied, slightly spicy coriander, light yeasty, wheat malty flavor with a coriander, light orange peel, wheat finish.
Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - APR 28, 2011 does not count
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tastes like butter... In the worst way. The nose is fine, but it is way too sweet and has a dull cream flavor that isnít british or belgium.
At <$4 for 1.5 pints at least itís well priced.
vyvvy (5467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Repeal of Prohibition fest 2011 - Pours hazy yellow with a white head. The aroma has smooth wheat, sweet/tarts, coriander and smooth citrus. It has a medium grainy body with sharp carbonation. The flavor begins like the aroma with more sweet/tart character, lemon and a powdery aspect to it. Nice wit.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted 4/16/11. Schlaflyís Repeal of Prohibition festival. Filtered with a dark golden hue. Lacing white head. Aromas of bready malts and sugary sweet citrus. Medium bodied with a medium malt/wheat bill. Toasty malts and a fruity finish. Tart yet tame palate. Nice doughy malt bill but not enough body. Smooth drinking but mild in complexity.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition festival. Pours a cloudy, pale, dull yellow-gold with a massive, frothy white head that leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Aroma of lemon citrus, wheat, bready malts, coriander, and a little orange peel as it warmed. Flavor was the same, but so mild and watered down. Light-bodied, with moderate soft carbonation and a wheaty, bready mouthfeel. Very basic witbier.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(draught - Repeal of Prohibition) orange with white head. Spice aroma. Flavor is spice, orange, some yeast.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Very smooth white ale. There are no off flavors or adjunct just not much flavor.
Atom (2098) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours hazy golden/yellow with quickly disappearing small white head. Aroma is light spice, orange peal, and wheat. Taste is upfront fruity with nice balance of not overpowering spice. Not bad for one of my least favorite styles.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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, Iíve come to the conclusion that it is a little darker than I expected, but Iím 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, itís 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 isnít 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 Iím 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.