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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Formerly known As Alaskan Belgian Wit

Brewed with coriander, bitter orange peel and malted wheat, Alaskan White Ale has a light and crisp body pleasant tartness followed by slightly spicy aftertaste. The malted wheat gives the beer a more full and lightly malty mouthfeel. There is an aroma and flavor of wheat and coriander, with a dry and refreshingly carbonated finish.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from internet sale through Malt and Vine in Washington. Pours a clear golden amber colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of corinader, golden grain malt with a hint o fruit and orange peel. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt, some wheat, coriander, orange zest and a touch of yeast. Finish is crisp, clean cut with some light orange peel aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6237) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
22. Pours a crystal clear light gold with a towering, fluffed platinum blonde head. Decent little fingers of lace. Nice spicy, yeasty, slightly alcoholic nose. Body’s light, and the carbonation really is sparkling enough to give it a bit of crispness. Truth in packaging! Phew. Spicy, yeasty, slightly corny mid-palate. Mild yeasty finish. Not bad; drinkable and refreshing for sure. Pretty cool label, too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1079) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2009
I had never seen the Alaskan White on the shelves before, but quickly jumped at the opportunity. My brief time living in Seattle has taught me that, at least as far as the beers from Alaskan Brewery that find there way into 750ml homes, things will be tasty. The Smoked Porter 2008 is especially indicative. Plus, at $2.99 I was curious to see if even a moderately well made white beer could be made at that price point. Well, I’ll come out with it - I’m blown away. Let me preface the following stream of compliments by saying this is NOT the best white I have ever had. It’s good. Very good. But at that price? It goes from good to baffling. “What did I do to deserve this?” It pours from the bottle unassumingly, nary kicking up a head, settling comfortably into a orange-tinged gold puddle. The aroma was my first hint that this was special something - butterscotch, caramel, banana cream and honey like an ornately sweetened tripel. Like a good scenic view off the highway, this is worth stopping and enjoying. The flavor is, perhaps thankfully, not so sweet. Instead it is light and graceful, a ballet of wheat, pirouetting with white grape, a slight leap of cantaloupe, a bow of honeydew and then suddenly it vanishes. The flavor vanishes so quickly that it leaves the confused carbonation in it’s wake, all dressed up and nowhere to go. I love this flavor, but wish it would stick around for a little while, but I suppose a beer this good has other places to be.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
(Bottle at Summit Brewfest in Colorado Springs). Pours a clear yellow color. Small white head. wheat aroma. Wheaty taste with a light sweetness (coconut?). Avg duration. Slightly astringent finish. Fair lacing. Moderate carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Pours a nice slightly hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is yeasts, wheat, coriander, malt, spices. Flavor is a light sweetness, touch of yeast, subtle spices, wheat, orange. Refreshing but a little bland.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reid (1938) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Hazy yellow beer,small pure white head. No real aroma to talk off just slightly fruity/spicy nectarine. Taste mainlly wheaty with small aspects of coriander, I get some orange pithiness. Mouthfeel very soda like fizzy and light no real after tastes. Dissapointing from Alaskan, very ordinary.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Pours a cloudy taxicab yellow with a minute head that disappears rapidly. Aroma is slightly of peach, and nothing else. Flavor is a bit more robust, with the promised coriander, again peachy flavors, and other light fruit. Mouthfeel is light and sprizty, finish is short-lived, dry. Refreshing, but unmemorable. Overall, fair to good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3356) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Tang colored, slight haze, thin cream layer. Nose fills with coriander with a light backing of wheat. Flavor is again predominantly coriander with dashes with a wheaty fullness. A hint of orange melts into the sensory experience toward the 2nd half of the bottle. Drinkable, refreshing, but mostly a one trick pony, coriander-wheat beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pours a nice rich golden color with a decent head (though it lacks retention). The aroma carries over some of the citrus and coriander scents. It tastes very similar to Hoegaarden but has a less pungent, mellower flavor to it. The description hits the flavor on the head other than that. Seems to have a higher than normal carbonation but I feel it works for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2009
2/12/09 on draft at the wile rover. Aroma is candilike orange with a slight note of sugar and a doughy, bready note. Appearance is hazy gold with a medium maintained white head; quite clear versus most wits. Flavor is soft wheat malt forward with a true orange citrus tang, low sweetnes, a rather faint spice character and a fresh bread background. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, medium bodied, with a medium grainy carb texture and low acidic tang. Overall, a unique twist on the classic Belgian Wit that challenges the “candy beer” stereotype.


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