hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Very smooth white ale. There are no off flavors or adjunct just not much flavor. Atom (2418) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
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
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. onceblind (9405) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 Transparent macro-yellow gold, no head or lace. Smell was very faint, but I could pick up some sweet wheat, and lemon citrus. Taste lost the lemon, but picked up with the orange zest. Wheat and coriander were there too, but it was all in a sort of sublte way. As unforced as the flavor profile was, it kinda worked for the beer as a whole. The texture was softly carbonated, and the light-medium mouthfeel with a definitive flavor made it a smooth and kinda refreshing brew. Crisp and delicious, this might be one of my favorite witbiers, despite itís bold profile or lame appearance. Niko100 (2889) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Hazy amber/gold color; Light to medium creamy body; Aroma of yeast, & coriander; Flavor of wheat, citrus (notably orange), and coriander; Fairly well balanced; Overall, different - but I enjoyed it.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Golden pour with a thin white head. Nose is sour with bready notes. Burst full of carbonation at the start, moving into with a thin watery start full of wheaty dough. Moves into a more toasted, dainty finish. Not rich in flavor, mouthfeel, or significant spice but fairly well balanced and a possible session beer. shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle. Orange, clove/coriander, dank basement and wheat malt aroma. Slightly hazy pale yellow color with small head. Light sweet-tart lemon and wheat malt flavor. Light body. Not bad but not much to it. TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2010
I was impressed with this brew on tap. slightly cloudy with a taste of orange in the after taste. I had this on tap in Anchorage and was extremely happy i had 4 or 5 that night. Didnít want to move on to a new beer Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2010
The Alaskan White ale is a beautiful golden yellow in color. It has a light body and crisp residual flavor of orange. This beer lacks significant taste but is balance well. nuplastikk (6211) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2010
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy orange-yellow. Thin, quick fading head. Pleasantly sweet orange aroma. Medium bodied, quite refreshing. Doesnít really have much of the thick, wheaty vanilla tones that I like in a white, but it still holds up pretty well. Some herbal citrus bite, but nothing overboard. OK beer, clean but rather unexceptional too.