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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a variation on the classic Belgian Witbier style, but aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels

Brewed with lemon peel, black peppercorns and corriander (sic).
Triple fermented - first in the tank with Belgian yeast, second in french oak Chardonnay barrels with brettanomyces, and finally in the bottle with a third yeast for natural carbonation.

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4.1
FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2012
A steady pour into my small St. Sebastiaan tulip produces a fat-one-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is a pale gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, super pale gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a nutty woodiness to it, a pine like character somehow, or perhaps it is just a huge herbal note, sweet fruit aromatics of golden raisins and ripe melons, a peppery woody spice character, as well as a solid fresh cut wood / oak note. Earthy spice notes of coriander are here as well, but this is a subtle base note that is quite well done; there is quite a bit of citrus character here, is it the Sorachi Ace, the lemon zest, or the coriander, likely it is a combination of all three. The hop character is well integrated, and also contributes a soft pine note as well as some subtle menthol notes. There is an oral nasal musky, musty, Brett like note that is more noticeable as an aromatic note after taking my first sip.

The flavor has a musky, musty, smoothly phenolic, signature Brettanomyces character to it. This melds well with a dry, citrus zest character, a soft earthy spiciness, and a wheat derived spiciness as well as tartness. The beer itself also has some other tartness to it, though the totality of this is at a fairly soft level. The beer has a light bitterness, but this definitely has a bite to it, and is just a bit more characterful than is found in your typical Wit. The body of this brew is exceedingly light, yet it somehow doesn’t seem thin or washed out, though it is missing the traditional wheat-derived chewiness. The finish sees the Chardonnay barrel making itself none; notes of coconut, melon, lightly spicy fruit notes, some oaky astringency, and a toasty woodiness boosts the complexity of this beer considerably, yet retains a supporting, well integrated role in the overall flavor profile. As the beer warms up it seems to pick up a fullness that is wrapped up in the oak, and to a lesser degree hop, astringency. Adding the yeast produces a roundness, and softening of the hop character, while bringing out a touch of rubbery yeast character and a champagne like nuttiness.

The oak / Chardonnay character is just fantastically well done in such a light beer; it doesn’t overwhelm the beer at all and is just one side of the interplay of yeast, spice, and malt character. The carbonation could be a bit more spritzy, but in truth it is well in line with what it should be for a Wit, for some reason I prefer a higher than normal carbonation in a well-made, complex Wit, which this beer certainly is. I really like how restrained the earthy, dirty, coriander character in this beer is; Anchorage either used a quality variety of coriander (that focused more on the citrus side of coriander), or they used a very restrained hand. In the end this is just plainly a fantastic Wit; I am certainly a sucker for these, and this one really hits the spot. The only thing I could ask for is a bit more tartness, from a historical perspective this is quite the tartness could be here, and in fact is preferred for me; that would put this beer over the top; I do feel that this is nit-picking just a bit in a Wit of this caliber, as there are very few versions that I would rank higher than this (but this is also somewhat a departure from the style, given its Sorachi Ace character). The Sorachi Ace hopping though compliments the citrusy / lemon character that is traditionally found in a Wit, but there is an added herbal and bitter dimension that just works so well in this beer.

4.3
Leighton (21235) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2014 Bottle at the CBC Tune-Up, London. You’re welcome, chaps. Pours very pale, lightly hazy yellow with a fine, white film head. Lovely nose of grass, light manure, brett. Nice flavor, medium sweet with zesty brett, some lemon, mild musty basement. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Fresh finish, with mild zesty citrus and some light grassy bitterness. Utterly drinkable. Super clean and fresh, mellow but very complex. If there was ever a 750ml bottle I would slam by myself, this is it. Outstanding beer on all fronts. (July 2012, Score: 4.4)

Bottle shared on the return train during the Isle of Wight Jolly. Pours lightly hazy yellow with a white cream head. Strong brett nose, some notes of melon and grapefruit. Light to medium sweet flavor with pissy hops and poopy brett, citrus fruits, mild hay bitterness. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation and smooth texture. Clean and funky on the finish with a bit of dank brett impression, some further citrus character. Great stuff. (August 2014, Score: 4.0)

3.7
NikkTwist (3218) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle at Eulogy. Pours a light yellow gold with a big fizzy head. Looks nice. Light toasted wheat backbone but the Chardonnay barrel flavors are up front. Big oaky lemon notes. Slightly funky sour. Green banana. White peppercorns. Straw. Green tea. Medium body. The light flavors that are present are full and well blended, though not very deep.

4.5
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2012
The beer pours a slightly hazy, pale straw-yellow body topped with a tall but fragile frothy white head that collapses upon itself leaving moderate lacing down the sides. Has a glowing, ghostly look to it. Aroma of hay, sweet wheat, lemon zest, spruce, oak, cedar, funk, and light tartness. Love it. Background has a distinct brett smell: mix of some funky barnyard smells with a hint of green apple sourness and oak as well. Lightly tart and quenching, finishes dry. Lemon pith, herbaceous notes from the hop varietal, smooth with a light spiciness that lingers, but subdued in the background. Reminds me more of a Saison than a Witbier. Citrus and wheat, tangy and quite drinkable. The Sorachi Ace hops really add nicely to the lemon profile. It finishes with a beautifully smooth vanilla oakiness. Light bodied, with a slightly sour nature that puckers the tongue. Overall though, this is a delicate feeling ale with mild carbonation. Overall, this is the most original take on the Witbier that I’ve tasted. I love Saisons so this one’s right in my sweet spot. I’m really impressed with this first Ohio offering from the Anchorage Brewing Company.

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CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2012
Wow. Brett comes through on the nose, a bit abrasively but is nice. Mouthfeel is light at first, almost disappointing, but then, boom, creamy oak aftertaste with a hint of peach. This is stunning.

3.8
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2012
750ml bottle, shared during a family dinner. Minimal white head. Mildly hazy yellow color. Pretty continously ascending little bubbles in the body. Bits of slowly falling lace. This is the most interesting take on a Belgian Wit I’ve ever heard of - with Brett, and aged on oak barrels? Also probably the most expensive I’ve had, too. Nice light fine soft carbonation, dry finish. It’s a really nice complex aroma. Orange-peel, peppercorns are noticable in the aroma, but it’s nice and subtle - the brett is more subtle than I expected too, appropriate for a witbier. It’s a really nice tart taste, light sour. Doesn’t taste woody, but there’s a note of chardonnay. All of these gimmicks work pretty nicely together. Very nice zesty taste. Hazy on the last pour, with a nice white head, that fades a bit. The price is a bit too much for me to do more than once. For that reason, I wanted to dislike this going in, but I’ve got to admit, it impressed me. Very nice to sip, and very interesting.

4.6
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
In short: A complex and refreshing funky session wheat beer that defies categorization. Fantastic
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed six months after purchase. Bottle forwarded to me by oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott
The look: Partly cloudy yellow-straw color body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is truly farmhouse. It has a clear bright bretty character that is not too intense and has funny notes of parmesan cheese, lemony meringue, wet white wine barrel, more… Taste is insanely refreshing but the beer does not compromise on complexity. Fresh slice of low-sweetness homem lemon pie with a nice meringue, plenty of fresh crisp wheat, kiwis and other exotic fruits, coriander, freshly squeezed lemon juice, nice white cheese, light notes of white wine, funk, astringent wood barrels. And I could go on an on… Body is juicy and with a lot of small tickling bubbles. One word that best describe all the flavors of this beer (an there are many) is “bright”. I LOVE each and every Anchorage beers but I’m really surprised that the Whiteout is currently my favourite. By style alone I would have suspected the Saison or maybe the Galaxy or the Tripel. But no, their wheat beer is my favourite. But with such ‘alive’ beers, a lot of it depends on when you drink them. This Whiteout is truly a desert island beer, certainly not the most intense beer out there, but so complex and so drinkable that I could imagine drinking only this beer for the rest of my life. Fantastic beer that I need to keep in stock at home

THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BEER ALERT SYSTEM

I’m all out of Anchorage Whiteout Wit Bier!!! Help!

THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BEER ALERT SYSTEM

I’m all out of Anchorage Whiteout Wit Bier!!! Help!

THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BEER ALERT SYSTEM

I’m all out of Anchorage Whiteout Wit Bier!!! Help!

THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BEER ALERT SYSTEM

I’m all out of Anchorage Whiteout Wit Bier!!! Help!

Fortunately this was only a test of the emergency beer alert system, I have already purchased more Anchorage Whiteout Wit Bier, they are in my wine cellar. I repeat, this was only a test, no need to panic.

3.7
AirForceHops (7233) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2012
750 ml bottle. Interesting nose of wheat, brett, lemon, citrus, and wood. The flavor is starts tart with spicy Belgian yeast and notes of Chardonnay wine. Plenty of spices such as coriander and pepper. Plenty of citrus. It really matches the commercial description. Dry finish. I was skeptical on how a bretty, oak aged Wit beer would taste. Overall pretty damn nice.

3.3
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle, purchased at Bruery Provisions in Orange County. Hazy yellow color. Smells like lemon, spice, and kinda funky. Taste is smooth, with lemon and pineapple, but maybe not as crisp as it should be. A decent summer beer.

3.9
callmemickey (4542) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Hazy golden yellow body, large bubbly white head. Spotty lacing. Nose is full of oak, grass, lemon, wheat, delicate spicing, a bit of green grapes, and mild must. Flavor is similar with a nice mellow, refreshing profile. The oak and funk are subtle and complement the wheat, citrus, and coriander well. Light bodied, assertive carbonation, refreshing. Perhaps the best Beligan Witbier on the market given the added complexities.


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