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White Ale by Alaskan Brewing Co.
5.30 % ABV

Review by everetends on 11/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 14 4 8 0
Actually reviewed this one today. This review will be much better than the ones I have migrated so far. I started with the oldest reviews first, you can see how I have grown in my reviewing.

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.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 07/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 13 4 6 2009
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, creamy textured, off-white colored head that leaves ample lace on the sides of my glass. The beer, when poured with the sediment shows a milky, pale amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lemon zesty, lemon thyme and has an almost earthy, sort of grassy grain note to it in the finish. With the citrus, this beer comes off as smelling lightly tart; the wheat and yeast also likely contribute to this. The nose is pretty one dimensional as it is hard for me to really smell anything other than lemon (the coriander contributes to this as well).

Light bodied with a prickly effervescent carbonation up front. As the beer moves across my tongue it picks up a bit of silky texture; it almost seems like the wheat has added a certain viscousness to this beer, but that doesn’t keep this from being refreshing and quaffable. The beer has a light tartness to it that accentuates a lemon-like citrus note. A touch of earthy, but quite smooth, coriander flavor comes through, but this also accentuates the citrus with a coriander-derived lemon note. This has a clean grain character to it that has the grassy, earthy, fresh cracked wheat derived flavor to it.

If you really like Belgian Wits this should appeal to you. Having said that, this is actually pretty lackluster within the style. It is refreshing and quaffable and certainly hits the spot on a 110+ºF / 44+ºC day, but it is really lacking in depth and complexity (it is especially missing the fermentation / yeast derived character).

Served In: Tulip

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