Thursday, March 21, 2013

Anchorage Whiteout Wit - Tom #13

Hello again, today we have a pretty good review that I am pretty excited about on Anchorage Whiteout Wit. Sticking with another witbier base beer this week, I came across Whiteout Wit at my local shop as it was a first time I saw any Anchorage beer on a New Jersey shelf before. Now the Anchorage beers are a little more pricier than your normal bombers but I heard they are well worth the price. (Whiteout Wit was $15 at my local) For those of you not familiar with Anchorage Brewing here is a little passage from their site: "Founded by brewer Gabe Fletcher, Anchorage Brewing Company is one of the newest breweries to open in Alaska. Specializing in barrel fermentation with brettanomyces and souring cultures. Blurring the lines between new and old styles of beer and brewing procedures, we take extreme steps to produce some of the most unique beers ever made. "WHERE BREWING IS AN ART AND BRETTANOMYCES IS KING!"" 
So with that said everyone of Anchorage's brews are brewed with brettanomyces or brett for short. (Brett is a wild yeast strain that is used in American Wild Ales to make them sour) So read on and enjoy! 

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ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 20 
Availability: Winter 
Hops: Sorachi Ace 

 About the Brew:
"Anchorage Whiteout Wit Bier has a quiet delicacy from the light malts and Sorachi Ace hops contribute the lemony aroma and flavor. Lemon peel, Indian coriander and black peppercorns add the same invigorating zest whiteout survivors feel when stepping from the world of white. Triple fermentation, the long slumber in French Chardonnay barrels and a shot of brettanomyces provide an explosion of flavor when combined with the other swirling, enticing elements. It's okay. Stand up, shake it off and feel alive; that's what Whiteout Wit is all about."

This was poured into my Duvel tulip glass 

Appearance: From pop of the cork there was no gushing or pressure, cork came off very easily. Poured like campaign with carbonation speeding up from the bottom of the glass. Brew was a light golden white grape color with very minimum head that didn't hang around long at all. 

Aroma: The nose filled up with brett and the Chardonnay barreling instantly followed by peppercorns. You really had to dig deep to get the orange and lemon peel through all the initial scents.Was a fantastic smelling beer. 
Taste: This followed the nose perfectly as you get a mouthful of brett and Chardonnay and A LOT of carbonation. But you definitely get a mix of fruit and a peppercorn, coriander spice. The brett and barreling really takes the witbier style to a whole new level with this one and is highly drinkable. 
Verdict: Overall I really enjoyed this one. I shared the bottle with my girlfriend and she highly enjoyed it as well so there is two thumbs up. I have to give this a solid B+ as it definitely has some witbier characteristics within the mix of the different things Anchorage does to their beers. But it was a solid easy drinker to say the least but at the slightly step price tag of around $15 its a little much to make a routine drinker when its available. 

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Cheers!
 - Tom