Beer: Whiteout Witbier
Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Company
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Purchased at: Jersey Wines & Spirits, Jersey City, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumers: Shaun, Neel, Mike, Ernie, Janise, and Patsy
Sight: Quite cloudy goldenrod color, with a small creamy white head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: The smell grossed everyone out a bit; we likened it to everything from farts to cat urine. But really, if we have to be real beer connoisseurs about it, the aroma was yeasty, citrusy, and almost cheese-like–particularly Swiss cheese. There was definitely something Chardonnay about it, too.
Flavor: The flavor was definitely Chardonnay-like. It was sweet, like a white wine, but also had that slightly bitter note of Swiss cheese in there. The citrus note was that of lemon.
Feel: Clean, crisp, and creamy, with moderate-to-high carbonation.
Concluding Remarks: Anchorage Brewing Company uses lemon peel, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns to spice their Whiteout Wit; then they triple ferment it, age it in French Chardonnay barrels, and add brettanomyces (a yeast that is typically used in wine-making) to finish off this creation. The end result tastes better than it smells–as Ernie said, “I like the flavor, but it smells like piss.” It does manage, however, to be a fascinating liquid form of wine and cheese. Yes, bizarre, we know; but that Swiss cheese note was definitely prevalent. It was not like a regular beer; it was more like wine with a summer ale mixed in. But the lemony citrus gave it its Witbier character (the spice notes were less identifiable) and when we averaged out the ranking everyone gave it, the Whiteout Wit got a solid 3 Pint Glasses.
Here are the specific scorings of our communal tasting: