Commercial description: This is a variation on the classic Belgian Witbier style, but aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels. Whiteout Wit is brewed with Sorachi Ace Hops, and spiced with lemon peel, coriander, and black peppercorn, and then aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces. Triple fermented 6.5% ABV.
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 IMPRESSION (9/10)
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.
FINAL SCORE (45/50)