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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,307
Hads: 4,769
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 22.57%
Wants: 396
Gots: 969 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.
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Reviews: 1,307 | Hads: 4,769
Photo of Jonoesh5
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The flagship of Allagash! Murky, light gold body with minimal white head. Suspended yeast contributes to cloudy appearance (remaining true to style). Smells floral and fruity, very inviting. First sip is spicy! Taste is heavy wheat with banana in the background. Orange peel and spices contribute to a slight bitterness. Not a very sweet wit, mind you. Heavy carbonation makes this beer feel refreshing, mellow, and creamy.

Overall, craft culture is grateful to Allagash and others who have introduced Americans to classic Belgian beer styles. After 20 years, Allagash White still stands out among other Witbiers. If you haven't yet experienced Allagash, let this be your introduction.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As good as advertised. Pours a lighter gold with a moderate head that lingers. Warm, earthy, spicy and fruity aroma. Taste of banana, coriander, hay, orange, lemon zest, pepper and honey. It all works wonderfully well together to create a great experience. Not too sweet, bitter or tart. Finishes fairly dry with those same aromatic notes lingering on the palette.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle at the Toma Restaurant and Bar in Santa Barbara and thought it was delicious. Very crisp and citrusy. It's high ratings are well earned.

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Photo of codekiln
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a four inch snifter, this is one of the few beers that makes us say, "I could smell that all day." The crispness, the tang, and the spices really give it something special. While it pours a two finger head, it quickly dissipates into a lingering, 1mm thick froth on top that stays on. Quite fresh, like a cool morning. My Alewifie says that it's maybe her favorite beer. The spices and cloudy, bright yellow make it something really special.

Bright yellow-green, very tiny bubbles, highly carbonated, not much head

Grainy, grassy, honey/floral, sour malt - like bananas!

Crisp, malty, gentle, hints of citrus

Crisp, cool, goes down smooth

We will get this one again!!!

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Photo of AnalogErik
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent white - small amount of spice, little to no head - no lacing. the fruit backing goes well with the spice flavor. Thought the carb was a little high on this, but It was okay,

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Overpriced, but I usually will order in the summer if on tap. Pours light straw color with thin white top. Not much lacing as the foam quickly disappears. Aromas or of ripe fruit and light ester. Flavor is banana with tang from the wheat. Pretty smooth, clean finish if a bit over-carbonated for my liking.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter. Hazy and very pale. Not much of a head. Smells of orange peel, spices, and wheat. Light Belgian yeast. Tastes mostly of wheat and spices. Some citrus peaks in the finish along with some Belgian yeastiness. Light body. Medium carbonation. Tasty example of a fairly dull style.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 4-pack obtained from Binny's in Chicago. The gold standard of witbiers for me. Love the wonderfully spiciness that complements the overall fruitiness of the flavors. I've always been a fan of this style of beer but this one does it so well.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lemon, coriander and some orange peel sum up the nose and taste of this beer. Very refreshing. A good change of pace from all the IPAs I've been trying. I'd have to give a very slight nod to Hoegaarden though in my opinion as far as taste goes. But if you like witbiers, this is definitely one to try.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served reasonably cold into an Amsterdam bone shaker snifter. Purchased in Niagara Falls, New York as part of a 4 pack. Bottled June 8, 2015. Advertised as 5.1% ABV.

Appearance - pours a light yellow color, very pale straw. Many small molecules of sediment float around in the cloudy beer. A nice 2 finger fluffy white head is poured and stuck around for a couple of minutes before receding and coalescing into a small white collar. Very minimal lacing left behind.

Smell - bottle smelled a bit skunked (despite brown bottle) but inside the glass the smells are malted wheat, orange peel and coriander. Some lemon zest for good measure. Smells like a good quality wit.

Taste - quite yummy light citrus with hints of banana and bubblegum followed up by orange peel, a hint of lemon, and coriander. Quite tasty and refreshingly light. Taste lingers on the palate for a goodly while despite lightness. A little heat rises in the back of the throat after multiple sips through some late appearing spiciness.

Mouthfeel - very nice light body, but mouthfeel seemed very flat. Carbonation was there in a low- moderate way, but after the first sip, mouthfeel just fizzled. A bit disappointing, but isn't a deal breaker for this style.

Overall - a deliciously tasty witbier, with plenty of subtle flavours a very subtle and appealing nose, but lacking a bit of carbonation to truly make this pop off my tongue. Even though after all that, taste is king, and I have to recommend this as one of the best witbier a I've tried in recent memory.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

If you want that refreshing witbier flavor and this is on the menu, don't order blue moon. I do not care if blue moon is 4 dollars, I do not care if you have never had a craft beer in your life, you will love this beer. It is absolutely delicious. It is the most readily available beer by allagash and I happen to believe it is the best. Without a lick of hesitation I can say it is the best witbier I have ever had. Very tasty, one of my all time favs. Ps blue moon is bullshit.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am a new fan of Allagash and I am hoping that I like this one as much as their Dubbel. This White beer has 5.1% ABV and is a Belgian style brew.

Look-It pours a fairly hazy, but light yellow color with a thick silky head with some large bubbles on the perimeter.

Smell-I get a lot of spices like coriander and orange peel zest. I also get wheat and yeast. And I also pick up on some tiny bits of wood like maybe cedar or oak.

Taste-It is not bitter at all. You get fruity citrus immediately and then the spices.

Mouthfeel-Carbonation fizz shows up at the end. Very light-bodied brew with a well-mixed quality.

Overall-This is a nice beer. It is refreshing and delicious, but it isn’t anything so amazing that I’m going to freak out.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful-looking witbier. Nice hazy straw-yellow color. Tight-packed bubbles form a white head that leaves a nice lacing. Smell is of clove, coriander, wheat, Belgian yeasties. Taste is really well-balanced. Spiciness with a hint of citrusy goodness. Goes down super smooth. Light-medium bodied, lighter carbonation but still some faint prickliness on the tongue. Overall, one of the better witbiers around.

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Photo of N1120A
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply, the most balanced, easy to drink, but beautifully flavored and complex beer on earth. Clean wheat flavor, with slight effervescence. Spice notes in the nose, though more straight-forward on the tongue. Can be thoroughly enjoyed on draft or out of a bottle. As the only Allagash beer that they force carbonate, in kegs, due to the volume, some may prefer the bottle conditioning, but I really like it on draft.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Really nice, clean, well-balanced beer. No knocks. Would definitely drink it again and would say this is currently my favorite in the Witbier/Hefe category.

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Photo of 98green
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had enough mediocre wits from American brewers that I almost passed on this one. They don't distro to Michigan, so I decided I better try it while I was in Chicago. And I'm glad I did. The high ratings are justified ( I should know by now I can trust BA). All the banana esters from the yeast, plus the peppery kick. Now I wish they made it to Michigan

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Photo of gcasher
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is not my favorite style, but when in Maine...
On draft in Port Clyde.
Appears whitish with foamy white head.
Smells fruity.
Malt, yeast, and hops are supet-well balanced. It is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fluid ounce bottle
Bottled on March 17th, 2015
Reviewed on June 12th, 2015
Served in a Wheat Beer Glass

Poured a hazy muted yellow body capped off by a dense bright white head, right around two inches deep. The head slowly collapsed but never dissipated, leaving a bubbly white cap which followed the body to the bottom of the glass. Excellent soapy lacing.

Spices galore! Coriander, orange zest, and spicy yeast took charge of the aroma. Subtle sweet woodsy/herbal undertone.

Great notes of spicy yeast and coriander broke through a tamed, yet prominent wheat backbone. Sharper notes of orange zest and spice intensified toward the finish. Coriander and a subtle earthy/herbal taste lingered in the finish. Medium-bodied, definitely leaning toward the lighter end of the spectrum. Moderate/high carbonation. Lots of fizz when the sharper flavors break out.

Textbook example of a Wit.

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Photo of miken5492
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A truly great "everyday" beer up in Mass / New England. While I do like wheat and lighter beers, many of my friends who stay towards darker beers love an allagash white on a summer day.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - A very cloudy yellow-gold color; 1 finger head.
S - Beautiful aroma of spices, citrus and hints of banana. One of the best and more uniquely scented beer.
T - Fairly sweet beer, little to no bitterness. You notice the orange and lemon flavors up front right away than are hit with the mixture of spices afterwards.
F - Light bodied beer, some carbonation but fades quickly.
O - A very refreshing, pleasant beer. Perfect for a cool summer drink with aromas fitting a Christmas meal. Definitely one of the best witbier's out there.

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Photo of Johnor3
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this Beer! I love everything about it. I had this Beer on draft at an Asian Restaurant. The first thing that struck me was the creamy foam of the head. It also had the best lacing of any Beer I had ever seen. It was fresh, light, refreshing, and went very well with my entree of shrimp and scallop teriyaki.

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Photo of Constellation
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to favor dark beers. This is not a dark beer. This is, however, one of the better light beers I've ever tasted. First, the pour: great clear yellow, with a super-white head that almost looks like marshmallow creme. Then, the drink: crisp and delicate, with just the right amount of spice (I hate too much spice). On the way down there is a slight hint of acid but it quickly dissipates into a very clean finish. Afterwards, it feels like you've had a drink of seltzer, the finish ti so clean. This won't be a go-to beer for me because it is pricey for a beer that doesn't fit into my wheelhouse but it is an awesome beer for a hot afternoon or a fish-fry. Good, good stuff.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; light gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: coriander; orange peel, a little lemon, a little bready;

T: a touch of citrus up front; after that, coriander is dominant; almost no bitterness;

M: light bodied; low to moderate creamy carbonation; dry finish;

O: light; refreshing;

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Photo of AL813
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, pale, straw. A lot of pepper, grains of paradise on the nose. Taste is slightly peppery, zesty, yeasty. Slight sourdough like finish. Light... Decent beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately surprised by how much I didn't enjoy this beer. In my opinion Allagash is hands down the best American brewery brewing Belgian inspired beers. Just not sure about this one though. Of course it gets great ratings but for me the ratings seem to be maybe more based on reputation.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,307 ratings.