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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3338
Reviews: 1228
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of Kendo

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass. Body is slightly cloudy, straw-yellow in color with a small (just under 1-finger) white head.

S: Sugar-cookie dough malt, hint of spice and a good amount of lemon zest.

T: Light malt foundation - sugar-cookie-dough again comes to mind, along with a touch of wheat twang - then modest coriander spice, which is followed by lemony drying bitterness and a touch of fruit (probably the orange peel I'm getting).Finishes almost like lemonade - the fresh-squeezed, light-on-the-sugar and somewhat diluted kind.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; modest carbonation. Finishes clean and refreshing.

O: This is a good version of the style. Make that an excellent version of the style. It brings to mind those original Wits (anyone remember Wit! or was it W!T from the 90s?) I had oh-so-long ago.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 22:12:43 | More by Kendo
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

Look is a light golden yellow, only slightly cloudy, soapy white head with good lace on the glass. Smell is crusty bread and yeast phenols. Taste is great. Deep yeast flavors of fruit, light pepper and clove. Frothy citrus Belgian goodness.

Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:57:17 | More by jimmah120
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at Great South Bear in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with no head whatsoever. Served with a lemon wedge. No lacing.

Aroma: Lemon, wheat, citrus, and some faint pine are all in the nose. Pretty inviting.

Taste: Believe the hype. This is a really delicious witbier. The taste follows the nose and is really excellent. Crisp, dense flavors against an easy-drinking profile.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy. Some nice hop and lemon prickliness along with the finish.

Overall: Terrific stuff. I paired this with a garden burger and it made the meal. I imagine it would make most meals. Just an excellent beer that almost anyone would enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 19:13:54 | More by illpass78
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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a tulip.

A- Pale yellow with a white glow. Very great looking. White head hangs around at a half finger.

S- Wheat. Belgian spices. Coriander. Yeasty. Very fragrant beer.

T- Light wheat and yeast. Sweet but dry orange peel. Spices light.

M- Light. Gentle carbonation. Very clean.

O- Very nice. Aroma great. Spices are subtle. Easy, great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 12:28:34 | More by BWED
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Garden State Diner, Newark Airport.

Cloudy dark yellow with a finger of steady white that rings, and a continual stream of bubbles.
Herb-heavy nose with wax, baguette crust, and lemon rind.
Crackery malts, surprising blast of funk, lemon-pepper, and a leaf and citrus finish.
Orangeade finish and tingly linger.
Lt-med, plenty round, wheaty smooth.

The real deal. Definite yeast and herb notes, body not too thin, refreshing. Doesn't have the nuance of St Bernardus, but not far off.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 17:20:07 | More by StJamesGate


4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz bottle into 16oz tulip glass.
A: Aggressive pour into tulip glass gave a hazy straw color with thick, rocky head.
S: Clove, spice; yeast dominant.
T: Bready, cloves, spicy bite, coriander, lemon,mild hop bitterness. Fairly complex.
M: Crisp and refreshing. Very light.
O: Fantastic and rewarding. Each quaff brings a different flavor profile out.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:13:15 | More by JOHNKNEEGEEZ
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a cloudy straw gold with a 1 finger white head and lacing.

S-It has a bready aroma with some coriander and other spices.

T-The flavor is spice and bread notes up front and a spicy, awesome!

M-Mouthfeel has medium body with a dry finish. Decent carbonation.

O-Overall a great Belgium wheat ale!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 13:47:54 | More by reebtaerG
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fluorescent yellow like the first urination after a Vitamin B pill.

S: Funky yeast, grass, and coriander.

T: Like the smell: yeast, grass, and coriander wrapped in sweet wheat and a touch of pure bitter from the hops.

M: Thin, crisp at times, yet slightly cloying.

O: It's good for the style, just a bit simple and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:42:19 | More by 01001111
Photo of Abra


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A powerhouse Belgian wheat beer!

Pours a cloudy yellow with a decent head.
Taste begins with the traditional Belgian spices and finishes with strong, assertive wheat that lingers exactly like it should. This style of beer is one of my favorites and Allagash did a fantastic job. Clean, crisp, refreshing...traditional done right!

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 00:46:57 | More by Abra
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3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Allagash White pours a cloudy yellow color, with no head. There is an aroma filled with cloves and Belgian spices. The taste was similar, good clove flavors, lots of Belgian spices and candy flavors. Good full flavor, not overpowering, and good feel. Overall its a very nice drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:51:15 | More by vette2006c5r
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3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes at the brewery on 10-17-13

A - Hazy yellow with one finger of fizzy white head, little lacing.
S - Wheat some clove and corriander, a touch of orange peel.
T - Clean slight wheat with belgian spice and pepper, orange peel, clove.
M - Crisp clean and light.
O - Decent belgian white ale, packed with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 16:30:05 | More by Omnium
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4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is always a great go to. The Allagash Brewing company gets the lemon/citrus/coriander combination perfect. Made true to form all from the aroma to the soapy dishwater appearance. I only wish they would package them in 6 packs as opposed to 4s. Regardless, this is still one of my all time favorites!

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 21:52:15 | More by phalligan5
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - yellow, golden, hazy. perfect.

S - lemons, oranges, just amazing.

T - White fruits, pear, orange, goes on and on. Coriander... pepper? Great taste, one of the best white beers I have ever tasted.

M - Insane drinkability, would be amazing on a hot summer day. Could drink this like water. Amazing.

O - I grabbed this after reading a lot about it. Not disappointed in the least. Amazing taste and amazing drinkability. Can not wait for summer to get here to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:56:40 | More by hellobeerz
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ matchbox
A-pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a white head and stringy lacing a fresh cap stays thru-out
S-spice ,banana coriander and light fruits
T- outstanding wheat with fruits of the white kind pear and apples spices mix in with coriander and pepper slight citrus hops nothing dominates
M- crisp and dry with slight wet hay finish
O-superb as most all of the Allagash brews ive had

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 21:34:36 | More by gatornation
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South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-nice thick head from hard pour into glass. Fades quickly to ring around glass. The cloudy, golden color lets you know it is unfiltered.as directions instructed, I swirled bottle to stir up yeast at bottle. Looks great!

Smell-reminds me of fall. Bold spices, coriander and woodsy smells dominate. Nice smell.

Taste-very bold coriander and pine taste up front, just as advertised on the bottle and as the smell indicated. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel-nice, smooth feeling.

Overall-this is a good beer. The coriander taste is a bit strong for me at first but as I continue through the beer, it's not as strong. I would recommend this beer as a fall beer as the flavor and smell fit that season very well. I prefer this beer to the fall seasonal pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 22:34:16 | More by BeernerdJeff
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a cloudy, pale yellow. There is a relatively low head that pops up, retains for a short while, and forms a film on the top of the beer. The visible carbonation is quite lively, and the fine, small bubbles aid in the formation of light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Really nice strength of aroma here. The yeast leads the way with light banana, some sweetness and hints of spice.

T - Follows the nose. The flavor is complex, yet light. Typical wheat beer flavors with very light spiciness. Normally I'm wary of beers brewed with spices, but these add to the beer, rather than becoming the dominant presence.

M - Really nice. Medium-bodied with supporting carbonation that leaves a tingle on the tongue. It has a mildly dry finish, with a slightly funky aftertaste.

O - I could easily go through a six pack of these, particularly in the warmer months. Normally I savor a beer for 20 or more minutes, and I drained this one in less than 10. Definitely wanted a second. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 18:13:17 | More by Andrew041180
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1/9/14. Poured into Seidel glass. The bottle says to gently rouse the yeast from the bottom before pouring, so I gave it a nice little swirl.

Appearance:Beautiful golden color. Nice thick foamy head. Nice cloudy appearance.

Smell: Exactly the way a Witbier should smell. All of the spices come through in a complex manner.

Taste: Has a nice peachy note to it. Also has a little bit of a spicy kick to it.

Mouthfeel: Feels really nice going down. Nice full feeling, and very crisp.

Overall: Great beer. It's a great replacement for something like a Blue Moon. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:05:34 | More by Bladesman444
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New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: December 22, 2013... GLASSWARE: Konig-Pilsener weizen...OCCASION: Browns/Jets--a meaningless game? Not for a fan!... APPEARANCE: hazily unfiltered, tawny yellow body exhibits slow, steady carbonation; thin white head settles quickly; some tracings.. AROMA: lively lemon zest, allspice and honey greets the nostrils--more than pleasant, even (especially?) in winter... PALATE: soft as falling snow with a fizz that sounds the same; light and cleansing--highly drinkable; a satisfying, lingering aftertaste...TASTE: slightly malt; damp lemongrass with some intriguing spiciness--pepper and allspice--delicious; yeasty enough to hold attention and round complexity... OVERALL: I liked this so much, I gifted my wife's uncle with some for Christmas--and he agreed that this white is as formidable as we've encountered...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:45:13 | More by dacrza1
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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Over the past year, had 6 kegs of Allagash White, 1 keg of Allagash Black and a BBC Coffehouse Porter (very good) and we just can't shake Allagash White -- it's like crack cocaine!! This Christmas Eve we had family over with many wine drinkers and one older uncle who is sworn to Budweiser to the end of his days. Within an hour all were drinking Allagash White and asking for more. Need I say more?

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2013 04:02:30 | More by exbelgianexpat
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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass. *Re-reviewing based on another experience*

A: Pours a gorgeous shade of straw yellow, that's damn-near opaque due to the unfiltered nature of the style. A gargantuan, creamy bleached white head forms, but eventually deflates down to a consistent, frothy 1/2 inch head that remains until the end. Beautiful silky white lacing all down the glass.

S: Lemon and coriander are the leading roles. I'm not detecting the orange as I did on my last occasion with this brew. Citric, sweet, spicy. Very uplifting.

T: Coriander upfront with large notes of lemon zest. Some sweet banana coming through with some wheaty undertones. The alcohol is non-existent, which isn't surprising considering the low ABV. This one holds true to the brewer's description of "clean, crisp and refreshing."

M: Even with the outstanding flavors boasted by this brew, the mouthfeel is where it really shines. Exceptionally creamy, and understated, but ever-present carbonation, with a silky smooth texture throughout allows this one to slip and slide all over your tastebuds and make its way down with ease.

O: Even though I'm slightly less amazed by this brew on my third time around, and I no longer consider it my favorite beer to date, it still holds the title of "The Witbier to End All Witbiers" in my mind. The flavors are borderline flawless, and the mouthfeel is one of the best I've experienced on any brew. Allagash truly hit a homerun with Allagash White, and this brew has set the standards by which I judge a Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 18:42:37 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I haven't rated this yet. So perfect. My go to for a perfect beer. I think the balance of wheat and citrus is perfect. Pours this typical yellowtail color with an ok carbonation and head. But the taste is so f...ing good. Allahash is one of many Maine breweries killing it. This beer is simply perfect

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 01:54:42 | More by BradMacMullin
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours into a very light yellow.

S: Citrus, pear, probably several other fruits. It's a complicated and good smell.

T: Tastes like wheat and citrus, which is great, but its all so light that its almost non-existent (like it was watered down).

F: Light and crisp but just not much there.

Overall: To sum it up: it's a super light beer but probably too much so to be as enjoyable as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 21:05:14 | More by walkinginplace
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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: hazy yellow, next-best to translucent, scattered latticed lacing
S: yeast/malt, lemon citrus
T: spicy coriander, citrus, I can see how people find apple in this
M: medium-bodied, but a full citrus-orange presence, so a light juice feel
O: Surprisingly good. One or two full glasses goes extremely well with rich or substantial food. It has enough presence and acidity to hold up to a strong meal (fish chips, duck, quality medium-rare hamburger), but light enough alcohol to enjoy two comfortably..

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 04:34:49 | More by RandomExile
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass...

A- cloudy yellow with a hint of orange - one inch head decreasing by the seconds.

S - smell apple right away , a little spicyness, and some other fruit I really can't put my nose on.

T - This is good, very subtle but at the same time all the flavor that needs to comes through- very mild spicyness with hint of apple and orange peel. Not bitter either. Finishes smooth, with orange peel left on the back end of your tongue.

M - medium light body and mouth feel and well carbonated.

Overall this beers pretty good, mild flavors bouncing around, a smooth finish, and super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:29:05 | More by Glennlawless
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very cloudy pale straw, orange appears at the core if the glass is big enough, good loose bubbles visible. White 1-finger head is sticking around on my glass. Ambient loose particles sit in the body.

S: Ooh, that's good. Fragrant variety of fruits; I got some orange, pear, and cantaloupe, maybe even more going on here. Some mild spices, a pinch of white pepper and cinnamon even, some coriander, too.

T: Awesomely refreshing; all those fruits plus more- apples most notably. The spices are perfectly balanced. A touch of wheat. I love it.

M: Great carbonation adds some texture, the rest is refreshing and quenching, smooth.

O: Refreshing, crisp, thirst quenching. Incredible variety of fruits on the nose and palate with subtle spices to balance it perfectly. Makes me wish it was summer year-round. Great job, Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 07:47:43 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,338 ratings.