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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,902 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,902
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 240
Gots: 348 | 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:
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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DavidBart

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-31-2013 01:17:27 | More by DavidBart
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.11/5  rDev -1%

Tasted On: 07-10-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance has a hazy, honey-colored beer with a small white head that fades fast and leaves just a little lace behind.

Smells include fruity notes of bananas, coriander spices, and some barnyard yeast aromatics. Very nice nose

The taste is partly dry but also has some sweetness to it from the fruits. Flavors include green grapes, for a white wine taste, plus citrus fruit such as lemons and oranges.

The high carbonation makes for a prickly mouthfeel, with a body somewhere between light and medium. The finish is semi-sweet with green grapes, but also some tartness of lemon.

Overall a very enjoyable beer; it's interesting how the different flavors play out for a sweet and dry aspect at the same time.

Thanks to Treyliff for this one!

07-10-2014 22:32:42 | More by sommersb
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Beric

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 29 May 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, but I made sure to rouse the yeast as I was drinking. I could tell that it was hazy, and it kept a light froth around the edges of the bottle.

Smell: Slight banana notes in the nose from the yeast with a powerful assertion of the spices.

Taste: Wow, this is an extremely complex wit. The standard wit yeast notes (banana and some slight funk) is present and relatively assertive, but the major player in this beer is the coriander and orange peel. I was really impressed with how assertive these spices were in this brew and was honestly a bit put off by them at first. This is steps above a Blue Moon, but is something I would probably not drink in quantity due to its assertive spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and medium bodied.

Overall: A great witbier and one that really exemplifies the style. This is a heavily spiced beer- the spices are easily the most dominant part of the flavor in this one. It's not bad, but it takes some getting used to. Would recommend.

05-31-2014 20:38:28 | More by Beric
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Poured a clear yellow color (where is the sediment) with decent foamy head,aroma was very citruisy and wheaty.Taste was nice anf tart very lemony and spicey with some faint smoky undertones.Very refreshing and easy to drink not my favorite wit beer but still pretty good.

05-20-2003 11:17:12 | More by oberon
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Dekhar

Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

08-30-2014 03:22:47 | More by Dekhar
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance – Very light yellow in color with a smallish head.

Smell – The light malt character is mixed well with some big orange peel and some stiff spicing. This is a huge Witbier.

Taste – The light malt base is infused with the hearty orange peel and gigantic spicing from the nose. This is more like a BSPA.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium in the body. This one was fluffy and felt great in the mouth.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this beer, but it would probably be too much for most.

Comments – JohnnyDuvel handed this one to me when I was down in Florida on vacation. He actually gave me two of them – BA Bros are the best!

01-11-2004 06:23:10 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-18-2013 19:05:42 | More by aszatk01
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Chalky straw with a nice foamy head. Lovely apricot-pepper-lemon zest nose. Taste too is peppery and loaded with citrus and coriander. Very refreshing. Solid underlying malt backbone and subtle bitterness. Spicy and thirst quenching at the same time. Very complex for the style.

02-09-2006 19:56:02 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-04-2014 12:04:08 | More by DanGeo
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Reviewed from notes composed on 2/16/11. Thanks again for the hospitality, Walter the Dog.

Al the White pours a golden apple juice color with a white hazy film on top- there is not much of a head at all. The lacing is quite phenomenal- very sticky, archy, and dotty.

Woo dog, that's a spicy smell. Peppercorn and coriander are hugely important; the wheat also affects the spiciness a bit. This is a very sharp and crisp smell. Some lemon zest and cleaner citrus aromas also waft out of the glass.

Spice blends better with fruity, yeasty components in the taste than it does in the smell. Very nice, mellower fruity esters of banana and some crisp apple are evident, but the spice does make its presence known at the beginning of the sip.

The mouthfeel is a good juggling act between mellow creaminess and the bite of the spices. The body is light to medium, and is helped by excellent carbonation. The finish is nicely dry to temper the creaminess on the flat of my tongue.

I have been enjoying wheat beer more lately and this one was very nice. I thought it had great balance and strong flavors. I could certainly have a few of these on a hot summer day.

02-25-2011 19:54:09 | More by TCHopCraver
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MadScientist

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6%

A: A pale golden beer with some haze. The white head has a rocky texture and is long lasting.

S: Moderate wheat and orange aromas with moderately-light black pepper notes. There is a light earthy hops aroma.

T: The flavor is mainly Belgian yeast characters of citrus and spice with the fruit character tasting like it was yeast derived, maybe from orange and lemon peel additions but no from hops. The wheat malt comes through as well. The hops bitterness is low but the overall bitterness is moderately-strong giving a balance that is bitter. The aftertaste is of citrus peel and spice.

M: Kind of soft and fluffy with a medium-light bodied beer and a strong level of carbonation. A light astringency that dries the palate.

O: A good Belgian Wit with a lot of citrus peel character and some spice. The balance is slightly too bitter. Worth trying but not worth tracking down.

02-28-2013 00:02:46 | More by MadScientist
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -23.4%

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A-Cloudy straw yellow with minimal head but some lacing left behind
S-Spices(coriander, cloves), wheat grain-reminiscent of a traditional hefe with an earthier yeast. Good aromatics but not a strong scent.
T-Wheat grain and spices with a fairly powerful earthy yeast flavor. The flavor was good but I did not enjoy the earthy yeast taste on this beer. Took alot away from the overall refreshing quality I enjoy in a wit.
M-Smooth in the mouth, but a little bit fizzy.
D-I wouldn't drink more than one because of the strong yeast flavor.

Overall well crafted beer with some good flavors-the yeast flavor was just not for me.

04-28-2008 18:53:38 | More by hopsleeroy
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +18.1%

A: Cloudy white mixed with yellow hue with
little evidence of carbonation, head, lace,
etc. Quite a pretty pour in a simplistic
sense.

S: Heavy fruit/citrus aromas with a little bit
of grass/grain and just a hint of hop and
alcohol.

T: Fantastic rush of citrus fruit. This beer
could be my water substitute. The grassy
undertones are well highlighted but not at
all any competition for the citrus themes
of this brew.

M/D: The smoothness of this drink is virtually
unparalleled. I love the even bodied nature
and the almost perfect smoothness with
which this beer makes its way into your
stomach. There is none greater in the
summer months.

07-11-2009 02:48:04 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-01-2013 20:26:10 | More by woodchipper
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-15-2013 19:58:16 | More by SkiBum22
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-10-2012 23:36:29 | More by JacobMutberg
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a nice two fingers of dense white foamy head. The head sticks around for quite awhile and leaves terrific lacing down the glass. Probably one of the prettiest witbiers I have seen.

Aromas are a complex blend of light malts, spiciness, and a light citrus fruit reminiscent of orange or lemon zest.

The flavors are light and springy on the tongue. Theres so much going on but in a light but complex brew. First hit is a citrus and light malt taste with an herbal, perhaps grass like follow up. There is a nice bit of sweetness here but it is very well balanced. Carbonation adds a beautiful sense of mouthfeel that just couldn't match the flavors any better. The finish is light, crisp, and rather quick, leaving that slight bit of wheat in the linger.

This is just a great example of the style. Highly recommended.

08-16-2009 21:42:11 | More by SIRIUS2
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beergod82

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-12-2014 20:01:16 | More by beergod82
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sdsimkins

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-25-2013 17:13:29 | More by sdsimkins
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-10-2013 19:24:02 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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JMD71

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Cloudy light yellow to gold color. Pours with a rich head which receds to a thin layer that persists. Not much visible carbonation.

Aroma: Very yeasty aroma! Coriander & other spices very evident in the nose. Wheat profile balances yesty domination.

Taste: As the swirled yeast is poured on top of the glass, the initial taste is of yeast with a wonderful what balance. Spicy, yeasty, farmyardy flavor very distinct to Belgian wheats. This is a good example.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp & wonderfully clean on the palette. Tastes very fresh. Medium carbonation & very smooth going down.

Drinkability: Very drinkable! These go down so smooth, you can easily drink a number consecutively.

Comments: This is a superb example of a Belgian white wheat beer. Fabulous. Very flavorful with spicy overtones while remaining light & crisp. Highly recommend....

07-31-2006 20:01:28 | More by JMD71
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

05-03-2014 13:31:01 | More by SuomiHobbit
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Cuvie62

Florida

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%

I really enjoyed the light, crisp, start with a nutmeg spicy follow. Light, light yellow color, very low head, nutmeg finish. We are enjoying it at a coal fired pizza joint with Italian food as well. I was impressed with the light nature and full flavor.

06-21-2013 01:55:48 | More by Cuvie62
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MikeC144

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-09-2014 15:43:55 | More by MikeC144
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-06-2014 02:52:24 | More by bulldogg915
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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,902 ratings.