Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Allagash White, the first witbier to pass these lips, pours a very pale, cloudy, straw-like yellow capped with a nice two-and-a-half fingers of snow white head. Retention was good overall, but average for a Belgian-style beer. The carbonation is evident and active, streaming in droves off the bottom of the glass. The lacing is very impressive, leaving sheets of suds all over the glass like a freshly washed car or snow after an avalanche. In a word, “refreshing” describes the appearance of this beverage.
Aroma: Lots of nice, bready baking yeast comes through immediately, but clove honey, orange peel, lemon zest, and the witbier’s calling card, coriander, all come through in a very balanced and subtle manner. There is also a lovely wheat sweetness/creaminess that underscores the rest of the aromas. This is a rather simple, but masterfully done beer, and, at a meager 5.1% ABV, smells much better than it has any right to. Amplifying these notes somehow would really benefit the beer, however, as the nose has to do some digging to discover the subtleties of the aroma.
Taste: Unlike most beers in which the taste is very nearly a carbon copy of the smell, Allagash’s aroma actually complements the taste, and vice-versa. All the notes from the aroma are there, but they are downplayed by great Belgian yeast character in the form of a tame bubblegum and a nice spiciness. Furthermore, the spices that the label states the beer is brewed with come through wonderfully here, where they were almost entirely absent from the aroma. There is an extremely minimal amount of clover honey, wheat and banana sweetness that is cut nearly as it starts by the coriander and clove spiciness. The aftertaste is extremely dry and refreshing with an exceedingly delicate hop presence. Again, taking into account the ABV on this beer, there is almost more flavor here than can be believed.
Mouthfeel: This may be the weakest part of the beer, but it is still easily above average. The body is a bit thin, but it wrings every bit of body out of the minimal alcohol it has to work with. The wheat gives the expected creamy and smooth body, which works wonderfully with all the flavors. Like the body, the carbonation is a little less than this reviewer would like, but considering the bottle-conditioned nature of all Allagash products, this is a minor gripe. The mouthfeel certainly accomplishes what it sets out to do: complement the flavor and refresh the drinker, and it does both with flying colors.
Overall: Given one of the first really nice days in Wisconsin, this beer was perfect to just relax on the porch with and watch the city live and breathe around me. This beer is what all other summer beers should strive to be, but it is also great enough that it could be enjoyed at any point in the year. Now the only problem is how I am going to get my hands on another bottle, since Allagash does not distribute to Wisconsin, yet. 17/20
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2013 23:00:48 | More by THANAT0PSIS
More User Reviews:
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A - poured a very pale straw, very light color. Sight haze. Head was massive frothy large bubbled 2 fingers, dissipated to a nice soapy froth, although was always lively did not leave much lacing.
S - pungent banana and fruity yeast Esthers dominate the nose. Slight citrus and herbal notes follow, coriander, anise, and clove... Tons of fresh breadyness round out the nose, smells fresh and inviting.
T - I feel the taste follows the nose exactly, no surprises here... Tons of fruityness from the yeast with lots of banana, herbal notes prevalent with a good amount of citrusy coriander, still getting a slight licorice-esque anise and some clove. This taste is supported by a great bready biscuity wheat malt that is crisp and refreshing. Finishes with a clean citrusy bitter.
M - great mouthfeel, very refreshing. Crisp and dry with a good amount of body to the mouthfeel from the wheat.
O - one of the beers that got me into craft back in the day, over the years this hasn't changed and is still just as good today. Overall all just a perfect example of the style to me. Looks great, smells and tastes phenomenal and is really crisp and thirst quenching.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 20:01:48 | More by MaineBrewing
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,713 ratings.