Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by augustgarage:
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Batch 69. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a rocks glass.
Swirling the bottle gently, the liquid is very hazy and haunted by thin ghostly ropes of sediment. The body is golden poppy in color, and a miniscule fizzy head dissipates to a thin ring almost immediately*. Very tiny lacing just above the border of the tiny sleeve of foam.
Aromatics include wheat, coriander (maybe a tiny suggestion of ginger or even chamomile?), honey, yeast, and pineapple.
On the palate, there is an initial tartness...a lactic/citrus tanginess with a hint of yeast again. Sweet wheat balances the tartness, and plenty of carbonation fills your mouth before the refreshing finish. There is a slight hop bitterness rapidly followed by a hint of orangina.
The mouthfeel is smooth and very lightly creamy, but not thick or slick. Carbonation is certainly sufficient.
Easy drinking, with some added complexity towards the bottom of the bottle (if you consume the sediment). Excellent hot weather beer, though equally good for slow, contemplative imbibing. Allagash suggests serving this as low as 34°F, but it tastes superior to me once it gets into at least the upper 40's.
*EDIT: Head formation and retention was better the next day, poured more forcefully from the same bottle.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2009 23:29:15 | More by augustgarage
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Typical hazy pale yellow color. Nothing notable about 1 finger semi-soapy head. Really poor retention and no signs of lacing, granted it was serve in a pint glass.
S: Banana, clove, graham cracker malts, coriander perfumes, but fruit esters seemed to dominate.
M: Lighter bodied and creamier feel, but still refreshing with a moderately high carbonation level. Dry, crisp, and tart finish is superb.
T: Considerably more complex than the aroma suggests. Banana and cloves, floral hops, scant lemongrass tartness, white pepper and coriander spicing, orange pith gives it a dry and tart character on the finish. Slight metallic, but a definite medicinal character builds as well.
Serving type: on-tap
07-24-2014 17:53:02 | More by orcrist_cleaver
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 3,720 ratings.