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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,459
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 333
Gots: 675 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 4,459 | Reviews: 1,306
Reviews by evanackerman:
Photo of evanackerman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a light straw color with a white head, looks like a belgian wit,

aroma is yeast and coriander,

taste is citrusy up front with a coriander finish, pretty typical wit taste,

overall, a very enjoyable summer session beer. one of the better North American beer of this style. I would buy this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one up in the sleepy little town of Sylva, NC.

A - It pours into a pint glass a semi-cloudy pale yellow. Head quickly fades into a fairy ring. A bit of lacing.

S - The nose is a bit light but one can detect wheat, some spices, and floral hops.

T - I'm disappointed. I base most of my witbier reviews from my perceptions of Hoegaarden and Wittekerke. To me this beer falls short. I can barely detect the spices or citrus in the beer and part of this is due to an unusual high level of hops for this style. To me, it comes off as watery and hoppy / grassy.

M - A light mouthfeel and a bit biting.

D - I don't think I'm going to repeat this one.

Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy yellow color, fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Spices, cloves, coriander, orange peel, light malts, lemon

Taste: Spicy, pepper, cloves, coriander, orange peel, light hints of banana, light malts, wheat, hints of lemongrass

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: A classic brew, an interesting take on a classic style. The added spices enhance the yeast flavors, rather than detract. Love it. Very refreshing as well

Photo of sommersb
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Dekhar
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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.

Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beergod82
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sdsimkins
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of JMD71
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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....

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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