Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,609
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 381
Gots: 847 | 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: 4,609 | Reviews: 1,339
Reviews by phalligan5:
Photo of phalligan5
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. short twist, gives directions on how to properly pour the beer on the label. No freshness date on the bottle but the case box had a bottled on date on top.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in colour with a creamy big bubbled lace that shows no problem of retaining. A classic White Ale look.

Smell: An extravagant spicy mix and a touch of lemon hit the nose sharp. Coriander and orange peel are evident as well as an earthy yeast.

Taste: Crisp and a bit smooth with a moderate body and medium carbonation. Soft flavours of barley and wheat are cut by a flare of spiciness, coriander is a bit dominant. The orange peel is a touch bitter with a soft rind like flavour. A little touch of fruit (pear & plum), yeast and a dash of hop bitterness in the finish. The fermented wheat provides a lingering spiciness that fades slowly in the semi-dry finish.

Notes: This ale is fine just on its own though the spiciness can hold its own to anything on the bbq grill. A superb wit to be had.

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 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 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 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 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 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 Cuvie62
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Features the same very hazy, very pale color as any good whitbier. Very small head.

Lemon citrus scent with yeast underneath.

The taste is excellent. I've really been getting into whitbiers lately. This has to be one of the best ones I've had yet. Lots of complexity. The lemon-citrus hits you at first, but the finish is even better. Some spice comes through, and it leaves you feeling very satisfied.

The mouthfeel is unique - at first a burst of carbonation hits your tongue, but it quickly smoothes out and disappears.

Great drinkability. I'll be having this again - hopefully in a 750ml bottle.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy pour into woodsy lands and a normal white beer look.

There are spices hinted at in the nose that fully manifest in the taste. But a well done wheat beer can't be messed with too much, and thankfully this is kept simple.

A full mouthfeel and a triumphant finish. A white beer done well - 5.2 abv may be a tad disappointing, but that's alright when it tastes so clean, so lemon, so full.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good every day beer. It is a cloudy yellow appearance, with a small head that retains well. I think it has a predominately spicy odor, with some fruitiness also. It tastes spicy (coriander) and fruity (lemon). Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated, and quite smooth. A person could sit down and drink a few of these.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy straw color with two fingers of good retention and some lacing.

S - Mostly coriander and bready malt. A bit of citrus and earthy yeast.

T - Similar to smell. Crisp, clean coriander, citrus, bread and faint hop bitterness. Some lingering lingering spices.

M - Light mouthfeel with lingering earthiness and spiciness that leads to a dry finish.

O - A great example of a classic style. tasty and east drinking. excellent beer to welcome summer.

Photo of Todd
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dirty blonde beer with a great creamy foam white lace that eventually settles into a patchy laced head with sticky trails along its path of rest.

Smell is rather clean and soft with a yeasty edge, faint spice (corriander, white pepper), hint of grassy lemon and orange.

Very smooth and silky body and mouthfeel. A bit rough around the edges with musty yeast, grain notes, a sparking mineral/seltzer water fizz and flavour and orange peel/rind bitterness. Fruity apricot flavour works itself out and blends in with the malt sweetness, followed by a mixed bag of spices follows and really embeds its flavours deep into the palate where it stays to the end -- herbally, white pepper. Malts are semi-sweet and show off more in the body. Bitterness comes in the form of a lemony grass flavour, it's a bit sharp, tangy. Yeast and grain flavours in the finish.

A very traditional Belgian Style Wit beer. All the flavours and characteristics are pretty damn spot on for a US made brew. One of New England's greats ...

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stubby brown bottle poured into shaker pint.

Appearance: muddled pale yellow in color. 1/4 inch off white head.

Smell: the bottle does not lie i can pick up the coriander, orange peel, and some lemon all in the nose.

Taste: the coriander and bitter orange peel are really the dominant flavors to me. under all that is a nice bed of nutty yeast, wheat, and some nicely place hops. making for a brew that is nicely spiced and nutty as one would expect with a white ale. this is one hell of a refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: medium in body and carbonation. very crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: summer is almost here and i cannot wait to enjoy summer beers like this one out in the sun.

Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: (Labeled Batch # 33.) It was poured from a brown, corked and caged 750ml bottle into a witbier tumbler.

Appearance: Its color was light yellow with a hazy body that produced a light white colored head. The head had a soapy appearance with large and small bubbles that hang out for a long time and make nice spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of wonderful malty wheat tones, yeast and spice.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a bright vibrant flavor and smooth palate. It has a mostly sweet malt with some wheat tang and nice mild yeast flavor. Coriander and Curacao orange peel give it a good spicy and bitter/sweet citrus touch that works well with the very mild and slightly herbal hops. A smooth creamy texture, medium body and lively carbonation give it a very refreshing character.

Notes: Very well done!!!

Photo of renegadeburger
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got to try this one at barcade they always seem to have it on tap not that i'm complaining here

this one was pure milky white in the glass with a little bit of straw color to it the head was good at first then reduced to just a whisp of some lace

smell was great it had some weird intense black pepper aroma also some clove banana and cinnamon in there real nice

wow the taste had a nice lemon flavor to it real tart and dry and crisp

mouthfeel a bit thin i felt it could have used a little more pop but wait it is quenchable and quaffable and refreshing real nice

overall really good beer i look forward to trying their other beers

Photo of Jcorn
2.56/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Honestly I really dislike this beer. Tastes like the main ingredient is black licorice, which I hate more than onions. And I really hate onions.

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