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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,710 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,710
Reviews: 1,244
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 225
Gots: 274 | 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.

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BogleHill

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite summer brew. Glowing orange in color with a lot of cloudiness. The bitter orange peel adds a nice bite to this one, more so than the popular Hoegaarden. More flavorful, but at the same time very refreshing. Very good out of the bottle, but it's becoming more commonly found on tap in bars in my area. Worth checking out, if you haven't yet.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 01:04:57 | More by BogleHill
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass. *Re-reviewing based on another experience*

A: Pours a gorgeous shade of straw yellow, that's damn-near opaque due to the unfiltered nature of the style. A gargantuan, creamy bleached white head forms, but eventually deflates down to a consistent, frothy 1/2 inch head that remains until the end. Beautiful silky white lacing all down the glass.

S: Lemon and coriander are the leading roles. I'm not detecting the orange as I did on my last occasion with this brew. Citric, sweet, spicy. Very uplifting.

T: Coriander upfront with large notes of lemon zest. Some sweet banana coming through with some wheaty undertones. The alcohol is non-existent, which isn't surprising considering the low ABV. This one holds true to the brewer's description of "clean, crisp and refreshing."

M: Even with the outstanding flavors boasted by this brew, the mouthfeel is where it really shines. Exceptionally creamy, and understated, but ever-present carbonation, with a silky smooth texture throughout allows this one to slip and slide all over your tastebuds and make its way down with ease.

O: Even though I'm slightly less amazed by this brew on my third time around, and I no longer consider it my favorite beer to date, it still holds the title of "The Witbier to End All Witbiers" in my mind. The flavors are borderline flawless, and the mouthfeel is one of the best I've experienced on any brew. Allagash truly hit a homerun with Allagash White, and this brew has set the standards by which I judge a Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 18:42:37 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The #1 ranked Witbier here on BA... also on the "Beers of Fame" list.

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped glass.

A: Poured a very soft, yet saturated dirty linen (yellow) color, with a spritzy finger or so head that looked very champagne-like.

S: Smell of banana and clove, without being too overpowering in the sugar department.

T: Oh yes, very clean and crisp, yet still maintaining the aforementioned spice profile. Wheaty, without being too bitter. As a matter of fact, I was stunned at how disciplined this one was in the bitter department.

M: Infinitely drinkable and bubbly on the palate. Sure, there was a sheet of lacing left on the glass, but that didn't stick around on the palate for long. Excellent!

O: One of the best wits available in my local area. I could easily pop a couple of these without putting a big dent in my sobriety. Excellent all around!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 15:08:42 | More by Chaney
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pwoods

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby, twist off, brown bottle. Purchased from Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

On Tap Review: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4/59/?ba=pwoods

Pours closer to a lemon drop yellow with even more clouding yeast. The yeast is a bit more pronounced in the nose. The taste is much the same but with a stronger lemony, grassy taste(lemon grass maybe? lol). Carbonation isn't as good as on tap. Drinkability is still great.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:42:27 | More by pwoods
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diabecktic

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
This cloudy brew yields only about ~1 finger of white head. Though cloudy, you can still see carbonation rising in the bright yellow-ish white ambiance. Despite minimal head formation, the retention and lacing are both excellent.

Smell:
An intense spicy wheat smell is augmented by yeast and citrus. More specifically, I can detect orange and coriander notes which are associated with many beers in the Witbier style. However, unlike many others, this one is a bit more sweet and lively.

Taste:
The taste largely matches the nose in terms of both content and balance. Subtle orange character helps the hoppier notes keep the spicier coriander and wheat elements in check. I think that the yeast lends a bit of bitterness which compliments the minimal hop flavor. Though not supremely complex, the taste is pretty intense.

Mouthfeel:
A medium body is perfect for this beer. The spiciness kicks you up front, but the wheaty flavor lingers for quite a while. Despite minimal carbonation, the beer produces a lively sensation on the tongue (likely on account of the yeast).

Drinkability:
This beer is extremely well-balanced in most aspects, so this makes it very drinkable. Yeast provides an interesting taste which might offend some over time, but for the most part it does very little to hurt drinkability. Sip at any pace you please.

Summary:
I first had this beer at Cook's Lobster House near its "home" in Portland, ME. This was ~2 years ago, so the fact that my memory of the time when I first had it inspired me to do a formal review today speaks volumes as to what I think about it. I basically find it to be an excellent interpretation of a common style which is sometimes bastardized by the American macrobreweries. Some despise it for this reason, but I think that you should try it even if you hold this opinion - you might change your mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 02:10:08 | More by diabecktic
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Thiestru

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow, with a thin white head. There is very little lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Wheat and citrus, with unmistakable Belgian-style spices.

Taste: Basically a repeat of the smell. This beer is immensely pleasant and refreshing. I can imagine really enjoying one of these after being outside in the heat.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: It's such a smooth and pleasant beer that I could easily drink several of these.

Although I haven't had all that many witbieren, I can certainly say that this is a solid example of one - and it's not even Belgian!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 12:57:14 | More by Thiestru
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daythree16

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish golden color with a nice 2 finger head that slowly fades leaving some chunky lace on the glass.

Smell is mostly grassy and lemony. Taste is definitely lemon with a nice sweet and spicy mix. There is some coriander and a bit of orange peel that come through. All the flavors really go well together and create a very mild delicious beer.

Very sharp and acidic, with the carbonation stinging my tongue. Body is light to medium. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite witbiers. Refreshing, mild and very, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 06:50:40 | More by daythree16
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Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass

A- hazy yellow color nice big white head, head retention is good, nice lacing on the glass.

S- Wheat with a hint of lemon

T- wheat with a lemon zest, also a little peppery

M- light bodied high carbonation

D- this is a wonderfully refreshing beer, will definetly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 15:27:11 | More by Lukecook
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MrIncognito

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Tuskies in Leesburg, VA.

A - Nice creamy white head that sticks around a good while. Leave a nice thin layer on top for most the duration of the beer. Nice lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy orangy-yellow. Looks kind of like a Blue Moon.

S - I smell yeast and orange and lemon. The citrus orange smell is quite strong.

T - So incredibly smooth. The first thing I taste is the orange with a slight orange rind thrown in. As it sits on my tongue and then is swallowed I get the wheat and yeast taste. A definite witbier taste. The orange is not overpowering but obvious and noticable.

M - Medium carbonation that tickles the tongue. Smooth as can be and goes down easy.

I could drink this all night. It's so drinkable it's insane. A great summer time brew with the citrus flavors. Highly recommended. If you like Blue Moon, this will blow your mind.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2008 13:06:47 | More by MrIncognito
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twelvsies

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This concoction looks more like a banana smoothy than a beer. Bright almost neon-yellow color, yet thick looking and almost opaque, with yeasty dots floating up and down and a frothy head. Smells wheaty, yeasty, bready, lemony and tangy, with a hint of some spices. This beer is very flavorful, but subtle at the same time. Lots of tastes coming atchya. Bread and yeast take over, but there are still lots of noticable complexities like Belgian spices and lemon zest. This beer while being rather light, seems to have a very medium-full body, very thick tasting and smooth in the mouth. An amazingly drinkable beer - it's one of those beers that you finish before you realize because it's too hard not to take those big gulps. Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2004 17:03:04 | More by twelvsies
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bonbright7

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I served this with a spicy Indian curried chicken tonight that just went over so well with my guests. The beer poured like a majestic saison, with the prescribed scents of orange, vanilla, and other fruit spices. The 2" head didn't seem to calm down until it was consumed with the delight.

My guests were happy I bought 6 bottles for the four of us as we just couldn't get enough of the great creamy taste that was dispelling the fire of the chicken. I was joking about the beer being free and glasses of water were $10...

I made a note to finish off the yeast in every bottle as the directions read on the side, which is apparently a Belgian tradition of spreading the wealth or the yeast, which I found to be mild and dry. This was a great find.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 23:53:13 | More by bonbright7
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma has a good orange component to it with a heavy dose of coriander spice. A pretty robust smell for this beer. Also just a note of citrus.

Pours a pretty pale, yet cloudy complexion in the glass. Head is fleeting and doesn't stick around.

Taste is as expected per the nose...a good presence of orange along with a heavy coriander spiciness throughout the body. They have definitely accentuated the "classic" flavors of a wit here. Small note of citrus along with some definite phenolic yeast present. Mouthfeel is definitely spritzy, with a high, prickly carbonation.

Overall, one of the best wits that you can buy...certainly among the top tier domestic wits there is.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:00:17 | More by NODAK
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a weizen glass, pours a light yellow, slightly hazy, with a rather impressive head to it, bubbly, stayed along for much of the ride. Aroma is somewhat subdued, but rather nice. And by rather, i mean really friggin sweet. If only a little more assertive, it'd be spot on perfect. Light citric tones and gentle spices lift my days scowl into a grin, mouth starting to water. Ready for a taste....

Taste is even more impressive, and though it feels light and springy, not watery in the least, which goes nicely with the solid wheat malt tones that support the rest. Citric lemon and orange rind even, but also very nice corriander, everything in balance, weighed just right. Very nice. Does Wisconsin get htis one? I hope so.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 04:21:40 | More by objectivemonkey
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saccro

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy. yellow. not much head. just a ring of bubbles.

S - phenolic. crisp. followed by a whiff of spice. slight sulfur. some orange, but restrained. a little bit of honey. uncooked spaghetti. sweet pilsner malt aroma. not much hops.

T - sweet and fruity at first, followed by a touch of spice and bitterness. Finishes a little grainy and bitter. Very refreshing. One of my favorite styles of beer. Orange is on the down low.

M - medium bodied. fairly carbonated.

D - delicious. easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 01:57:26 | More by saccro
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beagle75

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Yard House in Irvine.

A: Hazy, pale yellow color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Spice-focused with coriander being most evident. Bready wheat and clean yeast moderates the savory spice notes, constraining their aggressiveness.

T: Begins dry, with yeast and coriander that is accompanied by bright acidity. Complementary bright citrus lends some soft drink-like flavor. Sweetness increases into the herbal middle that shows off sage and lemon thyme. Dryness returns in the finish, featuring snappy but restrained bitterness, resurgent yeast, and thick wheat that lingers favorably in the memory if not on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wheat coats the palate comfortably despite some palpable acidity and carbonation that is prickly.

D: Although sometimes inconsistent in terms of intensity of its sensory qualities, at its best Allagash White is an American wit without peer. If anything, the intensity of flavors here may scare away some casual drinkers--a rare feat for such an approachable style. It makes a strong first impression with its remarkable appearance and leaves on a favorable note with the taste and feel of wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 23:43:00 | More by beagle75
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aquatonex

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy translucent yellow. Generous head, huge bubbles, very effervescent. Smells of yeast and a hint of citrus. Nothing bad in the smell at all. Taste is extremely smooth, again yeast and a very subtle hint of citrus. I would like a little more citrus, actually. The word to define this beer is smooth. No overpowering tastes, just straight beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 01:57:45 | More by aquatonex
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Half inch head which receded and left a bit of lacing on the glass and a thin layer of foam on top. Very cloudy, lemony yellow color as per style.

Aromas of clove, banana, yeast, spice, very typical for a Belgian beer.

Pleasant tasting. Slight bubblegum flavor. Reminds me of a lighter version of a tripel.

Clean, crisp finish. Enough carbonation to keep it light. Very refreshing.

Very drinkable beer. One of the better witbiers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 22:43:19 | More by doppelmeup
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jahred

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly bright yellow in color, and pours a good foamy head with retention, with a generic fruity smell. The fruity taste at first is best described, for better or worse, by fruit loops. That in itself was impressive to me, but the large number of flavors I tasted after the fruit loops makes this beer one of my favorites. After the initial taste, there's a nice kick of coriander and pepper, as well as an orange flavor. The carbonation is definitely noticeable, but not overwhelming. The lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter and yeasty, but pleasant.

I was quite impressed - this is ne of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 03:23:09 | More by jahred
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bayview Lobster in Camden, ME. Served in an Allagash chalice.

I was sitting next to the beautiful Penobscot Bay on a cloudless 75 degree Saturday thinking of what to drink with my lobster roll lunch. Allagash White jumped right off the tap list.

Pours a bright, but cloudy yellow with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell is wheaty and fruity with a distinct banana scent. Some cloves, coriander and orange rind as well. The aroma was light, refreshing and very inviting.

Taste is quintessential Belgian wit. Could be passed off as a Belgian original. Spicy and citrusy. The oranges and coriander really star here. The flavor is soft and refreshing. A well constructed beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a pleasing abundance of carbonation. Eminently drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, man, what a beer. Cold Allagash White, a lobster roll, a beautiful Maine day. What more could you possibly want?

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 20:47:46 | More by pburland23
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mshallah

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz(750ml) bottle with cork and cage. Beautiful label and very classy(classic) packaging. Beer pours a pale hazed yellow with a soapy head and great lace. Aroma of belgian yeast clove spiciness. Peppery hops, lemon and coriander round out the nose. Taste of sweet lemon, coriander which translates into a mild blueberry fruitiness, as well as clove and pepper flavors. Very balanced, superb flavors that blend and compliment. As for food pairings, Allagash White seemed made for the grilled swordfish and the first local corn on the cob of the season I enjoyed it with.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 00:27:41 | More by mshallah
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A perfectly clear, pale golden pour. Decent white head that's reasonably sticky. Fades slowly.

S: Lots of wheat, plus coriander and lemons. Some banana from the yeast. A hint of peppery spice. Refreshing smell.

T: Super smooth wheaty base up front and throughout. Lemon/pepper kick in the middle. Clean, crisp finish. Relatively simple but perfectly executed. Refreshing smell and even more refreshing taste.

M: Light but not watery, smooth, clean and crisp.

O: Top of the witbier category for me. Flavors are well defined but perfectly balanced. Super drinkable. As perfect a witbier as I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 04:23:59 | More by Dope
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jed

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Comes in a brown, 12 oz bottle with a tan label. Information on the bottle neck about the beer, pouring instructions on the side. No bottling information or freshness date on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very warm, yellow color. Extremely cloudy, with a nice swirl of yeast sinking to the bottom. Small, less than one finger-sized head with OK head retention. Lots of cloudy lacing on the sides of the glass as the head dissipates.

Smell: Very nice, spicy yeast smell with hints of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Minor lemon notes follow the initial yeast.

Taste: Nose of dry yeast flavors fades to clove spiciness and some hop bitterness. Mild white pepper presence. Slightly sour lemon flavor follows the yeasty nose. Finish is sour and astringent, with grassy yeast notes that linger on the palette. Beautifully balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a little bit heavy on the carbonation, creating an almost seltzer-like quality to the beer.

Drinkability: Would make a perfect session beer on a hot summer day — plenty of flavor to keep things interesting, but not too heavy for the warmer weather.

Allagash White was the last of the summer seasonals in my fridge, and a perfect end to the season. Easily the best witbier I've had, much more flavorful than imports like Hoegaarden and the domestic craft brews I've tried. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 22:00:36 | More by jed
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Poured a murky yellowish cream colour with a fizzy white head that drops quickly to a ring of lace.

Aroma: Loads of coriander, orange peel, various citrus aromas lemon grass, pepper. Very spicy and herbal.

Taste: Sweet malts are hidden behind a wall of spicy and herbal flavours. The coriander seems to take a backseat here to the bitter lemon zest and peppery flavours. Some candied fruit in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Soft and silky smooth. High drinkability, which I usually don't find in Belgian styles personally.

Final Statment: First off, let it be known that I am not a huge lover of Belgian styled beers. With that being said, this is the best I've had. This was a perfect marriage between complexity and drinkability. Beautiful beer, I need a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 20:13:57 | More by MMansfield
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Yongshan

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy white head with a hint of yellow and some lacing. Swirling the bottle was essential to get the real mouth feel that this beer has to offer. Nice hints of coriander, citrus flavors, yeasts, and spices. A very good Witber, worthy of its reputation as a classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 06:35:03 | More by Yongshan
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mgdeth

Montana

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very cloudy, pale golden in color. Not much head, and little lace.

Smell - Yeasty and sweet. No real hops to speak of. Reminds me of some American hefe weizens (i.e. no clovey smell).

Taste - Quite sweet, balanced with a zesty twang. In the early aftertaste, I pick up a clear lemony taste. The spices used in this wit seem unique. Perhaps lemon zest? Chamomile? Everyday bitter orange peel and coriander? Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel - The body on this beer seems to be a little thin. Or it might be that the beer is so smooth that it goes down really easily.

Drinkability - Easy drinker, and oh so delicately tasty. I could drink this all night.

Comments - What a great interpretation of a wit! Very different from other witbiers I have tasted in terms of the spice profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 03:09:07 | More by mgdeth
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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