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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,902 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,902
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 240
Gots: 348 | 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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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a big, fine white head and lacing. Very nice looking. Light aroma of wheat and Belgian wheat beer spicing. A hit of sulphur at first. Taste is great, wheat, yeast, clove and a hint of lemon. Finishes a bit sweet, without the residual spice astringency in many wheat beers. A very nice, pleasant witbeer. Hope to try again.

03-14-2012 03:54:16 | More by LiquidAmber
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Ommy

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours pale-golden and cloudy, and got a nice whiff of something I can't exactly place, but it smells amazing. Smells like a funky hop but sweet.

The taste has a sort of spice to it, and it's delicious! The hop is a bit skunky, but not too overpowering which I like for this style. This is a very different witbier than I'm used to, but I like it.

I love the hop flavor mixed with the funkyness, and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean, as expected from the style.

Overall this beer is an awesome beer that is new tasting, and I feel it is able to be had many times while discovering new things about it.

01-24-2012 23:13:55 | More by Ommy
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jeffjeff1

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

I had this on tap today at Cannery Row Brewery in Monterey.

Appearance- gold color, cloudy, nice head

Smell- sweet, fruity, grassy

Taste- very fruity, wheat flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was very good. I loved it. I will have more. You can bet on it!

01-30-2012 03:41:30 | More by jeffjeff1
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StevieW

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Allagash's hometown of Portland, ME. This is one of the first good beers I tried. Golden yellow with light orange tints. Foamy, rich, full head, laced down the glass perfectly. Smell was a combination of faint orange peels, coriander kick, and other less pronounced spices. Taste is right on for the style. Citrus, spicy, midly carbonated. Heavier than anticipated, yet very refreshing. I actually prefer this to the Hoegarrden version. Slightly more full bodied and a better finish. A very good beer, one of my favorites, and worthy of a special ocassion.

09-20-2002 15:40:42 | More by StevieW
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Allagash White pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a huge white head that fades after a while to just a dusting on top of the liquid. The wonderful nose is redolent of doughy yeast, coriander, grass and citrus. The doughy smell is particularly important, and makes the nose a bit superlative in the world of witbiers. First up on the taste is a bitter lemon on the back of the palate, which gives way to a huge spice attack that shifts to the front of the palate. Mouthfeel isn't quite as watery as some witbiers, and the spicy bitterness makes Allagash White a bit rough. Still, very refreshing and quite quaffable.

To me, this is one of the better Belgian-style American beers out there. It's also my favorite American witbier of the ones I've had. Excellent beer.

03-23-2006 03:04:49 | More by geexploitation
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

G: Poured into a pint glass. Had this one last summer, and this is part of my quest to bring my old notes in line with the "electronic notebook" that BA so graciously offers all of us.

A: Light and slightly cloudy. Good amount of carbonation, and pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of excellent spicing here. Plenty of citrus and coriander, with a good wheat undertone.

T: Excellent. The perfect balance to the sweetness and the spice--it definitely does not overdo either one. Some floral undertones.

M: Very nice. Soft body and perfect for summer drinking.

D: As stated above, the perfect summer beer--next time you're out in warm weather, see if you can find a small bottle of this; you won't regret it.

04-20-2009 22:35:52 | More by Thorpe429
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A- cloudy lemon yellow, gotta love that yeast. very nice puffy white head, excellent looking sheets of lace and great retention. it sits as a thick disk throughout this review.

S- kinda diluted, but what's there is good. banana, bubblegum, clove, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, white pepper, plenty of malted wheat and more more more coriander as it warms.

T- coriander and orange up front, slightly tart, mild lactic acid type flavor, lemon candy, a distinct peppery spice, maybe grains of paradise? more banana-clove-bubblegum yeast flavor, and a bright noble hop zing at the end combined with the tartness makes for a great finish.

MF- crisp and refreshing, thirst quenching even, with enough hops to give a good bitter feeling. body is light but with plenty of texture, and slightly drying. prickly carbonation stings the roof of my mouth.

D- the best wit i've had in a long while (i think). tough call between allagash and ommegang for my favorite american interpretations. definitely will be seeing this one again in the hotter months.

05-08-2009 01:35:46 | More by hustlesworth
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PeterMatthes

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

12oz bottle of Allagash White poured into a standard pint glass. I always pour this using the pour 2/3, swirl, then pour the remainder method. Served at about 45*F.

A: Cloudy, hazy, straw yellow, with a two-finger bubbly head which quickly dissipates and leaves behind nice thick lacing, which continues down the glass as it empties.

S: Lemon, grass, and a little bit of funk. Light smell overall.

T: Yeast, lemon, banana, clove, coriander, and perhaps a little bit of pepper.

M: Quite light, very carbonated, yet leaves a nice coating on the mouth. Dry, crisp finish. Low bitterness.

O: Allagash White is a fantastic Wit. I love the way it's balanced, the feel, the taste, and what it leaves behind after every sip.

Review #2 - 8/20/12

08-21-2012 00:05:55 | More by PeterMatthes
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kels

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Got to try a sample of this at BeerFest 08 at Fries Cafe in Clifton. I'm not usually a wit person, but I was told this was the one to try to change my mind. I was definitely not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours very yellow with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Very little sticky lacing hangs around.

Smell: This is definitely what I would expect for the style. The yeast is very distinct and heady, and the grains and malts are also strongly present.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouth is very light and well carbonated, which helps spread the flavors throughout my palate as I drink. The taste is an excellent balance of the grains, yeast and malts - each one is deliciously present without overpowering the other. The malts add caramelly, sugary sweetness and the grains a toasty depth without adding heaviness. There is a wonderful finish to this beer - floral, herbal and citrusy - very delicate and almost perfume-like.

Drinkability: High. The carbonation and the mix of the satisfying malts/grains/yeast with the light and interesting finish makes me want to have another.

10-05-2008 03:37:03 | More by kels
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jreitman

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

I don't know if I would label this is a white, so I am not going to dock it any points for stylistic impuritires. Banana, clove and citrus were quite evident in the aroma and quite balanced. I could see where some people would not appreciate the balance in the beer that is IMO it's strongest point. Soft coriander and zest are quite evident but blend nicely with the sweet wheat flavors. Color was a cloudy yellow that, depending on pour, could clear up nicely. Finish is quick and easy... on the light side but this adds to it's drinkability. High quality brew. Look forward to trying some more Allagash brews.

01-24-2004 00:43:46 | More by jreitman
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Slightly murkier than a Hoegarden.

S: Lots of cloves, a little citrous fruit and other spice.

T: Lots of cloves. If you swirl the sediment, you get a lot more corriander. Nice fruity taste, not too much rind, certainly more flavour than the Ho.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. More body than the Ho.

D: Great.

Thanks Kevin!

09-17-2005 21:43:23 | More by Derek
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

12 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date or batch number. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger whilte head with nice retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well, with a steady stream of carbonation coming from the bottom. Aromas of big banana, clove, bubblegum, spices, citrus peel, and a bit of wheat tang. Very nice aromas here and are very true to style as well. Taste of big spices, banana, clove, citrus peel, wheat, and breadiness. Not much bitterness on the finish, but there are plenty of lingering notes of spice, citrus, bread, and clove. Medium-high carbonation with medium body; with a great and slightly creamy mouthfeel, that leads to very smooth and enjoyable drink. Alcohol is well hidden as expected, nothing other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall an outstanding witbier that is extremely refreshing, and has a great balance of flavors.

09-22-2011 04:05:20 | More by superspak
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Hardly any head is about the only thing negative that I can say about this one. Nicly clouwded goldenwhite beercolor makes presentation ok. Nose is very citrussy and fruity but also fresh, probably extra cause of litle koreander being used. Nice sourness with it and even litle maltarome with wheat.
Taste is also very good being quiet bitter for a white, nice sourness, malty and cirtussy with koreander. These american hops do very good with a wheat beer, hell yes! Great mouthfeel completes the party so just want more of these!

05-19-2005 11:55:22 | More by paterlodie
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy orange-yellow with a soft, light foamy head.

The smell is very pleasing to the nose it is full of citrus wheat flavor. A big of a sugary zest flavor that is quite sweet.

The taste has a nice citrus, like grapefruit flavor that mixes well with the light wheat flavor. It also has a slight bitterness that is just enough to keep this beer from being too sweet.

This is a great crisp, light, refreshing beer. Is easy drinking and only lightly carbonated.

08-11-2009 04:37:22 | More by Duhast500
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m1ked

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Bought this to pair up with some scallops over a smokey corn salad from the "He Said Beer, She Said Wine" cookbook. Also paired with a nice oakey chardonnay.

A- Pours a murky, dull straw yellow with a pure white 1/2" head that fades to a blotchy, clumpy covering with a modesr amount of lacing.

S- Light hint og bananas, yeast, a touch of vanilla, and lemon zest.

T- Creamy vanilla, banana, white pepper, a touch a bitter hops and some cinamon.

M- Smooth, creamy, but then a crispy finish that leaves your mouth dry.

D- Smooth, light, refreshing, crisp. A great beer, and a great representative of this style.

05-11-2008 00:14:54 | More by m1ked
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Served in an Oly Pilsner glass- tall and perfect for this beer.

The beer poured a pale lemon color with a two fingered head wafting a lemony clove smell- a good introduction to the beer.

The mouth feel was refreshingly tart and tingled the back of my tongue.

The main course: a rich smooth clove finish. As the beer warmed there was less clove in the palate with an added hint of chocolate lemon.

The remaining bottle poured a three fingered head, the mouth feel was more crisp, and the clove-lemon finish was more pronounced. This was probably due to the yeast settling in the bottle.

Overall- a great beer.

04-13-2012 22:12:02 | More by brureview
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BeerManDan

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

What a wonderful find and surprise. When poured it was a light yellow hue with loads of foam. Pour very slowly. The aroma of fruit really filled the nose and with a hint of a citrus nature. The taste was smooth and fruity with a slight citrus on the palate. I really like this white and would recomend it to my friends, highly! Final say, fruity, with a hint of citrus and spices!

08-28-2003 21:50:52 | More by BeerManDan
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GimpyCane

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Bomber/ Batch 38

A: Poured a hazy yellow with a foamy white three finger head that fully lasted throughout the session, leaving a good amount of lace on the glass from top to bottom.

S: As soon as I popped the cork a blast of orange rind hit my nose. The aroma of orange rind was followed by a sweet cereal, coriander and clove. Dough finished the fragrance.

T & M: Light body with a lively carbonation feel. Starts of cereal sweet with a tangy citrus(lemon and orange) middle that finish semi dry and full of spice.

D: I drink this all night. Very clean and well balanced. Leaves you wanting more after every sip.

Overall, Allagash Witbier Rocks! Great job on representing a German style brew. I had it with a turkey coleslaw melt and sweet potato fries. Enjoy

08-17-2007 15:58:30 | More by GimpyCane
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whitehouse50

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Had this on tap at Andy's in a pint glass. This pours a very hazy bright yellowy color with a white head.

Aromas of lemons and fruits, slightly tart as well.

The taste is also similar to the nose. Lots of lemony flavors but they are not overpowering. Some tart flavors and maybe some banana too. It leaves you with a dry aftertaste wanting more.

M & D, this is a medium bodied wheat beer that goes down very easy. I could drink this throughout the entire summer.

04-02-2009 12:56:13 | More by whitehouse50
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beerphotographer

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A very nice Am Wit!

Poured a very uniform cloud with a nice 2 finger at 45F with fine lacing throughout. A very nice lemon zest nose dominates....The taste is truly very wide and very balanced...it just slakes on the tongue smoothly, but seems to lack a global mouthfeel. Drinkability is exceptional.

07-12-2008 00:55:52 | More by beerphotographer
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Allagash White is a light yellow color that is very cloudy. The head was only about 1/4 of an inch and the lacing is above average.

The smell is subtle yet unique. Wheat and orange are the primary scents.

Taste is very nice! Really good balance of orange, wheat, spices (can't put my finger on them, maybe coriander) and a touch of lemon citrus at the end. The aftertaste is earthy and wheaty without being gritty or heavy.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, very crisp and both with minimal carbonation. The brew is very easy to drink and is very refreshing because of the orange and citrus flavor and the crispness of the beer.

Overall this beer is solid; nice smell to it, a strong and distinct flavor matched with a light feel. A must try!

05-30-2012 23:36:18 | More by PhantasIPA
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marburg

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Wow. Great execution here -- a prime example of the style. Very pale yellow -- could be a little more "white" maybe -- with a nice, dense head and plenty of haze. Aroma is an exercise in near-perfection. Very spicy -- orange, peppery, rich, lemony. The same sensations lead into the palate. It's a little thin on the tongue, but so are a number of other wits, I suppose. Very, very drinkable, and an ideal beer for a hot summer day. This was my first exposure to this beer, and I ended up picking up a bottle after I had it so I could have it again this summer.

06-29-2003 20:19:33 | More by marburg
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mickstepp

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Cloudy yellow with a thin soapy head. Aromas of orange, spice and yeast. Taste is similar to the aroma. Nicley spicy and citric. Refeshing and light bodied. An exceptional summer beer. Less sweet than Hoegaarden to which I compare it favorably. My range of experience with whit beers is not wide but I must say that this is the best example that I have tasted thus far.

02-24-2003 17:39:32 | More by mickstepp
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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a glorious golden yellow color. The smell is heavy with fruit. Mostly citrus, and has that hint of wheat. Very inviting indeed. The taste is of strong citrus fruitiness and has a slight wheat and banana flavoring. There's also a bit of spice present. Goes down extremely smooth. Highly drinkable.

02-27-2008 02:58:38 | More by WillieMoe
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keanex

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale hazy yellow with lots of carbonation activity. 1 finger rocky white head.

S: Clean wheat smell with light hints of banana, spices (perhaps pepper/cloves) and lemon.

T: Very clean here with light banana and spices into a lemony zest with spices on the finish.

M: Creamy body with fizzy carbonation.

O: Despite my ratings, I have to give this a 4. There are a lot of other great beers in this category that are either cheaper, or edge this out in flavor. It's just too pricey for me to consider picking up again.

12-10-2011 18:04:09 | More by keanex
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