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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,365
Reviews: 1,283
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 298
Gots: 558 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Stubbie1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright cloudy yellow with a thick foamy white head. The haed give way to a nice lace.

Aroma: A nice citrus aroma comes to the nose. A bit a yeast also. Kinda sweet and bitter.

Taste. The taste is very nice. a smooooth. Again the citrus comes in on the flavor. A bit bitter at the end. Nice body a carbination. Very drinkable!

Photo of LPorter33
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 6 pack from Hanover St. Liquors

Appearance = Pale, foggy offwhite-yellow. average head and lacing. I like the color and cloudiness.

Smell = Deep scents of fruit and cloves. Banannas and melons most present.

Taste = Excellent tasting Witbier. Spicy and malty without being overwhelming. Fruity and ideal amount of sweetness and tanginess. A great Spring/Summer beer

Overall = Really delicious Witbier. One of the better I've tried. Highly recommended for fans of the style.

Photo of chefkevlar
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour a pale, cloudy yellow with just a hint of orange. About 1/2 in of white head which quickly dissapears

S: Citrus and stone fruit (peach, apricot etc) with some floral undertones

T: The citrus is present here as well, with some sweetness and the spices coming throughout the drink. This is a very clean drinking beer with

M: Lightbodied and crisp, very refreshing, with carbonation that isn't overpowering

D: Overall a very nice brew for warm weather drinking

Photo of cdizinno
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short twist, gives directions on how to properly pour the beer on the label. No freshness date on the bottle.

A: Cloudy pale yellow color with a thick white head and heavy lacing.

S: Mild spicy mix and a touch of lemon or citrus.

T&M: Crisp with fine carbonation. Very light bodied. Slightly bitter hop taste that intensifies as it fades. Fruity tastes and tartness is present with very mild sweetness.

Very good brew.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash glass following the directions printed on the side of the bottle (pour, swirl, pour yeast).
The appearance was cloudy, golden pale with a thin, foamy head that became a thin, well-retained lacing.
The smell was of full-bodied citrus fruits, especially orange, lemon and a touch of grapefruit, with a touch of bready yeast in the background.
The taste was clean and crisp. The taste was very akin to the smell. It was a well-balanced taste of hops and spices with yeast mixed in. The spices were not overwhelming, as can happen with this style. It was a bit watery, but in such a way that added to its refreshing quality more than it detracted from its flavor.
It had a refreshingly smooth texture. While not as spiced and complex as some other examples of this style, it is certainly more refreshing and crisp than many.
I prefer this over the classic of this style- Hoegaarden - because it is more refreshing while retaining a delicious citrusy, spicy flavor.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" bright white head above a slightly cloudy yellow brew. Head faded to a layer of bubbles rather quickly, and lacing was average. The 1/4" of bubbles returns with a quick swirl of the glass, however. Aroma is of wheat and yeast. Taste is somewhat bitingly of wheat and yeast, in a pleasant way. Mouthfeel is just what I would expect for the style, and drinkability is excellent. Great stuff.

Photo of dhd1491
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most wheat beers, not much to look at. Thin head dies away quickly. Cloudy, pale yellow appearance. Aroma is very faint lemony citrus and cloves. Taste is wonderful and refreshing. Cloves and allspice, citrusy light hoppiness combine with sweet buttery toffee on finish. All the flavors are very subtle and alcohol is nearly undetectable. This would be a great beer to have on hand for those hot summer days.

Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light straw color with a medium, frothy white head. The light colors are nearly opaque with yeast and sediment.

Zesty, sweet lemon aroma with estery yeast hints and a bit of black pepper and clove.

Subtle sweet candied sugar taste balances with a strong, doughy, Belgian yeast presence. Lemon and esters collide with a light clove and pepper spice presence.

This is very well carbonated and surprisingly creamy in texture. It feels really nice on the palate.

The subtle, complex flavors and excellent mouthfeel render this a highly drinkable brew.

Photo of tmryan21
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is cloudy yellow with a moderately-sized white head.

Banana, clove, coriander, wheat and orange in the nose. Classic wit scents. Good.

Taste is similar. Banana, clove, coriander, wheat, nutmeg and some orange. Crisp, balanced and tasty.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. A bit irritating but true to style.

Overall, very tasty. A straight-up good example of a witbier.

Photo of JasonCoop
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

follow instructions on pouring. prefer a weizen to that glass though.
pours a clear light yellow until the yeast flows down from the head. then a creamy blend of white/yellow/orange.

smells very spicy. lots of peppery spice and lemon zest.

taste - subtle lemon backbone with a spicy twang. pretty decent witbier.

mouthfeel is buttery and creamy. nice. pretty drinkable as witbiers go. would be refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of MikeD_beer
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Photo of braican
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of riderwbd
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Brixx in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2011.

A: Little head; no retention. Bright and yellow-cloudy. An interestingly vivid hue.

S: Strong wheat. Some spices (cloves). Traditional and not particularly interesting, but good. Some lemon zest.

T/M: Delicious! Round, spicy, sweet wheat. I really enjoy it. A tad watery, but that adds to its pleasant smoothness. The spiciness adds a pizazz akin to carbonation. The aftertaste is clean and tingly-pleasant.

O: Such a good beer -- another success from Allagash. Recommended. Will have again when I'm in the mood for a spiced witbier.

Photo of KI9A
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, typical hazy yellow, puffy head.

S: citrus, grassy, yeasty.

T: Tart, orange, lemon, bread. Slight cloves.

M: Light, right amount of carbonation. Finishes perfect.

D: Perfect balance. This beer lasted about 1 minute after the initial taste/review. Goes down so easily, it is almost a crime to quaff it down like I did!

Best Wit I have had as of yet.

Photo of krausenman
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-The beer has a hazy blonde appearance with a white thick foam head that settles to a white lacing ring around the glass.

S-The beer had a yeasty and slight banana aroma initially. As the head settled down and the beer warmed, the beer gave off a faint citrus and peach or fruit smell.

T-The beer has a bitter/yeasty and herbal taste that as swallowed changes into a peach like sweetness with a very slightly bitter/herbal aftertaste.

M-It has a very light mouthfeel that is accented by the higher level of carbonation.

D-The beer is well balanced and has a light and refreshing taste. It's lighter body and carbonation make this a refreshing and easy beer to drink.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the tap at American Flatbread a cloudy golden color. Clearly a Belgian style, unfiltered wit bier. Good white head composed of tiny bubbles. Nice retention and some broken lacing. Very inviting aromas of spices and fruit, pepper, coriander, cloves, lemon, and orange. Flavors are similarly spicy with more of a semi-sweet character that remains on the palette. Light/medium body and pleasantly effervescent. A great example of the style and one of the best on this side of the world.

Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- light yellow with an orange tint, little head, little rentent, little lacing. Cloudy with yeast visible

S- mild spice, sweet fruit flavors, wheat

T- spicy kick, wheat malts, orange flavor, earthy throughout, sweet at first with a tart bitter finish, flavors are mellow and soft

M- carbonation tickles, smooth, light on the palate

D- mellow refreshing brew, well brewed, stands out from other wit's I've had, i'd grab this one again.

Photo of chiefydawg
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow. Nice fluffy 2 finger head with multiple bubble sizes and fairly active carbonation. That's what I call a White Wheat Belgian ale! Live yeast keeps a vined lace clinging to the sides all the way down

Has a crisp yet sweet smell, like a fruit barn, with the light Belgian funk. Light earthy and musty scent accented by apricot. Very much what I would expect, and done so boldly yet tastefully.

Sweeter than expected, with some of the spice showing through. Getting more than the usual coriander and orange peel thing too - nutmeg I think. As it warms, I get some malt and a bit of the wheat zing. Think I caught some alcohol warmth on the last sip.

Velvety mouthfeel with a tad more sticky tongue at the swallow than I expected. Quite drinkable and a viable session, though not sure how much I would want to drink a Belgian Wheat all night long. This is exactly what I look for in the style, and would send somebody to Allagash for what I think an American Belgian White should be.

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy off-white appearance, 1/2 inch head with nice retention. Aroma is fairly sour, with hints of lemon and orange spice. The flavor is earthy and dry, with less of the citrus than noted in the aroma. Somewhat yeasty and sour with virtually no sweetness, it has light spice and peppermint in the finish. Alcohol is not evident. Great mouthfeel, light but with a creamy, bubbly character. The drinkablility is excellent on this one, not too strong, a good mix of flavors. A fine Witbier...

Photo of JonMich13
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty simple review here. Very refreshing brew, one of my favorite warm weather session beers. Light citrus, yeast, spice and grass. Perfect for summer evenings on the deck with the smell of fresh cut lawn all around. Clean and crisp mouth with and finishes dry. Infinitely drinkable and delicious.

Photo of bensiff
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a caged up 750ml. It went into the tumbler with an excellent pillowy white head the pushed above the rim of the glass before settling back down to a constant fluffy layer, a little darker than I would expect when compared to the style standard Hoegaarden. On the nose is a definite coriander and barnyard hay with the lightest cinnamon hint intermixed with some citrus notes. Taste is fairly standard; wheat and coriander dominate with light orange and yeast notes. The coriander seems to add a slight astringency that leaves the mouth dry with the hop bitterness accentuating this, which is what I would say, is the most significant issue this beer has. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, one that I will likely see my shopping cart again, but sadly not quite as good as the hype had me expecting.

Photo of Martelljw2
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,365 ratings.