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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,415
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
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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 Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg the first week after the beer was added. Poured chilled into a cervoise.

A - appropriately hazed golden w/ 1/2 inch of smooth white head that drops to a ring. The bead is tiny and the effervescence is visible collecting at the head

S - A very belgiany yeasty scent w/ citrus and nuts w/ mild pepper and subtle orange zest hints. The creamy earthy wheat malt signature of a wit is there

M - Highly carbonated feel w/ a crisp, clean + mildly spicy but creamy smooth texture. The feel is lightly oily w/ a finish of spice/ peel astringency. There is a light fruitiness w/ slightly nuttiness in the texture from yeast and malt

T - I just can't place the 'special' spice in the first taste, but the banana and mix of wheat and spice is delish. A great flavor of wit since it has the yeast taste, but it still has elements of wheat, citrus peel, and mild clove w/ pepper. I would venture a guess there is coriander and maybe cardamom blended. The yeast pushes the malt and each sip has a slight tangy quality which brings to mind tropical fruit and the orange peel. The flavor is full and the carbonation keeps it moving across the palate. The hops are herbal, but in the background -although they may be contributing some of the spice in the taste too. There is a malty flavor which brings it all together at the finish.

D - Very hard to beat the taste of this American Wit. A top example for sure in the category for me. I just love the yeast flavor profile and the spices are used without a heavy hand keeping it fresh and refreshing. It refreshes to the core -don't hesitate to pick this up especially since it works for summer well.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White
Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 % (labelled as 5.2%)
bottle>pint glass, live review 3/23/09

A 3.5, first pour had no sediment, last pour had sediment but less than most wits. Clean pale straw color, okay head, respectable lacing.
S 4.0, spicy citrus and sice, notes of mild coriander, very mild sweet aroma,. Brew day malt aroma finish after tasting.
T 4.5, very excellent taste - but very different than most wits, more light malt tastes than wheat. citrus and spice notes to follow.
MF 4.0 high carbo, medium body
D 4.0 cleanest witbier to date in look and taste, great subtle balanced taste, unique and respectable for the style

Photo of lsummers
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a great white head and retains some nice lacing. Apppearance is that of a golden yellow that is definitely thick and hazy. Smell is the least interesting quality. I couldn't destinguish much other than a sour citrusy note. Tasted great, with all sorts of citrus notes, and a nice dry finish. The carbonation lends nicely to the mouthfeel, which helps this beer feel the way it looks. Overall I really enjoy this beer as a great casual drink. I could have a few more, easy.

Photo of tavernjef
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750ml bottle, labeled "batch #3" very nice looking label too.

Color was light, cloudy yellow with a huge white fluffy,head that retained throughout the glass as I drank it and had patchy tight lace. Aroma of strong lemony, orange, with a bit of spice.
Taste is good, could have a little more body though, but its a good wheat style belgian, lightly lemony, a bit of spice and a very clean wheat backing. Pretty darn good. Its a bit empty on the feel, goes right into the lemony spice and just ends, no real finishing qualities. It's a lighter bodied ale, fresh, lemony, with a slightly dry citrus twinge. You can definately drink alot of this one, goes down super easy.

Photo of PEIhop
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a very forceful pour, there is a very big, bubbly head that quickly receded and coated the glass. This witbier was straw-yellow in color and very cloudy.
The aroma wafting from this beer was very bright and inviting. There is a beautiful marriage between lemon and orange notes. As the beer warmed, new fruit esters of pear and apple entered into the smell.
From the first sip to the last mouthful, Allagash White is very flavorful. The flavor profile is dominated by lemon and banana. After the initial banana and lemon notes, pepper notes and faint pear began to appear with the taste adding a very nice complexity.
As a beer lover of silky or viscous body, I think the mouthfeel of Allagash White is its best quality. The slightly chewiness lead to a medium body with the appropriate amount of carbonation, moderate.
Allagash White could quite possibly be the best flagship beer in New England. I know some people gravitate to Pretty Things' Jack D'Or or to Smuttynose IPA, but this beer can definitely stand up to any flagship contenders. Its 5%ABV and pleasant taste make Allagash White great for any time throughout the year.

Photo of psweendogg
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danlib21
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cvstrickland
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, aggressively poured-swirled-poured into a pint seidel produces a hazy yellow-gold lemonade-colored body and 3 fingers of fluffy white head that retains at a finger looking like soft-peak eggwhites... leaves a sticky film of lacing.

Smells of grain, cloves, and sweet fruit;

Tastes sweet and wheaty; rich nutty sweetness with lemon zest;

Smooth and tingly in the mouth; could drink a bunch all day long.

Photo of feeger22
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of terraism
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sampsonw
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ericj551
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash White pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head that lingers. Aroma is dry bready yeast with some sweet orange and a hint of corriander. The flavor is crisp and refreshing. It starts off with a sharp, almost sour flavor that gives way to a nice light wheat sweetness. The spices are apparent but not at the forefront, I like wits with more corriander, but I'd rather underspiced than overspiced.

Photo of Kendo
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass. Body is slightly cloudy, straw-yellow in color with a small (just under 1-finger) white head.

S: Sugar-cookie dough malt, hint of spice and a good amount of lemon zest.

T: Light malt foundation - sugar-cookie-dough again comes to mind, along with a touch of wheat twang - then modest coriander spice, which is followed by lemony drying bitterness and a touch of fruit (probably the orange peel I'm getting).Finishes almost like lemonade - the fresh-squeezed, light-on-the-sugar and somewhat diluted kind.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; modest carbonation. Finishes clean and refreshing.

O: This is a good version of the style. Make that an excellent version of the style. It brings to mind those original Wits (anyone remember Wit! or was it W!T from the 90s?) I had oh-so-long ago.

Photo of Hopilator
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a twelve oz. bottle into a hand blown pint glass, back by natural light it has a beautiful, light honey hue, wispy cloudiness, and a white head. A light spice on the tongue, slight tartness to the nose, descent lacing. Very refreshing, build for a mid to late summers afternoon.

Photo of NJB145
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrardin
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of miggy_smalls
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kurtissellen
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Emptied bottle into an oversized wine glass which produced small amount of head. Didn't notice any lacing. Nice look to this one, a bright lemony yellow color that was completely opaque. Flavors of clove, banana, and dry tea leaf spices. Easy drinking beer and I would like to sample many more of these. The thing that impressed me the most besides the taste was the awesome vibrant yellow color to it, very unique

Photo of HoorayBeer
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass with a lemon. Had a nice golden hue, almost cloudy. Served with a slight head on it, which disapated fast. The smell was sensational, had a fruity or flowery smell, but this could be due to the lemon wedge that was served with it. Starts off sweet, almost a citrus orange flavor to it. It was light and easy to swallow, even the aftertase was pleasent. I would order another, maybe this time without the lemon, just so I can get the full effect of the beer. Overall a good choice on a nice summer day.

Photo of vetteaz89
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of adamette
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another live review. Poured from a bottle purchased as one of a 4 pack at Heinen's in WIlloughby Hills, Ohio the other day. I think that I paid something like $11.99 for the 4 pack. Poured into my Ommegang Witte tumbler.

A Incredible look of a nice, generous white head that hung around for a minute and a half and generous yeast floating around in the honey yellow translucent body.

S Nice, inviting light sweet wheat smell with some spices. I find that many many wheats (Left Hand Haystack, Sam Adams White Ale, Ommegang Witte) have a suprisingly similar, inviting smell.

T A pleasing light sweet wheat with coriander and other spices. This is very true to the style and this is one of the better Witbiers that I have had.

M Appropriately smooth but on the thin side.

D Excellent. If only Bud Light was this drinkable. Really, though, at this ABV and nice, inviting, pleasing taste I could have many of these.

Notes: What I am not sure is the price. Sure enough on tap it would be even more costly but at about $3 a bottle it is a bit extreme.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my wife.

The beer is straw yellow with a thick creamy head. the head laces very well leaving full curtains.

The aroma is spiced with sweet wheat notes and hints of citrus and yeast on the end.

The carbonation fills the mouth and leaves a lite bite on the gums. Sweet wheat dominates and leaves a slight bitter on the tongue. The spices flavor comes in and lingers on the tongue and it all finishes with a yeast flavor
As not a fan of wheat beers this one is definitely different then the rest, more complex and frankly enjoyable.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Dating is sketchy, but I think it was bottled in December 2011.

A: Hazy golden yellow. One-finger white head that was long lasting. Lots of fizzy bubbles. Tons of lacing throughout.

S: Some perfumy hops (Saaz maybe?), some banana, coriander, and grain/biscuit. Quite aromatic.

T: Not as bold as the aroma. Grassy hops, light banana/coriander, slight bitterness and grain. Nicely balanced.

M: Light body, fizzy carb, and dry from start to finish. Super drinkable.

O: This was very light and refreshing. Would make a great warm-weather drinker.

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

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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