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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,989
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 246
Gots: 376 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Cloudy pineapple juice color, huge 1 1/2 inch sugar crystal head with big bubbles in the middle. Fruity smells, malty with some citrus, to be sure. Light-bodied with subtle flavors, floats in the mouth and lends some traces of honey and ginger as the carbonation works its way down. Dryish finish, fairly abrupt and brought on by light hops. This is not a huge beer, but tamer and less astringent than I expected. Works as a bubbly, lighter-flavored Wit, and lacks some of the unpleasant aspects of some, to my tastes.

ADR, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of Shovelbum
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a fluffy white head over a hazy straw colored body. Decent head retention and lace. Aromas of coriander, orange and yeast. Slightly tangy taste combines with a mild sweetness, spiciness and a hay-like character. Light floral hop bitterness in the background. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a light nip of bitterness from the hops.

A refreshing and well-balanced wit. The spices are definitely noticeable, but not over the top and lend an interesting character.

Shovelbum, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of sfprint
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Reviewed first week of Nov, 2011

A: beautiful Orangy yellow, opaque, no visible rising carbonation. Basically no head.
S: Yeasty tangerine, there’s some asian fruit quality to it, sweet pear
T: Bitter lemon, resembles an unsweet tropical fruit punch. A Hair bitter.
M: light carbonation, fairy light.
O. nice and fruity and fresh but could use some sweetness.

sfprint, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of AdamF
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Well spiced and drinkable.

Spices hit my nose right away. Cloudy with particles suspended throughout, it tasted lighter than I expected -- very little carbonation.

The spices are the highlight of this one for me. It's a great tasting wheat beer without the heavy body that comes with most wheat beers I've tasted.

AdamF, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Beer poured a pale cloudy yellow with a finger of foamy head. Good amount of lacing as the head dissipates and you drink from the glass, with tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is lemon, pear, and apple esters, coriander, biscuit malt sweetness.

Taste follows the nose, leads with some sweet lemon, pear and apple esters, followed by a bit of spice and the biscuit malt. Finishes with a lightly lingering floral note.

Light body but creamy due to the carbonation and yeast. Refreshing and easy to drink.

nataku00, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of cpn920
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured a cloudy yellow color with a niced head. Smell was citrusy with hint of cloves. Taste was smooth with a nice malt bacbone and with a nice lively citrus flavor. Nice carbonation, not overwhelming. I could have three of these and be very happy and not be sloppy.

cpn920, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin bright white head that quickly fades. Aroma is wheat, orange peels, and a nice blend of spices. Taste is light wheat malt with a strong spicey finish, just a bit of citric tang--very refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium/thin and carbonation is fairly low. This is a really good thirst-quenching beer for the summer.

cubedbee, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of BeelzeBrew
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Had this one on-tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth.

A: This beer glistens a fabulous golden yellow, that is cloudy yet transluscent in body. The head is small at less than a finger, lacing is light and low.

S: Sweet wheat, citrus frutiness and lemony zest dominate the smell, not much of a surprise here.. smells like a Witbier for sure!

T: Perfect balance of crisp citrusiness and sweet wheat malt. Along with Coriander, lemons and orange notes make for a great taste and a fantastic American take on a Belgian style. If you love wheat beers i highly recccomend this delicious tasting Wit.

M&D: The absoloute quintessence of smoothness and drinkability, refreshing and completely non-offensive ( in any way!) this beer is a nice summer session brew.

BeelzeBrew, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap at Publick House in Brookline.

Pours a cloudy golden/white with a nice white head on top. Opaque. Very interesting to look at.

Aroma is light with some wheat, yeast, citrus and spices. Nothing stands out.

Taste is very nice and light with some citrus, coriander and wheat coming through.

Mouthfeel is light and cleansing.

Overall, a very enjoyable brew. Very drinkable and sessionable. Great with lighter food [e.g. fish]. Nice attempt at this Belgian style.

atigerlife, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap at the Glenview House; poured into a flute.

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head.

S: Lemon and citrus with a bit of wheat tang.

T: The taste is a bit weak, but the flavours are there. Lemon zest and coriander. A bit of hops and spice in the finish.

D: It goes down very easily and is extremely refreshing. This a great beer for the warmer weather.

Overall: A very drinkable and crisp wit. It is a little weak, but big, bold flavours aren't the point of this style. Great beer for craft beginners as well.

JohnnyChicago, May 19, 2011
Photo of nickynick
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Allagash White poured a nice amber/orange color. Nice white head, and very good lacing. The smell was of citrus and spice. The taste was of citrus/orange, and hints of spice. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability was good as well, easy drinker. Overall this is spot on for the style.

nickynick, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

lumpy weird looking white head, over a nice looking bright yellow beer. very cirtrusy smell, a bit bready with a hint of cloves. the taste is also very fruity, i pick up lemon, grape, and a hint of banana with the cloves coming through bit in the taste too. this yeast provides a nice flavor as well. mouthfeel is a little thin but my no means bad, just feel like it should have a little more body. I could put away a number of these in one sitting so i'm givving it a pretty high drinkability

kmo1030, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of MisterClean
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap at Manderes in Folsom, CA

A - Golden pour, bright white head, good legs.

S - Notes of apricot and peach.

T - Lots of apricot, allspice, and a little ester.

M - Extremely smooth for a witte, without the notes of bitter or sourness. Not overly sweet either.

D - Could do a couple on a nice hot day.

MisterClean, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Seeker41184
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Date Drunk: 12/10/10

A: Very hazy straw yellow appearance.
S: Citrus, wheat, cloves, and some hops.
T: Citrus yeasty flavor which is very relaxing and enjoyable. Extremely smooth beer.
M: Crisp + smooth = refreshing.
O: When commericals say coors light is refreshing, they wish they had this refreshment in a beer. This is an overall amazing beer.

Seeker41184, May 08, 2011
Photo of BrewMaster
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

750 ml bottle, batch # 20

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with fluffy, uneven, white head. The head thins down a lot but still maintains a nice covering over the top of the beer.

Smell: Bubble gum, banana, apple, sweet malty aroma. Light, sweet, non-specific floral aroma.

Taste: Spicy pepper, pear, gren apple, bready, chewy. Sweet with a hint of lemony citrus. Very citrusy up front with a mostly malty/wheaty middle. Watery clean ending with a lingering maltiness. Very light woody flavor like sawdust or unfinished oak.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and lively. It dances on the palate and releases the flavor evenly and cleanly. It also has a nice chewy feel from the malts. Excellent feel to this light to medium bodied beauty.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and clean. Complex and tasty and with a well balanced spiciness and maltiness. I will gladly drink this one again. Well done.

BrewMaster, May 19, 2005
Photo of hsway
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into pilsner glasses. I really appreciated the directions for pouring, which I followed to the best of my ability. The batch number on the bottle was a nice touch too.

a: This is a beautiful beer - a cloudy sun-like yellow with an almost pure white head and abundant lacing.

s + t: Spicy and fruity, with a yeasty finish.

m: Smooth and well carbonated.

hsway, May 05, 2009
Photo of rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow color. Big bubbled, billowy white head that fell to a cloud like texture.
Nice fresh sweet smell. Pale malt, citrus rind and spices.
Tastes of pale sweet malt at the start. The orange peel really comes through in almost an aromatic way. Sorta like orange flower water. The coriander is subtely present. Has an almost juicy fruit gum flavor in the finish.
Thin bodied with a light carbonated mouthfeel and a bit of creaminess in the finish.
This would be great on a hot day. Not my favorite style but I rather enjoyed this. Good drinkibility.

rkhaze, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Served on tap in a chalice with a twist of orange.

Looks great, perfect lightly hazy lemon yellow with a persistent white head. Have to admit the orange slice makes it look refreshing, even though it's kind of stupid to put a twist in any beer.

Aroma is sweet, orange and wheaty, with a touch of spice.

Flavor is really smooth, balanced. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly effervescent.

Drinkability is great. This example of a wit might be slightly off the mark on style guidelines, but is dead on for a great lunchtime brew.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of LuthersMug
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Very pleasant orange hue, nice and cloudy. Nice one inch head and good lacing.

S - Wheat, citrus orange, and floral scents

T - A very delicious beer, just right on the malts and a citrus, wheat flavor with a bit of spice.

M - Yummy.

O - Very enjoyable, I had two.

LuthersMug, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of ark57
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

750 mL bottle Batch 10 - It pours a cloudy pale gold (almost white in color) with a big creamy white head. The head doesn't stay large, but it lingers as a thin covering for the beer until the end. The aroma is citrussy with some spice, a delicate hoppiness, and some sweetness. The light body is has some creamy malt and corriander seems to be present. It finishes with a nice spicey bitterness. A nice crisp, refreshing beer.

ark57, May 14, 2004
Photo of Kiwano
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance – The beer was presented in a glass with a light yellow flaxen color that was almost clear. There was a nice white head that laid lightly on top.

Smell – Light fresh and citrus with a tiny bit of yeast but in no way overpowering.

Taste – There is definitely a bit of citrus and sweetness to the beer. It has a perfume like aftertaste that stays in on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Very light but with very fine carbonation but as the beer warms up it seems to expand in the mouth leaving a foam as it dissolves in your mouth.

Drinkability - The beer goes down nicely and is light and refreshing but it does expand in the mouth somewhat as it warms up.

[ serving type: on-tap ]

Kiwano, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of madvermin
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Appears a cloudy, pale straw yellow, with a frothy one finger head that dissipated quickly and cleanly, leaving no lace. Appears to be a very dainty and delicate beer.

Intense smell of coriander and supporting citrus, mainly from the Belgian yeast I believe. The spice character is clean and pure, making for a nice aroma. Wheat makes its way into the fray as well, contributing to a bready nose. Problem I have here is that the spice is a bit too dominating in the smell than I'd like, but the excellent quality softens this blow.

Taste is great, with the coriander toned down a good deal allowing for much more of the bread and citrus to come out. Clean, crisp, and delicately spiced, this beer is incredibly refreshing. Other than coriander, get a little bit of black pepper and clove, but mainly coriander from start to finish. Wheat character is very pleasing in the taste, as the breadiness it lends here is even more than in the nose.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean as I mentioned earlier, but can also get creamy in parts which is a nice contrast. Drinkability is very good too, with the body being full and diverse in taste and the finish being light, dry and neutral. Worthy beer that is distributed pretty well.

madvermin, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Arkofsax
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A- Pours a cloudy pale gold. Typical for this style

S- You can DEFINITELY smell the citrus notes in this. Reminds me of a spiced citrus fruitcake my parents use to make.

T- Gotta be honest, there's not a whole lot going on here. I felt like all the flavor was up front the second the beer touched my tongue and very little after that. Aftertaste was very faint (Factors into the very high drinkability rating)

M- Feels absolutely wonderful... for about 2 seconds. Expertly carbonated and keenly balanced. I have a feeling the faint aftertaste may just be one of the poorer qualities attributed to the style.

D- This is by far the most drinkable beer I've ever tasted. The taste is delicious and the faintness in the aftertaste almost just leaves you wanting more. Seems like the perfect beer to drink on a hot day. I actually once thought that while the mass produced beers failed in every other category, they had drinkability down to an art. This beer has changed everything about that belief.

Arkofsax, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of boesesfleisch
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%

Cloudy, white ale with a foamy head that dissipated quickly. Left a slight lacing on the glass. Had a nice clean aroma where the spices really came through with a light fruity note in the background. Tasted matched the aroma only the citrus was more prominent. Overall this is a great, prototypical witbier that everyone can appreciate.

boesesfleisch, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -3.6%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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