Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,292
Hads: 4,659
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 382
Gots: 887 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 1,292 | Hads: 4,659
Photo of JamesStreet
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful-looking witbier. Nice hazy straw-yellow color. Tight-packed bubbles form a white head that leaves a nice lacing. Smell is of clove, coriander, wheat, Belgian yeasties. Taste is really well-balanced. Spiciness with a hint of citrusy goodness. Goes down super smooth. Light-medium bodied, lighter carbonation but still some faint prickliness on the tongue. Overall, one of the better witbiers around. (410 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau pilsner glass. Really nice, clean, well-balanced beer. No knocks. Would definitely drink it again and would say this is currently my favorite in the Witbier/Hefe category. (268 characters)

Photo of 98green
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had enough mediocre wits from American brewers that I almost passed on this one. They don't distro to Michigan, so I decided I better try it while I was in Chicago. And I'm glad I did. The high ratings are justified ( I should know by now I can trust BA). All the banana esters from the yeast, plus the peppery kick. Now I wish they made it to Michigan (357 characters)

Photo of gcasher
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is not my favorite style, but when in Maine...
On draft in Port Clyde.
Appears whitish with foamy white head.
Smells fruity.
Malt, yeast, and hops are supet-well balanced. It is a very good example of the style. (217 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fluid ounce bottle
Bottled on March 17th, 2015
Reviewed on June 12th, 2015
Served in a Wheat Beer Glass

Eyes
Poured a hazy muted yellow body capped off by a dense bright white head, right around two inches deep. The head slowly collapsed but never dissipated, leaving a bubbly white cap which followed the body to the bottom of the glass. Excellent soapy lacing.

Nose
Spices galore! Coriander, orange zest, and spicy yeast took charge of the aroma. Subtle sweet woodsy/herbal undertone.

Mouth
Great notes of spicy yeast and coriander broke through a tamed, yet prominent wheat backbone. Sharper notes of orange zest and spice intensified toward the finish. Coriander and a subtle earthy/herbal taste lingered in the finish. Medium-bodied, definitely leaning toward the lighter end of the spectrum. Moderate/high carbonation. Lots of fizz when the sharper flavors break out.

Notes
Textbook example of a Wit. (915 characters)

Photo of miken5492
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A truly great "everyday" beer up in Mass / New England. While I do like wheat and lighter beers, many of my friends who stay towards darker beers love an allagash white on a summer day. (185 characters)

Photo of Zaktcc
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - A very cloudy yellow-gold color; 1 finger head.
S - Beautiful aroma of spices, citrus and hints of banana. One of the best and more uniquely scented beer.
T - Fairly sweet beer, little to no bitterness. You notice the orange and lemon flavors up front right away than are hit with the mixture of spices afterwards.
F - Light bodied beer, some carbonation but fades quickly.
O - A very refreshing, pleasant beer. Perfect for a cool summer drink with aromas fitting a Christmas meal. Definitely one of the best witbier's out there. (533 characters)

Photo of Johnor3
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this Beer! I love everything about it. I had this Beer on draft at an Asian Restaurant. The first thing that struck me was the creamy foam of the head. It also had the best lacing of any Beer I had ever seen. It was fresh, light, refreshing, and went very well with my entree of shrimp and scallop teriyaki. (318 characters)

Photo of Constellation
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to favor dark beers. This is not a dark beer. This is, however, one of the better light beers I've ever tasted. First, the pour: great clear yellow, with a super-white head that almost looks like marshmallow creme. Then, the drink: crisp and delicate, with just the right amount of spice (I hate too much spice). On the way down there is a slight hint of acid but it quickly dissipates into a very clean finish. Afterwards, it feels like you've had a drink of seltzer, the finish ti so clean. This won't be a go-to beer for me because it is pricey for a beer that doesn't fit into my wheelhouse but it is an awesome beer for a hot afternoon or a fish-fry. Good, good stuff. (680 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; light gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: coriander; orange peel, a little lemon, a little bready;

T: a touch of citrus up front; after that, coriander is dominant; almost no bitterness;

M: light bodied; low to moderate creamy carbonation; dry finish;

O: light; refreshing; (344 characters)

Photo of AL813
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, pale, straw. A lot of pepper, grains of paradise on the nose. Taste is slightly peppery, zesty, yeasty. Slight sourdough like finish. Light... Decent beer. (168 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately surprised by how much I didn't enjoy this beer. In my opinion Allagash is hands down the best American brewery brewing Belgian inspired beers. Just not sure about this one though. Of course it gets great ratings but for me the ratings seem to be maybe more based on reputation. (291 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a super cloudy straw color with a nice foamy white head with a bit of lacing
S-peppery spiciness with some orange, wheat
T-more spiciness and orange peel flavor, dry malt profile, wheat flavor and orange peel in the finish, very low hop bitterness
M-light bodied and crisp
O-very refreshing beer, great example of the style (331 characters)

Photo of stickyv
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Almost no better beer for warm weather. Effervescent. Cloudy. Slightly spicy phenols from the yeast and coriander and orange peel. Refreshing with a capital R (158 characters)

Photo of TheAudioBuffet
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer is so dense, it's reminiscent of latte foam. The smell and lingering taste of coriander and orange make it very enjoyable to sit, savor, and enjoy. (169 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow color, and after swirling the rest and pouring it, a fluffy white head magically appeared in front of me

Smell: Ripe banana and lemon, spices, bready yeast

Taste: I get lemon upfront quickly followed by banana, then finishes spicy and bready

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body; Pillowy carbonation makes it soft going down with very slight bitterness. One of the smoothest beers iv had.

Overall: As a beer i wouldnt say its amazing, but it sure is for the style, thus the reason for my fairly high rating. Its bright and effervescent, smooth and refreshing yet somewhat full. It really could be the benchmark for an American made witbier (660 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a quite cloudy pale straw gold, and forms a massive white head with good retention. Lacing was exceptional throughout.

Smell: Musty wheat mixed with a bouquet of light fruits, from pear to lemon-orange citrus. Some hints of spiciness lurk within the depths of the aroma.

Taste: Spices hit straightaway, coriander, clove, and white pepper, before receding a touch to let fruit esters swirl in. Waves of white grapes, pears, and a mildly tart citrus bearing hints of orange and lemon hit and mingle. A faint tone of bubblegum arises towards the finish, which leaves a lingering tart citrus and peppery spice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent, this is a refreshing beer to drink.

Overall: A good witbier, solid in every aspect. I'm a fan. (841 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy yellow color, fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Spices, cloves, coriander, orange peel, light malts, lemon

Taste: Spicy, pepper, cloves, coriander, orange peel, light hints of banana, light malts, wheat, hints of lemongrass

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: A classic brew, an interesting take on a classic style. The added spices enhance the yeast flavors, rather than detract. Love it. Very refreshing as well (450 characters)

Photo of Ainman11
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, smells a sweet pungent aroma but the taste is not as strong as the scent and I enjoyed that. I expected it to have a higher ABV than 5.1, but that doesn't effect it at all (190 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Quintessence - Pale yellow color, with a decent white head.

Aromas of banana, hints of orange, yeast and coriander. Creamy, smooth thick mouthfeel.

Coriander, lemonade and banana, with bitter hints and a little pepper in the end, Very well balanced, refreshing, excellent Witbier, with a clean ending. (307 characters)

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Cafe Rustica in Richmond.
The was a hard beer to review for me because I haven't had any in this style in quite some time. It was a very pale and cloudy yellow with a white head that clinged too the pint glass as I drank it. Very mild aromas, mild fruit and floral hints (not what I would describe as "fruity") and blended flavors, very good feel. Finishes with a low level hop bitter that fades quickly. Crisp and light, could easily drink these in multiples. (487 characters)

Photo of BeerConny
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite white beer so far. Great refresher in the summer or after a hard day at work. The spices in this are unlike any other white beer i have had. This Is a beer almost everyone can enjoy. (202 characters)

Photo of PGD120
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into jelly glass
Appearance.: light golden hazy color with a bright white 1 finger head.
Smell: wheat and coriander with a little lemon.
Taste: really bright flavor, coriander notes with yeast and wheat. Slight lemon citrus lingering flavor and some banana
Mouth feel: light body with lingering carbination.
Overall: just a really solid American witte. Really refeshing solid beer. (401 characters)

Photo of spidermite
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured a beautiful hazy gold with a 1 1/2 of head that settled into magnificent patches.

I could smell the wheat wrapped in coriander right away.

It tasted wonderful that awesome coriander, citrus, bread, and something I cant properly pin-down (nutmeg?). Along with a perfectly attuned fruity esters.

mouth feel was somewhat champagne-like, Though I only noticed after my wife mentioned it, so perhaps it was just power of suggestion. (439 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tall decorative tulip glass, the foam reaches 3 fingers high with a rocky white top. Exceptional lacing adorns this straw yellow wit, a fitting touch for such a good looking brew. It is remarkably hazy & totally opaque, in spite of the pale color. The scent is intoxicating, rivaling some of its finest German and Belgian brethren. Banana-like esters, coriander and clove play against a sourdough bread bouquet. Very mildly sweet, with flavors of banana candy, peppered clove, and some tart lemon citrus on the back end. Grains of wheat, orange citrus and some tangy, dry bitterness in the finish. The beer is surprisingly creamy due to the zesty carbonation and unfiltered goodness. However, the body is moderate, so it remains refreshing. This one went down in record time. It's just fantastic. Wits are typically not my proverbial cup of tea, but this one holds its own against any style. It remains true to form while imparting its own distinct character. I love to come back to this after some hearty double stouts or rich porters, to remind myself that bold flavor comes in many forms. If you're in to wheat beers at all, you have to try this. If you're not, you still have to try this. (1,207 characters)

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