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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,143 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 4,143
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 254
Gots: 424 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 4,143 | Reviews: 1,259 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sommersb
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 07-10-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance has a hazy, honey-colored beer with a small white head that fades fast and leaves just a little lace behind.

Smells include fruity notes of bananas, coriander spices, and some barnyard yeast aromatics. Very nice nose

The taste is partly dry but also has some sweetness to it from the fruits. Flavors include green grapes, for a white wine taste, plus citrus fruit such as lemons and oranges.

The high carbonation makes for a prickly mouthfeel, with a body somewhere between light and medium. The finish is semi-sweet with green grapes, but also some tartness of lemon.

Overall a very enjoyable beer; it's interesting how the different flavors play out for a sweet and dry aspect at the same time.

Thanks to Treyliff for this one!

sommersb, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 29 May 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, but I made sure to rouse the yeast as I was drinking. I could tell that it was hazy, and it kept a light froth around the edges of the bottle.

Smell: Slight banana notes in the nose from the yeast with a powerful assertion of the spices.

Taste: Wow, this is an extremely complex wit. The standard wit yeast notes (banana and some slight funk) is present and relatively assertive, but the major player in this beer is the coriander and orange peel. I was really impressed with how assertive these spices were in this brew and was honestly a bit put off by them at first. This is steps above a Blue Moon, but is something I would probably not drink in quantity due to its assertive spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and medium bodied.

Overall: A great witbier and one that really exemplifies the style. This is a heavily spiced beer- the spices are easily the most dominant part of the flavor in this one. It's not bad, but it takes some getting used to. Would recommend.

Beric, May 31, 2014
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one up in the sleepy little town of Sylva, NC.

A - It pours into a pint glass a semi-cloudy pale yellow. Head quickly fades into a fairy ring. A bit of lacing.

S - The nose is a bit light but one can detect wheat, some spices, and floral hops.

T - I'm disappointed. I base most of my witbier reviews from my perceptions of Hoegaarden and Wittekerke. To me this beer falls short. I can barely detect the spices or citrus in the beer and part of this is due to an unusual high level of hops for this style. To me, it comes off as watery and hoppy / grassy.

M - A light mouthfeel and a bit biting.

D - I don't think I'm going to repeat this one.

TheEclecticGent, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bluntedboywonder, Today at 01:29 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pav5069, Today at 01:29 AM
Photo of spacebear09
4/5  rDev -3.6%

spacebear09, Today at 12:33 AM
Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev -3.6%

From notes, 9/3/2014. Poured into a pokal from a single that I scored from a road-trip to Chicago.

A: cloudy light gold, small head.
S: coriander, orange, floral notes.
T: mineral notes, a little biscuit that adds some sweetness...the back end is where the spices and dry tart citrus notes kick in. Very nice complexity for a wit, and nicely constructed.
M: prickly due to the carbonation, fairly light, dry

Overall: Have had this a few times, and have enjoyed it a lot, both on its own and paired with some clams. Wish we could get it in MN; we need more good wits.

Taybeh, Yesterday at 09:31 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BabaBeer, Yesterday at 04:32 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

cj8311, Wednesday at 07:14 PM
Photo of stevec32
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

stevec32, Wednesday at 03:11 AM
Photo of Chief99
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Chief99, Tuesday at 11:09 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

atpca, Tuesday at 10:24 PM
Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

MOVERTON1284, Tuesday at 08:58 PM
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Thanks 302BeerGuy!!!

Appearance (4.25) : this one pours a beautiful creamy three fingered head with a yellow pineapple hazy body. Opacity is about 90%. The head is really fluffy and stays a long time. I'm liking this already.

Aroma (3.75) : Rich honey and coriander; wheat, banana creme, and quiet notes of orange peel. Bouquet is medium strength. Smells like a wit!

Taste (3.75) : Mmmmm. Delicious...with some caveats. First, the bad : It's got a bit of a tinny character to it, with some sour wheat and biscuit malt mixed in, doesn't seem to pair well with the style or the rest of the beer. Now, the good : after the initial tin man start, you get a delicious creamy wit flavor with orange, banana, and spiced wheat. It's flavorful, spicy, and a little dry at the finish. Some sour biscuit malts are left lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Very carbonated for a wit. It's unusually refreshing, but it detracts from the otherwise creamy beauty that is in the nature of witbiers. The finish is drier than any wit I've tried. It's the anti-hero wit.

Overall (3.88) : It's not the "world class" beer I was expecting...that title still goes to Hoegaarden. This is a worthy option, though, and as I've said before, I'll never turn down a wit (unless it's Wasatch's offering). This one is different from the fold in that it's drier on the finish and it has some negative tin and biscuit flavors roaming around in there. Overall not a bad beer and one to enjoy in pleasure.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Tuesday at 07:22 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

etmur007, Tuesday at 03:12 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Casey3236, Monday at 11:40 PM
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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,143 ratings.