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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,330 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,330
Hads: 4,920
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 22.57%
Wants: 410
Gots: 1,073 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style | ABV
Witbier | 5.10% 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: 1,330 | Hads: 4,920
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a blondish golden appearence. It has a wonderful smell of yeast and citrus.

A spicy bitterness with a touch of sourness taste is this the downfall of this brew. Hints of citrus present but not enough to carry. Doesn't leave much behind in the form of after taste. It has nice full bodied mouthfeel.

Sourness makes me not want to drink much of it.

No visible best before date. I wonder if this is an older batch. I may try it again.

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Photo of rousee
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is not a real strong flavored beer. It is very mild in most characteristics so there is not a whole lot of descriptive characteristics that I can mention.

Very murky, chalky lemony-yellow with a small head of 5mm lvs a small amout of lace. There is wheat, malt and a slight sourness on the nose--very mild though. Some very faint bleach like characteristic too. This is one smooth beer. Very dry and crisp and tastes like it would be great on a hot Summer day. Nothing too pronounced on the taste other than a mild wheat/malt profile. Very dry.This is a good conversion beer for macro drinkers. There's not a whole lot not to like--its just not very strong flavored and there's nothing wrong with that. It finishes smooth, clean, and dry. Very easy to drink in large quantities especially if its hot outside.

Edit--It appears I may have been getting a cold when I reviewed this beer. I have tried it since getting over it and there are some fairly pronounced spicy aspects that are noticeable--cardomom, anisette, banana and allspice is what comes to mind.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear straw colored yellow. Hazy from yeast and carbonation. Little head and little lace.

Smells lovely. Hints of bananas and yeasty characters. Real deep, pleasant aroma with some bready notes mixed in.

Taste: Carbonation is tight and gives way to a thick yeast flavor that gives off a strong fruity/banana flavor. Slight bitterness at the end. Overall, a very tasty beer that ends on a smooth, creamy note. The bottle's claims of a "crisp, refreshing taste" are not lies.

Lightly bodied but very complex taste, with 5.5% alcohol. This makes for a real good session beer, and I'm glad I picked it up on a whim. Can't recommend it enough.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color, a bit clear for a wit. Very small head also. Aroma is a nearly perfect blend of fruit, vanilla, and spicy, peppery coriander. Very spicy taste as well, with strong citrus orange notes and a well-rounded estery flavor, almost bubblegum-like. Finishes dryish and tart. Texture is slightly powdery and moderate-light.

One of the best wits brewed in North America. Actually, the only one I like better is Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er...

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden base with a medium white head, exceptional retention and 5 nice horizontal lacing effects... The aroma is light of lemony sweet hop.

The taste is mellow, the light hops are wonderful, it's a little sweet. Not too definitive like a Sprecher White, but it's well-balanced. The mouthfeel for most whites are pretty good, this one is very good. I believe with the head retention so high, it balances the mouthfeel to near perfection. The drinkability is obviously high given the review so far. It's 5.5%, smooth, well-balanced, and would be a noteable session beer.

Final Thought: One of the best if not the best white I've had. Clearly better than Great Lakes Holy Moses... and that says a lot!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellowish color ale with a big head that disappeared a tad too quickly. Aroma of coriander is easily detectable with some wheat also noticeable in the background. Taste is quite amazing with a nice mix of coriander, wheat and some orange in the background. Very refreshing but with a strong full body and light carbonation. Probably one of the best north American wit I had the chance to drink.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one
Pours a near clear white. Thin head, little lace.
Stron hoppy aroma with citrus hints.
Clean, crisp flavor, hoppy but not overpowering. Very light and refreshing.
Thin, but surprisingly not too watery. Strong carbonation
Very drinkable.
I actually liked it - a nice change from heavier dark beers.

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

Aroma: A pleasantly citrus nose, with some spicy character that is a good example for the style.

Appearance: A cloudy golden yellow typical for the style, the beer holds a small head for the duration of drinking.

Taste: A sweet start moves quickly into a citrus middle and finish. A faint hop undertone follows the taste through to the end.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium body with a hint of crispness gives this beer a very nice mouthfeel.

Overall, well, I've found a new favorite witbier. It has all the hallmarks of the style, and is more refreshing than my previous favorite.

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Photo of foXXtail
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a wonderful example of the style. It hit on all the major points that I look for in a good witbier. Highly recommended for those who like the witbier of hefeweizen styles.

This beer poured opaque straw yellow with a thin white lacey head, even with the slight bottle swirl. Though thin, the head was well-retained throughout tasting. The nose has a distinct crisp citrus spice with a slight floral hop background, and was quite pleasant.

On the tongue it was brightly effervescent and smooth with terrific body. The citrus (lemon) and spice (clove, nutmeg and coriander) notes hinted at by the nose hit strongly at the front, supported by a but of banana yeastiness in the background. All of the flavors blend smoothly into a crisp finish.

Quite a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw colour with a decent white head. Aroma is of spice and citrus a bit of bread. Taste is classic Wit wheaty and citrusy with that lovely hint of mystery spice ( yeah i know its coriander, but who eats raw coriander) Mouthfeel is nice with medium carbonation and a clean finish. No surprises here this is what it says it is A Belgian Wit. Drinkability for the style is great. While I am not the hugest fan of the style as I like my wheats to be fluent in German, this is spot on for the style and in my opinion better than Hoogarten

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Photo of beersarang
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty pale cloudy yellow with a white head that leaves spotty lace down the glass.

Smells of spices and wheat.

Tastes mildly of wheat with a soft hop bitterness in the end. Spices kick in bringing flavors of coriander to the palate. Tastes good with a squeeze of orange as well.

Carbonation is perfect for the style, strong, but this beer is still excessively drinkable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a stunning blonde color with a perfect off white head. Just the right amount of clarity, carbonation, and lacing. Beautiful.

Smell: Smells over the top spicy and rich. Very powerful smelling, and lacks the usual "sunscreen" smell that I feel witbier's tend to have.

Taste and Mouthfeel: As it smells, this is an spiced up son-of-a-bitch that takes no prisoners. Massivly spicy without being overwhelming. Again, the lack of sunscreen notes makes me happy. The mouthfeel is chewy, but a tad weak.

Drinkability and Overall: Damn me for only buying one. Looks like I may go back and get a case of this. This is a brilliant session beer, and one that wouldn't get old for a long time. This was my second attempt at Allagash, and so for they're kicking my ass. Up next, the Dubbel Reserve.

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

Bought a 4-pack for about 8 bucks. Usually I buy anything when I see the Allagash name because it has yet to fail me in any way.

Appearance: Pours a golden, gorgeous blond with the yeast making it beautifully hazy. Nice white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Grass, lemon peel, orange peel, coriandor. Less sweet smelling than most American styles. Great aroma overall.

Taste: Light to medium body, but it's packed with flavor and subtle hints of spice. Immediately there's a tinge of sourness, but it's balanced well and done on purpose, with the hints of lemon coming through. The smell was less sweeter as I said, and so is the taste. Very balanced, a little good bitterness toward the end.

Mouthfeel: As I said, light to medium body, but don't be deceived. I love the mouthfeel and the balance of carbonation, along with the great sour nature of its character that immediately hits the tongue and lessens subtly as it goes down the throat.

Drinkability: I'm drinking this now in January, but I'm sure I could drink many around a BBQ in the heat of a summer day. At 5.5% it could easily be a session beer, and if I can ever find a case of it I'll probably be doing it in the future. Bravo, Allagash.

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Photo of necoadam
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a hazy golden/yellow with a nice head that goes to lacing eventually.

Smell was nice. Good spicy aromas with a touch of lemon in there. Also some citrus in the background as well. Seemed to be a dry aroma though.

Taste was good. Wheat, lemon and citrus really come together in this brew and gives it a good taste profile. Some yeast coming in towards the end and spicies hitting the palate at all times. But it just seemed so soft on the palate. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was medium with a soft carbonation that seemed nice. Finished on the dry side.

This is a pretty good wit. Lots of flavors that defines a witbier, but quite soft on the palate. Good stuff.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Batch 2

This is a tasty brew, not sure it is any better than Hogaarden which is cheaper in my neck of the woods.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a thick and tightly bubbled creamy head. Lots of thick lacework. Fades to a thin layer atop the brew.

Aroma of orange and cloves as well as some faint floral hops.

Taste is mild, soft wheat with some citrus and spice.

Taste is as it smells.

Very refreshing beer. Will definitely buy again. Have to try a face-off with Hogaarden.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The local beer store finally was able to get Allagash products all the way in So. California, and I stared off with the Tripel that totally blew me away. Then a solid Dubbel, and now the time for their wit.

Appearance- poured from a 750 ml as a slightly cloudy pee yellow. The small particles of yeast/unfiltered wheat are visible- moreso than most wits I've had. This baby has a big fluffy head.

Aroma hits me from 2 feet away (I like that in a beer- I have a weak nose, so I can use all the help I can get!), fruity and clean with slight yeast, lemon, herbs (grassy) and wheat. Lemon citrus is quite pleasant, not real sour lemon, but lemon none the less.

Flavor- Follows through from the aroma (I like it when beer does that), with a tart back palate, lightly refreshing.

Oveall, this is a solid white, and a very nice way to spend a warm afternoon. I'll gladly have another!

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better in the bottle. When had on tap, so many taps very much suspect it wasn't too fresh. Richer and better colour in bottle. Still spice, prticularly corriander, but carbonation rich and alive. Thanks to donator from USA at Doug Shoemaker party.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is some good stuff.

It poured to a great yellow and gold color with a big creamy head and a tornado of carbonation. It's leaving a great fluffy lace behind as well.

The smell is very enjoyable, holding a great blend of spices. The taste in the mouth builds on that, bringing light malts into the picture along with more spices and touches of various fruits. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth while the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable white beer for sure! I had this pint on-tap at Big City in Allston (Boston). This brew is a cloudy golden yellow colour with a nice white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma consists of coriander, wheat, lemon, yeast, and more spices. The taste is lemony and refreshing up front, spicy in the middle, and smooth and wheaty in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy/smooth and refreshing so the drinkability is very, very good. Better in 750's but still a damn good brew on tap.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swirled out a cream top, leaving lots of drift lacing and thick bubble islands beautifying the brew. Bright yellow cream thick body. Very good looking. Lots of orange peel zest, yeast, and cream in the nose, with some cloves and sweetness.

Taste is tart, with a touch of salt. Limes, oranges--citrus! Edged with some barley grains that added body. Mint leaf after dryness mixed in the bitter hop background. I would've really liked to have 2 or 3 more of these.

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Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy hazy pale yellow with a nice white head that leaves spotty lace down my glass. Aroma is grainy wheat bread like yeast bananas light cloves and peppery spice not bad but have had better. Taste is zesty flavored bready grains with some fruity sweet bananas coming threw. Cloves and light spice take over then pepper mingles with hops for a spicey tart finish. Mouthfeel a smooth medium but light at the same time. Drinkability is good not the best witbier but very good for the price would buy again.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This concoction looks more like a banana smoothy than a beer. Bright almost neon-yellow color, yet thick looking and almost opaque, with yeasty dots floating up and down and a frothy head. Smells wheaty, yeasty, bready, lemony and tangy, with a hint of some spices. This beer is very flavorful, but subtle at the same time. Lots of tastes coming atchya. Bread and yeast take over, but there are still lots of noticable complexities like Belgian spices and lemon zest. This beer while being rather light, seems to have a very medium-full body, very thick tasting and smooth in the mouth. An amazingly drinkable beer - it's one of those beers that you finish before you realize because it's too hard not to take those big gulps. Yum.

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

Label Lore: Neck and body labeled stubby. Neck label info: Naturally cloudy.

Light straw golden hues with quite a hazy appearance, of course, following the label pour instructions, under a tight spotty razor thin snow white coating. Lots of swirlly yeasty spiral in the brew. Sippery head slides down the glass.

Easy musty clove saison scents.

First Swigs: Corinader cloves. Tight well balanced grounded earthy wit. Not all spices and bananas. Bright clean middling coriander spices. Slips back with gentle carbonation. Lemony wheat with a lingering aftertaste.

Medium body thanks to soft carbonation. A few healthy swirls arouse a tight coating.

Last Swigs: Yeasty lemony coriander with a gentle light wit style body. Another ALLAGASH winner.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

Yellow, cloudy beer with a moderate head. Dissipated quickly.

The smell was slightly smoky and yeasty. None of the lemon aroma I detected in the bottled version.

The taste was slightly smoky and a little sweet, again without any lemon as noted with the bottled beer.

Mouthfeel was thin, and although the taste was OK, this one could get old rather quickly. I wouldn't want more than two of these.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.