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Allagash White | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 1,338 | Ratings: 5,017
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale, cloudy lemon color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of lace

Smell: Musty and yeasty, with orange, apricots, clove, coriander and some banana

Taste: Starts out with a yeasty flavor that gets fruity and spicy by mid-palate; once the wit flavors kick in, they persist through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (more than I expected) and nicely carbonated; very refreshing

Drinkability: I'm not a big wit fan, but this was enjoyable

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Photo of mgdeth
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very cloudy, pale golden in color. Not much head, and little lace.

Smell - Yeasty and sweet. No real hops to speak of. Reminds me of some American hefe weizens (i.e. no clovey smell).

Taste - Quite sweet, balanced with a zesty twang. In the early aftertaste, I pick up a clear lemony taste. The spices used in this wit seem unique. Perhaps lemon zest? Chamomile? Everyday bitter orange peel and coriander? Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel - The body on this beer seems to be a little thin. Or it might be that the beer is so smooth that it goes down really easily.

Drinkability - Easy drinker, and oh so delicately tasty. I could drink this all night.

Comments - What a great interpretation of a wit! Very different from other witbiers I have tasted in terms of the spice profile.

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Photo of Stimack
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew last night for the first time and I must say I was impressed. This was a real nice brew, it was pored to a hazy yellow color with a fair sized white head that broke down slow and left a nice amount of lacing through out the brew. Had a very nice aroma, somewhat light with scents of lemon citrus and spices mixed with sweet malt. Taste was very refreshing, light with nice spiciness mixed with wheat like flavors. This will be a brew that I get again, especially with the warmer weather getting here.

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Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle ( Thanks Sammy). Decanted to the tumbler a light honey-hued clouded ale with a nice puffy white cap. Moderate effervescence. Wonderful nose...spicey tangerines, sweet and musty. Substantial body for a wit. Lovely sweet malt diffusion at the front then the hops and corriander spice the palate with a tangy citrus peel taste and the yeast gives a pleasant succulent apricot pronouncement. Dryish finish...a very nice and flavorful witbier.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured a cloudy solid yellow color into a standard pint glass. About a finger-thick head came up, and it had excellent retention. There was a nice cascading bubble effect as well. This beer showed a moderate amount of carbonation. The scent had hints of banana and spices; it was very pleasant. It enveloped my nose, which added to the experience.

Tasting: This was a rather sweet-tasting beer. A wheaty, malty flavor dominated the tongue, and there was very little bitterness. Slight spice also came across. As is common to the style, this was a rather citric beer; lemon and hints of orange were present, particularly in the aftertaste. I can see this as a real thirst-quencher on a hot summer day. A light to medium-bodied beer, this was very pleasant to drink. It rolled across my tongue smoothly, without any hints of harshness. Note that this beer has yeast remnants in the bottle, and depending on your preference, you may or may not want to pour the yeast into your glass.

I recommend this as a good crossover beer to get people accustomed to the Witbier style. For New Englanders, it's also regionally brewed, so it's nice to have a somewhat local product around.

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

I love the tripel reserve, so I should've expected a great beer. I'm not a huge witbier fan, but this could convert me.

Pours a cloudy soft yellow, like a yellowish creamsicle, with a huge rocky white head. Lacing was large and sticky all around the footed pils glass. Smelled of lemon and peppery spice. Taste is dry and peppery upfront with some zesty lemon flavor and a wheat crisp finish. Medium moutfeel with plenty of carbonation and long finish. This was a fine beer to have with bbq chicken (which is exactly what we did.) I'll be picking up another 750 when I see one. High quality and high value. Offer this to your Blue Moon drinking friends.

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Photo of granger10
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Allagash offering pours a very hazy golden pilsner like color. Lots of bubbles rise to the top and a nice sturdy egg white head. Aroma is really yeasty and somewhat citric with a slight acidic burn. The wheat grain seems to be really dominate here with a solid yeast base backing it up. Spices are much less than other wits I have tried. Citric fruits play a nice compliment to the wheaty yeasty base. Quite acidic in the finish with some spices lingering. Definitely got better as I drank it, the 750 was no problem finishing. Overall, a solid beer but nothing more.

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

Nice light zesty citrus aroma with a pinch of coriander. Bright white head pours thick, but eventually fades to a solid film leaving strings and patches of lace. Hazy, vibrant straw colored beer with swarms of tiny bubbles rising through the middle. The taste is a mix of light lemony citrus, mild spices, and a little floral hop. Barely bitter finish detracts slightly from the flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and light; the beer almost floats across my tongue. Overall a solid Witbier, but based on price there are others I'd choose first.

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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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