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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,349 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3349
Reviews: 1229
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,349 | Reviews: 1,229 | Show All Ratings:
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ewright

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy dull gold with little head.

S: Faint notes of sweet orange and spices.

T: Strong notes of fruity esters, faint mild hop note late.

M: Medium body with low carbonation

D: This is a rather enjoyable beer... I can't rate any other aspect that high, but something about the beer makes it an easy drink for a summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2008 00:47:53 | More by ewright
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reignsong

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful!

This is a hometown brewer (I live in Kennebunk, ME), but that made me if anything, more discriminating. This could be an all 5 beer, but I'm a dark beer fan primarily, my bias is a disadvantage here.

Like all light colored beers, this has a lively feel on the tongue. I actually liked it in this case! The citrus aroma astutely mentioned in previous reviews I identfy as lemon, very fresh and springy.

I love this blonde! I assure you this is a rare color. It was the first thing I saw entering the Pub, it was so gorgeous!

The flavor is light, lemony, and a hint of maybe even a fresh salmon flavor...not fishy, but like a lean meat that has a pleasing flavor that's a little deeper than nutty. It's a palateful yet simple, not overhwelming.

This is loyal to Belgian Brews, and can stands its ground next to Hoegaarten and Trappist whites...really! This is a bench mark of American micro brews. It is also very nice in the little four packs of bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2008 01:58:46 | More by reignsong
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JDV

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample on tap at the draughthouse courtesy of fly. Thanks!
Pours murky yellowish white a light whitish head atop. Smell is very wheaty, more so than spicy to me with hints of citrus. Taste is equally wheaty, with a lesser spiced influence which I like about it. Hearty, flavorful and drinkable, and a style I'm perhaps coming around on, a bit because of examples like this. Good witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 19:23:34 | More by JDV
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spointon

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple pints of this tonight served in an imperial pint glass.

A= This beer pored a pleasantly cloudy lemon blonde color with a snow white 3/4 inch creamy head. There was heavy lacing down the glass.

S= This one smelled of clean citrus, faint musty yeast, corriander, and a bit of grassy earthiness.

T= Like the smell, this ale tasted very citrusy up front with notes of orange and lemon. There was also a musty yeast flavor present and a soft mix of coriander and bitter orange peel.

MF= Incredibly soft, velvety on the tongue despite its high carbonation.

D= Awesome example of a Belgian Wit. I will definitely be seeking out more of this!

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 07:10:48 | More by spointon
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bikehorn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White has been a favorite of mine since I discovered it. My last, delicious encounter, was enjoying it on tap.

Appearance: fresh golden yellow, with some clouding which remains as long as the beverage does...

Smell: nearly as much fruit as some white wines - pear, orange and yeast

Taste: light and fruity with a hint of spice, very balanced aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, and thinner than some witbiers

Drinkability: a bit too drinkable if you know what i mean...

Overall: delish

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2008 19:17:38 | More by bikehorn
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MrIncognito

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Tuskies in Leesburg, VA.

A - Nice creamy white head that sticks around a good while. Leave a nice thin layer on top for most the duration of the beer. Nice lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy orangy-yellow. Looks kind of like a Blue Moon.

S - I smell yeast and orange and lemon. The citrus orange smell is quite strong.

T - So incredibly smooth. The first thing I taste is the orange with a slight orange rind thrown in. As it sits on my tongue and then is swallowed I get the wheat and yeast taste. A definite witbier taste. The orange is not overpowering but obvious and noticable.

M - Medium carbonation that tickles the tongue. Smooth as can be and goes down easy.

I could drink this all night. It's so drinkable it's insane. A great summer time brew with the citrus flavors. Highly recommended. If you like Blue Moon, this will blow your mind.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2008 13:06:47 | More by MrIncognito
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light, pale yellow that has a good cloudiness with minimal head that maintained and left lacings. A spicy, peppery smell mixes with the yeast and some fruit tones (orange and lemon mostly) make a good smell. The taste is a mix of an extremely citric taste dominated by lemon and a very zesty spicey taste mixed in a full body. The wheat in this beer holds it all together for a very smooth mouthfeel while the lemon and some orange make it sweet on the tongue. The spices complement it on the sides and give it a good finish. A great beer that I could easily session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 22:00:37 | More by clayrock81
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came from the tap; it had a great, murky, light gold appearance with a thin head and a nice eventual lacing. Great lemon aromas with some wheat were sensed from this drink. It had a wicked sour-sweet dynamic going on, though they were not too powerful. It had a great, light-medium body/carbonation, allowing it be very refreshing. Overall, this one was wicked good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 19:49:28 | More by fitzy84
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of Allagash White last week at a local restaurant. The color was banana yellow, and this is one of the cloudiest beers you will ever have. The smell was of spice and lemon. As for taste, this is one of my favorite witbiers made in the US. I have not found one American brewer who has made a better version. The citrus and spice notes are present with every sip. Highly drinkable. A great session beer, or an excellent beer to have with a meal. This is my favorite Allagash brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 01:49:48 | More by morebeergood
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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glorious golden yellow color. The smell is heavy with fruit. Mostly citrus, and has that hint of wheat. Very inviting indeed. The taste is of strong citrus fruitiness and has a slight wheat and banana flavoring. There's also a bit of spice present. Goes down extremely smooth. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 02:58:38 | More by WillieMoe
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Max Fish in Glastonbury, Conn.

A: Poured a very cloudy, golden yellow with speckles and flashes of red and a creamy head of two-finger foam.

S: The nose is dominated by citrus fruits and musty, spicy yeasts.

T: Great zesty orange zip right away. The crispness of the coriander and other citrus notes blending with a nice cinnamon spiciness made this a real pleasure to sip on. Paired wonderfully with my char-grilled Arctic Char!

M: Crisp, sweet, and a little chewy. Held it's own with food and was great to have on its own too.

D: A very drinkable wit, and one of greater substance than a Hoegaarden. The mild ABV and sweet citrusy-spicy make-up make it a perfect companion for most foods.

By far the best witbier I can recall. This is a real testament to how strong of a style wits can be.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2008 20:17:51 | More by Gambrinus1184
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MisterClean

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2008 04:05:15 | More by MisterClean
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A bright yellow.. straw yellow. Rich, foaming head with lasting retention.

S: Sweet, sugary, lemony citrus, lightly floral

T: Lemon citrus zing, moderately sweet, but not overdone. Wheat grains.

M + D: Quite light, maybe a bit too light for my tastes. Carbonation is light in such a way that I can't help but think more of lemon flavoured sparkling water than a beer. That said, while seemingly light on the carbonation, it managed to feel a bit bloating, even after just a few sips. Not a very big fan... maybe a dash of bitterness or a touch more spiciness would help out, but not really one I'd go for again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2008 16:27:28 | More by Proteus93
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Overlord

California

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this today at Anthill Pub in Irvine.

Pours a hazy whitish yellow. Looks like a hefeweizen. Smells ... like a hefeweizen. Bready, yeasty, some lemon/citrus notes.

Taste is spicy (surprising ... is that pepper?) citrus, bread, yeast, and lots of lemon. Looks, smells, and tastes good, but not mind blowing. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 02:41:26 | More by Overlord
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a local pizza place. Gotta give props to Dewey's Pizza for having the good sense to offer good craft beer with their pizza.

This beer was served in a pint glass and arrived at my table with a 1/2" bone-white head over a typically cloudy yellow beer.

The aroma was very slight.... but I could pick up a tiny bit of spice (like nutmeg) and a yeasty note.

The taste: Above average Witbier. Yeasty, with a hint of nutmeg spiciness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side.... but appropriate. Perhaps a touch too carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability: Nothing objectionable... solid Witbier. Nothing to knock my socks off...

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 06:32:19 | More by TheBierBand
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours out a beautiful, cloudy, lemony yellow with a nice but not persistent head. Aroma is strong, the typical hefeweissen aroma - wheaty, malty, with a lemony overtone. Flavor is rich and jazzy, what one expects of a wheat beer but richer and more mouth-filling and with a hint of hops. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, it has a touch of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 03:51:57 | More by Cyberkedi
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my favorites when it comes to easy drinking beers, especially during the summer.

A very hazy, golden beer with strong citrus notes in the nose. The lemon zest is most prevalent, behind it though is a lovely coriander and orange taste hidden away.

The beer is very light and goes down easily. Best enjoyed during the summer months in Maine, but can be enjoyed all-year round anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2007 02:40:39 | More by deltatauhobbit
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 20:28:54 | More by atigerlife
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shivtim

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An absolutely solid witbier, one of the best American examples of the style. Looks great sitting in a glass, pale cloudy/hazy yellow straw with a nice foamy white head. Nose is quite spicy with vague citrus. Taste is the usual coriander, wheat, and orange, but it's very well balanced. Mouthfeel is great, and drinkability is exceptional. While this beer may not seem to stand out, it really is a high quality, well-made, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2007 06:06:18 | More by shivtim
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Standard pint. Pours a very light straw color with a 2 finger head of stark white foam. The brew is cloudy, as expected, with a few stray bubbles in the brew, but it is generally calm. The aroma is dominated by coriander spice with a very nice creamy wheat base behind it. There is a more distant orange fruityness, but the spice is the main player here. Taking a sip, it brings what is expected from the flavors: lots of spicy coriander and lighter orange with a creamy wheat character. None of the flavors are too dominant, as they blend well into each other. Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. It is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation in there to make it a little lighter. There is just a hint of herbal hop on the finish that just plays lightly at the sides of my tongue after swallowing the brew. This is the first brew I have put on my kegerator, and it really was a good choice, though I should have done a half barrel and not just a sixtel, as this one will not last too long. It is very flavorful and easy to drink. I am happy with it for sure!

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 01:46:25 | More by kmpitz2
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice looking lightish yellow-orange color with a good bit of white head on top. Opaque. Nose was surprisingly mild, but of your standard corriander, wheat, and citrus. Flavor was likewise. Body was fairly full-bodied for the style, which was nice. This one was very good, although not particularly unique. Oddly enough, it actually really reminded me of Blue Moon Wit, although not in a bad way.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2007 17:58:21 | More by soupyman10
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Floydster

California

3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goblet from Hollingshead's Deli in Orange

Very light color with a see through white head

Super light beer from Allagash

Could probably drink ten of these at a sitting

Good price for 750 ml bottles most of the time, about six bucks and worth the money

Tasted more like a pale ale rather than a wheat beer

Faint fruity aroma and taste, but too light to stand out

Would be a good session beer, but would get prciey after a while

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2007 00:37:49 | More by Floydster
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Kiwano

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2007 05:23:37 | More by Kiwano
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BigB

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Over the years I have had many wheat beers with this being one of my favorites. Many establishments serve wheat beers with a slice of orange or other fruit but I generally pass on that as I think it disguises the true aroma of the beer itself. I normally have this on tap at home and served this at two recent summer parties and many of my friends who normally drink macro-brews stuck to this even though their usual brands were available.

Appearance – The beer is bright yellow and translucent. The head presents itself well initially then reduces to small floating islands with good lacing on the glass as you drink it.

Smell – There are notes of yeast, spices and fruit in the aroma.

Taste – Certainly there is a hint of clove and other spices with some fruitiness in the taste, but it’s just right. Some wheat beers I have tried are over-spiced leaving me feeling like I just bit into the clove that mom missed removing from the Christmas ham.

Mouthfeel – Lighter on the tongue that some other wheat beers with noticeable and pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability - The alcohol level is reasonable and makes this a beer which you can drink over an extended period of time especially in the summer months. This is my favorite summer beer presently even though I believe it is available throughout the year.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2007 17:35:19 | More by BigB
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw in on tap for the first time in Charlotte, and at $3.50 a pint, not a bad price. Pours a much darker than typical witbier. Nice fruit and citrus notes to the smell, quite refreshing and easy to drink. Not too much spice. Some haziness and little head. Nice on a summer evening, but nothing to rave about.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2007 01:12:52 | More by Backer2004
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,349 ratings.