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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,322 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,322
Hads: 4,833
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 22.57%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,015 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 1,322 | Hads: 4,833
Photo of OldManMetal
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This witbier pours to a brief-lived thin pebbly white head on a slightly-hazy pale-straw-colored body that gets cloudier as the moderate yeast sediment pours over. Lacing consists of medium fine-grained rafts. The aroma is quite modest, even for the style, consisting of nice hints of banana/clove spice and more prominent citrus notes over wheaty and cookie-doughish malt; faint alcohol overtones ride atop everything. The palate is a bit more intense than the nose, but still moderate for the style: bitterish, tangy citrus with hints of spice, a modest yeast presence and what seem to be faint Noble hop notes on the end- all over a prominent, cleanish wheat backbone. The finish is pretty clean, with a hint of wheat and spice remaining, and is very crisp from the carbonation bite; it is followed by a slight citrus bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is on par with the extra-light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and nicely peppery; the carbonation expresses itself almost perfectly for the style. Between the crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and light body, this would be a very drinkable warm-weather beer. (12 oz bottle, 70 days after pkg)

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Photo of PhillyRiver
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint glass, drank with dinner of awesome flatbread that had many tastes on it - brussels sprouts, caramelized onions, goat cheese. That was the dinner not the beer, but it may have affected how I experienced the beer. Not familiar with whites but I liked this very much. Lovely pale yellow, no carbonation at all in the feel. Pear smell and taste, but not cloying. Other reviews here don't seem to mention the pear. It was an excellent palate cleanser after the ashy awful draft Goose Island Oktoberfest I'd had for my first beer. Would order this again, definitely sessionable too.

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Photo of KevCan
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pulled from the kegerator at work into a clear compostable plastic cup. Not the best glassware but it's what we have available :)

Look: Pale golden, cloudy, huge white head with medium-large bubbles, excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, banana, orange, black pepper, no hops

Taste: Minimal hop taste, zesty and fruity, orange, delicious peppery and yeasty aftertaste

Feel: Bubbly, smooth, just a little thinner than I'd like

Overall: Delicious, I keep coming back to it. Excellent example of the wit style.

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Photo of hman43
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Straw colored and cloudy.

Smell: Aromas of lemon, citrus, coriander, pepper and herbs.

Taste: Flavors are sweet highlighted by the citrus and lemon with the herbal flavors coming in a second wave.

Feel: It is light bodied and is slightly bitter. It has a pleasant fruity flavor with a complex mixture of herbs which produces an excellent experience from the beginning to the finish.

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Photo of Nick_Lucas
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good flavor from this belgian wheat ale but disappointingly feels thin and watered down with not much carbonation or I would have scored it higher. Had this one on tap at Gordon Ramsays Pub & Grill in Caesars, Atlantic City..

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Photo of breardon1776
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this witbier because of spice pop. A little something different. Yeasty and flavorful. I knock I gave was in aroma because all I get was pure yeast and not the spice and citrus which I get while drinking.

For food pairing, It would go great with most anything. But matches great with other sliced foods like Indian.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may very well be one of, if not the, best witbiers I have ever had. This was refreshing, robust, and vibrant. It was bursting with Belgian yeast and wheat flavors. Yet somewhat fruity and juicy as well. Excellent drink ability and light fluffy mouth feel.

Definitely worth revisiting.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stein w/ my name on it that my mom gave me 20 years ago (it's enscribed 6-1-95) and that I've never used until now!

Pours a thin straw yellow. Not much head. Taste is delicious. Allagash White is one of my favorite wheat beers. They get the spices just right. Good for a hot day or even a cool one

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Photo of Urk1127
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-pale pale yellow, hazy
-coriander, lemon peel, yeast, citrus
-Citrus, minimal clove, semi tart, yeasty, white bread
-Crisp, dry ish, hoppy bite

-excellent beer. Top tier wit

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Photo of jontom
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this for the first time at a wedding. Reminds me of Blue Moon but far superior, Excellent taste, no side effects , could drink all night. I hear it's pricey but I would buy it for special occasions.

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Photo of Machoo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3 a pint at green Austin TX grocery chain. Belgian white not typically my thing but was impressed. Came across light and refreshing. Went home to see if JCVD was on TV.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The flagship of Allagash! Murky, light gold body with minimal white head. Suspended yeast contributes to cloudy appearance (remaining true to style). Smells floral and fruity, very inviting. First sip is spicy! Taste is heavy wheat with banana in the background. Orange peel and spices contribute to a slight bitterness. Not a very sweet wit, mind you. Heavy carbonation makes this beer feel refreshing, mellow, and creamy.

Overall, craft culture is grateful to Allagash and others who have introduced Americans to classic Belgian beer styles. After 20 years, Allagash White still stands out among other Witbiers. If you haven't yet experienced Allagash, let this be your introduction.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As good as advertised. Pours a lighter gold with a moderate head that lingers. Warm, earthy, spicy and fruity aroma. Taste of banana, coriander, hay, orange, lemon zest, pepper and honey. It all works wonderfully well together to create a great experience. Not too sweet, bitter or tart. Finishes fairly dry with those same aromatic notes lingering on the palette.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle at the Toma Restaurant and Bar in Santa Barbara and thought it was delicious. Very crisp and citrusy. It's high ratings are well earned.

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Photo of codekiln
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a four inch snifter, this is one of the few beers that makes us say, "I could smell that all day." The crispness, the tang, and the spices really give it something special. While it pours a two finger head, it quickly dissipates into a lingering, 1mm thick froth on top that stays on. Quite fresh, like a cool morning. My Alewifie says that it's maybe her favorite beer. The spices and cloudy, bright yellow make it something really special.

Bright yellow-green, very tiny bubbles, highly carbonated, not much head

Grainy, grassy, honey/floral, sour malt - like bananas!

Crisp, malty, gentle, hints of citrus

Crisp, cool, goes down smooth

We will get this one again!!!

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Photo of AnalogErik
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent white - small amount of spice, little to no head - no lacing. the fruit backing goes well with the spice flavor. Thought the carb was a little high on this, but It was okay,

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Overpriced, but I usually will order in the summer if on tap. Pours light straw color with thin white top. Not much lacing as the foam quickly disappears. Aromas or of ripe fruit and light ester. Flavor is banana with tang from the wheat. Pretty smooth, clean finish if a bit over-carbonated for my liking.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter. Hazy and very pale. Not much of a head. Smells of orange peel, spices, and wheat. Light Belgian yeast. Tastes mostly of wheat and spices. Some citrus peaks in the finish along with some Belgian yeastiness. Light body. Medium carbonation. Tasty example of a fairly dull style.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 4-pack obtained from Binny's in Chicago. The gold standard of witbiers for me. Love the wonderfully spiciness that complements the overall fruitiness of the flavors. I've always been a fan of this style of beer but this one does it so well.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lemon, coriander and some orange peel sum up the nose and taste of this beer. Very refreshing. A good change of pace from all the IPAs I've been trying. I'd have to give a very slight nod to Hoegaarden though in my opinion as far as taste goes. But if you like witbiers, this is definitely one to try.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served reasonably cold into an Amsterdam bone shaker snifter. Purchased in Niagara Falls, New York as part of a 4 pack. Bottled June 8, 2015. Advertised as 5.1% ABV.

Appearance - pours a light yellow color, very pale straw. Many small molecules of sediment float around in the cloudy beer. A nice 2 finger fluffy white head is poured and stuck around for a couple of minutes before receding and coalescing into a small white collar. Very minimal lacing left behind.

Smell - bottle smelled a bit skunked (despite brown bottle) but inside the glass the smells are malted wheat, orange peel and coriander. Some lemon zest for good measure. Smells like a good quality wit.

Taste - quite yummy light citrus with hints of banana and bubblegum followed up by orange peel, a hint of lemon, and coriander. Quite tasty and refreshingly light. Taste lingers on the palate for a goodly while despite lightness. A little heat rises in the back of the throat after multiple sips through some late appearing spiciness.

Mouthfeel - very nice light body, but mouthfeel seemed very flat. Carbonation was there in a low- moderate way, but after the first sip, mouthfeel just fizzled. A bit disappointing, but isn't a deal breaker for this style.

Overall - a deliciously tasty witbier, with plenty of subtle flavours a very subtle and appealing nose, but lacking a bit of carbonation to truly make this pop off my tongue. Even though after all that, taste is king, and I have to recommend this as one of the best witbier a I've tried in recent memory.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

If you want that refreshing witbier flavor and this is on the menu, don't order blue moon. I do not care if blue moon is 4 dollars, I do not care if you have never had a craft beer in your life, you will love this beer. It is absolutely delicious. It is the most readily available beer by allagash and I happen to believe it is the best. Without a lick of hesitation I can say it is the best witbier I have ever had. Very tasty, one of my all time favs. Ps blue moon is bullshit.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am a new fan of Allagash and I am hoping that I like this one as much as their Dubbel. This White beer has 5.1% ABV and is a Belgian style brew.

Look-It pours a fairly hazy, but light yellow color with a thick silky head with some large bubbles on the perimeter.

Smell-I get a lot of spices like coriander and orange peel zest. I also get wheat and yeast. And I also pick up on some tiny bits of wood like maybe cedar or oak.

Taste-It is not bitter at all. You get fruity citrus immediately and then the spices.

Mouthfeel-Carbonation fizz shows up at the end. Very light-bodied brew with a well-mixed quality.

Overall-This is a nice beer. It is refreshing and delicious, but it isn’t anything so amazing that I’m going to freak out.

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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.

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Photo of N1120A
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply, the most balanced, easy to drink, but beautifully flavored and complex beer on earth. Clean wheat flavor, with slight effervescence. Spice notes in the nose, though more straight-forward on the tongue. Can be thoroughly enjoyed on draft or out of a bottle. As the only Allagash beer that they force carbonate, in kegs, due to the volume, some may prefer the bottle conditioning, but I really like it on draft.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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