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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 3334
Reviews: 1228
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)
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Photo of illpass78


4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at Great South Bear in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with no head whatsoever. Served with a lemon wedge. No lacing.

Aroma: Lemon, wheat, citrus, and some faint pine are all in the nose. Pretty inviting.

Taste: Believe the hype. This is a really delicious witbier. The taste follows the nose and is really excellent. Crisp, dense flavors against an easy-drinking profile.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy. Some nice hop and lemon prickliness along with the finish.

Overall: Terrific stuff. I paired this with a garden burger and it made the meal. I imagine it would make most meals. Just an excellent beer that almost anyone would enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 19:13:54 | More by illpass78
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Garden State Diner, Newark Airport.

Cloudy dark yellow with a finger of steady white that rings, and a continual stream of bubbles.
Herb-heavy nose with wax, baguette crust, and lemon rind.
Crackery malts, surprising blast of funk, lemon-pepper, and a leaf and citrus finish.
Orangeade finish and tingly linger.
Lt-med, plenty round, wheaty smooth.

The real deal. Definite yeast and herb notes, body not too thin, refreshing. Doesn't have the nuance of St Bernardus, but not far off.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 17:20:07 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Abra


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A powerhouse Belgian wheat beer!

Pours a cloudy yellow with a decent head.
Taste begins with the traditional Belgian spices and finishes with strong, assertive wheat that lingers exactly like it should. This style of beer is one of my favorites and Allagash did a fantastic job. Clean, crisp, refreshing...traditional done right!

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 00:46:57 | More by Abra
Photo of Omnium


3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes at the brewery on 10-17-13

A - Hazy yellow with one finger of fizzy white head, little lacing.
S - Wheat some clove and corriander, a touch of orange peel.
T - Clean slight wheat with belgian spice and pepper, orange peel, clove.
M - Crisp clean and light.
O - Decent belgian white ale, packed with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 16:30:05 | More by Omnium
Photo of phalligan5


4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is always a great go to. The Allagash Brewing company gets the lemon/citrus/coriander combination perfect. Made true to form all from the aroma to the soapy dishwater appearance. I only wish they would package them in 6 packs as opposed to 4s. Regardless, this is still one of my all time favorites!

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 21:52:15 | More by phalligan5
Photo of gatornation


4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ matchbox
A-pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a white head and stringy lacing a fresh cap stays thru-out
S-spice ,banana coriander and light fruits
T- outstanding wheat with fruits of the white kind pear and apples spices mix in with coriander and pepper slight citrus hops nothing dominates
M- crisp and dry with slight wet hay finish
O-superb as most all of the Allagash brews ive had

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 21:34:36 | More by gatornation
Photo of exbelgianexpat


4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Over the past year, had 6 kegs of Allagash White, 1 keg of Allagash Black and a BBC Coffehouse Porter (very good) and we just can't shake Allagash White -- it's like crack cocaine!! This Christmas Eve we had family over with many wine drinkers and one older uncle who is sworn to Budweiser to the end of his days. Within an hour all were drinking Allagash White and asking for more. Need I say more?

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2013 04:02:30 | More by exbelgianexpat
Photo of BradMacMullin


4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I haven't rated this yet. So perfect. My go to for a perfect beer. I think the balance of wheat and citrus is perfect. Pours this typical yellowtail color with an ok carbonation and head. But the taste is so f...ing good. Allahash is one of many Maine breweries killing it. This beer is simply perfect

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 01:54:42 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of RandomExile


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: hazy yellow, next-best to translucent, scattered latticed lacing
S: yeast/malt, lemon citrus
T: spicy coriander, citrus, I can see how people find apple in this
M: medium-bodied, but a full citrus-orange presence, so a light juice feel
O: Surprisingly good. One or two full glasses goes extremely well with rich or substantial food. It has enough presence and acidity to hold up to a strong meal (fish chips, duck, quality medium-rare hamburger), but light enough alcohol to enjoy two comfortably..

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 04:34:49 | More by RandomExile
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very cloudy pale straw, orange appears at the core if the glass is big enough, good loose bubbles visible. White 1-finger head is sticking around on my glass. Ambient loose particles sit in the body.

S: Ooh, that's good. Fragrant variety of fruits; I got some orange, pear, and cantaloupe, maybe even more going on here. Some mild spices, a pinch of white pepper and cinnamon even, some coriander, too.

T: Awesomely refreshing; all those fruits plus more- apples most notably. The spices are perfectly balanced. A touch of wheat. I love it.

M: Great carbonation adds some texture, the rest is refreshing and quenching, smooth.

O: Refreshing, crisp, thirst quenching. Incredible variety of fruits on the nose and palate with subtle spices to balance it perfectly. Makes me wish it was summer year-round. Great job, Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 07:47:43 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass.

A-Hazy golden yellow color with a bright white cap. Some lacing. It looks refreshing and drinkable.

S- Wheat beer with citrus (lemon and orange) and spice.

T- Light wheat sour taste, light citrus flavor, light sweet and spice.

M- Tart yet balanced. Well carbonated, crisp and refreshing.

O- This is one steady drinkable brew. Wanna impress a lady? Suggest one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 23:59:00 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of TWebb

South Carolina

1.4/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I feel a need to rant. Why is this called a witbier, when other totally different beers like Leinie's Sunset Wheat and Sam Adams White Lantern are also called witbiers? They are totally different! Why does Allagash White claim to be flavored with coriander and orange peel, when the only detectable flavor is of putrefaction? The aforementioned brews are delightful to drink and taste of coriander and orange peel, but Allagash White gives only the sensation of drinking roadkill. This is exactly what you should expect from open fermentation.
(See my treatise on Leffe Blonde for an easy and cheap way to make beers of this type.)
In short, the horrible flavor of this percolating yeast sewage may haunt my taste memory for the rest of my miserable life unless I can drink enough IPAs and lagers to wash it away.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 17:02:35 | More by TWebb
Photo of Father_Raybob


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This was a wonderful Belgian wheat beer with tremendous deep straw color. Cloudy with a persistent head.

Nose - Bright unripe stone fruit, ripe Meyer lemon, a hint of coriander, orange peel and allspice. Typical Belgian notes but with more citrus.

Taste - balance of sweet and sour with a piquant quality to the finish. Refreshing citrus and sweet malt notes round out the flavor.

Overall a great beer for a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 00:43:18 | More by Father_Raybob
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the flagship beer for allagash, i have been drinking this one for as long as i can remember. i do like it better from the bottle than the tap though, an uncommon theme for me personally. it pours a real cloudy pale yellow color with an inch of soapy white head. hold the orange slice please, this isn't a schocktop. aromas of orange zest and light coriander seed waft up, but so does a nice bitter hopping and a density of wheat malt that is quite pronounced. the taste is the best of the nose, with the orange being subtle, sweet, and acidic. the body is full for the style, which i really like, and the Belgian yeast strain is just right for this brew. probably the best version of this style brewed in the entire untied states, certainly one of them. this is a staple beer for me, but i think it gets watery or contaminated via tap sometimes. the bottles are always perfectly carbonated, but the draft is hit or miss in my experience. it was epic on tap at the brewery though, so fresh and bright. this beer is an all around winner.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 14:28:16 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Gaucho


4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy straw and saffron

S - Fresh wheat; subtle coriander overtones

T - very refreshing with nice citrus kick; this would go down oh too easy on a hot afternoon at the beach or pool

M - smooth and crisp; real nice texture with just the right amount of carbonation

Much better on tap than my recollection of a previous bottle.
An excellent example of this style and a nice change of pace from my recent selections of more hopped, stronger brews. Great summer sipper with my lobster roll.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 23:13:03 | More by Gaucho
Photo of Brew_42


3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale, hazy, yellow with a thick white head that hangs around. Really cool looking beer.

Smells spicy and citrusy

Tastes-Citrus and spice up front with some nice banana sweetness. Sweeter than I expected in a good way.

Palate- Smooth with slight carbonation.

Overall-Great witbier especially on a a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 07:26:35 | More by Brew_42
Photo of BierStein711


4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draught into pint without lemon or orange. Two and a half finger off-white head with higher carbonation

Straw gold in color,

Smell: banana, bubblegum, coriander

Taste: banana, bubblegum, coriander, oat, with a light hop finish!

Mouthfeel: Thicker, typical for the style.

Overall, this was an incredible beer, that I hope to have again soon. This is the best example of the style I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 04:42:30 | More by BierStein711
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ 3 Needs

A - Cloudy pale yellow with an orange glow towards the centre. Thin layer white head.

S - Clove, coriander, banana, lemon.

T - Belgian yeast esters, clove, banana, corainder, peppery spice. Slight bready sweetness.

M - Light body with some chew. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 14:14:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow in color with a thin white head and mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of cloves, wheat, and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves, wheat, and hops. Typical Witbier, Belgium White, Whites, or Hefeweizen type beer.

Overall: Decent brew, I would have this one again, but it is not my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 17:30:23 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Cuvie62


3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the light, crisp, start with a nutmeg spicy follow. Light, light yellow color, very low head, nutmeg finish. We are enjoying it at a coal fired pizza joint with Italian food as well. I was impressed with the light nature and full flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 01:55:48 | More by Cuvie62
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White on tap at the Poe House (NC)

Hazy yellow with small, partially durable, white head some sticky lacing

Aroma: Mild, yeasty, light, mostly citrus, fruity; hint of banana; light biscuits

Taste: Mildly tart and very fruity, with banana

Medium-light body; not at all waterly; lightly crisp carbonation

O: very pleasant and refreshing brew; excellent on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 03:40:31 | More by chinchill
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

18 Jan 2013: Alfie's on 9th Ave, New York. Pint from the tap, my first ever beer from Maine (I think). Chalkboard claimed 5.2% ABV.

Cloudy, yellow with a fading white head. Typical for the style.

Sweeter than I expected: however what do I know about American brewed Witbiers (not a lot really)?

The nose was all wheat and corriander with both orange and lemon traces too. These carried on into the taste with the sweeter orange hints along with the wheat taking centre stage.

OK more that great, but a pleasant refreshing beer that went down rather well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 04:47:05 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Sudcutter


4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the lemonade of beer.
The appearance is very pale yellow.
The aroma is citric.
The taste is essentially lemonade with a splash of beer.
The mouthfeel is fairly carbonated but smooth, a little watery.
Overall, I thought this beer was the most refreshing I've had and is perfect for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 15:00:14 | More by Sudcutter
Photo of MarkQ617


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is legitimately one of my favorite beers to drink come summertime. I put pen to paper (actually it was on my phone notebook) at the Westin in Boston on this review in May of 2011, but I had my first Allagash in college and have never looked back. The fruity crispness, corriander, slight spice, and hazy appearance make you long to be sitting on your deck in July. The only small qualm I have with this beer is the mouthfeel, which is awfully soft, even for a witbier. Absolutely outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 18:00:45 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is cloudy yellow with a moderately-sized white head.

Banana, clove, coriander, wheat and orange in the nose. Classic wit scents. Good.

Taste is similar. Banana, clove, coriander, wheat, nutmeg and some orange. Crisp, balanced and tasty.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. A bit irritating but true to style.

Overall, very tasty. A straight-up good example of a witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2013 02:02:31 | More by jrenihan
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