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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash WhiteAllagash White

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,337 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3337
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, unfiltered and cloudy, with a wisp of white head. Smell is very yeasty with the wheat and clove smell. The taste is dominated by the wheat, much more so than other wits, with hints of spicing. Mouthfeel is VERY well carbonated. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few more.

Not my favorite witbier, but certainly a good one. Hopefully, this will be the first of many Allagash reviews. I may well have this wit again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 01:57:02 | More by beergeek279
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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

What a nice color! A work of art-very vibrant, hazy, almost electric yellow. A nice snowy head and good stick add to the picture. Quite a citrus kick on the aromatics with heady spices as well. In the mouth the beer kicks, stings, bites, and thrusts. The body is quite robust for the style, and zippy citric acid flavors pop up and sting the sides of the tongue. Very forceful in the way of coriander with the orange influence hiding in the background, and showing its self in the way of orange zest. All in all a nice balance of flavors. The beer finishes strong with a modest touch of bittersweet. This is a full throttle Belgian white and perhaps the strongest I've had to date. A real treat that I think must have just arrived in the Chicago market. Go get em!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 01:06:47 | More by moulefrite
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours cloudy due to the 'good stuff' on the bottom of the bottle. Yellow color, nice white, airy head with decent retention.
The smell is of lemon/citrus and a tiny bit of banana, maybe some pepper.
Pleasant spicy taste, the citrus stands out. Refreshing on a hot day.
Mouthfeel is good and bubbly. I get a slight, sticky aftertaste, but only if I stop drinking.
Allagash is easy to enjoy, especially if you like a little bit of spice.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 21:37:14 | More by hungryghost
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jahred

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly bright yellow in color, and pours a good foamy head with retention, with a generic fruity smell. The fruity taste at first is best described, for better or worse, by fruit loops. That in itself was impressive to me, but the large number of flavors I tasted after the fruit loops makes this beer one of my favorites. After the initial taste, there's a nice kick of coriander and pepper, as well as an orange flavor. The carbonation is definitely noticeable, but not overwhelming. The lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter and yeasty, but pleasant.

I was quite impressed - this is ne of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 03:23:09 | More by jahred
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BeerManDan

California

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

What a wonderful find and surprise. When poured it was a light yellow hue with loads of foam. Pour very slowly. The aroma of fruit really filled the nose and with a hint of a citrus nature. The taste was smooth and fruity with a slight citrus on the palate. I really like this white and would recomend it to my friends, highly! Final say, fruity, with a hint of citrus and spices!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 21:50:52 | More by BeerManDan
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer's appearance was a small sized white head with fine sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was cloudy and the hue was pale yellow.The nose was fruity, citrusy and spicy.It had a light bitter flavor to it and the mouthfeel was smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 16:16:57 | More by hotstuff
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

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

This beer poured a cloudy lemon yellow with a hint of orange. The head had good retention and was snow-white. Had a very yeasty aroma, also with a strong banana presence. The taste was nicely balanced between a sour citrus and a hop bitterness, and a tiny bit of spice. Overall a pretty good white, featuring a full flavor while still being nice and light and most of all refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 03:56:10 | More by nixhecks
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

An aroma of orange, coriander and an herbal citrus nose. This beer is a pale gold color that is nicely cloudy (thus the white). Lightly refreshing and well carbonated as well. Tastes nicely spiced, with fruity notes, citrusy and a bit of coriander in the finish. Ends with a bit of sharp acidity on the tongue. A good well balanced, and easy drinking wit.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 22:09:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured to instructions on the bottle. Deep cloudy yellow with an immense white head with swirling yeasts. Smells peppery, hints of yeast, grains and some citrus--orange peel, maybe coriander? Big spices up front with a mellowing citrus and very little bitter. Superb level of carbonation. Sour yeast and wheat with orange peel, maybe some pear flavors in the middle. A nice peppery after taste. I was somehow reminded of grilled trout [not in taste] but triggered by the tastes. Awesome! Fantastic flavors and exceptional drinkability. I agree with Kluk and say that this is the best Witbier brewed in the U.S.!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 20:55:52 | More by chaduvel
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in color. Didn't form much of a head, but a nice lacing was left on the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Coriander is quite prominent, with some citrusy (mostly lemon) undertones.

Taste: Faint taste of malt dominated by coriander and lemon flavors.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Aftertaste is very faint.

Drinkability: More please! Great beer for a sweltering night on the porch.

I first had this beer on tap over a year ago at a Belgian beer tasting hosted by the Brickskellar. It was the only non-Belgian beer featured and the emcee made sure to point this fact and the fact that it was forming lace on plastic sampling cups. It was definitely the hit of that night.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 22:34:32 | More by ManekiNeko
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Jordan

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #9

Handsome cloudy orange-yellow hues. Stickey foam head sticks to the sides of the glass. White-pepper, coriander, fennel, orange peel on the nose. Complex and subtle tones flood over the palate, anise, fennel, orange peel, and oats. Soft and subtle up front, moving to an almost robust finish. Leaves feeling creamy and delectable.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 05:11:36 | More by Jordan
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

This beer poured a cloudy yellow body with lots of dark specs and a small white head that died down rather quickly.

The nose was simply beautiful. Spice, fruits, apples, cinnamon, nutmeggy. Slight yeast, basically cinnamon apple.

The taste was very inviting. Light to medium bodied. Lots of subtle spice. Bananna, apple, lemon peel, citrus peel, very fresh fruit flavor. A very slight earthy hop flavor, but mostly a subtle hop bitterness. A very soft and round yeast and spice mix. It actually tastes a lot like some brewpups versions of a hefeweizen. Very fresh, up front fruit and spice.

It finishes very smooth with a slight pop of spice near the end.

Overall a very interesting and yummy beer. Belgian white meets american fruity hefeweizen with lots of great spice and fruit. Perfect for sitting by the fire in the dead of winter or on a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 08:48:55 | More by taez555
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw a case of this at the distributor (one of only 3) and had to buy it. $27.99 isn't too shabby, and in the last week of July I knew I had a good month left to polish these off. First off, I tasted this while sitting on my roof in the sun, and I feel that such summer doldrums invariably help any witbier review. The beer pours a hazy golden, darker than Hoegaarden, lighter than Whirlwind, with noticeable haze and yeast. Smell of light citrus and stong spice, (corriander) sneak through a thick smell of yeast. The first taste is, well, amazing. The flavors are complex, with a certain bit of sweetness in the beginning that quickly gives way to a spicy aftertaste. There's orange/lemon zest, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, corriander, and pepper to name a few. The taste is incredibly refreshing, and this beer has a lot more life to it than other whites, as there is strong carbonation in the form of miniscule bubbles that rise to the top. Head retention is not there, as the initial 1" quickly fades to a thin lacing, yet the lacing is immovable from the sides of the glass when drank and dissapates only after 10 minutes or so. The beer is the highest review I've given, and deservingly so. I'd prefer this to Hoegaarden or a list of other Belgians Wits any day. Great job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 20:29:37 | More by 99bottles
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TheDM

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a small head of fine white mostly lasting bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a straw yellow colored body. I smelled no discernable aroma from it. It had a tingly mouthfeel and a mild bread flavor. Nothing much here and I was not as impressed with it as others seem to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 13:35:32 | More by TheDM
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goz

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color, big white head, good lace, and a lot of clingy bubbles in the body. Aroma is lemon zest, other citrus, slightly tart, and some mild spices. Flavor is lemon & citric, some hints of banana (especially as it warmed), light spice, some biscuit, and some bubblegum was detected at the very end. Body is medium-full, lot's of different flavors and things happening as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 00:02:11 | More by goz
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy yellow with a hint of orangeness. Minimal head, but maintaining a crown of bubbles around the glass. The aroma is dominantly of yeast with a spice background of clove.

Taste - Mildly sour fruit and obvious yeast. The spiciness kicks in quickly after that. Very nice flavor, big. I'm sensing orange, clove and some peppery notes, too. Aftertaste gets bitter, like orange peel.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with average carbonation. A bit below average body, but plenty of taste rounds it out.

Drinkability - Pretty pleasant, an all around good pick. It contains 'all the flavors of autumn' per my wife. It's good enough for a summer brew, but I think it'll be even better come September when things cool down a bit and a bigger tasting Wit fits the atmosphere.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 13:38:12 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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fattychubs

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark blonde color, with a small white head that quickly settles into lace. Smell is a mix of spice, orange and yeast. Starts with a wheat malt flavor, and lots of spice. The sharp spice continues through most of the taste and it finishes with just a touch of bitter and fruit.

This brew is heavy on the spice. I didn’t think much of it over all, but I may not be a fan of the style right now. Some of the spices just seemed to strong for most of the taste, left me with an average impression.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 23:01:50 | More by fattychubs
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charlesw

New York

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

Poured a light yellow. Small, dense, very white head that lasted.
Smell? Um. Very very light.
And the taste... Well, huh. I didn't expect so much of a malty flavor from such a pale beer, but there it was. Of course, I did expect to get citrus flavors (as in most/all wheat beers I've had) and there were NONE! Color me surprised! Nice and smooth and full in the mouth. No overpowering flavors or aftertaste (well, the malt might be a tad heavy - but it goes down just fine). A great beer to enjoy on a nice hot day!
Oh, obviously if I'm saying that I must mean that it's not too heavy on the malts, eh? It is smooth and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 18:30:00 | More by charlesw
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Morris729

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright hazy golden color with a creamy white head that leaves behind trails of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is lemony citrus and spicy coriander with some underlying softer notes of yeast. Medium in body and very smooth, almost silky, in texture with a very fine carbonation. Taste starts off with flavors of grassy wheat and sweet fruit with notes of apricot, lemon, and orange followed by an herbal and earthy spiciness with notes of coriander and clove and finally a bite of white pepper. A fantastic white beer, and a great brew with which to kickoff Independence Day. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 15:28:43 | More by Morris729
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma consists of yeast, corriander and pear. Mouthfeel is a thick, creamy and full-bodied. Amazing complexity in the flavor. I initially noticed some vanilla sweetness upfront, almost like frosting. Spices follow shortly after as it glides over the tongue. Some pepper is detected in the midtones. Wheat flavor is not as dominant as the spices, sort of hangs out in the background. Finish sharpens with some bitterness as the smooth texture starts to turn crisp near the back of the tongue. Very good wit and much smoother than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 07:10:02 | More by Winter
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a pale hazy yellow with one finger of head and ok retention. There is just a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a fruity aroma of pineapple and lemon, very pleasant. The smell also has some spicyness to it. The taste brings the spicyness up front, with even some black pepper to the taste. More fruit in the taste, possibly apples. There are just a few hops present. The mouthfeel is fairly bold, and the drinkability is awesome for this summertime hit.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 19:05:20 | More by SheepNutz
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pure golden color with a moderate white head. The lace was failry pronounced from the small residual head that settled out about two minutes into the brew. Slight clove sense in the flavor and a genuine perfume sense in the aroma. This is a fairly refined beer that gives a sense of lightness and refreshment. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. A good summer brew to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 15:01:01 | More by AtLagerHeads
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andyj

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This white ale has a very citrusy aroma that is complimented by a wonderful slightly bitter taste. Lemons and oranges ran through my palate. The appearance is a hazy white-ish color which is definitely true to style. Mouthfeel is an interesting balance of sharp tanginess and cool smoothness. In general I think this beer fits the category well and is an excellent approach to a Belgian Wit, a style that few brewers in the states attempt to mass market.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 07:57:21 | More by andyj
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice-orange flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 14:42:45 | More by maxpower
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beerguy101

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #7. Yellow color. Medium head. Aroma is spicy and citrusy with a touch of coriander. A medium bodied whit. Orange coriander and other spices. Somewhat sweet and balanced by its spiciness. Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Just gonna sit back and enjoy this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and a touch spicy.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 15:20:57 | More by beerguy101
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,337 ratings.