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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash WhiteAllagash White

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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 socon67

New York

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

A - Cloudy white pour with a yellow tint. There is some lacing noted on the glass. Foam is a frothy white that retains pretty well.

S - Spicy notes of corriander and ginger lie above a citrusy smell of oranges. Some scent of light grain is present.

T - Initial tartness of orange is faded by a pronounced spice flavor. Actually I think it is a bit too much. But the notes are all there and a crisp taste of wheat rounds this out.

M - Easily sessionable and great for the warmer months. Balance is solid (again the corriander could tone done a notch) and minimal carbonation.

O - Not sure if this still the leader of the style but clearly a solid beer. A perfect beer to show those breaking in to craft beer that even the lighter styles can be eye opening.

Serving type: growler

02-24-2013 18:16:10 | More by socon67
Photo of TheDinger

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from GBX. Poured to a pint glass. Pale straw pour with with nice 2 finger white head. Interesting looking beer, very unique color, cloudy and light. Smell is mild lemon and honey. A little coriander and yeast. Taste is a bit bolder with a front end that is sweet. Notes of cloves, citrus and lemon that give way to a bit of spice and zesty pepper. Well balanced and complex. A touch of hops at the end to stablize the tart front. Feel is nice and light with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall- A very nice take on the style with the zesty finish and unique look. Like the blend of tart and spicy. A very refreshing summer brew that gets better as it warms. Like the hints of honey and citrus. Will hit this again-

Serving type: growler

07-06-2012 01:26:21 | More by TheDinger
Photo of Nuke77


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

From a growler the beer pours a light hazy yellow with a good pure white head. I used an Allagash ale glass for this brew. The smell yeasty and breadlike. The scent is subtle. The taste follows the scent and is a bit lighter than I would have thought, but this is a clean, refreshing brew that would be near perfect for a hot summer day. The mouth feel is light and bubbly. Just an explosion of tiny bubbles across the tongue. This is a very nice witbier and a must for the summertime.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2012 23:04:33 | More by Nuke77
Photo of mscudder


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy yellow, nice and pleasant

S- Little citrus, mostly wheat

T- Excellent carbonation, strong wheat & yeast. A great wheat beer if it suits your fancy.

M- Incredibly light, leaves a fantastic fresh aftertaste

O- A classic beer as an alternative for those not acclimated with craft brews. To me this is the best "light" beer I have had.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2012 06:49:48 | More by mscudder
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler from CBX, picked up during the Allagash event! Poured into the complimentary Allagash glass...

A: Cloudy, pale gold; one finger of cotton white head; leaves some thin webs of lace. Pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a witbier - but I was expecting a bit more head and lacing.

S: Fresh cracked grains; spicy yeast; zesty brightness / coriander.

T: Wheat; bready / slightly fruity yeast; white pepper; a hint of chalk, but minimal hop bitterness.

M: Light-medium body; high carbonation; crisp and refreshing.

D/O: A really nice, traditional Belgian witbier; very refreshing, smooth and easy drinking. Really good stuff. Takes 2nd place to Hitachino Nest White, but those two are head and shoulders above the rest!

Serving type: growler

12-20-2011 15:26:33 | More by jpro
Photo of jorg2619


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my growler to my Duvel tulip. Color is straw yellow slightly hazy with a fluffy head that dies quickly into a ring of small bubbles. There is minimal lacing. The smell is wheat spicy spicy belgium yeast and wheat with a hint of malt sweetness at the end. This is a very inviting smell so I proceed with no abandon. The taste of the legendary Allagash White zesty yeast on the tongue filled in with wheat graininess and a hint of sweetness such as candy sugar perhaps or maybe the sweet malts are so separated from yeast at the end of my drinks that it seems to end with a full body sweetness. This is a good example of a Witbier.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2011 23:46:22 | More by jorg2619
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours fully clouded, yellowy apricot, delicate white cap resting above, fine and plentiful lace. oh so tasty and tender nose of delicate coriander, orange and wheaty malts and yeast. Simply delicious nectar of the gods..more orange, subtly lime flourishes, coriander again, drying citric hops...enjoyed on an unusually warm spring day..looking forward to the salads, bread and cheeses of summer, joined by this fine accompaniment . Delicate, yet flavorful, fine achievement in brewing going on here. Widely available, enjoyed getting a fresh sample on draft (in my growler)

Serving type: growler

05-30-2010 16:14:20 | More by Billolick
Photo of chumba526


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

A well balanced head appeared apon pouring. The color of the beer was a hazy/cloudy light yellow.The aroma was slightly spicy with small notes of citrus. The form and flavor of the beer itself was fantastic.. The form stayed true to the classic white but the brewer added a more bitter flavor to the beer which contrasts well with the spices and citrus notes. This beer is very drinkable, it's not overly carbinated. it's light but has a strong flavor.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2009 15:14:58 | More by chumba526
Photo of Moxley

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with my good friend and fellow BA Pleepleus on a Monday.

A - Poured a cloudy urine yellow with a thin off-white film. I'd like to try this again though because I think my growler didn't seal properly and I lost some of the freshness.

S - Not much in the nose, faint yeast and wheat.

T - Lots of yeast with faint spice typical of the style. Citrusy lemon undertones with a grassy finish.

M&D - This is a highly drinkable witbier to be enjoyed especially in the spring and summer months. It's got a dry sticky finish, which I know sounds contradictory, but that's the best way to describe it.

Great for a BBQ in the back yard!

Serving type: growler

05-11-2009 23:04:53 | More by Moxley
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass. Body is slightly cloudy, straw-yellow in color with a small (just under 1-finger) white head.

S: Sugar-cookie dough malt, hint of spice and a good amount of lemon zest.

T: Light malt foundation - sugar-cookie-dough again comes to mind, along with a touch of wheat twang - then modest coriander spice, which is followed by lemony drying bitterness and a touch of fruit (probably the orange peel I'm getting).Finishes almost like lemonade - the fresh-squeezed, light-on-the-sugar and somewhat diluted kind.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; modest carbonation. Finishes clean and refreshing.

O: This is a good version of the style. Make that an excellent version of the style. It brings to mind those original Wits (anyone remember Wit! or was it W!T from the 90s?) I had oh-so-long ago.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 22:12:43 | More by Kendo
Photo of jimmah120


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

Look is a light golden yellow, only slightly cloudy, soapy white head with good lace on the glass. Smell is crusty bread and yeast phenols. Taste is great. Deep yeast flavors of fruit, light pepper and clove. Frothy citrus Belgian goodness.

Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:57:17 | More by jimmah120
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 BWED


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

12 oz. into a tulip.

A- Pale yellow with a white glow. Very great looking. White head hangs around at a half finger.

S- Wheat. Belgian spices. Coriander. Yeasty. Very fragrant beer.

T- Light wheat and yeast. Sweet but dry orange peel. Spices light.

M- Light. Gentle carbonation. Very clean.

O- Very nice. Aroma great. Spices are subtle. Easy, great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 12:28:34 | More by BWED
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


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

Poured 12oz bottle into 16oz tulip glass.
A: Aggressive pour into tulip glass gave a hazy straw color with thick, rocky head.
S: Clove, spice; yeast dominant.
T: Bready, cloves, spicy bite, coriander, lemon,mild hop bitterness. Fairly complex.
M: Crisp and refreshing. Very light.
O: Fantastic and rewarding. Each quaff brings a different flavor profile out.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:13:15 | More by JOHNKNEEGEEZ
Photo of reebtaerG


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

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a cloudy straw gold with a 1 finger white head and lacing.

S-It has a bready aroma with some coriander and other spices.

T-The flavor is spice and bread notes up front and a spicy, awesome!

M-Mouthfeel has medium body with a dry finish. Decent carbonation.

O-Overall a great Belgium wheat ale!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 13:47:54 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of 01001111


3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fluorescent yellow like the first urination after a Vitamin B pill.

S: Funky yeast, grass, and coriander.

T: Like the smell: yeast, grass, and coriander wrapped in sweet wheat and a touch of pure bitter from the hops.

M: Thin, crisp at times, yet slightly cloying.

O: It's good for the style, just a bit simple and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:42:19 | More by 01001111
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 vette2006c5r


3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Allagash White pours a cloudy yellow color, with no head. There is an aroma filled with cloves and Belgian spices. The taste was similar, good clove flavors, lots of Belgian spices and candy flavors. Good full flavor, not overpowering, and good feel. Overall its a very nice drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:51:15 | More by vette2006c5r
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 hellobeerz


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - yellow, golden, hazy. perfect.

S - lemons, oranges, just amazing.

T - White fruits, pear, orange, goes on and on. Coriander... pepper? Great taste, one of the best white beers I have ever tasted.

M - Insane drinkability, would be amazing on a hot summer day. Could drink this like water. Amazing.

O - I grabbed this after reading a lot about it. Not disappointed in the least. Amazing taste and amazing drinkability. Can not wait for summer to get here to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:56:40 | More by hellobeerz
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 BeernerdJeff

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-nice thick head from hard pour into glass. Fades quickly to ring around glass. The cloudy, golden color lets you know it is unfiltered.as directions instructed, I swirled bottle to stir up yeast at bottle. Looks great!

Smell-reminds me of fall. Bold spices, coriander and woodsy smells dominate. Nice smell.

Taste-very bold coriander and pine taste up front, just as advertised on the bottle and as the smell indicated. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel-nice, smooth feeling.

Overall-this is a good beer. The coriander taste is a bit strong for me at first but as I continue through the beer, it's not as strong. I would recommend this beer as a fall beer as the flavor and smell fit that season very well. I prefer this beer to the fall seasonal pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 22:34:16 | More by BeernerdJeff
Photo of Andrew041180


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a cloudy, pale yellow. There is a relatively low head that pops up, retains for a short while, and forms a film on the top of the beer. The visible carbonation is quite lively, and the fine, small bubbles aid in the formation of light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Really nice strength of aroma here. The yeast leads the way with light banana, some sweetness and hints of spice.

T - Follows the nose. The flavor is complex, yet light. Typical wheat beer flavors with very light spiciness. Normally I'm wary of beers brewed with spices, but these add to the beer, rather than becoming the dominant presence.

M - Really nice. Medium-bodied with supporting carbonation that leaves a tingle on the tongue. It has a mildly dry finish, with a slightly funky aftertaste.

O - I could easily go through a six pack of these, particularly in the warmer months. Normally I savor a beer for 20 or more minutes, and I drained this one in less than 10. Definitely wanted a second. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 18:13:17 | More by Andrew041180
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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,334 ratings.