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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,335 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3335
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better in the bottle. When had on tap, so many taps very much suspect it wasn't too fresh. Richer and better colour in bottle. Still spice, prticularly corriander, but carbonation rich and alive. Thanks to donator from USA at Doug Shoemaker party.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 04:39:14 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, yeast, and spices. Taste is of wheat, yeast, and spices along with a slight perfume flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I honestly expected more from this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 16:52:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly cloudy daffodil yellow. The cap is as bright white as freshly fallen snow and is ever so slowly melting away with the gentle popping of thousands of tiny surface bubbles. A short, thick collar is being pulled along as the head descends, some remaining behind as attractive lace.

The nose is witbier wonderful. Some wits have too much spice, some not enough. Some lack citrusiness, others smell artificial. This one smells juuust right. It possesses an intriguing mix of bright, lemon zestiness and warm coriander spice, both humming along on a lightly sweet, soft wheaty undercurrent. I hope the beer tastes as incredible as it smells.

Allagash White is an exceptional witbier. In my experience, most craft breweries have a slightly different take on the style. I love Allagash's since it dovetails so beautifully with my preferences. Far from being a mere vehicle for the other flavors, the underlying ale is rock solid. It's pale maltier than most, with a sugar cookie-like sweetness that is softened by the addition of a generous quantity of wheat.

Wits are all about the top notes, though, and that's where this one really shines. There's a perfect amount of spiciness. Coriander is the clear ringleader, but I wouldn't be surprised if cardamom is present as well (the beer just has that spicy, exotic, cardamom bite). Gliding farther up the register, we have abundant lemon and orange peel notes. This is a beer that delivers on all levels.

As I stare sadly at my glass and realize that there are only a few ounces remaining, I'm struck by the sheer palate-busting flavor of this beer. It's bold and aggressive while retaining an amazing degree of approachability and drinkability (characteristics of all great beer, in my opinion). The mouthfeel is more than up to the task and provides a medium-full, silky smooth lushness that is a sensual treat quite apart from the flavor itself. Outstanding.

After drinking and enjoying the hell out of Allagash Grand Cru, I knew they were capable of great things. Even so, I wasn't prepared for the magnificence of Allagash White. It delivers on every item from my 'witbier wishlist', combines them into one amazing package and ties it all up with a perfect ribbon of drinkability. Allagash is rapidly ascending the list of my favorite U.S. craft breweries.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 14:43:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brew, just had to add that first. Poured a very light pale yellow, very hazy. No real head or lace, nice carbonation. The smell was very fruity, almost sour. Hints of bread, grain and spice with a really nice pear, fig behind it. Very lively aroma. The feel was splended. Very smooth, crisp, and clean. No real aftertaste and I have to knock it back a bt for feeling a tad light, but the flavors were very nice. Lots of fruity tones, with hints of spices. Slight bit of a dry hoppiness and citrus bite, but I stress this as slight. Overall this was a totally sessionable belgian beer and an awesome hot day summer brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 01:19:10 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pale cloudy straw color with a short lived white head.

S: Coriander is almost overpowering on the aroma. There's a slight mustiness to the nose, but perhaps that's just from far too much coriander. Lots of citrus zest and a touch of lemony tartness.

T: Lots of lemon zest flavor. There is some orange peel in there too. Maybe a touch too bitter for a witbier. Lots of floral hop notes with a moderate level of bread and wheat flavor.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation a bit on the high side of medium.

O: Unfortunately this was another fairly underwhelming beer from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 22:50:59 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a pale, cloudy lemon color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of lace

Smell: Musty and yeasty, with orange, apricots, clove, coriander and some banana

Taste: Starts out with a yeasty flavor that gets fruity and spicy by mid-palate; once the wit flavors kick in, they persist through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (more than I expected) and nicely carbonated; very refreshing

Drinkability: I'm not a big wit fan, but this was enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 21:30:28 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellowish color ale with a big head that disappeared a tad too quickly. Aroma of coriander is easily detectable with some wheat also noticeable in the background. Taste is quite amazing with a nice mix of coriander, wheat and some orange in the background. Very refreshing but with a strong full body and light carbonation. Probably one of the best north American wit I had the chance to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 18:18:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Drank at USBTC Tasting, Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. The beer does everything that you want a Witbier to do, and then some. It has the typical soft citrus, spicy, belgian, wheat characer. Has light yellow glitter color with a mild haze. Looks cotton-ey. Smells a little more wheat-ey and estery than most Wits; more Hefe-like. Tastes more than typically Belgin with extra souring, twangy, and yeasty. Alcohols seem heavier than normal and give a lightly phenolic and soapy character. Despite the mild off-flavors, the extra boldness is attractive. Still light and fresh feeling to the mouth. Finishes mostly clean and soft. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 17:31:59 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

G: Poured into a pint glass. Had this one last summer, and this is part of my quest to bring my old notes in line with the "electronic notebook" that BA so graciously offers all of us.

A: Light and slightly cloudy. Good amount of carbonation, and pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of excellent spicing here. Plenty of citrus and coriander, with a good wheat undertone.

T: Excellent. The perfect balance to the sweetness and the spice--it definitely does not overdo either one. Some floral undertones.

M: Very nice. Soft body and perfect for summer drinking.

D: As stated above, the perfect summer beer--next time you're out in warm weather, see if you can find a small bottle of this; you won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:35:52 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy light yellow in color with a bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of orange peels and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a perfect balance between citrus flavors and spices. There are also some notes of wheat and yeast.
M: The beer feels light-bodied, crisp and very refreshing on the palate.
D: It's extremely easy to consume and is thirst quenching, particularly on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 16:08:38 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clou-- oops, it seems I did not follow the label's explicit instructions of "Pour - Swirl - Pour Yeast". Bottoms up!

Pours a cloudy, light-hearted yellow body with a thin white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of freshly-squeezed citrus fruits, bananas, yeast, coriander, and cloves.

Taste: Smooth, gentle flavor of wheat with hints of bananas, lemons, and yeast. The spicing remains reasonably light. Finishes semi-sweet and citric.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Its fine, but not a beer I can really get excited over. Not that I don't sincerely try to be that Excited About Wits Guy, but I'm starting to feel as though that's never going to be the case.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 18:33:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Poured a clear yellow color (where is the sediment) with decent foamy head,aroma was very citruisy and wheaty.Taste was nice anf tart very lemony and spicey with some faint smoky undertones.Very refreshing and easy to drink not my favorite wit beer but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 11:17:12 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza keeps on truckin' at Sheffield's. This bit of entertainment pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of solid white foam. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, light black pepper, lemon zest, light mandarin orange, clove, and a twist of grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of banana, nutmeg, and cardamom. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice wit. 'Nuff said, frankly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 03:56:11 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow body is topped by a pillowy head of bright white foam. It drops in height but maintains a creamy collar and some lacy surface foam. Lacing is slightly limited, but the tiny spots are attractive. In the nose, lemons and spice dance joyfully over a mild, gently sweet malt. The coriander is distinct, but you have to swirl the glass to bring out more of the orange and citrus peel. Quite vibrant! A very fine and gently effervescent natural carbonation gives it an initial crispness on the tongue before it softens into silky smoothness. The body is light and it's immensely refreshing. The flavor displays a softly sweet and lightly tangy wheat malt that's accentuated by gently acidic citrus fruitiness and delicate zesty spices that slowly build on the palate. It finishes with a flourish of yeast character and drying spice before receeding to leave some residual delicately sweet and grainy malt. It's delicate and refreshing, yet very flavorful! Most impresssive.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2003 12:38:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Color is crystal-clear pale yellow, with a mountainous, lacey, bubbly white head of foam. Nose is dry, sea-foamy fresh, with hibts of citrus, straw, some sly spiciness. Actually quite lovely, the perfect aromatic profile for a wit.
Later on, the citrus and spice becomes bolder and takes a long ride on the palate. Not a wit for the faint of heart, this has more and more flavor as it unfolds in the mouth and nose. More floral and perfumey aspects show up. Texture is grainy, yeasty, and quite a delicious mouthfull. Hops are high, dazzling, citrus-soaked. Light body, but excellent texture, abundant flavor.
A very tasty and satisfying Belgian-style white ale, mellow and smooth. In 3 words or less: yummy, yum,yum!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 16:56:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer pours a light, hazy yellow with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S: It has an aroma of wheat, yeast, some lemon and a little bit of hops.

T: Lemon and wheat flavor with a hint of spice. I really couldn’t taste any hops, nor could I detect the alcohol. Very well-balanced. The after-taste is faint but sweet.

M: Very smooth and crisp, with light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily and isn’t too filling. It’s refreshing and tasty, but not over-powering. It’s the type of beer that you could drink a ton of.

This is a very good beer, especially if you’re looking for something light and smooth. It’s an excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 02:17:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, compared to a draught pour from last night. Spice level and richness is definitely more noticeable in the bottle version.

Hazy lemon body, thick foam settles into choppy irregular peaks of lace. Perfect level of spice in the nose..coriander, nutmeg, lemon zest. Nicely aromatic in a way that compliments the taste without overshadowing it. Tea-like almost on the palate, mild yet spicy. Earthy spice and wheat come through halfway. Smooth and thin mouthfeel, lending itself to sessioning a 4-pack or 750 easily. Best domestic Wit available.

Allagash White is quickly becoming my Witbier of choice...

2011 draft sample: A bit soapy, thin bodied. Mild earthy coriander and earthy spice, quenching. Today I don't hold it in high regard as I used to.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 02:57:10 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, batch 28

Pours efferevescent & golden with 2 fingers of white head into my hoegaten wit glass. Great glacing good head retention

S: Slight pepper notes & some lemons, plis some wet dog. The wet dog subsides as it warms

T: Lemons & wheat malt up front. Light yeast & pepper notes follow. The grapefruit hoppy notes as it warms. Finishes lemony & crisp

MF: Light bodied & effervescent. Carbonation is pretty restrained

Drinks okay, wits aren't my favorite style & this just middle of the pack as far as I can see

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 19:44:16 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a white spotty lace head. The aroma is of Belgian pale malts and yeast. It seems a bit weak and watery. It does have a fruity scent that is appealing . The taste is decent, but again it seems to be a bit watery and weak. There is a fruity aftertaste that lingers. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinker, but I just don't care too much for Allagash beers. Ommegang is so much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 00:23:21 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

On draft at a local beer bar, served in a tulip. Nice.

Beer is yellow and has high haze. A ton of lacing on the glass as the head made up of tiny white bubbles slowly falls away. Carbonation moderate. Looks like a white and looks delicious.

Aroma is citrusy and bitter. I can detect some spices in there as well, corriander maybe, some wheat, no hops to speak of even though I said bitterness. The kind of bitter I smell is more like the bitter of an orange peel.

The first flavors I get are lemon based citrus, but not in a bad way or overpowering way. It is present but not dominant. This beer has light body and finishes smoothly. Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is good. There is some mild sweetness on the front of the palate and a slightly bitter / sour lemon-peel like flavor in the mid to back of the mouth. Overall a good wit.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 18:56:38 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The beer is cloudy but clears up after it has sat for a white. The aroma is coriander and orange peel. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of a little bit of lemon and yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 02:42:40 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, thick, two-finger, white head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, clove, wheat and some hints of banana.

T - It had a nice sweet wheat flavor with a good yeasty flavor. There were hints of clove and spices.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied wheat ale.

D - This is a very easy drinking brew. I could see myself drinking a lot of this great tasting wit.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 03:56:17 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wheat beers are not really my fav style, but I'm trying to find a place for them. These kids are a good start, and are perfect for hot summer weather.

Pours a pasty white fizzy fluffy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with tons of soapy lacing, fairly hazy golden pilsner like color.

Nose lots of wheat, Belgian sweet malt characters but white malts, wit like spices with faint coriander like, touch of citrus and orange peel light Belgian wit like yeast aromas.

Taste brings more of the same but first some light esters from the yeast, bit of a pear and light apple like, then wit flavours, lots if wheat, light spices with coriander again, faint orange peel and citrus zest, a light bready toasty biscuit like wheat too. Finish is drier but a bit sticky, lingering citrus zest, coriander, and what flavors, nice lingering citrus slightly spicy hop bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bod but nice fluffy carb.

Overall nice Belgian wit like beer, pretty typical though but nothing too special. Still a tasty beer made in the USA, a nice Belgian wit. Again, not really my fav style either but hits well in the hot summer heat wave we're in.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 14:25:26 | More by jlindros
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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours as a foggy looking yellowish orange color. The head is decent. The lacing is pretty good too. The smells of citrus and other spices are very much in this beer. The aroma is probably the best part of this beer. The taste is good too but I felt that it fell just a bit short compared to the aromas is was giving off. The mouthfeel was pretty good for a white ale as well. Nicely carbonated and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:32:38 | More by Knapp85
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