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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,855 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,855
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 236
Gots: 325 | 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:
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 -8.9%

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.

12-14-2004 04:39:14 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-23-2012 14:50:44 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

03-02-2012 16:52:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-14-2011 21:16:56 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

04-20-2009 22:35:52 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-14-2011 04:15:59 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

12-12-2005 14:43:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

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!

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

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Picked up a 4 pack of Allagash White 12oz bottles. Belgian style bottle conditioned white beer. Poured into River Horse pint glass. Followed instructions on bottle.
Cloudy straw colored with small white head and great lacing. Aroma of wheat and orange. Tasty citrus and spice blend. Exceptionally drinkable. Definitely ranks up in the top 5 white beers I've had.

10-15-2010 14:16:48 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

06-17-2006 17:31:59 | More by BEERchitect
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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

California

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-16-2014 08:17:04 | More by zestar
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2011 19:43:17 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-16-2014 07:52:55 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-12-2013 14:09:40 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-10-2013 02:48:59 | More by spycow
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

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

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-01-2013 02:28:25 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-09-2013 22:11:39 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

A: hazy milky yellow. Quarter finger head that rapidly dissipates and little lace

S: wheat and nice citrus melody.

T: orangy and lemon. wheat is there as well. Nothing at all offensive. Very palatable.

M: light bodied. Refreshing. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Excellent beer for its category. You can tell it is on the light side without losing the taste.

07-19-2011 18:16:24 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

05-20-2003 11:17:12 | More by oberon
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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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