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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,633 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,633
Reviews: 1,243
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 221
Gots: 245 | 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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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured a cloudy yellow with active carbonation and fluffy head.

Hardy wheat and yeast with peppery, citrus zest, & clove smell.

Grainy yet crisp on the palate followed with a tangy lemon zest with a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and leaves a nice puckery, dry finish.

A very balanced and enjoyable offering. Went well with my meal at Whole Foods and would certainly pickup again. Would also be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 01:37:08 | More by jdoncbus
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - 4 pack

Pours a dark yellow, completely opaque. A two finger, frothy head of white bubbles formed from the usual witbier pour. Left some lacing.

Smells mostly of spices, cloves first then a bit of wheat and yeast.

Taste is fantastic. The first thing that hits me are the spices, the cloves are prominent and there is a delicate pepperiness to it. There is also a wheat in the middle with a nice citrusy sweetness at the end. Everything is potent and balanced. It begs for another gulp.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly from the carbonation.

Drinkability is high, extremely easy to drink a few bottles on a summer day. Too bad you only get a four pack for nine bucks, or this would replace my summer staple - Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 17:10:21 | More by BranfordBound
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crashdavisinoh

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

11-04-2013 22:49:19 | More by crashdavisinoh
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-17-2013 03:34:04 | More by grannaniwa
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light straw color with a medium, frothy white head. The light colors are nearly opaque with yeast and sediment.

Zesty, sweet lemon aroma with estery yeast hints and a bit of black pepper and clove.

Subtle sweet candied sugar taste balances with a strong, doughy, Belgian yeast presence. Lemon and esters collide with a light clove and pepper spice presence.

This is very well carbonated and surprisingly creamy in texture. It feels really nice on the palate.

The subtle, complex flavors and excellent mouthfeel render this a highly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 02:39:25 | More by Estarrio
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jokemon

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-29-2014 02:13:05 | More by jokemon
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langchops

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

09-04-2013 15:56:15 | More by langchops
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smooth_aleing

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-09-2013 22:26:46 | More by smooth_aleing
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AlpacaAlpaca

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-24-2014 01:05:22 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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selecter70

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always good, bottle-conditioned or on draught, Allagash has become a happily anticipated summer beer of choice, and one that shows that witbiers can be made well here! The pour is smooth but full-looking, wheat-yeast hazy yellow and leaves a nice creamy-dense head floating on an opaque yellow. The head is a nice solid, creamy hint of citrus & spice and the white lace clings thereafter to prove a nice point. The aroma exudes obvious lemon, but also tangerine, wet grass & spices from pepper to coriander. The body is smooth and silky like the head, although a bit more straight forward, while the spices definitely emerge in complexity. Bright, smooth and clean, this wit puts a smile on your face and settles nicely on a warm day...hope in a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:33:15 | More by selecter70
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Duster72

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color. Aggressive decanting still leaves some yeast in bottom of bottle. Aroma is lemons, peppery spices, and yeast. Taste is dominantly banana with some orange, lemon, and bready yeast. Mouthfeel is on the light side, which I enjoy. Slightly bitter finish is rather unpleasant. Fine beer, but slightly overrated, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 22:59:45 | More by Duster72
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Ankur

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-14-2013 16:27:13 | More by Ankur
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours light golden with a light head and lacing. The lacing diminishes in a few minutes. Light nose of Belgian yeast and spice. Average carbonation. A superb spiced beer of the Belgian wit style. Very crisp with a burst of spice - coriander and orange. Excellent hop balance to compliment the spices. Crisp finish and light mouthfeel in accordance with the style. One of my personal favorites. Appearance is slightly cloudy, as it should be. If you like spiced beer, it gets no better than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 20:18:14 | More by tillmac62
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Hearneator

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-19-2014 02:55:40 | More by Hearneator
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TheRealThreePhilosophers

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-05-2014 16:18:46 | More by TheRealThreePhilosophers
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Hefe

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted 8/28/04.

Appearance: Pale, hazy gold with a thin head that quickly fades to a touch of lacing.

Smell: Citric and spicy with mild yeasty background.

Taste: Fruity and malty up front, with notes of lemon, orange, banana, pale malt, clove/coriander, and a wisp of yeast on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and fresh.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as beer gets, especially outside in 90 degree weather at a BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 18:01:55 | More by Hefe
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best by" date; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Summer Brews" sampler pack from Cost Plus for $7.99.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored gold; sudsy, snow-white head; a good c-cup's worth of lace; decent to good head retention.

Aroma: Nicely of bananas, cloves, pepper and coriander with a hint of caramel like sweetness.

Taste: Faintly sweet upfront; primary flavor characteristics are of banana, clove, pepper and yeast; hints of coriander, orange rind and lemon in there as well; lightly floral; medium bodied with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Notes: Really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 08:07:54 | More by Mustard
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Douglas88

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle drank in the awesome Clark Street Ale House in Chicago. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick white head. The aroma is full of spices; especially corriander and lemon peel. The flavor was also tons of spices, a smooth malt, some citrus and banana, and overall a easy and simple beer to drink with a nice thick mouthfeel and lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 00:36:26 | More by Douglas88
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SeriousALEment

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-23-2012 22:47:17 | More by SeriousALEment
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haddyhustle302

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-09-2011 18:14:01 | More by haddyhustle302
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BGCoon

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2013 22:20:46 | More by BGCoon
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joesc230

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-12-2011 03:46:37 | More by joesc230
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Why should I argue with the beer that continues to sell above and beyond everyone else at the Great Lost Bear? Why would I even think of possible arousing the ire of Rob Tod, one of America's great brewers? Because I happen to like German wheat styles more than Belgian wheat styles?

So let's be fair. This is a delightful brew: spices and sweetness will grab a micronewbie (especially of the female white zinfandel persuasion) and make them an ale lover.

but! staying in line with this site's intentions, I just had one at my mug club local (cold), and I found it a bit thin in mouthfeel, not all that sparky in aroma and it didn't grab me by the throat in taste either. Do not expect that banana and clove aroma or taste.

Fact is, I drink this stuff pretty often, and when I try to quantify and specify, I find the draft version to be nice but not stupendous. I see others have reviews based on the bottle conditioned product. From experience: now you're talkin'. That is what the fuss is about.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2003 20:51:22 | More by ecoboy
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Std73

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

05-28-2014 23:13:48 | More by Std73
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birderbeerer

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow golden with an inch of snow white head.

Strong spicy yeast aroma. Approaching a tripel with richness. Herbs, honey, and pepper.

Creamier than I expected. Very mellow and smooth but the carbonation bites. Also not as sweet as many witbiers. Dry and creamy with muted spice. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:23:10 | More by birderbeerer
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,633 ratings.