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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,323
Hads: 4,841
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 22.57%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,020 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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.
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Reviews: 1,323 | Hads: 4,841
Photo of jaluria
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow color with white head that leaves behind beautiful lacing. Aromas of bananas, nuts, yeast, and wheat. The taste is sweet and spicey. The aftertaste is smooth with a hearty texture. An enjoyable beer that can be had, but might be too fruity to have several in one sitting. Another good selection from Allagash!

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Photo of Hagbard
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The directions on the bottle instruct you to pour the beer, then swirl the remaining yeast, then pour the dregs on the top. I strongly suggest following these steps. The first bottle I tried, I poured carefully....the result was a boring, transparent straw colored beer with no aroma. Following the directions yields a hazy, cloudy, light straw colored beer with white highlights along the edges...much more appealing and visually interesting. A very small head. The coolest part of the pour was watching the yeast disperse into the beer...it spreads out like a blob. Pouring in this manner also releases a wonderful aroma. I get a muted sweetness with a touch of spices that compliment it well. The taste is initially filled with a belgian spiciness, which eventually yields to a subtle sweetness. I don't pick up any orange or orange peel, but some coriander hits me in the aftertaste. I'm left with a pleasant amalgamation of these tastes on my tongue for quite a while after the swallow. This is a wonderfully quenching and tasting beer. I can't stress enough however, to pour properly to release its full visual and aromatic potential.

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Photo of bultrey
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How do you know when a beer is good? When you have publicly stated several times that you don't particularly care for the style of beer, but you absolutely love this one in particular. I've never been a big witbier fan, you see, but this beer -- well, this beer makes up for all the blah witbiers I have had before.

Had on tap at the NY Sports Grill at JFK airport, a big 22 oz. glass I believe that showed off this beer's nearly indescribable incandescent foggy orange-yellow with a thick meringue head. I rarely give a beer "exceptional" on the appearance, but this one gets it.
The smell is a gentle harbinger of things to come -- mellow citrus (orange and lemon), a little clove, a little coriander. The taste is out of this world -- at once sweet, fruity, dry, crisp, and refreshing. The orange/lemon notes just jump out at you, but it is not cloying in any way. More like a sweet yet slightly bitter lemon/orange zest. Coriander and white pepper notes join the party, along with some slightly tropical fruit, like banana, and then a little clove, mild hop zing, and fairly dry champagne like finish. The balance is unbelievable. The mouthfeel is really nice -- just a perfect delicate carbonation that doesn't fill the tummy too much.

I have a certain BA buddy who shall remain nameless (his BA handle rhymes with foolteacher) who says he doesn't care that much for Allagash beers. He is crazy.

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Photo of budsboy
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. screw-top, no dates.

Cloudy, the color of hay. Full of very small and rather large bits suspended in there. Bone-white head goes quickly. A little lacing, not much.

Smell is spicy, coriander, clove, and a touch of citrus and maybe banana.

Beautifully balanced sweet-bitter-spicy flavor. Sweet pale malts and a gentle, grainy bitterness with woody spice and hints of lemon zest at the edges. Excellent. Tilts toward the bitter side on the finish.

Airy, lively on the tounge, warming in the gullet. Very nice. I feel buoyant.

A very pleasant experience. Refreshing and uplifting, mostly from the feel of the stuff in the mouth. ABV is 5.5? Could've fooled me. Makes me pretty happy and rosey, and I've had a crappy day. Worked like a charm. Try some.

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Photo of Illinick
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #21 750 ml. caged and corked.
A: Pale, cloudy, light yellow with a frothy white head and good lacing.
S: Wheaty/hay, with citrus and spices dominated by coriander and pepper, and also a faint hint of creamy vanilla to supplement and round off the pepper. Quite nice.
T: Parallels nose with flavors of coriander, hay, and tangy orange and lemon peel coming through at first taste. Subsequent sips bring definate spice taste-pepper and other spices shine through and are balanced nicely against citrus hops. Spicier than most wits, which I liked. I don't recall so much spice being present on-tap.
MF: Light, but fills the mouth with fizzy bubbles.
Overall: An excellent wit that is rounded in flavor with a nice spice to it. Definately worth a try and should become a staple. A great example of an American Wit!

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Photo of Troyone
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light apple juice color with a blond hue, frothy white head with some lacing, and lots of carb action.

Has an interesting roasted caramel malt smell with some resin and citris hops aromas.

Lightly/moderately sweet/acidic, lightly bitter, and nutty/grainy malt taste with a flowery grapefruit/orange and salt free soy sauce hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry texture, soft carbs, and a smooth but weak and lacking finish.

A good session beer for some however too weak for me although I just had the Whole Foods 25th which could have altered my taste buds.

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Photo of battlekow
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash White pours a cloudy, dull yellow color, capped by a very white head that provides pretty good lacing. It smells citrusy, wheaty and yeasty, and supposedly of coriander, though I have yet to specifically indentify what coriander smells like. Tastes great, similar to the smell, but buttressed by some pepperiness and breadiness. Not really any hop presence. Feels nice and thick in your mouth. Just a great refreshing beer.

Potentially amusing disclosure: Allagash White was one of the first craft beers I ever bought, and I thought it tasted like soap at the time.

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Photo of Derek
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly murkier than a Hoegarden.

S: Lots of cloves, a little citrous fruit and other spice.

T: Lots of cloves. If you swirl the sediment, you get a lot more corriander. Nice fruity taste, not too much rind, certainly more flavour than the Ho.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. More body than the Ho.

D: Great.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of mortarit
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was all ready gear up for this one because it looked special with the batch number and it came in a 750ml bottle. I was excited till I had my first sipp. I said wait a minute, here. This one reminded me of the beer Hoegaaden. And from then on I was let down by comparing the similarity of the two beers. Mainly the price.

The beer is a cloudy, whitish golden hay in color. The low head quickly dissipates. A little more head would have been better.

Smell is just wonderful. Wheat, hay, yeast, coriander, and undetected spice. The light fruitiness of this beer is just perfect, I love the smell. Hops are kept to a minimum.

Carbonation is moderate and the body around the middle of the thin range.

Taste is of wheat, coriander, citrus peel, and a bit of spicy hops. Finish is dry.

Honestly, I could of had a Hoegaaden but it's alright for special events leaving the bottle out for marketing status.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From batch #18 in a 750mL bottle.
A damned fine witbier. Hazy gold color, bright white head, semi-sticky lacing.
Smells fresh, wheaty and spicy.
The flavor is as the smell with some citrus/lemon notes in the background, and perhaps in a twang/tartness. Definately has some coriander in here.
Did I mention this is a damned fine witbier? Reminds me of a lighter Southampton's Double White... which makes sense seeing as how this has quite a bit less alcohol.... makes me want to try Allagash's 10th Anniversary.
With the alcohol considered, there is a bit too much sourness in the mouthfeel... but all in all this makes for a pleasant experience.
It seems to me that Allagash and Ommegang have a wee bit of a kind of rivalry going on (seeing as how they both stick to Belgian styles thus far). I find both to be amazing quality/value choices, and I think Ommegang is a little bit ahead so far, but this is a tastier witbier than Ommegang's Witte.
And, yes, a damned fine witbier.

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Photo of blackie
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a cloudy, whitish golden hay in color. The low head quickly dissipates. A little more head would have been better.

Smell is just wonderful. Wheat, hay, yeast, Fruit Loops, coriander, and a nice oh-so-slight peppery spiciness. The light fruitiness of this beer is just perfect, I love the smell. Hops are kept to a minimum.

Carbonation is moderate and the body around the middle of the thin range.

Taste is of wheat, coriander, citrus peel, and a bit of spicy hops. Finish is dry. Just lovely.

Drinkability is dangerous.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

appearance: hazy yellow straw, thick white head that laces all the way through

smell: citrus/orange, yeast, spice

taste: sweet orange complimented with a nice spice flavor. Its just as good as I remember.

mouthfeel: light to medium, refreshing, tingles the tongue

drinkability: all day long

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Photo of AlexJ
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How can it be possible that I have never reviewed this beer. WTF am I thinking!

Aggressive pour yields a cloudy, peachy yellow beer with a high and fluffy white head. Decent retention and nice crusty lace.

Aromas are a sweet cornicopia of fresh orange peel, crushed lemon zest, white pepper, sweet spice, and wheaty goodness. Everything I have come to expect from a good Witte.

Flavor certainly holds up to the nose, even exceeding it. It begins with soft citrus notes of tangerine, lemon, and orange. Sweet and somewhat dry and tart at the same time. There is a nice level of spice:corieander, white pepper, and clove. All of which are accentuated by the spicey yeast. It trails of with lingering hints of citrus, and a nip of floral hops.

Body is between light and medium, right where it should be. Texture is slick, wheaty, and creamy. Carbonation is soft and effervescent. Hugely drinkable, just hook me up to an IV full of Allagash White and I'll be set for the rest of summer.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Allagash White is an outstanding beverage. Arrives from the tap in a slightly hazy golden color. The head is white and plentiful. The smell is a nice mixture of spices, with a citrus overtone. The taste is exceptional. A highly drinkable beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a straw yellow with a nice hazyness about it and a decent amount of thick white head.

Smell was full of yeast, orange, and coriander.

Taste was very nice, a hint of orange, a little lemon, some coriander, even a touch of pepper with just a little bit of crisp hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel was crisp and a bit tingly with all the carbonation.

Drinkability was very good, especially goes down well in the summer heat.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a medium amber color with modest white head that feel to a thin ring. Smell is nice and spicy with an abundance of cloves. Taste is mainly of cloves with lemon and corriander inthe background. Finish has a bit of a bitiness that I don't overly enjoy in this type of beer. Good drinker.

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Photo of cracgor
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy beer. straw, yellow with a white fizzy head. Good retention...but not a lot of lace left on the glass.

Smell: A spicy orange smell. Sweet maltiness.

Taste: Fantastic taste. A sweet orange flavor hits my mouth right at the beginning and then gets overtaken and complimented by an almost perfect coriander/spiciness.

Mouthfeel: medium to light in body. Very refreshing and clean.

Drinkability: I like this beer better in the bottle. Perhaps because I served it warmer. Regardless it is a good beer.

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Photo of Hop2it
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy unfiltered Witbeir if I ever saw one. Straw yellow with a decent head. Lacing down the glass is evidence of its sugary contents.

Smell is blatant and upfront. Citrus and yeasty. Lemons and orange rind. Definitely a strong aroma, just not as balanced as some Germans in the same style.

Light and tangy. The body is somewhat lacking for me, which is surprising considering it's as cloudy as the Seattle skyline. I will give it this: it's well balanced. The hops are a gentle compliment to the sweet base.

I'm basing my ratings on a recent mission to submerge myself in unfiltered wheats. This is a fine brew, and very much exemplifies the American varieties of the style.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a nonic. The beer is a cloudy pale yellow that is even paler on the edges and it has a 1 finger bone white head that doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Smells delicious - oranges, coriander, banana, pepper, spiciness, and yeast, all blended together nicely. The aroma is fairly subtle but strong enough to get some good whiffs. The taste follows suit but with an addition of spicy hops and a mild bitterness that complement the other flavors. It has a medium body that is kinda tingly yet smooth, with the last sip having the best mouthfeel. The drinkability is high as it is a complex and refreshing beer but the flavors aren't overwhelming. I could easily see this being a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a big white head. The aroma is of orange, and corriander. The taste is very nice. Citrusy and spicy, yet still smooth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is a great interpretation of a witbier. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with allagash logo on front. "beer brewed with spices" is printed on front of label. pouring instructions are on side of label. allagash's interpretation of their belgian white is also printed at the top of the bottle. no ABV is displayed.

appearance: pours a cloudy lemonade orange color in a pint glass. thin head that is gone within seconds. small quantities of bubbles rise through the mist.

smell: spicy orange and lemon. hint of russian tea. herby aromas and cloves can be smelled while sipping. tinge of fresh cut grass after swirling.

taste: citrusy sweet. orange and lemon with very little bitters to balance. not overly complex. mostly spicey citrus. yeasty finish.

mouthfeel: thin and crisp but smooth mouthfeel. decent carbonation. swallows hard.

drinkability: i could make this a session brew. alcohol is very masked. mouthfeel reminds me of a lemonade. could be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

overall: there's a spice that is just totally dominant. i like it but it could get old. i wasn't overly familiar with the smell of corriander, so i grabbed the spice rack to compare. that's not it. all i can say is that with the mix of orange flavor and aroma, the spice reminds me of russian tea. i'm not a huge fan of this style, so i havn't had many other examples to compare this to. however, if this is your style, i feel i can highly recommend this witbier.

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Photo of robertp1024
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This belgian white from Allagash pours a wonderful cloudy golden yellow. There is a slight head which disapates nicely, but leaves lacing thougthout the entire glass. The scent is smooth and fresh. The scent of citrus is what you expect and exactly what you get. I smell lemon, orange and wheat. The flavor is quite the same, with maybe a little cloves. Some spices are evident as you enjoy this beer. I think this is a great belgian white, and if you are a fan of this fresh flavor, then give this a shot. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of sacfly
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

Pours a creamy pale yellow with a white haze from the yeast, nice for style. Huge bubbles make up a think white head. Aroma is mostly orange peal with some spice for good measure. Taste is a wonderful mix of lemon, orange, coriander. A touch of sweetness manifests itself… reminiscent of apricots. Light in body. Very easy to drink. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Kind of like after biting an orange rind, but not as harsh. Awesome beer. In my opinion, this is a perfect summer beer. Light and refreshing but not sacrificing the slightest bit of flavor to do so.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*Corked and caged 750 ml
*Batch #23

Appearance: With the yeast pour, the beer actually IS a bit white; pale, almost opaque, cream straw. Topped with a thick, creamy head with superb retention. Extremely fine carbonation. Thick, frothy lace.

Smell: Very pronounced orange peel and spice; sweet and citrusy. A bit of biscuity wheat. Terrific.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very full and creamy for such a low abv beer, with mild carbonation -- quite nice. The taste is very big, maybe a bit too forward. Very strong yeast pepper and orange rind to start. Tart citrus juice and metallic wheat mid palette. Pepper burn lasts long into the finish.

Drinkability: This is a very substantial wit. I personally think the flavor is a bit harsh, but the texture and and scent are fantastic. Not for everyone, but certainly one some folks will love.

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Photo of palliko
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy amber with a good head of puffy foam and some nice lace. Aroma contains a vanilla soft bread, some herbs, citrus and lemon grass. Initial taste is gentle, followed by yeast, barley, carbonation about right and bitter curacao orange. The flavors wash over the tongue: malt, peach, spice. Very nicely done – complex and well brewed.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.