Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3,889 | Reviews: 1,247 | Display Reviews Only:
3.99/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.
a: Very light yellow clear gold, viirtually no head. This was another of the three beers which were accidentally frozen solid by my new Frigidaire cooler, by touching the back wall. Might have affected the appearance of the pour, and possibly also the taste.
t: Very mild floral notes. Pleasant drinking.
m: Light and soothing.
o: The best of the few Belgian whites I have had, and probably the nicest of the floral/fruity summertime beers I've tasted, although this one is meant for year-round consumption.
07-25-2013 22:37:10 | More by scotorum
3.94/5 rDev -5.1%
Small bottle from 4-pack (TJs), fresh (<30 days) into a tasting glass (three pours).
Pours pale yellow, cloudy, just as expected from a Wit. Head a bit smaller than expected, moderate lacing, good retention.
Aroma of yeast and sweet citrus. Faint spice notes, not enough to differentiate. Nice flowery composition, but I expected a bit more complexity.
The classic Belgian yeast flavor strikes the first note, but this is followed by somewhat steely/briny taste of European mineral water with a hint of green banana (not unfavorably compared to Loire Valley Muscadet wine) that remains for the whole glass, but does not stay in the finish. Followed by a rise of candied orange peel and clove notes. Moderate sweetness, but light malty finish with a hint of coriander and mint. Complex and balanced over all, and refreshing on a hot day, but the mineral notes are a bit too strong for the style.
Mouthfeel somewhat uneven. Fairly light-bodied, similar to classic wits, but carbonation seems stronger than usual, with fairly large, popping bubble structure (that is, you taste bubbles on the tongue rather than pin-pricks). Not quite what I wanted. Alcohol mild enough not to be noticed, so good balance aside from carbonation.
Overall a very decent, well made beer that deviates from the style in important points. Good, but not the best Allaghash has to offer. Would be excellent with seafood, especially mild white-fleshed fish and mollusks (mussels, clams). A particular hit with oysters and snails. It would easily pass muster with a classic seafood platter in Brussels.
But this beer presents a dilemma. It's not distinctive enough to be "special" and too expensive to be "everyday". Hence the scores--they might have been a bit higher in isolation, but not when compared to other representatives of the style. I would prefer more yeast-forward variants and more subtle carbonation. But the mineral qualities make it particularly suitable for pairing with seafood (perhaps made with Maine lobster in mind).
07-24-2013 17:20:22 | More by VictorWisc
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,889 ratings.