1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Allagash WhiteAllagash White

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,889 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,889
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 240
Gots: 341 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Allagash White Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,889 | Reviews: 1,247 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of frank91
frank91

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-27-2013 18:26:36 | More by frank91
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-27-2013 03:05:35 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
Photo of phace
phace

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-26-2013 16:06:23 | More by phace
Photo of lgmol
lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-26-2013 14:04:22 | More by lgmol
Photo of ComRock12
ComRock12

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-26-2013 11:13:20 | More by ComRock12
Photo of Insubordinator
Insubordinator

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-25-2013 22:53:08 | More by Insubordinator
Photo of scotorum
scotorum

Massachusetts

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.

s: Floral.

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
Photo of csfcmitchell
csfcmitchell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-25-2013 19:22:19 | More by csfcmitchell
Photo of MarkElkins
MarkElkins

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-25-2013 15:34:03 | More by MarkElkins
Photo of Ncpogs
Ncpogs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-25-2013 14:46:07 | More by Ncpogs
Photo of Jtrigonis
Jtrigonis

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-25-2013 06:57:30 | More by Jtrigonis
Photo of kob424
kob424

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-25-2013 02:07:45 | More by kob424
Photo of VictorWisc
VictorWisc

Massachusetts

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
Photo of Jordy777
Jordy777

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%

07-24-2013 13:34:08 | More by Jordy777
Photo of Wufdogger
Wufdogger

Ohio

2/5  rDev -51.8%

07-24-2013 01:26:55 | More by Wufdogger
Photo of Goobastic
Goobastic

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2013 23:09:52 | More by Goobastic
Photo of Cdmomo79
Cdmomo79

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-23-2013 22:50:23 | More by Cdmomo79
Photo of lucas1801
lucas1801

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-23-2013 10:06:51 | More by lucas1801
Photo of SBoyar1
SBoyar1

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2013 04:19:58 | More by SBoyar1
Photo of lpstar
lpstar

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-23-2013 02:53:57 | More by lpstar
Photo of Ilanko
Ilanko

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-23-2013 02:45:25 | More by Ilanko
Photo of CarlosHinojosa
CarlosHinojosa

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2013 02:41:17 | More by CarlosHinojosa
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-22-2013 21:25:11 | More by jerefreakinmiah
Photo of Jebazer
Jebazer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-22-2013 20:29:16 | More by Jebazer
Photo of Beerbuddy21
Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-22-2013 18:06:07 | More by Beerbuddy21
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,889 ratings.