Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,294
Hads: 4,668
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 382
Gots: 889 | FT: 1
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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: 1,294 | Hads: 4,668
Photo of Winter
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma consists of yeast, corriander and pear. Mouthfeel is a thick, creamy and full-bodied. Amazing complexity in the flavor. I initially noticed some vanilla sweetness upfront, almost like frosting. Spices follow shortly after as it glides over the tongue. Some pepper is detected in the midtones. Wheat flavor is not as dominant as the spices, sort of hangs out in the background. Finish sharpens with some bitterness as the smooth texture starts to turn crisp near the back of the tongue. Very good wit and much smoother than I expected. (592 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a pale hazy yellow with one finger of head and ok retention. There is just a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a fruity aroma of pineapple and lemon, very pleasant. The smell also has some spicyness to it. The taste brings the spicyness up front, with even some black pepper to the taste. More fruit in the taste, possibly apples. There are just a few hops present. The mouthfeel is fairly bold, and the drinkability is awesome for this summertime hit. (512 characters)

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

Wow. Great execution here -- a prime example of the style. Very pale yellow -- could be a little more "white" maybe -- with a nice, dense head and plenty of haze. Aroma is an exercise in near-perfection. Very spicy -- orange, peppery, rich, lemony. The same sensations lead into the palate. It's a little thin on the tongue, but so are a number of other wits, I suppose. Very, very drinkable, and an ideal beer for a hot summer day. This was my first exposure to this beer, and I ended up picking up a bottle after I had it so I could have it again this summer. (561 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pure golden color with a moderate white head. The lace was failry pronounced from the small residual head that settled out about two minutes into the brew. Slight clove sense in the flavor and a genuine perfume sense in the aroma. This is a fairly refined beer that gives a sense of lightness and refreshment. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. A good summer brew to be sure. (390 characters)

Photo of andyj
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This white ale has a very citrusy aroma that is complimented by a wonderful slightly bitter taste. Lemons and oranges ran through my palate. The appearance is a hazy white-ish color which is definitely true to style. Mouthfeel is an interesting balance of sharp tanginess and cool smoothness. In general I think this beer fits the category well and is an excellent approach to a Belgian Wit, a style that few brewers in the states attempt to mass market. (454 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice-orange flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing and tasty. (269 characters)

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

A hazy yellow body is topped by a pillowy head of bright white foam. It drops in height but maintains a creamy collar and some lacy surface foam. Lacing is slightly limited, but the tiny spots are attractive. In the nose, lemons and spice dance joyfully over a mild, gently sweet malt. The coriander is distinct, but you have to swirl the glass to bring out more of the orange and citrus peel. Quite vibrant! A very fine and gently effervescent natural carbonation gives it an initial crispness on the tongue before it softens into silky smoothness. The body is light and it's immensely refreshing. The flavor displays a softly sweet and lightly tangy wheat malt that's accentuated by gently acidic citrus fruitiness and delicate zesty spices that slowly build on the palate. It finishes with a flourish of yeast character and drying spice before receeding to leave some residual delicately sweet and grainy malt. It's delicate and refreshing, yet very flavorful! Most impresssive. (981 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #7. Yellow color. Medium head. Aroma is spicy and citrusy with a touch of coriander. A medium bodied whit. Orange coriander and other spices. Somewhat sweet and balanced by its spiciness. Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Just gonna sit back and enjoy this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and a touch spicy. (374 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What's my problem? I was so excited to try this highly-acclaimed wheat ale, but other than a complex, citrusy smell, I could not find much to recommend in this Allagash. It poured bubbly and sparkling, like a deep yellow champagne. OK, that's reasonable enough. But the taste seemed out of whack--off-kilter--like there was too much ginger or cumin or something, and to top it off I found the mouthfeel thin and saucy. I gave the rest to my wife, who absolutely loved it. So, what's wrong with me? (497 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly cloudy and white-ish with a nice creamy white head, good carbonation, and rings of lace. Classic crisp spicy aroma and taste from the coriander. Medium bodied, fluffy and creamy with a nice balance of citrus and spice.

Awesome ! The best "American" Belgian style Wit I've ever had !!

Label staes "Beer brewed with spices" (333 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (271 characters)

Photo of far333
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, hazy yellow with a white and frothy head. The head disappeared quickly, but left some nice lacing. The aroma is of fruit and pine. Flavor is a bit yeasty, and has hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, with even carbonation. That typical wheat flavor is round and firm, making its presence felt, which makes this one less drinkable for me. (346 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy lemon colored body with a soft, creamy white head that settled quickly. Speckled lace all the way down my glass.

Smell: Orange/lemon nose. Spicy, too. Wonderful yeasty/bready notes that fought past my allergies. Heck, this seems to be helping them.

Taste: More citrus, and the peppery, spicy flavors really shine through. Thirsty citrus-peel bitterness that draws my cheeks in and prepares me for the next sip. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice drying finish. (479 characters)

Photo of pheurton
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy yellow with an excellent foamy white head. the nose is full of spice, mostly cloves and corriander. the first time i had this beer was like a revalation...this is what a wit should taste like! it's difficult to explain, but allagash seems to have hit the nail right on the head. full rounded witbeer flavors that are pleasant and quite refreshing. highly quaffable. a most enjoyable summer treat. (411 characters)

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

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This White poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with minimal white foam. The smell was very nice: a fruity, bubble gum aroma, mixed with wheat, orange, and hints of spice. The taste was fruity (grape, banana, pear, apple), with flavors of wheat, hops, yeast, and coriander. The mouthfeel was smooth, with a crisp, slightly bitter finish, and a coriander aftertaste. The body was medium with low carbonation feel. This was a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. (505 characters)

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

Presentation: Short 12oz. bottle with directions for pouring listed on the side. What better glass to serve this in than my "Allagash" glass 'stolen' from a local eatery's promo night.

Appearance: Hazy yellow in color. Very fizzy on the pour. Soapy and huge white head dies off to a thin layer that sticks all over the glass.

Smell: Talk about a complex aroma! My first thoughts were "Lemon-pepper". Spicy and zesty.

Taste: Initally, very creamy...chewy. Surprising, given the fizzy character noticed during the pour. Fruity notes take over, oranges being the most prominent. Very little bitterness. Finishes very clean on the palate, with just a touch of "powdery" coating of the lips. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and pretty darn smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: I've found the latest summer beer, folks. Super easy to drink, with such a flavorful taste that really satisfies. The realative lack of any aftertaste really makes this a thirst-quencher. Bring on the Virginia summer! (1,006 characters)

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

Great Belgian spiced white ale. Pours a orangish, yellow with a cloudy haze. Small head that stayed. Nose of spice, citrus, and wheat that promises something different that your normal hefe. The spice on the nose caries through to the taste. A great variety from your German wheat beers. The spice is such a great twist and a little eye opener. (344 characters)

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

Batch #4 75cl
This is a great example of a Belgian spiced white ale. I actually believe that this one is even better than Hoegaarden on draught. It pours beautifully, an orangy golden cloudy work of art. It feels like an ultra smooth wheat ale and the flavor is a generous presence of orange and corriander. This one seems to taste better as you drink it and the best mouthful was the last one from the bottle. (411 characters)

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

Aroma is spicy and hoppy. Thin, dense head does not last long; lacing is long and stringy. Beer pours cloudy and yellow.

Mouthfeel is sweet, creamy, and slick. Surprised to feel that creamy texture from such a fresh-tasting beer. Just chewy enough to make you want to chomp on it for a few moments. Taste is citrusy -- clean, brisk, and fresh. Interesting mix of citrus and spice.

This is my first of this style. Not a bad first step. A refreshing spring and summer beer. (478 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent nice head. medium thickness. The beer is a light yellow color. doesn't look much different from a pilsner, but a bit more carbonation. Smells lightly of spices. Tastes light and rounded. fairly complex, but very light. Feels a little frothy, but still very drinkable.
*The color improved and the beer became more cloudy after pouring the rest of the bottle. (I don't have a 750ml tumbler. but there is a diner down the street frequented by giants, maybe I can swipe one from there.) (499 characters)

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

Reviewed from a six pack's worth of these, where each bottle differed from the next, and, as seen from many of the reviews, results definitely vary with this beer...

Poured a murky and very pale yellow with lots of carbonation, a decent foamy head, and thin but sticking lace. Nose was of light wheat, cloves and herbs - sometimes it smelled of quite a cannabis or hay funk - and a dash of a citrus peel. Overall, its scents were soft on the verge of getting crisp. Taste was mainly a soft and mild wheat, almost biscuity, followed then by a quick sweet flavor in the middle, and ending with a citrus zing that is light and quiet. Had a good body – steady, centered, and tasty - as well as decent hops. In time, it took on a creamy tasting finish that was fairly long and dry. The yeast could taste better as it leaves behind a cardboard drynes – not the natural hops, lactic, or sour kinds of dry. Good, relatively cheap, and available. (942 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow body (if poured as directed on label) with a touch of something a bit darker. Foamy white head tops it off. Oily lemon rind, coriander, sweet malted wheat, and yeast fill the nose with wonderfulness. Silky in the mouth. Simply stunning flavor. Well spiced, but not overly so. Coriander set perfectly with malt flavor and citrus additions make this a nearly perfect Wit. Surprisingly, I was able to detect a slight toastiness that I haven’t come across in this type of beer before. It really tied all of the ends together.

This was only the second time I had this. The first one MUST have been bad because. This was before I started taking notes, but I remember it being downright awful. (705 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is perhaps my favorite example of the belgian wit style I've had to date. Definately my favorite wit brewed in America. The appearance seems a bit off. Even after swirling the yeast, it is not as cloudy as other wheat beers I've seen, but it still has that pale color characteristic of wits. The spicy aroma mostly coriander with other spices. The taste is intense coriander as well. It seems to be one of the spiciest beers I've had, but that's why I like this style so much and Allagash didn't hold back with the spice. (526 characters)

Photo of ecoboy
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appers a pale golden hue with hazy clouded screen augmenting the true color. The enormous creamy head is pure white with traces of yeast runinng through it after the swirl technique was applied to the last few ounces of the pour. I must say this beer is looking very appetizing as a complement to my lunch. The aroma starts with a lemon citrus zing, followed by coriander and other wonderful spices. Floating around in the background of the aroma is a slightly biscuity aroma from the malt that only complements the beer overall. The flavor of Allagash white is a great example of the style yet they really throw in their own flavor into this beer. It combines the spices, slight lemon zing, hop bitterness, and earthy yeasty tones to form an extraordinary balance of flavors. A great session beer that is medium to light and with the addition to the yeast from the bottle is quite filling. As for drinkability very enticing, calling me back for another beer from my six pack. All I can say is that I yearn to find this Belgium style white flowing from a draught. (1,063 characters)

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