Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,307
Hads: 4,768
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 22.57%
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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: 1,307 | Hads: 4,768
Photo of atr2605
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a super cloudy straw color with a nice foamy white head with a bit of lacing
S-peppery spiciness with some orange, wheat
T-more spiciness and orange peel flavor, dry malt profile, wheat flavor and orange peel in the finish, very low hop bitterness
M-light bodied and crisp
O-very refreshing beer, great example of the style

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Photo of stickyv
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Almost no better beer for warm weather. Effervescent. Cloudy. Slightly spicy phenols from the yeast and coriander and orange peel. Refreshing with a capital R

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Photo of TheAudioBuffet
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer is so dense, it's reminiscent of latte foam. The smell and lingering taste of coriander and orange make it very enjoyable to sit, savor, and enjoy.

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Photo of Bone53
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow color, and after swirling the rest and pouring it, a fluffy white head magically appeared in front of me

Smell: Ripe banana and lemon, spices, bready yeast

Taste: I get lemon upfront quickly followed by banana, then finishes spicy and bready

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body; Pillowy carbonation makes it soft going down with very slight bitterness. One of the smoothest beers iv had.

Overall: As a beer i wouldnt say its amazing, but it sure is for the style, thus the reason for my fairly high rating. Its bright and effervescent, smooth and refreshing yet somewhat full. It really could be the benchmark for an American made witbier

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a quite cloudy pale straw gold, and forms a massive white head with good retention. Lacing was exceptional throughout.

Smell: Musty wheat mixed with a bouquet of light fruits, from pear to lemon-orange citrus. Some hints of spiciness lurk within the depths of the aroma.

Taste: Spices hit straightaway, coriander, clove, and white pepper, before receding a touch to let fruit esters swirl in. Waves of white grapes, pears, and a mildly tart citrus bearing hints of orange and lemon hit and mingle. A faint tone of bubblegum arises towards the finish, which leaves a lingering tart citrus and peppery spice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent, this is a refreshing beer to drink.

Overall: A good witbier, solid in every aspect. I'm a fan.

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Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy yellow color, fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Spices, cloves, coriander, orange peel, light malts, lemon

Taste: Spicy, pepper, cloves, coriander, orange peel, light hints of banana, light malts, wheat, hints of lemongrass

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: A classic brew, an interesting take on a classic style. The added spices enhance the yeast flavors, rather than detract. Love it. Very refreshing as well

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Photo of Ainman11
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, smells a sweet pungent aroma but the taste is not as strong as the scent and I enjoyed that. I expected it to have a higher ABV than 5.1, but that doesn't effect it at all

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Photo of aleigator
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Quintessence - Pale yellow color, with a decent white head.

Aromas of banana, hints of orange, yeast and coriander. Creamy, smooth thick mouthfeel.

Coriander, lemonade and banana, with bitter hints and a little pepper in the end, Very well balanced, refreshing, excellent Witbier, with a clean ending.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Cafe Rustica in Richmond.
The was a hard beer to review for me because I haven't had any in this style in quite some time. It was a very pale and cloudy yellow with a white head that clinged too the pint glass as I drank it. Very mild aromas, mild fruit and floral hints (not what I would describe as "fruity") and blended flavors, very good feel. Finishes with a low level hop bitter that fades quickly. Crisp and light, could easily drink these in multiples.

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Photo of BeerConny
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite white beer so far. Great refresher in the summer or after a hard day at work. The spices in this are unlike any other white beer i have had. This Is a beer almost everyone can enjoy.

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Photo of PGD120
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into jelly glass
Appearance.: light golden hazy color with a bright white 1 finger head.
Smell: wheat and coriander with a little lemon.
Taste: really bright flavor, coriander notes with yeast and wheat. Slight lemon citrus lingering flavor and some banana
Mouth feel: light body with lingering carbination.
Overall: just a really solid American witte. Really refeshing solid beer.

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Photo of spidermite
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured a beautiful hazy gold with a 1 1/2 of head that settled into magnificent patches.

I could smell the wheat wrapped in coriander right away.

It tasted wonderful that awesome coriander, citrus, bread, and something I cant properly pin-down (nutmeg?). Along with a perfectly attuned fruity esters.

mouth feel was somewhat champagne-like, Though I only noticed after my wife mentioned it, so perhaps it was just power of suggestion.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tall decorative tulip glass, the foam reaches 3 fingers high with a rocky white top. Exceptional lacing adorns this straw yellow wit, a fitting touch for such a good looking brew. It is remarkably hazy & totally opaque, in spite of the pale color. The scent is intoxicating, rivaling some of its finest German and Belgian brethren. Banana-like esters, coriander and clove play against a sourdough bread bouquet. Very mildly sweet, with flavors of banana candy, peppered clove, and some tart lemon citrus on the back end. Grains of wheat, orange citrus and some tangy, dry bitterness in the finish. The beer is surprisingly creamy due to the zesty carbonation and unfiltered goodness. However, the body is moderate, so it remains refreshing. This one went down in record time. It's just fantastic. Wits are typically not my proverbial cup of tea, but this one holds its own against any style. It remains true to form while imparting its own distinct character. I love to come back to this after some hearty double stouts or rich porters, to remind myself that bold flavor comes in many forms. If you're in to wheat beers at all, you have to try this. If you're not, you still have to try this.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A classic. One of the first beers I got into to veer further into craft territory, and one I recommend to many others coming into it. Hazy, unfiltered on the pour with a creamy head. Lemon and fresh cut grass on the nose, with a tangy lemon curd feel on the backend.

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Photo of FFreak
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Le Belvedere in Newport, VT. Hazy orange-yellow with a finger of pure white head that slowly dissipates. Citrus and spice in aroma and taste. Slightly thin mouth. Overall, and enjoyable but not exceptional wheat beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Belgian tulip at Tryon Public House

Creamy white head a finger thick. Pale golden liquid with a it of a hazy look. 4.5

Smells of banana, clove and lemon. Sweet malt rounds things out. 4.25

A zesty, spicy wheat flavor joins sweet banana and clove to make a pretty great beer. 4

Bubbly, lively mouthfeel from the yeast and carbonation, but the body is full, creamy and smooth. Finishes semi-dry with a touch of tartness. 4

Classic tasty brew.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw with a white head that fades to leave plenty of lace.

Smell: Belgian yeast, faint spice and citrus.

Taste: Yeast is up front and dominant throughout. Spice and citrus. Wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Very polished Belgian Wheat beer. Feels light, but still has substantial flavors.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a hazy lemon yellow that you can somewhat see through.

The beer smell is very citrusy with some wheat and spice notes. The citrus notes smell like a little bit of lemon with orange rind. The spice notes consist of coriander. The wheat notes also give it a slightly sweet smell.

The beer taste is similar to the smell. However, the citrus notes are more orange and lemon than orange rind. The coriander and wheat are also much stronger in the taste than the smell and gives it a spicier and sweeter taste.

The beer mouthfeel is very good. The beer leaves a nice lightly dry and refreshed mouth. The body itself is pretty light and very smooth with a bit of carbonation to give it some texture.

Overall, this beer is very good and definitely recommended for others, especially, if you're looking for something light that isn't hoppy. The beer is very refrshing and makes for a good mid-afternoon break.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was blown away by this the first time I drank it. The second and third times, not as much--it's a very good beer with great flavor you'd expect from Allagash, but it doesn't hold up over time as well as some of their others do. It's a nice light color and has nice, wheaty notes, but beyond that, it doesn't hit you in the face with its flavor.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev -2.9%

A classic. A go-to session beer for easy drinking, for those who aren't into drinking 10% bombs, or for those who aren't into crazy and unexpected flavors.

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Photo of jercasper
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Love this outstanding beer. The Allagash White lacks a bit of the carmel flavor that I love in other beers, and is a bit on the sweet side. You can't go wrong with this amazing brew!

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

A: (3/3) Unbelievably crystal clear almost colorless light yellow produces gigantic foamy head. After yeast swish, so much fun watching it cascade through the head and into the beer below.
S: (9/12) Coriander and black pepper pair well with the strong wheat aromas
T: (16/20) Decidedly light flavor profile. A good contrast to a fin du monde--similar profile but that guy smashes you over the head with wheat. If I focus, I can taste a similar balance of the spices above, though.
M: (4/5) Medium carbonation. A little bit of heft to the body for a wit but otherwise spot-on for style. Little dryness on the finish.
O: (7/10) I want more. Simply put this is a weak beer. It’s good, don’t get me wrong. Just weak. Now, having said that, this is a witbier, not a hefeweizen, certainly not a dunkelweizen, so I can’t fault it for that. It has a little bit of that “artificially sweetened” flavor that turns me off from other spiced or fruity beers, but otherwise it’s solid.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%


A for Appearance:
Standard clear white look that's to be expected of this type of beer

S for Smell:
Floral, fruit, pleasant

T for Taste:
Starchy, corn, grain, wheat

M for Mouthfeeel:
Smooth goes down easy light and tasty

O for Overall:
Nawt bad :)

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Photo of moviedawg
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

great witbier and one that really exemplifies the style. This is a heavily spiced beer- the spices are easily the most dominant part of the flavor in this one. It's not bad, but it takes some getting used to. Would recommend.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light honey and blond color, with little head but good retention that remains as a thin white lace throughout.Look is also hazy. Fruity smell that reminds me of peaches. Taste is malty, spicy, fruity, bready, with a very smooth finish. There is little to no hops bitterness. Feel is light bodied with a medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. A very fine wheat beer that I will definitely buy again.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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