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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash WhiteAllagash White

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3,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 3354
Reviews: 1230
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%

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)
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Photo of Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass...

A- cloudy yellow with a hint of orange - one inch head decreasing by the seconds.

S - smell apple right away , a little spicyness, and some other fruit I really can't put my nose on.

T - This is good, very subtle but at the same time all the flavor that needs to comes through- very mild spicyness with hint of apple and orange peel. Not bitter either. Finishes smooth, with orange peel left on the back end of your tongue.

M - medium light body and mouth feel and well carbonated.

Overall this beers pretty good, mild flavors bouncing around, a smooth finish, and super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:29:05 | More by Glennlawless
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very cloudy pale straw, orange appears at the core if the glass is big enough, good loose bubbles visible. White 1-finger head is sticking around on my glass. Ambient loose particles sit in the body.

S: Ooh, that's good. Fragrant variety of fruits; I got some orange, pear, and cantaloupe, maybe even more going on here. Some mild spices, a pinch of white pepper and cinnamon even, some coriander, too.

T: Awesomely refreshing; all those fruits plus more- apples most notably. The spices are perfectly balanced. A touch of wheat. I love it.

M: Great carbonation adds some texture, the rest is refreshing and quenching, smooth.

O: Refreshing, crisp, thirst quenching. Incredible variety of fruits on the nose and palate with subtle spices to balance it perfectly. Makes me wish it was summer year-round. Great job, Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 07:47:43 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Has a 1/4 inch of head atop of a hazy bright yellow. mild sticky lacing to boot.
S - Mild hops, sweet grains, some coriander spice and obvious orange/lemon peel.
T - Grainy, sweet and balanced this beer is a great example of a Witbier mild orange peel and some hops. Tasty.
M - Light to medium on par with the style.

Overall for almost 4 bucks I can think of some cheaper offerings that match the quality. Kind of pissed since I ordered the Triple and got this but it's a tasty beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:06:54 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of MoorBeerPlz


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a stemless large wine glass...

A: Hazy/golden with a 1 finger head that disappears fairly quick, leaving residual lacing along the sides. Appeared lightly carbonated.

S: On the nose, the words that come to mind are - Light hops, citrus, spices and maybe some banana.

T: Citrus and grain hit me first, followed by spice, banana and a residual tartness (light). Crisp and refreshing.

M: Light and crisp with a light to medium mouthfeel.

O: To me, another good example of the style although I have other witbiers in mind that I think I like better. Definitely a good summer beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:49:50 | More by MoorBeerPlz
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New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass.

A-Hazy golden yellow color with a bright white cap. Some lacing. It looks refreshing and drinkable.

S- Wheat beer with citrus (lemon and orange) and spice.

T- Light wheat sour taste, light citrus flavor, light sweet and spice.

M- Tart yet balanced. Well carbonated, crisp and refreshing.

O- This is one steady drinkable brew. Wanna impress a lady? Suggest one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 23:59:00 | More by NiceTaps
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South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours light golden with a light head and lacing. The lacing diminishes in a few minutes. Light nose of Belgian yeast and spice. Average carbonation. A superb spiced beer of the Belgian wit style. Very crisp with a burst of spice - coriander and orange. Excellent hop balance to compliment the spices. Crisp finish and light mouthfeel in accordance with the style. One of my personal favorites. Appearance is slightly cloudy, as it should be. If you like spiced beer, it gets no better than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 20:18:14 | More by tillmac62
Photo of Chessmaster


4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this with my lunch from a bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden, reminiscent of grapefruit juice with a white head
that dissipated to a thin cap.

Taste: Wheat with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, effervescent, refreshing

Smell: Not much discernible smell

Overall: Mostly what you would expect from a witbier. I enjoyed it and wouldn't mind
drinking a few in a row.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 19:12:36 | More by Chessmaster
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South Carolina

1.4/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I feel a need to rant. Why is this called a witbier, when other totally different beers like Leinie's Sunset Wheat and Sam Adams White Lantern are also called witbiers? They are totally different! Why does Allagash White claim to be flavored with coriander and orange peel, when the only detectable flavor is of putrefaction? The aforementioned brews are delightful to drink and taste of coriander and orange peel, but Allagash White gives only the sensation of drinking roadkill. This is exactly what you should expect from open fermentation.
(See my treatise on Leffe Blonde for an easy and cheap way to make beers of this type.)
In short, the horrible flavor of this percolating yeast sewage may haunt my taste memory for the rest of my miserable life unless I can drink enough IPAs and lagers to wash it away.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 17:02:35 | More by TWebb
Photo of Labeorphile


4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strong pour from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Beautiful golden straw color but with a thin head that quickly disappears with little bubble support from underneath.

Aroma is inviting with spice in the nose which is mostly wheaty. Flavor follows the nose. You can really pick up the spice, along with the orange peel and the wheat. Light carbonation, but a thick mouth feel.

This is a highly enjoyable and drinkable beer that I hope to see more and more at establishments.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:59:30 | More by Labeorphile
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This was a wonderful Belgian wheat beer with tremendous deep straw color. Cloudy with a persistent head.

Nose - Bright unripe stone fruit, ripe Meyer lemon, a hint of coriander, orange peel and allspice. Typical Belgian notes but with more citrus.

Taste - balance of sweet and sour with a piquant quality to the finish. Refreshing citrus and sweet malt notes round out the flavor.

Overall a great beer for a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 00:43:18 | More by Father_Raybob
Photo of alexmel7


4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The combination of a light, crisp body with plenty of fizzy carbonation, flavors of orange and lemon, and a gentle roll into a subtle hoppy finish make this the perfect refreshing summer beer that still has loads of flavor. This is a great beer to introduce to friends or girlfriends who claim to only like the taste of generic lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:48:23 | More by alexmel7
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New York

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

serving type. glass

appearance. cloudy, very light whitish yellow, befitting of the name. thin head.

smell. pleasant but does not stand out.

taste. excellent. nice wheat flavor with a crisp, fruity taste that provides contrast to many wheat beers and makes this beer really stand out.

mouthfeel. nice, light to medium carbonation.

overall. 4.75, really outstanding beer. wheat beer is they type of beer that contains perhaps the greatest PERCENTAGE of drinkable beer, and this one stands out.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 06:01:35 | More by SteveB24
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3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprised I've never reviewed this one before

Pour is pale straw yellow. Decent little white head, dissipates fairly quickly leaving just the edges to lace the glass for the first half before fading entirely.

Nose is wheat and spice. Cloves, a little zipperoo in the corner with a touch of white pepper.

Man, I want molten chocolate volcano cupcakes now.

Err... sorry for the detour, I didn't sleep last night. Now back to our regularly programmed broadcast.

Taste follows the nose's lead, but with further depth and complexity. I know it's intent is more crisp and refreshing than a big bodied bruiser, but even within the style I'm always left wanting a little... more. From this one. If it were the ghost of itself itself would be extremely appetizing. As it is, it's just good, albeit the go-to american wit.

This has been seen as the (white) gold standard for years, even before Peter King expanded his bloviations to include everyone's favourite fermented beverage. Personally, there are others I still prefer (that helped bring me to the style), but this is absolutely a delicious brew if you're looking in this vein.
Also, I'm not a fan of the label. But that really doesn't have shit to do with anything, I'm just feeling irritable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:21:47 | More by kemoarps
Photo of DJScroggins


3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy. Golden. Light carbonation. Medium head that fades quickly. Light lacing.

Spicy. Corriander is there. Yeasty, sticky sweet fruit smell. Orange undernotes.

Sweet fruitiness on front, spicy middle with very faint bitterness on back end.

Medium body with crisp finish. A lot of carbonation.

Not necessarily my favorite witbier, but it is an excellent example of the style. Nice balance between spicy and sweet elements, though I've always found this beer to be a bit lacking on the spiciness for my taste. Sharp carbonation burn and crisp finish very welcomed on summer days! A very "popular" beer that offers quality as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 01:03:14 | More by DJScroggins
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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the flagship beer for allagash, i have been drinking this one for as long as i can remember. i do like it better from the bottle than the tap though, an uncommon theme for me personally. it pours a real cloudy pale yellow color with an inch of soapy white head. hold the orange slice please, this isn't a schocktop. aromas of orange zest and light coriander seed waft up, but so does a nice bitter hopping and a density of wheat malt that is quite pronounced. the taste is the best of the nose, with the orange being subtle, sweet, and acidic. the body is full for the style, which i really like, and the Belgian yeast strain is just right for this brew. probably the best version of this style brewed in the entire untied states, certainly one of them. this is a staple beer for me, but i think it gets watery or contaminated via tap sometimes. the bottles are always perfectly carbonated, but the draft is hit or miss in my experience. it was epic on tap at the brewery though, so fresh and bright. this beer is an all around winner.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 14:28:16 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Gaucho


4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy straw and saffron

S - Fresh wheat; subtle coriander overtones

T - very refreshing with nice citrus kick; this would go down oh too easy on a hot afternoon at the beach or pool

M - smooth and crisp; real nice texture with just the right amount of carbonation

Much better on tap than my recollection of a previous bottle.
An excellent example of this style and a nice change of pace from my recent selections of more hopped, stronger brews. Great summer sipper with my lobster roll.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 23:13:03 | More by Gaucho
Photo of Jree261


4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Clear yellow with a white foam. Looks like lemon juice.

Smell-Yeasty and wheaty with good citrus and stone fruit.

Taste-Stone fruit, pear and peach. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel-Light and airy but still manages a good grip on the palate.

Overall-I think I shied away from it for its mass production and popularity but it definitely gives me hope for the palates of the masses. Really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:37:20 | More by Jree261
Photo of ElSid


4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy pale golden yellow in the glass with half a finger of an ephemeral white head which fades to a faint rim.

S: Wheat and peppery spicy up front. Some banana and crisp fruit then come through.

T: The wheat is grainy, light and clean balanced with a pepper and clove spiciness. There is a hint of honey sweetness. The fruit components are banana and bits of apple and pear.

M: Light with moderate carbonation. This is so crisp it snaps with the first sip.

O: A flavorful and well balanced wheat that is right there at the top. Refreshing, highly drinkable, and perfect for a sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 02:59:53 | More by ElSid
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New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As good as American Belgian style white beer gets. As good as any.

A: Poured from bottle into stemless wine glass, a fave way to enjoy my beer.
Lightly cloudy pale yellow. Head is thick, tightly formed, and lasting, then leaves lovely lace, and a swirl brings it back again.

S: Lemon and coriander spice, perfectly balanced, floating atop a sweet, soft wheat background. could sniff this a while. very appetizing, great food beer. In this case, Shrimp fra diavolo with garlic,tomatoes, peppers, and romaine from garden over pasta.

T: Not trying to experiment or do an AMERICAN witbier, they just got it perfectly right. Balanced, like the aroma, rewarding and refreshing, see-sawing between spice and citrus on top of a malt ale backbone. Love it. Multi-faceted.

F: Well carbonated, well matched with food and refreshing. Best US white ever. (so far!)

Must try!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:36:38 | More by Act25
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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:37:10 | More by scotorum
Photo of VictorWisc


3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 17:20:22 | More by VictorWisc
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet taste and a great smell. Easy to drink and very light. Yet it is very flavorable. This beer does not disappoint. I am excited to also try their black. I would highly recommend this beer. I can't get over how smooth this beer is. It goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 21:57:07 | More by Abilow33
Photo of Brew_42


3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale, hazy, yellow with a thick white head that hangs around. Really cool looking beer.

Smells spicy and citrusy

Tastes-Citrus and spice up front with some nice banana sweetness. Sweeter than I expected in a good way.

Palate- Smooth with slight carbonation.

Overall-Great witbier especially on a a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 07:26:35 | More by Brew_42
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4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draught into pint without lemon or orange. Two and a half finger off-white head with higher carbonation

Straw gold in color,

Smell: banana, bubblegum, coriander

Taste: banana, bubblegum, coriander, oat, with a light hop finish!

Mouthfeel: Thicker, typical for the style.

Overall, this was an incredible beer, that I hope to have again soon. This is the best example of the style I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 04:42:30 | More by BierStein711
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Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ 3 Needs

A - Cloudy pale yellow with an orange glow towards the centre. Thin layer white head.

S - Clove, coriander, banana, lemon.

T - Belgian yeast esters, clove, banana, corainder, peppery spice. Slight bready sweetness.

M - Light body with some chew. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 14:14:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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