Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,295
Hads: 4,673
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 5.1%
Wants: 382
Gots: 890 | 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:
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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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. (401 characters)

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. (439 characters)

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. (1,207 characters)

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. (266 characters)

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. (231 characters)

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. (457 characters)

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. (344 characters)

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. (993 characters)

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. (155 characters)

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! (184 characters)

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.
39/50 (999 characters)

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 :) (260 characters)

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. (225 characters)

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. (410 characters)

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

Probably one of the best American Belgian Style beers I have had the pleasure to drink. Went very well with my fish dinner.

Appearance: Clear honey to orange color and pours with a white foam top.
Smell: Banana, fruit, and clean earth.
Taste: Complex with two distinct tastes that I enjoyed. Initially, yeast, mild hops, and fruit. Then a light spice aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated
Drinkability: A very smooth beer with a great complexity. Goes good with salmon. I will definitely add this beer to my rotation list.

Serving type: bottle (557 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev -2.9%

From notes, 9/3/2014. Poured into a pokal from a single that I scored from a road-trip to Chicago.

A: cloudy light gold, small head.
S: coriander, orange, floral notes.
T: mineral notes, a little biscuit that adds some sweetness...the back end is where the spices and dry tart citrus notes kick in. Very nice complexity for a wit, and nicely constructed.
M: prickly due to the carbonation, fairly light, dry

Overall: Have had this a few times, and have enjoyed it a lot, both on its own and paired with some clams. Wish we could get it in MN; we need more good wits. (575 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

Thanks 302BeerGuy!!!

Appearance (4.25) : this one pours a beautiful creamy three fingered head with a yellow pineapple hazy body. Opacity is about 90%. The head is really fluffy and stays a long time. I'm liking this already.

Aroma (3.75) : Rich honey and coriander; wheat, banana creme, and quiet notes of orange peel. Bouquet is medium strength. Smells like a wit!

Taste (3.75) : Mmmmm. Delicious...with some caveats. First, the bad : It's got a bit of a tinny character to it, with some sour wheat and biscuit malt mixed in, doesn't seem to pair well with the style or the rest of the beer. Now, the good : after the initial tin man start, you get a delicious creamy wit flavor with orange, banana, and spiced wheat. It's flavorful, spicy, and a little dry at the finish. Some sour biscuit malts are left lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Very carbonated for a wit. It's unusually refreshing, but it detracts from the otherwise creamy beauty that is in the nature of witbiers. The finish is drier than any wit I've tried. It's the anti-hero wit.

Overall (3.88) : It's not the "world class" beer I was expecting...that title still goes to Hoegaarden. This is a worthy option, though, and as I've said before, I'll never turn down a wit (unless it's Wasatch's offering). This one is different from the fold in that it's drier on the finish and it has some negative tin and biscuit flavors roaming around in there. Overall not a bad beer and one to enjoy in pleasure. (1,483 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

One of my absolute favorites. Pours a hazy orange/ yellow with a thick fizzy head. The smell is full of sweet fruits like banana and toasted bread. The taste is great with a lot of herb flavors mixing with the more traditional staples. I always find this beer to be refreshing and very tasty. (292 characters)

Photo of dgraham
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance- yellow and cloudy wheat beet, small head
Smell- like wheat beer and lemons
Taste- citrusy with lemon being the most most prominent. not a strong aftertaste, refreshing
Mouthfeel- stiff carbonation, has some bite
Drinkability- easy to drink, not heavy (266 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

P: On tap from a growler into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light gold with a giant, fluffy, white, cotton-like head. Lacing is decent.

S: Yeasty Belgian aromas but very clean. Fresh herbs, spicy, peppery a little orange or orange peel. Inviting.

T: A lovely clean, slightly sweet, grassy malt base that finishes with citrus, peppercorn and fresh herbs. Some bite in the finish. All of the flavors are quite pronounced at some point during the taste but none are any more of a star than the other. Simply the best Belgian Wit brewed outside of Belgium and for that matter, brewed just about anywhere.

M: On the dry side but so smooth and silky, it's a wonderful sip every time. Very refreshing.

O: I've been enjoying this beer for quite a few years now and I was surprised to see that I had never reviewed it. As I stated above, this is an amazing, basically textbook example, of a Belgian Witbier and shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in the style. Perhaps the only thing missing is a touch of honey flavor, that would make it perfect in my opinion. (1,065 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful head that lasts the test of time, atop of a blonde straw body that looks the part for a white beer.

S: I get the spicy notes here, and also the wheat and yeast. Comes through nicely with a hint of lemon freshness to tie it all together. White pepper is huge.

T: Coriander is pronounced throughout, with a lemony start and a yeasty-wheaty finish. Tons of white and pink pepper punch you in the face. Maybe even some grains of paradise. Whoa!

M: Medium to full bodied, but with enough tartness to pull the brew together. The head is soft and fluffy.

O: a great beer, and an excellent white beer. Traditional, quintessential, yet distinct. Nice. (659 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Orange, banana, spice and white bread on the nose.
Pours straw under a 1/2" foam collar that quickly dissipates. Lacy.
Classic wit palate with white bread, orange, coriander and banana.
Medium body and above average carbonation. Creamy smooth. (243 characters)

Photo of bwood06
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Draft in a tulip glass

A - Cloudy gold amber in color. Head dissipates somewhat slowly but stops disappearing and leaves a 1/8" head that is retained until the glass is drained. 4/5

S - Some banana but very heavy on cloves (at least more so than most Hefs that I have had). Somewhat malty/bready and a slight pine note. Hint of citrus. 4.25/5

T - Definite clove and some banana. Slight astringency with a slight piney finish. Some orange peel is noticeable as well. 4/5

M - Moderate carbonation that finishes smooth. Somewhat chewy in the beginning. 4/5

O - Nice complexity here. Piney finish was a bit of a surprise since the pine note is different than most Hefs that I have drank. Pine works well with the banana and clove flavors. Throughly enjoyed this beer. 4.25/5 (790 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz. bottle (no date)

Poured into a tulip glass, leaving a little in the bottle to swirl around and pick up the yeast, then poured the remainder in. Cloudy straw yellow color with a large white head. Plenty of lemon and orange citrus in the aroma with some slight pepper. Medium bodied. Dry, crisp finish with the Belgian yeast and spices really coming to the forefront. Loads of carbonation keeps it refreshing til the last drop.

Hard to find any faults here. Light in it's appearance but full of flavor. A classic wheat beer. (537 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, very light yellow in colour. Billowing head with good retention and lacing.

Nose is soft and full of spice, orange peel, and lemongrass with a slight malt sweetness. Accompanying the doughy, bread-like notes: an awesome, earthy, yeasty kind of scent is present; something other interpretations of this style lack and really makes this one stand out. Coriander is pretty obvious, with very slight banana esters.

Taste is overall spicy and crisp, with lots of pepper, coriander, and orange peel. Lightly sweet malt paired with a lot of wheat flavour, and again very slight notes of banana. Light lemongrass notes from the hops.

Overall, probably the best witbier I've had. Very refreshing with light body and good carb, plus notes of citrus. Savory enough to be enjoyed year-round. (789 characters)

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.