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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,720
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 227
Gots: 279 | 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)
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Photo of HugePlume


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no dates poured into a pint,

A- an almost luminescent straw yellow, with a modest but thick white head. excellent retention, average lacing. This wins its 5 for appearance from the spectacular ribbons of yeasty cloudiness that dance around the edges of the glass like the Aurora Borealis. Spectacular!

S- Nose is a muted apple cider, pie crust and confectioners sugar.

T- An initially bitter, then satisfying sweet and spicy brew. Apple flavors are stronger here than the nose. The yeasty spice is subdued but highly refined.

M-Great body, its got a wet finish but it has a firm but yielding body. Again highly refined. Could stand just the tiniest bit more carbonation.

O- Great brew, fantastic to behold. Great beer to sit on the porch on a sunny fall day and watch the leaves fall and the currents dance in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:15:29 | More by HugePlume
Photo of AlphaFiend1


4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash white pours hazy straw, offers a generous, lingering head, and displays a beautiful bouquet of citrus and subtle spice. With a fairly mild body and a refreshing finish that leaves a hint of bitter orange peel, Allagash White is a great food pairing beer and a perfect summertime refresher.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 13:58:13 | More by AlphaFiend1
Photo of Doshkin


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've had this from both bottles, on tap, and from a keg

a - nice deep opaque yellow. pretty and defined lacing.

s - DEEP citrus lemon scent. very inviting if sour notes make your mouth water

t - strong citrus up front with a clean light wheat finish

m - pretty heavy for how it looks. happily bubbly

o - if you want a delicious belgian heavily loaded with citrus lemon, you will absolutely love this brew. goes great with meals (had it with sushi tonight) and it's a good pub beer. parents got a keg of this for my grad party and almost everyone was thoroughly enjoying killing this keg. (the few that didn't like the keg were sticking with their carbonated water, aka bud light and coors)

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 01:20:07 | More by Doshkin
Photo of birderbeerer


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow golden with an inch of snow white head.

Strong spicy yeast aroma. Approaching a tripel with richness. Herbs, honey, and pepper.

Creamier than I expected. Very mellow and smooth but the carbonation bites. Also not as sweet as many witbiers. Dry and creamy with muted spice. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:23:10 | More by birderbeerer
Photo of fdxeng


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at the Wyndham in Portland Maine this week for work and they had this at the bar on tap.

I am new at this craft/microbrew stuff so I am not going to regale anyone with what I smelled or tasted beyond the evidence of citrus on the tongue and nose. I will say that it was a nice way to cap the night off.

As I get more experience I hope to provide more detailed reviews.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 18:33:19 | More by fdxeng
Photo of superspak


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date or batch number. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger whilte head with nice retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well, with a steady stream of carbonation coming from the bottom. Aromas of big banana, clove, bubblegum, spices, citrus peel, and a bit of wheat tang. Very nice aromas here and are very true to style as well. Taste of big spices, banana, clove, citrus peel, wheat, and breadiness. Not much bitterness on the finish, but there are plenty of lingering notes of spice, citrus, bread, and clove. Medium-high carbonation with medium body; with a great and slightly creamy mouthfeel, that leads to very smooth and enjoyable drink. Alcohol is well hidden as expected, nothing other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall an outstanding witbier that is extremely refreshing, and has a great balance of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 04:05:20 | More by superspak
Photo of fields336


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served and decanted into SN snifter.

A: A hazy, cloudy, light straw yellow color. 2 fingers of thick puffy pristine white head top this one. Some nice thick lacing on the sides of the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Bready, biscuity, and sweet malts coming through, light fruits like apple or grape, citrus like oranges or lemons, belgian candy sugar, and just a delicious belgian yeast presence, Smells absolutely amazing.

T: Sweet, and slightly tart on the forefront of the tongue. Moves to a yeasty, fruity,citrusy middle of the tongue and then finishes with a slightly tart and bitter taste. The malts play off of the tartness and yeastiness of the middle of the tongue, The flavors are simply amazing.

M: Light bodied, and really well carbonated, this one finishes super dry, like wine. The carbonation is great, and the drinkability is high.

O: Overall this is a great beer and one of the best if not the best example of a Witbier out there today. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 04:24:07 | More by fields336
Photo of LuthersMug


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very pleasant orange hue, nice and cloudy. Nice one inch head and good lacing.

S - Wheat, citrus orange, and floral scents

T - A very delicious beer, just right on the malts and a citrus, wheat flavor with a bit of spice.

M - Yummy.

O - Very enjoyable, I had two.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 00:48:33 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of velmalikevelvet


2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As someone who drinks almost exclusively IPA style brews, I don't really know how to properly belly up to this witbier, but will do my best.

12oz bottle into tasting glass

A: Almost chartreuse! Bubbly with some suspended solids, making it slightly clouded. Head disappeared almost immediately, leaving no trace.

S: Quite perfumed, although faint.

T: Quite tame, even for a wit, I think. A bit of a bite (the spices, I presume?), but light and fruity.

M: Highly carbonated, with a high tingle-factor.

O: Again, not really my style, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed if I found one there.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:05:15 | More by velmalikevelvet
Photo of Paincane


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes:
A: Golden colored with small white head and mild lacing.
S: Nose of wheat, citrus and coriander.
T: Follows aromas with a hint of banana sweetness.
M: Crisp, refreshing light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Tiny hop bitterness adds a twist to its finish.
O: Very drinkable, enjoyable witbier that was perfect on a hot day. Would have another any day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 20:46:44 | More by Paincane
Photo of jifigz


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my stemmed Allagash glass.

A: A shimmering and bright hazy yellow that seems to sparkle through the glass and reflect light like a flashlight. A nice head that refuses to leave quickly and leaves some damn nice lacing.

S: Fruity (banana-ish), slightly yeasty, and very sweet in the aroma. There is a mild floral-like smell but it is rather faint.

T: This seems to be a rather light tasting Wit. The flavors are crisp and refreshing and start off with fruit like flavors (pear and light orange) and works towards the more spiced end of things.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is rather creamy. It feels extremely drinkable and encouraging on your palate.

O: A pretty good Wit. This is the first Allagash I have had and I will certainly seek out more.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 15:25:09 | More by jifigz
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Squat brown pop top, nice artwork on the label, as well as pouring instructions. No freshness date. Ugh.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw beer with a nice creamy white cap which shows nice retention.

Smell: Pretty standard, but pleasant. Citrus, a wheaty tang, coriander, and a hint of cardamom perhaps?

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose exactly. The balance between citrus and fruity spice is just about perfect. The one (and it's pretty substantial) downside is that there's a weird, firm, almost medicinal bitterness that I noticed when I had the first bottle of the 4-pk a couple of months ago. Quite odd, and not something I normally associate with the style.

Mouthfeel: Best mouthfeel of any wit I've ever had; this has the milkshake-thick, smooth mouthfeels I've heard described as ideal for the style.

Conclusion: This would be one of the best wits I've had to date, if it wasn't for that firm, kind of uncharacteristic bitterness, which kind of messes things up a bit, which is too bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:53:04 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of AgentMunky


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Brixx in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2011.

A: Little head; no retention. Bright and yellow-cloudy. An interestingly vivid hue.

S: Strong wheat. Some spices (cloves). Traditional and not particularly interesting, but good. Some lemon zest.

T/M: Delicious! Round, spicy, sweet wheat. I really enjoy it. A tad watery, but that adds to its pleasant smoothness. The spiciness adds a pizazz akin to carbonation. The aftertaste is clean and tingly-pleasant.

O: Such a good beer -- another success from Allagash. Recommended. Will have again when I'm in the mood for a spiced witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 19:37:39 | More by AgentMunky
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a pale straw like yellow, nice and hazy, fluffy one finger head that slowly dissipates down to a thin white cover, spotty to little lacing

S- mmmm smells like a witbier, spices particularly clove, ripe banana, light citrus of lemon and orange, yeasty as well

T- tastes like it smells, slightly spicy, somewhat fruity with a nice citrus back, slight bitterness like an orange rind, bready malt, light and crisp

M- very light body, slightly high carbonation which is fitting for the style, slick on the palate, finishes crisp with a slight bitterness, very nice body

O- I am upset that it has taken me this long to try one of these, perfect beer to take down in warmer weather or when you are in the mood for something light and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 23:37:29 | More by nova009
Photo of bogus564

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, poured into a chalice.

Labor Day weekend is winding down, and I'm looking at an impossible next six to ten weeks at work. Seems like a good time to have a beer. Or two. Or a dozen.

A: It looks like a witbier should - cloudy yellow in color, with an off-white head 1 cm in height that doesn't last very long.

S: It smells like a witbier should - there's a spiciness to it, and you can smell the yeast. You can also pick up orange and banana notes. Let's have a drink, shall we?

T: There are certain things I expect to find when tasting a witbier, and this has them. Aside from confirmation of all that I smelled in this beer, there's a malty caramel sweetness to it. Also, I'm getting cardomom as the spice, with perhaps a light peppery note. It hits all the marks.

M: Considering the style, excellent, approaching exceptional. Light-bodied, well-carbonated, washes well over the palate, leaving a dry finish. Zehr gut, as the Germans would say (I grew up there, and it was paradise).

O: Very well done, I must say. It's one you could have more than one of, especially while enjoying a good wedge of cheese and some cut up pepperoni. To your health!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 23:13:05 | More by bogus564
Photo of TMoney2591


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza keeps on truckin' at Sheffield's. This bit of entertainment pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of solid white foam. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, light black pepper, lemon zest, light mandarin orange, clove, and a twist of grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of banana, nutmeg, and cardamom. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice wit. 'Nuff said, frankly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 03:56:11 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NODAK


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma has a good orange component to it with a heavy dose of coriander spice. A pretty robust smell for this beer. Also just a note of citrus.

Pours a pretty pale, yet cloudy complexion in the glass. Head is fleeting and doesn't stick around.

Taste is as expected per the nose...a good presence of orange along with a heavy coriander spiciness throughout the body. They have definitely accentuated the "classic" flavors of a wit here. Small note of citrus along with some definite phenolic yeast present. Mouthfeel is definitely spritzy, with a high, prickly carbonation.

Overall, one of the best wits that you can buy...certainly among the top tier domestic wits there is.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:00:17 | More by NODAK
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Urbn Coal Fired Pizza in San Diego (North Park). About ¾ inches of head. Lots of film, but light lacing. Color was a murky, golden orange.

Smelled orange, cloves and wheat, but fairly balanced.

Initial taste was orange, followed by a sweet citrus finish. Very smooth.

Best part of the beer was the feel. Just smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing. Mild carbonation.

This was a good beer overall. I had this almost a year ago and had to try it again, not what I’m rating. Will certainly have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 05:29:58 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 45 poured from 750 into tulip...

A- Pours a bright golden yellow color, slightly more orange in the center of the glass. Hazy with a nice finger of clingy head both from the swirl to get the yeast in the glass.

S- Oranges, honey, dairy creamer, and wheat. Nice balance of the malt composition as well as yeast aromas. Pretty much no hops found at all.

T/M- Bitterness is all right when the drink hits your tongue. Its a very subtle and smooth bitter that quickly gives away to a very sweet honey flavor. Sweetness is cut by an acidic lemony orange flavor. Medium body with tiny carbonation bubbles. Perhaps a bit fuller than I expected and hoped...

O- Good wit. The malt and fruit balance is great and refreshing. Not quite as spicy as I expected, but still enough complexity in this that I don't feel it was missing anything.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 20:01:07 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of pBRale


4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a 1-inch head that settles fairly slowly. Leaves a solid web of fine lacing down the entire glass.

Smell: This beer smells of wheat and citrus, especially orange and a hint of lemon.

Taste: An absolute delight--the best tasting witbier I have had. Tastes of wheat, citrus, pine, and a hint of spice. The beer closes with a dry, super crisp finish. This would be the perfect choice if looking for a superbly refreshing beer on a warm day.

Mouthfeel: Extremely drinkable, well-carbonated, light-bodied, smooth and delicious.

Overall: An exceptional tasting witbier that deserves the high rating it has. Delicious beer that I plan to have whenever I can get access to it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 14:18:11 | More by pBRale
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review dated 12/19/2008.

12oz bottle. A great Belgian wit. Smooth and refreshing with active carbonation. Cloudy yellow color with white head. Flavor is sweet malt, coriander, lemon, yeast, and lots of spices. Smooth and easy to drink. Very well done. Pretty much the class of the style if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 17:55:21 | More by nickd717
Photo of bishopdc0


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my wife.

The beer is straw yellow with a thick creamy head. the head laces very well leaving full curtains.

The aroma is spiced with sweet wheat notes and hints of citrus and yeast on the end.

The carbonation fills the mouth and leaves a lite bite on the gums. Sweet wheat dominates and leaves a slight bitter on the tongue. The spices flavor comes in and lingers on the tongue and it all finishes with a yeast flavor
As not a fan of wheat beers this one is definitely different then the rest, more complex and frankly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 22:43:30 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - hazy gold color with a white head that thinned out to a light ring.

S - yeast, orange peel and a bunch of spices.

T - citrus fruit (lemon and orange) with yeast, wheat and spices all blended together nicely for a good tasting beer.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - good tasting and very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:41:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light yellow color and hazy. the smell is wheat, citrus, clove, coriander, and banana. the flavor follows suit but is not quite as prominent as in the smell. the mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall a good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 18:44:28 | More by rowingbrewer
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North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer about 20+ times and it's ALWAYS fantastic! This review will come from a bottle I "aged" for 6 months. I consumed it on July 15, 2011. It was served in my Allagash chalice on a rather hot Charlotte, NC day.

It pours a bright, "sunny" yellow color with about a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Great head retention and the lacing was super. Stuck to the glass the entire time.

Its smell combined wheaty/fruity notes with a touch of ripe banana scent. Also, cloves, coriander and orange rind as well. I always get excited to pop the cork and smell this one.

The taste is (in my opinion) the perfect Belgian Wit beer. A beautiful mix of spicy and citrusy. The flavor is soft and refreshing. A well constructed beer that goes great with any kind of cuisine- expecially summertime bbq foods.

The mouthfeel is very light bodied with millions of small compacted bubbles of carbonation on the pour. A beer that practically dances in your mouth. Super drinkable and very refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 16:57:16 | More by kell50
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