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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,633 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,633
Reviews: 1,243
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 221
Gots: 245 | 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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Natural510

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow which goes cloudy with final pour of yeast sediment. Nice puffy head which takes a good while to dissipate.
Funky yeast and spice with a light tinge of lemon to the nose.
Flavor is yeasty with citrus and corrainder. Dry, tart finish. Quite refreshing.
Nice example of the witbier. Well-rounded without being too spicy, maintaining a good yeast funk and thirst quenchability.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 04:13:32 | More by Natural510
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a nice two fingers of dense white foamy head. The head sticks around for quite awhile and leaves terrific lacing down the glass. Probably one of the prettiest witbiers I have seen.

Aromas are a complex blend of light malts, spiciness, and a light citrus fruit reminiscent of orange or lemon zest.

The flavors are light and springy on the tongue. Theres so much going on but in a light but complex brew. First hit is a citrus and light malt taste with an herbal, perhaps grass like follow up. There is a nice bit of sweetness here but it is very well balanced. Carbonation adds a beautiful sense of mouthfeel that just couldn't match the flavors any better. The finish is light, crisp, and rather quick, leaving that slight bit of wheat in the linger.

This is just a great example of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 21:42:11 | More by SIRIUS2
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very refreshing, tasty witbier and a great beer for the summer. It pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with a nose that has some nice Belgian yeastiness, some florals, peach, orange, and clove. There is a small foamy head, some lacing going on.

The taste is quite tart. There are nice florals underneath, and a citrus tartness that is very nice. The beer has some nice yeastiness, and bit of a floral, orange rind, lemony snap to it that really shows up on the tongue. The beer is like a lemony seltzer spritzer. There is a bit of a saltene cracker saltiness to the beer as well, with some mouth puckering acerbicness towards the back end. The clove tastes emerge here as well. This is a nice beer, very enjoyable, light, refreshing, and just the ticket when the temp gets up there.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 21:35:45 | More by albern
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cdizinno

South Carolina

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

Presentation: 12 oz. short twist, gives directions on how to properly pour the beer on the label. No freshness date on the bottle.

A: Cloudy pale yellow color with a thick white head and heavy lacing.

S: Mild spicy mix and a touch of lemon or citrus.

T&M: Crisp with fine carbonation. Very light bodied. Slightly bitter hop taste that intensifies as it fades. Fruity tastes and tartness is present with very mild sweetness.

Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 20:49:30 | More by cdizinno
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thekanna

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC.

A: Beautiful cream-yellow/white that's just glowing with sun-like brilliance. Topped with a thin white head.

S: Generally clean smell of lemons, fresh-cut tulips, anise, and yeast. The freshness of this brew is almost chilling; as if dew was still hanging off the hops as they were thrown in.

T: Yeast and floral aromas complemented with a nice hop bite. Strong citrus overtones (especially lemon) are infused throughout. Ends on a creamy biscuit note.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel in the aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable ale to complement lighter meals.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 14:46:12 | More by thekanna
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy orange-yellow with a soft, light foamy head.

The smell is very pleasing to the nose it is full of citrus wheat flavor. A big of a sugary zest flavor that is quite sweet.

The taste has a nice citrus, like grapefruit flavor that mixes well with the light wheat flavor. It also has a slight bitterness that is just enough to keep this beer from being too sweet.

This is a great crisp, light, refreshing beer. Is easy drinking and only lightly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 04:37:22 | More by Duhast500
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jkc88

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in an Allagash tulip glass.

A: A cloudy lemon yellow. It has a fairly thick white head that dissipates some, but lingers through the entire drinking experience and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Lots of citrus, with just enough bitterness to counteract the typical sweetness.

M: Smooth yet light and refreshing with decent carbonation.

D: It was very easy to drink, refreshing, and overall a very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 22:51:03 | More by jkc88
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CavePainter

Massachusetts

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

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a clean, puffy white head.

S: A spicy, yeasty mix. A bit bready.

T: A citric and sour tartness with just a bit of bitterness at the end.

M: A bit sticky but well carbonated and refreshingly balanced.

D: refreshing and quite drinkable.

A Great beer, but for it will usually be priced fairly high - perhaps too high.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:13:06 | More by CavePainter
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aggiearcher13

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been digging the Wits lately, and this was no exception:

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a wonderful amount of a frothy white head.

S: Bready and fruity, a fair amount of spice to it, very very pleasant.

T: A little tart, citric and spicy. Coriander is rather noticeable, it's very very good for the style, a nice balance.

M: Pretty ideal mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, a great example of the style, probably the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 18:42:11 | More by aggiearcher13
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aaronxsubaru

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm sure for the style this is a good beer, as the other beer i have had are much like this. but too me its too much spice. when i have beers that have alot of spice i feel like i should have some food with it to cut the flavor some. I can tell this is a quality brew, but for me its alot of spice, but then again thats part of the style i guess.

I would prefer more citrus and less spice, but then again thats not what this is about, so i'll stick to shock top untill i can find a better beer that has a flavor more in line with my tastes

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 04:58:18 | More by aaronxsubaru
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PreacherBrewer

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cloudy Yellow in Color. Huge Fluffy Cotton White Head. Sediment on bottom. slow rising mini bubbles. Head dissolves to a thick bubbly thin cap. Leaves very elegant lacing down my pint glass.

Smell - bread. doughy. fruity. clean. fresh. very pleasant aroma.

Taste - dough. spices. Cinnamon. hint of medicinal. a little floral. barley/hops mix is perfect for the style. pumpkin. nutmeg. squash. This brew really morphs over it's lifetime in your glass. as the beer warms, the spices become more apparent and easy to pick out.

Mouthfeel - mouthfeel is moderate. perfect for a refreshing, yet satisfying late summer ale. not a lot of carbonation going on, but just enough to keep things interesting. very smooth and velvety.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. it has everything that a Good Belgian Witbier requires. It's appearance keeps you interested. Smell is relaxing. Taste is complex. Mouthfeel is interesting. This is my favorite Witbeir so far. Goes great with Hawaiian chicken, pineapple, or by itself on a warm late summers evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 17:19:51 | More by PreacherBrewer
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a slightly old bottle my roommate picked up yesterday.

A- Pours a very hazy pineapple colored liquid. Good 1 finger head that dies down after a short while leaving good sticky lacing the sides of the glass.

S- The nose upfront has a lot of yeast and clove smell to it. The underbody was mostly wheat and some barnyardish scent I couldn't figure out what it was. Hints of citrus (orange) come through and fade. A slight alcohol scent came through in a slight sence.

T- This beer like I said was a little older than I would have liked. I'm not sure exactly how old it was but it tasted kind of skunked to me. The yeast and clove overpower everything else in the beer with a wheaty alcohol taste bringing up the rear. I didn't drain pour it because I could still drink it. My roommate on the other hand thought it was a fantastic beer....hmmm.

M- This had a medium-light mouthfeel to it. The carbonation was too much for the beer and it just fizzled across the palate. Hints of yeast and clove were left on the tounge. Not pleasant but not too bad.

D- This beer as it is is not drinkable at all. This beer from what I remembered as in the past was a enjoyable beer. Maybe if I get this beer again I'll re-review this beer. But as it stands with this bottle it is bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 04:32:14 | More by alleykatking
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beertunes

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy, barely translucent, yellow with just more than an inch of clean white head that left an above average amount of lacing.

The amount of orange in the aroma was less than expected but the overall spicieness of of the scent was good. The flavors had more of the orange than tha aroma, and the rest of the spices were a very good complement to the wheat base.

The body was typical for the style, perhaps a touch fuller. As with most Wits this is a very drinkable beer. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 20:17:23 | More by beertunes
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, thick, two-finger, white head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, clove, wheat and some hints of banana.

T - It had a nice sweet wheat flavor with a good yeasty flavor. There were hints of clove and spices.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied wheat ale.

D - This is a very easy drinking brew. I could see myself drinking a lot of this great tasting wit.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 03:56:17 | More by zeff80
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy white mixed with yellow hue with
little evidence of carbonation, head, lace,
etc. Quite a pretty pour in a simplistic
sense.

S: Heavy fruit/citrus aromas with a little bit
of grass/grain and just a hint of hop and
alcohol.

T: Fantastic rush of citrus fruit. This beer
could be my water substitute. The grassy
undertones are well highlighted but not at
all any competition for the citrus themes
of this brew.

M/D: The smoothness of this drink is virtually
unparalleled. I love the even bodied nature
and the almost perfect smoothness with
which this beer makes its way into your
stomach. There is none greater in the
summer months.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 02:48:04 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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McGIPA

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I dont know about this one...Maybe I'm just not a Belgian White "witbier" kinda guy but is it me or does every Belgian White beer smell like Easter Ham? The appearance of this beer is awesome...super cloudy from the yeast..I love that...it doesnt taste bad, but I wouldnt say it was good either. Would'nt dump it but def. would'nt buy it again...sorry for the confusing review..should have left this one alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 02:23:37 | More by McGIPA
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Sweasty

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow. A one finger white head tops things off. The head settles to a ring and leaves patchy lace down the glass.

The aroma is classic wit. Plenty of lemon and orange citrus notes. That is followed by spice, mostly coriander. There is some notes of soft wheat. The nose is rounded out by some herbal/bitter orange rind.

The taste lives up to the nose. Some crisp wheat notes hit first. That is followed by some orange and lemon. Coriander makes a strong appearance. The middle is wonderfully tart. Things finish up dry with herbal/bitter orange rind notes lingering on the tongue. The body is nice and light. The effervescent carbonation helps to liven things up.

This is quite the tasty wit. Its the perfect summer time quaffer. It does quite the job in extinguishing the heat from these boar sausages I'm enjoying. Nicely done Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 23:22:46 | More by Sweasty
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CheckMate

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's Meat Market. Poured into an Allagash Tulip. Hazy gold with an inch of head that dissipated within a minute and a half of being served. citrusy, spicy coriander. taste of orange rind, spice, and doughy/bready aftertaste. moderate carbonation. good quality, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 23:12:41 | More by CheckMate
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bamadog

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a bottle at The Comet the other night. Not bad, but I feel I've had better within the style.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy and light yellow/straw color with a one finger head that quickly fades to a thin polywog floating in the center; strong carbonation bubbling up from below.

Smell: Very grainy and grassy wheat with subtle hints of a lemony/citrusy hop profile; fairly abundant spicey notes of coriander.

Taste: An interesting flavor... Definitely strong wheat and yeast presence; a little grainy and bready; mild notes of spicey coriander and the faintest hints of citrus; a sweet malty presence is detectable and has a bit of a honey flavor, but quickly turns back into the bready yeast.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, light body, slighty sour aftertaste and a fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: It's not bad. The flavor isn't everything I would like, but the ABV is pretty mild. Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 01:30:37 | More by bamadog
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice head, minimal lacing. Smells of orange, grassy? Taste is mild and refreshing, hints of ornage and coriander, grass, pine, a nice balance. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is high. If I had to make a short list of beers that I would want to drink if I had to drink many of one kind, this would be on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 20:32:26 | More by BeTheBall
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mjaskula

New York

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

Served in a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow, cloudy and almost white. The thick soapy head retreats to a thin film and laces significantly.

The aroma has notes of spice, lemon, and grass, but is not that strong. The taste is very fresh with coriander, wheat, and a bit of citrus. A tiny bit of malt in the finish. Carbonation is strong. This beer is easy drinking and refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 01:57:09 | More by mjaskula
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale, cloudy lemon yellow with a fluffy white head. Great lace and retetion: looks like a beer I'd hang out with.

Coriander, lemon, and orange rind aroma. Musty.

Tastes of corainder and lemon italian ice with a beatifull musty yeasty feel. Nice citrus/spice balance, it's sessionable yet full of flavor. I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 18:47:58 | More by donkeyrunner
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jlb307

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got in trade from Onenote81 (thanks, Jon)
poured from a 750 from batch 56 into a pint.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow, with some sediment present. The first glass didn't have much of a head, but when I finished off the bottle, it poured with a two finger thick white fluffy head that retained until about halfway down the glass. Left a thin layer of foam on the top the whole time, and left some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Wheat, lemongrass, yeast, and a little sweet malt. Little bit of a bubblegum note.

T: Just like it smells, but a little bit more spice. Lingering aftertaste that stuck to the roof of the mouth. Not much of an alcohol taste at all

M: I thought pretty solidly medium bodied. Good balance with carbos.

D: Very easy to drink. An almost perfect summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 00:56:13 | More by jlb307
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Portland, ME. Had a white, good-sized head. Body was hazy with a dark-yellow color. Nice lacing. Aroma was strong with citrus (orange), but not at all overpowering. Nice on the palate, slightly creamy with average carbonation. Great flavor - citrusy, with a medium-lasting finish. A great witbier that was enjoyed on a sunny deck on the waterfront... quite possibly the best witbier I've had yet.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 19:25:57 | More by berley31
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jwheeler85

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Right on the border of yellow and orange in color. Had a high thin white head and was opaque.

S- Seemed to have equally strong citrus and spice notes. Reminded me of the classic tripel smell.

T- Had a nice round malty sweetness with a gradually increasing mild spice and sour tartness. A bit more sour than a hefeweizen.

M- Medium carbonation and light bodied. Didn't linger long on the palette.

D- Highly drinkable. Very interesting... it smelled like it wanted to be a tripel, yet tasted like it wanted to be a hefeweizen. Not really either.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 15:32:27 | More by jwheeler85
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