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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,901
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 240
Gots: 347 | 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.

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Photo of GregPearson33


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance & Smell: Poured a pale yellow-straw color with surprisingly little cloudiness and minimal head. Smelled of strong, sour grapefruit, orange peel and citrus. I would call this the prototypical Belgian white, almost exactly what I anticipate when I think of this style.

Taste & Drinkability: On taking my first sip, the very first thing I notice is how drinkable and smooth this drinks. It has a thin consistency with a substantial level of carbonation and relatively little (or just very subtle) mouth coating and aftertaste, the confluence of which makes it very easy to put back. Definitely wouldn't have a problem having more of this - and that's a statement for a self-prescribed hop head. It's flavorful with robust and zesty citrus notes.

Overall, this is an excellent and extremely sessionable offering from Allagash.

03-14-2010 02:09:32 | More by GregPearson33
Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy gold with a small fluffy white head.

S: Mainly yeast with hints of coriander and less of citrus than some witbiers.

T: Immensely refreshing. The lightness of the wheat combined with the ample carbonation says summer (even if the weather doesn't). The spicing is very subtle and doesn't overpower the other flavors.

M: Light and refreshing without being watery.

D: Easily a session beer on a hot summer day.

03-13-2010 03:29:52 | More by speter
Photo of saccro


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

A - cloudy. yellow. not much head. just a ring of bubbles.

S - phenolic. crisp. followed by a whiff of spice. slight sulfur. some orange, but restrained. a little bit of honey. uncooked spaghetti. sweet pilsner malt aroma. not much hops.

T - sweet and fruity at first, followed by a touch of spice and bitterness. Finishes a little grainy and bitter. Very refreshing. One of my favorite styles of beer. Orange is on the down low.

M - medium bodied. fairly carbonated.

D - delicious. easy to drink.

03-13-2010 01:57:26 | More by saccro
Photo of gloriousglo2


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

I like the fact that there are little instructions on the side of the bottle on the preferred method for pouring it into your glass, including the need to swirl the last couple ounces. I think as wits go, this one is one of my favs. Perfect hazy color, nice sweet smell, smooth taste. Purchased in a 4 pack here in Eastern PA for $9.99.

03-12-2010 19:56:41 | More by gloriousglo2
Photo of sullie519

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

pours a nice cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head.slight lacing.Aromas of citrus and coriander.Very drinkable with hints of orange and lemon peel as well as coriander and floral hops.Not as watery as most white ales and finishes with a clean and crisp subtle hoppiness

03-09-2010 05:18:56 | More by sullie519
Photo of Pittsburgh


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Overall a solid beer if you are looking for a white ale. I have never had it in a bottle, but on tap it was satisfying, crisp, clean taste, strong flavor, but smooth. Drinks sort of like a lighter beer but has some real flavor to it.

Poured nice yellow and cloudy, overall satisfactory, probably great for a hot sumer day, I would recommend it, and get it again for sure.

02-26-2010 12:21:58 | More by Pittsburgh
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass with sediment swirled in.

A: Creamy, buttery light beige with a golden hue. Very pure white lacy head.

S: Fresh buttered bread with plenty of floral and summer rain scent. Lemon zest and coriander notes with various spices fading in at the end...white pepper maybe?

T: Definite yeast presence with lemon grass and citrus zest hints. Completely non-bitter finish. Is this really a beer? No alcohol detectable and a very thin, watery finish.

D: Ironic that this comes in a four pack; I feel I could easily kill like ten of these on a hot summer night.

Value: Pricey. I have to wonder if, for the price, someone who doesn't really LOVE white beers would ever choose this over Blue Moon at almost half the cost...I would. But the masses wouldn't.

02-25-2010 21:47:05 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of BretSikkink


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Cloudy yellow beer with enough sediment to earn the "white" label. Great looking white head that leaves some nice dots of lacing. The nose is spicy and citric, with coriander mixing beautifully into the lemongrass notes. Extremely well-made, a flagship to be proud of. The pale malts drive the flavor with mild sweetness and a depth of body rarely found in American versions of the style. Notes of exotic spices add complexity, while the orange and lemon really add a pleasing tartness overall. Very well done on all facets of a great session beer.

02-25-2010 02:27:31 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of cpone

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Hazy pale straw body. Thick, foamy head disappears quickly, leaves thick lacing.

S: Very sour, orange, spices - cloves, cinnamon. Wheat.

T: The wheat aroma follows through in the flavor, a tad sweet with a nice citrus component. Get the spices and faint hops.

M: Decent mouthfeel, fairly light. A nice tart/creamy finish.

D: very drinkable - great for warmer weather, not dead of winter.

02-25-2010 00:26:43 | More by cpone
Photo of fastsrt

New York

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured 12 ounce bottle in flute glass
A: hazy, golden with a tight thin cap of foam, yeast making a show as they slowly fall the the bottom of the glass. the glass is laced well.

S: weak for such an aromatic style of beer wow. there is nothing not good as the blanche de chambly. I just had this is a major disappointment here.

T: I have had some mass produced wit beers that have more character than this one has. there is a subtile spice, mellow hops and light malts.

M: light, prickly carbonation, good feel.

D:. I wish there was a bottled date because I think this 4 pack may have been old. it is balanced there is no over powering flavors. Lacks the pop that this style tends to have I feel as if this has been sitting around a bit to long and lost some of volatile flavors that needed to be savored young. Quite a few of these could be drank.

02-24-2010 06:25:11 | More by fastsrt
Photo of bgildea


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Opaque pale yellowish, typical wheat beer color.

S: Pleasant sweet aroma, smellys wheaty.

T: Better than expected. Light and refreshing with sweet notes.

M: Very light feel, not very chewy.

D: Very drinkable, the lightness of it lets it go down smooth, I could drink these all nights.

Overall: I was pleasantly suprised after the poor. I was worried it would be too light, and dull. However, the flavor was very good, with a nice sweet taste.

02-22-2010 01:29:55 | More by bgildea
Photo of MikeBrandman


4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

A - Pours from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass with 5 fingers of creamy white heat. Very light yellow color, almost like merrange. Great lacing right of the bat as the head recedes. Translucent, but not quite opaque. Good amount of suspension in the glass.

S - Strong citrusy smell. Not much hop presence in the nose. Sweet smell.

T - Very soft taste. A lot of complexity but not overpowering. A lot creamier than any witbier I've tried before. Has a lot more spices than anything else I've tried either. I think I taste a little ginger in the end, which really helps balance the beer. Overall, a nice, refreshing taste that goes down very easily.

MF - Creamy and light. Compliments the taste very well.

D - Complex and drinkable. Great brew.

02-20-2010 22:31:04 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of flagmantho


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy light straw color with a finger of white foam head. Nice and light ... not sure what else to look for in a witbier.

Smell: nice and wheaty, citrusy and a little chalky. As far as citrus goes, the aroma tends more toward lemon than orange, and I don't get any of the coriander which is quite common in the style. There is also something else ... do I smell banana? It does smell quite refreshing.

Taste: extremely wheaty and refreshing. Citrus still abounds with a tip to the lemon, though I do taste a little bit of coriander here. Truth be told, this tastes more like a good hefeweizen than a witbier. Still, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: lightish-medium body with a good level of carbonation. Not a ton of creaminess, but the overall experience is quite smooth.

Drinkability: the strong point of Allagash White. While I feel like it was more of a hefeweizen than a witbier, I still find it extremely refreshing and drinkable. I would session tons of this stuff were it not so pricey.

02-11-2010 02:39:16 | More by flagmantho
Photo of adam42381


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a 1 finger frothy white head which dissipates quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Very nice mix of spices and wheat with a bit of lemon and orange peel.

Taste: Nice spicy flavor up front with strong citrus notes. Very similar to the smell, which is a good thing. Slight hoppy bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability because it is so smooth. I could easily down several of these without any problem. Would be an ideal summer beer.

Overall: I would highly recommend this beer. Very good representation of the style.

02-10-2010 03:29:57 | More by adam42381
Photo of BeerCon5


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a very cloudy strawlike yellow color with about a finger of white bubbly head.

The scent is of citrus and grain mostly.

The tasts is of citrus up front, some mild hopps, grains, and notes of pear.

Light bodied, crisp and prickly feel, high carbonation.

This was very easy to drink, very tasty and refreshing.

02-05-2010 19:56:48 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -18.6%

Appearance: Cloudy pale body. Almost reminds me of lemonade. Decent head with generous lacing.

Smell: Citrus & Coriander. Lots of wheat. Very fruity.

Taste: Just as it smells. Lots of coriander, which is pretty average for the style. This almost reminds me too much of Blue Moon.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as any beer can get. Very light, no bitterness just highly carbonated.

02-03-2010 03:32:14 | More by travduke
Photo of climax


4/5  rDev -3.6%

This one pours a cloudy straw yellow with a large white bubbly head. Retention was good, it sank slowly with the popping of every next bubble.

Nose was full of wheat, yeast, and lemon peel. Softer notes of pear, banana, and coriander were also present.

Flavor was similar to the smell. Citrus tartness was matched well by warmer wheat tones. Lemon, wheat, pear, and some coriander were the distinguishable flavors.

Body was medium, with abundant carbonation and crispness. The feel was pretty slick with a chalky finish. Perhaps I didn't sample it an ideal time of year, but it was still a good refreshing brew.

01-20-2010 23:47:02 | More by climax
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured into my Chimay goblet

Appearance - Pale, cloudy, golden with half-finger fizzy white head, some lacing

Smell - Very spicy

Taste - Very citric, with, of course, a lot of wheat

Mouthfeel - Light body, crisp carbonation

Drinkability/Overall - A good standby beer

01-17-2010 18:08:28 | More by tjd112
Photo of portia99


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pale, hazy/translucent yellow gold with a bit less than a finger of white head. Staying power is a bit on the light side - dies pretty quickly to a thick collar with islands of bubbles randomly spread over the surface.

S - Wheat, citrusy/lemony, some yeastiness, just a touch of spiciness - coriander, I believe. Very light smelling beer. Light and subtle aromas.

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. Light and crisp in flavor. Lemony citrus, light coriander, wheat malt, and a bit of yeast.

M - Thin in body, high in carbonation. Light and refreshing feeling. Might be the perfect beer on a hot summer day. Quite thirst quenching.

D - About as drinkable as a beer can be...light and refreshing. Great as an ultimate lawnmower beer...but one with flavor! Can have a few of these in a sitting very easily. Love this beer...a go to in the summer, and still great on a cold winter night.

01-14-2010 02:11:09 | More by portia99
Photo of icetraxx


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Live Review. I've had this beer many times before and it seems rather consistent from the bottle to the tap. It is time for me to review one of my old favorites.

A: Two/three finger creamy head. The head dissipates to a half finger rather quickly, but the head stays around through the entire beer. Hazy orange color, perfect appearance for the style. Excellent lacing, I even want to photograph my empty glass.

S: Orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, and touch of fruity hops. Malty aromas are absent.

T: Orange and lemon peel, some tartness, and finally a bit of spiciness from the coriander. Not sweet at all, the beer finishes with a crisp and rather dry finish that suggests some bitter hops and some bitter lemon pith as well. As you drink this beer, a bit of fruityness from the hops and/or yeast are revealed and go well with the citrus flavors, yet the wheat malt of the beer appears to be playing backup to the other flavors. This beer is better balanced and heartier tasting than Hoegaarden. The aftertaste is a bit bitter for the style, but not too distracting.

M: Mildly starchy and ever so slightly creamy, rather impressive for the style. Perfectly carbonated.

D: Very refreshing, even in a cold Michigan winter. I can easily put back a couple of these, the only thing stopping me is the pain in my wallet at $9.00 a 4-pack plus tax and deposit.

O: A great Wit, but not excellent, Witbier. A little one-sided due to the lack of crisp wheat flavor that I associate with the style.

01-14-2010 01:38:49 | More by icetraxx
Photo of jmerloni


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

A - A pale murky yellow with decent pillowy head that fades shortly after and laces moderately on the glass.

S - Pretty yeasty, orange aroma.

T - As yeasty as the nose indicated; citrusy with orange and lemon zest; slight hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is good - light but not too light with the appropriate amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely sessionable, especially in the summer. Might like it enough to get it again, but I don't quite see what all the fuss is about with this beer.

01-10-2010 03:24:48 | More by jmerloni
Photo of crossovert


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

12 oz bottle.

Pours into my Hoegaarden glass with a small foamy white head. The body is urine/pineapple juice colored.

The nose is a bit citrusy, with the prescience of orange and coriander. Nothing special for a witbier, but it seems a bit stronger than normal wit.

THe spices and orange continue into the taste. There is also some wheat and yeast in the flavor. But this one is light, there is a small bit of aftertaste but this could be downed like water.

The mouthfeel is conducive to massive quaffing. It is light bodied, slightly bubbly and slightly watery.

This is more of a summertime beer, it is easily quaffable. Overall it isn't bad, it is more pedestrian than some of the Belgian Witbiers, more like Hoegaarden, not a bad thing if you want a lawnmower beer in humid weather but in the winter it is rather bland.

01-04-2010 04:40:42 | More by crossovert
Photo of berkey


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

12 oz capped bottle poured into an Allagash branded glass.

Hazy blonde body topped by a very bright white head which fades after not too long leaving some strings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Belgian yeast is very prominent on the nose, which I really like. Spice component is fairly strong without being distracting. Fruity esters from the malted wheat are nicely balanced with the other aromas.

Yeast and spice are still strong on the palate while the fruity characteristics start to become more focused including some hints of banana and possibly tangerine. As was the case on the aroma there's a very nice balance here.

Light body, balanced flavor profile, and relatively low ABV help this beer achieve excellent drinkability if you're into this style.

While not my favorite style this is among the best versions out there in my opinion. Allagash's great Belgian style house yeast is well showcased keeping this from tasting like a spiced pale wheat like some American versions of the style.

01-03-2010 17:40:01 | More by berkey
Photo of Samichlaus

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz into snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange/gold with a bubbly single finger white head.

S: Spicy, citrus, yeast and clove.

T: Much like the smell. Creamy. A little drying yeast in the finish.

M: Well carbonated yet super smooth. Medium body.

D: I'm not usually one for Wits, but the body, smell and flavors give this an impeccable drinkability.

01-02-2010 22:40:43 | More by Samichlaus
Photo of aubuc1


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, light yellow with a very big white head.

Smell is a smooth, light spicy and some banana.

Taste is a very smooth with a spicy finish. Slightly soapy.

Mouthfeel is very good, and this is a really drinkable beer.

12-31-2009 22:46:09 | More by aubuc1
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