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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,985 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,985
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 245
Gots: 375 | 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 cagocubs
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from bottle.

Pours a lighter golden with a nice white head that laced nicely. Super fresh smell to it. Citrus/lemon. Smell is of fruit some hops and earth. An extremely smooth white ale that gives citrus tastes throughout. Great for a nice warm day. Very drinkable with nice taste and smell.

cagocubs, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of IHC
4/5  rDev -3.6%

The smell is good and you can tell right away its a bavarian wheat beer. The banana clove flavor is apparent in your nose.

The taste is good to for the style. I think a true Belgian is a little stronger in flavor, but this one is good

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style, I find it a little less overwhelming then some of the others I've tried in this style so I can drink it easier than those.

IHC, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass I got a rather large white head that laced out great. Sitting on top of a hazy (yes, I added the yeasties) yellow colored body brew. The brew has tons of Belgian yeast in the aroma with ample amount of spices, coriander stuck out for me. It is very aromatic and I do also use this brew to steam seafood because of it.

The flavor is slightly sweet with enough spicing to keep it in check. It is light and crisp in the mouth and a great beer to complement a lobster in my book. God knows I had a few of these with that type of meal.

I can drink mass quantities of this brew but, sometimes price comes into play so I stick with the 4 pack for me or a couple of glasses at a local restaurant

joepais, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of sellmeagod
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

A cloudy pour into woodsy lands and a normal white beer look.

There are spices hinted at in the nose that fully manifest in the taste. But a well done wheat beer can't be messed with too much, and thankfully this is kept simple.

A full mouthfeel and a triumphant finish. A white beer done well - 5.2 abv may be a tad disappointing, but that's alright when it tastes so clean, so lemon, so full.

sellmeagod, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of UncleDads
4.65/5  rDev +12%

Served on tap with an orange slice.

Light golden appearance with a fairly good sized head that laced until the end. Very clean smell with hints of orange, coriander and lemon.

One of the best Belgian wit beers i have tasted. Very smooth with hints of fruit all the way down. Makes for a great refreshing summertime brew.

I definitely recommend this beer to anyone looking for great Belgian wit beer. You will not be disappointed.

UncleDads, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Blanco
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle which I poured by swirling that last 25% of the beer and dumped on top. It's a very light golden color, with a slight orange color as well. medium sized head and very cloudy and opaque despite the light color. Although the head eventually dissipates, there is some good lacing going on throughout. Smells of spices, coriander, and citrusy lemon. It tastes delicious, with the spiciness hitting up front and no hint of sourness from the citrus. It's big flavored, refreshing and goes down smooth. Medium bodied with some zip that doesn't seem to come from the carbonation. This is a perfect session beer and is great for anytime. A truly great brew.

Blanco, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of DJED69
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Had a pint recently and truly enjoyed this beer. I tend to judge all wheat beers against my favorite -- Hacker Pschor. The Allagash is lighter and has more of the typical Belgian flavors of spice, especially coriander, yeast, some citrus and banana. Very crisp mouth feel and exceedingly drinkable. Overall, not my favorite style, but I'd happily enjoy this brew when in the mood. A treat on a hot day. Definitely worth a try!

DJED69, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of cmq103
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%

A: Initial pour was cloudy, but in a good way. The cloudiness cleared up after the second pour.

S: Definitely spicy with cloves and corainder. I could smell this all day...

T: Same as the smell, but better. Cloves, coriander and wheat; what a great combo

M: Smooth and creamy on the tongue, not overly sweet with just the right carbonation.

D: Oh yes, that it has. I could see a few of these going down with little effort. The ABV makes for a perfect session beer.

Just tapped my first 1/6 keg at home. Being a huge fan of Hoegaarden, I must admit I think I found a new favorite American Witbier. I bought a four-pack of bottles before committing to a 1/6 keg. I will say I am not disappointed. It's twice as good on tap!!

cmq103, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of nas5755
3.9/5  rDev -6%

This is a solid beer from Allagash, it appears as a very hazy golden straw color with a nice head and beautiful lacing. The nose is full is esters from the yeast, some citrus fruits and lots of coriander. The taste is very similiar to the smell, Belgian yeast, lots of coriander, a big citrus push with lush tones of wheat holding these flavors all together. The carbonation is on the higher side and works work wonders with these strong flavors. Overall, I could drink this beer all day. A very sessionable beer that is well crafted.

nas5755, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a clear, pale gold. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of wheat, hops, and slight clove. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of grain, slight wheat, yeast, slight clove, hops, and hint of citrus. Ovearll, good aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A-Hazy yellow with bubbly head. Head is bleach white and it retains well. Leaves light lacing rings.

S-Slightly spicy with a pleasant, rustic yeastiness. Honey, light banana, cracked wheat. Very inviting and while it is reasonably soft, it strikes the right chords.

T-Light and refreshing taste that mirrors the smell. Smooth and mellow but it offers enough plush flavors to make it a success. The yeast tastes almost Saison-esque. The highest quality if the style.

M-Bubbly and fairly light. Very crisp and clean. Flavors do not linger but they almost refresh the palate.

D-Easy to drink. Easily could drink several of these. Revisiting this beer after many years was a great idea.

-Edited 4/12/14

VelvetExtract, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured a pale, murky gold into a Duvel tulip with two fingers of fluffy, slow-receding head. Subtle spicy aroma with a hint of lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Initial wheat profile followed by a bit more lemon, orange, and a slight sourness on the finish. Very mild and refreshing.

grittybrews, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of jal30
4.4/5  rDev +6%

I have always been partial to spiced beers and witbiers in particular, but few have struck my fancy more than this beauty. Bright yellow cloudy appearance--really vibrant in the glass for a wheat. Nose is intense but not overdone, very spicy with coriander practically leaping out of the glass. Taste is phenomenal, very much a manifestation of all the delicious smells. A classic wit with coriander, just enough lemon/orange citrus tang, very much what a Belgian wheat should taste like. Spices are dominant on the palate, and yet not in an oppressive way, still extremely refreshing and tastes like beer, not a spice rack, which is how some over-the-top wits can feel. Mouthfeel is a bit creamier and fuller than some other wits I've had, perhaps because the abv is a bit higher. For example, I'd definitely rather drink one Allagash white than a Hoegaarden, but if I had to drink a full six-pack of one, I might go with the latter. A truly excellent beer from a top-notch brewery--one of America's finest interpretation of the Belgian wit, no doubt about that.

jal30, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Another beer I see and have so often but never got around to put a review in for it. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured a pale yellow/gold color with a thin, frothy white head to it. It left some moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a citrus and spice to it with some notes of coriander and orange peel coming through. The yeast also adds some bready and spice notes to it. Very pleasant and flavorful aroma overall.

The taste also shows a pretty bright orange peel and coriander citrus flavor. Like the nose the yeast adds a breadyness to it with some hints of spice.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being on the higher side. Drinkability is very good, it's a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. Very good version of the style and very good beer overall.

billab914, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of WilliamLee
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: Definitely white, extremely pale and unfiltered.
Aroma: Strong aroma of spice and flora.
Taste: Strong coriander flavor with orange, malt and some bread dough yeast flavor as well. Not sweet. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
Overall: A great Witbier. Maybe my favorite from America. Would like to compare it side-by-side with Hoegaarden.

Update: I did a side-by-side tasting of Hoegaarden and Allagash White. They were exactly the same color. Hoegaarden's aroma was better and more pronounced and Hoegaarden had a creamier mouth-feel. The flavors were very similar but Allagash's flavor was stronger. It was an extremely close call but Allagash won with the stronger flavor; this round at least.

WilliamLee, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Lukecook
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

poured into a tulip glass

A- hazy yellow color nice big white head, head retention is good, nice lacing on the glass.

S- Wheat with a hint of lemon

T- wheat with a lemon zest, also a little peppery

M- light bodied high carbonation

D- this is a wonderfully refreshing beer, will definetly buy again.

Lukecook, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Notice a cloudy gold in color with a medium head.

S- The smell of spices are all over this.

T- The taste is notice of spice like pepper but I'm thinking more of a allspice.

M- It has a dry crisp taste. The spice linger through out the mouthful.

D- Beside the bold taste of spice in this beer. It is very good. It's light and refreshing. I'll have another.

SamuelJackson45, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy light orange yellowish color with a 1finger white head that leaves a soapy lacing. The aroma is of white peaches, lemon zest and some coriander. The flavor the is similar to the aroma. It's got a spicy coriander and lemon peel component. Really nice wheat characteristics and light bodied. Mouthfeel is on point with the style. Really refreshing and enjoyable in this hot weather. Easily on of the better wit biers I have had thus far.

Augustiner719, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of bigeyedfish
4.65/5  rDev +12%

12oz bottle with no dating poured (per Allagash's instructions on the side of the bottle) into an Ommegang Witte glass.

A light, gold-ish color is brought to a state of almost total-density by the inclusion of the yeast--aggravated by the instructed swirling-- and it is impossible to tell if there is any carbonation coming up from the bottom. The head is very foamy and white. That dissipates in the center faster than around the edges, but in a nearly-uniform manner. The foam on the sides clings in its initial height, with rings of lacing visible from above. Nothing short of a classic-looking witbier.

The smell is wonderful--a robust aroma of cloves on the nose, right away. Some cardamon is available deeper into the nose, and there is not much else. The clove is very pungent, and there is not a diverse palate--no fruit/yeast/earthy flavors are available--but the clove is really quite nice, if pungent.

Now the taste is where it really shines. Wow, the flavor profiles is fantastic and truly delicious. The flavor profile opens with an almost bitter-raspberry, which, around mid-palate, becomes a flavor of a lemonade without being uber-tart. Smooth and flavorful with no bitterness. In the end it finishes with, in quick succession, some yeastiness, some vanilla, some cloves before finishing with a some sweetness. Really, a fantastic taste-profile; diverse, interesting, full-flavored. Nothing too strong, and constantly evolving. The best way to describe it is smooth. Really, really smooth.

As previously stated, it's a smooth beer to drink. There is some mild-carbonation hitting you between the mid-palate and the finish, but other than that there is not much in terms of mouthfeel. Again, smoothness in taste is a great thing. In mouthfeel, it's a little lacking.

So, let me make sure I have this right; it's a beer that looks great, smells really nice and tastes utterly amazing. Along with that, it's smooth as anything, and barely clocks in at 5% alcohol. Yeah, let's just say this beer is highly, highly drinkable.

bigeyedfish, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Super cloudy gold with a one inch white head that has excellent retention and intricate lacing down the glass.

S - Bold scents of yeast, white pepper, orange peel.

T - Spicy coriander up front, then has orange peel and some wheat with a crisp, tart finish.

M - Light side of a medium body with perfectly high carbonation, and a crisp, tart finish.

D - I got two, and I normally don't drink witbiers. It was a great drink to have after a hot day on the beach paired with calamari, then a tilefish dinner.

garuda, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

I can't believe I've never reviewed this beer. Allagash White was my gateway beer. I can still remember the Allagash night I went to at my college's pub, where I got a pint of White in a logo pint glass I got to keep. It started my beer glass collection. Anyway, I'm reviewing a fridge chilled 12oz bottle poured into a different Allagash logo glass (a 25cl flute). I can only fit about 2/3 of the bottle into this glass, so the appearance may change after I pour in the yeast. The liquid is a slighty tarnished yellow, with a small white head. There is a lot of rising carbonation and a bit that clings to the sides. [After emptying the bottle, I bumped this category up from a 4 to a 5. There is a huge pure white head now, great lacing, and a beautiful opaque body. It looks as a wit should.] This beer has a great aroma. It is dry and sweet, with lots of Belgian sugar and yeast. I can also smell wheat, grass and a bit of pepper spice. The beer tastes of wheat and Belgian candi sugar. It has some champagne-like flavors up front, but I wouldn't say I can taste white grapes specifically. The finish has more spices; black pepper and coriander. The wheat and yeast wrap things up in the aftertaste that lingers slightly. The white has a medium body and plenty of carbonation. There isn't much coating after I swallow, but it feels like it covers every corner of my mouth white I'm drinking each sip. And oh does each sip come easily. This is such a drinkable beer. On a warm, humid day like today, I could easily drink a number of these beers. No aspect of this beer every gets tiring. Unfortunately, I think this beer gets a slightly bad rap in its hometown. I know that a number of us Portland beer nerds (aka beer snobs) occasionally look down at people who order an Allagash White when there are more adventurous beers available. A lot of us see this beer as Portland's training wheels craft beer; its fine if your scared, but real beer drinkers will get a strong, more intense beer. Is this a side-effect of the demand for extreme, barrel-aged everything? Perhaps. Either way, White deserve all the respect it can get. This is an incredible beer and a wonderful flagship for one of the best breweries in the country. It is worth ordering, no matter what the other folks at the bar think; just don't ask for a slice of lemon with it...

ToasterChef, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA
Service in a ...flute? Larger sized though..

A: This beer pours a hazy light straw yellow with a 1/4 inch of bone white head to it. Head recedes to a film that retains the length of the beer. Spots of wispy lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is of yeast, some grassy hop notes, corriander and pepper, and lemon zestiness.

T: Taste starts with a light yeast and grassy mixture. Middle has just a touch of wheat and pepper. FInish is corriander mingled with a nice lemon flavoring that carries through in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, moderate to higher carbonation, creamy feel with a bit of prickle from the carbonation.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. This is one that is easy drinking for an evening.

Jayli, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Tried on tap, bottled at a bar (where the server remembered to swirl the wheat at the second half of the pour), and bottled at home. Every time served into a standard pint glass. A quite refreshing summer witbier with a nice frosty texture and mouthfeel. The flavor has mild hoppy bitterness but undertones of pineapple.

zaphodchak, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: gold in color, cloudy, 1/4 inch head

Smell: orange, lemon, cloves, coriander

Taste: wheat, orange, lemon, cloves, coriander

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: Perfectly balanced and spiced. Nice and light. I could sip this one all day.

tigg924, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into goblet

A - pours a cloudy, white-ish yellow hue, with a decent white foam head, leaving a creamy lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is of lemon, spices, coriander, and wheat

T - Lemon, wheat and spices all hit at once, but all of these flavors are flawlessly balanced! This flavor profile pretty such sticks out the whole time.

M - Light and refreshing, but still fairly complex and creamy, especially for a 5.2% beer.

D - Insanely high drinkability. Goes down as easy, maybe easier than a marco-lager!

Overall - Outstanding for sure, it's perfect beer for drinking on a nice day. One of the best wit's I've had!

Flightoficarus, Jul 26, 2010
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,985 ratings.