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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

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.

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nick76

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is bananas, cloves, lemon grass, pepper, and of course wheat. The appearance is golden with a white cloudiness. The flavor is nutmeg, coriander, citrus, banana, and malt. The palate is thin but acceptable. Overall very nice. This was my first beer for 2006 and a good way to welcome in the new year.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 05:41:37 | More by nick76
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Offa

California

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

This is a pretty good witbier, pleasant but a little too sweet and soft for me.

Cloudy light gold, it has a big, bubbly white head slowly diminishing to a smaller lasting head and leaving some weak lacing.

The aroma is grain, banana, bread dough.

The taste is light with grain, bubblegum, citrus, hint of spices, with grain and banana in the finish. It's smooth, soft, and a little oily, but with some zestiness. It's easy to drink and tasty, very good for a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 19:28:59 | More by Offa
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auburngrad82

North Carolina

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says Batch #58.

A- Very cloudy yellow with a big white head. Nice presentation.

S- Mild aroma of citrus and spices.

T- Very nice,clean taste with hints of citrus and coriander.

M- Very nice. Smooth with a slightly citrusy carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. This one goes down smooth.

A really good Witbier. This one could become a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 16:26:25 | More by auburngrad82
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iceball585

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow color, cloudy, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered slowly

S- Lemons, wheat, yeast, grassy, hint of spices

T- Orange peels, lemons, light malts, wheat, grains, earthy, pepper, yeast

M- Light/medium body, low/medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, clean

D- Great session beer

This has to be one of my favorite Witbiers. Very well balanced, all around great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 23:02:02 | More by iceball585
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Douglas88

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle drank in the awesome Clark Street Ale House in Chicago. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick white head. The aroma is full of spices; especially corriander and lemon peel. The flavor was also tons of spices, a smooth malt, some citrus and banana, and overall a easy and simple beer to drink with a nice thick mouthfeel and lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 00:36:26 | More by Douglas88
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/2/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a very cloudy very pale yellow color, medium sized head, but it's diminishing. An aroma of citrus, spices, and some alcohol. A dry aroma. Fizzy taste, somewhat watery body. Some taste of spices, and citrus. Not a lot of flavor, I was expecting more. Somewhat watery.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 05:01:59 | More by jujubeast6000
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FleeVT

Florida

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Extremely cloudy yellow color with a bright white pillowy foam head. The head leaves trails the whole way down.

S: Fantastic nose on this. There is lots to pick up, but they are all presented mildly. Brief hints of lemon, a good amount of coriander, some floral, some orange blossom, and maybe a hint of hay. Perfect for the style.

T: Lots of the same characteristics from the nose, again, all presented subtly. Coriander is the most prominent. It is extremely light on the palate, and briefly presents like Perrier. Slight spicy backing like pepper.

M: A light bodied with with a solid amount of carbonation.

D: A thirst quencher and good representation of style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 00:56:06 | More by FleeVT
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ofosho

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From a limited, dated journal): cloudy, lemony color with a very nice head - lots of perfect little white bubbles that last. Good fruity, spicy hop aroma. Medium-bodied with a smooth and bright texture. Dry, crisp, and delicious. Got hints of passionfruit near the end, reminded me of Michael Jackson's TV series.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 22:48:13 | More by ofosho
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

A-Hazy pale golden yellow with a thick white head that reduced to a thin cap leaving decent lacing behind.

S-Light spicy mix or coriander and orange zest with a sharp touch of lemon. An underlying musty, earthy yeast aroma present in the background.

T-Quite sharp with lemon being dominate. Spices come through with coriander bite and orange zest bitterness being present in the background. Nice supportive chewiness from the wheat malt.

M-Medium-light body with good crispness and nice lingeing spicy bitterness.

D-A hard one not to like. Spices and fruit meld well with the supportive wheat body. All totaled this equates into an easy to drink and tasty brew. Plus at 5% it becomes a nice summer session beer to have on hand for those bbq gatherings.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 23:00:41 | More by Deuane
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kenito799

New York

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

20 oz pour at Press 195, Bayside, NY

This bright golden brew, hazy with pillowy creamy white foam, certainly looks the part.

Fresh pleasant coriander and lemon on the nose.

The mouthfeel is nice, creamy bubbles, crisp. The tangy wheat flavor is great, it's this coriander that I don't care for too much...too reminiscent of the grassy flavor that dominates beers like Blue Moon. Nowhere near as bad as that, but the type of coriander in beers like Hoegaarden works much better. Well made but not one I will personally go to again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2008 10:37:38 | More by kenito799
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a 3 finger head into my glass. The head is rather fluffy with nice retention. The body is a hazy straw color. Lacing is present.

S- What a nose. This one makes me smile. Notes of banana, grassiness, some nice citrus, a touch of spicy hops, and floral notes. This smells so fresh and delicious.

T- Starts with a nice fruity banana and hints of honey and lime with some grainy grassy notes, towards the finish I get a hint of mineral component and some light hopiness. The Finish seems to go on for days with mandarin orange, apple, and other great fruits.

M- Just some light carbonation on the palette. Great finish on the beer.

D- This is a tremendous beer. It's a shame I cannot get this locally. I would love to have this with a bacon and eggs breakfast. @5% I can easily put away the 750ml bottle I received in trade with JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks man!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:36:48 | More by Greggy
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloud like light and fluffy white head... Extremely hazy uber pale yellow, like a yellow raisin or pulpy lemonade... Still with an ever so slight hint of carbonation rising to the top... Solid head retention... Exquisite lacing...

S - Lemon... Spice... Smokiness... Grains... Perfectly blended to present a truly enjoyable aromatic experience...

T - Grains... Pepper... Lemon zest...

M - Delicate and creamy... Spicy and smoky... Satisfying... Complex...

D - Unique and enjoyable... Regal and sophisticated...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 02:23:44 | More by philbe311
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radshoesbro

California

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it seems as if i've been killing myself on IPAs and other assorted palate killers for the past few weeks so I figured that i'd go in and try something different. now, i've been somewhat critical of this brew in the past, but this is my "fair and balanced" review.

s - yeasty with spices that swell the nostrils.

a - poured into a lil ol 8oz glass of the proper shape for drinking a drink of this caliber. almost champagne like in color, very little head and very little lacing.

t - very yeasty with a spice kick towards the end. the spice at the end almost brings a higher ABV to mind, but clearly that isn't the case.

m - good carbonation and an all around solid drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:13:43 | More by radshoesbro
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LennyV

New York

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

Poured into my Unibroue tulip from a 750ml bottle

Small pinky finger head, limited lacing. Nice spicy yeasty smell.

Full body, perfect carbonation not to fizzy, not to flat.

Spicy tatsting as expected as it is brewed with spices but not overwheliming and very smooth.

Perfect beer when you are not in the mood for a heavy brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 02:41:32 | More by LennyV
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chiefydawg

Ohio

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

Cloudy pale yellow. Nice fluffy 2 finger head with multiple bubble sizes and fairly active carbonation. That's what I call a White Wheat Belgian ale! Live yeast keeps a vined lace clinging to the sides all the way down

Has a crisp yet sweet smell, like a fruit barn, with the light Belgian funk. Light earthy and musty scent accented by apricot. Very much what I would expect, and done so boldly yet tastefully.

Sweeter than expected, with some of the spice showing through. Getting more than the usual coriander and orange peel thing too - nutmeg I think. As it warms, I get some malt and a bit of the wheat zing. Think I caught some alcohol warmth on the last sip.

Velvety mouthfeel with a tad more sticky tongue at the swallow than I expected. Quite drinkable and a viable session, though not sure how much I would want to drink a Belgian Wheat all night long. This is exactly what I look for in the style, and would send somebody to Allagash for what I think an American Belgian White should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:20:59 | More by chiefydawg
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

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

After having the Southampton Double White, had to do a comparison with the other top US contendor from Allagash.

A: Cloudy bright yellowish golden with a foamy white head that settled in a thin sudsy lacing, fair amount of ringed sticking.

S: Aromas of coriander, lemon and orange peel, earthy, nutty yeast, and a sweet wheat maltiness.

T: Coriander spiciness, earthy, musty yeasty, light on the mustiness, apricot with lemon fruitiness, a touch of orange in the middle, subtle herbal hoppiness that strikes the right balance, and a dryish light spice, orangey, wheaty finish.

M: Good, steady carbonation and a malty crisp, dryish, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.

D: Overall a real good offering and a good representative of the style that I'm real glad I tried. Still, this wasn't quite in the class of Southampton, further convincing me that they are the best of the best. Still, I was impressed and will give some other Allagash offerings a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 16:02:09 | More by jdg204
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whiteskittlz

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought on-tap at Anthill Pub UCIrvine on tap, then to pitcher, then finally to frosted pint glass.

looks: looks like lemon gatorade with a 1-inch or more head on it. nice lacing. a bit cloudy.

smell: probably too cold to get the whole bouquet, but smells zesty. can't taste much maltiness.

taste: citrusy (lemon, grapefruit, dalandan) with a nice hop finish. also, a bit sweetish.

mouth: the citrus, hops and carbonation bounce aroudn fizzily in your mouth.

drinkablity: oddly enough, i didn't get through it very quickly. and it wasn't really a sipping beer either....somewhere between session and savour. it would be a great beer for a hot summer day with some lemony snack.

in witbiers, i look for more of that malt taste, like New Belgium's Mothership Wit, so sadly, Allagash White doesn't make it to my hall of fame.

-ajh

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2008 02:31:59 | More by whiteskittlz
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thryn

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a pale, golden, cloudy yellow with a white head that vanishes and settles to lace.

It smells of candied orange and spices -- coriander, of course -- a faint hint of banana. It smells clean.

The taste is sweet, but not overly so. The spices take center stage, but they leave room for the other elements to play their roles. Slight bitterness tempers everything else.

This beer's greatest accomplishment may be its mouthfeel. It is light but somehow creamy, with enough body and heft not to fall flat on the palate. Carbonation is medium and compliments the citrus and spice notes well.

If I had five more, I'd have zero in short order.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 07:19:04 | More by thryn
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craytonic

District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dirty blond with an enormous yeasty head, nice lacing.

Smell: Yeast, spice, grass, lemon

Taste: Nice yeasty funk and spices with with some grass and lemon. Delicious citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, nice mouthfeel

Drinkability: Well balanced and easy drinking Wit.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 03:40:34 | More by craytonic
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kels

Virginia

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

Got to try a sample of this at BeerFest 08 at Fries Cafe in Clifton. I'm not usually a wit person, but I was told this was the one to try to change my mind. I was definitely not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours very yellow with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Very little sticky lacing hangs around.

Smell: This is definitely what I would expect for the style. The yeast is very distinct and heady, and the grains and malts are also strongly present.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouth is very light and well carbonated, which helps spread the flavors throughout my palate as I drink. The taste is an excellent balance of the grains, yeast and malts - each one is deliciously present without overpowering the other. The malts add caramelly, sugary sweetness and the grains a toasty depth without adding heaviness. There is a wonderful finish to this beer - floral, herbal and citrusy - very delicate and almost perfume-like.

Drinkability: High. The carbonation and the mix of the satisfying malts/grains/yeast with the light and interesting finish makes me want to have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 03:37:03 | More by kels
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funkyspunk87

California

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

Allagash White
Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 %

Out of the bottle (almost took my eye out with the cork) and into a chilled mug.

Light orange and lemon taste. Smooth throughout with a big head after pouring.

Great beer at any time. Would buy again and recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 18:20:29 | More by funkyspunk87
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beerfairy

Illinois

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

A - Pours a very light color with a great head of foam.

S - Very nice aroma. Belgian spiciness with orange, coriander, lemon and cloves.

T - Orange, orange peel, spice that I can't put my finger on but very good.

M - Smooth. Creamy with a mild carbonation.

D - Definitely drinkable in mass quantity, I'd definitely buy it by the case instead of the 4pak

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 14:43:02 | More by beerfairy
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generallee

New York

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

Presentation: (Labeled Batch # 33.) It was poured from a brown, corked and caged 750ml bottle into a witbier tumbler.

Appearance: Its color was light yellow with a hazy body that produced a light white colored head. The head had a soapy appearance with large and small bubbles that hang out for a long time and make nice spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of wonderful malty wheat tones, yeast and spice.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a bright vibrant flavor and smooth palate. It has a mostly sweet malt with some wheat tang and nice mild yeast flavor. Coriander and Curacao orange peel give it a good spicy and bitter/sweet citrus touch that works well with the very mild and slightly herbal hops. A smooth creamy texture, medium body and lively carbonation give it a very refreshing character.

Notes: Very well done!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 19:02:15 | More by generallee
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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

Cloudy yellow body with an abundant, fluffy, white head, resembling a cloud itself. A generous lacing lasts throughout the beer.

Abundant wheat and spice aroma with a citrus zest and hints of yeast.

Remarkable flavor characteristics including pronounced wheat/yeast, citrus, and flavorful, almost sweet spices.

Mild to medium carbonation, excellent character balance, and just the faintest bite on the rear of the palate.

What an excellent beer! It offers so much to the senses, is great on the palate, and leaves you craving another sip to experience more.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:25:11 | More by CHADMC3
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Bergenboy1981

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy golden color with a very dense head.

The taste is mildly spicy, mildly fruity and yeasty. Pretty sweet.
pretty well balanced in my opinion, the taste reminded me of wittekerke but the consistency and mouthfeel are very different.

This beer was velvety smooth going down, a near perfect creamyness.

A very good example of the belgian white style, probably one of my favorites, it especially gets point for the creamyness factor. Not a very unique beer but definately one I'd like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 05:58:40 | More by Bergenboy1981
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,720 ratings.