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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,035
Reviews: 1,252
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 252
Gots: 391 | 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 Beerisheaven
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason had a couple of white beers last night since I was inspired by my first beer of the night - Bells Winter White. Followed it up at Monks with a couple of Allagash Whites while having some Thai Curry Mussels.

A - Pours a yellow looking straw color with a white pillow that leaves some good legs on the glass as you drink.

S - Citrus, some yeast, and a little bit of candy sugar make it a pleasant experience.

T - Very light and refreshing, you gert the yeast, citrus, and sweetness all coming together.

M - Light and refreshing, nice for style.

D - Very easy drinker of course. You could drink a lot of these as I have done at times in the summer.

Very good beer made by a good brewery. I have had the pleasure of meeting the owner a couple of times and he is very committed to putting out quality beers.

Beerisheaven, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

A: Copperish, light-brown to tan, with a nice white head.
S: Mostly citrus notes.
T: Citrusy, a little bready.
M: Crisp with a light-meduim body. Just a little bit of the acidic twang you get in wheats.
D: Highly drinkable and one of the better witbiers Ive had.

Rifugium, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Chincino
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer from a bottle at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA. I have had this beer many times and each time it is a nice, light, refreshing beer.

It poured to be a light golden color with a citrus aroma. There was no bitter aftertaste. This beer is very easy to drink and you can easily drink more than one in a session.

Chincino, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of ramseye4
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Pours a golden straw color with a wispy head, surprisngly opaque despite the light color
S=Orange, lemon, citrus hops, a lot of yeast
T=Citrus notes dominate the palate, with some orange, lemon, ,yeast and heavy spicing, weak aftertaste I'm actually a bit disappointed in this one
M=light bodied and crisp, feels excellent washing around in the mouth
D=goes down easily and smoothly, creating a gentle warming sensation

Not bad, but I was expecting more after seeing all the reviews.

ramseye4, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Arkofsax
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a cloudy pale gold. Typical for this style

S- You can DEFINITELY smell the citrus notes in this. Reminds me of a spiced citrus fruitcake my parents use to make.

T- Gotta be honest, there's not a whole lot going on here. I felt like all the flavor was up front the second the beer touched my tongue and very little after that. Aftertaste was very faint (Factors into the very high drinkability rating)

M- Feels absolutely wonderful... for about 2 seconds. Expertly carbonated and keenly balanced. I have a feeling the faint aftertaste may just be one of the poorer qualities attributed to the style.

D- This is by far the most drinkable beer I've ever tasted. The taste is delicious and the faintness in the aftertaste almost just leaves you wanting more. Seems like the perfect beer to drink on a hot day. I actually once thought that while the mass produced beers failed in every other category, they had drinkability down to an art. This beer has changed everything about that belief.

Arkofsax, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, lemon peel, grapefruit. Flavor of citrusy light spicey hops and some yeastiness. Palate is light body with nice carbonation, crisp mouth feel. Finish is citrus, grapefruit, light hops with some spice, yeast, ending in some light bitterness. A nice and refreshing easy drinking brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
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 DFH snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color. Nice sized head that faded to some small bubbles on the top layer.

S: Some nice spices including coriander and pepper. Also a grassy component and some citrus - orange. There is a very slight funk as well.

T: Very clean and crisp. The same spices are there from the nose (coriander and some pepper), but there citrus fruit presence is a bit greater. Mostly orange and a little bit of lemon rind as well.

M/D: Extremely easy drinking. Light and refreshing. Overall a really well made beer, worthy of its status as one of the best in its style.

mdaschaf, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with a small, short lived head. Fruity, yeasty aroma with hints of floral hops. Medium, crisp body. Flavor is of citrus fruit, yeast, sweet malt and spicy hops. Medium, fruity finish. Nice wit beer. I like it more than Hoegaarden.

mikeg67, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The lightest beer I sampled to date.
Light straw in color. Very nicely carbonated but with almost no foamy head to speak off.
Traditional spice bill .
Traditional taste with overpowering spiciness.
Thin feeling in the mouth.
Too spicy for my likes.
Something my wife would get me after cutting the grass.
Drink well my friends.

micromaniac129, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Insanely clear, beautiful light pale straw color. Really find myself admiring the initial presentation after the pour, even clear in the bottle. 1/2", almost pure white head at the pour, settles to a thin top with thick ring around edge. Spicy notes hit moderately hard at first sniff, not over powering though, some light citris aromas accompany and the following sniffs. High carbonation, lots of rising bubbles continue long after pour. Very light on the tongue. Spiciness not as heavy as expected, leans more towards the citrisy orange and lemon accompanied lightly by the spice of clove and others that presented themselves more in the aroma. Spices, clove and some cinnimin are found on the finish of the beer, the dryer notes of cinnimin and some grape linger on the toungue. Refreshing and light. Amazingly thick white lacing on the glass when all was done. very well balanced.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bright orange/ yellowish bright pour, fluffy white head. Smell was yeast sweetness, some cinnamon/ coriander spice. Taste was clean, light, with more spice coming through. Mouthfeel was light, so if you like the lighter style coriander, you'll love this. This was a solid beer, very drinkable, will be having this again.

chickencoop, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: pours a very cloudy, bright yellow. The head is white and fluffy and is about two fingers thick. Carbonation is visible. It leaves behind layers of nice lacing.

Smell: I get lemon zest, hints of banana, a lot of spice like the coriander and cloves and the smell of the yeast. There's also some wheat smell as well.

Taste: wheat with a lot of lemon zest flavor along with the spices. Banana and yeast are also there but the zest and the spices are there first and foremost. Its very sweet.

Feel: thin bodied with a very crisp amount of carbonation. Its very sweet without any detectable bitterness.

Drink: exceptionally easy to drink.

Overall, I like this one. I decided I need a break from big beers for awhile and thought this would be a good place to start and I was right. Very good witbier and I'm glad I had it. I recommend it thoroughly and will check out the rest of Allagash's work as a result.

SkunkWorks, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip

A - This is my first Allagash beer and was quite excited to finally try something from them. Pours a very pale yellow, straw color and grows a 1.5 finger head. Head lasts for a few minutes then reduces to a pool of foam. Little lacing. Body is cloudy and can see a little carbonation rising from the bottom.

S - Nose is faint but can get some spice and peppery cloves, coriander, orange, and a tad of banana. Smells of a hybrid between a Witbier and a Belgian Pale and is quite crisp. Enticing.

T - Initial taste is spice. Get some hints of honey and orange and some lemon zest at the back end. Coriander follows and some citrus lingers afterward. No taste of alcohol. Overall very crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied and refreshing. Good carbonation and that combined with the dry, spicy finish mixes well to make it easy to drink.

D- Drinkability is high. The flavor sticks around and each sip is as good as the previous. Crisp, dry, vibrant flavors and ample carbonation help drive the senses and this was a great first start into the Allagash lineup.

nhindian, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of beyah
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale yellow very little head lots of lacing.

Spicy, I think it's corriander, very repressed hops flavor, big malt flavor, definate wheat and barley flavors.

Very smooth, a very interesting yeast.

Mouthfeel is very good the correct amount of carbonation for this style.

This beer has a huge following and it's easy to know why. Goes really well with Vegatable Lo-Mein.

beyah, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24th Review on BA
Bottle poured to pint glass
yeast added

App- Poured a very hazy yellow, very highly carbonated. Had a 1 finger head that just sat and bubbled away.

Smell-Don't ask me why but I got bananas and vanilla. My wife thought I was crazy. It's driving me nuts I can't pin point an exact scent.

Taste- This is a belgian white. No mistake about it. Had a distinct flavor to it. Was a small bit of malt on 1st sip then turned the over flavors on palate. I got a small bit of wheat and lemon.

Mouth- Nice flavor balance and very clean. A little light but very good all the same.

Drink-Yes please can I have some more to session with good friends and a nice pairing cheese.

FosterJM, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Flying U glass. Yeast added.

A: Pale yellow and somewhat murky. A foamy, bubbly one inch head adorns this beer. It Settles after a short time, but leaves decent lacing. Textbook Witbier appearance.

S: Slightly funky Belgian yeast, lemon zest, coriander, soft spices, a bit of orange, and a very mild grassy smell.

T: Light citric lemon zest gives way to coriander, orange, and soft spices (white pepper). Hints of wheat come out. The Belgian yeast is quite pleasant and provides a nice backbone. Finishes semi-dry with light funky yeast, some wheat, hints of citrus, and a bit of tartness.

M: Mouthfeel is light, a bit foamy, and has lively seltzer-like carbonation. Not quite as soft and creamy as I would like it, but this is really nit-picking.

D: Extremely high. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

Notes: If I had to use one word to describe this beer, it would be 'soft.' An excellent interpretation of the style. This rivals anything I've had coming out of Belgium. Probably my favorite Witbier to date.

ryan1788a5, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of MBPChead
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend gave me a 12 oz bottle to try, and I'm really excited about drinking this one.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a nearly nonexistent head. It really just does not look appealing, quite frankly it looks like urine in all honesty. (I apologize if I'm offending anyone but thats what it honestly looks like.

Smell: The aroma is a blend of spicy cloves and coriander, sour citrusy lemon and lime, as well as bananas wheat and yeast. Quite pleasant all in all.

Taste: Mild malt at the forefront, which quickly transits into tart lemon citrus than shifting to a spicy clove, banana and coriander character with the yeast and wheat at the back of the taste buds. Very tasty and satisfying flavor

Moutfeel: Smooth light and crisp, a bit tingly on the tongue, but all in all very pleasant sensation.

Drinkability: All in all this one goes down quite well, the sourness is a bit strong. But, all in all its has no problem easily making its way down the throat.

Great brew all in all, the one problem I have is that its just doesn't look appetizing at all, other than that its excellent

MBPChead, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of MarcGetty
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking Allagash White for years now but never had a chance to review it until now. I've always enjoyed it. I've had it on tap in bars and at the homes of friends, and in 750ml bottles. However, I'm currently drinking a case of 12oz bottles and I don't find it as enjoyable as I typically do. Perhaps it is skunked? My review will be based on the sum of my experience with Allagash White, not the not-so-good beer in front of me.

Pours cloudy and almost a perfect white color, but not quite perfectly white. Immediate smells of citrus are evident and a small head can be found. Drinks quite well with a creamy smoothness and clean & crisp mouthfeel, unlike the more heavy hefes out there.

Overall quite drinkable and enjoyable and well worth trying if you have never had it. It is a good gateway beer to get friends who only know fizzy yellow beers to try craft beers. However, if you are a BA, try Allagash's other offerings if they are available where you are as they are quite bold and many are outstanding!

MarcGetty, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of Allagash White 12oz bottles. Belgian style bottle conditioned white beer. Poured into River Horse pint glass. Followed instructions on bottle.
Cloudy straw colored with small white head and great lacing. Aroma of wheat and orange. Tasty citrus and spice blend. Exceptionally drinkable. Definitely ranks up in the top 5 white beers I've had.

acurtis, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a white head and some small lacing that sticks around a moment. Smells of coriander and other spices mixed with orange peel and godly bliss. Tastes like an almost perfect blend of crisp spices and fresh citrus; light, bubbly, fantastic. Mouthfeel is very nice with carbonation giving the brew even more life. High drinkability.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of haazer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A- Pale, clear brew with white head. Becomes cloudier as you finish the pour.

S- Orange peel, yeast, and spices. Most likely coriander. Tiny hint of cinnamon.

T- Strong flavors of orange, grassy, finishes with a lemon flavor. Very sweet tasting brew. Smallest taste of hops.

M- Very refreshing, great wit/wheat feel to it. Thirst quenching. A little tickly on the tongue.

D- Good tasting beer, good feel, refreshing and low abv is easibly drinkable. Best in the summertime but would gladly drink any time of the year.

haazer, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes on 5/15/10*

A hazy, golden pour leaves a solid inch of frothy head that clings to the tulip, great retention as well. Nice floral scents, yeast, bananas, and some spiciness and wheat. Taste follows the smell, adding some citrus that i didn't pick up in the nose. Very crisp, perfectly carbonated. This is a great example of a Belgian Wit.

prdstmnky, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of sjantiflow
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, with little doubt, my favorite beer at the moment. So, my review may be somewhat biased. Here goes!

Magnificent appearance. Shimmering golden color. Holding my glass to the light, it shines brilliantly like the sun. The head floats so delicately like a cloud.

Smell is quintessential witbier. The citrus and coriander lend a pleasant aroma. Yeast and spicy notes are also there.

Taste and mouthfeel is outstanding. The light carbonation and citrus make this beer so very drinkable. It tingles the palate and is enticing.

I could drink several of these gems. SUPERB beer.

sjantiflow, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of yankiac
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice pale blonde color. Wasn't as cloudy as I expected but still had a nice thick head. Foam retention was good.

S - A hint of spiciness, but not overbearing. A bit of yeast is also present. Some citrus notes are also present

T - An Orange zest and coriander spice are the highlights. Also present is a touch of wheat flavor and yeast.

M - It is light on the palate and easy to drink

D - Very drinkable. Could probably drink this all night

yankiac, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy pale straw. Thick white head with excellent retention.

S - Lemon citrus, Belgain yeast, coriander, grassy wheat.

T - Sharp citrus bite. Tangy Belgian yeast. Spicy coriander and clove. Lots of wheat. Moderate carbonation with a slightly grainy mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

A very good wit. Lots of citrus fruits. It's crisp and refreshing. One of the best I've had of this style.

StaveHooks, Oct 03, 2010
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