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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,996 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,996
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 249
Gots: 378 | 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 SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with an uncanny hazy straw yellow color. About a finger of head that quickly dissipates which leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Spices such as cloves, floral scents, citrus such as lemon, banana, and some earthy grains.

Taste - Similar to the nose but a hint more spiciness than expected (which is a good thing in my opinion). This gives way to the earthy grain notes which is only there for a split second before the lemon and banana kick their way into the flavor. The sip finishes with a hint of clove and coriander on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Had this the other night and had to pick one up to review. A great witbier - one of the best I've ever had. This will be a go to beer for me if I am in the witbier mood.

SpdKilz, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Golden blonde, nice head about a 1/4" to 1/2", very nice lacing.

Smell: Very light hints of spice & citrus, mild.

Taste: Very light, refreshing, orange citrus is present.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Great example of the style, "outdoor" beer, easy to drink all day.

A solid example of the style; however, IMO Unibroue Blanche de Chamby brings more flavor to the party.

BobZ, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy light yellow in color with a bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of orange peels and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a perfect balance between citrus flavors and spices. There are also some notes of wheat and yeast.
M: The beer feels light-bodied, crisp and very refreshing on the palate.
D: It's extremely easy to consume and is thirst quenching, particularly on a hot summer day.

metter98, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow with a small white head. The instructions on the bottle to pour, then swirl the bottle and then pour the yeast that remains certainly adds to the cloud of this one

S- Wheat and coriander! A bit of citrus in there as well. Very distinct nose!

T- Same as nose really. Very nice and the that finish lingers a bit, not detracting at all

M- Silky smooth mouth and a lasting finish. Carbonation well balanced in there

D- Very easy to drink and a great beer for the summer!

aepb1, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash White | 16 oz. on-tap | 5.2 % ABV | 2010

Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company, ME
Style: Witbier
Glass: Pint glass

Appearance:
Pours a cloudy, dirty blond with a frothing white head that eventually settles into a motley patch.

Aroma:
Yeasty edge, faint spice of coriander and pepper, and a grassy, lemony backbone.

Taste:
Musty yeast and grain notes mix with orange peel and soft apricots to deliver a delightfully whimsy concoction. Spices and herbs, along with white pepper, add depth and complexity. Malts are semi-sweet. The finish is dry and somewhat lemon-grassy.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and silky -- highly carbonated.

Harmony:
Perfect harmony wit this wit.

Price = $7 at Rattle 'n Hum
Served on: June 6, 2010

BeerNemesis, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed (but not too much) light yellow color with a fluffy, topogrophous white head. Retention is about average and the lacing is good. The color and right amount of haze really make this beer one of the most attractive white ales I have seen.

Nose is soft coriander, orange flesh and unmalted wheat. A bit of grassy hops is detectable as well as some doughy yeast.

Taste is soft and creamy lemon meringue pie with a topping of grated coriander seeds. So delicious and refreshing! Wheat tang is delectable and the citrus peel and mild hops make for more than enough bittering on the finish. More hop presence than most witbiers, that is for sure. Cranks the flavor profile up a notch compared to say, a hoegaarden, but I am not necessarily sure that is a good thing. Regardless, my glass emptied at an astonishing rate...a must try for any fan of witbiers. Sucks this one is so expensive at nearly 10 bucks a four-pack, as this makes a most excellent summer pounder.

twiggamortis420, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - 4 pack

Pours a dark yellow, completely opaque. A two finger, frothy head of white bubbles formed from the usual witbier pour. Left some lacing.

Smells mostly of spices, cloves first then a bit of wheat and yeast.

Taste is fantastic. The first thing that hits me are the spices, the cloves are prominent and there is a delicate pepperiness to it. There is also a wheat in the middle with a nice citrusy sweetness at the end. Everything is potent and balanced. It begs for another gulp.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly from the carbonation.

Drinkability is high, extremely easy to drink a few bottles on a summer day. Too bad you only get a four pack for nine bucks, or this would replace my summer staple - Hoegaarden.

BranfordBound, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Krevee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank 6/2/10
Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Light pale straw yellow. Decent white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Light wheat and citrus and spices along with some yeast ester smells.

T - Taste similar to smell. With little bit of hoppy bitterness at the end. Along with some sweetness while drinking this beer.

M - Light silky mouthfeel but still crisp with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amount of oils left in the mouth

D - This is a nice easy drinking beer. A good summer selection. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would definitely have it again.

Krevee, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all the times I've enjoyed this brew, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it formally. Sat down with a glass at Barcelona in South Norwalk recently, and considered it more thoroughly.

Pours a cloudy bright yellow/orange, with a big bright white foamy head that lingers quite long, and fizzles into little carbonation bubbles. Overall this is the best looking white I've seen, perhaps next to Hoegaarden.

Taste exhibits some light citrus, but it pairs nicely with a good portion of wheat and a little spiciness. Nice firm medium body for a white, which makes this drink all the more enjoyable. Light and smooth makes this beer incredibly drinkable in most any situation.

Jesstyr, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours fully clouded, yellowy apricot, delicate white cap resting above, fine and plentiful lace. oh so tasty and tender nose of delicate coriander, orange and wheaty malts and yeast. Simply delicious nectar of the gods..more orange, subtly lime flourishes, coriander again, drying citric hops...enjoyed on an unusually warm spring day..looking forward to the salads, bread and cheeses of summer, joined by this fine accompaniment . Delicate, yet flavorful, fine achievement in brewing going on here. Widely available, enjoyed getting a fresh sample on draft (in my growler)

Billolick, May 30, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Completely hazy distinct yellow, no orange/amber hues at all, lively but thin white head, tight bubbles, forms a nice thin sticky layer

S: Nice dose of wheat, has an earthy quality, some definite spice

T: Similar to smell, sweet finish (almost honey like), sweet but never cloying, again a certain earthy wheat note, flavors are very easy and mellow, more flavorful than "refreshing" wheat beers

M: Perfect amount of carbonation, no sting allows for the sweetness to be felt, but the carbonation that is there helps clean the palate, very clean and pleasant

D: High, easy flavors and great feel is what sets it apart

Notes: This is definitely the smooth and flavorful type of wheat beer as opposed to the highly carbonated/very brightly flavored wheat beers, and this is a very good one at that. The flavors are pretty unique, but just very well executed. Try it and you will not regret it.

dpodratsky3, May 30, 2010
Photo of tlamond
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Straw color with the typical hazy appearance
S-Cloves,spices...yeasty goodness
T-Nice upfront yeast/spice character with a smooth wheat backbone
M-Nicely carbonated typical of the style
D-I could down this all day especially on a hot summer day but the price ($9 for a 4 pack in MA) would prevent this...Worth the price though

tlamond, May 30, 2010
Photo of cskysbread
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

explored at julian's on broadway.

A: almost a cactus needle yellow which forced a presumption of spice. murky and hazy like a peering out of a sauna window. the head was about a finger and half tall. a very thick white.

S: lots of esters and linalools with a faint aura of turpentine. probably would nice component in a perfumery kit. spicy as my color connection, but subtle. the aromatics didn't really rise to meet my nose. i had to force myself down in there.

T: the esters lent themselves well to a banana flavor and the linalools exploded with a diminished citrus spice. the head reminded me of egg whites that were allowed to sit on the counter too long, much like the density one would achieve after tainting the head with finger oils. it was more of a froth. still highly enjoyable. i found myself gulping towards the bottom of the glass. this was a great birthday beer; however, my expectations were a little high after coming down from hitachino nest experience. it's really not even fair to compare the two.

M: smooth with a hint of mild astringency. it dried the sides of my tongue which was quite playful and ignored the idea of refreshment. perhaps accounting for my finish line gulps.

D: will drink again. though, i will have to drink it before i retreat to the treat of hitachino nest's--i can't stop thinking about that beer. smooth and satisfying and probably better from a bottle. i'm skeptical that the taps were filthy, much like the service and the staff. perhaps i'm just ipa bitter that my pug-faced bar maiden didn't wish me a happy birthday after scrutinizing my id. atmosphere and attitude are always essential to this sensitive bro's experience.

cskysbread, May 27, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top notch witbier. For the style they don't get much better than this.

Murky yellow-gold with a 1 finger head that settles quickly. Typical witbier appearance that has something ... extra going on. Maybe not as cloudy as usual.

Great nose with floral and citrus. Earthy spices like cardamom and cloves, but very subtle.

The same taste as the nose, unsurprisingly I suppose. However, the sweetness in the brew really brings out the spices. Good stuff.

Nice carbonation, with medium body but somehow seems a little chewy.

Tastes spectacular and goes down easy. The low-ish ABV% makes this a great quaffer.

Chizoad, May 27, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at McGrath's in Harrisburg

A-pours a hazy yellow liquid with a tight creamy head.

S-the nose starts with earthy notes and grain. lemon, banana, corriander fade in at the back.

T-the taste follows the nose with a little more peppery spice. good grainy tastes up front with earthy notes as well. the lemon and banana come in next with the peppery spice, clove, and corriander coming in at the back.

M-very smooth and creamy on the palate, medium syrupy body with a fair amount of carbonation but a little lacking for the full syrupy texture of the beer.

D-this is very refreshing and has a solid feel. earthy and grainy with a good balance of banana and spice. very solid wheat beer.

cpetrone84, May 26, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a 6 oz sample glass, this presented a cloudy but radiant pale yellow color with a light and quickly disappearing head.

S: Notes of wheat and clove--a nice yeasty tone.

M/T: A crisp and lightly fizzy mouthfeel that gives way to a mellow wheat taste and a baked bread aftertaste.

D: Paired very well with a mild Indian dish of Chana Saag.

albertjr21, May 24, 2010
Photo of ryno09
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant aroma with biscuit and yeast going with little spice. Pouring into a large wine glass left little of the white head (probably a bad poor on my part). Taste is perfect for me in a white ale. The spice note are very subdued and blend well with biscuity malt and wheat character of it. I'm not a fan of zealous use of coriander so this beer really pleases the palate. It has a nice lingering aftertaste to it as well. Definitely the best white/wit ale I have tried.

ryno09, May 23, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, straw gold color with the typical Belgian load of copious carbonation and a lofty, foamy white head that rose to over three inches in height and took a while to dissipate. Looks pretty nice, but I wish there wasn't as much head on it. Kind of typical.

A nice, pillowy aroma of citrus, banana, yeast and spice, and a bit of sugar that is light and refreshing but still assertive in that I don't have to search for it at all.

The flavor is good. Like the nose, it's light but crisp and doesn't skimp on the ingredients. Pale malts lay a solid base for the beer, covered by a bit of wheat and grain flavor and some breadiness. Then, spread over the top is a fruity cornucopia full of bananas and light citrus that's laced with a medley of spices that add a really nice complexity to the beer. The flavor is unassuming but delivers on all levels. Good stuff.

Medium bodied (maybe a shade less) and highlighted with thin, zesty carbonation bubbles makes this a crisp yet smooth drinker with a nice dry spiciness on the finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good witbier. Solid flavor, solid aroma, solid mouthfeel, and I think this is my first from Allagash, so I'll give them some kudos. Drinkability is pretty high because of the well-balanced blend of the aforementioned factors and the relatively low ABV. Give this a try if you see it around.

feelmefoam, May 22, 2010
Photo of mbudner
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pin glass.

A- Golden-white glow with a fair amount of haze and a 2-finger white head.

S- Lemon zest, a hint of orange peel as well and some faint coriander and spice.

T- Some spice with a citrus bite in the finish. A little milder than the aroma.

MF- A bit thin and over-carbonated for my liking, but I think it is pretty spot on for the style.

D- I don't love it, but that's probably because I'm just not the biggest fan of the style. This a very easy drinking wit that I could sip on for hours though if this was my best choice on tap.

mbudner, May 20, 2010
Photo of zimm421
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a very hazy yellow/golden color with a medium white head that has decent retention and good lacing.

Smells of wheat, various spices and citrus, lots of lemon. The nose is fairly subdued, but the scent is wonderful. The taste follows fairly well, but things stand out much more clearly. The spices stand out, but so does some banana along with the oranges. The wheat is a good platform for this and everything comes together very well.

The mouthfeel is crisp and full of carbonation and is much thicker than what I expected. It is also very easy to drink, goes well with just about any meal and isn't overpowering in any way. Definitely something that I need to get more of before they leave Ohio. The whole reason I picked it up in the first place.

zimm421, May 20, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod, capped by a rocky two finger head with good rention. Moderate lacing is left on the glass as the beer's level drops.

S: Lots of spice and citrus up front. Spice is largely pepper with a bit of coriander, while the citrus is heavy on the lemon zest. Yeasty and earthy notes back it up.

T: Spices are subdued compared to the nose, with the wheat base taking a bigger roll. Lemon zest still comes through well, along with some green apple and banana. An earthy bitterness maintains balance but the finish is a bit on the sweet side.

M: A little bit smoother than I'm used to with a witbier, could be a touch crisper. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Very refreshing and it would be easy to session with this on a warm day.

Xul, May 19, 2010
Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
After swirling the yeast as per the style, the beer poured a hazy golden, straw yellow color, with a huge, pillowy white head. The head lingered for a long time, and when it finally receded, it settled down to a nice cap of foam, and sheets of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is a pleasant affair, with a lemony punch up front, melded with sweet wheat and malt, bready yeast, spicy notes of coriander and light clove, and a faint whisper of banana. Smells like a textbook witbier.
The flavor of the beer is a good, solid witbier, with a sweet malted wheat front, light and refreshing all around. Good spicing is evident, with citrus and pepper touches. There are nice bitter hops at the crisp, dry finish.
The beer has a nice, medium body and a good level of carbonation. It quenches and refreshes.
This is a wonderfully drinkable beer. It goes down easy and is delicious to boot. This bottle was picked up for me by my wife on an out of town trip. It's a bummer that this brew isn't available anywhere close to where I live. I'll definitely buy this beer anytime I come across it.

KrisPaulk77, May 19, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a pale golden colored body with a distinct witbier haze to it. a large bright white head forms on top and takes its time going away. incomplete rings of lacing are left behind.

S- malted wheat along with the standard witbier scents. banana, clove, and a little bit of lemon zest. simple and classic.

T- belgian yeast comes up first. along with it comes banana and clove. not too little or much of either. some orange and lemon zest hang around in the background.

M- medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. pretty refreshing.

D- easy to put back a couple of these small bottles of this. one of the benchmarks of the style. i really like this one.

jwinship83, May 17, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow with very little head (surprised by that) and tons of yeast floaties throughout the body.

S - Big fresh lemon right off the bat with some candy nuances, and slight hops. Awesome!

T - The lemon is there but not as strong as in the smell, also has yeast funk, sour candy, and medium hop bitterness.

M - Thin and watery, worst part of this in my opinion.

D - This is the first time I have had an Allagash beer and this has made a good first impression, good stuff.

semibaked, May 15, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Pours a pale golden-straw color that is sufficiently hazy despite its lighter coloration. There's not much in the way of a head, and the smallish one-finger mass of bubbles fizzes its way down quickly, leaving few signs of lacing as it goes.

Smell: Typical witbier smell to this one. A good amount of spices, like coriander and thyme, are present in the nose. Aside from that, there is a lesser important scent of light orchard fruit and maybe just a hint of banana, perhaps emanating from the authentic-smelling Belgian yeast.

Taste: Upon first tasting it, I know that Allagash White is a good witbier, but not a great one. The spices are definitely present, as well as the yeast and, to a lesser extent the orchard fruit. There's no doubt it's a very smooth beer but the flavors all just taste a bit faded to me. Still, this would make a great thirst-quencher on a hot summer's day.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is ample enough. It's light and highly carbonated but isn't particularly creamy. Regardless, it's very crisp and is still appropriate for the style.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable beer as it's extremely refreshing. There's no doubt this would make a great session beer during the warmer seasons, especially with it's low ABV.

Overall, Allagash is certainly a good example of a witbier. It's crisp and refreshing and is a beer I'd gladly drink again. It's not hugely flavorful, but it remains very true to style and is very drinkable.

zoso493, May 14, 2010
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,996 ratings.