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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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4,112 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,112
Reviews: 1,256
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 253
Gots: 420 | FT: 2
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 yeahnatenelson
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a cloudy straw hue with a slim white head. Lookin' good!!

Smell -- Earthy yeast, cracked wheat, grainy malt, coriander and lemon zest. Fermentation-derived aromas are quite nice: mild banana plus clove - very aromatic.

Taste -- Lemon twist, earthy and semi-tart yeast character, mild banana, clove, husky malt and cracked wheat. Coriander really bites in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, perhaps a hair lighter, with ample fluffy carbonation. Feels quite god.

Overall -- I REALLY like this. Witbiers are probably not on my shortlist of favorite styles, but this one is incredible, better than many of the Belgian versions I've been able to try. Crisp, refreshing, a real winner.

yeahnatenelson, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours as a foggy looking yellowish orange color. The head is decent. The lacing is pretty good too. The smells of citrus and other spices are very much in this beer. The aroma is probably the best part of this beer. The taste is good too but I felt that it fell just a bit short compared to the aromas is was giving off. The mouthfeel was pretty good for a white ale as well. Nicely carbonated and smooth.

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, poured into my Ommegang flute.

Allagash White pours a hazy lemon yellow, with just a faint bit of visibility present. The first pour only yielded about a finger's worth of fluffy white foam to top the beer, but after drinking down about half the glass I swirled what was left in my bottle and poured. I was rewarded with more than three fingers of head threatening to spill out over my glass, and receding very slowly. Rings of lacing look like halos gracing the top of my glass. The nose is solid for a wit, heavy on citrus (predominantly orange, but a bit of lemon present as well), with some sweet, cracker pale malt sweetness thrown in for good measure. There's much more to this beer though, as citrus and pale malt sweetness are joined on my palate by a slight tangy quality from the wheat and a touch of pepper. I'm actually a little bit in awe of just how perfectly every flavor is proportionally represented, I couldn't come up with a better blend if I tried. The body on this beer is the very definition of effervescent. The body is supremely light, but stops just short of watery, and the carbonation is bubbly and active. I've heard it described as being almost "seltzery", and I would agree, but in a very good way. Allagash White is a beer that makes me think that maybe American brewers can do some Belgian styles even better then the originals. It's one of the very few beers I would buy a case of, especially with the warm weather coming in.

axeman9182, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of jorg2619
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my growler to my Duvel tulip. Color is straw yellow slightly hazy with a fluffy head that dies quickly into a ring of small bubbles. There is minimal lacing. The smell is wheat spicy spicy belgium yeast and wheat with a hint of malt sweetness at the end. This is a very inviting smell so I proceed with no abandon. The taste of the legendary Allagash White zesty yeast on the tongue filled in with wheat graininess and a hint of sweetness such as candy sugar perhaps or maybe the sweet malts are so separated from yeast at the end of my drinks that it seems to end with a full body sweetness. This is a good example of a Witbier.

jorg2619, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy gold body. Small white head with no retention.

Smell - Mild sweet hoppiness with slight banana.

Taste - Bitter front end, mild finish. Hoppy, not much malt.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp finish.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable as a dry witbier. Doesn't offer enough complexity.

ZenAgnostic, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light golden look, very pretty one inch head, a healthy looking head. Looks inviting..

S: Gentle bananas and cream, Nilla wafer cookies. I love the aroma, my favorite aspect of the beer.

T: Medium mouthfeel, thin and metallic initial flavor, finishes slightly flat and muted. It has a very pleasant taste with a bit of yeastyness , but it just falls flat after that and finishes on the bland side for my taste. Pleasant, but not exciting.

M: I like the unfiltered mediumish body to this but jeez does it fizzle out and get bland.

O: I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly disappointed in this beer, yet I can taste that it is carefully crafted with skill. I guess I could sum it up by saying I appreciate the craft but find the taste refreshing yet a little plain and boring.

Avantyawn, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy hay color. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Craters slowly. Plenty of bubbly carbonation rises throughout the body of the brew. Lots of sticky spider web lacing.

S: Strong baked bread, and yeast. Smells like fresh baked French bread with a little lemon, oregano, and coriander.

T: Slightly sharp hop bite (very slight), with lemon citrus, coriander and fresh pepper.

M: Light, fresh, and effervescent. A bit of a steely aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Great appearance. Nice cloudy golden hue, great foamy head, and lots of dry sticky lacing. Nose is grainy and yeasty with a nice balance of citrus and spice. Flavor is not complex, but a refreshing combination of yeast, hops, and spice. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of light lemon, grass and a strong wheat and yeast presence.
The taste follows the nose quite nicely with copious amounts of chewy wheat malt and nice Belgian spiciness; not sure if there's added coriander or citrus peels to this but the flavors are present. The mouthfeel is full thanks to lots of wheat but finishes nice and dry from the Belgian yeast.
Overall I do not like this style of beer usually because most are too watery without the proper balance of malt and spice but this one does not fail in that regard. Allagash is a highly under-rated brewery.

claspada, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was very cloudy with a little head. The aroma was not that pronounced, the taste was typical of a wheat style beer with lots of spices.
The aftertaste was so-so... Not the cleanest.
This is more of summer beer.
Lots of various spices.
I will like to try this one again when it is warmer out...

rdilauro, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date or lot code seen. Sampled on March 26, 2011. It pours a very cloudy yellow with a small head and busy carbonation. Wheat and yeast on the nose. The body is quite palpable and in the medium range. The first reaction I get to the taste is that it is tart but then the wheat and yeast kick in to make it more enjoyable. Mellow to the end with a slight hop finish.

puboflyons, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker glass on-tap at Max's Taphouse.

A- Hazy golden orange with a fairly small head receded quickly, but had lots of lace.

S- Strong aroma of citrus and coriander

T- Strong juicy orange and coriander notes, some yeasty notes, and bubblegum notes

M- Medium body, lots of carbonation, very crisp and refreshing

O- Overall this was a fantastic beer, it had characteristics in common with a tripel like La Fin Du Monde and a hefeweizen. Lots of great flavor and very drinkable and refreshing.

Hoptometrist, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of patreely12
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pale straw in color. there is a murky fusion from when the last of the yeast was poured in. very tall head, about 3 fingers of pure white fluff. eventually dissolves to a thin rim around the top, which stays for the rest of the drink. there's also some really nice web like lacing.

S - wow, very strong aroma. a fresh mix of citrus, wheat, bitter hops, bready yeast and some spice. slightly sour.

T/M - starts off with some strong malts and citrus, the citrus is consistent from the the front to back. the back end is spicy and almost dry with a little hint of bitter hops. it finishes clean and refreshing, but also slightly watery. there's no alcohol presence which is expected at 5.2% ABV. the mouthfeel reminds me of pulp-less orange juice. light bodied with some minimal carbonation.

Overall this is a great representation of a traditional witbier. Very light, refreshing and easy to drink. I would like to enjoy this again on a warm day.

patreely12, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of dcoux09
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a cloudy yellow with absolute white head. Fairly good retention, with nice lacing.

S - smell for me was off putting, all I got was a yeasty smell. Some floral notes, but the yeast was very dominate.

T - tasted as it smelled. Overwhelmed by the yeast.

M - nicely carbonated, perfect for this style of beer.

O - overwhelmed by the yeast. Perhaps good for a summer day, but I'm still sticking with IPAs for the summer months. I would be surprised if I gave this another shot.

dcoux09, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of DKMonroe
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellowish dish water look, pretty par for the course on this style of beer. White head, not huge, and goes away but leaves some down the sides as its consumed. Smell is spicy. Taste with some citrus, again par for the course for this style, but the spices and the carbonation was spot on. I like it..

DKMonroe, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of GrinNBeerIt
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice yellow cloudy appearance with a slight head on it.

A well-defined pleasant strong wheat aroma with a slight bit of fruitiness underneath. You can also pick up the spices in the aroma.

This beer tastes just how I prefer an American Wit to taste with the bready wheat flavor dominant but mixing with the spices and the fruit to create a perfect combination.

Very light and easy in the mouth. Slight bit of carbonation.

One of my favorite WitBiers. This would be a great summer beer but I would also enjoy it as a compliment to a steak dinner.

GrinNBeerIt, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of beagle75
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Yard House in Irvine.

A: Hazy, pale yellow color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Spice-focused with coriander being most evident. Bready wheat and clean yeast moderates the savory spice notes, constraining their aggressiveness.

T: Begins dry, with yeast and coriander that is accompanied by bright acidity. Complementary bright citrus lends some soft drink-like flavor. Sweetness increases into the herbal middle that shows off sage and lemon thyme. Dryness returns in the finish, featuring snappy but restrained bitterness, resurgent yeast, and thick wheat that lingers favorably in the memory if not on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wheat coats the palate comfortably despite some palpable acidity and carbonation that is prickly.

D: Although sometimes inconsistent in terms of intensity of its sensory qualities, at its best Allagash White is an American wit without peer. If anything, the intensity of flavors here may scare away some casual drinkers--a rare feat for such an approachable style. It makes a strong first impression with its remarkable appearance and leaves on a favorable note with the taste and feel of wheat.

beagle75, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of VWBuggirl
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light straw yellow that is pretty hazy and thin head that didn't linger. Definitely no lace left once the head dissipated.

The aroma was very faint, all I got was a bit of lemon from it. The taste was fortunately a bit stronger, with more lemon than what came across in the scent and some spices. The spices weren't as strong as I would have liked but very enjoyable. The carbonation was perfect for the lighter flavors.

Overall, very easy to drink and enjoyable. I would have it again but I enjoy other wits more.

VWBuggirl, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 ounce bottle was received in a trade with umfskibum. I've been looking forward to trying this for a while. Thanks for making dreams come true Josh! The bottle contains helpful information, including directions for pouring a wit (pour, swirl, pour yeast) for those of us who may be beertarded. I actually enjoy when brewers provide such information. Educating your customer is true beer advocacy.

I poured this into a weizen glass. The pour yields three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is good. Spotty lacing touches the glass. The beer is a very hazy golden tint. It is uniformly cloudy with no chunky sediment to be seen. Carbonation can be seen through the glass.

The beer gives off a strong aroma of coriander. Orange peel and fruity yeast are easily identified. Anybody who has had a wit knows the odors associated with the style, and this example has all of them in spades.

The flavor profile is also textbook witbier. The coriander is very much forward on the tongue. Orange zest provides a nice tang in the middle and melds nicely with a bread-like yeast character. Crisp carbonation cleans up the back end, revealing a faint remnant of alcohol and a brief peppery bite. That bite becomes slightly more prominent as the glass empties, and turns out to be a nice signature stamp on the style. A mild hoppy bitterness is also revealed as the glass nears empty.

The brew is pleasantly medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate which livens up the flavors and keeps the beer moving. Wits are known for being an easy drinking beer style and this beer pretty much nails it. The moderately low alcohol content is a plus in terms of being able to knock a few back in a sitting. All in all, it's a pleasant experience and a great example of the style.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about Allagash White. It gives more blanco for your bank-o.

weizenbob, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a light cloudy yellow with a small creamy white head that was fully diminishing and had fair lacing. The aroma was very mild of grainy malts, light herbal hops and a strong moldy yeast with notes of coriander, pepper and citrus(orange peel I believe). It tasted moderately bitter at first for a wheat ale and ended with a light bitter yeasty flavor that had hints of spices and orange peel with the flavor not lasting long at all. Mouthfeel was light in body and creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall a nice creamy wheat ale, actually nicely surprising.

KajII, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy, pale straw yellow, with a frothy one finger head that dissipated quickly and cleanly, leaving no lace. Appears to be a very dainty and delicate beer.

Intense smell of coriander and supporting citrus, mainly from the Belgian yeast I believe. The spice character is clean and pure, making for a nice aroma. Wheat makes its way into the fray as well, contributing to a bready nose. Problem I have here is that the spice is a bit too dominating in the smell than I'd like, but the excellent quality softens this blow.

Taste is great, with the coriander toned down a good deal allowing for much more of the bread and citrus to come out. Clean, crisp, and delicately spiced, this beer is incredibly refreshing. Other than coriander, get a little bit of black pepper and clove, but mainly coriander from start to finish. Wheat character is very pleasing in the taste, as the breadiness it lends here is even more than in the nose.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean as I mentioned earlier, but can also get creamy in parts which is a nice contrast. Drinkability is very good too, with the body being full and diverse in taste and the finish being light, dry and neutral. Worthy beer that is distributed pretty well.

madvermin, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of dragonclan15
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful cloudy color to the beer.

Not a beer you want to drink all night but a nice beer for a couple of rounds due to it's sweetness.

Provides the drinker with cinnamon, allspice and cloves.

Leaves one wanting another due to it's great taste and lightness.

It's hard to get a lighter beer that has "taste".

I would recommend to all beer lovers.

dragonclan15, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow with a white pillow head.

Smell - Citrus, orange peel, spices, corriander.

Taste - Citrus, sweet, refreshing. Nice.

Mouthfeel - Med/light body, crisp/clean.

Drinkability - Great beer for this style. Good any time of year.

Brunite, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, split it with my wife, so only had 6oz in a tulip glass.

A - lemon yellow, cloudy with yeast per the instructions on the bottle to pour the yeast on top. Light white head. Altogether inviting appearance that evokes the anticipation of thirst quenching.

S - Citrusy, slightly lemony with yeasty hints of uncooked pizza dough smell (yummy anticipation of pizza)

T - Light and lemony with sweetness, almost like lemonade, but in a very good way. Slightly extra tartness and sweetness in the finish, with lingering peppery spiciness in the back corners of the mouth. Very little, if any, bitterness.

M - light and crisp, with a slight silky oiliness. Very refreshing.

D - Very high. Could see myself drinking several of these on a hot day on the back porch or at a cafe people watching.

hiku7, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount extremely quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, banana, and slight dirt. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, banana, grain, and a slight earthy note. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was definitely not a bad brew at all. Had a nicely balanced sweetness going on in the flavor here with a nice fruit aspect as well. Also a good aroma to keep you coming back. The dirt was a little off-putting but seemed to flow quite nicely. A definite must try!

thagr81us, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Pale yellow with 1 finger fluffy head

Smell: very faint smell, slight citrus, some spices

Taste: spices, clean,

mouthfeel: light carbonation, smooth, crisp, nothing lingers

Drinkability: easy drinker goes down smooth.

Cheers,

The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 02, 2011
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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