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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,863 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,863
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 237
Gots: 329 | 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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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Pale, cloudy lemon yellow with a fluffy white head. Great lace and retetion: looks like a beer I'd hang out with.

Coriander, lemon, and orange rind aroma. Musty.

Tastes of corainder and lemon italian ice with a beatifull musty yeasty feel. Nice citrus/spice balance, it's sessionable yet full of flavor. I'm a fan.

06-25-2009 18:47:58 | More by donkeyrunner
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jlb307

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

got in trade from Onenote81 (thanks, Jon)
poured from a 750 from batch 56 into a pint.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow, with some sediment present. The first glass didn't have much of a head, but when I finished off the bottle, it poured with a two finger thick white fluffy head that retained until about halfway down the glass. Left a thin layer of foam on the top the whole time, and left some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Wheat, lemongrass, yeast, and a little sweet malt. Little bit of a bubblegum note.

T: Just like it smells, but a little bit more spice. Lingering aftertaste that stuck to the roof of the mouth. Not much of an alcohol taste at all

M: I thought pretty solidly medium bodied. Good balance with carbos.

D: Very easy to drink. An almost perfect summer beer.

06-25-2009 00:56:13 | More by jlb307
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

On tap in Portland, ME. Had a white, good-sized head. Body was hazy with a dark-yellow color. Nice lacing. Aroma was strong with citrus (orange), but not at all overpowering. Nice on the palate, slightly creamy with average carbonation. Great flavor - citrusy, with a medium-lasting finish. A great witbier that was enjoyed on a sunny deck on the waterfront... quite possibly the best witbier I've had yet.

06-18-2009 19:25:57 | More by berley31
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jwheeler85

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

A- Right on the border of yellow and orange in color. Had a high thin white head and was opaque.

S- Seemed to have equally strong citrus and spice notes. Reminded me of the classic tripel smell.

T- Had a nice round malty sweetness with a gradually increasing mild spice and sour tartness. A bit more sour than a hefeweizen.

M- Medium carbonation and light bodied. Didn't linger long on the palette.

D- Highly drinkable. Very interesting... it smelled like it wanted to be a tripel, yet tasted like it wanted to be a hefeweizen. Not really either.

06-18-2009 15:32:27 | More by jwheeler85
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Riccymon

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

On tap at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. Served a hazy yellow-orange with not quite a finger of white head. Aroma is fairly light--lemon, coriander, and wheat, with citrus most present. Tasted the same, all flavors unoffensive but not standout either. Mouthfeel was light in body, to style, with a little spicy finish. While I certainly could drink a few of these, nothing excited me enough to want to have more than the first.

While I expected a lot from Allagash White, each category just screamed average to me. Maybe I'll try it bottled next time, but I wouldn't seek out this wit again on tap.

06-14-2009 21:58:56 | More by Riccymon
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bum732

Lesotho

4.65/5  rDev +12%

Pours a very cloudy yellow, orange near the top with a near solid nitro-tap like head. Unbelievably beautiful, like a sunset. Smells of orange rind, a little spicy clove, some yeasty funk. Tastes of moderately sweet creamy slightly orange malt followed closely by raw wheat body. Moderate hop spiciness followed by some coriander dryness. Creamy mouthfeel with some dryness.

An unbelievable beer to look at and taste. By far, the best wit beer in the states and perhaps the world. Makes Hoegaarden look like Bud light, well, maybe not that bad. Love it!

06-09-2009 00:45:19 | More by bum732
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

I can't believe I'd never rated this beer before! I've stated that Wittekerke (though poorly thought of on this site) is my favorite witbier, although its status is definitely threatened by this beer. This is extremely balanced for a witbier, and doesn't seem intended for the Blue Moon/Spotted Cow drinker who craves something extremly sweet. I thought the flavor was very pleasant but not over-powering.

As stated in other reviews, the color is straw-yellow and cloudy, with a modicum of white head. Aroma is yeasty, lightly citrus-sweet, with a not-obnoxious amount of cloviness. Flavor is more of the same but with the addition of a nice maltiness that seems to create balance and doesn't seem at all out of place. Mouthfeel is adequate.

All-in-all, a very tasty brew. Recommended. My Dad brought this over to my house - believe he bought it at the Class VI store at Fort Belvoir, VA.

06-08-2009 18:06:44 | More by BeerBelcher
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Trappissed

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

On-tap at Alchemy:

Looks like some dense lemonade. Tastes like candy corn and lemon to be exact. The wheat and other spices are in the background for me. Actually reminded me very much of Alesmith Horny Devil, only lighter tasting. Somewhat refreshing on a warm night and pretty easy to drink. Good kick of carbonation that seems appropriate for the style. Don't know how much I really like this style of beer, but this one is quite drinkable and interesting enough.

06-07-2009 08:44:48 | More by Trappissed
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jimj21

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Bought a single of this. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a bright golden yellow. Very hazy with a lot of yeasty sediment. Pictures on the label instruct the drinker to pour, swirl the yeast, and finish pouring. Topped by about a finger of fluffy white head. A little retention and some spotty lacing.

The smell is very yeasty with a lot of wheat coming through as well. Some lemon zest and some spicy aromas. Not too much else.

Taste is right on with the style. There is a lot of wheat tanginess. Yeast adds of bit of earthiness. Tastes of lemon peel and other citrus. Spicy as well. Some light fruitiness pops up in the background as it moves to the back of the tongue. Finishes kind of sweet and a bit earthy.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a good amount of carbonation. Medium body provides a nice creaminess as well.

Very good witbier. Definitely the best one I've had to date. I could drink this at any time for any occasion. Great flavors and a great beer. This is a great offering from Allagash. Very refreshing.

06-03-2009 01:39:46 | More by jimj21
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washburnkid

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

On tap at the Davis Graduate.

Small foamy white head over an unfiltered yellow to light golden. The head retains just a ring of retention. A nose of predominantly wheat and citrus. Tastes of refreshing wheat flavors, coriander and other spices at the front. A lemon citrus hop bite comes in, but it's nothing against the wheat and spices. Orange bitterness in there as well. Ripe, sugary fruit pull through with a little bit of time. Medium body crispness and oh so smooth. This is such a great beer to cool down with. Very fitting for the style!

06-01-2009 21:11:11 | More by washburnkid
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Serving Type- bottle poured slowly into two .5L weissen glasses

appearance- pours a cloudy straw color with a fantastic white, foamy head. The head lasted and left great lace.

smell- a crisp aroma, but not too strong. Citrus and spice.

taste/mouthfeel- Great taste. citrusy and spicy. Hints of fruit and malty sweetness. it is a very smooth beer with a bit of fizz.

drinkability- great beer, great taste, great feel, great after taste. no doubt i will buy this again and will soon, hopefully to pair with some foods.

05-27-2009 17:34:09 | More by Anthony1
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vishneda

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +6%

12 oz glass poured into pint glass.

Poured to a light straw color with a one or two finger snow white head. Behind the typical cloudiness was a nice bubbling effect. The head retention was not bad as it dwindled down to a thin layer mid way through the pint. A fair bit of lacing was present.

Smells of sweet wheat with a lemon kick. Phenol notes are present (over the 4 pack one bottle presented more phenolic character than the others). Overall inviting aroma that promises a refreshing and enjoyable flavor.

The taste starts a little sweet with wheat and citrus elements mingled together with a mild banana and clove presence. As the beer moves the wheat comes through more and then a mild pepper comes through. There is a long lingering aftertaste that is sharp and bitter. I noticed a lot of change in character as the temperature of the beer rose. I started out pretty warm, but small temperature differences seemed to draw out certain flavors over others.

The beer feels easy going. It's light and not very carbonated, possibly a little under carbonated vs. other witbier. This made the beer feel a little buttery; very smooth. It is easy to over drink it. It was easy on the stomach and I didn't get any sense of fullness. Great feel and great drinkability.

This is one of the nicest white beers I have had.

05-26-2009 18:52:50 | More by vishneda
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass following the detailed instructions on the label. Color is a cloudy plae yellow, with flecks of white sediment swirling throughout. The pour creates an active fizzy white head that is up and down in seconds. No lacing evident as the beer is consumed.

Smell is dominated by the yeast, but there is some latent spiciness buried underneath. Also pick up notes of citrus.

Taste is wonderful. Very clean - with a peppery overtone that begins upon tasting and remains well after the swallow. I not an expert on corriander, but the bottle and BA reviews tell me that is the controlling spice - and I believe them. There is definitely more going on here than meets the eye.

Well carbonated in the mouthfeel. Holding and swirling brings out the spicy bite - but also evokes some citrus like sour that isn't apparent if the beer is consumed quickly.

Highly drinkable. If you're not into these particular spices, the finish could leave you wanting to switch after one. Its not a beer for someone looking for a bland summer lager. Its a complex beauty with a myriad of different tastes. Enjoy.

05-26-2009 00:48:12 | More by KTCamm
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wnh

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow, with a small white head head that diminished quite quickly. Better head retention would have certainly helped here, as everything else was as expected.

Nose is clean and bright, with orange citrus up front, and lots of spicy coriander coming in behind. On the tongue things change up a bit, with a strong banana presence on first sip, alongside the coriander. Strong malty, bready backbone reminds me this is a wheat beer.

Lively, with lots of carbonation on the palate. What I'd expect in a wit, and done well. The coriander starts to get a little heavy toward the bottom of the glass, but not burdensome. Overall a great wit, and understandably on of the top versions.

05-24-2009 22:33:54 | More by wnh
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Batch #65

Aroma - Lemon peel with a slightly earth aroma.

Appearance - Cloudy bright yellow with good carbonation and a white head.

Taste - Spicy clove, crisp and refreshing. The spice isn't over whelming.

Notes - The mouthfeel was good and this is just a solid witbier I've had it with lemon and without and its a little more refreshing with the lemon. This is an awesome summer beer.

05-24-2009 16:34:05 | More by jwhawkins81
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augustgarage

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Batch 69. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a rocks glass.

Swirling the bottle gently, the liquid is very hazy and haunted by thin ghostly ropes of sediment. The body is golden poppy in color, and a miniscule fizzy head dissipates to a thin ring almost immediately*. Very tiny lacing just above the border of the tiny sleeve of foam.

Aromatics include wheat, coriander (maybe a tiny suggestion of ginger or even chamomile?), honey, yeast, and pineapple.

On the palate, there is an initial tartness...a lactic/citrus tanginess with a hint of yeast again. Sweet wheat balances the tartness, and plenty of carbonation fills your mouth before the refreshing finish. There is a slight hop bitterness rapidly followed by a hint of orangina.

The mouthfeel is smooth and very lightly creamy, but not thick or slick. Carbonation is certainly sufficient.

Easy drinking, with some added complexity towards the bottom of the bottle (if you consume the sediment). Excellent hot weather beer, though equally good for slow, contemplative imbibing. Allagash suggests serving this as low as 34°F, but it tastes superior to me once it gets into at least the upper 40's.

*EDIT: Head formation and retention was better the next day, poured more forcefully from the same bottle.

05-22-2009 23:29:15 | More by augustgarage
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cheapxceptbeer

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

A- A yellowish beige cloud, unlike any beer I've seen, it looks like pear juice. Not much head or retention, but solid lacing.

S- Lemony, yeasty, with a spicy hop smell.

T- Lemony, yeasty, with a nice hop bite at the end. I taste some pepper and a general spice flavor, nothing in particular. Very crisp and dry in the finish.

M- Very full mouthfeel for a beer so light on the stomach, nice seltzery/creamy carbonation.

D- Well even with this full mouthfeel it is light on the stomach, and if it weren't for the price this would be a delicious session beer.

05-21-2009 20:47:05 | More by cheapxceptbeer
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

This is one of the first witbiers I ever tried and a personal favorite. I'm excited to finally put it under the microscope and contemplate its qualities.

Color is a dark and hazy yellow with a thin and lacey head and low retention. It initially looks translucent, but, upon inspection, the haziness seems to get even deeper than expected.

Scent brings to mind a variety of fruits and spices, including orange, lemon, cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg. There's also that amazing banana-esque smell that accompanies most wheat beers, particularly the ones I favor most.

Taste is a huge explosion of flavor that packs a wheaty maltiness that is both hearty and entirely refreshing. It has the boisterousness to enliven taste buds like fresh orange peel; starting off sweet and ending with a subtle bitterness.

It's also very smooth as it crosses the palate, despite the heavy carbonation. This amazing little number is so tasty and drinkable, that I'd honestly put it in my top 5 session beers.

A real summer treat.

05-20-2009 02:23:29 | More by deapokid
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev 0%

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a hazy, almost cloudy, yellow color with light hints of gold. Three-finger head of fluffy white foam. Retention is great. Lacing is minimal.

Pretty much the expected nose here. Nice hints of orange/lemon/citrus scents. Good presence of corriander with light clove notes. Good yeastiness. Light hints of bananas and bubblegum. Notes of fresh hay.
Smells sweet, light and spicey.

Mmm, that's a touch more lemon-y than anticipated. Nice, big wheatiness. Presence of corriander and cloves (spices) is very light. Mild sweetness. More yeasty hints of bananas and bubblegum. A nice tangy zing in the finish that makes me want more.

Good medium body. Smooth enough to enjoy, yet lacks any real creaminess. A light crispness is managed.

Easily drinkable, especially on a summer afternoon. A crisp, light, enjoyable session beer.

05-18-2009 18:27:27 | More by coldmeat23
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Murky dark yellow color. One finger of thick, creamy head with average retention and moderate lacing.

4.5 S: Lemony citrus and corriander top of the list of aromas. Earthy yeastiness and hay-like wheat. Fresh and clean, very nice.

4.5 T: This is really good. Perfect grassy/hay wheat backbone with lemon zest, corriander, a bit of clove, and residual yeastiness. Not any amazing flavors, but really elegant brew.

4.0 M: Medium body. A bit undercarbonated for the style. A little bit more and this would be perfect.

4.5 D: Very good, one of the best wits out there.

When I had this on-tap it was nowhere near as good.

05-18-2009 02:22:24 | More by DavoleBomb
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

A bright golden yellow color, with a puffy white head, that laces slowly and clings every so slow down the glass. A zesty aroma of lemon with a yeasty spiciness, along with the classic scents of coriander and orange zest. The light, bread like wheat flavor comes out right away and hugs the palate. That is when the zesty citrus flavors take over, it finishes with a splash of coriander on the back of the palate. Refreshing feel, light, but not watery. The cleansing sensation of carbonation tickles the back of each taste. This is an excellent beer, great with seafood and after a hot day mowing the lawn.

05-17-2009 20:02:38 | More by cameraman
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alkemy

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured a cloudy pale blonde. Fluffy head with pretty good retention. Lemon seems to be the strongest scent, then followed by banana and peppery spice. Quite a lot of carbonation, which adds to the refreshing taste of this beer. I really enjoy witbiers and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. The taste has the aforementioned lemon and banana combined with a nice hint of yeast. For me, the taste of pepper lingered the strongest after the swallow. Thumbs up on this one.

05-13-2009 13:03:36 | More by alkemy
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alphanon

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

The appearance of this beer is a cloudy yellow with a nice white head as it was poured from the bottle. Had little floaties left from the yeast. The nose was full of yeast and spice about what you should expect from a witbier. Taste was good again full of wheat and spice flavor, with a yeast note also. Mouthfeel was light and crisp, with carbonic note from the carbonation. Overall nice witbier good for summertime drinking after a liitle yard work or during a backyard BBQ. Would drink this again.

05-12-2009 21:30:03 | More by alphanon
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Moxley

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Shared with my good friend and fellow BA Pleepleus on a Monday.

A - Poured a cloudy urine yellow with a thin off-white film. I'd like to try this again though because I think my growler didn't seal properly and I lost some of the freshness.

S - Not much in the nose, faint yeast and wheat.

T - Lots of yeast with faint spice typical of the style. Citrusy lemon undertones with a grassy finish.

M&D - This is a highly drinkable witbier to be enjoyed especially in the spring and summer months. It's got a dry sticky finish, which I know sounds contradictory, but that's the best way to describe it.

Great for a BBQ in the back yard!

05-11-2009 23:04:53 | More by Moxley
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A- cloudy lemon yellow, gotta love that yeast. very nice puffy white head, excellent looking sheets of lace and great retention. it sits as a thick disk throughout this review.

S- kinda diluted, but what's there is good. banana, bubblegum, clove, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, white pepper, plenty of malted wheat and more more more coriander as it warms.

T- coriander and orange up front, slightly tart, mild lactic acid type flavor, lemon candy, a distinct peppery spice, maybe grains of paradise? more banana-clove-bubblegum yeast flavor, and a bright noble hop zing at the end combined with the tartness makes for a great finish.

MF- crisp and refreshing, thirst quenching even, with enough hops to give a good bitter feeling. body is light but with plenty of texture, and slightly drying. prickly carbonation stings the roof of my mouth.

D- the best wit i've had in a long while (i think). tough call between allagash and ommegang for my favorite american interpretations. definitely will be seeing this one again in the hotter months.

05-08-2009 01:35:46 | More by hustlesworth
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,863 ratings.