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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,913 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,913
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 240
Gots: 351 | 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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jonziefle

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -29.4%

Appearance: Poured a cloudy pale whitish yellow. No head to speak of at all, just a very thin layer. Lacing is present, but very mild.

Smell: Strong spicy nose of cinnamon and cloves. Lemon peel and banana are present as well. Mild wheat malts and sweetness. A slight “rubbery” off smell at times.

Taste: Very light wheat taste, with some lemony sweetness. Some of the same Belgian spices as in the nose, but much more mild. Perhaps a bit too mild, as the flavor just seems to run away.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and smooth. Very light. Very little carbonation

Drinkability: An okay witbier, but nothing special. The correct Belgian flavors are there, but the flavor is too washed out and there is a weird smell in the nose. Easy enough to drink and goes down smooth, but there are better choices in this segment.

Buy Again? Possibly (it is possible I got a bad beer), but I’d rather try something new.

11-19-2009 04:13:27 | More by jonziefle
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GrittyMug345

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

12oz bottle (no longer being bottled in 750ml), no date - purchased at the brewery 11/5/09, consumed 11/6/09, poured into an Allagash chalice. A tight pristine white, one finger head settles on top of a cloudy, straw yellow body - great yeast suspension. The nose is of tropical fruit, citrus, spice, and some light grassy notes. Tastes of light maltiness, orange peel and spice upfront, a very pleasant dry, lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and zippy, great carbonation, dry. This is a great warm weather thirst quencher, goes great with food, especially spicy or fatty dishes, I could drink these all day during the warmer months.

11-10-2009 13:52:10 | More by GrittyMug345
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

12oz bottle poured into allagash glass

a-tawny yellow...hazy...one finger head that stood a while...great lacing and legs...nice white collar

s-musty?? light notes of banana and yeasty esters...

t-more of the nose..has a musty quality too it...almost a metallic twang...hints of banana and clove and yeast...finishes dry

m-semi creamy...light on the palate...a bit thin but thats to be expected...

d-if not for the mustiness i would drink more...i only visit this beer on occasion..

this was a gift at our house warming..i have had it before..dont know after this experience that ill be back

11-09-2009 02:26:34 | More by stoutfiend27
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a snifter on 9/25/09

A - Cloudy gold - the color of pineapple juice. 1/4 inch head with moderate retention that revives with a good swirl. A few random streaks of lace.

S - Light & airy with notes of banana, muscat grapes & clove. Also has a grassy aroma.

T - Crisp with a nice kick to it. Plenty of clove & other spices. Light fruit are of course present - banana, lemon peel, orange zest & grapes.

M - Ample carbonation complements the spicy qualities of the beer. Moderate to light mouthfeel with a rather clean finish.

D - Terrific drinkability. Solid from start to finish. Easily recommended.

11-07-2009 06:21:03 | More by Ryan011235
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BeelzeBrew

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Had this one on-tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth.

A: This beer glistens a fabulous golden yellow, that is cloudy yet transluscent in body. The head is small at less than a finger, lacing is light and low.

S: Sweet wheat, citrus frutiness and lemony zest dominate the smell, not much of a surprise here.. smells like a Witbier for sure!

T: Perfect balance of crisp citrusiness and sweet wheat malt. Along with Coriander, lemons and orange notes make for a great taste and a fantastic American take on a Belgian style. If you love wheat beers i highly recccomend this delicious tasting Wit.

M&D: The absoloute quintessence of smoothness and drinkability, refreshing and completely non-offensive ( in any way!) this beer is a nice summer session brew.

11-03-2009 14:05:00 | More by BeelzeBrew
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wknight167

California

3.9/5  rDev -6%

Apearance - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white 1 finger head that quickly fades to a crown. Slight lacing.

Nose- Lots of lemon, some coriander and wheat with just a hint of clove.

Palate- Refreshing wheat with a definite coriander skew. Lemon is present in the palate as well as orange.

Mouthfeel- On the low side of medium bodied and fairly heavily carbonated

Drinkability- I could easily drink more than a few of these on a hot day.

11-03-2009 08:31:10 | More by wknight167
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

Served in a nonic pint glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served, the beer light golden yellow with a slight haze and ¼" thick white head that recedes soon to a small ring around the glass. Throughout the beer there sipping leaves some light but attractive lacing.

Smell: The aroma of the beer contains wheat malt and some light traces of coriander, accented with some light but definite presence of lemon and of orange zest.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the crisp, fresh, spicy and wheaty flavor has subtle but definite coriander in the mix along with balanced citrus flavors showing up here and there and now and then as lemon and as orange zest. Nothing dominates and everything integrates into a delightful tapestry of flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a soft smooth character and moderate but persistent carbonation. The medium length finish ends sharp, spicy and dry.

Drinkability: This is a beer to enjoy, to savor and to drink again. Allagash White is very clean, crisp, smooth and refreshing. This is very drinkable beer that I'll revisit again and again.

10-30-2009 21:41:42 | More by drtth
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

A nice and well rounded US take on a Belgium White

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Nature illustration with a river flowing among trees on the main label with a field. Short note on the character of the beer and ingredients, with serving notes on the neck label. Lacks beer freshness or bottling date. Does not show Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tall weissbier vase.

A - Big and showy head, with a slow fade and a hazy texture. Leaves a nice lace throughout as it goes down.

S - Citric fruits, and balanced spiciness. Lemon, clove over the wheat.

T - Wheat freshness with a touch of sweetness over a nice zesty feel.

M - Soft carbonation and nice creamy smoothness on a light body.

D - Very easy to have and very recommendable.

Notes: A nice wheat beer that has become a standard for the style in the US. It may be a touch over-hyped but it is a great beer and fantastic to have as a craft choice.

10-22-2009 00:39:02 | More by Daniellobo
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david18

New York

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

More of a belgian pale or blonde to my taste than a witbier. Not quite as esthery and mellower than a wit. Very tasty, good belgian yeast flavor, great light gold color, great carbonation and low enough alcohol by volume to be very drinkable. Great beer.

10-21-2009 21:24:06 | More by david18
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

I didn't get to try as much as this as I would have liked, but was pleased to get a shot at a beer with a great reputation. Huge thanks to zorprime for the bottle!

Pours a pastel yellow with a good two fingers of white head, which slowly fades to a thin film, but gives up some great lace. The nose is greeted with an aroma of candied citrus, lemonbalm, flowers and wheat. Likewise, the flavour has a great herbal lemonbalm character, underpinned by a light sweetness which is cut by some tangy wheat. A clean finish is dominated by spice. The mouthfeel is fairly light, with a pillowy carbonation. Overall nice and thirst quenching.

This is a very decent witbier, and I think its justified in being so highly regarded. Its not quite as good as St. Bernardus, but I'd be happy to have this available all the time.

10-19-2009 00:54:38 | More by bobsy
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EddieTheTrooper

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%

To say this beer is robust is a criminal understatement. The scents and flavors emanating therefrom are almost as intoxicating as the ale itself. Make no mistake, this is a hearty beer, but it goes well with all things; steak, chicken, pasta, relaxing after a sweaty round of golf, it just hits the proverbial spot. Its both sweet and malty with faint aromas and undertones of bitter spices. Allagash White is not the kind of beer that I could drink all night and day, but one or two really take take the edge off and just taste great while doing so. If I can think of anything bad about this beer it could only be the price. I've only seen it in a four-pack and those run around 8 to 10 bucks each. But I guess sometimes you just have to spoil yourself.

10-17-2009 17:01:15 | More by EddieTheTrooper
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

On-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated orange peels with hints of lemon and larger hints of spices. An underlying tanginess pervades as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A robust sweet malt base up front is soon joined by large amounts of citrus - as with the smell, mostly orange and lemon. Midway through the sip a good amount of spiciness kicks up and settles back down before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall there's not a whole lot this witbier can do better - one of the more refreshing ones I've had. Definitely worth the shot.

10-12-2009 19:40:22 | More by glid02
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Drazzamatazz

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Had multiple servings at Beervana.

A - Fortunately I'd seen this one poured before, or else the two ounce glass wouldn't be the best judge of character. Hazy golden hue with a wonderful little white pillow that just won't go away.

S - Crisp citrus and a little bit of heat, almost lemongrass in nature. Some peppery notes with a full aroma of wheat.

T - Lemongrass smell really morphs into a coriander taste. Still some nice citrus flavor with just a tiny bit of bitterness. It's almost hard to tell whether it's bitterness from the citrus flavors and aroma or from the hops. Very interesting.

M - So smooth, yet full and creamy. This is nice. Full bodied without being heavy. It's there, and you know it is, but it passes away without dragging you down.

D - When I want to be refreshed, this is what I look for, not some "light lager" junk. I wish they came in six packs rather then four. It's probably for the best though, I think the six would go just as quick as four, and they are just at the price range where that could easily add up.

10-04-2009 13:53:12 | More by Drazzamatazz
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LHOOQ

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- brown and yellow cloud. Poured with an inch or two of thick white head.

S- very sour and thick. Smells nothing like it tastes.

T- sharp at the beginning, giving way to an incredibly smooth finish. The aftertaste is citrusy and wheaty, but finished almost like a hefeweizen with banana.

M- a little thin, but in a good way. Carbonated and light.

D- incredible summer beer. Perfect for an evening.

This beer is the best Witbier I have had. It's much smoother than others I have tried, and I really like the hint of banana finish on the end. Will definitely buy again.

09-11-2009 01:58:06 | More by LHOOQ
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Served from a 12 oz twist off bottle with no freshness date, into a weizen glass. The pour on this beer is a wonderful, cloudy golden color that looks like lion's fur. Fluffy white head that sticks as a nice cap.

Aroma is spicy and citrusy, kind of like lemon-pepper. Some lemon rind and wheaty tartness is in the aroma.

Taste is orange citric, with some coriander spiciness and a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is just shockingly good. Smooth, with a creamy thickness to it that defies it's extra light body. I love when wheat beers pull this off. Too bad this comes in four packs, because this would be an excellent beer to stick with as a six pack.

Note: I suspect these bottles may be on their way to being old. No freshenss date, and when I asked at the counter if this was popular I was told they don't sell a lot of it (probably the answer to 99% of craft and micro beers). I had a sample of this beer another time that was a lot better and probably fresher. I'm not sure you can expect these to fly off the shelves because of the ridiculous price and four pack format. For the money, I'd rather go with hoeegarden, which is more likley to be fresh, and a lot cheaper. Allagash, start putting these in six packs and I'll regularly buy it.

09-06-2009 17:55:15 | More by jeffthecheff
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A cloudy yellow with a beautiful 2 1/2 finger head. Lots of lacing all down the side of the glass.
Very yeasty smelling beer. Sour dough with some subtle citrus and spice. Rather stinky
Sour bread character rather musty with some citrus and coriander. A unique bitterness contributes to this beers character.
Smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. A hint to biting but silkiness smooths things out.
Such a fantastic beer. I wish I could by this in 12 packs.

09-04-2009 04:19:00 | More by alovesupreme
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ndillon45

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

I've been an IPA die-hard for years, but have recently been dating the spicy white belgians.

Very light and foggy appearance. Moderately carbonated. Small, crystal white head. Aroma guarantees a great experience. Not too strong, not too weak flavor, just right. Not extremely complex, but a damn fine flavor. Great mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

09-04-2009 00:11:45 | More by ndillon45
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champ103

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. A two finger white head forms, and gently recedes. Some good lace is left behind.
S: Lemon, orange, and coriander aromas. Though, I detect an odd sulfur/mineral aroma that really detracts for me.
T: Lemon, orange, and coriander. Spicy and peppery.
M/D: A medium body and high carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. I can make a session of this with no problem.

A good beer, not great. Something that is worth a try. Not my favorite from Alagash though.

09-03-2009 03:58:12 | More by champ103
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz. bottle, poured into 16 oz. weizen glass, swirling the yeast as instructed by the label!

Pale Yellow and Cloudy. One-finger creamy white head, leaving a nice sticky lace, that almost but not quite hangs on indefinitely.

Smell... Yeast, Spice, and Wheat, roughly in that order. Really got the saliva flowing.

Taste...Moderately spicy bread. Ever so slightly fruity. I kept thinking this tastes like a great Hefe, but without the banana esters.

Lots of carbonation, or rather, a steady moderate stream that didn't run out. Medium to heavy body.

Wow! This was really, really, good stuff. I recently reviewed Shock Top, and said that A-B got it 'mostly right'. I still stand by that statement, but the Allagash reminded me that's a there's a big difference between mostly right and all right.

09-02-2009 21:52:35 | More by VikeMan
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No date. Bottled with yeast and has pouring instructions.

A - Totally hazed over with tiny sediment specks interspersed throughout. Pale yellow straw. Classic Witbier color. Small white head with poor retention and just a ring left after subsiding. No lace.

S - Creamy light lemon and lime citrus that smells like lemon meringue pie. A hearty yet delicate helping of spices and a yeast aroma on the nose as well. Moderate wheats in the background with some straw. No hops. Good layering in the aroma. Up front yet delicate.

T - The flavor mirrors the aroma. A blend of lemon meringue pie and lime yogurt. A yeasty and spicy smack is in there with the wheat but all besides citrus flavors party out in the shadows. This one has more flavor that I remember other Witbiers having as well. Moderately-low balanced. It leans a bit towards the citrus flavors.

M - Smooth and light-medium bodied. Residual sweetness with a creaminess to it lingers through the carbonated finish. No bitterness but a light spice at the end. Nice and refreshing.

D - Good drinkability but not something I'd rush out for. A lovely summer brew that will quench the thirst in the heat. Again, really good layering of flavors in this one.

08-30-2009 23:10:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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brandoneast

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

The rich frothy collar rests atop the lemon cloudy brew and suggests a white aurora towards the bottom of the pint glass. Aromas reminiscent of lemon zest, coriander, Creamsicle, and some faint bubblegum powder in the back. Citrus (lemon and orange) flavors, toasted cracker, pale wheat, clove, and a noticeable hop profile create a wonderfully balanced beer that concludes with an effervescent carbonation.

08-30-2009 22:12:51 | More by brandoneast
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Reviewing to provide a comparison to some recent homebrew Wit's. I have some work to do.

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. Poured dregs per bottle recommendation. Appearance is a beautiful hazy, yellow white with a pure white head. Can't do any better on this.

Just the right amount of spicy, Wit aroma.

Taste is soft, light, and full. Light from flavor and full from mouthfeel is the only way that works.

Spongy lacing.

08-28-2009 01:03:30 | More by Yetiman420
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mnrider

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz brown bottle. Pint glass

A: Very cloudy light yellow. One finger white fluffy head, which turns thin with light lacing.

S: Citrus at first than the yeast comes in strong. Very nice.

T: Yeasty citrus. Good blend of bitter and dryness. Smooth going down and is nice and refreshing. Light Spicy hops.

D: Good brew all around. Refreshing and yet a lot of taste. Maybe a little too much yeast for my liking, as i don't really look out for this style of brew. I definitely recommend this brew to witbier lovers.

Cheers!!

08-25-2009 03:42:03 | More by mnrider
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ditch

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Let me start by saying that this is not my style of beer. But in the effort of maturing my knowledge of all things beer I have decided to give this one a try on a recommendation of a friend.

Pour was decent, head was not as big or long lasting as previous reviews have said. I'm guessing this is because of the pour from a bottle instead of a tap. Poured a milky golden color. Lacing left on the glass falls away quick.

Very yeasty scent followed by a slight fruit and spice.

Wow as far as a Belgian wheat goes, this is really good! I am very impressed. Yeast is the main flavor to hit the pallet. A little spice and citrus. Very light and drinkable. I could go for another, but i only bought one!

Hats off to another great beer by Allagash!

08-23-2009 15:40:35 | More by ditch
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +12%

I had this at Firewaters in Concorde PA. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a thick white heading and continues to stay that way until the bitter end.

Smell is malt. Wheaty malts and a nice hint of lemony zest takes over with some earthiness.

Taste is the same nice malt taste with a nice hint's of lemon and apricot and other lighter fruits. The zestiness is then taken over by the yeasts which adds a nice spice to this beer.Slight tasting of hops add to the spiciness. This is a well suited beverage.

Mouth is kind of gritty in a way but with full carbonation and a nice light bodied feel this is easily a heavy summer favorite.

Drink is excellent I couldn't see why anyone wouldn't love to have a few of these. Very sessionable and light for those hot days. I am not really a big Witbier fan but this one is easily my favorite so far.

08-23-2009 15:20:15 | More by TheFightfan1
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