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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,300 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,300
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 275
Gots: 507 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of WankelEngine
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale straw yellow and very hazy. There is a moderate white foam head that dissipates fairly quickly but not entirely, leaving a white cap on top of the beer.

S: Smells strongly of yeast and wheat. There are also some spices and a citrus hops scent.

T: Taste is crisp and refreshing. There is a zesty spice accompanied by a range of tropical fruits and herbal citrus. Very yeasty

M: Light and well carbonated. Easy to drink.

O: A delicious, drinkable spiced summer beer.

Photo of SirBenton
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Geneva Ale house.

It poured beautifully. It had a great cloudy golden yellow appearance. The smell was by far my favorite part; besides the taste that is. Yeast and spices dominated the smell and was very refreshing. after smelling, I anticipated that the spices would overwhelm all other aspects of taste. However, this beer is very well balanced and was very crisp and clean. It was super refreshing! I will definitely drink this beer again!

Photo of StaEva
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this beer on tap at the Boathouse in Wayne, PA. Here are my notes:

cloudy pale straw color. there is a murky, yeasty presence in the glass that I love. super tall head—3 fingers of pure white that eventually dissolves to a thin rim around the top, which stays for the rest of the drink.

very strong spice aromatics with an earthy yet fresh mix of citrus, wheat, bitter hops, and bread. slightly sour.

taste starts off with good malt and citrus which is consistent from the the front to back. the back gives good clove/coriander spice and slight dryness with a little hint of bitterness on the sides. clean and refreshing finish. there's little alcohol presence which is expected at 5.2% ABV. mouthfeel is light-bodied with fair carbonation.

great representation of a traditional witbier: light, refreshing and easy to drink. enjoying very much on this warm evening.

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man, served in an imperial pint glass, 20oz.

Poured a pale yellow, with a finger and change of white head. Leaves a fat collar with some milder retention. Laces mildly. Nose holds some lemon, orange and general citrus notes. Taste has just as much lemon and orange, very refreshing feel. Some wheat and again general citrus notes. Spritzy mouthfeel with a fairly high carbonation. A great summer beer, would be ideal to have regular access to this offering!

Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy pale straw hue. Huge three fingers of stark white head. Good retention. Sticky lace remains.

S: Belgian yeast, citrus fruit, cloves, coriander, banana, bubble gum. Pretty much where a wit should be.

T: Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, vanilla. Again tastes like a wit.

M: Holy over carbonation. Light to medium body I think. Hard to pick it up with all the bubbles.

O: Save for the insane amount of carbonation. Pretty much a spot on wit.

Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudly super pale yellow. really is close the white. Like a grated lemon where it's white with some lemon poking through. thin white head lasts decently well.
S- Not a super strong aroma here but what was there was nice. Lemon zest, some definite yeasty characteristics at work and a bit of spicyness, but more fruit heavy than spice.
T- More flavor here than aroma suggested. Still more citrus, particularly lemon, than spice, which, as a personal preference, is how how I like it. One of the most aggressively flavored wits.
M- Very smooth carbonation, but the finish kinda just fell off for me. A bit lighter than would have appreciated.
O- A solid wit. It's a top notch one, but there are still things that could be tweaked, particularly a longer finish. That being said, it's quite a good beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a Hoegarden style tumbler at ChurchKey DC.

Lemon dark cloudy body with lots of carbonation. Big white foamy head with lots of retention and supper sticky lacing of about one finger off the pour. Real good looking here.

Smell is a small sour lemon but mostly sense of yeast. Kind of a muted grainy chew sense as well. Not much exciting going on here.

Taste and feel is strangely powdery at first, with a real big clove finish. Real dense body but lacking flavor. A small sense of mild cardamom but kind of not that exciting.

I don't know what it is about Allagash but they just sort of bore me, this one doesn't do it for me either. It's okay but I certainly don't want to have it again.

Photo of beorn7676
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light golden straw with a bright white dense one inch head. Would have liked a larger head on this one.

S- Spicey yeast, coriander, and a gentle wheat aroma.

T-Taste is a good balance of yeast and spices. I pick up on some orange, pepper, and a touch of lemony dryness in it as well.

M-Slightly creamy at first, but finishes with a nice dryness that keeps it refreshing.

O-Overall a very solid witbier. Good amount of flavor with nothing getting out of balance. I could easily enjoy a number of these.

Photo of brandoncox
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very honest hazy straw color pour as sediment lofts throughout the glass.

A delicate soft spicy banana scent is most notable, mashed with wheat and a touch of lemon. It has a very earthy feeling to it when held to the nose. Not too sweet and not too spicy, just right.

The most noticeable thing about the taste is that it's not sour or tangy, whereas I think a lot of brews in this category fail. It's full of wheat flavor while not compromising anything else.

On the palate it feels nice and smooth with silky fizzed smack.

I picked this up in a very small beer shop downtown and now I wish I had at least grabbed another. It's a great interpretation of the Belgian wheat style.

Photo of betsona
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to amphion1065 for this 12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A- Extremely hazy straw color which pours with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Step-like lacing all the way down the glass. Serves as a means to identify how much I enjoyed the beer as I drank.

S- Mainly a earthy smell derived from the yeast. Other hints include: raw wheat, coriander, lemon zest and banana dusted in clove.

T- I was overpowered by coriander and clove. Almost too strong at first, but it mellowed out with lemon and banana as the beer warmed up. The earthy smell was not present in the taste, but that could be due to the strength of the spices and herbs.

M- Medium body with low carbonation. Sits slightly heavy on the palate. Easy to drink in the same way a hot tea is once it cools down.

O- Hands down one of the best American hefes that I have had a chance to have. A little too heavy on the spices, which had an almost medicinal tea flavor to it, yet it works. Really easy to drink and I will grab a few next time I make a beer run.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash's flagship standard is a total oasis at the bar with nothing else to offer. I can't count the number of times I've found this tapped at bars where the only other options are sam adams and corona light. And on moments like that, you just have to thank god for Allagash's expanding market penetration.

A fine ol' looking beer with a few fingers of white fluffy head and milky bronze below. Smells are citrus dominant with some bread and grassy spiciness for good measure. Taste is wonderfully balanced with sweet and sour citrus notes mixed with the bitterness from that herbal/grassy aspect. The body is light and smooth, almost creamy, to the degree that that's possible in a light-bodied beer.

Overall, very glad to find it whenever I do, and cheers to all you folks across the country who are surprised and grateful to be saved by this one on your chance outings.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a heavily clouded neon-yellow color with two fingers of cream-colored head that holds okay but does not lace well at all.

S: Light citrus, grass, yeasty spice, and coriander; lovely.

T: Dry and untart lemon, strong yeasty spice, light banana, and hints of wildberry.

M: It has a medium-light body with above average carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This is terrific; it is a very rare gem in an unexciting style.

Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pale cloudy straw color with a short lived white head.

S: Coriander is almost overpowering on the aroma. There's a slight mustiness to the nose, but perhaps that's just from far too much coriander. Lots of citrus zest and a touch of lemony tartness.

T: Lots of lemon zest flavor. There is some orange peel in there too. Maybe a touch too bitter for a witbier. Lots of floral hop notes with a moderate level of bread and wheat flavor.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation a bit on the high side of medium.

O: Unfortunately this was another fairly underwhelming beer from Allagash.

Photo of negroobserver
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Allagash White with Yeast Swirl
03/27/2011

C: 4.0 - Hazy light yellow color with brownish tones. Pours with about 1 inch of head, which leaves behind some lacing on the glass.

S: 3.0 - Yeasty. Wheat. Coriander. Lemony citrus scent.

T: 3.5 - Flat. Watery. Not much flavor. Some presence of spices, with a light sting on the tongue as with coriander. Very light hoppy bitterness. No aftertaste.

M: 4.0 - Carbonation light/medium.

D: 3.5 - A little watery but very easy to drink. The taste is good for a hefeweizen, but it is hardly exceptional.

OVERALL: C+ / B-

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,300 ratings.