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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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4,296 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,296
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 275
Gots: 503 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of veinless
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

Photo of legatovibrato24
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spice, spice, and spice are the big notes here. This cloudy, bright Witbier has one of the stronger spice scents and flavors of nearly any. Peppercorn and coriander are the most prevalent.

The taste is down the same alley. If the thought of a spicy beer turns you off or you've had a bad experience with belgian style beers with spice, then you should steer clear of this one. However if you are partial to the complexity and bready quality that can be attained in these belgian styles, then this is your bread(y) and butter.

Very smooth feel in the mouth, and I would advise the pour out of the bottle be done as shown on the label. A pour then a swirl to loosen some yeast to top it off.

I must say I was once in the category of being scared of the spicy belgian style beer, but now I have been enlightened by the balance and presence offered by Allagash White. Thank you Portland, Maine. One day I shall pay my respects with a visit.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes composed on 2/16/11. Thanks again for the hospitality, Walter the Dog.

Al the White pours a golden apple juice color with a white hazy film on top- there is not much of a head at all. The lacing is quite phenomenal- very sticky, archy, and dotty.

Woo dog, that's a spicy smell. Peppercorn and coriander are hugely important; the wheat also affects the spiciness a bit. This is a very sharp and crisp smell. Some lemon zest and cleaner citrus aromas also waft out of the glass.

Spice blends better with fruity, yeasty components in the taste than it does in the smell. Very nice, mellower fruity esters of banana and some crisp apple are evident, but the spice does make its presence known at the beginning of the sip.

The mouthfeel is a good juggling act between mellow creaminess and the bite of the spices. The body is light to medium, and is helped by excellent carbonation. The finish is nicely dry to temper the creaminess on the flat of my tongue.

I have been enjoying wheat beer more lately and this one was very nice. I thought it had great balance and strong flavors. I could certainly have a few of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of dalimsta
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Cloudy pale yellow, typical of the style.

Smells like citrus and coriander--though it oddly reminded me of something else I couldn't quite place, which turned out to be not-quite-ripe mango. I invite everyone to give it a sniff and see whether they get the same.

I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian whites, but I recognize a good one when I have it. This is the best I've had so far, and puts Hoegaarden to shame. Not a fan of the initial blast of flavor, which is almost overwhelmingly just slightly-bitter spice, but that clears up to reveal a seriously heavenly bready aftertaste with delicate citrus accents--I quickly switched from wanting to dismiss this as overrated to counting it among the best beers I've tried, period.

Mouthfeel is nice, though I think a little less carbonation could help the flavor--that complex, bready-spicy flavor only comes when it settles a bit on the tongue.

Definitely very drinkable, and I could easily see myself absentmindedly downing a pitcher of this if I weren't careful.

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

ST: 12oz poured into Ommegan glass.

A: Cloudy orange-yellow (like a lighter shade of creamsicle) with thin white head that calms down quickly and settles at the edge of the glass. It leave large lacking tracks.

S: Coriander, orange, wheat, and nuts.

T: Starts strong with orange, citrus, and spice. Orange continues into the finish where hops and coriander balance out the beer. The finish is refreshingly crisp and slightly bitter; this finish stops the wheat beer from being sweet.

M: Medium-bodied, but crisp.

D: Crisp finish stops the beer from being cloying, and it does not have very high ABV.

Overall: This is a great wheat beer. It is not as sweet as some other wit beers; it is more aggressively hopped, which creates a refreshing and balanced bitter finish. I would enjoy this at any time of the year, though it would be best on warmer and sunnier days during the spring or summer.

Photo of SFrankBrew
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell was of light lemon and a little grassy. The taste was very fresh and light. The main flavor was form the yeast with some crispness from the carbonation. Also slight lemon zest and almost a soapy freshness that stayed with the aftertaste. This is another classic example of someone executing the Wit. Tougher than most would think. But, they certainly hit this one out of the park.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wanna hear a funny story? Yeah? I recently applied to Allagash. They were looking for a lead warehouseman. Well, the day I was about to apply, my computer came down with a virus. Computer was out of commission for a few days. Got it fixed, checked the site, Allagash took the listing down. I applied anyways. Never received a letter back telling me Thanks, but no Thanks. Funny story, huh? *sigh*

Anyways, even though they didn't reply to my email I still have love for them, as they make two of my favorite beers. I have an almost sexual relationship with their Tripel, and this here White is just a bonafide treat as well.

Foggy, pale yellow with a big foamy head that settles into a nice patchy layer that leaves some stickyass lace. Breathing this bad boy down it delivers some spice grass, and notes of orangey fruit that other Witbiers share. Smooth, creamy and a small bite in the cheeks as you slurp it down. Taste like it smells with a bigger punch in both categories of spice and fruit - and they blend together perfectly.

This a beer that I'll be having a for a long, long while. Totally accessible, recommendable and drinkable for all seasons. One of these days I'm gonna have a taste off with this and Hoegaarden. Good times will be had!

Photo of Satchboogie
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours very cloudy pale yellow, small 1/2 inch frothy head that sticks around.

S: Belgian yeast, coriander, sweet banana, citrus (orange/lemon)

T: Nice light body and crisp carbonation, big backbone of yeast and pale grains with coriander and slight hop notes. Lemon zest and orange peel come through more towards the finish, very slight bitterness. One of the more balanced Witbeer's, while it's nice and yeasty/malty, it isn't overpowering, nor are the citrus and spice notes. Mellow and balanced, a great summer drink.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually on tap or 12oz bottle poured into snifter glass. Body appeared almost the color of orange flesh - orange subdued by white cloudiness, with a half inch of white head that eventually subsided. Aroma was sweet orange peel, grass, coriander, a dash of pepper, and perhaps cloves. Flavor was sweet clove like malt, light orange peel, with a subdued sweetness toward the back, slightly herbal, grassy and citric. Palate was very soft and sensuous, carbonation just tickled the back of the throat, and afterards a light orange peel taste lingered.

Photo of MayLattimore
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow orange with barely a little foam. Pretty good retention. Aroma is mild, but otherwise typical of wits. Spices, citrus, yeast. Taste is very creamy, with a bit of citric zest and spice. Good yeast profile too. Really impressive, actually. Mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and very drinkable. Quality wit.

Photo of AdamF
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well spiced and drinkable.

Spices hit my nose right away. Cloudy with particles suspended throughout, it tasted lighter than I expected -- very little carbonation.

The spices are the highlight of this one for me. It's a great tasting wheat beer without the heavy body that comes with most wheat beers I've tasted.

Photo of diomz88
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured in a weizen glass, bright yellow, cloudy, very small white head that recedes right away.
S - smells wheat, bread, citrusy, some spices. Aroma is really not that strong.
T - taste wheat, bread, some lemon hints, and it is spicy. hop is barely noticable, maybe due to the spices.
M - light bodied, smooth, dry and crisp. spice lingers until the end, with aftertaste.
D - easy drinkability. its an ok beer for me.

Photo of harrymel
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$3 for 12oz @ bottles in Spokane, WA.
Poured to NB Globe.

A: Pours a meringue yellow with a singe finger persistently white and fluffy head. Nearly neon yellow with excellent clarity until you pour yeast into glass. This then makes beer appropriately semi-translucent. Well done.

S: Crisp, seedy coriander. Cool, slightly earthy scent. Very spot on for the style.

T: Mmmm. I don't normally like whites, but this, this is quaffable. Well done with appropriate grain flavors, nice banana, butter, coriander flavors can be found dancing here.

M: medium body with crispy, highly carbonated feel. Nice feel.

D: Good beer. Great representation of the style, particularly for an American brewery.

Photo of JayS2629
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy yellow with creamy white head that fades fast but leaves nice sea foam lacing.

S- Up front yeast brings bananas and cloves, spicy, fruity. Hints of citrus, pear, orange, and faint lemony hints.

T- Follows the nose. Sweet in the front with banana notes and vanilla. Cloves and spices in the middle with rich notes of caramel. Wheat is definitely in the profile with citrus in the finish. Orange and faint lemon notes.

M- Creamy and smooth

D- Very easy to drink. So creamy for such a grainy style beer. Smooth and slight sweet edge. Flows so easy.

Photo of shorty19
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer that has a small floral taste.
This beer pours cloudy and smooth. Hints of lemon and orange. has slight fizz but this beer is The best beer i have had!!! A must taste
The best....the best the best i got this beer at the best beer store.Francestown village store!!! a must see store has every beer you can imagine!

Photo of AwYeh
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with one finger white head. Lots of suspended yeast sediment- there's no expiration date, but it just got into the store so here's hoping it's not too expired (smell and taste did not seem to be negatively affected)

S: Smell is yeasty, floral, and peppery; pears stand out among some citrus notes. Strong aroma for a witbier; smells like a tripel or top-notch hefeweizen.

T: Taste builds on smell, bringing out coriander and a bit of orange.

M: Medium to lively carbonation, thin body, crisp; extremely smooth.

D: A very easy drinking beer, putting away a bomber of this (or maybe even a 6-pack) would be no trouble at all.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,296 ratings.