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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,990
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 246
Gots: 376 | 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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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.4/5  rDev +6%

On tap from Rattle and Hum NY. Pours with a nice thick heavy head which lasts fairly long. Thick lacing. Color is a pale dark yellow and very cloudy. Smell is pleasant with an earthy tone. Taste is also very pleasant with both hints of both wheat and citrus. As a slightly heavier beer it is filling but still maintains good drinkability. Would definitely drink this beer again.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

One of my all time favorites.

A- lemon yellow with pale white head.

S- Lemon zest and fresh grass a truly inviting fresh scent

T- perfection lemon fruilt up front with a slightest bitterness and a clean refreshing finsh.

M clean carbination resonates in the mouth verf nice

D- excellent this could be drunk every day and I would not get tired of it. What a great great beer.

mcarroll10177, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Paid $8.49 for a 750 ml bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a pilsener glass. Batch #50.

Leaves a two inch white head of very fine bubbles after a standard pour. Much carbonation as expected. Cloudy yellow straw color. Excellent frothy head retention and thick lacing.

Lemon citrus nose, pale malts, spice, wheat and bready yeast aromas blend together quite nicely.

Taste is quite citrusy, somewhat sweet and rather pleasant. Even some bananas mixed up with spice and mellow yeast/wheat.

Mouth is very carbonated, yet not overpowering. Light bodied and quite drinkable. Finish is rather crisp, yet there is a light citrus aftertaste.

The best wheat beer variety I've tried to date. The mellowness of the yeast and wheat in combination with how well balanced this one is, put it in a class of its own.

ibbjamin, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Dulliwhig
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Hazy, golden, thick white head, creamy lacing, ultrafine bubbles

S - Pungent lillies, buttered sourdough, spicy brightness, citrus fruits

T - Clean, crisp grapefruit, spicy complexity, slight bitterness - refreshing

M - Medium to light body, bountiful carbonation, crisp

D - This would be a great beer to crack open on the beach!

Dulliwhig, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Faulconerbrewing
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

Thick white foamy head and very hazy beer. what you should expect from a wheat beer. smell is light, but the corriander spiciness is evident.

Smooth to drink, and some carbonation, but not too heavy. a decent amountt of spiciness is evident, but not too much. The wheat and grain taste is evident but pleasent.

This will probably be a staple in the fridge. I can't wait for the summer to have some shelfish and a few of these.

Faulconerbrewing, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

consumed at a tasting. review from notes.

A: hazy pale orange. inch of head. great lace, great retention.

S: Bananas, clove, yeast. more like a hefe IMO.

T: Orange peel. Leads me to wonder if the bitterness is from hops or the peel? banana is not as obvious. tastes stale.

M: undercarbonated. came from what i thought was a fresh keg but leaves stale bitterness, lingers.

D: Stale bitterness doesnt help, but beer is still pretty smooth.

this beer was very up and down. more carbonation would go a long way.

imagineiii, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of bluehulk
3.9/5  rDev -6%

Very good example of the style
Batch #63
Poured into a tumbler. I must say I love when a beer gives me directions on how to pour properly. Geek it up

A: great white head, fizzy ness that lasts and some real nice lacing along with some great cloudiness to go with the yellow color

S: Spicy Musky, Wheat goodness very peppery and coriander

T: Citrusy, almost oaky, with some spices with elements of almost a lemony banana cluster blended with lots of wheat

M: really slick with nice lasting carbonation, which holds on through the whole bottle

D: I know everyone thinks this is a rock star session beer and I love spice but this isn't the one I would hang out with for a session. Even though I did tap the bottle by myself.

bluehulk, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of midaszero
2.85/5  rDev -31.3%

A - Hazy golden color with very little white head and very little lacing

S - Banana and citrus with lemon zest and some spice and grain

T - Lemon zest with spice. Clean and smooth

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Not horrible but not something I would reach for again

midaszero, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours hazy straw color, medium white head with good retention and lacing.

Smells awesome. Fruity, spicy, wheaty, and a little bit yeast and tart.

Fruity, a bit spicy, wheaty, and faintly yeasty. I'd like just a bit more boldness out of the Belgian yeast strain.

Carbonation not overdone. Has a pleasant slickness to the feel. Finished very clean.

Holy shit is this drinkable! Had a hard time not slamming it. I normally drink bigger beers and sip more slowly, but this one goes down like keg beer at a frat party.

sprucetip, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Glowing cloudy yellow color, almost like it's radioactive, still you can see the tiny bubbles swim to the surface. Not much head nor lacing. Subtly fills your nostrils with sheer weight as well as clove, coriander spice, lemon peel, vanilla bean, has a lively yeastiness, some banana notes, while light of touch it's never not there. Light-bodied, fizzy and kind of skittish, never settles down on a branch. The heavier carbonation does whip up the clove led spices, lemon to orange citrus, mineral water and mild metallic flakes. The fruit mainly banana, pear, apricot, more skin and pit than flesh. Creates a lot of perfume in the mouth yet cannot persist through the finish. Goes down without a hiccup.

farrago, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of mjw06
4.15/5  rDev 0%

A - nice foamy white head about two fingers thick that moderately diminished into a nice rimming and left a nice sticky lacing on the glass all the way down. similar in color and appearance to pineapple juice.

S - smell of white wine with a crisp wheat overture

T - a very pleasant hoppiness all the way through consistently with a taste of wheat and a spicy finish. the taste is great, however lacks complexity. didnt get much of a fruity taste.

M - good carbonation with a light to medium body.

D - extremely drinkable from the first sip to the last gulp. it has an very consistent taste and a pleasant body to compliment it. i was very satisfied with this selection and look forward to having this some more.

on-tap at matchbox in chinatown, dc

mjw06, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of anchordrinker
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

A- When held up to the light it has a hazy golden appearance. The initially somewhat frothy head dissipates almost entirely after 4-5 minutes.

S- It smells musky sweet and clove-y, with prominent spicing that must be the coriander.

T- Wonderfully complex, initially dry, with well-balanced sweetness and spice on the finish.

M- Despite the full-flavor, has a light mouthfeel with plentiful carbonation

D- Incredibly drinkable, if it were not such a high price I could easily finish 4-6 bottles in a sitting.

anchordrinker, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

A - a golden cloudy beer with hinting toward light orange with a white head that eft quickly and left some but very little lace

S - very spicy (many spices; not hot) i could definately smell some corriadner and some pepper but most of all some cloves. Very attractive

T - i must say one of the best witbier's iv had i really love it and this is not my fave style of beer. Very nice even body with some bitterness but an overall spicy feel and the clove taste was very refreshing and welcoming

M - its a very light beer but still complicated in flavor

D - extremely drinkable i dont know why ths style doesn't eventually substitute all the light crap. HAHa

JoEBoBpr, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.9/5  rDev -6%

Pours a pale orange with plenty of carbonation to form a two-finger, fluffy, off-white head. Retention is good, with a fine layer of lacing left behind. Has a aroma of orange peel. Tastes big on coriander, with some citrus notes and grain coming through as well. Light-bodied and very tasty wit that should quench anybody's thirst for a crisp, unfiltered session brew.

HopEnthusiast, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of drnknmnky
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

On-tap @ Sunset.

A - Cloudy, yellow, color.

S - Citrusy, like lemon and orange, nice Belgian yeast smell

TM - sweet, tasty citrus, kind of peppery bite nice balanced brew, carbonation is good, nothing overwhelming on any side.

D - YUMMMMYYY yummy yummy I got allagash white in tummy. good beer. didn't like too much the first times I had it it tasty beverage.

drnknmnky, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a large white frothy head.

S-sweet, fruity and yeasty. Notes of lemon/orange citrus.

T- A slightly dry sweetness. Finishes a peppery lemon.

M- Plenty of zip from the generous carbonation.

D- Excellent. I could drink quite a few of these.

JayNH, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

A. A very hazy gold, with streaks of orange and light red running silently through it.

S. Very light yet wholesome citrus, primarily lemon which overshadows very subtle and smooth orange peel. Very slight vanilla.

T. Fairly light and smooth while being a little over carbonated for my liking. Slight lemon and very insignificant hints of zestier orange. This is a perfect summer time beer, not much too it, not much to think about, and pretty refreshing. Maybe a little too plain for my liking though.

CoolJosh, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of gabrielsyme
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz bottle-conditioned bottle.

Color is pale, hazy golden. Little head.

Smell and taste are citrusy, orange and lemons. Think more of the zest, with some of it's bitterness more than orange juice. Some tartness as well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very drinkable. This is a very good beer and I think it will become one of my go-tos.

gabrielsyme, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a bottle into a standard Troeg's pint glass. Followed the pouring directions on the label swirling in the yeasty remnants in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is citrus and some spice, not overwhelming and fairly inviting.

Taste is outstanding, very well balanced and just the right hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is light and inviting with average carbonation.

Drinkability at this ABV is outstanding - several of these is almost mandatory.

All in all an outstanding offering from Allagash.

Edited 2/4/09: I really like variety but this has become a staple in my fridge. I absolutely love this beer. The balance, the spice, everything about it. I can't recommend it too highly. Do yourself a favor and pick this up.

OldYoda, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

A- pours a really really light yellow with alot of white head and a good amount of lacing
S- corrainder, orange, wheat lemon, not overly sweet smelling but inviting
T- very refreshing, really light but the flavors really come out niceley
M- a very light beer, but very smooth
D- very low abv, a great example of a wit

a great North American versian of a witbier, very reasonably priced.. In my opinon along with Blanche De Chambly, and Victory Whirlwind the best wheat beers in North Amercia

gdfan47, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of cpn920
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured a cloudy yellow color with a niced head. Smell was citrusy with hint of cloves. Taste was smooth with a nice malt bacbone and with a nice lively citrus flavor. Nice carbonation, not overwhelming. I could have three of these and be very happy and not be sloppy.

cpn920, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Arbitrator
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

On-tap at the Toronado.

A: Inviting cloudy yellow/straw color with generous head that laces down the glass as I drink.

S: Fruity, floral, Belgian malts. A little bit of spice is detected. A fairly muted smell, though -- I'd be more impressed with some pungency so it didn't require so much swirling to bring out the aromatics.

T: Banana, citrus, crisp wheat, and light spice (clove, coriander). Not a lot of flavor evolution, but's a clean, crisp profile that refreshes quite well.

M: Crisp, with lively carbonation. But it feels a bit watery. I'll have to revisit this and see.

D: Good session beer, but not so impressive and flavorful that I'll seek this out over 'average' and cheaper witbiers.

Arbitrator, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

A - A cloudy...yet bright...yellow body...great lacing left down the entire glass

S - Yeast...fruits...spice

T - Pretty much follows the nose...the spice really comes through at the end...but well balanced flavors throughout the palate

M - Creamy and smooth

D - This is a nice brew...I still haven't worked my taste buds up to the heavy wheat beers yet...a little spicy

thain709, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

Lemon yellow pour with a medium white head and mild lacing, nice and cloudy. Soft aroma with a nice delicate flowery nose coupled with mild spices. Mouthfeel is an odd blend of creamy smooth and fizzy, weird but kind of nice. Flavor seems more delicate than the aroma, nice light citrus flavor of lemon and orange. The spices aren't as prevalent but are still noticeable. Extremely quenching and satisfying, but I prefer my Wits to be a little more assertive.

kinger, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a nice bright cloudy yellow with a volatile while head that clings desperately to the glass.

Smells of tangy Belgian malts. I'm intrigued. Taste is a bit dry up front and finishes with a fairly subtle mellowness. A bit watered down, but not too much. Still pretty flavorful.

Overall, it tastes like they took a great Belgian beer and watered down a little bit. The flavors are interesting, but they are not intense enough.

Still a good offering for their standard.

bassmantin, Dec 13, 2008
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,990 ratings.