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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,361
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 295
Gots: 553 | FT: 2
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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 DAllspaw
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale yellow with very tight 2 inch white head. Dissipates into strong lacing around the glass. Looks great in a tulip glass.

Smell is yeast and a hint of orange and grass. No banana

Taste is exceptional, bit of citrus but most noticably some clove and peppery finish. Great level of carbonation.

Terrific beer anytime especially when 90 degrees. Unibroue sets the mark for me with this one, but Allagash hits it just as well.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow color with a bone white head that has good retention.

S: Very delicate spices along with some lemon and orange zest.

T: This is probably my favorite wit. I could drink this all day long. Clean and refreshing without being boring. Lemon zest, coriander and some clove with a light and slightly creamy mouthfeel. This one is a keeper.

Photo of xerotime
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into an Allagash glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice 2 finger head that is slow to fade. Aroma is a nice blend of wheat and citrus. Flavor is a nice balance between the malt and the orange/lemon citrus flavors. Light body with a good level of carbonation. Overall, a fantastic example if the style and a great beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light tan, almost truly white in color, cloudy, with a very nice, very creamy two finger head that lasted a long time, and left great lacing.

Yeast, cloves, fruits, citrus, wheat and well blended spices seem to make up the smell. Good.

Tastes mirrors the smell pretty close, and it tastes damn good!

Light body and lightly smooth, creamy carbonation.

A very tasty witbier indeed. Super easy to drink and very refreshing.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy milky yellow. Quarter finger head that rapidly dissipates and little lace

S: wheat and nice citrus melody.

T: orangy and lemon. wheat is there as well. Nothing at all offensive. Very palatable.

M: light bodied. Refreshing. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Excellent beer for its category. You can tell it is on the light side without losing the taste.

Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this one on-tap while visiting friends in Brooklyn. Glad I did!

Nice murky white color and small white-ish head. Great aroma! Smelled like pepper jack cheese and nutmeg and cloves. And some crazy wild mint too. Tasted real nice. Dry and super tart on a hot day. Lots of herbs and spices in there. And a crazy banana flavor too.

Seemed a little flat, but I wonder if that was the tap line. Overall a good beer for the summer for sure!

Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger of creamy white head. Nice retention with some thin lace.

Aittle bit of lemon in the aroma with spicy hops. Some candied orange sweet ess rounds it out. Pale malt body on the pallet with lemon and spicy hops to finish this. Dryer on the pallet than the aroma would lead. A little bit of a musty flavor in the finish.

Nice light body with somewhat sharp carbonation. Overall this one is a good lighter offering. Could be a solid go-to beer.

Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer at a local beer bar when I'm not feeling the other varieties. It is creamy golden in color with a sweet, light and smooth flavor throughout. Not too heavy, not too light, and just sweet enough to not overwhelm. Has a bit of a hop bite, but is more on the wheat side. Overall delicious.

Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy corn yellow with some hardly noticeable sediment that is disguised well with the color. Forms a small finger high head of white foam that fizzles out very quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Light citrus, banana esters and very bright and peppery spices with a nice grain base that is very refined and has a smooth transition with the many intricate details. A bit lighter than some other wits but balance here is excellent.

Nothing over done here, grain base is held together with a slight wheat twang and a smooth transition into light lemon citrus and bright peppery spices blending with yeast. Very refreshing, surprising dryness.

A sneaky bold body, filling only after you finish drinking, good carbonation. Perhaps a bit acidic on the finish and aftertaste but dries very well.

Ideal wit beer, by far the most balanced I've had, first dive into this brewery and the rave reviews are well deserved. A definite staple for the fridge, very refreshing.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got to try this one at barcade they always seem to have it on tap not that i'm complaining here

this one was pure milky white in the glass with a little bit of straw color to it the head was good at first then reduced to just a whisp of some lace

smell was great it had some weird intense black pepper aroma also some clove banana and cinnamon in there real nice

wow the taste had a nice lemon flavor to it real tart and dry and crisp

mouthfeel a bit thin i felt it could have used a little more pop but wait it is quenchable and quaffable and refreshing real nice

overall really good beer i look forward to trying their other beers

Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: First time I’ve ever had the lip of the bottle break when I’ve popped the cap. That was weird. I don’t think any glass got into the beer. Anywho, this beer pours a cloudy lemon citrus color with a fluffy white head that faded into a thin film leaving a few wisps of lacing down the glass.
S: Dominating notes of spices including clove, coriander and Belgian yeast. I also get notes of those little egg custard pastries you get at dim sum restaurants, and a hint of lemon zest.
T: Follows the nose with spicy flavors of clove, coriander, lemon, yeast and a hint of pepper and earthy hops. The finish is sweet and the aftertaste is a bit minerally.
M: Tingly carbonation that bites at the tongue at times with a fluffy medium-full body and a chewy mouthfeel.
O: One of the more enjoyable wit’s I’ve tried and an all-around enjoyable and highly drinkable beer. Now if we could just get this in all the restaurants and bars instead of Blue Moon…

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

The looks are right on for a wit. Pale yellow cloudy and a head that leave lots of lacing.
The smell is more of a hefe smell but with a touch of some other spices in addition to the clove smell.
Tastes like a hefe also. But with a dry spicy finish.
Very light and dry in the mouth. Overall a very good beer not right on style compared to other wits but extremely drinkable. Another above average beer from Allagash.

Photo of pburland23
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bayview Lobster in Camden, ME. Served in an Allagash chalice.

I was sitting next to the beautiful Penobscot Bay on a cloudless 75 degree Saturday thinking of what to drink with my lobster roll lunch. Allagash White jumped right off the tap list.

Pours a bright, but cloudy yellow with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell is wheaty and fruity with a distinct banana scent. Some cloves, coriander and orange rind as well. The aroma was light, refreshing and very inviting.

Taste is quintessential Belgian wit. Could be passed off as a Belgian original. Spicy and citrusy. The oranges and coriander really star here. The flavor is soft and refreshing. A well constructed beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a pleasing abundance of carbonation. Eminently drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, man, what a beer. Cold Allagash White, a lobster roll, a beautiful Maine day. What more could you possibly want?

Photo of zrab11
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale yellow with a small white head

S- Has citrus notes, also spice and earth aromas. maybe even a hint of banana

T- Has a nice smooth yeasty flavor up front followed by some citrus flavors and ends with a nice spicey earthy flavor

M-Medium to light bodied with good carbaontion

D-Overall i liked this brew. And exspecially as this style not being one of my favs it really impressed me. Loved the spices used in this beer. WOuld reccomend to anyone to try.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Pizza Port
Solana Beach, CA

Cloudy bright orange. Thin white head. Beautiful lacing down the glass.

Bright aroma consisting of sweet citrus, namely lemon, floral notes, and a bit of peppery spice and bite.

Follows the nose almost entirely. Lemon, citrus, wheat, peppery spice, coriander. Very tasty.

Divine mouthfeel. Smooth, light, airy, incredibly drinkable.

A great witbier, perhaps my favorite of the style.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Stubby brown bottle. Served in a fluted Wheat Beer glass.
It pours a cloudy lemony creamy off-yellow color with a full frothy, fluffy white head and loads of clingy lacing.
The smell is a clean mix of fresh bread dough, citrusy lemon zest, spices, cloves, and citrusy hops. A faint smell of green banana and wisp of vodka trail.
The flavors are amazingly balanced as well. Tart citrus, oranges, wheat malt, citrusy hops and a mix of spices, most notably white pepper and corinader all mingle together nicely.
The mouthfeel has a slightly astringent tang to it, though it seem to have a thirst cutting effect.
This White can hang with the French and Belgian Wits any day!

Photo of tjkinate
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best White these lips have ever tasted!
Poured into a traditional Pint glass.

A: Pale yellow, completely opaque, small head from a hard pour.

S: Citrus, banana, with spicy undertones.

T: Very subtle, calm, refreshing.

M: Coats the mouth in a nice thin film.

O: Great wheat beer, not too sweet like so many of the others, which allows you to easily drink more than one.

Highly recommended

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn fine beer. Knocked back two pints over lunch at 121 Restaurant in North Salem NY. Sat outside on a sunny day, and was able to hold the glass up to some gorgeous sunlight. Beautiful straw coloration with one of the whitest and fluffiest heads I've ever seen. Citrus and wheat on the nose made me begin salivating. Taste was smooth and clean with that breadiness of a good wheat beer coming through in a big way. I could have sat on that porch all day drinking this beer. While they have a nice little selection of crafts at 121, I think I'll be ordering this one up again when I return.

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

Appearance is a hazy pale straw, close to the color of lemonade, perhaps even lighter. A thick pale-white head sits atop, with a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. Scents are wheaty and citrusy - smells like pineapple to me. The wheat continues into the taste - reminded me a bit of cereal - with a hint of lemon. There was a touch of sweetness in the finish. This beer is an excellent example of its style.

Photo of rfgetz
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clody yellow, big poof of white foam, good retention and decent lacing. Scent is of fresh cracked wheat, white bread and yeast, lighlty spiced with notes of lemon and banana are present, but not forward. Taste follows scent, the breadyness of the beer (including yeasts) are the star with the citrus and spice noted being kept under wraps, the sweetness is also mild when compared to other wheats. Faint hint of tartness. Medium bodied, heftier then others in the style, lightly dry, active carbonation. A good, solid wit beer.

Photo of absolete
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of wheat beers, but was pleased overall. Standard pint glass used.

A: Quite cloudy with a quickly disappearing, thin head.

S: Yeast and citrus dominate.

T: Complex with a mild sweetness.

M: Light bubbles permeate the creamy body.

O: Impressive for what it is.

Photo of doughanson78
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st Witbier.

A: Light pear juice color. Good head. Decent lacing.

S: Banana right up front. Light clove. Lightly doughy.

T: Big clove. First clove I've tasted in a beer. Have to go back and retry the Hefe's I've had now that I know the clove taste. Banana rounding out the flavor very nicely.

M: Light bodied. Just a little to thin.

O: A very good Witbier. To me don't seem like much of a difference between this and a Hefe. Definitely will return to this one.

Photo of TheStig
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Slightly hazy gold and a well-defined one finger head.

S: Yeast, sweet citrus and warm spices.

T: Yeast. I'm pretty certain that whoever handled the bottle beforehand agitated the yeast a little, so it didn't have much time to settle before I poured it. After letting it sit in the glass a little more, though-- wow. The sweet citrus carries over to the taste, with what I'd probably classify as tart grapefruit being the dominant starting taste. This segues nicely into a well defined malt and wheat taste, while finishing on a tart note.


M: (after the yeast settled, obviously) Light, crisp and with a respectable amount of fizz.

O: Delightful.

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

This is a great great summer drink! I had this from a bottle at Bowman's Chicago.

Appearance resembles a watered down orange juice, which is a good thing. I loved it! Not much head unfortunately, and whatever white head was there disappeared rather quickly. Perhaps another bad pour from me, but I loved the dark cloudy yellow appearance.

Smell was fantastic, very wheaty and citrusy.

Taste again was fantastic. Taste of wheat all throughout, not a strong bitter finish. Almost tangy. Usually when I drink the bottom of the glass gets a very stale and alcoholy taste to it...not so with this beer. The taste remained perfect to the last drop.

Mouthfeel was crisp with some slight carbonation...perfect for those hot summer days.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, and I was surprised. I'm not sure why, but I wasn't expecting much from this one. This is instantly a favorite of mine. Anyone who loves whits, wheats, hefes, etc will love this one.

Photo of scootny
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A superb take on the style. Light golden with perfect "double shine" from the yeast. Nice head and retention with better than average lacing for a wit. Bright lemony smell with a pale dry wheat malt undercurrent. Faint spiciness. Taste is right in line with a bigger spice component and a perfect dry clove tinged finish. Lovely sourness make this one so refreshing. Light feel with just enough gravity to it and spot on carbonation with a light tinglyness. So drinkable and delicious I took all I had to keep from just giving this one fives across the board. Stock up for the summer folks!

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,361 ratings.