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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,415 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,415
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 314
Gots: 631 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

bought a 4-pack from the spec's in downtown houston. i've been trying for awhile to find a good wit and this is by far my favorite. everything about it was perfect. the color, the smell, the mouthfeel, and the aftertaste. just a really crisp and refreshing beer, perfect for a hot south texas day, which is pretty much everyday.

Photo of Jimmys
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

A: very hazy yellow. a white plume sits on top. i expected head retention to be a little better on this wit. O.K. lacing.

S: orange and lemon peel. coriander. fresh crushed black pepper. a little bit of lightly toasted grain under the spices.

T: the citrus is gentle, but remains with the drink throughout. virtually no hops on the tastebuds. a bready yeasty character as well. finish is definitely lemony.

M: i expected a bit more fizz out of this wit. light body.

D: easily acquired and well-known wit. my biggest complaints are the head retention and carbonation level, which are nit-picky things to be dissecting. overall a solid thirst quencher.

Photo of osusullins
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite style, however this is a good example of the style. I prefer this to alot of the more common/popular versions of this style.

Nose is soft, some citrus, some spice.

Comes across as a nice spicy heffe. My palate is pulling coriander and something else that I can't quite put my finger on. This is a good beer, but nothing that I could drink on a regular basis.

Photo of MsRif
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap many, many times. Pours a hazy light yellow color with a small head that quickly recedes. Almost no lacing. Aroma is that of funky/earthy notes as well as undertones of spices and citrus. Taste has a fair amount of spice with light citrus. Very drinkable...does not stay on the palate long.

Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. This is a staple brew for me though I don't drink it as much as I used to because I've been expanding on my tastings. Still, this beer is just so drinkable and clean...I always enjoy it.

Photo of tony223366
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on May 16, 2011.

A: Straw yellow and very cloudy with a decent amount of sediment on the bottom. Light head quickly fizzled away.

S: Slight sulfury smell with some distinct spices. A nice amount of lemon.

T: Definitely tastes like a spice filled Hefeweizen. Maybe coriander? A nice citrus with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Light and crisp

O: This beer surprised me. There was certainly a lot going on and a lot to like. This style was enjoyable but to be honest this was my first of this style so I really need to check out more to find out why this is as good as everyone says.

Photo of Crossmd
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured 48 degrees into a mint julep glass. No born date.

Pours a orangish-straw with an opaque haze. 2 finger white head dissipates

Smells of a faint yeast with a touch of lemon zest and maybe some coriander. Not intensely well projected.

Fills the palate and floods it with a subtly refined and elegant layer of wheat, spice and a hint of the lemon suggested in the nose. Maybe some banana? Mouthfeel is lightly effervescent, good structural support.

Overall, Robust and substantially heavier than I was expecting for a wheat beer. So elegant though, and so refined. It's. Ike meeting a beautiful woman at a gala for the first time, dressed in white. For whatever reason, this beer gives me such imagery. Couldnt tell you why, but I'm calling it a good thing. Not even going to think about buying this again.

93.

Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a touch of malt and fairly sharp in flavor. Spice is quite apparent and provides a fair amount of bitterness along with the hops. Quite refreshing.

Scent is of the ocean and a touch of mustiness. Quite lovely in the tulip, plenty of head and streams of lacing down the glass. Pleasant mouthfeel. Very light and on the dry side.

I'd want to taste a few of these classic Wits together to see what really sets the apart. This one seems a little less mellow and more tart, so it might be just the thing for a big Oktoberfest stein.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the tap into an Allagash tulip.

A- Hazy golden yellow color with a white head and good lacing.

S- The aromatics of this beer are absolutely beautiful: coriander, banana, clove, yeast.

T- Sweet wheat, banana, cloves, coriander, and orange zest flavors are followed by a tangy, slightly powdery yeastiness. Delicious.

I strongly prefer the Allagash White fresh on-tap over the bottled offering. I am proud to have this example of fine brewing craftsmanship come from the USA.

Photo of smellandsip37
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 45 degrees into an Allagash tulip

A- glowing yellow color, thick white head, and average lacing. Cloudy and bubble trails coming from bottom of glass. head stuck around for a while.

S- Spicy, clove, some allspice and yeast. Smells a bit like dry cider or apple beer.

T- Slightly bitter at first and then malt comes through with some yeast tang. Apple flavors here again. sweet and spice in balance.

M- All the beers of this style have a wet finish to me, and they have layers of flavor that keep going after swallow.

O- Good balance, great representation of the style. Nice to see such an excellent example from an american brewery.

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

12oz bottle with cap not with cork as shown in the picture. served slightly chilled into a duvel tulip

pours a light honey color with a full bubbly head. sticky lacing

heavy wheat and banana smell. not as much spice as i was expecting

spice kicks in right away and fades out. kinda leaves me wanting more in flavor but now i can appreciate the simplicity of it.

overall very crisp and tasty.

Photo of HugePlume
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no dates poured into a pint,

A- an almost luminescent straw yellow, with a modest but thick white head. excellent retention, average lacing. This wins its 5 for appearance from the spectacular ribbons of yeasty cloudiness that dance around the edges of the glass like the Aurora Borealis. Spectacular!

S- Nose is a muted apple cider, pie crust and confectioners sugar.

T- An initially bitter, then satisfying sweet and spicy brew. Apple flavors are stronger here than the nose. The yeasty spice is subdued but highly refined.

M-Great body, its got a wet finish but it has a firm but yielding body. Again highly refined. Could stand just the tiniest bit more carbonation.

O- Great brew, fantastic to behold. Great beer to sit on the porch on a sunny fall day and watch the leaves fall and the currents dance in your glass.

Photo of AlphaFiend1
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash white pours hazy straw, offers a generous, lingering head, and displays a beautiful bouquet of citrus and subtle spice. With a fairly mild body and a refreshing finish that leaves a hint of bitter orange peel, Allagash White is a great food pairing beer and a perfect summertime refresher.

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

i've had this from both bottles, on tap, and from a keg

a - nice deep opaque yellow. pretty and defined lacing.

s - DEEP citrus lemon scent. very inviting if sour notes make your mouth water

t - strong citrus up front with a clean light wheat finish

m - pretty heavy for how it looks. happily bubbly

o - if you want a delicious belgian heavily loaded with citrus lemon, you will absolutely love this brew. goes great with meals (had it with sushi tonight) and it's a good pub beer. parents got a keg of this for my grad party and almost everyone was thoroughly enjoying killing this keg. (the few that didn't like the keg were sticking with their carbonated water, aka bud light and coors)

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

Pours bright yellow golden with an inch of snow white head.

Strong spicy yeast aroma. Approaching a tripel with richness. Herbs, honey, and pepper.

Creamier than I expected. Very mellow and smooth but the carbonation bites. Also not as sweet as many witbiers. Dry and creamy with muted spice. Very nicely done.

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

I was at the Wyndham in Portland Maine this week for work and they had this at the bar on tap.

I am new at this craft/microbrew stuff so I am not going to regale anyone with what I smelled or tasted beyond the evidence of citrus on the tongue and nose. I will say that it was a nice way to cap the night off.

As I get more experience I hope to provide more detailed reviews.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,415 ratings.