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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,744 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,744
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 229
Gots: 290 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I’ve been enjoying this one for years now, I wonder why it’s taken me so long to review it. Oh well, here goes:

Pours a yellow hay color with a deep whitish haze. An earthy, pungent yeast must in the aroma. In the palate there’s some firm, grainy malt sweetness, a good amount yeasty esters and a fairly assertive spice profile.

Very balance and drinkable: not only is the malt character quite delicious, but this one of the spicier American wits out there. I always end up buying at least a couple of four-packs every year.

Recommended…

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 21:22:26 | More by arguemaniac
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brew, just had to add that first. Poured a very light pale yellow, very hazy. No real head or lace, nice carbonation. The smell was very fruity, almost sour. Hints of bread, grain and spice with a really nice pear, fig behind it. Very lively aroma. The feel was splended. Very smooth, crisp, and clean. No real aftertaste and I have to knock it back a bt for feeling a tad light, but the flavors were very nice. Lots of fruity tones, with hints of spices. Slight bit of a dry hoppiness and citrus bite, but I stress this as slight. Overall this was a totally sessionable belgian beer and an awesome hot day summer brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 01:19:10 | More by mikesgroove
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

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

12oz into pint glass

Cloudy soft pale yellow with smokey wisps of yeast twisting in the glass. Very beautiful. A meringue-like white head which leaves a few streaks of lace.

The scent is wheat, soft yeast, oranges and citrus peel, spices (coriander, pepper) and banana.

I taste lemon, banana, spice, with a slightly sour yeast finish. A slightly bitter and astringent finish.

Mouthfeel starts with a nice carbonation and becomes luscious and creamy even while being crisp and light.

Drinkability is impressive. Each sip begs another and the glass empties with haste.

This is a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 01:49:52 | More by sethmeister
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

A- amazing. very cloudy pale yellow body. Could see clouds swirling around when I set my glass down. Pours with a thick white head that fades to a thin beautiful head.

S- smells good. Distinctive wheat and yeast smells up front with spices and citrus in the background.

T- similar to smell. wheat and yeast up front with some citrus and spice in the background. very clean but slightly bitter.

M- light carbonation with light body. very smooth.

D- the taste and mouthfeel leave you craving more. very drinkable. easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 00:45:08 | More by PittBeerGirl
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash White at 45F from Pint Glass poured per the bottles instructions and split between two glasses.

A: WOW, flawless. Light straw colored cloudy brew topped with a white soapy almost meringue like head. Some good carbonation. My first 5 rating ever.

S: Earthy Noble hops enhanced by a mild citrus/lemon aroma.
Would like more wheat character and citrus zest but the bouquet of the hops is again incredible. The hops remind me of the aroma of a great German Pils. Very little esters and phenols from the yeast.

Taste: pilsner malt combined with earthy and slightly spicy hops. The wheat provides a wet hay like taste. No esters from the yeast, no sour or sharp notes from the wheat, and little citrus quality.

M: solid body without being excessively dense. This is well done. I thought given the thick cloudy haze of yeast would overwhelm the body but it does not.

D: Quaffable session brew. For the price, it may be the best domestic Witbier available, however I prefer the Belgian versions with more yeast characteristics. That said, the showcasing of noble hops in this beer is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 20:22:14 | More by BWH3
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Duster72

Indiana

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

Pours a golden color. Aggressive decanting still leaves some yeast in bottom of bottle. Aroma is lemons, peppery spices, and yeast. Taste is dominantly banana with some orange, lemon, and bready yeast. Mouthfeel is on the light side, which I enjoy. Slightly bitter finish is rather unpleasant. Fine beer, but slightly overrated, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 22:59:45 | More by Duster72
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750ml caged/corked bottle (Batch #36) to two pint glasses for sharing with my wife on Easter Sunday - the perfect choice after a long day of yardwork. 5.2% ABV, according to the label.

A: Cloudy golden/blonde with a terrific-looking pure white head, foamy and becoming creamy, initially 2 fingers high. When held to light, the color is very concentrated in the center, with a thinner pale yellow at the edge showcasing many streams of tiny carbonation.

S: First sniff was a little disappointing - a faint skunkiness. Once poured to glasses a dry bready yeastiness develops, with hints of pepper & hay/grass.

T: Loaded with wild yeastiness, wheat bread and spices, orange & lemon. Grasses, sweet and herbal, melded with peppery spices dominate the finish. A slight bit of green apple tartness with a touch of melon & honey. Fresh & clean - tastes like a sunny spring day.

M: Crisp, clean, amply carbonated. Lingering spiciness gives the lips and tongue some tingle.

D: Perfectly refreshing and drinkable. Wonderful flavor & mouthfeel, its only flaw was the aroma. I would love to have this one again. Many thanks to IntriqKen for sending via trade...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 22:52:44 | More by msubulldog25
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Atlas1

Texas

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

I love a good Belgian white. My first experience with the style was the Celis White I tried back in college in Texas. In my opinion, it set the bar for American beers of the style. Allagash follows in step.

Pours an opaque yellow color into my DT tulip glass. Produces a nice, creamy looking head which eventually dissipates and leaves a nice foamy build-up along the edges of the the glass with some lace. A very pretty beer; cloudy in the tradition of the style. The aroma is delightful. Lemon and orange scents with sweet malt and a hint of spice. What spice? Admittedly, I cannot tell. Coriander, maybe, but that's only because I would expect it here, not because I can actually tell. Is curacao a spice? Taste is crisp and clean. Again, lemony with other citrus notes. Sweet and fruity up front with a vaguely peppery finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic example of the style. Allagash has done this one right.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 15:30:22 | More by Atlas1
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flexabull

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12 oz bottle a very bright light gold color, a bit cloudy, and with a decent head.

Aromas are spicy, grassy, lemony, and of coriander.

This white beer seems a lot more tart and spicy, and with not much sweetness. And I like it. There is a very lemon meringue like quality to this one. I also notice a bit of a sourness on the finish.

The mouthfeel seems a bit week and flat, but it's not bad.

A very nice and drinkable witbier. Good example of the style, I'd have no problem drinking another.

Bottle came to me from mikegroove in my B'day 07 box.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 04:59:37 | More by flexabull
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Redwood21

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color that is very cloudy. There is a delicate white head that was short, and short lived. The smell is immediate yeast, with spice in the back ground. The taste is divine. extremely palatable ans smooth. There is some yeast flavor and when the beer is agitated in the mouth spice can be detected. Nothing is overpowering but they blend well to make a flavorful, crisp, wonderful taste. Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 18:35:20 | More by Redwood21
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

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

maybe its the moment but this allagash white is just spot on, it spring and it balmy outside and the heat kicks on, which now makes it feel like summer. the beer is very true to style, with wheat and a hint of sulfur, the is a spice just teasing your nostrils, with a lingering citurs like it is from the valley riding on the breeze.
the flavor is very fast then drops off, wheaty, spice, herbal, citrus, very light and refreshing.
like all of the allagash beers i have had this beer is very true to style and the flavors and aromas are very soft but present.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 04:38:31 | More by plaztikjezuz
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cichief

Virginia

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

Bought a four-pack of 12 once bottles.

A- Beer poured straw yellow, cloudy, with a bright white head, less than expected.

S- It smells of spice (likely coriander), yeast, clove, banana, and citrus (orange peel?)

T- It tasted spicy, citrusy, with a yeast overtone.

M- Not as carbonated as many witbiers I've had. It was very well done.

D- With the warm weather on its way, I would drink this beer all the time if it weren't $8 for a four-pack.

This is an excellent example of the style. I used to enjoy Celis White when I was in Texas, and had friends working at the brewery. This is as good as Hoegarden I've had here in the US, maybe as good as I've had in Brussels.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 22:21:17 | More by cichief
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Neehan

North Carolina

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

This poured a very hazy pale yellow/white with minimal carbonation and a thin head and some quality retention. Thick, murky yeast at the top. The smell is of grains and wheat with a light bitterness and smooth fruitiness. The outstanding taste is highlighted by the mild fruity citrus of limons mixed with the smooth wheat and a fantastic sweet and sour finish. Light and crisp in the mouth that leaves you wanting more and more.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 03:31:50 | More by Neehan
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

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

A- Cloudy whitish golden color with a thing white head.
S- Really big banana aroma along with light fruits, yeast, almost a wheat aroma, and some light grassy hops.
T- Big light banana and yeast flavors come through nicely. Light hints of orange and maybe some lemon come through too. A little bitterness from some grass and floral hops. Wheat flavors come through too. A light bread and some spices like cloves move in and stay for the aftertaste along with some orange and banana. Very well balanced and complex.
M- Thing body with medium carbonation.
D- It is very good for the style. I am not a huge fan of this style but off the top of my head this is the best one of them. Just very well balanced and seems very traditional to the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 03:44:31 | More by BlindPig
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Nesued

South Carolina

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

Appearance - Bright lemon-yellow color. Poured an inch thick fluffy white creamy head that remained for several minutes until resolving into a smaller ring fed by a nice carbonation. Slight haze from the bottle conditioning.

Smell - Lively typical wit aroma. Floral in presentation with a spice presence. Smells like a cool summer day would be the best description.

Taste - Nice and light with a slight peppery finish. The malt adds a fine sweetness without being overpowering. There is a nice citrus presence that would not be enhanced with a orange/lemon slide added. Avoid that!!

Mouthfeel - The level of carbonation did bring reminders of a mineral water-type mouthfeel. Started out with a thin feel, but quickly presented a body that made me take notice. Very smooth and balanced.

Drinkability - I cannot wait for the summer and throw a few steaks on the BBQ and savor a few of these. This will be on my list of beers for the coming dog-days of summer. Very well done for the style. Pass me another.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 00:16:53 | More by Nesued
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andrewmartin

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was pretty excited to try this out, I've heard a lot about it.

A: Lemony yellow, cloudy body with a slight head, surprising for the style

S: Cloves, spices, honey, and some yeast.

T: Not a whole lot here, some yeasty notes, coriander, and hints of lemon.

M: Pretty classic for the style, light and tingly

D: I'm pretty disappointed with this brew, I've had others that are a lot more flavor. I can't believe this is the third best witbeir on BA-give me a Holy Moses anyday over thi. For the price, I won't be coming back.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 23:10:45 | More by andrewmartin
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an even golden color with a translucent, cloudy body and a thin cap of white head. Nose is heavy on the banana and clove, like a hefewizen but also tempered by a short note of coriander, Overall definitely okay but a little understated.

Light and flavorful in the mouth and very quenching. Citrus is the big note, along with the obvious wheat and the same pinch of spice from the aroma. A little thinner in the mouth than I'd like, especially at the finish but still downable in quantity.

Certainly this is a pleasant Belgian white but not quite what I was hoping for. Worth trying but better witbiers exist.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 01:51:52 | More by daliandragon
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bomber into a big wine glass.

Appears champagne-colored on first pour, cloudy grapefruit after the yeast is swirled. Half inch white head sits on top, dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. Lightly hazed and bubbly. Aroma is of white wine, grapes, fruity figs and orange.

Listless flavor overall. Some spice and orange, needs a bit of cheese to really bring out the taste. Mouthfeel is bubbly and smooth. Fairly simple with no aftertaste. Hard to tell if I'm drinking a wine or a beer. Can't say that I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 08:25:24 | More by wagenvolks
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kpwill07

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this after finally realizing that I somehow have never tried it.

Pours a clowdy yellowish-gold. Nice, crisp head with very clingy lace which grabs on until the beer is done. The spices and citrus-like notes of this beer are in perfect harmony. One of my favorite examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 22:33:40 | More by kpwill07
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scriabin

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy, flaxen appearance and a nice head, in the spirit of a classic white. Smell has hints of cloves, banana, and lots of sweetness. Definitely on the sweeter end of the scale for a white. The cloves and banana are also present in the flavor, but are certainly not overpowering. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2007 21:14:06 | More by scriabin
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rattech

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A cloudy yellow, a small head forms but dissipates relatively fast. It is barely transparent, it looks very refreshing. 4.5/5

Smell: yeast, bread tones, spices. There are a few pine/floral tones; it smells like a quality beer. 4/5

Taste: Crisp, with a good citrus tone. There is a very slight touch of bitterness but it has great balance. It has a slight bread like taste, more so then many other beers I have had, but it isn’t in a bad way. It reminds me of why I love white beers. As it approaches room temperature more spice notes come out and the crisp citrus taste begins to die down. It is an enjoyable beverage to drink. 4.5 /5

Mouthfeel: Nice light carbonation, with a fairly thick texture considering the lack of sweetness and alcohol. I think I would prefer it to be a little more strongly carbonated but there isn’t much to fault it on. 4.5/5

Drinkability: Ahh, sessionable. Very easy to drink, it is the kind of beer you start drinking and you don’t quite realize that you’ve finished it in a few minutes. 5/5

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 18:54:11 | More by rattech
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AChamberlain

Texas

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

Bottle bought from the Park Slope Food Coop.

A - Cloudy yellow, with a white one inch head. Let's do it.

S - Spices with sweetness.

T - Citrusy and other fruity flavors. Cloves.

MF - Medium bodied. Smooth and zesty.

D - Very easy to drink and very easy to go for another. Recomended.

Solid!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 03:37:58 | More by AChamberlain
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how to feel about witbiers in such large bottles. Many people don't have a vessel large enough to hold the entire thing, but if you want this to look, smell and taste the way it's intended, you need to pour it all in one shot so you can swirl and add the yeast sediment (as directed on label). So I poured into this ridiculously huge Oktoberfest mug we otherwise use as decoration.

Poured a huge head, rocky and creamy, on top of a cloudy golden yellow color. Love seeing that sediment marble its way through the body.

Aroma is incredibly vibrant, fresh and light hops, pilsner malts (think Duvel), yeasty pungency, and fragrant sweet spices. Authentically Belgian in aroma.

Flavor is big on the spice, but as in any good witbier it's incorporated well and not totally dominant. The flavor is even bigger on the yeast element, which adds a nutty, somewhat exotic feel to this beer. Also plenty of floral hops and tropical fruits showing up (banana, mango).

Mouthfeel achives a nice creaminess despite a good deal of carbonation.

No doubt this style is best enjoyed in summer, but on this blustery, crisp winter day, it still drinks like a charm. It's only helped by the fact that is often crosses over into Belgian pale ale territory, in terms of flavor and aroma, which suits me just fine.

[this is Batch #33]

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 19:27:42 | More by Metalmonk
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of witbiers. I had this one on draft tonight at Flying Saucer and had to put my two cents in. Poured a hazy dark yellow almost orange color with almost no head which quickly diminished to a ring leaving no lacing on the glass. Smell was mildly spicy with some fruit aspects I would expect from a witbier. Taste, I must say, was rather good. Certainly one of the best I've had of the style. Low alcohol with moderate carbonation gave this a rather summery beer feel to it. I'll likely give this another try when summer rolls around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 04:31:31 | More by atsprings
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arsheets

Rhode Island

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

Appearance: Very smooth pour, golden, slightly turbid appearance with a thin head.

Smell: Fantastic aroma, a nice blend of spices that is slightly sweet and leaves little to the imagination with regard to its taste.

Taste: I got a very powerful burst of flavor immediately with the first sip. Thereafter, I really only got the spices and boldest flavors at the end of each sip, but still very flavorful and consistent throughout. Overall, it's not really necessary to chew on this at all to find any subtle flavors that might be masked, as all of them come together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Just right - carbonated enough to know you're drinking a beer, but not overdone. Nice light, crisp feeling to each sip, perfect for after yardwork on a hot summer day, but also nice on a cold winter night with a light meal.

Drinkability: It goes down very smooth and easy, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Again, not too heavy at all, very light but has bold, solid flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 03:50:25 | More by arsheets
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