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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,417 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,417
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
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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 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!

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

A: Lemon yellow with a good 2 finger frothy head after an agressive pour, cloudy, opaque. Lacing is present throughout.

S: Zesty citrus, wheat, yeast and coriander.

T: Clean malt up front, citrus, yeast and wheat provide a nice twang.

M: Clean, high carbonation, light bodied.

O: A simple, great witbier.

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

Bottle poured into pint.

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a 1 finger pearl head.

S: Very yeasty on the nose with a nice subtle spice. Cloves and light cinnamon are present.

T: nice wheat yeast throughout with a definite sweetness, almost bubblegum in nature. Sweet candies as well.

M: Nice creamy texture. Medium bodied. Little carbonation

O: Very interesting and sweet wheat beer. The spices give it a very interesting kick not present in most wheat beers.

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

On tap at the Glenview House; poured into a flute.

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head.

S: Lemon and citrus with a bit of wheat tang.

T: The taste is a bit weak, but the flavours are there. Lemon zest and coriander. A bit of hops and spice in the finish.

D: It goes down very easily and is extremely refreshing. This a great beer for the warmer weather.

Overall: A very drinkable and crisp wit. It is a little weak, but big, bold flavours aren't the point of this style. Great beer for craft beginners as well.

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

Served from a 12-oz bottle (no date) into a hi-ball glass.

Appearance: Hazy and pale, with low carbonation and a towering white head. Settles fairly quickly and only leaves a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass. This may have been a result of the glass that I'm using so I may revise this.

Smell: Lemony citrus with plenty of peppery spiciness from the yeast and the coriander.

Taste: Flavorful, juicy lemon with an earthiness lent by the yeast and plenty of the spices you can smell. I really appreciate how the malt balances out the grassy, citrus bitterness in this beer, leaving a tang in the mouth rather than the sourness that some other wits leave. Carbonation and a little bit of alcohol adds a warming, tingly parting shot. Tanginess lingers in the mouth, or maybe it's just watering because I want another.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing without being watery.

Overall: This is an excellent beer, and should give anyone who is thinking about shelling out the extra cash for an import a serious reason to pause. Drink (more) local: the Allagash brewers show themselves more than capable of making excellent Belgian style beers.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the few Allagash beers that are available in this area that I haven't tried. I hear that they are pulling out of Texas, which sucks for Texans. I thought that I would go ahead and give this one a shot finally.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear pale straw color with a 1/4" head of small, but creamy bubbles after a careful pour. The head grew to about 3/4" after sitting for a minute or so. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head, and there is already some lace on the side of the glass just from a little swirling and the head falling a tad.

Aroma: I initially got a clean wheaty beer with lemon juice notes. There are some sweet malty notes coming in like biscuits and honey. As the beer warms up, the aroma is a bit more like lemon grass. The aroma is getting a little yeasty as the beer warms up quite a bit.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. The wheat and malty flavors are complimented by the lemon notes. The flavor is quite dry and crisp, but as it warms it is getting a bit softer and sweeter in the finish. The carbonation is ample for the style and plays well with the body and such of the beer. The finish is balanced and leaves the palate quite clean, making the beer almost thirst-quenching-like.

Opinion: This is a really good beer and one of the better examples of this style that I have had. It has a clean and very well blended flavor. I like the lack of, or mild spicing, so that this beer doesn't come across like some kind of lemon cake like a lot of them do. I would definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - A very light yellow, cloudy pour with a nice fluffy two finger head that leaves heavy side lacing.

S - Nice mixture of witbier spices with some really nice citrus fruit (lemons and organges mostly).

T - This is a nice, good wit that has spices with a slightly watery lemon rind flavour throughout.

M - Low cardbonation but a nice light, crisp mouthfeel

O - Really nice witbier. Some good wit characteristics makes this a very easy to drink and easy to suggest offering.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color with bone white head and decent head retention. Streaming lace all around the glass and has a good amount of carbonation. The nose is spicy citrus and lemon. Nice balance of sweet and hoppyness. I find the mouthfeel very velvety and easy to drink The rich wheat is balanced by Belgian yeast and the spice is nice. Perfect session beer

Photo of Seeker41184
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/10/10

A: Very hazy straw yellow appearance.
S: Citrus, wheat, cloves, and some hops.
T: Citrus yeasty flavor which is very relaxing and enjoyable. Extremely smooth beer.
M: Crisp + smooth = refreshing.
O: When commericals say coors light is refreshing, they wish they had this refreshment in a beer. This is an overall amazing beer.

Photo of EStreet20
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Maloney's in Matawan, NJ.

A - In the tall, stemmed Allagash glass a cloudy light straws color with a nice white head. Good staying power on that foam.

S - Nice mix of spices with a little fruit note.

T - A nice spicy taste. A tiny bit of citrus (orange peel) taste creeps up and complements the flavors nicely.

M - Lighter bodied and smooth.

O - A very nice witbier. Would likely be a good gateway type craft, while bringing a lot ofgreat wit characteristics, due to the approachable nature of the style.

Photo of Mosley1212
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review written from notes. Enjoyed it at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA.

A--Straw colored. The unfiltered nature leaves it with a golden haze. Small white head that dissipated quickly. There was no lacing on the glass.

S--Lemon, coriander, spice, orange peel. This has a very wonderful, sweet smell to it.

T--Watery lemon with a sweet orange aftertaste. The coriander is very pronounced.

M--Light body with a watery taste. The heavy carbonation from the beer is very pronounced.

O--A great example of the style, but a bit too much watery for my liking.

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

12oz bottle

Straw color, very hazy, with rich white mousse for head. Aromas of coriander and lemon, nice aromatics. Flavor is mellow and wheaty, rich front with a spice that comes through afer a few seconds on the tongue. Flavors of orange peel, lemon, wheat, coriander, and allspice. Refreshing and mellow, very silky mouthfeel. Solid.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale straw yellow and very hazy. There is a moderate white foam head that dissipates fairly quickly but not entirely, leaving a white cap on top of the beer.

S: Smells strongly of yeast and wheat. There are also some spices and a citrus hops scent.

T: Taste is crisp and refreshing. There is a zesty spice accompanied by a range of tropical fruits and herbal citrus. Very yeasty

M: Light and well carbonated. Easy to drink.

O: A delicious, drinkable spiced summer beer.

Photo of SirBenton
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Geneva Ale house.

It poured beautifully. It had a great cloudy golden yellow appearance. The smell was by far my favorite part; besides the taste that is. Yeast and spices dominated the smell and was very refreshing. after smelling, I anticipated that the spices would overwhelm all other aspects of taste. However, this beer is very well balanced and was very crisp and clean. It was super refreshing! I will definitely drink this beer again!

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

had this beer on tap at the Boathouse in Wayne, PA. Here are my notes:

cloudy pale straw color. there is a murky, yeasty presence in the glass that I love. super tall head—3 fingers of pure white that eventually dissolves to a thin rim around the top, which stays for the rest of the drink.

very strong spice aromatics with an earthy yet fresh mix of citrus, wheat, bitter hops, and bread. slightly sour.

taste starts off with good malt and citrus which is consistent from the the front to back. the back gives good clove/coriander spice and slight dryness with a little hint of bitterness on the sides. clean and refreshing finish. there's little alcohol presence which is expected at 5.2% ABV. mouthfeel is light-bodied with fair carbonation.

great representation of a traditional witbier: light, refreshing and easy to drink. enjoying very much on this warm evening.

Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man, served in an imperial pint glass, 20oz.

Poured a pale yellow, with a finger and change of white head. Leaves a fat collar with some milder retention. Laces mildly. Nose holds some lemon, orange and general citrus notes. Taste has just as much lemon and orange, very refreshing feel. Some wheat and again general citrus notes. Spritzy mouthfeel with a fairly high carbonation. A great summer beer, would be ideal to have regular access to this offering!

Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy pale straw hue. Huge three fingers of stark white head. Good retention. Sticky lace remains.

S: Belgian yeast, citrus fruit, cloves, coriander, banana, bubble gum. Pretty much where a wit should be.

T: Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, vanilla. Again tastes like a wit.

M: Holy over carbonation. Light to medium body I think. Hard to pick it up with all the bubbles.

O: Save for the insane amount of carbonation. Pretty much a spot on wit.

Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudly super pale yellow. really is close the white. Like a grated lemon where it's white with some lemon poking through. thin white head lasts decently well.
S- Not a super strong aroma here but what was there was nice. Lemon zest, some definite yeasty characteristics at work and a bit of spicyness, but more fruit heavy than spice.
T- More flavor here than aroma suggested. Still more citrus, particularly lemon, than spice, which, as a personal preference, is how how I like it. One of the most aggressively flavored wits.
M- Very smooth carbonation, but the finish kinda just fell off for me. A bit lighter than would have appreciated.
O- A solid wit. It's a top notch one, but there are still things that could be tweaked, particularly a longer finish. That being said, it's quite a good beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a Hoegarden style tumbler at ChurchKey DC.

Lemon dark cloudy body with lots of carbonation. Big white foamy head with lots of retention and supper sticky lacing of about one finger off the pour. Real good looking here.

Smell is a small sour lemon but mostly sense of yeast. Kind of a muted grainy chew sense as well. Not much exciting going on here.

Taste and feel is strangely powdery at first, with a real big clove finish. Real dense body but lacking flavor. A small sense of mild cardamom but kind of not that exciting.

I don't know what it is about Allagash but they just sort of bore me, this one doesn't do it for me either. It's okay but I certainly don't want to have it again.

Photo of beorn7676
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light golden straw with a bright white dense one inch head. Would have liked a larger head on this one.

S- Spicey yeast, coriander, and a gentle wheat aroma.

T-Taste is a good balance of yeast and spices. I pick up on some orange, pepper, and a touch of lemony dryness in it as well.

M-Slightly creamy at first, but finishes with a nice dryness that keeps it refreshing.

O-Overall a very solid witbier. Good amount of flavor with nothing getting out of balance. I could easily enjoy a number of these.

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