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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,457
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 332
Gots: 674 | 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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Ratings: 4,457 | Reviews: 1,306
Photo of nova009
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a pale straw like yellow, nice and hazy, fluffy one finger head that slowly dissipates down to a thin white cover, spotty to little lacing

S- mmmm smells like a witbier, spices particularly clove, ripe banana, light citrus of lemon and orange, yeasty as well

T- tastes like it smells, slightly spicy, somewhat fruity with a nice citrus back, slight bitterness like an orange rind, bready malt, light and crisp

M- very light body, slightly high carbonation which is fitting for the style, slick on the palate, finishes crisp with a slight bitterness, very nice body

O- I am upset that it has taken me this long to try one of these, perfect beer to take down in warmer weather or when you are in the mood for something light and refreshing

Photo of bogus564
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, poured into a chalice.

Labor Day weekend is winding down, and I'm looking at an impossible next six to ten weeks at work. Seems like a good time to have a beer. Or two. Or a dozen.

A: It looks like a witbier should - cloudy yellow in color, with an off-white head 1 cm in height that doesn't last very long.

S: It smells like a witbier should - there's a spiciness to it, and you can smell the yeast. You can also pick up orange and banana notes. Let's have a drink, shall we?

T: There are certain things I expect to find when tasting a witbier, and this has them. Aside from confirmation of all that I smelled in this beer, there's a malty caramel sweetness to it. Also, I'm getting cardomom as the spice, with perhaps a light peppery note. It hits all the marks.

M: Considering the style, excellent, approaching exceptional. Light-bodied, well-carbonated, washes well over the palate, leaving a dry finish. Zehr gut, as the Germans would say (I grew up there, and it was paradise).

O: Very well done, I must say. It's one you could have more than one of, especially while enjoying a good wedge of cheese and some cut up pepperoni. To your health!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza keeps on truckin' at Sheffield's. This bit of entertainment pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of solid white foam. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, light black pepper, lemon zest, light mandarin orange, clove, and a twist of grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of banana, nutmeg, and cardamom. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice wit. 'Nuff said, frankly.

Photo of NODAK
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma has a good orange component to it with a heavy dose of coriander spice. A pretty robust smell for this beer. Also just a note of citrus.

Pours a pretty pale, yet cloudy complexion in the glass. Head is fleeting and doesn't stick around.

Taste is as expected per the nose...a good presence of orange along with a heavy coriander spiciness throughout the body. They have definitely accentuated the "classic" flavors of a wit here. Small note of citrus along with some definite phenolic yeast present. Mouthfeel is definitely spritzy, with a high, prickly carbonation.

Overall, one of the best wits that you can buy...certainly among the top tier domestic wits there is.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Urbn Coal Fired Pizza in San Diego (North Park). About ¾ inches of head. Lots of film, but light lacing. Color was a murky, golden orange.

Smelled orange, cloves and wheat, but fairly balanced.

Initial taste was orange, followed by a sweet citrus finish. Very smooth.

Best part of the beer was the feel. Just smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing. Mild carbonation.

This was a good beer overall. I had this almost a year ago and had to try it again, not what I’m rating. Will certainly have it again.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 45 poured from 750 into tulip...

A- Pours a bright golden yellow color, slightly more orange in the center of the glass. Hazy with a nice finger of clingy head both from the swirl to get the yeast in the glass.

S- Oranges, honey, dairy creamer, and wheat. Nice balance of the malt composition as well as yeast aromas. Pretty much no hops found at all.

T/M- Bitterness is all right when the drink hits your tongue. Its a very subtle and smooth bitter that quickly gives away to a very sweet honey flavor. Sweetness is cut by an acidic lemony orange flavor. Medium body with tiny carbonation bubbles. Perhaps a bit fuller than I expected and hoped...

O- Good wit. The malt and fruit balance is great and refreshing. Not quite as spicy as I expected, but still enough complexity in this that I don't feel it was missing anything.

Photo of pBRale
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a 1-inch head that settles fairly slowly. Leaves a solid web of fine lacing down the entire glass.

Smell: This beer smells of wheat and citrus, especially orange and a hint of lemon.

Taste: An absolute delight--the best tasting witbier I have had. Tastes of wheat, citrus, pine, and a hint of spice. The beer closes with a dry, super crisp finish. This would be the perfect choice if looking for a superbly refreshing beer on a warm day.

Mouthfeel: Extremely drinkable, well-carbonated, light-bodied, smooth and delicious.

Overall: An exceptional tasting witbier that deserves the high rating it has. Delicious beer that I plan to have whenever I can get access to it again.

Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review dated 12/19/2008.

12oz bottle. A great Belgian wit. Smooth and refreshing with active carbonation. Cloudy yellow color with white head. Flavor is sweet malt, coriander, lemon, yeast, and lots of spices. Smooth and easy to drink. Very well done. Pretty much the class of the style if you ask me.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my wife.

The beer is straw yellow with a thick creamy head. the head laces very well leaving full curtains.

The aroma is spiced with sweet wheat notes and hints of citrus and yeast on the end.

The carbonation fills the mouth and leaves a lite bite on the gums. Sweet wheat dominates and leaves a slight bitter on the tongue. The spices flavor comes in and lingers on the tongue and it all finishes with a yeast flavor
As not a fan of wheat beers this one is definitely different then the rest, more complex and frankly enjoyable.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - hazy gold color with a white head that thinned out to a light ring.

S - yeast, orange peel and a bunch of spices.

T - citrus fruit (lemon and orange) with yeast, wheat and spices all blended together nicely for a good tasting beer.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - good tasting and very easy to drink

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

This beer pours a light yellow color and hazy. the smell is wheat, citrus, clove, coriander, and banana. the flavor follows suit but is not quite as prominent as in the smell. the mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. overall a good example of the style.

Photo of kell50
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer about 20+ times and it's ALWAYS fantastic! This review will come from a bottle I "aged" for 6 months. I consumed it on July 15, 2011. It was served in my Allagash chalice on a rather hot Charlotte, NC day.

It pours a bright, "sunny" yellow color with about a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Great head retention and the lacing was super. Stuck to the glass the entire time.

Its smell combined wheaty/fruity notes with a touch of ripe banana scent. Also, cloves, coriander and orange rind as well. I always get excited to pop the cork and smell this one.

The taste is (in my opinion) the perfect Belgian Wit beer. A beautiful mix of spicy and citrusy. The flavor is soft and refreshing. A well constructed beer that goes great with any kind of cuisine- expecially summertime bbq foods.

The mouthfeel is very light bodied with millions of small compacted bubbles of carbonation on the pour. A beer that practically dances in your mouth. Super drinkable and very refreshing!

Photo of layinbrix
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, poured into a weisen glass.

A: Unfiltered cloudy, yellow body. Thick 2 finger white head, good lacing into little foamy snowflakes.

S: Lemon oil, subtle hint of fresh dirt, non-descript spice note, slight hint of yeast

T: Delicious. Initially dominant spice note: coriander and clove. Bits of lemon, orange peel, and maybe even apricot.

M: Velvety smooth, rich, and warming. The more you drink, the more you taste the yeast, which is a good thing. Yeast is good for you, solid protein.

Great brew, the best witbier I've had to date.

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

Draught, on-tap, right into a Allagash glass.  Hazy yellow with thick rich head.  Nice retention in the head and memory on the sides of the glass. 

After removing the lemon garnish that the bartender added to my glass, I could appreciate the nose as wheaty with cloves and honey. This Witbier is full of flavor. You can taste the Belgian wheat, coriander and orange.  This beer is fruity, smooth, and thirst quenching. Great summer beer at the shore! 

Note: I almost kicked the keg on my second round and won a tee shirt at Goodnight Irene's in NJ.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Town Hall Brewery globe on August 12 2011.

Pours a clear piss yellow with a huge frothy white head that leaves no lacing. Needs more lacing.

Smell is a smash of yeast and some lemon peel. Hints of spices and hops.

Taste is much of the same. Typical white feel with some lemon and a hit of spices.

Mouthfeel is light of course and a hit of citrus at the end to finalize the pallet.

Overall this is a one and done for me. Its a good tasting beer but not amazing by any means.

Photo of Hopilator
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a twelve oz. bottle into a hand blown pint glass, back by natural light it has a beautiful, light honey hue, wispy cloudiness, and a white head. A light spice on the tongue, slight tartness to the nose, descent lacing. Very refreshing, build for a mid to late summers afternoon.

Photo of wo87810
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard so much about this beer, I had to try it.

Was served in a pint glass, most striking feature to me was the appearance.

Great smell, citrus and yeast aromas. As far as taste, it was sort of what I was expecting. Nothing that blew my socks off, but the finish was nice and dry.

Overall, I would recommend the beer highly in the Witbier style, but personally I would not pursue again for a while.

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

Sunset Grill.

A- Hazy yellow into the Prima Pils glass. Foamy white head has decent size and retention. Fine sheets of lace randomly on the glass.

S- A nice floral and clove feel. Also some Belgian yeast spice, grain and citrus zest. Not great strength.

T- A delightful balance of Witbier elements. A nice floral citrus zest hop profile. Good yeast spice, bread, grain, clove balance.

MF- Silky and creamy feel in a light body. Light sweets and bitterness.

Very well balanced Witbier flavor with a great citrus presence.

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

Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a strong, thick yellow color with a giant head. Looks very delicious. Also, to add further fun, plenty of foam remains laced on the glass as it empties.

Smell: Contains an overpowering sweet and spicy smell. The coriander definitely plays an integral part to the aroma, yet I'm getting loads of citrus notes here. There are plenty of spices at work here, yet the yeast gives it a lightly bitter kick.

Taste: Bold and fully fruity! There is a long spicy flavorful finish throughout, and the wheat and yeast flavors are wonderfully sweet and bitter. There are plenty of notes of lemon, clove, cilantro and oranges. Tastes more boozy than I expected, which further sweetens the beer to my heart's content.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick and uncannily warming. Simply put, it manages to contain the best of both properties of summer and winter seasonal beers. The malts are fully tasty here, and the spices provide a bitter and strong aftertaste.

Overall: I LOVE drinking this beer! I really wish it were cheaper for a 4-pack, but it's got to be the best white ale I've tried that's American brewed.

Photo of bpw28
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Two finger thick white as snow head, light strawish hazy color, loads of carb, very nice lacing.

Smell: Big wheatiness, clove, coriander, big banana peel, clean warming spices, yeasty, watermelon rind

Taste: Wow. A hurricane of flavor on the end. Big wheat, banana, coriander, lemoniness, boquet of subtle spices, very very clean but full for a wit, watermelon rind, Beautiful yeastiness, everything is nice and balanced nothing screams over anything. Harmony in a glass. The carb is on point.

Final Thoughts: This is the kind of beer I live for. This screams "drink me under a tree on a warm day" but it also says "Sip me as the multi-colored leaves fall from the trees." This one makes my top 10 favorite of all time. I'm not a big witbier fan at all, but this was stellar. As a wine-loving asshole use to say to me "It's better then sex!" Thank you allagash. The hype on this one is true.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow w/ a perfect one finger off white head. Excellent lacing and carbonation on this brew. I'm tempted to give this category a 5, but I'll leave it for now.

S- Corriander, yeast, spices, lemon... Amazing nose for the style. The balance is perfect, without anything jumping out at you. Very smooth and refreshing vibe off the nose.

T- Really nice. Same profile as the nose, but not quite as balanced or smooth, thus the click off the score. Still, I could drink many of these on a hot day and never get bored of the taste.

M- Heavier body than you would think on a beer like this. Very silky and smooth on the way down, as well as the aftertaste. Really fantastic aftertaste on this beer- it makes me want to keep drinking!

O- This is a fantastic beer in the style, and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again- especially in the warm summer months.

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.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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