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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash WhiteAllagash White

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3,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,720
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 227
Gots: 279 | 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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Photo of jwc215


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

Poured into an Allagash glass following the directions printed on the side of the bottle (pour, swirl, pour yeast).
The appearance was cloudy, golden pale with a thin, foamy head that became a thin, well-retained lacing.
The smell was of full-bodied citrus fruits, especially orange, lemon and a touch of grapefruit, with a touch of bready yeast in the background.
The taste was clean and crisp. The taste was very akin to the smell. It was a well-balanced taste of hops and spices with yeast mixed in. The spices were not overwhelming, as can happen with this style. It was a bit watery, but in such a way that added to its refreshing quality more than it detracted from its flavor.
It had a refreshingly smooth texture. While not as spiced and complex as some other examples of this style, it is certainly more refreshing and crisp than many.
I prefer this over the classic of this style- Hoegaarden - because it is more refreshing while retaining a delicious citrusy, spicy flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 20:37:22 | More by jwc215
Photo of Crosling


3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The freshest bottle I could find. Cloudy yellow/orange in color with a large and thick head of foam. Exotic aromas of mango and apricots along with a touch of coriander. A very light example of the style. Southampton Double White really spoiled me because I haven’t had a white beer that satisfied my desires ever since. It’s a shame really. This example is fairly simplistic with notes of green apples, passion fruits and coriander combined with a fairly rich and creamy palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 06:26:12 | More by Crosling
Photo of bigdeuce


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

Doesn't smell like much, but a very nice witbier. Great head, nice retention. Mouthfeel is light and wheaty, with big lemon splash. Not many hops to speak of, in the tradition of the great belgian style. Goes down smooth. You can drink 50 of these in one sitting!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 22:22:02 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Skidz


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out crystal clear straw and sits pale yellow in the glass with a large soapy white head. Fades to a light skim with thick lacings all around the glass.

Smells fragrantly spicy; corriander, orange peel, lemon and sage fuming outwards. Delicately wheaty with the faintest hints of a crackery wheat aroma.

Tastes fruity up front with lots of orange and corriander colliding with creamy smooth wheat flavors. Mild hops bitterness lends some light grassy notes to an otherwise fruity finish.

Luciously smooth in the mouth with light and soft carbonation, light body.

Tasty goods, good looks and masterful drinkability. Looks are hard to beat too.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 03:04:52 | More by Skidz
Photo of beermanbrian


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

Cloudy yellow in color with a moderate level of carbonation bubbles flowing to the sustain a thin film. Scattered trails of thin lacing. Smell of lemon, melon, yeast and some pepper. Taste is very mild, light malts with a peppery finish. Lively mouthfeel. A nice witbier and one I would certainly consider as very indicitive of the style. No flaws but nothing earthshattering either, just a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 01:47:34 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of hoffman


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The famed allagash white. Not available in Nebraska this one has been on my radar since I found out there was life past Blue Moon. The pour on this one was not at all impressive to me. Thick opaque yellow haze and a bright white head that rises quickly and falls just the same leaving some traces of bubbles on the surface. Very spotty lacing follows down the glass. The smell is quite nice very yeasty, more tradtional Belgian smell with some citrus in the background. Nice and potent. The taste is very nice, bannana yeast flavor with some tart lemony undertones but a hop balance in the middle that takes the cake. The mouthfeel is creamy but may tread a bit on the weak side with adequate carbonation. This one is mighty drinkable...not really up to the hype that I was expecting but my wants from this one may have been unfair.

Try it if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 22:40:36 | More by hoffman
Photo of klewis


3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale straw color with fine sediment suspended throughout the brew. A small head at the pour quickly dissipates. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aromas of coriander, lemon, and orange

T: Flavors of citrus and pepper with a slight bitterness in the finish. Nothing interesting here.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with a light body and moderate carbonation.

D: This would perhaps make a good summer session beer, but there's no reason for me to seek this again. I'll have a Hoegaarden next time.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 21:47:47 | More by klewis
Photo of copasetic


3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes in a bottle with nifty instructions for increasing the yeast in suspension. Cute. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy head that hung out to say 'hello' and went away to wisps on top. Smells strongly of citrus --mostly orange with hints of yellow. The smell, and taste, of the typical wheat twang are minimized in this beer. It's tasty, refreshing, and... well, summer is coming soon. Mouthfeel is average and pretty light.

Good drinks. I'll buy more of this when it gets hot.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 19:16:26 | More by copasetic
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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

More akin to Celis White than Ommegang Wit. Citrusy. Tends to be sweet or it has other spices in it I associate with sweetness.

Poured a cloudy lemon with a minimal head and lace into a pint glass. A good bit of carbonation. Mouthfeel isn't harsh, but isn't smooth either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2006 11:25:44 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of LPorter33


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 6 pack from Hanover St. Liquors

Appearance = Pale, foggy offwhite-yellow. average head and lacing. I like the color and cloudiness.

Smell = Deep scents of fruit and cloves. Banannas and melons most present.

Taste = Excellent tasting Witbier. Spicy and malty without being overwhelming. Fruity and ideal amount of sweetness and tanginess. A great Spring/Summer beer

Overall = Really delicious Witbier. One of the better I've tried. Highly recommended for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 01:09:53 | More by LPorter33
Photo of boulevard2

New York

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

12 oz bottle

Pours golden and cloudy with a thick white head that disapates quickly. Very smooth with hints of floral, and citrus.There almost is a whiff of baby powder in this beer if thats possible This is a great summer witte! This will be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 01:48:54 | More by boulevard2
Photo of arizcards


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of bottles at AJ's right before Christmas for $2.39 each.

Beer poured a semi-cloudy straw yellow with little head and no residual lacing. Could be that i picked up some older bottles. The yeast is suspended so it makes for an interesting view. Nose is wheaty, grassy, and has some hints of spice, perhaps coriander. Taste is a nice complex mix of the items picked up in the nose with a fine light crisp hop finish. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated for a nice lively feel. Drinkability is awesome. This would make a fine tailgaiting beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 00:19:13 | More by arizcards
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

winking lizard tour beer

ohhh sweet coriander. spicy aroma with more zing than other wits (cinnamon or allspice?). hazy straw color with a haze of spotty head that once was a solid creamy strata

the flavor isn't as exciting as the nose. in fact, i don't have any reason to think what i smelled and what i tasted were the same beer. slight spice flavor, wheat, some earthy hop flavor

i'm not a huge witbier guy, but i guess this is par. my girlfriend likes it. it grows on me a little, as i drink it

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 03:35:52 | More by bruachan
Photo of sinistrsam


3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow with no head and excellent lacing. The aroma was citrus and sweet fruits, with some honey and mild spice. The taste was much of the same, orange was very dominant, clove and vanilla followed and alcohol finished things out. The feel was rather bitter at first, some sweet and sourness whihc ended up being a smooth finish. A great example of a white.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 05:19:03 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of maddamish


4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best wit beers on the market.

Ap: This beer foamed up pretty good till settling down into a nice murk gold. The head eventually laced nicely. I poured this one in my glass and I got just the depth I was looking for.

Sm: Orange and spices. I didn't think the smell was pronounced enough but I was sitting at a bar and that may have had something to do with it.

Taste: I just want to say that this may be the best wit on the market. I have not had a wit beer that has come close to this level of complexity.

Spices, orange and lemon citrus are all present here. Not only are they present but they are participating in a big way.

Mouth: The mouthfeel is smooth and full of body.

Good: This is the white beer you always hope to open. It really is one of the best of it's style.

Bad: I wish the smell was a bit more pronounced but I may just be picky here.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 03:27:08 | More by maddamish
Photo of JasonCoop


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

follow instructions on pouring. prefer a weizen to that glass though.
pours a clear light yellow until the yeast flows down from the head. then a creamy blend of white/yellow/orange.

smells very spicy. lots of peppery spice and lemon zest.

taste - subtle lemon backbone with a spicy twang. pretty decent witbier.

mouthfeel is buttery and creamy. nice. pretty drinkable as witbiers go. would be refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 09:41:16 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of geexploitation


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

Allagash White pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a huge white head that fades after a while to just a dusting on top of the liquid. The wonderful nose is redolent of doughy yeast, coriander, grass and citrus. The doughy smell is particularly important, and makes the nose a bit superlative in the world of witbiers. First up on the taste is a bitter lemon on the back of the palate, which gives way to a huge spice attack that shifts to the front of the palate. Mouthfeel isn't quite as watery as some witbiers, and the spicy bitterness makes Allagash White a bit rough. Still, very refreshing and quite quaffable.

To me, this is one of the better Belgian-style American beers out there. It's also my favorite American witbier of the ones I've had. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 03:04:49 | More by geexploitation
Photo of TheEclecticGent


2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one up in the sleepy little town of Sylva, NC.

A - It pours into a pint glass a semi-cloudy pale yellow. Head quickly fades into a fairy ring. A bit of lacing.

S - The nose is a bit light but one can detect wheat, some spices, and floral hops.

T - I'm disappointed. I base most of my witbier reviews from my perceptions of Hoegaarden and Wittekerke. To me this beer falls short. I can barely detect the spices or citrus in the beer and part of this is due to an unusual high level of hops for this style. To me, it comes off as watery and hoppy / grassy.

M - A light mouthfeel and a bit biting.

D - I don't think I'm going to repeat this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 19:30:30 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of Golden2wenty1


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

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours an almost neon pale straw color with a finger of snow white bubbles. Nose is balanced between musty yeast and spice and sweet tropical fruits. Taste is equally balanced as well. starting of with a dry musty yeastiness, peppery spice, then turning mildly sweet with notes of pineapple and apricot. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. This is a nice and balanced wit. Most wits are either heavy on the clove or heavy on the sweet fruit, and this one strikes a nice balance between the two.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 19:57:31 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of HugoGrim


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

"BATCH # 3" the label states, though no date.

Poured into a standard pint, body is cloudy yellow/gold with a thick fluffy head. Substantial lace lines the glass and stays for the duration.

Aroma is that of pepper, corriander, wheat, lemon, and orange. Very spicy.

Just like the scent the flavor has a nice kick of spice. Pepper and corriander up front with a wheaty orange zest undertone. Feel is sharp and acidic, though smooth and silky. My first taste of Allagash, and no doubt not my last.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 00:01:40 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of slap


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

Poured from a corked bomber, labeled batch #27 into a goblet.

This beer pours a pale wheat color with a thick, white foamy head. When held up to light this brew is nice and cloudy, hmmm tasty looking, The aroma of this beer is great. The nose has a nice citris smell combined with plenty of spices. The first sip is primarily spicy with subtle orange flavor. Very smooth and refreshing. The mouthfeel is full due do the high level of carbonation, it's a party for the tastebuds. The finish is dry, without being overly bitter. Drinkability?....very high. This is a tasty brew that goes down easy and at 5.5% this is made for session duty on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 05:54:45 | More by slap
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Light gold with cloudy swirls of yeast and a white bubbley head with decent retention. Spiced aromas explode with light citrus lemon and sweet malts and yeast. Tastes of spicey wheat, juicey fruits, lemon and of course yeast. Mouthfeel is dry and grainy for a moment before it turned into a piced smoothness.

Great job with the Belgian style here. I could definitely suck down many of these, especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 23:46:34 | More by tastybeer
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Was happy to find it on tap at a nearby pub. Refreshing, citrusy, and cool. The appearance is one of the best - a clean, soft orange-brown, with a slight carbonation.

The taste is great - very light and crisp. Lemon and honey come through, with a faint hay aftertaste. I enjoy this beer, and think its probably the best in its category.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2006 03:03:18 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Hautacam


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

Beautiful pour...light yellow-gold..very cloudy with the swirl..foamy, lively white head..up to 2"..settles to a collar.
Smell is very light..malt and just a hint of citrus and spice.
Tastes of bread dough... yeasty..sweet ..spices in the background, and a mild lemony after taste.
Very smooth medium mouthfeel...low carbonation.
Very drinkable.
I usually don't like beers this light..but this one is so good - looking.!!... and although the taste is mild; it's a really nice taste....it's growing on me as I drink it. Would go very well with food.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 01:22:15 | More by Hautacam
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Everytime i order this beer they refer to it 'like hoegarden,' but I definitely has a taste and presentation all its own. Presented in Allagash white glass with lemon. Great foamy head with a strong lemon/citrus zing. A little bitter on the aftertaste, but overall it is very smooth. Lightly carbonated and easy drinkability make this a very refereshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2006 04:26:54 | More by mvanaskie13
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