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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,296 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,296
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 275
Gots: 502 | 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:
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 billab914
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I see and have so often but never got around to put a review in for it. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured a pale yellow/gold color with a thin, frothy white head to it. It left some moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a citrus and spice to it with some notes of coriander and orange peel coming through. The yeast also adds some bready and spice notes to it. Very pleasant and flavorful aroma overall.

The taste also shows a pretty bright orange peel and coriander citrus flavor. Like the nose the yeast adds a breadyness to it with some hints of spice.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being on the higher side. Drinkability is very good, it's a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. Very good version of the style and very good beer overall.

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

Appearance: Definitely white, extremely pale and unfiltered.
Aroma: Strong aroma of spice and flora.
Taste: Strong coriander flavor with orange, malt and some bread dough yeast flavor as well. Not sweet. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
Overall: A great Witbier. Maybe my favorite from America. Would like to compare it side-by-side with Hoegaarden.

Update: I did a side-by-side tasting of Hoegaarden and Allagash White. They were exactly the same color. Hoegaarden's aroma was better and more pronounced and Hoegaarden had a creamier mouth-feel. The flavors were very similar but Allagash's flavor was stronger. It was an extremely close call but Allagash won with the stronger flavor; this round at least.

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

poured into a tulip glass

A- hazy yellow color nice big white head, head retention is good, nice lacing on the glass.

S- Wheat with a hint of lemon

T- wheat with a lemon zest, also a little peppery

M- light bodied high carbonation

D- this is a wonderfully refreshing beer, will definetly buy again.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Notice a cloudy gold in color with a medium head.

S- The smell of spices are all over this.

T- The taste is notice of spice like pepper but I'm thinking more of a allspice.

M- It has a dry crisp taste. The spice linger through out the mouthful.

D- Beside the bold taste of spice in this beer. It is very good. It's light and refreshing. I'll have another.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy light orange yellowish color with a 1finger white head that leaves a soapy lacing. The aroma is of white peaches, lemon zest and some coriander. The flavor the is similar to the aroma. It's got a spicy coriander and lemon peel component. Really nice wheat characteristics and light bodied. Mouthfeel is on point with the style. Really refreshing and enjoyable in this hot weather. Easily on of the better wit biers I have had thus far.

Photo of bigeyedfish
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no dating poured (per Allagash's instructions on the side of the bottle) into an Ommegang Witte glass.

A light, gold-ish color is brought to a state of almost total-density by the inclusion of the yeast--aggravated by the instructed swirling-- and it is impossible to tell if there is any carbonation coming up from the bottom. The head is very foamy and white. That dissipates in the center faster than around the edges, but in a nearly-uniform manner. The foam on the sides clings in its initial height, with rings of lacing visible from above. Nothing short of a classic-looking witbier.

The smell is wonderful--a robust aroma of cloves on the nose, right away. Some cardamon is available deeper into the nose, and there is not much else. The clove is very pungent, and there is not a diverse palate--no fruit/yeast/earthy flavors are available--but the clove is really quite nice, if pungent.

Now the taste is where it really shines. Wow, the flavor profiles is fantastic and truly delicious. The flavor profile opens with an almost bitter-raspberry, which, around mid-palate, becomes a flavor of a lemonade without being uber-tart. Smooth and flavorful with no bitterness. In the end it finishes with, in quick succession, some yeastiness, some vanilla, some cloves before finishing with a some sweetness. Really, a fantastic taste-profile; diverse, interesting, full-flavored. Nothing too strong, and constantly evolving. The best way to describe it is smooth. Really, really smooth.

As previously stated, it's a smooth beer to drink. There is some mild-carbonation hitting you between the mid-palate and the finish, but other than that there is not much in terms of mouthfeel. Again, smoothness in taste is a great thing. In mouthfeel, it's a little lacking.

So, let me make sure I have this right; it's a beer that looks great, smells really nice and tastes utterly amazing. Along with that, it's smooth as anything, and barely clocks in at 5% alcohol. Yeah, let's just say this beer is highly, highly drinkable.

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

A - Super cloudy gold with a one inch white head that has excellent retention and intricate lacing down the glass.

S - Bold scents of yeast, white pepper, orange peel.

T - Spicy coriander up front, then has orange peel and some wheat with a crisp, tart finish.

M - Light side of a medium body with perfectly high carbonation, and a crisp, tart finish.

D - I got two, and I normally don't drink witbiers. It was a great drink to have after a hot day on the beach paired with calamari, then a tilefish dinner.

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

I can't believe I've never reviewed this beer. Allagash White was my gateway beer. I can still remember the Allagash night I went to at my college's pub, where I got a pint of White in a logo pint glass I got to keep. It started my beer glass collection. Anyway, I'm reviewing a fridge chilled 12oz bottle poured into a different Allagash logo glass (a 25cl flute). I can only fit about 2/3 of the bottle into this glass, so the appearance may change after I pour in the yeast. The liquid is a slighty tarnished yellow, with a small white head. There is a lot of rising carbonation and a bit that clings to the sides. [After emptying the bottle, I bumped this category up from a 4 to a 5. There is a huge pure white head now, great lacing, and a beautiful opaque body. It looks as a wit should.] This beer has a great aroma. It is dry and sweet, with lots of Belgian sugar and yeast. I can also smell wheat, grass and a bit of pepper spice. The beer tastes of wheat and Belgian candi sugar. It has some champagne-like flavors up front, but I wouldn't say I can taste white grapes specifically. The finish has more spices; black pepper and coriander. The wheat and yeast wrap things up in the aftertaste that lingers slightly. The white has a medium body and plenty of carbonation. There isn't much coating after I swallow, but it feels like it covers every corner of my mouth white I'm drinking each sip. And oh does each sip come easily. This is such a drinkable beer. On a warm, humid day like today, I could easily drink a number of these beers. No aspect of this beer every gets tiring. Unfortunately, I think this beer gets a slightly bad rap in its hometown. I know that a number of us Portland beer nerds (aka beer snobs) occasionally look down at people who order an Allagash White when there are more adventurous beers available. A lot of us see this beer as Portland's training wheels craft beer; its fine if your scared, but real beer drinkers will get a strong, more intense beer. Is this a side-effect of the demand for extreme, barrel-aged everything? Perhaps. Either way, White deserve all the respect it can get. This is an incredible beer and a wonderful flagship for one of the best breweries in the country. It is worth ordering, no matter what the other folks at the bar think; just don't ask for a slice of lemon with it...

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

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA
Service in a ...flute? Larger sized though..

A: This beer pours a hazy light straw yellow with a 1/4 inch of bone white head to it. Head recedes to a film that retains the length of the beer. Spots of wispy lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is of yeast, some grassy hop notes, corriander and pepper, and lemon zestiness.

T: Taste starts with a light yeast and grassy mixture. Middle has just a touch of wheat and pepper. FInish is corriander mingled with a nice lemon flavoring that carries through in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, moderate to higher carbonation, creamy feel with a bit of prickle from the carbonation.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. This is one that is easy drinking for an evening.

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap, bottled at a bar (where the server remembered to swirl the wheat at the second half of the pour), and bottled at home. Every time served into a standard pint glass. A quite refreshing summer witbier with a nice frosty texture and mouthfeel. The flavor has mild hoppy bitterness but undertones of pineapple.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold in color, cloudy, 1/4 inch head

Smell: orange, lemon, cloves, coriander

Taste: wheat, orange, lemon, cloves, coriander

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: Perfectly balanced and spiced. Nice and light. I could sip this one all day.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into goblet

A - pours a cloudy, white-ish yellow hue, with a decent white foam head, leaving a creamy lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is of lemon, spices, coriander, and wheat

T - Lemon, wheat and spices all hit at once, but all of these flavors are flawlessly balanced! This flavor profile pretty such sticks out the whole time.

M - Light and refreshing, but still fairly complex and creamy, especially for a 5.2% beer.

D - Insanely high drinkability. Goes down as easy, maybe easier than a marco-lager!

Overall - Outstanding for sure, it's perfect beer for drinking on a nice day. One of the best wit's I've had!

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

Cloudy, lemonade-like color with faint, pure white head.

Classic aromas of banana and clove give way to rich but clean corn flavors and a bright finish.

Pillowy texture which seems like it should be out of place but isn't.

Pairing: Bacalao fritter with corn and jalapeno chowder

Photo of abriggs1
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had this beer in a long time so I thought i'd revisit it. Even better than I remember it. It's got a restrained lemon quality that doesn't overpower the yeast, and for me the yeast in a belgian wit should really shine through. There's some very nice spiciness in the smell as well as the taste. It reminds me of white pepper and of course coriander. I like that they don't overdo the spices so that the other flavors can come through. This would be a great beer with chicken francaise or maybe some friend fish.

Photo of MarenJensen
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer review on BA!

I've tried the Allagash White before but decided to keep a review in mind as I tried it again last night.

A friend of mine is obsessed with this beer so I think I came into it expecting something a little different.

The smell came off as chemical-y to me. Very clean but a bit too grassy, almost. Goes down how it smells, clean, beautiful in color and very crisp. I enjoyed it but the taste was a bit too reminiscent of it's smell for me--I couldn't quite get past the chemical association I made at first whiff.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, let's do this again, and be more descriptive too. I first had this in Boston in December 2007 and found it too similar to Hoegaarden. Funny how palates change. I've had this several times from draft over past months, but most recently at the YardHouse in Irvine, CA. On to the beer:

Pee yellow in color. It's pale, with a lot of healthy lacing sticking to the glass at first. The head eventually fades to a thin lace. My mouth waters as I smell the beer. It is a wonderful grassy coriandor combo with sweet lemons as the base. Very nice.

And here's where it all goes down. Sweet citrus flavor (lemon/orange), almost estery, is the base, with well integrated coriandor than completments. The flavors are very soft and never sharp. The beer is light and crisp in the mouth, and the pleasant, lasting aftertaste of hinted coriandor and orange makes things better. Drinkability? It's freggin easy to drink.

Allagash White is very pleasant beer. It's a little pricey at $7-8 for a 750 ml bottle in SoCal stores, but the prices on-tap at bars are sometimes on par with that, so you're more likely to see me drink this in a bar than at home. Highly recommended.

Photo of Perrumpo
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I much prefer this beer on-tap. The spices are slightly toned down, resulting in a smoother experience. For a witbier, I find drinkability to be important, and this beer goes down well on tap. The citrus, spice, and wheat have a great balance. In the bottle, the spice is too strong.

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at J's Oysters, Portland, Maine.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate wheat spice with a touch of citrus and yeast esters.

The taste was soft and spicy, with an assertive wheat malts and full esters. A subtle lemon flavor detected as well.

The mouthfeel was soft and silky.

Overall an excellent wit. Perhaps the best domestic example of the style.

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four-pack for $5.99 after using a beer coupon. Freshness date, clearly imprinted on the bottle.

A: Pours a rather cloudy, pale yellow color, actually reminds me more of a weak green tea. Nice creamy head that quickly falls by the wayside, leaving only a nice spotting of yeast.

S: Yeast and spice -- I get a little bit of clove, nutmeg, and coriander, perhaps a little bit of peppercorns, followed by a nice little punch of lemon basil? Very intense, and complex for such an inexpensive brew.

T&M: Upon the first sip, I mainly got a nice bit of lemon tartness, balanced out with a creamy mouthfeel, and a bit of carbonation that reminds me of a weak club soda. The clove and coriander still prickle the tongue, but it is quite citrusy, refreshing, and very well-balanced. Perhaps a hint of malt sweetness, but nothing well pronounced.

I really like this beer. It doesn't have quite the overwhelming bubble gum and banana aromas that can come from other domestic witbiers. It is balanced, complexed, and very easy drinking. I've seen this on-tap recently and really look forward to trying it on draft.

Photo of BogleHill
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite summer brew. Glowing orange in color with a lot of cloudiness. The bitter orange peel adds a nice bite to this one, more so than the popular Hoegaarden. More flavorful, but at the same time very refreshing. Very good out of the bottle, but it's becoming more commonly found on tap in bars in my area. Worth checking out, if you haven't yet.

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

Pours a lemonade yellow with an inch pearl white head which retains for most of the beer. Lemon, citrus, wheat and yeast aroma. Nice light, crisp wheat flavor to start. Next comes lemon zest, citrus and light spices. Sweet malt. Finishes with sweet bread and grains and some tang. Very enjoyable light wheat flavor profile. Not any one huge flavor but well blended. High carbonation and light mouthfeel.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The beer is cloudy but clears up after it has sat for a white. The aroma is coriander and orange peel. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of a little bit of lemon and yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

A- Cloudy gold with a thin, but lasting white head.

S- Smell of soft spices and hints of lemon, orange peal and coriander.

T- Very smooth blending of a nice wheat twang with the spices and the citrus flavors. Makes a very harmonious flavor profile. Finish is on the semi-dry side with a lingering yeast taste.

M- Very smooth, medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Very nice witbier that has an excellent blending of everything that's going on.

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

Oh, Allagash White, how I love thee! This beer is so wonderful for the summer. It's pleasantly flavored, perfectly crisp and so lovely for a summer's day... Amazingly enough, I think the spices in this beer would lend it to cold-weather consumption as well. :)

Appearance: Poured into a Kronenbourg 1664 glass (it's what I had on hand...), this beer is a lovely golden color with a solid inch of white, bubbly head. It is perfectly clear. Obvious carbonation. Head thins out, but leaves a solid cap on top. Some lacing.

Smell: herbal tea, candy, lemons and Valencia oranges, cloves, and a slight tang of sour yeast.

Taste: Immediately tastes of lemon soda then chamomile tea, saltine crackers, and Thanksgiving spices. So very yummy! A traditional wit with a slight twist.

Mouthfeel: not too thin, and not too thick, very bubbly on the tongue. Carbonation explosions all while drinking it, each time revealing more flavor. Leaves you with a slight numbness in your mouth. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night long. At 5.2, it's definitely sessionable, and with these flavors, why not? I think I may have a new football season favorite!

Photo of IronGiant
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll admit - I'm partial to Belgians.

I've had lots and lots of Belgians - and Allagash White remains my favorite. The folks in Maine have create a perfect brew - well balanced, crisp, beautiful to look at and even better to taste.

I know I depart from the BA ASTM rating system - but really, sometimes it's less about measuring and science and all about experience. And Allagash White is a perfect experience.

Can I have another, please?

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,296 ratings.