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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,357
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 293
Gots: 550 | 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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Photo of SFrankBrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell was of light lemon and a little grassy. The taste was very fresh and light. The main flavor was form the yeast with some crispness from the carbonation. Also slight lemon zest and almost a soapy freshness that stayed with the aftertaste. This is another classic example of someone executing the Wit. Tougher than most would think. But, they certainly hit this one out of the park.

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

Wanna hear a funny story? Yeah? I recently applied to Allagash. They were looking for a lead warehouseman. Well, the day I was about to apply, my computer came down with a virus. Computer was out of commission for a few days. Got it fixed, checked the site, Allagash took the listing down. I applied anyways. Never received a letter back telling me Thanks, but no Thanks. Funny story, huh? *sigh*

Anyways, even though they didn't reply to my email I still have love for them, as they make two of my favorite beers. I have an almost sexual relationship with their Tripel, and this here White is just a bonafide treat as well.

Foggy, pale yellow with a big foamy head that settles into a nice patchy layer that leaves some stickyass lace. Breathing this bad boy down it delivers some spice grass, and notes of orangey fruit that other Witbiers share. Smooth, creamy and a small bite in the cheeks as you slurp it down. Taste like it smells with a bigger punch in both categories of spice and fruit - and they blend together perfectly.

This a beer that I'll be having a for a long, long while. Totally accessible, recommendable and drinkable for all seasons. One of these days I'm gonna have a taste off with this and Hoegaarden. Good times will be had!

Photo of Satchboogie
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours very cloudy pale yellow, small 1/2 inch frothy head that sticks around.

S: Belgian yeast, coriander, sweet banana, citrus (orange/lemon)

T: Nice light body and crisp carbonation, big backbone of yeast and pale grains with coriander and slight hop notes. Lemon zest and orange peel come through more towards the finish, very slight bitterness. One of the more balanced Witbeer's, while it's nice and yeasty/malty, it isn't overpowering, nor are the citrus and spice notes. Mellow and balanced, a great summer drink.

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

Usually on tap or 12oz bottle poured into snifter glass. Body appeared almost the color of orange flesh - orange subdued by white cloudiness, with a half inch of white head that eventually subsided. Aroma was sweet orange peel, grass, coriander, a dash of pepper, and perhaps cloves. Flavor was sweet clove like malt, light orange peel, with a subdued sweetness toward the back, slightly herbal, grassy and citric. Palate was very soft and sensuous, carbonation just tickled the back of the throat, and afterards a light orange peel taste lingered.

Photo of MayLattimore
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow orange with barely a little foam. Pretty good retention. Aroma is mild, but otherwise typical of wits. Spices, citrus, yeast. Taste is very creamy, with a bit of citric zest and spice. Good yeast profile too. Really impressive, actually. Mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and very drinkable. Quality wit.

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

Well spiced and drinkable.

Spices hit my nose right away. Cloudy with particles suspended throughout, it tasted lighter than I expected -- very little carbonation.

The spices are the highlight of this one for me. It's a great tasting wheat beer without the heavy body that comes with most wheat beers I've tasted.

Photo of diomz88
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured in a weizen glass, bright yellow, cloudy, very small white head that recedes right away.
S - smells wheat, bread, citrusy, some spices. Aroma is really not that strong.
T - taste wheat, bread, some lemon hints, and it is spicy. hop is barely noticable, maybe due to the spices.
M - light bodied, smooth, dry and crisp. spice lingers until the end, with aftertaste.
D - easy drinkability. its an ok beer for me.

Photo of harrymel
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$3 for 12oz @ bottles in Spokane, WA.
Poured to NB Globe.

A: Pours a meringue yellow with a singe finger persistently white and fluffy head. Nearly neon yellow with excellent clarity until you pour yeast into glass. This then makes beer appropriately semi-translucent. Well done.

S: Crisp, seedy coriander. Cool, slightly earthy scent. Very spot on for the style.

T: Mmmm. I don't normally like whites, but this, this is quaffable. Well done with appropriate grain flavors, nice banana, butter, coriander flavors can be found dancing here.

M: medium body with crispy, highly carbonated feel. Nice feel.

D: Good beer. Great representation of the style, particularly for an American brewery.

Photo of JayS2629
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy yellow with creamy white head that fades fast but leaves nice sea foam lacing.

S- Up front yeast brings bananas and cloves, spicy, fruity. Hints of citrus, pear, orange, and faint lemony hints.

T- Follows the nose. Sweet in the front with banana notes and vanilla. Cloves and spices in the middle with rich notes of caramel. Wheat is definitely in the profile with citrus in the finish. Orange and faint lemon notes.

M- Creamy and smooth

D- Very easy to drink. So creamy for such a grainy style beer. Smooth and slight sweet edge. Flows so easy.

Photo of shorty19
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer that has a small floral taste.
This beer pours cloudy and smooth. Hints of lemon and orange. has slight fizz but this beer is The best beer i have had!!! A must taste
The best....the best the best i got this beer at the best beer store.Francestown village store!!! a must see store has every beer you can imagine!

Photo of AwYeh
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with one finger white head. Lots of suspended yeast sediment- there's no expiration date, but it just got into the store so here's hoping it's not too expired (smell and taste did not seem to be negatively affected)

S: Smell is yeasty, floral, and peppery; pears stand out among some citrus notes. Strong aroma for a witbier; smells like a tripel or top-notch hefeweizen.

T: Taste builds on smell, bringing out coriander and a bit of orange.

M: Medium to lively carbonation, thin body, crisp; extremely smooth.

D: A very easy drinking beer, putting away a bomber of this (or maybe even a 6-pack) would be no trouble at all.

Photo of brendanbeer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the map room in chicago

a. hazy cloudy light yellow gold. crisp white head thinly dissolves and leaves its trace.

s. smells a bit winy, fruity, fresh.

t. much mellower than i expected. crips bitterness and slighty fruity notes mix well, but its not too complex. tasty.

m. carbonation is nice, but its reserved.

d. pretty easy to drink, but not as exciting as i expected.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Allagash white was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It was served chilled. Cloudy appearance towards the top of the glass and less cloudy towards the bottom. More of a cloudy golden color.

This is a tradition Belgian whit beer full of flavor with a hint of orange peel and coriander. Spicier than most normal belgian style wheats. Full of flavor.

Slightly higher than average ABV content.
Great choice of a belgian style unfiltered wheat. Great brewery to visit in Portland, Maine.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.78/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Allagash White is a typical witbier. It pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow with minimal head and no lasting lace. It's aroma is largely of banana with hints of coriander and vanilla. The flavor starts with spice notes followed by lemon and a good malt/hop balance. The mouthfeel is light and it's drinkability is good. Very refreshing. Recommended.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into my Duvel.

A - Pours a cloudy light yellow color with about a one inch head that receded fairly quickly. No real lacing.

S - Nice sweet smell. Citrusy smell. Orange maybe? Light all together.

T - Lemony taste not the orange I expected. Just a bit tangy. This is a very crisp tasting beer. Refreshing. Little bit of sweetness.

M - Medium bit of carbonation. Feels very nice. Thin bodied.

D - Very high. Session...got for it.

Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer received from neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF. Reviewed blind and poured into a tulip.

It pours a nice sunshine gold, cloudy to the point of opacity, with a one-finger head of fizzy, snowy white bubbles. The head quickly crackles away, leaving behind a rather thick, enduring ring of sticky bubbles. Thin, snaking trails of lace trim the sides of the glass as I drink.

Floral. I feel like I just walked into the ladies' room. Along with rose petals and lavender, there's tons of spicy coriander, white pepper, pears and perhaps the slightest hint of lemon zest. That's just fantastic.

The flavor follows the trend, yet is more snappy with a lingering light floral bitterness before a slightly drying finish. Sweet pears, coriander, orange pith -- it's like flower petals steeped in pear juice.

Light-bodied, with prickly medium carbonation and a moderate fizziness. The alcohol is only barely noticeable, a little throat-warming, and the finish is so crisp you go back for a second sip almost immediately. It's developing nicely as it warms, notching itself up in body and smoothness.

Brilliant use of spices, great balance. Just a joy to drink.

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

This WItbier is the best of it's kind that i've ever had. Including all of the Belgians that i love so dearly.

It seems to be perfectly crafted from every perspective.

It pours hazy with a light white head.

The aromas of the botanicals shines right through the light wheat and yeast smells.

The taste of the corriander and orange peel are available but not over powering.

Feels great in the mouth and goes down easy.


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

Great summer beer that I drank in the dead of winter in AK!

Poured a lemon color, cloudy, with a barely off white two finger head, with decent retention and lacing. A little shocked at the first sniff- smells much like a leading German Hefeweizen...weihestephaner perhaps.

Slightly peppery, fruity esters, and again that clove you'd expect from a German hef; and maybe rose petals.

No detectable bitterness, just a little pepper to balance out the sweetness. Delicious and quenching. I'd love to drink many more.

Photo of obrendano
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.5 straight down the board on this one

A - pours an off-lemonade color, thick bright white head that leaves heavy circular foam rings down the glass marking off every sip I took

S - musty yeast, orange peel, wheat and a general spice tone dominate, incredibly inviting

T - huge lactic citrus snap, very light and crisp

M - amazingly smooth, prickly tiny bubbles from the carbonation, goes down so easy it's not even funny

D - one of the best beers I've had to just sit there, watch TV and chill out with. had this in a late fall cold snap, but this would be equally great out on the porch in a dead summer heat

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow slight cloud, white pillow head, solid lacing appears.

S - citrus, sweet, grain, with mild earth tones to balance.

T - citrus, sweet, refreshing

M - med/light body, great smooth taste, very refreshing clean.

D - Great beer for any time of year and even newbies may enjoy this fine representation. Worth trying, good times.

Photo of Axismundi
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had @ Blokes and Birds in Chicago

Appearance - Extremely cloudy, light blond color. Almost look like cloudy lemonade when held up to a candle. Creamy head subsides to a thin lacy layer on the top. Leaves lacing around edges of the glass.

Smell - Not very strong, but from what I did smell, was lightly sour, yeasty, sweet & a hint of clove.

Taste - Intense Belgian witbier flavor! The flavor reminds me of sour dough bread batter with the addition of citrus, coriander and definitely clove. Definitely on the funky side for me. Slightly sweet - Belgian style malt also apparent here. Ends with sour funk, No noticeable hops.

Mouth feel - Light, but highly effervescent. Each sip feels voluminous in the mouth, because of the carbonation.

Drink-ability - Alright. The potent Belgian yeast flavor is a bit too intense for this to be refreshing for me. More of a sipper than I expected.

Overall - I would recommend trying this one if you like wheat beers/witbiers. I thought it would be a more concentrated, flavorful version of Blue Moon or Hoegaarden, which it was; but not in ways that were very enjoyable.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into an Allagash tulip.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice creamy two finger head. Nose is light, spicy and fresh.

Taste is very light and subdued, but also spicy and crisp. It's not too in your face but re Belgian yeast comes through well. Very good and easy drinking.

Photo of dfclav
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter 

A - straw, very pale yellow with a 1/2 finger head that sticks around forever. Excellent lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, bread, banana, clove, coriander. Some subtle smells linger underneath everything...a little funk, pepper, lemon peel, and even coconut.

T - more hop presence then I anticipated on this one, but well balanced. The taste is missing a lot of flavors I picked up on the smell. Very little malt, yeast is there and I still pick up the coconut. This is a Belgian style white but it's lighter than you would probably expect.

M - pretty harsh mouthfeel after the initial twang, which is good but a lot seems to clash here. Dry finish.

D - this is a good drinking beer and will go right down on a humid day. While it's easy to drink, other aspects keep me from giving it a higher score.

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason had a couple of white beers last night since I was inspired by my first beer of the night - Bells Winter White. Followed it up at Monks with a couple of Allagash Whites while having some Thai Curry Mussels.

A - Pours a yellow looking straw color with a white pillow that leaves some good legs on the glass as you drink.

S - Citrus, some yeast, and a little bit of candy sugar make it a pleasant experience.

T - Very light and refreshing, you gert the yeast, citrus, and sweetness all coming together.

M - Light and refreshing, nice for style.

D - Very easy drinker of course. You could drink a lot of these as I have done at times in the summer.

Very good beer made by a good brewery. I have had the pleasure of meeting the owner a couple of times and he is very committed to putting out quality beers.

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

First had: on tap at ?

A: Copperish, light-brown to tan, with a nice white head.
S: Mostly citrus notes.
T: Citrusy, a little bready.
M: Crisp with a light-meduim body. Just a little bit of the acidic twang you get in wheats.
D: Highly drinkable and one of the better witbiers Ive had.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,357 ratings.