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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,989
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 246
Gots: 376 | 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 jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Yeasty nose. Starts with more yeast than anything, looking for spices - they are subtle, quiet finish needs more crispness. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of Longstaff
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%

Had to review this beer based on recent inconcistencies I have found. In the past year, I've had this beer on tap around 3-4 times, and each time it is completely different. One time it was thin, somewhat watery and a bit bitter, another time it tasted like it wasn't finished fermenting - sweet, cloying, and fresh wort flavors dominating. Lately everthing else is up to par, but just tastes way overspiced with coriander. If I can taste coriander, its probably too much, and at this point its getting into the Blue Moon range of spiciness - not good. Overwhelming coriander in the nose and on the palate really decreases the drinkability.

Longstaff, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Had this on tap at Ri-Ras. Nice pub on the water in Portland.

A - Vibrant yellow brew, very cloudy. Solid foamy head.

S - Very nice lemon, coriander spice and orange peel.

T- Wheat and lemon with a touch of coriander.

M - A delight on each sip. Light bodied but immensly flavorful.

D- A shame I had to leave with only one drink. A great beer on tap in Allagash's backyard!

barleywinebrewer, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

750ml brown bottle- Batch # 26 noted on label

Pours a murky, clouded golden copper color with two fingers of white firm rocky head. Lacing is thick and hangs in sheets.

Smell is citrusy lemon grass, spicy coriander and a hint of fertile earth.

Taste is much the same as the scent with the coriander being more pronounced, a bit tart with a lighly bittered finish.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable experience. I would drink this again.

EvilKeith, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Cloudy off-white appearance, 1/2 inch head with nice retention. Aroma is fairly sour, with hints of lemon and orange spice. The flavor is earthy and dry, with less of the citrus than noted in the aroma. Somewhat yeasty and sour with virtually no sweetness, it has light spice and peppermint in the finish. Alcohol is not evident. Great mouthfeel, light but with a creamy, bubbly character. The drinkablility is excellent on this one, not too strong, a good mix of flavors. A fine Witbier...

bennetj17, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a thin soapy white head with a hazy straw yellow body. There were a few tiny bubbles rising up on the sides of the glass.

S- The smell of soft pale malt with a faint bread note has a bright citrus hint but for the most part the smell was pretty clean.

T- The balance of tart and sour notes had a lemony flavor that turned more orangey as it warmed. There was a faint green hop flavor in the background with a nice coriander spice in the finish.

M- This beer had a medium-light mouthfeel

D- This beer was bright fruity and crisp but it could use a bit more depth in flavor if I was to drink more than one a sitting.

rhoadsrage, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

A 'dirty' yellow pour. Hazy body with an intense foaming head that clumped into a rocky peak. Smell was certainly witbier, lemon, yeast and sticky malt.
A medium-full taste. Mostly lemongrass, citrus, and yeast. Nice finish, crisp and clean. I drank this one fairly quick as the lighter beers tend to feel like water. However, this had flavor that was rather enjoyable.

Mebuzzard, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.9/5  rDev -6%

Found this at Lou's in Augusta for $8.99, hell why not, new to me. Pours very hazy yellow, can't see through. Smells sweet and a bit yeasty. Tastes quite fizzy, a bit if citrus peel, slight yeasty flavor, and a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit more fuzzy than I normally like. Overall it's pretty good, not a style I normally partake of but it's good. If you have macro friends who are slightly intersted in micros it's a great intro beer.

Manosbeeroffate, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Served in a Hoegaarden glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy pale gold, the head cresting at about two fingers and settling to a fine mat. Looks like a good witbier, solid in appearance.

Smell- Bold, no-holds-barred display of coriander spice and orange peel... fresh and spritzy, Allagash doesn't disappoint here. Really nice.

Taste- Solid wheat notes, maybe more textural but definitely there... backed by the smooth coriander and beautifully floral hop character. The beer has terrific balance and runs its course so eloquently for this style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light and prickly in the beginning, it swells in such a smooth, easy way... emphasizing the spices and wheat character. Light but very distinctive and totally appropriate. What a great witbier, the best U.S. take on the style.

yelterdow, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Drank at USBTC Tasting, Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. The beer does everything that you want a Witbier to do, and then some. It has the typical soft citrus, spicy, belgian, wheat characer. Has light yellow glitter color with a mild haze. Looks cotton-ey. Smells a little more wheat-ey and estery than most Wits; more Hefe-like. Tastes more than typically Belgin with extra souring, twangy, and yeasty. Alcohols seem heavier than normal and give a lightly phenolic and soapy character. Despite the mild off-flavors, the extra boldness is attractive. Still light and fresh feeling to the mouth. Finishes mostly clean and soft. Very nice.

BEERchitect, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured a very light golden color, with a uneven cloudiness. Very little head that disappeared almost as soon as I finished the pour. Minimal carbonation can be seen. No lacing.

Interesting aroma that had a mixture of unidentified citrus, mixed spice, and slight hops. I wish I could identify the different parts of the aroma, but general families of scent are the best I can idenitfy.

Had a very clean base to the flavor. Major taste of fresh lemon with a big note of spice. The spice also has a note of woodsy flavor very reminisint of oregano.

Feels nice on the palate and the after effects of the taste remind my taste buds of the nice crisp flavor. Carbonation does hint trough unlike the appearance.

Overall a very good beer. Definitly a nice after dinner selection to refresh the palate. Almost could act as a sorbet between courses.

RedChrome, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden yellow with a low white head which fell in an instant to barely lace the glass.

The aroma was strong sulphur when first opened, but after the head fell a very nice orange citrus and coriander character emerged. Coupled with a bit of wheat, a slight earthiness and a bit of grass.

The flavor was citrusy, orange, with just a bit of spice character. The flavor was earthy and still with a bit of grassiness. Wheat flavor was low, yet present. The flavor had a light sweetness to it and as it warmed the spice character increased.

The finish was dry with a crisp lasting light spice and citrus into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and the carbonation level was fairly low. A good flavor, missing some complexity in the middle, but very easy to consume.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Left a one finger head with good retention and some lacing here and there. Body was very cloudy and a pale-yellow-gold.

Smell - faintly spicy yeast and bready malt.

Taste - much like the smell, a bready malt highlighted with tones (although surprisingly faint) of yeasty spiciness.

Mouthfeel - full, chewy, smooth.

Drinkability - goes down very easy and is good. Could go for more in a session.

ultralarry2006, May 30, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: Pouring, swirling, and pouring again (per the bottle's instructions) yeilds a very pretty and bright dandelion-yellow body with powdery yeast and floaties in perfectly saturated suspension. The head is not very good, but it gets a 4 because the color is so nice and summery.

Smell: Lots of coriander and orange peel and bready yeast, with a little bubble gum and mint/oregano/parsley-like herb and a bit of hefe-like banana. Kind of weak but still very, very attractive. Light ginger spice comes through as it warms.

Taste: Everything from the nose, with a more pronounced yeast and bubblegum presence. The spices are flavorful but not overpowering. Very refreshing and well-balanced. Nice citric tang in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy with a clean finish.

Drinkability: This is a great wit, a great summer beer.

Edit: Something about this beer reminds me of Froot Loops, and I mean that in the best possible way.

soulgrowl, May 26, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a light, hazy yellow with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S: It has an aroma of wheat, yeast, some lemon and a little bit of hops.

T: Lemon and wheat flavor with a hint of spice. I really couldn’t taste any hops, nor could I detect the alcohol. Very well-balanced. The after-taste is faint but sweet.

M: Very smooth and crisp, with light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily and isn’t too filling. It’s refreshing and tasty, but not over-powering. It’s the type of beer that you could drink a ton of.

This is a very good beer, especially if you’re looking for something light and smooth. It’s an excellent representation of the style.

TheManiacalOne, May 25, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

Pours a bubbly, dull yellow with a carbonated film head. Smells sticky and sweet, and does remind me of Hoegaarden in aroma. Distinct wheat scent, no distinct hop aromas. Taste is very sweet, all wheat, slightly citrusy. Hops are muted with barely discernible, slightly bittering traces in the finish. Not much detected as for spices--the sweetness dominates. This beer sticks to style. Mouthfeel is heavy as expected, low on carbonation, and just right all around, though if I were being picky, I imagine it could be a little fuller, thicker, and heavier without approaching 'syrupy.' Given the style, to me this is slightly more drinkable than Hoegaarden, which I dislike (I realize this is heresy to some). Yes, a purist I am not--I personally prefer the flavor of SA White Ale over this. This is fine in it's own right, of course, just not one I will crave. And if you are a purist and like true-to Belgian style, than why aren't you drinking a Hoegaarden?...

Liquids, May 22, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a light/murky straw color... very hazy... Small, white head... great lacing.

Aroma was quite non-existant immediately after pouring... but it opened up like crazy a couple whiffs in. Very floral and tons of wheat smells. Spicy with coriander and orange hints. Lemony fresh!

Palate is smooth... small dry finish.

Great wheat/grainy blast upfront. Lemon finish. Sweet malts. Very good beer.

Fugazme, May 22, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

On tap at Mellow Mushroom in Winston, courtesy of yours truly =)

Pours a lemon hue and is nearly opaque it is so cloudly. Minimal head due to the lack of aggressiveness of the pour. However, all in all, a fine looking brew.

Gorgeous rich citrus aroma... almost sweet with a touch of bubble gum. Very very enjoyable.

Rich, yet sweet taste. Citrus flavours stand out the most, however there is an almost soapy essence to it as well. While that sounds like it would be offensive, it certainly is not. Quite refreshing.

Crisp, tight carbonation, paired with a mouderately thick mouthfeel.

Immensely quaffable... fantasticly drinkable... amazing refreshing.
A perfect summer brew. Another winner from this stellar brewery.

nickss, May 10, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev 0%

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.

jwc215, May 08, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

Crosling, May 05, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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!!!

bigdeuce, May 02, 2006
Photo of Skidz
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Skidz, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

beermanbrian, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of hoffman
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

hoffman, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of klewis
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

klewis, Apr 18, 2006
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