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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,459
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 333
Gots: 675 | 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:
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: 4,459 | Reviews: 1,306
Photo of climax
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy straw yellow with a large white bubbly head. Retention was good, it sank slowly with the popping of every next bubble.

Nose was full of wheat, yeast, and lemon peel. Softer notes of pear, banana, and coriander were also present.

Flavor was similar to the smell. Citrus tartness was matched well by warmer wheat tones. Lemon, wheat, pear, and some coriander were the distinguishable flavors.

Body was medium, with abundant carbonation and crispness. The feel was pretty slick with a chalky finish. Perhaps I didn't sample it an ideal time of year, but it was still a good refreshing brew.

Photo of tjd112
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Chimay goblet

Appearance - Pale, cloudy, golden with half-finger fizzy white head, some lacing

Smell - Very spicy

Taste - Very citric, with, of course, a lot of wheat

Mouthfeel - Light body, crisp carbonation

Drinkability/Overall - A good standby beer

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pale, hazy/translucent yellow gold with a bit less than a finger of white head. Staying power is a bit on the light side - dies pretty quickly to a thick collar with islands of bubbles randomly spread over the surface.

S - Wheat, citrusy/lemony, some yeastiness, just a touch of spiciness - coriander, I believe. Very light smelling beer. Light and subtle aromas.

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. Light and crisp in flavor. Lemony citrus, light coriander, wheat malt, and a bit of yeast.

M - Thin in body, high in carbonation. Light and refreshing feeling. Might be the perfect beer on a hot summer day. Quite thirst quenching.

D - About as drinkable as a beer can be...light and refreshing. Great as an ultimate lawnmower beer...but one with flavor! Can have a few of these in a sitting very easily. Love this beer...a go to in the summer, and still great on a cold winter night.

Photo of icetraxx
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. I've had this beer many times before and it seems rather consistent from the bottle to the tap. It is time for me to review one of my old favorites.

A: Two/three finger creamy head. The head dissipates to a half finger rather quickly, but the head stays around through the entire beer. Hazy orange color, perfect appearance for the style. Excellent lacing, I even want to photograph my empty glass.

S: Orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, and touch of fruity hops. Malty aromas are absent.

T: Orange and lemon peel, some tartness, and finally a bit of spiciness from the coriander. Not sweet at all, the beer finishes with a crisp and rather dry finish that suggests some bitter hops and some bitter lemon pith as well. As you drink this beer, a bit of fruityness from the hops and/or yeast are revealed and go well with the citrus flavors, yet the wheat malt of the beer appears to be playing backup to the other flavors. This beer is better balanced and heartier tasting than Hoegaarden. The aftertaste is a bit bitter for the style, but not too distracting.

M: Mildly starchy and ever so slightly creamy, rather impressive for the style. Perfectly carbonated.

D: Very refreshing, even in a cold Michigan winter. I can easily put back a couple of these, the only thing stopping me is the pain in my wallet at $9.00 a 4-pack plus tax and deposit.

O: A great Wit, but not excellent, Witbier. A little one-sided due to the lack of crisp wheat flavor that I associate with the style.

Photo of jmerloni
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A pale murky yellow with decent pillowy head that fades shortly after and laces moderately on the glass.

S - Pretty yeasty, orange aroma.

T - As yeasty as the nose indicated; citrusy with orange and lemon zest; slight hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is good - light but not too light with the appropriate amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely sessionable, especially in the summer. Might like it enough to get it again, but I don't quite see what all the fuss is about with this beer.

Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Pours into my Hoegaarden glass with a small foamy white head. The body is urine/pineapple juice colored.

The nose is a bit citrusy, with the prescience of orange and coriander. Nothing special for a witbier, but it seems a bit stronger than normal wit.

THe spices and orange continue into the taste. There is also some wheat and yeast in the flavor. But this one is light, there is a small bit of aftertaste but this could be downed like water.

The mouthfeel is conducive to massive quaffing. It is light bodied, slightly bubbly and slightly watery.

This is more of a summertime beer, it is easily quaffable. Overall it isn't bad, it is more pedestrian than some of the Belgian Witbiers, more like Hoegaarden, not a bad thing if you want a lawnmower beer in humid weather but in the winter it is rather bland.

Photo of berkey
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz capped bottle poured into an Allagash branded glass.

Hazy blonde body topped by a very bright white head which fades after not too long leaving some strings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Belgian yeast is very prominent on the nose, which I really like. Spice component is fairly strong without being distracting. Fruity esters from the malted wheat are nicely balanced with the other aromas.

Yeast and spice are still strong on the palate while the fruity characteristics start to become more focused including some hints of banana and possibly tangerine. As was the case on the aroma there's a very nice balance here.

Light body, balanced flavor profile, and relatively low ABV help this beer achieve excellent drinkability if you're into this style.

While not my favorite style this is among the best versions out there in my opinion. Allagash's great Belgian style house yeast is well showcased keeping this from tasting like a spiced pale wheat like some American versions of the style.

Photo of Samichlaus
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz into snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange/gold with a bubbly single finger white head.

S: Spicy, citrus, yeast and clove.

T: Much like the smell. Creamy. A little drying yeast in the finish.

M: Well carbonated yet super smooth. Medium body.

D: I'm not usually one for Wits, but the body, smell and flavors give this an impeccable drinkability.

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, light yellow with a very big white head.

Smell is a smooth, light spicy and some banana.

Taste is a very smooth with a spicy finish. Slightly soapy.

Mouthfeel is very good, and this is a really drinkable beer.

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had batch no. 66. Whether there is a difference I am not sure. Pours to a cloudy yellow, with a decent head retention, but the head isn't too crazy. To me it drinks like a pilsner. Slight tastes of barley, malts without too much spice overpowering, but the coriander, and citrus elements are there, but just enough to make it enjoyable.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: The beer pours a whitish yellow with a quarter inch, pure white head. There is a nice haze to it from the yeast. The head dissipates to a thin layer quickly. Medium carbonation.

S: Floral and lemon aromas, some light spiciness, perhaps coriander. Yeast aromas also present, giving a somewhat sour smell.

T: A very mild hop taste. This is smooth and not bitter at all. A bit of sourness of lemon, grains and yeast.

M: The carbonation makes for an almost stinging crisp feel. The body is smooth but light, almost bordering on watery.

D: The light body and light, smooth taste makes it quite drinkable. This one goes down fast, and leaves me ready for the next beer to taste!

Photo of matjack85
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date that I could find. Most liquor stores will also carry these in larger 750ml wine size bottles.

This one pours a cloudy pale yellow color with very little head, but it does hang around for awhile and leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass.

Big wheat malt aroma along with orange peel and a hefty dose of corriander spice.

The taste is really wheaty and very spicy. A lot spicier than I picked up in the nose. Lots of corriander and white pepper flavors. The bitter orange peel flavor is also present along with a slight fruity tanginess. It's nicely balanced and complrex.

This is a meduim bodied beer with a smooth but not quite creamy mouthfeel with only mild to meduim carbonation. A bit of spiciness lingers in the aftertaste.

Quite easy to drink with only a 5.2% abv.

Photo of aventinus829
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is, without a doubt, my favorite witbier.
A: Cloudy, golden yellow. Nice foamy head, clings well to the glass.
S: Crisp smell of citrus.
T: Incredible. Refreshing but crisp blend of wheat, citrus, an other spices.
M: Lots of carbonation. Clears the palate well. Not overpowering though. Very light.
D: I could drink this forever.

Photo of eljefe21
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow body with a fluffy two-finger head. Foamy lacing clings to the sides.

S: Horse blanket and hay yeast smells with a bit of spice mixed in. Intriguing.

T: Orange citrus and spice flavors. A bit of a yeasty aftertaste with some grassy hay flavors.

M: A crisp dry mouthfeel. Light bodied and refreshing. Nice carbonation adds to the feel.

D: Definitely a treat for a warm summer day. Good flavor and mouthfeel. Not the best for cold weather, which ironically is when I'm drinking this, but it's certainly pleasing then too.

Served: in a weizen glass.

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

What a fabulous version of the classic Belgian style.

Pours cloudy blonde with a good tumble that produces a well retained head, with good lacing. Beautiful to watch on their own glass.

Smells of coriander, wheat, and mildly of yeast. Not overpowering, just a gentle introduction.

Flavors or citrus, and spice meld with the malt and create a harmonious integration. Good body, that leaves an abrupt finish.

Very refreshing.

Photo of silasdc
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A) golden, like a Hefe, spots of carbonation, thick, sustaining head (though not fantastic)

S) Bright, strong and lively smell. There is caramel, citrus, fruit, maybe some pine...

T) A roasty/caramel/pine taste combined with a sweet fruity/citrus. Delicious!

Mouthfeel) Initial sharpness - maybe heavy on carbonation. Not super thick, maybe a bit of an initial chewy head but it soon dissipates

D) easy, light, incredible

Awesome! Best Witbier I've had, seriously good. you really have to let this beer sit and wander and set in before you swallow and enjoy.

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass, this White beer pours a hazy lemon yellow with a hint of orange. A thin head of foam doesn't linger too well and leaves only brief lacing.

Fruity on the nose, with a false orange scent dominating. Some yeast notes accompany and becoming slightly more evident with warming, along with a sour wheaty twang. Nice but not overwhelming in any way.

Light wheat and citrus flavors with a lingering light lemon zest. That odd scent translates to the flavor as well, keeping the nuances at bay. Decent feel and drink and the nose does continue to improve with exposure. Overall an unexciting beer that is too sweet and rather lightly spiced for the style and a bit watery on the finish.

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

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Very cloudy, almost murky golden color with huge white head that dissipates very slowly leaving lacing all over the glass.

S - Very bready and yeasty with hints of citrus and banana fruits.

T - Bready with crispness and zestiness of citrus.

M - Light bodied with very high carbonation.

D - Good but in my opinion overcarbonated. This might have been to the keg just being tapped.

Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - about half an inch of loose but frothy bright white foam. the beer is a very slightly hazy light straw color...about as "white" as you can get.

S - yeast, citrus (lemon), and some spice...cloves and some allspice.

T - sweet fruitiness of bananas, lemon peel, and orange. spice kicks in before an aftertaste of some belgian yeast.

M - very light body with a nice strong but not overpowering carbonation.

D - insanely drinkable and refreshing. great for a hot summer day yet equally quenching on a cold winter night.

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

On draft at a local beer bar, served in a tulip. Nice.

Beer is yellow and has high haze. A ton of lacing on the glass as the head made up of tiny white bubbles slowly falls away. Carbonation moderate. Looks like a white and looks delicious.

Aroma is citrusy and bitter. I can detect some spices in there as well, corriander maybe, some wheat, no hops to speak of even though I said bitterness. The kind of bitter I smell is more like the bitter of an orange peel.

The first flavors I get are lemon based citrus, but not in a bad way or overpowering way. It is present but not dominant. This beer has light body and finishes smoothly. Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is good. There is some mild sweetness on the front of the palate and a slightly bitter / sour lemon-peel like flavor in the mid to back of the mouth. Overall a good wit.

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

The colour is far too fair to be compared to a lemon peel, but it is uncannily similar to lemon-juice. Both share the bright but heavily blurred complexion that is both anemically thin and ghastly pale. (Much of this, of course, is a result of my following the proper pouring procedure which dictates that one swirl the last few ounces in the bottle so as to collect and reintroduce all the sediment.) It looks alright to me.

And it also smells a little like lemon juice as well. Specifically, it has a citric tang with an underlying acidity. It isn't a bold scent by any means but one that does portray a definite distinction from other (more common styles) of pale, yellowish beers. There is a pleasant hint of vanilla that laces the balmy, heavily perfumed musk of coriander and a certain floral component that is unidentifiable (and most likely a by-product of the yeast).

In prototypical witbier fashion the taste is crisp (with notes of grainy wheat) and tangy (with an abundance of orange peel flavour). Once again, there is an awful lot of thought given to lemons, in this case as much because of the flavour's resemblance to the citron as for its general citrusy character. Whatever spices were used they aren't easily detected (nor should they be) aside from a very broad and subtle underlying savoriness.

In fact, I would have guessed the beer was inoculated with bacteria rather than boiled with spices. The beer's acidity - and its appearance for that matter, too - strike me as a Berlin-inspired wheat beer rather than a Belgian-inspired one. There is a citric, acidity tartness that underscores the mouthfeel, a common feature in beers spontaneously fermented with wild bacteria and a defining characteristic of the Berliner Weiss.

But we won't argue semantics - the brewery called this a 'white' beer and they are free to interpret that vague style according to whatever attributes or ingredients or methods inspire them to. Besides, I'd say that whatever they were aiming for, it worked! This turned out well - very well. Regardless of style, all beers are meant to be at least a handful of things: appealing, tasty and drinkable. This has all those qualities in spades.

Photo of advill88
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow-orange color with a white half inch head.

Smell is very yeasty with hints of lemon and orange.

Taste is also quite yeasty with fruity lemon and orange flavors and a nice bit of bitterness that lingers on the tongue at the end.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bit of lingering carbonation throughout.

This is a great Belgian White, and I think one of the best ones I've had. I'll admit that I thought it was a tad bland when I took my first sip, but let this beer warm up a little more before you make a final judgment.

Photo of jonziefle
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a cloudy pale whitish yellow. No head to speak of at all, just a very thin layer. Lacing is present, but very mild.

Smell: Strong spicy nose of cinnamon and cloves. Lemon peel and banana are present as well. Mild wheat malts and sweetness. A slight “rubbery” off smell at times.

Taste: Very light wheat taste, with some lemony sweetness. Some of the same Belgian spices as in the nose, but much more mild. Perhaps a bit too mild, as the flavor just seems to run away.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and smooth. Very light. Very little carbonation

Drinkability: An okay witbier, but nothing special. The correct Belgian flavors are there, but the flavor is too washed out and there is a weird smell in the nose. Easy enough to drink and goes down smooth, but there are better choices in this segment.

Buy Again? Possibly (it is possible I got a bad beer), but I’d rather try something new.

Photo of GrittyMug345
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no longer being bottled in 750ml), no date - purchased at the brewery 11/5/09, consumed 11/6/09, poured into an Allagash chalice. A tight pristine white, one finger head settles on top of a cloudy, straw yellow body - great yeast suspension. The nose is of tropical fruit, citrus, spice, and some light grassy notes. Tastes of light maltiness, orange peel and spice upfront, a very pleasant dry, lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and zippy, great carbonation, dry. This is a great warm weather thirst quencher, goes great with food, especially spicy or fatty dishes, I could drink these all day during the warmer months.

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into allagash glass

a-tawny yellow...hazy...one finger head that stood a while...great lacing and legs...nice white collar

s-musty?? light notes of banana and yeasty esters...

t-more of the nose..has a musty quality too it...almost a metallic twang...hints of banana and clove and yeast...finishes dry

m-semi creamy...light on the palate...a bit thin but thats to be expected...

d-if not for the mustiness i would drink more...i only visit this beer on occasion..

this was a gift at our house warming..i have had it before..dont know after this experience that ill be back

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