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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: 12.05%
Wants: 293
Gots: 549 | 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 buschbeer
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured into a nonic to an inch of head. It is pale yellow in color and cloudy. The smell is citrus and spice. The taste is wonderful. It reminds me of my vacation in Maine last summer where I discovered this tasty treat. It is great for drinking on a hot summer day or as is the case, a warm spring day.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a massive, dense and solid white head. Snow white in fact. Nice cloudy yellow-brown appearance. Can't get much lacing, in fact it pretty much clears the glass. Good witbier appearance.

Exemplary witbier aroma. A lot of coriander and other spicy notes, tropical fruit esters as well. It's just spicy and fruity and pleasant, with lots of spice and fruit, plus fruity spice kind of characters. Damn fine. Spicy. Spicy and fruity.

Taste is also very nice. Spicy on the front palate moves along to a very sweet, fruity essence. But there's a lot of dry spice and rich, gloaming mouthfeel, very full and very delicious. This is an immaculate witbier, perfectly balanced with lovely complex flavours and as refreshing as you can get.

Wonderful beer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a local establishment, served in a pint

Appears an extremely cloudy gold body with burnt orange highlights and a fluffy, bone white cap that had some solid staying power and an average amount of lacing.

Relatively simple aroma of biscuity belgian yeast, spicy clove, and banana.

The spice really plays along with all of the other flavors rather than being overly assertive and in your face. Banana, lemon rind, and raw biscuits with a dash of white pepper and underlying floral hops.

Medium to full bodied, really surprisingly assertive in this regard. Thick and chewy.

Very easy to drink. Light flavors that are well-complemented against each other and a manageable abv.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased in 4-pack for $8.99.

A: Soft, pale, musty yellow hue with 1-finger white head with great retention and plenty of lace formations.

S: Aroma reminiscent of a spiced lemon shortbread cookie with lemon frosting. Coriander and clove are present.

T: The flavor does not disappoint as all the fruit elements of lemon, orange, and banana mingle with spices of coriander and clove and finished with snappy floral, herbal hops. There is a subtle grain edge that I like also.

M: Mouthfeel is medium with a pleasant lemon cookie and light grain aftertaste.

D: One of the best witbiers out there and easily the best value of the bunch. It give a wide palate of aromas and flavors yet it is superiorly drinkable.

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

A: Cloudy light yellow in color, stunning, brilliant white head and killer lacing. A masterpiece unleashed out of the bottle.

S: Lemon, yeast, wheat.

T: Crisp and refreshing. Some of the combined smells above with some honey notes.

M: Light bodied, gulp factor hitting max level, carbonation is alive.

D: A session beer if there was any. Would recommend to fans of all styles, foes not included.

Photo of Wheelinb
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this on tap before and enjoyed it but this review is based on a bottle we had last night.

Hazy light yellow appearance. Visible yeast and poured with little head. There was not much body/carbonation. I got a strong yeast smell. The taste started with lemon tones and also detected banana. I was a little dissapointed. Not sure if I just got a bad bottle but the flavor and body was lacking from what I remembered having on tap. I will give this another try.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale and hazy. Not much of a head.

S: A good mix of citrusy tartness and spicy yeast.

T: Citrus, bananas, wheat, and yeast. It all comes together very nicely.

M: Light-bodied, quite smooth.

D: This has been a go-to beer for me for a good while. I'd say this is the best wit in America, possibly the world.

Photo of barnzy78
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So it took me 651 other beers before I tried anything from Allagash. What was I waiting for? This was great!

12oz. Poured a cloudy yellow with a white head that had good retention and left decent lacing on the glass. Aromas were of Belgian yeasts, spice, and citrus with faint hints of fresh, ripe blueberries and cherries. Mouth-feel is thicker than anticipated with a pleasant carbonation allowing all the flavors to coat the palate - Belgian yeast, wheat, lemon, banana, and spices. Refreshing with a dry finish - quickly asks you to take another sip. Solid brew - I need to try more Allagash!

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

Pale peach flesh goldenrod color with an off white head. Hazy body and okay retention/lacing. Aroma is wheaty with a lot of banana pith and a kiss of coriander. Flavor is again laden with banana pith, but there's more complexity than in the aroma. Coriander is still there but it's joined by a light lemony tartness and some citrus zest. Slightly sweet doughiness paired with the citrus evokes lemon bar pastries (although not nearly as sharp or sweet). Body is thin enough to be refreshing but not too flimsy to carry the flavor. Carbonation is just a touch high, but it's soft enough to avoid being distracting. Overall this is a very good witbier but it lacks the depth and variety of ester notes of the best Belgian examples.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a pint glass. Had this one last summer, and this is part of my quest to bring my old notes in line with the "electronic notebook" that BA so graciously offers all of us.

A: Light and slightly cloudy. Good amount of carbonation, and pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of excellent spicing here. Plenty of citrus and coriander, with a good wheat undertone.

T: Excellent. The perfect balance to the sweetness and the spice--it definitely does not overdo either one. Some floral undertones.

M: Very nice. Soft body and perfect for summer drinking.

D: As stated above, the perfect summer beer--next time you're out in warm weather, see if you can find a small bottle of this; you won't regret it.

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

12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop. Poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a cloudy muted apricot color with about an inch of fluffy white foam. Smells and tastes of spicy yeast, citrus such as lemon and orange, slightly bitter, slightly sweet. A notch above medium in both body and carbonation. This beer is part of my regular rotation in the DBF.

Photo of epicness
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice cloudy white color. Standard for most witbiers. Nice solid white head.

S - Very lemony smell. Very! I was expecting a totally different taste because of such a strong scent.

T - Citrus upfront with a dry wheat finish and spicy! Orange, lemon, wheat and yeast. A perfect mix of all of them.

M - Light bodied and smooth.

D - Such a great witbier. I've recently become very partial to witbiers and this is definitely the best I have had thus far. It's nearly perfect in every way. If it weren't so expensive you'd probably be able to make a session beer out of it.

Photo of nickynick
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White poured a nice amber/orange color. Nice white head, and very good lacing. The smell was of citrus and spice. The taste was of citrus/orange, and hints of spice. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability was good as well, easy drinker. Overall this is spot on for the style.

Photo of aschwab
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the flying saucer in Austin.

It has a cloudy white color to it. Looks great for a witbier. There was about a finger widths of head on the top.

Smells slightly fruity. Many of the same aromas as other wits.

Tastes fruity for a wit. A little sweeter than most, but enjoyable.

About right for carbonation.

I would drink again.

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

I've been long-time intrigued by allagash because of their belgian-leaning styles and had the chance to land this baby @ the Blind Tiger in NYC.

And it serves as a fine witbier example. Very pale wheaty looking pour with a bright white head, and soft in every sense. soft wheat-bitter smell, very delicate flavoured almost unsweetened wheat taste with a light bitter finish. the body is also thin but you can tell this has been purposely manufactured so, with a brilliant balance with the carbonation making it a very carefully mastered beer.

so far, no disappointments, and many, many pleasant american wheat beers. rank Allagash among the top.

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

Cloudy pale gold with a two finger white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma of floral hops and grass. Taste is mild bready, grass, wild yeast, with a mildly bitter hop flavor. Very smooth drinker and quite sessionable. The hickory or boiled ham notes are minimal which made this a pleasant beer for me.

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

What a lemon! (But in a good way.)

Allagash White pours a lemon juice yellow with a bright white head, and it leaves a nice amount of lacing for a wit.

The smell is very lemony, very zesty. A vigorous sweet lemon scent, like lemonade. Some wheat and yeast round out the nose.

The taste is citrus upfront with a dry wheat finish, and it's spicy all the way through. Orange, lemon, wheat and yeast. Neither too sweet or too bitter. The mouthfeel is lively and textured.

This is a great, refreshing witbier--the best witbier I've tried and a top choice on a hot day. I'm partial to wits, and this is no exception, so as far as drinkability goes, I could definitely go for another.

Photo of psulovesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft into a heavy tulip with little to no head
Smells of orange and lemon with other fruits in the mix
Taste hits a crisp fruit flavor with a hint of crisp malted wheat and yeast
Very refreshing in an almost impossible way... The best wit I've had with actualy great flavor.... What some other wits wish to be

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

Beer pours a hazy light whitish yellow color, nice 1 finger head sits on top of beer but fades quickly, slight lacing left in glass. Smell is citrus with some coriander. Taste is typical of wit style beers, a good balance of orange peel and coriander, perhaps some other spice - chamomile??

Beer was good but not as good as some other wit beers that I have had. However, on a hot day I definitely would not hesitate to buy and drink this beer. Very smooth and refreshing.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy whitish-gold color. No visible carbonation, but with airy white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Aroma of orange and other citrus, plus somewhat spicy yeast. Pleasant and refreshing.

Taste: Yeasty taste with malts and citrus. Lemon at the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very tingly carbonation: not too harsh, but a bit more than I'd like for this style. Light- to medium-bodied and pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink; low alcohol.

The level of carbonation in the taste put me off a bit: a bit too tingly to fully notice the flavors. Still, a nice American Wit.

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

Got this one in a caged up 750ml. It went into the tumbler with an excellent pillowy white head the pushed above the rim of the glass before settling back down to a constant fluffy layer, a little darker than I would expect when compared to the style standard Hoegaarden. On the nose is a definite coriander and barnyard hay with the lightest cinnamon hint intermixed with some citrus notes. Taste is fairly standard; wheat and coriander dominate with light orange and yeast notes. The coriander seems to add a slight astringency that leaves the mouth dry with the hop bitterness accentuating this, which is what I would say, is the most significant issue this beer has. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, one that I will likely see my shopping cart again, but sadly not quite as good as the hype had me expecting.

Photo of whitehouse50
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Andy's in a pint glass. This pours a very hazy bright yellowy color with a white head.

Aromas of lemons and fruits, slightly tart as well.

The taste is also similar to the nose. Lots of lemony flavors but they are not overpowering. Some tart flavors and maybe some banana too. It leaves you with a dry aftertaste wanting more.

M & D, this is a medium bodied wheat beer that goes down very easy. I could drink this throughout the entire summer.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White
Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 % (labelled as 5.2%)
bottle>pint glass, live review 3/23/09

A 3.5, first pour had no sediment, last pour had sediment but less than most wits. Clean pale straw color, okay head, respectable lacing.
S 4.0, spicy citrus and sice, notes of mild coriander, very mild sweet aroma,. Brew day malt aroma finish after tasting.
T 4.5, very excellent taste - but very different than most wits, more light malt tastes than wheat. citrus and spice notes to follow.
MF 4.0 high carbo, medium body
D 4.0 cleanest witbier to date in look and taste, great subtle balanced taste, unique and respectable for the style

Photo of magine
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been hearing such great things about this beer and couldnt wait to taste it.

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Great golden color and thick chunky head with great lacing and head retention.

This beer smells of citrus and lemon.

The taste is great - taste of citrus and lemon almost a peppery aftertast with a dry after taste.

This beer has excellent drinkability - very well rounded flavors and aftertaste. I could easily make a nice long session with this beer. I am a little partial to this type of beer (witbier) so I really enjoyed this one. Hoegaarden was my favorite Witbier's before this; this is now my favorite.

Please dont ruin these types of beers with a orange slice...please people.

Photo of JonMich13
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty simple review here. Very refreshing brew, one of my favorite warm weather session beers. Light citrus, yeast, spice and grass. Perfect for summer evenings on the deck with the smell of fresh cut lawn all around. Clean and crisp mouth with and finishes dry. Infinitely drinkable and delicious.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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