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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,222 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,222
Reviews: 1,268
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 266
Gots: 468 | 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 JoeMayo
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, pineapple yellow with a light, but lingering head that leaves splotches of lacing down the glass. A really unique-looking beer.

S- The Belgian yeastiness and spiciness is the first thing to hit the nose. A clean lemon aroma is also detected.

T- Not my favorite by Allagash. The spices seem to dominate the flavor. A clean citrus flavor tries to shine through, but is covered by the yeastiness and overpowering spice.

M- In spite of the yeast sediment from bottle fermentation, the mouthfeel was actually very smooth and clean.

D- It's a little heavy for such a light beer.

JoeMayo, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby, twist off, brown bottle. Purchased from Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

On Tap Review: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4/59/?ba=pwoods

Pours closer to a lemon drop yellow with even more clouding yeast. The yeast is a bit more pronounced in the nose. The taste is much the same but with a stronger lemony, grassy taste(lemon grass maybe? lol). Carbonation isn't as good as on tap. Drinkability is still great.

pwoods, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a shaker glass, Allagash White is a hazy yellow with white skim that leaves decent lace.

Smell is pithy lemon zest, soft and clean, with a slight pilsner grainess.

Taste is super good, just a very nice wit, sweet, citrus, sour, with a very nice balance to the full flavor, with the spices complimenting without overwhelming. No wonder he started a brewery with this recipe!

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, but not thin, with a nice smooth, fuller body from the oats.

Drinkability is great, this is a world class wit, very tasty and easy drinking, perfect for summer.

ccrida, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow body with a slight white head. Some yeasties floating around in there.

Smells of some wheat notes with spicy coriander and some citrus.

Taste is a nice blend of both coriander and citrus fruit twang. Balanced throughout, well-carbonated with a slightly creamy body.

Nicely drinkable, good beer.

Hojaminbag, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of riversider76
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden with a thin white head. Not much retention and just a bit of lacing. Aroma is of bananna,spices and floral hops. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is of sweet dark fruits and spice. Nice little bit of tang in the finish. Excellent!

riversider76, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice orangy-yellow that started pretty clear but once the entire bottle was split between two tumblers, the color turned even cloudier with a big thicket of white foam. Aroma of malted wheat, orange zest and coriander typical of the style. Seemed to have a watery aftertaste yet that mouthfeel told me that this one seemed to have more body that most Belgian whites. Very drinkable, though. I'd buy one again.

OWSLEY069, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of TeddyBG
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy, bright yellow, with a 1" head that dissipates but does stick around. Good lacing all the way down.

S: Yeasty and a hint of orange and spice.

T: Yeast up front with a very nice orange and spice flavor in the middle. Just a hint of hop bite at the end.

M: Carbonation dances on the tongue and substantial feel for such a light beer.

D: Very easy drinking beer. No problem polishing off this 4 pack, but show some restraint tonight.

TeddyBG, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of scottbrew4u
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 750ml bottle (Batch #46)a radiant golden yellow with some cloudiness and a persistent fluffy white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Soft wheat graininess with a burst of banana creme pie, coriander and other spices. Mouthwatering floral hops and some citrus coming from the yeast.

T: Grains lightly toasted, wheat tones prominent, with banana and apricot fruity esters. Some coriander at a small but perfect level. Some honey sweetness to balance. The hops are present but not overwhelming. Citrus and fresh floral hops.

M: Silky smooth light to medium body with tight but somewhat crisp carbonation. Some warming from yeast.

D: Wow! Was looking forward to this one the whole time I was mowing the lawn in this heat. I was excited to try this for the first time but the wait after the work made it so much better. To say it is a great lawnmower beer would not do it justice, even though in this case appropriate, it is an amazingly refreshing summertime beer up there as probably the best witbier I have ever tasted. Continuos head the whole time and lots of flavor to enjoy. Don't miss this it is so worth the price. It's like right from the tap but you have the convenience of the bottle.

On this site it says 5.0% Alc/vol but bottle says 5.2%. Small deviation but don't know if it has changed.

scottbrew4u, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of mbenthall
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured cloudy yellow with thick creamy head that lingured.

Smell: Wonderful citrus notes, that of lemon and orange. Also hints of spice and yeast.

Taste: Crisp and smooth, good medium texture. Notes of orange and lemon blended well with barley and yeast. Subtle spice finish that slowly dissapears.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, great taste, one of the best witbiers I've had.

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

mbenthall, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Oak Knoll Liquor in Orcutt
Poured a nice straw colored yellow with massive carbonation. The head was white and massive and a clean white. Nose was yeast, citrus,light matls, wheat and some spice. Taste was citrus, wheat, spice and yeast while very light. mouthfeel was light and yeast, citrus and yeast peak on the way down. Very good! Drinkability is high on a nice summer day.

barleywinefiend, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pale almost hazy sunshine..or maybe pee yellow. Bright shiny tooth-commercial white, pillowy and soft.

Aroma is on the mild side until it warms up. My glass was served a bit too cold. Dry wheat and slight bandaid from the yeast.

Grainy and yeasty mouth smacking flavor. Spices persist through. Coriander and some clove. Some citric lemon peel in there too. Nice complexity, though the mouthfeel is too dry and carbonated. It's just not quite as smooth and enjoyable on the palate as I would like.

Overall a stunning witbier, with only a slight lack in the mouthfeel and as a result the drinkability.

SurlyDuff, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible! My tongue is rejoicing behind an indulgent smile. Gorgeous body, heavenly color. Marzapan basted in Orange Mango juice with a runover of fresh squeezed lemon. Jasmine lets the twins hang loose on a 'vanilla wafer' magic carpet ride. The skies are cloudy but the senses remain clear. Fly on brother, fly on!

SeanRedd, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of rkcrozier
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With a trip to Portland ME in the upcoming months, I wanted to taste a beer from one of their finest breweries - Allagash. I was not disappointed. Poured from a 12 oz. screw cap bottle, the colors and aroma were mouth watering. A beautiful, golden straw color, my mouth watered as I awaited a tasting. Once I lifted the glass to my mouth, the smell of oranges and citrus enveloped my senses. The first taste was a blast of refreshing fruits and a touch of yeast and with east sip, I was in love.

By far one of the finest Belgian whites I've tasted, this one is a definite must for fans of this style of beer.

rkcrozier, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been on the lookout for this beauty for some time and was glad to have a pint at the Hop Devil Grill last night.

A: Poured a cloudy pale golden with at first a foamy head with big pockets, but fell to a thin pencil line shortly afterward. Minor lacing and average retention.

S: Nose was a bevy of citrus fruits, more orange than lemon or grapefruit. Well in the rear was dashes of bready yeast.

T: Followed the nose perfectly with balanced hops and spices. Yeast is more promiment but under control, as most wit's are known to be.

M: Quite smooth, with a good watery clean finish if that makes sense.

D: Top notch from Allagash. Not as pungent or tastey as other but is still very refreshing and perfect for almost all seasons.

Brianmerrilyn, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on the bomber and poured in a nice hazy golden brew with a terrific, full lasting head.

Tons of aroma -- sweet grain, yeast, citrus rind.

Flavors are as many and complex as it gets. Yeasty sweetness, orange (a little bitter rind), dry spices.

Medium fizziness with a tart to sour abrupt finish. Not in a bad way.

These go down very easy - great version of the style. A favorite.

OtherShoe2, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the prettiest looking beers I have seen in a while but we all know looks aren't everything so I get to know the Allagash White a little more. A sweet perfume inspires me to go in for a little more, I go 90%, it goes 10 and the sweet, carbonated taste of a Belgian wheat hits me. Pretty good kisser too. Satisfying and light, an aftertaste that makes you want more. Gorgeous looks, subtle carbonation, and light sweets that hit the tongue are what it's all about. This beer is a keeper.

JRed, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An extremely cloudy yellow coloring. A thin white head with ample amount of lacing.

S: Spice and coriander are at the forefront. Also had some hints of banana and citrus. Ample amounts of yeast too.

T: Lots of spice, wheat flavors with very light amounts of citrus.

M: A light body beer, very crisp and clean.

D: One of my favorite Witbiers, very clean and crisp, perfect for summer.

IronCitySteve, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist cap bottle. bottom of the bottle has molded into the glass, "02 08". poured into shaped pint glass.

pale, light straw color, translucent and cloudy with yeast. nice head that fades to splotchy wisps and thin ring. lacing is a bit splotchy too.

aroma of candied citrus, spices and fresh parsley. yeast and bread dough.

flavor is citrus peel with hints of tropical fruit juice. yeast is faintly nutty, then bready. bitterness is very mild, and melds with spice and parsley note. slight phenols in finish.

not thin, relatively smooth. refreshing and lively despite gentle carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of ScottUCF84
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review in months. Blame corporate downsizing! It kinda killed my mood for a while, but I am back on my feet and drinking quality beer!!!

Anyway, this was poured into a simple pint glass.

A-A cloudy banana yellow with orange hues that come to life when held up to the light. Roughly half an inch of snow-white head and generous lacing. Lots of little floaties.
S- Very yeasty, citrusy, and spicy. Coriander and pepper come to mind. (kinda given with this style, but it's there!)
T- Spices, lemony citrus, and bitter orange peel hit the tongue. Very flavorful for the style.
M- Crisp and slightly creamy, with a sharp bite from carbonation. A bit more carbonated than other witbiers.
D- Goes down very well, but not as well as other witbiers.

I was very excited to find this brew in a 4-pack at my liquor store, I had been tempted to buy the growler for a while but the price kept scaring me away into other purchases. Unfortunately the pack was not cheap, but it was a better deal.

I still prefer Hoegaarden over this brew. I feel the Allagash had more flavor overall, but it just wasn't as smooth and drinkable as Hoegaarden, nor as cheap. 8.99 a 4 pack for a witbier isn't exactly practical, either, when I can get Hoegaarden for 7.99 for 6.

It's still a glorious offering, I would love to try it on tap!

ScottUCF84, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought a single. drank. red stripe broke one, then i bought another ... pineapple, honey light aromas... a simple refreshing refined brew ... a good example of the style ...smooth ... fresh ... enjoyable .. a hit with stu and melanie on the second go...

Onslow, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of beerphotographer
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice Am Wit!

Poured a very uniform cloud with a nice 2 finger at 45F with fine lacing throughout. A very nice lemon zest nose dominates....The taste is truly very wide and very balanced...it just slakes on the tongue smoothly, but seems to lack a global mouthfeel. Drinkability is exceptional.

beerphotographer, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Larrytown
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy light gold with a little head, but lots of nice lacing. The nose has some coriander and spiciness.

The taste is exactly what a witbier should be. It's got some spiciness and some sweetness, but neither dominate. This is truly perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp but just a hint of wateriness on the back side.

Drinkable? I'd say so. Delicious witbier. Can't say I've had many better.

Larrytown, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden.

Smell is yeasty and citrus with a little spice.

Taste is mild, but leaves you refreshed. Citrus and yeast flavors in the base, with spices like black pepper. A nice blend, flavors are not strong, but mix well.

Mouthfeel very crisp and refreshing.

This was quite drinkable. No particular element of it sticks out, but together it works, and makes a nice light summer beer.

Strix, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date on bottle.

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow. Small puffy white head that didn't last too long. Good amount of lacing though.

A nice fresh aroma of grains and fresh cut grass. A nice sweetness also.

First taste starts of a bit watery but that doesn't last too long. The yeast comes through with a slight sweetness and bready taste. There is nice balance of mild bitterness also. There is a nice sweetness of hiney at the end too. Very nice tasting.

Mouthfeel is nice... a bit watery at first but this gives way to a nice carbonation that slightly stings your tongue. Very creamy...very nice.

A nice light drinkable beer. Perfect for the summer.

Matty1918, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of jamiejohnson
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Allagash White - it's a good one. Poured into an oversized wine glass (anyone else use this as their primary drinking vessel for virtually all styles?) Great aroma for a White. It contains more spice and flavor than any other wit I've ever experienced. The Belgian lacing on the glass sends your senses racing to Antwerp (or Portland, Maine.) This beer would probably be a nice nightcap after a few lesser bodied examples. I can't wait to try the other two Allagash products I just purchased, their Dubbel and Tripel Reserves - tomorrow maybe.

My first Allagash,
It's their White.
Ohh La La
White with a bite!

jamiejohnson, Jun 26, 2008
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,222 ratings.