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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,415
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 314
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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 mnrider
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Pint glass

A: Very cloudy light yellow. One finger white fluffy head, which turns thin with light lacing.

S: Citrus at first than the yeast comes in strong. Very nice.

T: Yeasty citrus. Good blend of bitter and dryness. Smooth going down and is nice and refreshing. Light Spicy hops.

D: Good brew all around. Refreshing and yet a lot of taste. Maybe a little too much yeast for my liking, as i don't really look out for this style of brew. I definitely recommend this brew to witbier lovers.


Photo of ditch
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that this is not my style of beer. But in the effort of maturing my knowledge of all things beer I have decided to give this one a try on a recommendation of a friend.

Pour was decent, head was not as big or long lasting as previous reviews have said. I'm guessing this is because of the pour from a bottle instead of a tap. Poured a milky golden color. Lacing left on the glass falls away quick.

Very yeasty scent followed by a slight fruit and spice.

Wow as far as a Belgian wheat goes, this is really good! I am very impressed. Yeast is the main flavor to hit the pallet. A little spice and citrus. Very light and drinkable. I could go for another, but i only bought one!

Hats off to another great beer by Allagash!

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Firewaters in Concorde PA. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a thick white heading and continues to stay that way until the bitter end.

Smell is malt. Wheaty malts and a nice hint of lemony zest takes over with some earthiness.

Taste is the same nice malt taste with a nice hint's of lemon and apricot and other lighter fruits. The zestiness is then taken over by the yeasts which adds a nice spice to this beer.Slight tasting of hops add to the spiciness. This is a well suited beverage.

Mouth is kind of gritty in a way but with full carbonation and a nice light bodied feel this is easily a heavy summer favorite.

Drink is excellent I couldn't see why anyone wouldn't love to have a few of these. Very sessionable and light for those hot days. I am not really a big Witbier fan but this one is easily my favorite so far.

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

Had of tap at a local pub in s tall stemmed drinking vessel. Nice color.. cloudy straw yellow with a decent head. Spicy aroma, hints of some lemon and grain. Taste of yeast, citrus, some spice, with a hint of banana and orange. Crisp and clean on the palate, very refreshing. A good representation of a Wit,... worth seeking out.

Photo of chumba526
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well balanced head appeared apon pouring. The color of the beer was a hazy/cloudy light yellow.The aroma was slightly spicy with small notes of citrus. The form and flavor of the beer itself was fantastic.. The form stayed true to the classic white but the brewer added a more bitter flavor to the beer which contrasts well with the spices and citrus notes. This beer is very drinkable, it's not overly carbinated. it's light but has a strong flavor.

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

A: Hazy orange/yellow, with a thin white head.

S: Big bouquet of citrus aromas, with hints of clove, bubble gum, and very subtle licorice.

T: Relative to the nose, the taste was slightly disappointing, but that being said, there was still a pronounced creamy-citrus and clove flavor.

M/D: Medium-bodied and refreshing; very good session beer.

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is very mild, some hints of clove and citrus. Taste is delicious. There is so much going on here, spices, cloves, citrus, all blended perfectly together. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fine beer.

Photo of Natural510
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow which goes cloudy with final pour of yeast sediment. Nice puffy head which takes a good while to dissipate.
Funky yeast and spice with a light tinge of lemon to the nose.
Flavor is yeasty with citrus and corrainder. Dry, tart finish. Quite refreshing.
Nice example of the witbier. Well-rounded without being too spicy, maintaining a good yeast funk and thirst quenchability.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a nice two fingers of dense white foamy head. The head sticks around for quite awhile and leaves terrific lacing down the glass. Probably one of the prettiest witbiers I have seen.

Aromas are a complex blend of light malts, spiciness, and a light citrus fruit reminiscent of orange or lemon zest.

The flavors are light and springy on the tongue. Theres so much going on but in a light but complex brew. First hit is a citrus and light malt taste with an herbal, perhaps grass like follow up. There is a nice bit of sweetness here but it is very well balanced. Carbonation adds a beautiful sense of mouthfeel that just couldn't match the flavors any better. The finish is light, crisp, and rather quick, leaving that slight bit of wheat in the linger.

This is just a great example of the style. Highly recommended.

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

This is a very refreshing, tasty witbier and a great beer for the summer. It pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with a nose that has some nice Belgian yeastiness, some florals, peach, orange, and clove. There is a small foamy head, some lacing going on.

The taste is quite tart. There are nice florals underneath, and a citrus tartness that is very nice. The beer has some nice yeastiness, and bit of a floral, orange rind, lemony snap to it that really shows up on the tongue. The beer is like a lemony seltzer spritzer. There is a bit of a saltene cracker saltiness to the beer as well, with some mouth puckering acerbicness towards the back end. The clove tastes emerge here as well. This is a nice beer, very enjoyable, light, refreshing, and just the ticket when the temp gets up there.

Photo of cdizinno
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short twist, gives directions on how to properly pour the beer on the label. No freshness date on the bottle.

A: Cloudy pale yellow color with a thick white head and heavy lacing.

S: Mild spicy mix and a touch of lemon or citrus.

T&M: Crisp with fine carbonation. Very light bodied. Slightly bitter hop taste that intensifies as it fades. Fruity tastes and tartness is present with very mild sweetness.

Very good brew.

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

Had on-tap at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC.

A: Beautiful cream-yellow/white that's just glowing with sun-like brilliance. Topped with a thin white head.

S: Generally clean smell of lemons, fresh-cut tulips, anise, and yeast. The freshness of this brew is almost chilling; as if dew was still hanging off the hops as they were thrown in.

T: Yeast and floral aromas complemented with a nice hop bite. Strong citrus overtones (especially lemon) are infused throughout. Ends on a creamy biscuit note.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel in the aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable ale to complement lighter meals.

Photo of Duhast500
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

The color is a cloudy orange-yellow with a soft, light foamy head.

The smell is very pleasing to the nose it is full of citrus wheat flavor. A big of a sugary zest flavor that is quite sweet.

The taste has a nice citrus, like grapefruit flavor that mixes well with the light wheat flavor. It also has a slight bitterness that is just enough to keep this beer from being too sweet.

This is a great crisp, light, refreshing beer. Is easy drinking and only lightly carbonated.

Photo of jkc88
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in an Allagash tulip glass.

A: A cloudy lemon yellow. It has a fairly thick white head that dissipates some, but lingers through the entire drinking experience and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Lots of citrus, with just enough bitterness to counteract the typical sweetness.

M: Smooth yet light and refreshing with decent carbonation.

D: It was very easy to drink, refreshing, and overall a very enjoyable experience.

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

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a clean, puffy white head.

S: A spicy, yeasty mix. A bit bready.

T: A citric and sour tartness with just a bit of bitterness at the end.

M: A bit sticky but well carbonated and refreshingly balanced.

D: refreshing and quite drinkable.

A Great beer, but for it will usually be priced fairly high - perhaps too high.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been digging the Wits lately, and this was no exception:

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a wonderful amount of a frothy white head.

S: Bready and fruity, a fair amount of spice to it, very very pleasant.

T: A little tart, citric and spicy. Coriander is rather noticeable, it's very very good for the style, a nice balance.

M: Pretty ideal mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, a great example of the style, probably the best I've had.

Photo of aaronxsubaru
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm sure for the style this is a good beer, as the other beer i have had are much like this. but too me its too much spice. when i have beers that have alot of spice i feel like i should have some food with it to cut the flavor some. I can tell this is a quality brew, but for me its alot of spice, but then again thats part of the style i guess.

I would prefer more citrus and less spice, but then again thats not what this is about, so i'll stick to shock top untill i can find a better beer that has a flavor more in line with my tastes

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cloudy Yellow in Color. Huge Fluffy Cotton White Head. Sediment on bottom. slow rising mini bubbles. Head dissolves to a thick bubbly thin cap. Leaves very elegant lacing down my pint glass.

Smell - bread. doughy. fruity. clean. fresh. very pleasant aroma.

Taste - dough. spices. Cinnamon. hint of medicinal. a little floral. barley/hops mix is perfect for the style. pumpkin. nutmeg. squash. This brew really morphs over it's lifetime in your glass. as the beer warms, the spices become more apparent and easy to pick out.

Mouthfeel - mouthfeel is moderate. perfect for a refreshing, yet satisfying late summer ale. not a lot of carbonation going on, but just enough to keep things interesting. very smooth and velvety.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. it has everything that a Good Belgian Witbier requires. It's appearance keeps you interested. Smell is relaxing. Taste is complex. Mouthfeel is interesting. This is my favorite Witbeir so far. Goes great with Hawaiian chicken, pineapple, or by itself on a warm late summers evening.

Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a slightly old bottle my roommate picked up yesterday.

A- Pours a very hazy pineapple colored liquid. Good 1 finger head that dies down after a short while leaving good sticky lacing the sides of the glass.

S- The nose upfront has a lot of yeast and clove smell to it. The underbody was mostly wheat and some barnyardish scent I couldn't figure out what it was. Hints of citrus (orange) come through and fade. A slight alcohol scent came through in a slight sence.

T- This beer like I said was a little older than I would have liked. I'm not sure exactly how old it was but it tasted kind of skunked to me. The yeast and clove overpower everything else in the beer with a wheaty alcohol taste bringing up the rear. I didn't drain pour it because I could still drink it. My roommate on the other hand thought it was a fantastic beer....hmmm.

M- This had a medium-light mouthfeel to it. The carbonation was too much for the beer and it just fizzled across the palate. Hints of yeast and clove were left on the tounge. Not pleasant but not too bad.

D- This beer as it is is not drinkable at all. This beer from what I remembered as in the past was a enjoyable beer. Maybe if I get this beer again I'll re-review this beer. But as it stands with this bottle it is bad.

Photo of beertunes
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy, barely translucent, yellow with just more than an inch of clean white head that left an above average amount of lacing.

The amount of orange in the aroma was less than expected but the overall spicieness of of the scent was good. The flavors had more of the orange than tha aroma, and the rest of the spices were a very good complement to the wheat base.

The body was typical for the style, perhaps a touch fuller. As with most Wits this is a very drinkable beer. Worth seeking out.

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, thick, two-finger, white head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, clove, wheat and some hints of banana.

T - It had a nice sweet wheat flavor with a good yeasty flavor. There were hints of clove and spices.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied wheat ale.

D - This is a very easy drinking brew. I could see myself drinking a lot of this great tasting wit.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy white mixed with yellow hue with
little evidence of carbonation, head, lace,
etc. Quite a pretty pour in a simplistic

S: Heavy fruit/citrus aromas with a little bit
of grass/grain and just a hint of hop and

T: Fantastic rush of citrus fruit. This beer
could be my water substitute. The grassy
undertones are well highlighted but not at
all any competition for the citrus themes
of this brew.

M/D: The smoothness of this drink is virtually
unparalleled. I love the even bodied nature
and the almost perfect smoothness with
which this beer makes its way into your
stomach. There is none greater in the
summer months.

Photo of McGIPA
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I dont know about this one...Maybe I'm just not a Belgian White "witbier" kinda guy but is it me or does every Belgian White beer smell like Easter Ham? The appearance of this beer is awesome...super cloudy from the yeast..I love that...it doesnt taste bad, but I wouldnt say it was good either. Would'nt dump it but def. would'nt buy it again...sorry for the confusing review..should have left this one alone.

Photo of Sweasty
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow. A one finger white head tops things off. The head settles to a ring and leaves patchy lace down the glass.

The aroma is classic wit. Plenty of lemon and orange citrus notes. That is followed by spice, mostly coriander. There is some notes of soft wheat. The nose is rounded out by some herbal/bitter orange rind.

The taste lives up to the nose. Some crisp wheat notes hit first. That is followed by some orange and lemon. Coriander makes a strong appearance. The middle is wonderfully tart. Things finish up dry with herbal/bitter orange rind notes lingering on the tongue. The body is nice and light. The effervescent carbonation helps to liven things up.

This is quite the tasty wit. Its the perfect summer time quaffer. It does quite the job in extinguishing the heat from these boar sausages I'm enjoying. Nicely done Allagash.

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

750 ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's Meat Market. Poured into an Allagash Tulip. Hazy gold with an inch of head that dissipated within a minute and a half of being served. citrusy, spicy coriander. taste of orange rind, spice, and doughy/bready aftertaste. moderate carbonation. good quality, refreshing beer.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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