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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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4,292 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,292
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 274
Gots: 496 | 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 JDV
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample on tap at the draughthouse courtesy of fly. Thanks!
Pours murky yellowish white a light whitish head atop. Smell is very wheaty, more so than spicy to me with hints of citrus. Taste is equally wheaty, with a lesser spiced influence which I like about it. Hearty, flavorful and drinkable, and a style I'm perhaps coming around on, a bit because of examples like this. Good witbier.

Photo of EPseja
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between cellar and fridge temperature, following the bottle's directions to swirl and add all the bottled yeast.

A - Pours a pale, clear, bright yellow, changing to a bright, hazy goldenrod after the swirled yeast is introduced. Snow-white head rises to a full inch; creamy and odd-bubbled. Retention is very good, and lacing is light, but consistent.

S - Yeasty, citrusy-sweet and crisply fresh with lemon zest and light coriander. Reminds me that spring is coming soon... Refreshing and enticing.

T - Wheaty sweetness in the front, followed immediately by s light dash of spice and bitterness. A yeasty tartness follows soon after, and the finish is semi-dry and slightly bitter. Hits all of the necessary tastebuds with good timing and followthrough. Very enjoyable.

M - Light but substantial, with the tiniest, perfect microbubble tingle of carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy. Swallow is liquid satin. Fantastic!

D - This is one of the finest (if not THE finest) American Witbiers you can buy. It is so well rounded in all aspects, and offers full flavor without beating you in the head with alcohol. The only limiting factor with this beer is it's pricetag at $8.99 for only a fourpack, but given it's quality, this can easily be overlooked.

Photo of turdburglar
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale color, smells very citrusy and a bit wheaty. Tastes very good... spicy, lots of orange and lemon and wheat malt. Quite impressive and complex for an american offering, faithful to the style. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is pleasant. Definitely sessionable.

Best american witbeer i've tried.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a cloudy lemonade. Very light with the familiar haze of a witbier. The head is foamy and the yeast drips on top and stays. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle for best results (just like a true Belgian beer!).

Smells of sweet orange, clove and yeast along with some other spices I can't sort out. Its very hard to describe the smell of this beer in detail since I'd probably describe something that smells like this as smelling like a Belgian wheat beer.

First taste sets this beer apart from its counterparts. Its light, crisp and of course refreshing. It reminds me of sitting outside during the summer at the Porthole. They always have this on tap there. Allagash White is spicier than other witbiers and you really get a lot of flavor in every taste.

This is a beer I definitely enjoy most when its warm out, but its been a long winter and I missed it. Its a super easy drinking beer with a really memorable taste.

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

I love a good wit. Always refreshing, and the style that brought me into beer, I think it will always hold a place in my heart. With that...

A - Nice, hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger foamy head. Slight lacing.

S - Definite orange and slightly spicy overtones. Nice and yeasty. Great for the style.

T - Slightly sweet, clementine and manderine oranges. Citric lemony finish with light coriander throughout. A superb wit. St. Bernardus is the only thing that can touch this.

M - I personally prefer a slightly thicker, less carbonated, creamy wit as opposed to this sparkly and light wit.

D - Easy drinking, easily sessionable on a hot night, and a great taste that just won't let down. Both on tap and in a bottle, it's a great beer.

Notes: Perfect for both the experienced and unexperienced beer-geek. This is a great Belgian-style American brew that can contend with the offerings from across the pond.

Photo of joezak5
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a pure clean gold turned cloudy gold-orange by the yeast. Two finger pure white head with good lacing.

Smell: Crisp and yeasty and grassy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively with high carbonation.

Taste: Crispy spicy and yeasty, excellent wheat grain action with nice citrusy finish.

Drinkability: An excellent thrist quencher or session beer.

Photo of KI9A
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, typical hazy yellow, puffy head.

S: citrus, grassy, yeasty.

T: Tart, orange, lemon, bread. Slight cloves.

M: Light, right amount of carbonation. Finishes perfect.

D: Perfect balance. This beer lasted about 1 minute after the initial taste/review. Goes down so easily, it is almost a crime to quaff it down like I did!

Best Wit I have had as of yet.

Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple pints of this tonight served in an imperial pint glass.

A= This beer pored a pleasantly cloudy lemon blonde color with a snow white 3/4 inch creamy head. There was heavy lacing down the glass.

S= This one smelled of clean citrus, faint musty yeast, corriander, and a bit of grassy earthiness.

T= Like the smell, this ale tasted very citrusy up front with notes of orange and lemon. There was also a musty yeast flavor present and a soft mix of coriander and bitter orange peel.

MF= Incredibly soft, velvety on the tongue despite its high carbonation.

D= Awesome example of a Belgian Wit. I will definitely be seeking out more of this!

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

Allagash White has been a favorite of mine since I discovered it. My last, delicious encounter, was enjoying it on tap.

Appearance: fresh golden yellow, with some clouding which remains as long as the beverage does...

Smell: nearly as much fruit as some white wines - pear, orange and yeast

Taste: light and fruity with a hint of spice, very balanced aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, and thinner than some witbiers

Drinkability: a bit too drinkable if you know what i mean...

Overall: delish

Photo of MrIncognito
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Tuskies in Leesburg, VA.

A - Nice creamy white head that sticks around a good while. Leave a nice thin layer on top for most the duration of the beer. Nice lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy orangy-yellow. Looks kind of like a Blue Moon.

S - I smell yeast and orange and lemon. The citrus orange smell is quite strong.

T - So incredibly smooth. The first thing I taste is the orange with a slight orange rind thrown in. As it sits on my tongue and then is swallowed I get the wheat and yeast taste. A definite witbier taste. The orange is not overpowering but obvious and noticable.

M - Medium carbonation that tickles the tongue. Smooth as can be and goes down easy.

I could drink this all night. It's so drinkable it's insane. A great summer time brew with the citrus flavors. Highly recommended. If you like Blue Moon, this will blow your mind.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden orange, can't see through it, definitely intimidating for novice drinkers.

Smell - Unique, can definitely smell all of the spices and effort put into this beer.

Taste - Strong at first and them smooth, perfect balance in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Little to no aftertaste, but when tasting your taste buds will dance.

Drinkability - A little heavy but otherwise great, you can drink this beer all night long without feeling like you drank bad beer, this is one of the best. I only prefer this type of beer on certain occasions but when I do it hits the spot.

Photo of morimech
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Some sticky lacing left on the glass surface during consumption. Many tiny bubbles rise up through the brew long after the pour.

Yeast is the main smell with slight wheat malt and citric notes.

The beer has a nice spice flavor up front from the yeast to go along with the wheat malt. Nice lemon and citrus flavors compliment the overall flavors of the beer. A great example of a witbier.

Has a light body with a tingling carbonation. Finishes clean and very easy to drink. I can drinking many of these on a warm summers eve. Low ABV makes drinkability high. Just wish it was more readily available in my local area.

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light, pale yellow that has a good cloudiness with minimal head that maintained and left lacings. A spicy, peppery smell mixes with the yeast and some fruit tones (orange and lemon mostly) make a good smell. The taste is a mix of an extremely citric taste dominated by lemon and a very zesty spicey taste mixed in a full body. The wheat in this beer holds it all together for a very smooth mouthfeel while the lemon and some orange make it sweet on the tongue. The spices complement it on the sides and give it a good finish. A great beer that I could easily session.

Photo of fitzy84
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came from the tap; it had a great, murky, light gold appearance with a thin head and a nice eventual lacing. Great lemon aromas with some wheat were sensed from this drink. It had a wicked sour-sweet dynamic going on, though they were not too powerful. It had a great, light-medium body/carbonation, allowing it be very refreshing. Overall, this one was wicked good.

Photo of edskirk3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz twist-off. No discernible freshness information but I trust the store I bought it from.

I'm pouring into an Ommegang Witte glass and following the decanting guidelines given on the label: Pour, Swirl, Pour Yeast. This procedure yields a cloudy straw beverage with a pure white head. The head eventually wears down to a few islands of froth.

Clean smell of spices (coriander, pepper, orange peel) and lemon zest. And then there's the yeast that I made sure to swirl in there.

Light-bodied and spritzy. Smooth and soft malt flavors, both barley and wheat. Fruity, like that of a pear, with a soft orange peel bitterness. There's also the spices. Most definitely coriander and possibly black pepper or paradise grains. Tangy but soft lemon aftertaste. The yeast is ever present and provides an earthy base to the tangy and spicy elements. Altogether dry.

Allagash makes a textbook Wit here. It does not disappoint.

Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz twistoff bottle. Looks undated. Round 2, first ever re-review.

A - Pours a light golden color. Very little haze. The bottle conditioning didn't leave much sediment. The head was fairly large, but dissipated to a film rather quickly.

S - The most dominant smell is yeast. But it is somewhat subdued and trailing an earlier aroma of wheat malt.

T - Starts off nice and sweet. Not much orange peel, but I can tell coriander is present. Finishes off with a nice yeasty note. It has a bitter taste with a mix of cloves.

M - This one is well carbonated. I can feel it going down. Seems to be a bit "fizzy" in the mouth.

D - Very smooth drinker. One of my favorites.

Photo of coalcracker
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very light yellow in color. Fizzy head dissipates quickly.

Smell: a bit yeasty. Mild spicy/citric tones.

Taste: Medium malt backbone here with spicy qualities pulling through a bit later. Delicate expressions of orange and coriander are obvious. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Not at all harsh on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable based uopn this beer's pleasant qualities and manageable ABV.

Overall: Excellent witbier. Not over-the-top. Well-crafted.

Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of Allagash White last week at a local restaurant. The color was banana yellow, and this is one of the cloudiest beers you will ever have. The smell was of spice and lemon. As for taste, this is one of my favorite witbiers made in the US. I have not found one American brewer who has made a better version. The citrus and spice notes are present with every sip. Highly drinkable. A great session beer, or an excellent beer to have with a meal. This is my favorite Allagash brew.

Photo of blakesell
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into multiple tasting glasses. This is the oldest Allagash I had in my possession and the label claims Batch #8. Hopefully it has held up all these years.

Appearance- Beer pours crystal clear, yellow with a thin finger of head that lingers for no time at all. I'm happy to see carbonation here.

Smell- Light malts, no hops, coriander, yeasty esters, light candi sugars, lemon grass, and citrus.

Taste- Light malts with Saaz and Stryian hops oxidized much like a traditional Belgian beer. Fermented fully and even with this much age on the beer, nearly no oxidation that wasn't intended from the hops. Balanced with a light aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thin on the mouth and body, not warming, creamy and not astringent. No surprises there.

Drinkability- A real pleasure to drink. Sweet and light. I have to say it was a good thing they started bottling the beer in four packs now. It really suits quantity on this quality beer.

Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-29-08
Batch #45

Pours a super cloudy pale yellow, with an immense craggy white head the fills half the glass... and stays there.

Smell is a great balance of coriander "witbiery-ness" and Belgian yeast. Light and fruity, but at the same time complex.

Taste is very subtle, wheaty, with just a hint of coriander and spices. Unfortunately not nearly as varied and complex as the smell. The finish is bready but light, with a pleasantly sharp hop bite.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, fizzy, but also creamy.

Drinkability is very good, light and very well-balanced.

Overall, being a huge witbier fan, I was a little disappointed. It reminded me more of a hefe, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a bright, vibrant pale yellow color and an opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch head and some decent lacing.

This had an excellent smell. Lots of citrus (orange, lemon) and some yeast thrown in.

Excellent witbier taste. Very fruity and spicy. Not as strong on the finish as I would've liked, but still good.

Had a solid amount of carbonation for a good prickly mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable example of a witbier. Like most beers of this style, it's not heavy and goes down easy. Very refreshing.

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

Pours a glorious golden yellow color. The smell is heavy with fruit. Mostly citrus, and has that hint of wheat. Very inviting indeed. The taste is of strong citrus fruitiness and has a slight wheat and banana flavoring. There's also a bit of spice present. Goes down extremely smooth. Highly drinkable.

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

A- Straw yellow... slightly cloudy... 1 finger head... moderate carbonation. Was looking for it to be cloudier actually...

S- Wheat malt... slight banana.. spicy... yeast...

T- Dryyyy wheat malt... smooth spicy bite... slightly fruity... Quite sweet actually. Slight peppery bite. A plethora of spices attack the tongue. Delicious.

M- Light body... tart bite... dry finish.

D- This is a wit that's perfect for social settings... delicious.

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

I'm not normally a huge fan of witbiers, but this one is definitely an exception. A very cloudy orange color with a thin, white head and a slim to fair amount of lacing on the glass. Orange peels and coriander definitely make up the smell; the taste is so refreshing and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation that this would be a perfect session beer. Worth paying the extra money if you're a fan of the more moderately priced Blue Moon. Better than Hoergarrden (I know I spelled that wrong).

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a medium head that settles down but leaves substantial tracing around the glass. Loads of carbonation here, bubbles tracing all up and down the glass. The beer itself is a bright hazy yellow color, very pretty and energetic looking with all the bubbles.

Smell- Very Fruity nose, very apricotty, with some wheat in the background, sweet smelling.

Taste- Startlingly complex, initial taste is wheat, an explosion of carbonation soon follows and with this comes a sharper bit, and general flavor of tartness, ends with a subtle lingering on the palate of apples. Deliicous.

Mouthfeel- Excellent palate coverage, taste lingers for a long time.

Drinkability- An extremely drinkable beer, light and complex, truly a great offering.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,292 ratings.