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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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3,995 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,995
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 249
Gots: 378 | FT: 1
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 4-pack for about 8 bucks. Usually I buy anything when I see the Allagash name because it has yet to fail me in any way.

Appearance: Pours a golden, gorgeous blond with the yeast making it beautifully hazy. Nice white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Grass, lemon peel, orange peel, coriandor. Less sweet smelling than most American styles. Great aroma overall.

Taste: Light to medium body, but it's packed with flavor and subtle hints of spice. Immediately there's a tinge of sourness, but it's balanced well and done on purpose, with the hints of lemon coming through. The smell was less sweeter as I said, and so is the taste. Very balanced, a little good bitterness toward the end.

Mouthfeel: As I said, light to medium body, but don't be deceived. I love the mouthfeel and the balance of carbonation, along with the great sour nature of its character that immediately hits the tongue and lessens subtly as it goes down the throat.

Drinkability: I'm drinking this now in January, but I'm sure I could drink many around a BBQ in the heat of a summer day. At 5.5% it could easily be a session beer, and if I can ever find a case of it I'll probably be doing it in the future. Bravo, Allagash.

asabreed, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of necoadam
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a hazy golden/yellow with a nice head that goes to lacing eventually.

Smell was nice. Good spicy aromas with a touch of lemon in there. Also some citrus in the background as well. Seemed to be a dry aroma though.

Taste was good. Wheat, lemon and citrus really come together in this brew and gives it a good taste profile. Some yeast coming in towards the end and spicies hitting the palate at all times. But it just seemed so soft on the palate. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was medium with a soft carbonation that seemed nice. Finished on the dry side.

This is a pretty good wit. Lots of flavors that defines a witbier, but quite soft on the palate. Good stuff.

necoadam, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Batch 2

This is a tasty brew, not sure it is any better than Hogaarden which is cheaper in my neck of the woods.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a thick and tightly bubbled creamy head. Lots of thick lacework. Fades to a thin layer atop the brew.

Aroma of orange and cloves as well as some faint floral hops.

Taste is mild, soft wheat with some citrus and spice.

Taste is as it smells.

Very refreshing beer. Will definitely buy again. Have to try a face-off with Hogaarden.

Citadel82, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The local beer store finally was able to get Allagash products all the way in So. California, and I stared off with the Tripel that totally blew me away. Then a solid Dubbel, and now the time for their wit.

Appearance- poured from a 750 ml as a slightly cloudy pee yellow. The small particles of yeast/unfiltered wheat are visible- moreso than most wits I've had. This baby has a big fluffy head.

Aroma hits me from 2 feet away (I like that in a beer- I have a weak nose, so I can use all the help I can get!), fruity and clean with slight yeast, lemon, herbs (grassy) and wheat. Lemon citrus is quite pleasant, not real sour lemon, but lemon none the less.

Flavor- Follows through from the aroma (I like it when beer does that), with a tart back palate, lightly refreshing.

Oveall, this is a solid white, and a very nice way to spend a warm afternoon. I'll gladly have another!

Dukeofearl, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better in the bottle. When had on tap, so many taps very much suspect it wasn't too fresh. Richer and better colour in bottle. Still spice, prticularly corriander, but carbonation rich and alive. Thanks to donator from USA at Doug Shoemaker party.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is some good stuff.

It poured to a great yellow and gold color with a big creamy head and a tornado of carbonation. It's leaving a great fluffy lace behind as well.

The smell is very enjoyable, holding a great blend of spices. The taste in the mouth builds on that, bringing light malts into the picture along with more spices and touches of various fruits. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth while the drinkability is very good.

watermelonman, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable white beer for sure! I had this pint on-tap at Big City in Allston (Boston). This brew is a cloudy golden yellow colour with a nice white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma consists of coriander, wheat, lemon, yeast, and more spices. The taste is lemony and refreshing up front, spicy in the middle, and smooth and wheaty in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy/smooth and refreshing so the drinkability is very, very good. Better in 750's but still a damn good brew on tap.

francisweizen, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow color. Big bubbled, billowy white head that fell to a cloud like texture.
Nice fresh sweet smell. Pale malt, citrus rind and spices.
Tastes of pale sweet malt at the start. The orange peel really comes through in almost an aromatic way. Sorta like orange flower water. The coriander is subtely present. Has an almost juicy fruit gum flavor in the finish.
Thin bodied with a light carbonated mouthfeel and a bit of creaminess in the finish.
This would be great on a hot day. Not my favorite style but I rather enjoyed this. Good drinkibility.

rkhaze, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swirled out a cream top, leaving lots of drift lacing and thick bubble islands beautifying the brew. Bright yellow cream thick body. Very good looking. Lots of orange peel zest, yeast, and cream in the nose, with some cloves and sweetness.

Taste is tart, with a touch of salt. Limes, oranges--citrus! Edged with some barley grains that added body. Mint leaf after dryness mixed in the bitter hop background. I would've really liked to have 2 or 3 more of these.

donnebaby, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy hazy pale yellow with a nice white head that leaves spotty lace down my glass. Aroma is grainy wheat bread like yeast bananas light cloves and peppery spice not bad but have had better. Taste is zesty flavored bready grains with some fruity sweet bananas coming threw. Cloves and light spice take over then pepper mingles with hops for a spicey tart finish. Mouthfeel a smooth medium but light at the same time. Drinkability is good not the best witbier but very good for the price would buy again.

mntlover, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of twelvsies
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This concoction looks more like a banana smoothy than a beer. Bright almost neon-yellow color, yet thick looking and almost opaque, with yeasty dots floating up and down and a frothy head. Smells wheaty, yeasty, bready, lemony and tangy, with a hint of some spices. This beer is very flavorful, but subtle at the same time. Lots of tastes coming atchya. Bread and yeast take over, but there are still lots of noticable complexities like Belgian spices and lemon zest. This beer while being rather light, seems to have a very medium-full body, very thick tasting and smooth in the mouth. An amazingly drinkable beer - it's one of those beers that you finish before you realize because it's too hard not to take those big gulps. Yum.

twelvsies, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lore: Neck and body labeled stubby. Neck label info: Naturally cloudy.

Light straw golden hues with quite a hazy appearance, of course, following the label pour instructions, under a tight spotty razor thin snow white coating. Lots of swirlly yeasty spiral in the brew. Sippery head slides down the glass.

Easy musty clove saison scents.

First Swigs: Corinader cloves. Tight well balanced grounded earthy wit. Not all spices and bananas. Bright clean middling coriander spices. Slips back with gentle carbonation. Lemony wheat with a lingering aftertaste.

Medium body thanks to soft carbonation. A few healthy swirls arouse a tight coating.

Last Swigs: Yeasty lemony coriander with a gentle light wit style body. Another ALLAGASH winner.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

Yellow, cloudy beer with a moderate head. Dissipated quickly.

The smell was slightly smoky and yeasty. None of the lemon aroma I detected in the bottled version.

The taste was slightly smoky and a little sweet, again without any lemon as noted with the bottled beer.

Mouthfeel was thin, and although the taste was OK, this one could get old rather quickly. I wouldn't want more than two of these.

connecticutpoet, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" bright white head above a slightly cloudy yellow brew. Head faded to a layer of bubbles rather quickly, and lacing was average. The 1/4" of bubbles returns with a quick swirl of the glass, however. Aroma is of wheat and yeast. Taste is somewhat bitingly of wheat and yeast, in a pleasant way. Mouthfeel is just what I would expect for the style, and drinkability is excellent. Great stuff.

ppoitras, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer, compares favorably with the Hoegaarden that I had before it, a bit more golden than Hoe, also less of a head, but same citrusy aroma, and taste, a bit more sharp of a taste, but very comparable, very drinkable! recommended! I just recently started to drink these, and I find them delicious and refreshing!

steinlifter, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of jed
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Comes in a brown, 12 oz bottle with a tan label. Information on the bottle neck about the beer, pouring instructions on the side. No bottling information or freshness date on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very warm, yellow color. Extremely cloudy, with a nice swirl of yeast sinking to the bottom. Small, less than one finger-sized head with OK head retention. Lots of cloudy lacing on the sides of the glass as the head dissipates.

Smell: Very nice, spicy yeast smell with hints of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Minor lemon notes follow the initial yeast.

Taste: Nose of dry yeast flavors fades to clove spiciness and some hop bitterness. Mild white pepper presence. Slightly sour lemon flavor follows the yeasty nose. Finish is sour and astringent, with grassy yeast notes that linger on the palette. Beautifully balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a little bit heavy on the carbonation, creating an almost seltzer-like quality to the beer.

Drinkability: Would make a perfect session beer on a hot summer day — plenty of flavor to keep things interesting, but not too heavy for the warmer weather.

Allagash White was the last of the summer seasonals in my fridge, and a perfect end to the season. Easily the best witbier I've had, much more flavorful than imports like Hoegaarden and the domestic craft brews I've tried. Highly recommended.

jed, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good deal of yeast in the pour turns this into a beer cloudy enough to be nearly opaque--I can barely see my fingers on the other side of the glass through the hay/pineapple colored liquid, let alone any visible carbonation. Nice. Small, spotty head of bright white bubbles is somewhat disappointing in terms of both size and cling. Smells come rushing right out of the bottle: candied ginger, over-ripe pear skins, and (with a generous amount of imagination) pie crusts. Nosefeel is a complex balance of powdery and moist but diminishes substantially over time. Prominent flavors of (curacao?) orange peel, coriander, and more ginger than clove. A pear-like sensation in midpalate operates as a base for this complex spice profile. Mouthfeel is very wet, wheaty, and quenching before being puntucated by a peppery dryness, especially at sides of the palate. I had a bit of difficulty describing the actual complexities, but this is most drinkable. This was from a 12oz. bottle and I'd like to compare this with the 750ml version.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tap at blind tiger. Extremely cloudy pale yellow hue. Classy looking. Highly carbonated, but creamy mouthfeel at the same time. I love the expressive malt in here, cookie-ish and grassy. Lots of lime flavor, smooth witbier that manages to be flavorful and feel as light as can be.

Rastacouere, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of frazbri
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White from a bottle. Poured slightly cloudy golden straw in color. The very thin white head quickly disappeared. Grapefruit aroma with a little hop accent. Very dry mouthfeel crisp carbonation you can feel on the nose. Tangy flavor very citric in taste. Grapefruit, lemon peel and tangerine with a pepper finish.

Overall a balanced and very drinkable beer. Good summer beer, but the lack of head really was disappointing. Not one bottle of my six-pack kept a decent head.

frazbri, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of Hefe
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted 8/28/04.

Appearance: Pale, hazy gold with a thin head that quickly fades to a touch of lacing.

Smell: Citric and spicy with mild yeasty background.

Taste: Fruity and malty up front, with notes of lemon, orange, banana, pale malt, clove/coriander, and a wisp of yeast on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and fresh.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as beer gets, especially outside in 90 degree weather at a BBQ.

Hefe, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow and hazy with substantial carbonation.

Smell is sweet with lots of coriander and flowers scent and a bit of clover honey smell.

Taste is a little sweet and very Belgian tasting. Lots of flowers and summer smells in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is like Champagne.

Tasty brew, not a Duvel but still good.

Zorro, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of HopGoblin
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. Batch #3 indicated on the front label.

The beer beer poured a golden yellow with shades of orange. The head on this one was a thing of beauty. Fluffy and white and it adorned the glass for quite a while. The nose was malty with hints of citrus fruits and bananas. The taste was smooth with the orange and spice flavors really coming through. Long, long finish turning slighty bitter as it lingers. An exceptional witbier, a real thirst quencher on a hot summer night.

HopGoblin, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I served the Allagash White in an Allagash goblet out a of a 12 oz brown bottle. I searched for a freshness date on the bottle, but didn't find one. Cool label design representing Maine's great north country.

The appearance is cloudy with an off yellow color. Very nice head with sustain. Noticable lacings stick to the sides of the glass.

Classic Belgian scent is evident....some peppery like aromas, citrus notes and yeast.

Taste is bold with wheat refreshness in every sip. The spicy and citrusy flavors mix so well together. What a great American interpretation of this Belgian brew.

Clean, crisp and perfect on a hot summer day. Highly recommended.

Hibernator, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow almost lemonade-like. A nice white head adorns the tops of this good looking beer. Nice lace.

A citrus like aroma floats from the top of the beer to the nose. A hint of spice balances it off nicely.

A citrus/lemon flavor is subdued in the nouth. I was hoping for a little stronger presence in the taste. Good, but not great.

A thin beer that is balanced by a creamy smooth head. This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever tried. A light hop bite finishes the beer.

A very good offering from Allagash that is a superb thirst quencher. Had there been a touch more flavor, I would have loeved this beer.

filabrazilia, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of oelergud
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a cloud of pale honey in a glass, pure white head consist of very small bubbles, pretty good lace.
Sweet clover honey scent and some faint spices. Very interesting fragrance, some cinnamon?
Sweet and mellow taste, the spices are very apparent on the palate and emphasizes the clover honey quality, very good.
Smooth, round and spiked all at once like a chestnut shell, as interesting on the tongue as on the tastebuds.
Good drinkability as it stays surprising but doesn't knock you on your ass after a couple bottles.
This is another great brew from Allagash, I have come to expect great things from this brewery each time I try another of their brews.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 17, 2004
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,995 ratings.