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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
Gots: 629 | 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 bassmantin
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright cloudy yellow with a volatile while head that clings desperately to the glass.

Smells of tangy Belgian malts. I'm intrigued. Taste is a bit dry up front and finishes with a fairly subtle mellowness. A bit watered down, but not too much. Still pretty flavorful.

Overall, it tastes like they took a great Belgian beer and watered down a little bit. The flavors are interesting, but they are not intense enough.

Still a good offering for their standard.

Photo of colts9016
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice golden yellow with hues of orange. It is cloudy with a one finger head, lacing is noticeable.
Nose: Heavy wheat, malt, citrus and yeast. There are noticeable hints of some spices.
Taste A nice full wheat, malt, yeast, and citrus. There notes of esters and spices.
Overall: It was creamy with a medium to full body beer The finish was quick but subtle. This is not a bad beer has more flavor than Hoegaarden.

Photo of Gehrig
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #51, ABV 5.2%

Cloudy lemon yellow with a tuft of bone-white froth; exceptional durability and rings of lacing start things right. Great nose with lots of fruit and spice--lemon, pear, apple with coriander and ginger. These carry through clearly into the taste, with the spice more pronounced but restrained enough by the smooth malty taste. Lemon and coriander carry the day, but on the whole the taste is quite sweet, ably assisted by pear and banana. White goes very well with a plate of cutout cookies, if you have a solid sweet tooth.

The mouthfeel could hardly be better--an inexorable effervescence combined with malty smoothness, just outstanding. As is the drinkability. Far from a sipper, White is as easy as it comes to drink.

The best Witbier I've had, hands down.

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

750ml bottle, Batch #50, poured into a wine glass.

A - Pale gold with huge 2 finger creamy white head. Light lacing. Good head retention.

S - Yeast, sugar, spice, banana. Pretty well-balanced. Not an incredibly powerful aroma.

T - Nutmeg, citrus, banana, malt. Again, somewhat mild...would like to see a stronger taste. However, it is very well-balanced.

M - Very good. High carbonation with a very light yet fluffy body.

D - Again, very very good - could definitely drink a bunch of this.

A pretty good brew - worth checking out. Could perhaps just use a little more intensity in it's flavor and nose...

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow color. Nice head with very good retention. Leaves some lacing.

S - Great, very complex and clean smelling. Nothing over powering, extremely balanced.

T - Heaven in a glass. I can't even begin to describe this taste because it is so balanced and complex. It's sweet, bitter, fruity, yeasty, everything! I can't pick out just one fruit flavor, there is a lot going on in this beer.

M - A little frothy feeling in the mouth, which I wasn't crazy over, but otherwise great.

D - Easy to drink, but one or two would be plenty for me.

This beer is amazing. Probably the most complex beer I have ever tasted. There is so much going on in this giant bottle that I couldn't even begin to describe the taste to anyone. Truely has to be tried to be appreciated.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lithy for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges a hazy, dark straw color. A nice sized white head forms but isnt too dense and no lacing is present.

Aroma is clovey and yeasty with a good bit of Belgian candi sugar. Some blueberry and strawberry in the aroma as well.

Really nice flavors. Fruity and slightly clovey. A touch of yeast. Peppery spice adds a touch fo bitterness to the brew.

A little thin on the mouthfeel but the drinkabilty is wonderful. Dry, clean, and crisp on the finish. Thanks to lithy for this one.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer a lot.. definitely a lot different than other Witbiers out there.. this one tastes genuine.

Has a different spice to it than the bland one other breweries have and seems cloudier somehow? Either way this beer is delicious and I wish my local beer store carried more Allagash products [this is the only one :-(]

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy pale lemon color a compact white head.

S: wheat and a lemony zest sourness. Slight fruitness (apples, pears) is also present on the nose.

T: The initial flavor had a some nice spices but were very subtle with some coriander (pepper) notes, light fresh bread and orange peels. There was a nice lemony zest hoppng and slight tartness on the finish but the flavor faded quick of the tongue.

M: light, well carbonated, and crisp.

D: Overall a decent drinking wit, nice flavor and drinkability but really didn't grab my attention liked I hoped it would.

Photo of dippy
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like cloudy lemonade..or urine. Nice thin white head.

Not alot of scent. Some sweet graininess and spice.

Taste is clovey. Also there is a certain amount of ripeness to it. Like a ripe banana but without the banana flavor if that makes any sense. I know it doesn't.

Beautiful lace on the glass.

I will have this again. I am not a big wit beer guy, but certain deliciousness transcends styles and tastes.

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

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

Appearance: Following the directions on the bottle: Pour, swirl, and add yeast. Very pale and cloudy yellow, with a strong head that hangs around and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: A strong and soothing aroma of spices and citrus, particularly nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange peel.

Taste: A bold taste, first the nutmeg and cinnamon control my palate, combining with the yeast to form a unique flavor. The malt slowly comes out along with the citrus flavors, adding a nice complexity to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Initially it is very crisp; the strong carbonation is the first thing I notice. The wheat and yeast allow it to be very smooth as well.

Drinkability: The complex flavors make this a beer worth savoring, but it is also light and refreshing.

Overall a fantastic witbier. Very drinkable, and the blend of citrus and spices with have me drinking this one again very soon. I am impressed enough to start moving through the other Allagash products.

Photo of Bagman007
2.81/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap with a lemon poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale yellow coloring with a bit of head.

S- Had a somewhat lemon, citrus smell to it even before I put the lemon in it.

T- Not the best of this type I have ever had. A little too bitter, just not really a good blend here.

M- A little bitter, perhaps too much of a citrus taste.

D- Not a huge fan of this beer so I don't really find it drinkable. Too much citrus for me.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/18/08. On tap at Plan B, served with a slice of orange. Pours a cloudly yellow with slight white head. Tastes of your typical Belgian witbier with a nice blend of spices in the finish. Good, refreshing beer but make sure you drink it while it's still cold. 6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Poured to a hazy golden yellow with thin white head that lingered for a short while and left marginal lacing. Nose was citrus and floral, with good spices; allthough these did not translate as well in the flavor. Mouthfeel a decent blend of the fruity hops and a touch of malt sweetness. Clean taste with a nice smooth finish. Not bad.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It should be noted that I am not a huge Wheat beer fan!

This beer pours pretty well, dont for get to shake the end of the bottle so you can get all of the yeast out!
It tastes like what all white wheat ales should taste like. It is somewhat crisp, and not overly sour. It is pretty easy to find in even a medium sized beer store, if you see it pick it up and give it a shot!

Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow-orange with plenty of bubbles rising to form a two-finger, fluffy, off-white head. Retention is good, with a fine layer of lacing left behind. Smells of coriander and orange peel. Tastes big on the coriander, with some citrus notes and grain coming through as well. Light-bodied and very tasty wit that should quench anybody's thirst for a crisp, unfiltered session brew.

Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with thin white head. Citrus fruit aroma consisitng of lemon peel and peppery zest. Quaffable session beer with a lot of citrus lemon peel and orange flavor along witha nice peppery lemon zest. Soft carbonation up front followed by a citrus sweetness that lasts until the end.

Photo of MacDomer
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Honestly, like Mellow-Yellow. A brighter clear yellow, almost neon. Head begins at about one finger, then quickly recedes to a thin white cap. Lacing is very, very limited but there is some around the glass.

S - Pretty nice, like a Tripel-lite. Lots of banana, clove, lemon, white pepper, wheat, spice, and a hit of raw dough.

T - The flavor is nutmeg, coriander, citrus, banana, and malt. Not as complex as the nose.

M - A bit thin and watery. Low carbonation.

D - Only decent, driven by mouthfeel and taste, which I though were a bit lacking. This was nice to try, but I'll stick with other wits I have preferred.

Photo of germanbeer1
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the most interesting beers to come out of Maine, it pours a nice amber color. The smell is very compatible with the taste, as it is possible to notice strong scents of spices, herbs and citrus. The spicy taste is easy to handle, but isn't outstanding. Has a nice full body and is certainly worth a try.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 12 oz.

Poured a hazy amber color with moderate rocky white head that diminished quickly with fair lacing. Medium wheat aroma. Light to medium body with smooth texture. Medium sweet wheat flavor with a small sweet finish.

Soft drinkable beer.

Photo of hopdog
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass enjoyed on tap.

This one poured a hazy yellow in color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of citrus, lighter spices and yeast. Tastes of the same citrus, with spices, and some yeastiness. Typical and drinkable wit.

Notes from 06/07/04.

Photo of nick76
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is bananas, cloves, lemon grass, pepper, and of course wheat. The appearance is golden with a white cloudiness. The flavor is nutmeg, coriander, citrus, banana, and malt. The palate is thin but acceptable. Overall very nice. This was my first beer for 2006 and a good way to welcome in the new year.

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

This is a pretty good witbier, pleasant but a little too sweet and soft for me.

Cloudy light gold, it has a big, bubbly white head slowly diminishing to a smaller lasting head and leaving some weak lacing.

The aroma is grain, banana, bread dough.

The taste is light with grain, bubblegum, citrus, hint of spices, with grain and banana in the finish. It's smooth, soft, and a little oily, but with some zestiness. It's easy to drink and tasty, very good for a witbier.

Photo of auburngrad82
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says Batch #58.

A- Very cloudy yellow with a big white head. Nice presentation.

S- Mild aroma of citrus and spices.

T- Very nice,clean taste with hints of citrus and coriander.

M- Very nice. Smooth with a slightly citrusy carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. This one goes down smooth.

A really good Witbier. This one could become a favorite.

Photo of iceball585
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow color, cloudy, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered slowly

S- Lemons, wheat, yeast, grassy, hint of spices

T- Orange peels, lemons, light malts, wheat, grains, earthy, pepper, yeast

M- Light/medium body, low/medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, clean

D- Great session beer

This has to be one of my favorite Witbiers. Very well balanced, all around great beer.

Photo of Douglas88
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle drank in the awesome Clark Street Ale House in Chicago. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick white head. The aroma is full of spices; especially corriander and lemon peel. The flavor was also tons of spices, a smooth malt, some citrus and banana, and overall a easy and simple beer to drink with a nice thick mouthfeel and lots of flavor.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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