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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,359
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 294
Gots: 552 | 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:
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 Kraken
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes while on vacation in Myrtle Beach.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour yields 1 inch of bright white head with ample staying power, however no lace to speak of. Coloration was a very pale cloudy yellow.

Nose - Belgian yeast, very strong clove. Banana esters make themselves firmly known, along with faint black pepper.

Taste- Clove and banana shine through as dominant. Very smooth and easy to drink. Faintly sweet, with a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel- Clean, smooth, dry finish.

Drinkability- Very high, on a hot day this is great

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

Pours a clouded yellow with a white head. Nose is a funk-eye-delic mix of yeast and funk. Flavor is earthy. Minor citrus. Minor spices. Smooth, even, consistent flavor. Orange, citrus aftertaste. Feel is very smooth. Biting carbonation a bit. Well this is one helluva wheat beer. Can easily stand up to anything inthe same style, regardless of where it's produced. Another reason why Allagash is one of the top American breweries.

Good against goat cheese. Great with salads.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours cloudy yellow with yeast floating about.

S- coriander, yeast, and slight citrus

T- the smell transfers stright to taste: coriander, yeast, and slight citrus

M- Very light mouthfeel. A tid bitter on the aftertaste

D- A beer I will certainly look for again on a hot day.

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

Pours a light blonde, mildly cloudy, with a very thick head that had decent retention. Smells of spice, wheat and citrus. Feels very light and crisp in the mouth with mild carbonation. It's very smooth. It's got a good taste and is well balanced. Tastes citrusy with a touch of spice and has a mild bitter aftertaste. It's very easy to drink and my glass disappeared in a hurry.

Photo of nrbw23
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours cloudy yellow body with a slight white head. I can also see some yeast floating about.

S- Can pick up some wheat smells, coriander, and has a definte spicy aroma.

T- Traditional flavours of a Witbier here for sure. Lots of spice, wheat flavors with very light amounts of citrus.

M- Very light and refreshing.

D- A great beer.

Photo of cuzinpete00
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is a must try! the smell was strange to me at first, (not a bad strange), but the taste is very refreshing. although this is a little pricey (well its not too bad), its well worth the price tag. i will be getting much more next time i hit the b-store.
im tellin you...try this beer if you havent.

Photo of changeup45
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow almost cream color topped with very little head. Citrus spiced aroma, mild but pleasant. Spicy citrus flavor seemingly consisting of orange and banana. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and after the initial citrus flavor it turns somewhat bland and watery in the finish. Refreshing and very easy drinking. A nice choice in the hot sun but it's too expensive for what you get.

Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy blond with a big fluffy head that lasts until the last drop. Simply a beautiful beer, just about perfect for the style.

Smell: Dough, yeast, spices and wheat. Mild but pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bready and dry with a subtle spiciness. Light-bodied, crisp, highly carbonated. Mild malty sweetness in the middle. Spicy, faintly herbal bitterness in the finish (orange peel and sage come to mind, though more likely coriander was used).

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

Beer pours a light straw color with a white head, looks like a belgian wit,

aroma is yeast and coriander,

taste is citrusy up front with a coriander finish, pretty typical wit taste,

overall, a very enjoyable summer session beer. one of the better North American beer of this style. I would buy this again.

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

Poured out of the tap at American Flatbread a cloudy golden color. Clearly a Belgian style, unfiltered wit bier. Good white head composed of tiny bubbles. Nice retention and some broken lacing. Very inviting aromas of spices and fruit, pepper, coriander, cloves, lemon, and orange. Flavors are similarly spicy with more of a semi-sweet character that remains on the palette. Light/medium body and pleasantly effervescent. A great example of the style and one of the best on this side of the world.

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

Poured from a 12ozer into a pint glass

A: Very cloudy, hazy yellow/copper. The color is what I was expecting from this wit, no shockers yet.

S: The smell is very grainy with wheat and light fruits

T: The taste is where I thought this beer lacked compared to similar witbiers that I have recently had. It has the normal clean, refreshing wit taste, but it lacks some flavor of other wits.

Overall, the brew is very refreshing that i would like to drink on a hot summer day.

Photo of JoeMayo
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of pwoods
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of riversider76
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of TeddyBG
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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.

Photo of mbenthall
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of rkcrozier
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,359 ratings.