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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,997
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 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, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No head despite a pour straight down the middle of the glass. Cloudy as fresh grapefruit juice. Smells lemony, tastes lemony with a mild spiciness and grainy background. Tart finish. I keep expecting to see lemon pulp in the glass. I'd love to have a lemonade that tasted like this, but as a beer it's a bit dull.

gentlebubbles, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Pour, swirl, pour yeast"

Pure, pale white head that drifts quickly to the sides. A frothy lace on the sides that falls slowly throughout the glass. A golden yellow, cloudish color.

Coconut and faint banana aromatics with a bit of lemon. There's also a spiciness (coriander and clove) that combats the coconut and lemon. The diacetyl is the most powerful aroma though that isn't all that bad, but it drowns out some of the other flavors.

A mild, unobtrusive banana and lemon flavor with the sweet diacetyl rounding out the flavor. Nice carbonation present that cuts through the butterscotch and compliments the lemon zest. The coriander adds a nice element of spice.

Well balanced given the complex range of flavors. Very smooth drinking wit.

Easy drinking wit with virtually no alcohol or watered down taste. Just a mellow beer that could be drank all night.

A very quality example of a wit right from good ol' New England. A perfect ale for the summer.

NEhophead, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my first allagash in a long time...why? i don't know, because their stuff is available at many places around here. anyway, this one pours a nice cloudy golden colour with a thin white bubbly head. i would've like a bit more of a fluffier head here, but overall a decent appearance. the smell isn't bad either, but could have been a touch bolder. main notes are of citrus and some wheat. the taste is very citrusy. it's sweet up front and has a dry wheat flavour in the middle then anothe sweet and slightly juicy kick at the finish. orange flavouring dominates here. the mouthfeel is quite nice. there's almost a frosty drink feel at times because the carbonation level is cranked up rather nicely on this one. a nice summer thirst quencher and a nice representation of the style.

SixpointJMH, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy translucent yellow. Generous head, huge bubbles, very effervescent. Smells of yeast and a hint of citrus. Nothing bad in the smell at all. Taste is extremely smooth, again yeast and a very subtle hint of citrus. I would like a little more citrus, actually. The word to define this beer is smooth. No overpowering tastes, just straight beer.

aquatonex, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out a dull yellow that was quite cloudy and had about a fingers worth of white head. Decent retention as it eventually fell to a bubbly cap it left good lacing about the glass. Aroma is comprised of a slight lemon scent with notes of spice and yeast mingling about as well. Taste is very similar as a wheaty yeasty flavor is supported by a zesty lemon and a bit of spice. This is very effervescent and has a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good as is the carbonation and it is very drinkable. Overall a good, refreshing example of a witbier.

meathookjones, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of Bruiser81
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very hazy. A light yellow, almost looks like its glowing. Bubbly white head, good lacing. Tasty looking beer.
I'm not sure if its me, or if this beer has almost no aroma. Very light hints of grains and malt.
First flavor that hits is a light malt taste. Followed quickly by a crisp, slightly tart backbone. The finish has some spice and a nice yeasty flavor. Has a clean crisp aftertaste.
A light mouthfeel makes for a very drinkable, enjoyable beer
Thanks to Quaffer for this one.

Bruiser81, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation : 12 oz. bottle poured into Hoegaarden tumbler.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow. Decent head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Zesty lemon with hints of spicy corriander and orange peel, with the usual witber yeast aroma.

Taste: Incredibly smooth body - highly drinkable. The beer is very effervescent, almost champagne-like. Flavors of wheat combine nicely with hints of lemon and spice.

Overall: This is a perfect example of an American witber in terms of flavor and body. It's one of my favorites of this style and is highly recommended

TagoMago, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Slightly cloudy yellowish-gold with little to no head. Remarkably clear for a beer bottled with yeast.


No doubt that it is a wheat modeled after the Belgium White ale. Hints of citrus and coriander shine through with yeasty characters as well.


Slightly more bitter than it's 750 mL counterpart this is still a fine example of a Belgium White. I first had this beer in the summer of 2000 in Ongonquit Maine while vacationing with my family. It was a treat back then, as I was just beginning to branch into craft beers at the time.

cbl2, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow in color with some sediment floating in the glass. A 1 inch white head quickly disappears to a spotty residue. The aroma is nice as wheat and coriander are easily detectable. The flavor follows the aroma as wheat, grass, coriander, banana, and some nice bitterness make a wonderful balanced brew.

The mouthfeel is lightly crisp with a partially dry finish. The wheat and spice seem to linger for a bit on the tongue. Very drinakable as this has nice flavor and is not boring.

Gavage, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Allagash White to enjoy on these warm summer nights. The beer pours a hazy light straw yellow color with a fizzy yellow head that quickly dissolved to a thick ring on the surface. A flowery aroma with notes of yeast, corriander, wheat and lemon citrus hover overs the beer.

Each sip of this smooth medium bodied beer is full of flavor. Corriander and wheat dominate the taste, but hints of lemon kick in towards the end. A mild citrus and wheat flavor is left behind once the beer is gone.

This is a very drinkable well balanced beer. The flavor is not as strong as other belgian styles beers, but is quite refreshing.

WanderingFool, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Allagash --- I'll start off by saying that Beligian style is definitely not my favorite but I do enjoy a good wit bier occasionally. The poured a cloudy peach color with a super foamy head (even with a medium pour) and left slight lacing down the glass. The smell was citrus (lemons) and spicey. The taste was very refreshing, more fruits and spices (coriander as per the bottle). The mouthfeel was slick and clean with a pleasant aftertaste. A little astringent and a fair amount of "fizziness" but overall a very nice wit. This was very nice after spending a few hours repainting my sunroom, but I would still grab a hefe before a wit beer anyday... that's just me

Gasp100, May 19, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle Batch 10 - It pours a cloudy pale gold (almost white in color) with a big creamy white head. The head doesn't stay large, but it lingers as a thin covering for the beer until the end. The aroma is citrussy with some spice, a delicate hoppiness, and some sweetness. The light body is has some creamy malt and corriander seems to be present. It finishes with a nice spicey bitterness. A nice crisp, refreshing beer.

ark57, May 14, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pretty excited to try this one. Anything that is brewed with spices catches my eye immediately. This poured very pale colored and the head was very fluffy and white. The nose is very refreshing. As this beer heads towards the back of the mouth, heavy doses of clove show up. There seems to be a hint of cinnamon left on the tongue. This one is a pretty complex beer with tons of different flavors. Definately an advanced beer in my mind.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 10, 2004
Photo of kfoss99
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, with pouring directions on label, poured into an Allagash chalice
I pour the first 2/3 and its clear and sparkles like champagne, then swirl the yeast and pour the rest and the ale gets nice and cloudy with a fast rising head that levels off to a film above a body that looks like watered down orange juice

Smells like a yeasty dinner roll with a floral hop aroma.
Very light and sharp mouthfeel.
Clean finish with a residual of spices, cloves (?), and hops. Some grassy earth notes as it warmed could be detected.

Allagash suggest serving their ales served in 750ml bottles be served at cellar temp, the same suggestion should be made for this ale. The complexity comes out as it warms and the carbonation mellows. When I first had this, last year, it was the first time I had a beer that didn’t taste like “beer.” I’d suggest it to anyone who doesn’t like beer because of the taste.

kfoss99, May 07, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reader's Note: This is my first review so take it for what it's worth. I have been drinking craft beer for a year now.

Appearance: A really yellow beer with a two finger head that disipates quickly. There is a thick cloud of particulate througout.
Smell: A little extra bite in the smell than I would expect from a white. It smells hoppier than other whites.
Taste: Orange peel, light but present hops, a healthy amount of wheat. This beer tastes simple yet good.
Mouthfeel: Maybe a little over-carbonated.
Drinkability: I would have no problem drinking lots of these, day after day.

This is a good white, though not exactly what I expected. I prefer a Sam Adam's White to this.

jvajda, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Yellow and extremely cloudy without being chunky. One-finger, sticky white head dwindled slowly and left a thin layer of fine bubbles on top for the entire drink. Typical wit appearance. Light lacing.

Smell: Light aroma, but what was there was sort of heavy. Grains, cloves, light mandarin orange, and banana. Also a thick sweetness. An occasional whiff of spicy yeast or alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but with a little chewy character on the sides of the tongue. Smooth except for some lively carbonation on the back of the tongue.

Taste: I remember this being heavier and sweeter. This time, came across as grainy and dry. Light grass transformed into hints of light spiciness and citrus flavor. Less of those two flavors than most other wits. Dried out to a grainy finish.

Quaffer, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash White was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle labeled "Batch #11". In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a hazy pale golden and was topped by a wonderfully thick, creamy, and unyielding bright white head. The nose presented a light lemon/orange citric peel spritziness, spiced with coriander...nice but could use more flair and oomph. The taste was light on the palate as well. A quenching grapefruity lightly acidic base emited shy accents coriander as the aggresively bittered dry citric finish engages the taste buds. The finish is quite clean leaving only light traces of lingering citric peel/coriander essence. The beer succeeds in the quenching/refreshing department. While the upfront flavor is a bit lacking in intensity, the finish was very well done for the style. I felt the body was a tad thin, though it was smooth to the touch. The carbonation was fine and fluffy, meshing well with the flavors and personality of the beer. This light and crisp white was very drinkable, especially on the warm sunny day of this tasting.

HiroProtagonist, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a milky pale golden, with suspended particles of yeast flittering about. Forms a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing despite a hefty pour. Carbonation is mild to moderate despite a well-proclaimed "psssht" with opening the cap.Aroma is very good..orange and coriander in abundance with a tangy funkiness, akin to sharp cheese, that I appreciate in good wits (Celis comes to mind). Sweet pale malts, vanilla, and honeydew round out the assortment. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, particularly for the style which typically has strong carbonation. Taste echoes the aroma, with a lightly sweet malt body, grain husk and honeydew towards the middle, and a well-balanced bitterness level. Finish is moderately bready with a fulfilling wit "bang".

Cleanly fermented with great characteristics of the style, this one is easy to drink owing to it's subdued carbonation and it becomes more perfumy and floral as it warms. Completely gratifying, this is an excellent brew and would easily replace Oberon as my summer beer if it was available in my area.

Mitchster, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of ctrlfreak
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle
5.2% alc
Batch# 3

Apperarance: hazy gold color with a soft white head
The Aroma: Smell is mostly yeast and wheat, with a hint of spice
The Taste: crisp and refreshing
Mouthfeel: smooth and lightbodied
Drinkability: nice brew in the warmer months

ctrlfreak, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of TheJudge
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not generally a fan of wheat beers, but when they get to this quality, it is hard not to like them. this was on tap at Gingerman in new York. Poured to a beautiful cloudy golden color, it had a decent head which laced nicely. It had a nice bite at the back of the tongue and mouth, but was smooth at the front. There was little after taste, and unlike some wheat beers, this doesn't need lemon to improve it or make it drinkable.

As wheat beers go, this was strong.

TheJudge, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of travolta
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.94 pint bottle. Cool label...and I LOVE the cork...i just love that whole cork thing, id dig it if every brew came with a cork to pop.

Apperance: Budweiser yellow, but not as clear. The color goes from orange to yellow when you go from natural to artificial light. The head on this brew is just perfect! I love the head here. Cotton white with bursting mountains of foam.

Nose: Orange is so nice from this brew. It isnt your orange peel chicken, this is orange blossom...the flower of the orange tree....yum! Next comes the herbs...I have no clue what kind, but it's herby...or herbacious, whatever.

Taste: My god, the head has lasted the whole time Ive been writting this and into the "taste" section. I could go watch TV and the head will wait for me. It's crisp to the mouth, I taste lemon, orange and then herb.

Notes: Love the cork, love the label, love the head!

travolta, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After drinking a diet of Stouts and Porters for the past several reviews, I decided to visit one of the first styles I had tried, i.e., a wheat style brew. The cloudy, lemon yellow appearance with great lacing invites you to drink. The smell is fruity and yeasty...as my wife aptly put it, almost like pizza dough. The taste is light...with initial fruitiness, followed by a dry, slightly astingent quality that is very crisp. I like this dry, refreshing mouthfeel and could drink types like this all night. Very drinkable...would be an extremely nice brew in the warmer months (if tehy ever come agian!)

edchicma, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The predominant aroma and taste I got from this was apricot. The beer had a nice tang to it, naturally cloudy, and not too carbonated. Could have been a bit more yeasty in flavor, perhaps a little more hops. Just a bit too watery. Overall I enjoyed it.

ChicoraBoy, Feb 06, 2004
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93 out of 100 based on 3,997 ratings.