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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,292 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,292
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 275
Gots: 498 | 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 Gambrinus1184
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Max Fish in Glastonbury, Conn.

A: Poured a very cloudy, golden yellow with speckles and flashes of red and a creamy head of two-finger foam.

S: The nose is dominated by citrus fruits and musty, spicy yeasts.

T: Great zesty orange zip right away. The crispness of the coriander and other citrus notes blending with a nice cinnamon spiciness made this a real pleasure to sip on. Paired wonderfully with my char-grilled Arctic Char!

M: Crisp, sweet, and a little chewy. Held it's own with food and was great to have on its own too.

D: A very drinkable wit, and one of greater substance than a Hoegaarden. The mild ABV and sweet citrusy-spicy make-up make it a perfect companion for most foods.

By far the best witbier I can recall. This is a real testament to how strong of a style wits can be.

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

Bottled purchased to compliment barbeque dinner, st. louis ribs.

A- A honey color with a frothy white head.

S- Floral aroma with sweet tones, it smells very pleasant and makes you want to drink it right away.

T- The Allagash White tastes a little orangey, with some vanilla flavors, very tasty.

MF- This white beer finishes easy and leaves a crisp and sweet taste in your mouth, no bitter after-taste in this beer.

D- Highly drinkable, a great beer from Allagash, goes well with BBQ or by itself.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a two finger white foam. Lacing is mountainous, but more like foothills than mountains. They do last a good while, however. The body is a very cloudy (appropriate to style, I take it) banana gold. A good looking beer.

Smell: Pepper and coriander dominate. I suppose I'm not a huge fan of coriander, because most witbiers I've drank, with the exception of Blanche de Chambly, contain doses of the stuff and it's a bit off-putting to me. That being said, there is a pleasant banana bread underbelly, with ripe banana, granny smith apple, papaya, coconut underneath.

Taste: Ah. The coriander is much more pleasant in the mouth than the nose, blending with the banana in a very even way. Granny smith apple again, some pepper.

Mouthfeel: Overly astringent for such a light beer, I think.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable.

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

750ml brown bottle marked with "batch # 47."

In the tumbler, the beer is murky tan and yellow. A finger of creamy white head blankets the top. To the nose, it smells of creamed wheat, fresh lime and orange peel. The taste tends towards a husky graininess, with cool offsetting orange peel and coriander tones. Mouth-feel is simply stupendous. Outstandingly creamy and smooth. I nearly gulped the glass before I was half through the review. Could use a little more boldness of flavor in my opinion, but it's hugely drinkable.

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

Pours a great banana and orange pale amber color with little head and invisible bubbles. The aroma is a little tart, but frut and clovey. Very inviting. The taste has a few hints of bananas, cloves, even granny smith apples. A little bit dry, but very quenching and addictive. Great for a summers day on the porch.

Photo of MisterClean
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Manderes in Folsom, CA

A - Golden pour, bright white head, good legs.

S - Notes of apricot and peach.

T - Lots of apricot, allspice, and a little ester.

M - Extremely smooth for a witte, without the notes of bitter or sourness. Not overly sweet either.

D - Could do a couple on a nice hot day.

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

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:
A Yellower color than something like Hoegaarden White. Also more hop and bitterness than many wit beers. I liked this a lot and we had quite a bit of this to drink around the tasting table this night.

Photo of Proteus93
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A bright yellow.. straw yellow. Rich, foaming head with lasting retention.

S: Sweet, sugary, lemony citrus, lightly floral

T: Lemon citrus zing, moderately sweet, but not overdone. Wheat grains.

M + D: Quite light, maybe a bit too light for my tastes. Carbonation is light in such a way that I can't help but think more of lemon flavoured sparkling water than a beer. That said, while seemingly light on the carbonation, it managed to feel a bit bloating, even after just a few sips. Not a very big fan... maybe a dash of bitterness or a touch more spiciness would help out, but not really one I'd go for again.

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

Had this today at Anthill Pub in Irvine.

Pours a hazy whitish yellow. Looks like a hefeweizen. Smells ... like a hefeweizen. Bready, yeasty, some lemon/citrus notes.

Taste is spicy (surprising ... is that pepper?) citrus, bread, yeast, and lots of lemon. Looks, smells, and tastes good, but not mind blowing. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

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

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle, with a few wedges of a mild, creamy Monterey.

Appearance is a bright straw, cloudy, with busy bubbles and spidery lacing left behind in the wake of quickly receding carbonation.

Smell is crisp - bready, citrusy, and slightly peppery.

Taste is fantastic. Again, grain and light citrus (probably orange?) are present, hints of perhaps peppery coriander, cloves.

Mouthfeel is perfect for a witbier, not thick at all, but very creamy and refreshing.

Drinkability is great, as superb an example as you're going to get with an American witbier. Great balance of flavors and textures, very refreshing, perfect with a nice, peppery cheese.

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

12 oz. bottle poured a cloudy yellow with active carbonation and fluffy head.

Hardy wheat and yeast with peppery, citrus zest, & clove smell.

Grainy yet crisp on the palate followed with a tangy lemon zest with a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and leaves a nice puckery, dry finish.

A very balanced and enjoyable offering. Went well with my meal at Whole Foods and would certainly pickup again. Would also be a nice session beer.

Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #44. sampled dec 31/07.

pours hazy golden hellow with a large rocky white head. drops slowly and leaves some chunky lace.

aroma is nice. white bread. bit of grain. hint of alcohol. slightly earty. orange peel. hints of clove and corriander.

taste is good. white bread and crackers. bit earthy. medium-low bitterness level. hint of alcohol. bit of lemon. grain. just a touch of funk, more in the mouthfeel than the flavour.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. nice balance to this one. fairly interesting malt presence and well restrained spice. nice example of the style.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a local pizza place. Gotta give props to Dewey's Pizza for having the good sense to offer good craft beer with their pizza.

This beer was served in a pint glass and arrived at my table with a 1/2" bone-white head over a typically cloudy yellow beer.

The aroma was very slight.... but I could pick up a tiny bit of spice (like nutmeg) and a yeasty note.

The taste: Above average Witbier. Yeasty, with a hint of nutmeg spiciness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side.... but appropriate. Perhaps a touch too carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability: Nothing objectionable... solid Witbier. Nothing to knock my socks off...

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

It pours out a beautiful, cloudy, lemony yellow with a nice but not persistent head. Aroma is strong, the typical hefeweissen aroma - wheaty, malty, with a lemony overtone. Flavor is rich and jazzy, what one expects of a wheat beer but richer and more mouth-filling and with a hint of hops. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, it has a touch of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

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

Pale and slightly hazy. Light lemon in color with a bubbly white head.
Full nose of coriander and lemon with a sweet wheaty, yeasty smell.
The taste follows the nose but not as strongly as I may have guessed. Lemon and wheat with a minimal spiciness and bitter finish. Mouth feel is light carbonated and refreshing.
I don't think this is my favorite wit, but it is very balanced and quite good.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a tumbler. The beer pours the classic cloudy gold color of the witbier with a soft and fluffy white head that laces down the glass and leaves a nice film over the beer. The smell is full of what I always think of as the "soft" smell of unmalted wheat along with yeast and some citrus sweetness. The taste displays all of the characteristics of the smell but the coriander comes out nicely as well here. The mouthfeel is nice as well medium-full and soft carbonation. I am glad I finally got around to reviewing this one. This is my favorite wit. A great mix of refreshing and complexity. Just a fantastic brew.

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

Appearance: cloudy blonde, with a moderate, pure white head that soon dissipates.

Aroma: Smells of coriander, yeast and lemon, with a hint of orange – on type for a witbier.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Taste of lemon, coriander, orange, balanced by yeast. A creamy, smooth body.

Drinkability: Wonderful stuff. This is one of the best American witbiers. The perfect drink for a hot summer day.

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

A very good American representation of the style. Corked and caged 750mL poured into a hefeweizen glass. Pale, cloudy egg-yolk coloured yellowish/orange body. Fluffy, tightly knit white head looked like meringue and remained for several minutes. Nice. Smell was very wheat-like with a subtle lemon aroma hiding in the back. The whole thing seemed very light, which I found very attractive given the style. Taste was very light, as well, with modest nuances of yeast, wheat, lemon, and very subtle spice. Very drinkable and just a good example of a Witbier. I'll buy again.

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

Appearance: Hazy yellow golden color, with a moderate white head, which soon collapses so scattered islands of coarse foam. The lacing is thick and broken, the carbonation moderate, with moderate swirling sediment.

Aroma: Lightly sweet, with notes of citrus rind and coriander.

Taste: Mildly sweet at the open, with notes of bitter orange. The coriander notes ascend as the taste progresses, there is a moderate herbal bitterness at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant, soft.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example, well suited to the summer months, perhaps less so for a rainy, cold December day in central Texas. Nonetheless, it was still quite nice.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of jmalex
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At a recent blind wit tasting, this one ranked right up at the top for me. This should be a nice accompaniment to watching football today.

APPEARANCE: Poured into my Allagash tulip using the 'pour and swirl' method described on the label. It's a hazy pale yellow color with a small white head. The head does have a decent staying power and lasts as a nearly full surface coating.

SMELL: The smell is a perfect blend of spice, citrus, wheat, and breadiness. The spice is of pepper and coriander while the citrus takes on only a vague character of orange. The wheat has a slight sourness to it, and the yeast character shines through with exceptional balance.

TASTE: The flavor echoes the smell nearly to a tee. The spices are present toward the beginning while the finish is dominated by flavors of orange and doughiness. The slightest hop flavor seems to come on at the very end.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth describes it best. It has a medium to medium-light body but is very light and airy. Carbonation is at medium levels, but is very tight and piquant.

DRINKABILITY: Through the roof. I'm sad I only bought the 12 oz. bottle. This is what people should be drinking for a thirst quencher.

Yep, no surprise here. Allagash White is the wit that all others should be measured by. It speaks volumes that the epitome of a Belgian style comes out of an American brewery. Well done, Allagash.

Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason, I had a really hard time finding this beer, but I was finally able to score a 12oz four-pack in a store quite a distance from my house that specializes in carrying rare beers... The search was definitely worth it... Pours a nice, golden color with some carbonation visible and a decent frothy head, although it wasn't as cloudy as I expected... The smell was terrific, full of spices, like corianer and orange... The taste was above and beyond, with a flavor of spices that was rich and flavorful... Mouthfeel and drinkability were equally good... This is truly a classic example of a witbier - up there with Blue Moon and Hoegaarden, if not superior... Definitely recommended, even though a four-pack ran me $8.99... The flavor is exceptionally rich and really stands out... go for it...

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my favorites when it comes to easy drinking beers, especially during the summer.

A very hazy, golden beer with strong citrus notes in the nose. The lemon zest is most prevalent, behind it though is a lovely coriander and orange taste hidden away.

The beer is very light and goes down easily. Best enjoyed during the summer months in Maine, but can be enjoyed all-year round anywhere.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had the privilege to try a beer from Allagash before so I jumped at the chance to plop a 12 oz bottle into my mixed six-pack at Abe's. Poured a hazy golden straw with a huge billowy head that turned awesomely rocky and covered about 90% of the glass with lacing--pretty cool.

Smell is pretty flat, taste is similar. Very drinkable, but not a lot of flavor here. I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong. I guess you could call it subtle--not exactly what i expected but i could definately enjoy this again. Almost too drinkable--I needed a reason to slow down while drinking this.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought that this would be a nice beer to enjoy during the brief Indian summer we're having here in central Illinois.

A -A hazy lemon yellow brew resides beneath a crisp and tight two finger head that shows really nice retention and leaves copious amounts of gauzy lace on the glass. Looks like the epitome of a good wit!

S - I could smell funky lemon-grass and lemon rind before I put my nose anywhere near the glass. I smell sour wheat, lemon zest, cilantro, clean cotton, and sea salt. Very fresh, but not as complex as I expected from such a revered brewer of Belgian style brews. Not very assertive or complex.

T - Ok here we go. The taste picks up the nose's slack! Very crisp, bready, and fresh. Quite a bit more malty than many other witbiers, this one has saltine cracker, fresh bread, sour yeast, and big time lemon flavors.

M - Light bodied with a zesty carbonation and a sweet clean finish. Reminds me of those "clean cotton" scented candles.

D - Highly drinkable! A damn near flawless witbier, it just needs to smell a bit more assertive and it would be awesome.

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

A: Diluted yellow pour with a shining white head that simmers down without much fuss. Not as cloudy as I had anticipated. I didn't see any yeast at the base of the bottle.

S: Has a bright citrus and spice nose; pepper and orange notes mingle with a honey lift.

T: The taste really follows through well. Fruity esters are tossed about with the sweet bread pungency. At the far edge of sweet, but it somehow manages not to be cloying.

M: Thinly built with a mildy-active mouthfeel. Maybe just a touch under carbonated.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, but the sheer sweet factor keeps sessionability down. A nice breather on a hot day.

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