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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,457
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 331
Gots: 674 | 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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Ratings: 4,457 | Reviews: 1,306
Photo of midaszero
2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy golden color with very little white head and very little lacing

S - Banana and citrus with lemon zest and some spice and grain

T - Lemon zest with spice. Clean and smooth

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Not horrible but not something I would reach for again

Photo of sprucetip
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy straw color, medium white head with good retention and lacing.

Smells awesome. Fruity, spicy, wheaty, and a little bit yeast and tart.

Fruity, a bit spicy, wheaty, and faintly yeasty. I'd like just a bit more boldness out of the Belgian yeast strain.

Carbonation not overdone. Has a pleasant slickness to the feel. Finished very clean.

Holy shit is this drinkable! Had a hard time not slamming it. I normally drink bigger beers and sip more slowly, but this one goes down like keg beer at a frat party.

Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing cloudy yellow color, almost like it's radioactive, still you can see the tiny bubbles swim to the surface. Not much head nor lacing. Subtly fills your nostrils with sheer weight as well as clove, coriander spice, lemon peel, vanilla bean, has a lively yeastiness, some banana notes, while light of touch it's never not there. Light-bodied, fizzy and kind of skittish, never settles down on a branch. The heavier carbonation does whip up the clove led spices, lemon to orange citrus, mineral water and mild metallic flakes. The fruit mainly banana, pear, apricot, more skin and pit than flesh. Creates a lot of perfume in the mouth yet cannot persist through the finish. Goes down without a hiccup.

Photo of mjw06
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - nice foamy white head about two fingers thick that moderately diminished into a nice rimming and left a nice sticky lacing on the glass all the way down. similar in color and appearance to pineapple juice.

S - smell of white wine with a crisp wheat overture

T - a very pleasant hoppiness all the way through consistently with a taste of wheat and a spicy finish. the taste is great, however lacks complexity. didnt get much of a fruity taste.

M - good carbonation with a light to medium body.

D - extremely drinkable from the first sip to the last gulp. it has an very consistent taste and a pleasant body to compliment it. i was very satisfied with this selection and look forward to having this some more.

on-tap at matchbox in chinatown, dc

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

A- When held up to the light it has a hazy golden appearance. The initially somewhat frothy head dissipates almost entirely after 4-5 minutes.

S- It smells musky sweet and clove-y, with prominent spicing that must be the coriander.

T- Wonderfully complex, initially dry, with well-balanced sweetness and spice on the finish.

M- Despite the full-flavor, has a light mouthfeel with plentiful carbonation

D- Incredibly drinkable, if it were not such a high price I could easily finish 4-6 bottles in a sitting.

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

A - a golden cloudy beer with hinting toward light orange with a white head that eft quickly and left some but very little lace

S - very spicy (many spices; not hot) i could definately smell some corriadner and some pepper but most of all some cloves. Very attractive

T - i must say one of the best witbier's iv had i really love it and this is not my fave style of beer. Very nice even body with some bitterness but an overall spicy feel and the clove taste was very refreshing and welcoming

M - its a very light beer but still complicated in flavor

D - extremely drinkable i dont know why ths style doesn't eventually substitute all the light crap. HAHa

Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with plenty of carbonation to form a two-finger, fluffy, off-white head. Retention is good, with a fine layer of lacing left behind. Has a aroma of orange peel. Tastes big on 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 drnknmnky
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Sunset.

A - Cloudy, yellow, color.

S - Citrusy, like lemon and orange, nice Belgian yeast smell

TM - sweet, tasty citrus, kind of peppery bite nice balanced brew, carbonation is good, nothing overwhelming on any side.

D - YUMMMMYYY yummy yummy I got allagash white in tummy. good beer. didn't like too much the first times I had it it tasty beverage.

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

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a large white frothy head.

S-sweet, fruity and yeasty. Notes of lemon/orange citrus.

T- A slightly dry sweetness. Finishes a peppery lemon.

M- Plenty of zip from the generous carbonation.

D- Excellent. I could drink quite a few of these.

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

A. A very hazy gold, with streaks of orange and light red running silently through it.

S. Very light yet wholesome citrus, primarily lemon which overshadows very subtle and smooth orange peel. Very slight vanilla.

T. Fairly light and smooth while being a little over carbonated for my liking. Slight lemon and very insignificant hints of zestier orange. This is a perfect summer time beer, not much too it, not much to think about, and pretty refreshing. Maybe a little too plain for my liking though.

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle-conditioned bottle.

Color is pale, hazy golden. Little head.

Smell and taste are citrusy, orange and lemons. Think more of the zest, with some of it's bitterness more than orange juice. Some tartness as well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very drinkable. This is a very good beer and I think it will become one of my go-tos.

Photo of OldYoda
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard Troeg's pint glass. Followed the pouring directions on the label swirling in the yeasty remnants in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is citrus and some spice, not overwhelming and fairly inviting.

Taste is outstanding, very well balanced and just the right hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is light and inviting with average carbonation.

Drinkability at this ABV is outstanding - several of these is almost mandatory.

All in all an outstanding offering from Allagash.

Edited 2/4/09: I really like variety but this has become a staple in my fridge. I absolutely love this beer. The balance, the spice, everything about it. I can't recommend it too highly. Do yourself a favor and pick this up.

Photo of gdfan47
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a really really light yellow with alot of white head and a good amount of lacing
S- corrainder, orange, wheat lemon, not overly sweet smelling but inviting
T- very refreshing, really light but the flavors really come out niceley
M- a very light beer, but very smooth
D- very low abv, a great example of a wit

a great North American versian of a witbier, very reasonably priced.. In my opinon along with Blanche De Chambly, and Victory Whirlwind the best wheat beers in North Amercia

Photo of cpn920
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow color with a niced head. Smell was citrusy with hint of cloves. Taste was smooth with a nice malt bacbone and with a nice lively citrus flavor. Nice carbonation, not overwhelming. I could have three of these and be very happy and not be sloppy.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Toronado.

A: Inviting cloudy yellow/straw color with generous head that laces down the glass as I drink.

S: Fruity, floral, Belgian malts. A little bit of spice is detected. A fairly muted smell, though -- I'd be more impressed with some pungency so it didn't require so much swirling to bring out the aromatics.

T: Banana, citrus, crisp wheat, and light spice (clove, coriander). Not a lot of flavor evolution, but's a clean, crisp profile that refreshes quite well.

M: Crisp, with lively carbonation. But it feels a bit watery. I'll have to revisit this and see.

D: Good session beer, but not so impressive and flavorful that I'll seek this out over 'average' and cheaper witbiers.

Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A cloudy...yet bright...yellow body...great lacing left down the entire glass

S - Yeast...fruits...spice

T - Pretty much follows the nose...the spice really comes through at the end...but well balanced flavors throughout the palate

M - Creamy and smooth

D - This is a nice brew...I still haven't worked my taste buds up to the heavy wheat beers yet...a little spicy

Photo of kinger
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lemon yellow pour with a medium white head and mild lacing, nice and cloudy. Soft aroma with a nice delicate flowery nose coupled with mild spices. Mouthfeel is an odd blend of creamy smooth and fizzy, weird but kind of nice. Flavor seems more delicate than the aroma, nice light citrus flavor of lemon and orange. The spices aren't as prevalent but are still noticeable. Extremely quenching and satisfying, but I prefer my Wits to be a little more assertive.

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.

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