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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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93
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4,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,103
Reviews: 1,255
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 253
Gots: 414 | 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.

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Photo of sacfly
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

Pours a creamy pale yellow with a white haze from the yeast, nice for style. Huge bubbles make up a think white head. Aroma is mostly orange peal with some spice for good measure. Taste is a wonderful mix of lemon, orange, coriander. A touch of sweetness manifests itself… reminiscent of apricots. Light in body. Very easy to drink. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Kind of like after biting an orange rind, but not as harsh. Awesome beer. In my opinion, this is a perfect summer beer. Light and refreshing but not sacrificing the slightest bit of flavor to do so.

sacfly, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*Corked and caged 750 ml
*Batch #23

Appearance: With the yeast pour, the beer actually IS a bit white; pale, almost opaque, cream straw. Topped with a thick, creamy head with superb retention. Extremely fine carbonation. Thick, frothy lace.

Smell: Very pronounced orange peel and spice; sweet and citrusy. A bit of biscuity wheat. Terrific.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very full and creamy for such a low abv beer, with mild carbonation -- quite nice. The taste is very big, maybe a bit too forward. Very strong yeast pepper and orange rind to start. Tart citrus juice and metallic wheat mid palette. Pepper burn lasts long into the finish.

Drinkability: This is a very substantial wit. I personally think the flavor is a bit harsh, but the texture and and scent are fantastic. Not for everyone, but certainly one some folks will love.

WetCoaster, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy amber with a good head of puffy foam and some nice lace. Aroma contains a vanilla soft bread, some herbs, citrus and lemon grass. Initial taste is gentle, followed by yeast, barley, carbonation about right and bitter curacao orange. The flavors wash over the tongue: malt, peach, spice. Very nicely done – complex and well brewed.

palliko, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma begins with a big spice smell that has hints of corriander, orange peel and clove with a malty background of bread and crackers, very classic witbier scent. Taste malty with a nice spiced flavor, you get flavors of of corriander and clove, orange and lemon rind as well as a light peppery note, and the malt flavor and clean and simple; notes of fresh baked bread and crackers. The mouhfeel is smooth and creamy, and the finish is clean and crisp with moderate carboation. Drinkability is extremely good, probably one of the most drinkable beers around, a great summertime brew to say the least.

silver0rlead, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of lord2464
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy appearance and darker then your average wit. The beer was highly carbonated but not as effervescent as some classic Belgian examples, instead there was a more creamy head. The spicy aromas jumped out of the glass. The beer had the classic coriander/bitter orange flavors, but with more pronounced accents then most wit. These flavors are set inside of a delectable golden ale ripe with malt sweetness and a perfect hop bite. Sorry Hoegarden.. this domestic takes home the blue ribbon!

lord2464, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin bright white head that quickly fades. Aroma is wheat, orange peels, and a nice blend of spices. Taste is light wheat malt with a strong spicey finish, just a bit of citric tang--very refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium/thin and carbonation is fairly low. This is a really good thirst-quenching beer for the summer.

cubedbee, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Allagash brew, acquired thanks to GCBrewingCo. I must say, I was a bit disappointed with this one despite being thoroughly impressed with the Victory Prima Pils I reviewed earlier.

Pours to a very hazy light yellowy orange color with a white glow. The head is very minimal and fades to non-existent soon after the pour.

The smell is very subdued. Has a hint of wheat malt and coriander spiciness, but it doesn't ever seem to open up.

The taste is quite good, however. Has a strong spiciness from the unmalted wheat. Also notable is a huge coriander and orange peel taste. It tastes almost like I put a slice of orange on the rim of the glass after squeezing the juices in. A clove spiciness is well hidden beneath the citrus and other spices.

The mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied and quite refreshing. Overall, it's quite enjoyable, but not quite impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing how this compares against one of my favorite brewers' (St. Bernardus) which I also acquired thanks to GCBrewingCo.

neonbrown82, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of HoorayBeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass with a lemon. Had a nice golden hue, almost cloudy. Served with a slight head on it, which disapated fast. The smell was sensational, had a fruity or flowery smell, but this could be due to the lemon wedge that was served with it. Starts off sweet, almost a citrus orange flavor to it. It was light and easy to swallow, even the aftertase was pleasent. I would order another, maybe this time without the lemon, just so I can get the full effect of the beer. Overall a good choice on a nice summer day.

HoorayBeer, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap from GLB, served in pint glass
Appearance: beautiful hazy straw color with a wonderful foamy head that slowly dissipated, excellent lacing in rings down the side of the glass
Smell: sweet smell rife with citrusy spices forming a complex lemon and floral bouquet highlighted by a strong hint of yeast. delightful and complicated nose.
Taste: sweet and light on tip of tongue ringing with mysterious herbal and slight citrus notes that confirm and echo the mystique of the nose. yeast taste and mild spice kick follow, lingering on back of tongue/palate, balancing the initial sweetness with a semi-dry singing finish. packed with interesting varieties of flavor and smell throughout the entire experience of consumption - fruit, coriander, dank yeast, citric tartness, etc.
Mouthfeel: light in body but moderate carbonation for a texture that showcases the aromas and flavors to be found in this brew. crisp, lively, and delicious? must be a must have.

the allagash white is a killer witbier. can't wait to go home and savor one.

villainchiwwin, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What could possibly go better with Allagash White than Nick Blakey (Bauer Wine) and Rob Tod (Allagash) serving it up and chatting with folks about the process of making beer at their tasting at Bauer Wine?

Poured into a pint tumbler with a fizzy 1/2" white head that leaves a wide, spread out ring that mingles with the lace all over the surface. Through the murkier than murky earthy yellow color carbonation can be seen rising very quickly to the surface keeping the head alive for an impressive length of time.

Smells pleasant, yeast and spice, not overpowering at all. The taste is a robust wheaty mouthfull of puckering goodness. The spice is not very forward in the profile, bit of a clove flavor on the sides of the tongue. The length is fairly short, that does go well with the style, but I tend to want more than you get with this style of beer. The way the spice is combined on the palate with the dry, puckering finish takes away from the drinkability a bit.

Overall a good spring-summer session brew.

MrSeth, May 20, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hardly any head is about the only thing negative that I can say about this one. Nicly clouwded goldenwhite beercolor makes presentation ok. Nose is very citrussy and fruity but also fresh, probably extra cause of litle koreander being used. Nice sourness with it and even litle maltarome with wheat.
Taste is also very good being quiet bitter for a white, nice sourness, malty and cirtussy with koreander. These american hops do very good with a wheat beer, hell yes! Great mouthfeel completes the party so just want more of these!

paterlodie, May 19, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch # 20

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with fluffy, uneven, white head. The head thins down a lot but still maintains a nice covering over the top of the beer.

Smell: Bubble gum, banana, apple, sweet malty aroma. Light, sweet, non-specific floral aroma.

Taste: Spicy pepper, pear, gren apple, bready, chewy. Sweet with a hint of lemony citrus. Very citrusy up front with a mostly malty/wheaty middle. Watery clean ending with a lingering maltiness. Very light woody flavor like sawdust or unfinished oak.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and lively. It dances on the palate and releases the flavor evenly and cleanly. It also has a nice chewy feel from the malts. Excellent feel to this light to medium bodied beauty.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and clean. Complex and tasty and with a well balanced spiciness and maltiness. I will gladly drink this one again. Well done.

BrewMaster, May 19, 2005
Photo of mjohn27603
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First this is an unfair review. I've kept this bottle around far too long. Perhaps over a year. Not fair to a beer that shouldn't be cellar. It poured out golden in color. With a thin surface level head that quickly dissipated in a lot of fizz. Smell is non-existent. Taste is actually quite good if understated. I imagine this would be quite good as a fresh beer. A bit of spiciness remains. Corrinader remains even after all this time. A bit on the dry side. I much preferred the Allagash Tripel.

mjohn27603, May 16, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale, cloudy lemon color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of lace

Smell: Musty and yeasty, with orange, apricots, clove, coriander and some banana

Taste: Starts out with a yeasty flavor that gets fruity and spicy by mid-palate; once the wit flavors kick in, they persist through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (more than I expected) and nicely carbonated; very refreshing

Drinkability: I'm not a big wit fan, but this was enjoyable

brentk56, May 11, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very cloudy, pale golden in color. Not much head, and little lace.

Smell - Yeasty and sweet. No real hops to speak of. Reminds me of some American hefe weizens (i.e. no clovey smell).

Taste - Quite sweet, balanced with a zesty twang. In the early aftertaste, I pick up a clear lemony taste. The spices used in this wit seem unique. Perhaps lemon zest? Chamomile? Everyday bitter orange peel and coriander? Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel - The body on this beer seems to be a little thin. Or it might be that the beer is so smooth that it goes down really easily.

Drinkability - Easy drinker, and oh so delicately tasty. I could drink this all night.

Comments - What a great interpretation of a wit! Very different from other witbiers I have tasted in terms of the spice profile.

mgdeth, May 03, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew last night for the first time and I must say I was impressed. This was a real nice brew, it was pored to a hazy yellow color with a fair sized white head that broke down slow and left a nice amount of lacing through out the brew. Had a very nice aroma, somewhat light with scents of lemon citrus and spices mixed with sweet malt. Taste was very refreshing, light with nice spiciness mixed with wheat like flavors. This will be a brew that I get again, especially with the warmer weather getting here.

Stimack, May 03, 2005
Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle ( Thanks Sammy). Decanted to the tumbler a light honey-hued clouded ale with a nice puffy white cap. Moderate effervescence. Wonderful nose...spicey tangerines, sweet and musty. Substantial body for a wit. Lovely sweet malt diffusion at the front then the hops and corriander spice the palate with a tangy citrus peel taste and the yeast gives a pleasant succulent apricot pronouncement. Dryish finish...a very nice and flavorful witbier.

pootz, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured a cloudy solid yellow color into a standard pint glass. About a finger-thick head came up, and it had excellent retention. There was a nice cascading bubble effect as well. This beer showed a moderate amount of carbonation. The scent had hints of banana and spices; it was very pleasant. It enveloped my nose, which added to the experience.

Tasting: This was a rather sweet-tasting beer. A wheaty, malty flavor dominated the tongue, and there was very little bitterness. Slight spice also came across. As is common to the style, this was a rather citric beer; lemon and hints of orange were present, particularly in the aftertaste. I can see this as a real thirst-quencher on a hot summer day. A light to medium-bodied beer, this was very pleasant to drink. It rolled across my tongue smoothly, without any hints of harshness. Note that this beer has yeast remnants in the bottle, and depending on your preference, you may or may not want to pour the yeast into your glass.

I recommend this as a good crossover beer to get people accustomed to the Witbier style. For New Englanders, it's also regionally brewed, so it's nice to have a somewhat local product around.

bceaglejoe, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the tripel reserve, so I should've expected a great beer. I'm not a huge witbier fan, but this could convert me.

Pours a cloudy soft yellow, like a yellowish creamsicle, with a huge rocky white head. Lacing was large and sticky all around the footed pils glass. Smelled of lemon and peppery spice. Taste is dry and peppery upfront with some zesty lemon flavor and a wheat crisp finish. Medium moutfeel with plenty of carbonation and long finish. This was a fine beer to have with bbq chicken (which is exactly what we did.) I'll be picking up another 750 when I see one. High quality and high value. Offer this to your Blue Moon drinking friends.

pentathlete, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Allagash offering pours a very hazy golden pilsner like color. Lots of bubbles rise to the top and a nice sturdy egg white head. Aroma is really yeasty and somewhat citric with a slight acidic burn. The wheat grain seems to be really dominate here with a solid yeast base backing it up. Spices are much less than other wits I have tried. Citric fruits play a nice compliment to the wheaty yeasty base. Quite acidic in the finish with some spices lingering. Definitely got better as I drank it, the 750 was no problem finishing. Overall, a solid beer but nothing more.

granger10, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light zesty citrus aroma with a pinch of coriander. Bright white head pours thick, but eventually fades to a solid film leaving strings and patches of lace. Hazy, vibrant straw colored beer with swarms of tiny bubbles rising through the middle. The taste is a mix of light lemony citrus, mild spices, and a little floral hop. Barely bitter finish detracts slightly from the flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and light; the beer almost floats across my tongue. Overall a solid Witbier, but based on price there are others I'd choose first.

HappyHourHero, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a blondish golden appearence. It has a wonderful smell of yeast and citrus.

A spicy bitterness with a touch of sourness taste is this the downfall of this brew. Hints of citrus present but not enough to carry. Doesn't leave much behind in the form of after taste. It has nice full bodied mouthfeel.

Sourness makes me not want to drink much of it.

No visible best before date. I wonder if this is an older batch. I may try it again.

NiceGuyMike, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of rousee
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is not a real strong flavored beer. It is very mild in most characteristics so there is not a whole lot of descriptive characteristics that I can mention.

Very murky, chalky lemony-yellow with a small head of 5mm lvs a small amout of lace. There is wheat, malt and a slight sourness on the nose--very mild though. Some very faint bleach like characteristic too. This is one smooth beer. Very dry and crisp and tastes like it would be great on a hot Summer day. Nothing too pronounced on the taste other than a mild wheat/malt profile. Very dry.This is a good conversion beer for macro drinkers. There's not a whole lot not to like--its just not very strong flavored and there's nothing wrong with that. It finishes smooth, clean, and dry. Very easy to drink in large quantities especially if its hot outside.

Edit--It appears I may have been getting a cold when I reviewed this beer. I have tried it since getting over it and there are some fairly pronounced spicy aspects that are noticeable--cardomom, anisette, banana and allspice is what comes to mind.

rousee, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear straw colored yellow. Hazy from yeast and carbonation. Little head and little lace.

Smells lovely. Hints of bananas and yeasty characters. Real deep, pleasant aroma with some bready notes mixed in.

Taste: Carbonation is tight and gives way to a thick yeast flavor that gives off a strong fruity/banana flavor. Slight bitterness at the end. Overall, a very tasty beer that ends on a smooth, creamy note. The bottle's claims of a "crisp, refreshing taste" are not lies.

Lightly bodied but very complex taste, with 5.5% alcohol. This makes for a real good session beer, and I'm glad I picked it up on a whim. Can't recommend it enough.

Litterbean, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color, a bit clear for a wit. Very small head also. Aroma is a nearly perfect blend of fruit, vanilla, and spicy, peppery coriander. Very spicy taste as well, with strong citrus orange notes and a well-rounded estery flavor, almost bubblegum-like. Finishes dryish and tart. Texture is slightly powdery and moderate-light.

One of the best wits brewed in North America. Actually, the only one I like better is Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly.

allengarvin, Mar 11, 2005
Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,103 ratings.