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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,357
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 293
Gots: 550 | 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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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden orange, can't see through it, definitely intimidating for novice drinkers.

Smell - Unique, can definitely smell all of the spices and effort put into this beer.

Taste - Strong at first and them smooth, perfect balance in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Little to no aftertaste, but when tasting your taste buds will dance.

Drinkability - A little heavy but otherwise great, you can drink this beer all night long without feeling like you drank bad beer, this is one of the best. I only prefer this type of beer on certain occasions but when I do it hits the spot.

Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Some sticky lacing left on the glass surface during consumption. Many tiny bubbles rise up through the brew long after the pour.

Yeast is the main smell with slight wheat malt and citric notes.

The beer has a nice spice flavor up front from the yeast to go along with the wheat malt. Nice lemon and citrus flavors compliment the overall flavors of the beer. A great example of a witbier.

Has a light body with a tingling carbonation. Finishes clean and very easy to drink. I can drinking many of these on a warm summers eve. Low ABV makes drinkability high. Just wish it was more readily available in my local area.

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light, pale yellow that has a good cloudiness with minimal head that maintained and left lacings. A spicy, peppery smell mixes with the yeast and some fruit tones (orange and lemon mostly) make a good smell. The taste is a mix of an extremely citric taste dominated by lemon and a very zesty spicey taste mixed in a full body. The wheat in this beer holds it all together for a very smooth mouthfeel while the lemon and some orange make it sweet on the tongue. The spices complement it on the sides and give it a good finish. A great beer that I could easily session.

Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came from the tap; it had a great, murky, light gold appearance with a thin head and a nice eventual lacing. Great lemon aromas with some wheat were sensed from this drink. It had a wicked sour-sweet dynamic going on, though they were not too powerful. It had a great, light-medium body/carbonation, allowing it be very refreshing. Overall, this one was wicked good.

Photo of edskirk3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz twist-off. No discernible freshness information but I trust the store I bought it from.

I'm pouring into an Ommegang Witte glass and following the decanting guidelines given on the label: Pour, Swirl, Pour Yeast. This procedure yields a cloudy straw beverage with a pure white head. The head eventually wears down to a few islands of froth.

Clean smell of spices (coriander, pepper, orange peel) and lemon zest. And then there's the yeast that I made sure to swirl in there.

Light-bodied and spritzy. Smooth and soft malt flavors, both barley and wheat. Fruity, like that of a pear, with a soft orange peel bitterness. There's also the spices. Most definitely coriander and possibly black pepper or paradise grains. Tangy but soft lemon aftertaste. The yeast is ever present and provides an earthy base to the tangy and spicy elements. Altogether dry.

Allagash makes a textbook Wit here. It does not disappoint.

Photo of katan
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz twistoff bottle. Looks undated. Round 2, first ever re-review.

A - Pours a light golden color. Very little haze. The bottle conditioning didn't leave much sediment. The head was fairly large, but dissipated to a film rather quickly.

S - The most dominant smell is yeast. But it is somewhat subdued and trailing an earlier aroma of wheat malt.

T - Starts off nice and sweet. Not much orange peel, but I can tell coriander is present. Finishes off with a nice yeasty note. It has a bitter taste with a mix of cloves.

M - This one is well carbonated. I can feel it going down. Seems to be a bit "fizzy" in the mouth.

D - Very smooth drinker. One of my favorites.

Photo of coalcracker
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very light yellow in color. Fizzy head dissipates quickly.

Smell: a bit yeasty. Mild spicy/citric tones.

Taste: Medium malt backbone here with spicy qualities pulling through a bit later. Delicate expressions of orange and coriander are obvious. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Not at all harsh on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable based uopn this beer's pleasant qualities and manageable ABV.

Overall: Excellent witbier. Not over-the-top. Well-crafted.

Photo of morebeergood
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of Allagash White last week at a local restaurant. The color was banana yellow, and this is one of the cloudiest beers you will ever have. The smell was of spice and lemon. As for taste, this is one of my favorite witbiers made in the US. I have not found one American brewer who has made a better version. The citrus and spice notes are present with every sip. Highly drinkable. A great session beer, or an excellent beer to have with a meal. This is my favorite Allagash brew.

Photo of blakesell
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into multiple tasting glasses. This is the oldest Allagash I had in my possession and the label claims Batch #8. Hopefully it has held up all these years.

Appearance- Beer pours crystal clear, yellow with a thin finger of head that lingers for no time at all. I'm happy to see carbonation here.

Smell- Light malts, no hops, coriander, yeasty esters, light candi sugars, lemon grass, and citrus.

Taste- Light malts with Saaz and Stryian hops oxidized much like a traditional Belgian beer. Fermented fully and even with this much age on the beer, nearly no oxidation that wasn't intended from the hops. Balanced with a light aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thin on the mouth and body, not warming, creamy and not astringent. No surprises there.

Drinkability- A real pleasure to drink. Sweet and light. I have to say it was a good thing they started bottling the beer in four packs now. It really suits quantity on this quality beer.

Photo of BMoney575
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-29-08
Batch #45

Pours a super cloudy pale yellow, with an immense craggy white head the fills half the glass... and stays there.

Smell is a great balance of coriander "witbiery-ness" and Belgian yeast. Light and fruity, but at the same time complex.

Taste is very subtle, wheaty, with just a hint of coriander and spices. Unfortunately not nearly as varied and complex as the smell. The finish is bready but light, with a pleasantly sharp hop bite.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, fizzy, but also creamy.

Drinkability is very good, light and very well-balanced.

Overall, being a huge witbier fan, I was a little disappointed. It reminded me more of a hefe, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a bright, vibrant pale yellow color and an opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch head and some decent lacing.

This had an excellent smell. Lots of citrus (orange, lemon) and some yeast thrown in.

Excellent witbier taste. Very fruity and spicy. Not as strong on the finish as I would've liked, but still good.

Had a solid amount of carbonation for a good prickly mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable example of a witbier. Like most beers of this style, it's not heavy and goes down easy. Very refreshing.

Photo of WillieMoe
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glorious golden yellow color. The smell is heavy with fruit. Mostly citrus, and has that hint of wheat. Very inviting indeed. The taste is of strong citrus fruitiness and has a slight wheat and banana flavoring. There's also a bit of spice present. Goes down extremely smooth. Highly drinkable.

Photo of SirSaranac
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow... slightly cloudy... 1 finger head... moderate carbonation. Was looking for it to be cloudier actually...

S- Wheat malt... slight banana.. spicy... yeast...

T- Dryyyy wheat malt... smooth spicy bite... slightly fruity... Quite sweet actually. Slight peppery bite. A plethora of spices attack the tongue. Delicious.

M- Light body... tart bite... dry finish.

D- This is a wit that's perfect for social settings... delicious.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not normally a huge fan of witbiers, but this one is definitely an exception. A very cloudy orange color with a thin, white head and a slim to fair amount of lacing on the glass. Orange peels and coriander definitely make up the smell; the taste is so refreshing and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation that this would be a perfect session beer. Worth paying the extra money if you're a fan of the more moderately priced Blue Moon. Better than Hoergarrden (I know I spelled that wrong).

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a medium head that settles down but leaves substantial tracing around the glass. Loads of carbonation here, bubbles tracing all up and down the glass. The beer itself is a bright hazy yellow color, very pretty and energetic looking with all the bubbles.

Smell- Very Fruity nose, very apricotty, with some wheat in the background, sweet smelling.

Taste- Startlingly complex, initial taste is wheat, an explosion of carbonation soon follows and with this comes a sharper bit, and general flavor of tartness, ends with a subtle lingering on the palate of apples. Deliicous.

Mouthfeel- Excellent palate coverage, taste lingers for a long time.

Drinkability- An extremely drinkable beer, light and complex, truly a great offering.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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